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

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President Donald Trump’s administration took its most drastic step yet to roll back the Affordable Care Act, cutting off a subsidy to insurers hours after issuing an executive order designed to draw people away from the health law’s markets.

President Donald Trump is expected on Friday to refuse to certify that the multinational accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program sufficiently serves U.S. interests, though he will stop short of abandoning it, according to two senior administration officials.

The average private renter in the U.K. capital spent 40 percent of their income on housing between 2013 and 2015, compared with 28 percent in the rest of Britain, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Iraq’s Kurdish administration deployed an extra 6,000 fighters to near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, responding to what it says are “threats” of an attack by government forces, the Kurdish news agency reported.

China’s trade with North Korea slumped in September, amid United Nations sanctions aimed at deterring Kim Jong Un from pursuing his missile and nuclear-weapons program.

Top U.S. national security officials on Friday called on Congress to quickly renew a counterterrorism program that lets intelligence agencies intercept the communications of tens of thousands of suspected foreign terrorists living abroad.

The House passed a $36.5 billion hurricane and wildfire relief bill Thursday that would give Puerto Rico access to $4.9 billion in low-interest Treasury loans and allow the troubled National Flood Insurance Program to keep paying claims.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is “manageable” for now but the isolated nation can’t be allowed to develop the ability to strike the U.S. homeland.

Former President George W. Bush will be honored with the Thayer Award at West Point. The award is given to citizens whose service in the national interest reflects the academy’s motto of “Duty, Honor, Country.” Past recipients include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Tom Brokaw. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, received the award in 1994.

Facebook has announced a new feature that will let users buy meals on its website through third-party delivery services like DoorDash or directly from a group of restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Five Guys.

AP Top Stories

Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 31 people and damaged more than 190,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced more than 20,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire.

Air raids by U.S. coalition warplanes have intensified in recent days as Kurdish and Arab militias seek to drive surrounded Islamic State militants from their last strongholds in Syria’s Raqqa — but the toll on civilians has been severe.

The head of the Philippines’ anti-narcotics agency on Friday warned of a reduced intensity in the country’s war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign, which he hoped would only be temporary as his unit lacked manpower.

Water is rationed. Scabies is spreading. Grocery stores are lined with empty shelves, if they’re open at all. People are fainting as they wait in lines for hours in sweltering heat, because they have to check into a FEMA hub to get small amounts of food and supplies being guarded by armed officers. That’s if they can even make it to FEMA.

Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and called for changes to church doctrine to prohibit it, the church’s strongest comments yet on the controversial issue.

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

South Korea said it detected an earthquake Friday near North Korea’s main nuclear test site, the fourth since the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion last month. Some experts suggested the area is now too unstable to conduct more bomb tests.

The leading white supremacist, Richard Spencer, has urged Charlottesville to prepare for more white supremacist “flash mobs” after leading a march by torchlight on Saturday in Charlottesville.

The U.S. Justice Department singled out four cities (New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Cook County in Illinois) and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called “sanctuary policies” that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the center of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

Norway said on Friday it planned to send an armored battalion near its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery to respond to growing threats.

BBC

A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast.

Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias”.

WND

The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception.


The Briefing 10-13-17

Who is responsible for the secularization of America’s young people?

Whose priorities are fueling the secularization of America’s youth: parents, professors, or both?

What are marketers telling us about millennials?

Worldview Book Recommendation: The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

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News – 10/13/2017

Trump administration: ‘Life begins at conception’
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. The personhood of the unborn child is central to the abortion debate — as even the justice who wrote the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion has acknowledged — because, if established in law, it would nullify a “right” to abortion. The largely overlooked HHS strategic plan for 2018-22 states the agency “accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

US pulls out of UNESCO, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias
The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN’s culture and education body, accusing it of “anti-Israel bias” in a move that underlines Washington’s drift away from international institutions. Following years of tension at UNESCO, which is in the process of electing a new director-general, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that Washington planned to withdraw.

Jordan: Jews on Temple Mount are a ‘provocation’ to Muslims
Jordanian minister claims Jews visiting Temple Mount ‘harm’ Al-Aqsa mosque, ‘provoke’ Muslims around the world.

Germany to work to maintain global unity if US de-certifies Iran deal
The German government on Friday vowed to work for continued global unity if US President Donald Trump announces that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers, as expected. “We have a great interest in the continuation of this international unity. If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

Hillary Clinton vows to give Harvey Weinstein money to charity – but suffers huge backlash
HILLARY Clinton has given campaign donations from disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to charity – but all may not be as it appears…questions were raised over whether she should contribute the money on top of her usual 10 per cent. If not, the cash would appear to be replacing dollars she was already handing over. It is also not known if the money will end up going to her own charity, the Clinton Foundation. The lack of clarity sparked a furious online backlash against Mrs Clinton.

La Palma volcano ‘seismic swarm MAPPED: Video captures La Palma volcano’s flurry of quakes
LA PALMA volcano’s “seismic swarm” has been mapped in a video which reveals when the Canary Islands was rocked by 50 earthquakes in just three days.

Hurricane Ophelia to Brush the Azores This Weekend; May Affect Ireland Next Week as a Powerful Post-Tropical Storm
Hurricane Ophelia remains a Category 2 hurricane and remains no threat to the United States, but could potentially brush parts of the Azores this weekend. Ophelia will likely bring a blast of strong winds early next week to Ireland and perhaps the United Kingdom as a powerful post-tropical low-pressure system.

California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 29
The number of people confirmed dead in wildfires sweeping northern California has climbed to 29, as officials warned that conditions would worsen. Hundreds of people remain missing as at least 22 fires rampaged across the state’s famous wine country.

Multiple People Shot After Gunman Opens Fire In Central Trelleborg, Sweden
Local media reported that at least four people had been taken to hospital. Some reports suggested that up to seven people might have been seriously injured.

Obama AG Loretta Lynch faces a Capitol Hill date to discuss Russia vote meddling
President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been called to testify before congressional Russian election meddling probes next week.

Baltimore Surpasses New York, Chicago as Murder Capital With 278 Homicides
The Baltimore Police Department has announced the deaths of three men shot in two separate incidents, pushing the city’s homicide count to 278 so far this year ‒ ahead of New York in terms of total murders, and Chicago in murders per capita.

REPORT: Trump SLASHES Ties With Anti-Israel U.N. … Conservatives Are Cheering!
President Trump has officially declared that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO — the Education, Scientific, and Cultural branch of the United Nations, in response to its continued anti-America, anti-Israel behavior, reports WND.

Trump administration: ‘Life begins at conception’
Bold new strategic plan declares personhood of unborn.

THANK G-D: Trump administration reverses Obama policy – ‘gender identity’ not
In a reversal of federal policy that pleased marriage advocates and angered LGBTQI groups, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo interpreting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as not intended to apply to transgenders.

ALERT: D.C. Strikes Vengeance, Issues Unbelievable Gun Law… Patriots Will Not Have It
The Washington Times reports that officials in Washington, D.C., are seeking major expansions to the district’s draconian gun laws. Ever since the federal appeals court struckdown their attempts to constrain the issuing of concealed-carry permits, the Democrats have been thirsting for revenge.

Pelosi Uses Facebook Failure to Push Plan to Spend $40 Billion of Taxpayer Money
With Facebook users incapacitated and seeking answers, Pelosi quickly took to Twitter to promote Democrats’ plan to spend at least $40 billion of taxpayer money to provide access to affordable, high-speed internet to every home in America via their “A Better Deal on Universal High-Speed Internet” initiative:

Mozilla gave $100,000 to secure email platform harnessed by Antifa groups
 Firefox creators proud to aid international terrorists.


October 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The NRA said Thursday it opposes two pieces of legislation that would ban devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into weapons that work more like automatic ones…. (more)

October 12, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Thwarted over and over in his effort to repeal and replace Obamacare by a unified Democratic Party and a handful of Republicans, President Trump Thursday used his executive power to at least partially fulfill his major campaign promise. The president dismantled part of his predecessor’s signature health-care legislation – – the Affordable Care Act – – with the “power of the pen,” providing “millions of Americans with Obamacare relief.”… (more)

October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump intends to end insurance subsidies under Obamacare, a move that would likely result in lawsuits and put pressure on Congress to act. According to a statement Thursday evening from the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the Trump administration is making the move based on guidance from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare…. (more)

October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The total number of laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to 1.89 million at the end of September, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the lowest such mark in nearly 44 years. And new claims for unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to 243,000 in the first full week of October, according to the agency, as the job market bounces back from hurricane damage even faster than forecasters expected…. (more)

October 12, 2017

ABC NEWS — Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 31 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, authorities said. More than half of the deaths occurred in Sonoma County alone, officials said. Taken together, the death toll from this week’s fires exceeds the number of fatalities in the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles, the deadliest wildfire in California history…. (more)


October 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The United States is dropping out of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization only months after the international organization went “delusional” by declaring the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron a “Palestinian heritage site.”… (more)

October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump introduced his new Homeland Security secretary nominee Thursday, saying former Bush administration official and current deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen is the right person to carry out his campaign promises…. (more)

October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing – – not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime. More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines…. (more)

October 12, 2017
FRANCE 24 — Pope Francis called Wednesday for categoric opposition to capital punishment to be written into an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching. His comments, which will be controversial with many fundamentalist Christians and some Catholics, came in a speech to clerics attending a conference in Rome to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The catechism is a question and answer guide to what Catholics should think about a wide range of moral and social issues…. (more)

October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014. Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City…. (more)


October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Boy Scouts announced Wednesday they will let girls into the Cub Scouts in a bid to “evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.” As benign as this may seem – after all, it’s just camping and knife skills, right? – few things demonstrate societal goals more than the choices we make regarding our youngest generation: from education and child care to parenting and community, what we show and teach our young people reflect societal values at large…. (more)


October 12, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — It was supposed to illustrate how the shooting was inexplicable; how nothing in this man’s life could explain why he would lose his mind and become a mass murderer…. (more)

October 12, 2017
New revelations blow apart previous narrative
LEO HOHMANN — The fallout continued Wednesday from police altering the timeline of the Oct. 1 massacre at a concert outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, and now a hotel worker has emerged saying he warned the hotel staff that a shooter was on the 32nd floor before he unloaded a hail fire of bullets down onto the crowd below…. (more)

October 12, 2017

CBS NEWS — A maintenance worker said Wednesday he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance…. (more)


October 12, 2017

CHICAGO TRIBUNE — Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 – – a figure expected to rise. Three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire Northern California neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses…. (more)


October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal court ruled Wednesday that Congress can continue to open its sessions each day with a prayer, and upheld the House’s ability to pick and choose who’s allowed to lead the prayer. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a Bush appointee who sits in Washington, D.C., rejected a challenge by Daniel Barker, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation, who said he was not permitted to give an opening invocation, even though other guest chaplains have been permitted…. (more)

October 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Chiefs of several key conservative organizations Wednesday released a copy of a letter to the leadership in the U.S. Senate, telling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others they need to resign from those posts because they are not capable of providing the leadership the nation needs…. (more)

October 12, 2017
NBC NEWS — The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts…. (more)

October 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — They waited years to speak, but two of Hollywood’s most powerful women might have helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein. Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie added their first-person accounts of uncomfortable experiences with Weinstein to the ever-growing list of accusations against the movie mogul from women alleging decades of systematic sexual harassment and assault. The accusers have come from everywhere – – actresses you’ve heard of, actresses you haven’t, models, assistants, employees, a reporter and young women who found themselves in the orbit of the powerful executive…. (more)

October 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — So Harvey Weinstein now reportedly is to be fleeing to Europe for therapy for his alleged habit of sexually harassing and assaulting young women, and the A-listers who profited from his movie business are left to say they are shocked, yes, shocked, at his unacceptable behavior. But is that really the truth? Likely not for all…. (more)

October 9, 2017
ALAN KEYES — U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly concerned with the possibility that President Trump “could try to pardon people in his circle even before prosecutors charge anyone with a crime.”… (more)

October 9, 2017
JUDI CALER — In the novel “1984,” George Orwell’s unsettling prophecy of a totalitarian society, Newspeak was the official language of Oceania. It was devised to limit freedom of thought. New words were invented, undesirable words eliminated, and the remaining words redefined or limited in scope to further the Party’s ideology. If something can’t be said, it can’t be thought, making a diverging thought unthinkable…. (more)

October 9, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — From the founding of America 241 years ago, those opposed to the Founding Fathers’ noble aspirations of freedom for all, and a government in which citizens – and not kings or dictators – decide who will represent them, have waged fierce resistance…. (more)

October 9, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A book by an associate of Barack Hussein Obama predicted a “permanent progressive governing coalition” would be solidified by the presidential election of 2016. But the prediction in the book Brown is the New White ran into the reality of a Donald J. Trump victory…. (more)

October 9, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — Why is there no motive for the Vegas massacre? Why did Stephen Paddock have a secret life? It is terrible to contemplate, but the possibility that Stephen Paddock was an undercover federal operative or informant cannot be ruled out. He may have been set up or used by ISIS and/or a federal agency in a scheme that backfired…. (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Oct. 13, 2017

The Bump Stock Slippery Slope

Proposed bipartisan legislation overreaches and would infringe Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

The Foundation

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” —Noah Webster (1787)


Headlines – 10/13/2017

Palestinian Reconciliation Signed in Cairo: Abbas Hails Historic End of Division Between Hamas, Fatah

Fatah-Hamas unity: Rub your eyes in disbelief

With Trump and al-Sissi Watching, Netanyahu Can Only Hope the Palestinians Will Thwart the Reconciliation Deal

Israel Responds With Restraint to Palestinian Unity: ‘We’ll Follow Developments and Act Accordingly’

Israeli leaders: Hamas must disarm, or reconciliation means nothing

Israel will only accept Palestinian unity gov’t if Hamas disarms, ends terror

Appearances aside, Abbas hasn’t given up on disarming Hamas

Netanyahu: Fatah-Hamas accord makes peace harder to achieve

US to ‘monitor improvement in humanitarian conditions’ following Gaza reconciliation deal

Gazans happy but cautious amid signing of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal

Reacting to Reconciliation, Palestinians on Twitter Voice Hope for a Brighter Future

Hamas: Unity deal is so we can all ‘work together against Zionist enterprise’

The IDF’s Gaza Wall Might Change Hamas Strategy

Israel strikes Hamas target in retaliation for rocket fire from Gaza

Jewish worshippers in Jerusalem attack Arab-owned shop

Jordan condemns ‘provocative’ Jewish visits to Temple Mount

US to pull out of UNESCO amid Palestinian tensions

Israel ‘to prepare’ for UNESCO withdrawal alongside US, says Netanyahu

Defense Minister Lieberman calls US’ UNESCO withdrawal ‘an important moral step’

US ambassador says ‘foolish actions’ led to UNESCO move

After UNESCO bombshell, US envoy Haley warns UN of more trouble ahead

Shaked: Israel should leave UNESCO,build in Jerusalem

Six Key Moments in Israel’s Tumultuous Relationship With UNESCO

Russia regrets US withdrawal from UNESCO, says important projects may suffer

UN chief will work with US despite UNESCO pullout

Qatar Leads Race to Head UNESCO, Arab States Work to Thwart Bid as Diplomatic Row Continues

Report: US ambassador to Lebanon disavows Lieberman’s assertion Lebanese army now part of Hezbollah

Iraq refuses talks with Kurds unless they commit to unity

Tillerson assures Washington’s only goal in Syria is fighting IS

Islamic State attacks kill at least 50 in east Syria

With Yemen Blockade, Saudi Arabia Squeezes an Already Starving Population

UN: Afghan civilian casualties from air strikes rise more than 50 percent

Pakistan Army rescues Canadian-American family held hostage by Taliban

The family freed after 5 years of Taliban captivity now refuses to board US plane

Mattis hopeful freeing of hostages in Pakistan to boost cooperation

Erdogan says US sacrificing ties with Turkey, blames envoy

5 Reasons Why Trump Is Moving Towards War With Iran

In new strategy, Trump to focus on Iran’s non-nuclear provocations

Trump on Iran nuke accord: It’s the ‘worst deal. We got nothing’

Trump to make announcement on fate of Iran nuclear deal Friday

Report: McMaster Crafts ‘Compromise’ to Keep Iran Deal While Placating ‘Furious’ Trump

Trump to rebuke Iran but won’t call for sanctions that threaten nuclear deal

Trump Iran deal plan risks opening nuclear ‘Pandora’s box’

Trump Expected To ‘Decertify’ The Iran Deal, Punt The Issue To Congress

“The ‘decertification’ will push Iran to start again the nuclear program”

Iran moves to sidestep ballistic-missile sanctions with German weapons companies

Trump’s Iran plans driving EU toward Russia and China: Germany

US Secretary of State Tillerson consulted Britain, China, France, Russia on Iran

Trump reportedly ‘threw a fit’ when Mattis and Tillerson told him to keep the US in the Iran deal

Iran deal’s foes in U.S. Congress may be its unlikely saviors

Expert warns: If Trump scraps nuke deal, Iran could quickly build the bomb

Lapid: Iran thinks it can lie its way to the bomb

‘It’s become a monster’: is Iran’s revolutionary guard a terror group?

Iran says designating IRGC a terror group ‘a terror act’ in itself

Russia’s Putin plans to visit Iran by year-end

Russia-Backed Forces Could Face Armed Ground Robots in Ukraine Conflict in 2018

Russia, Saudi Arabia close to sign S-400 missile deal

Turkey’s Erdogan says no problem with Russian S-400 purchases

Israel’s Kaspersky Hack Reveals That Russia Is Crossing All the Red Lines

UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans, ends diplomatic missions

G7 agrees to ramp up economic pressure on N. Korea

Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill ‘90% of all Americans’

Small quake registered in area of North Korea where previous nuclear tests occurred

North Korea: Earthquake near nuclear site sparks fears of fresh hydrogen bomb test

Mysterious absence of North Korea’s ‘rocket men’ raises new nuke, missile fears

The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country’s environment

Trump’s claim that U.S. interceptors can knock out ICMBs ’97 percent of the time’

Sweden market shooting: Police rule out terrorism after gunman opens fire in Trelleborg

In Austria’s Elections, the Fight Against anti-Semitism Has Turned Nasty

California secessionists think their path to independence is easier than Catalonia’s

Canada, Mexico vow to stick with NAFTA talks, Mexico works on Plan B

DOJ issues ‘last chance’ warning to sanctuary cities

Rush Limbaugh Says Trump Is Acting Like a Dictator, Making Him Nervous

‘Disturbing rhetoric’: Trump’s press threats may violate 1st Amendment, oath of office

First recording emerges of high-pitched ‘sonic weapon’ linked to attacks on US Embassy workers in Cuba

Obama AG Loretta Lynch faces a Capitol Hill date to discuss Russia vote meddling

Russia reportedly used Pokemon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions

Baltimore Murder Count At 278; More Than NY, More Per Capita Than Chicago

NY official: Homegrown terrorism bigger problem in US than Europe

Las Vegas sheriff frustrated by data discrepancies, unanswered questions

‘Do not disturb’ signs get another look after Las Vegas shooting

Opposition mounts against bill to renew surveillance program

Equifax says it was not breached again, but vendor on site served ‘malicious content’

Mozilla gave $100,000 to secure email platform harnessed by Antifa groups

‘We chip our dogs,’ head of Olympians’ group says, so why not athletes to fight doping?

Distressed Investors Are Already Buying Houston Homes for 40 Cents on the Dollar

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System’s Missing ‘Super Earth’

Small Asteroid Gives Earth a Close Shave in Highly Anticipated Flyby

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Serrezuela, Argentina

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Japan’s Shinmoe volcano erupts for first time in six years

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

‘Ring of Fire’ volcanos remind Asia of seismic peril

Yellowstone Supervolcano May Rumble to Life Faster Than Thought

Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space

Typhoon Khanun to target southern China, threatens to worsen Vietnam flood disaster

Floods and landslides kill 54, leave 39 missing in Vietnam

Hurricane Ophelia has intensified to Category 2 strength as it heads toward Europe

Ophelia is the 10th hurricane in a row. That hasn’t happened since 1893

Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes aid package

Trump Warns Puerto Rico Weeks After Storms: Federal Help Cannot Stay ‘Forever’

San Juan mayor accuses Trump of ‘genocide’ after hurricane

Evacuations widened as Northern California wildfires spread to 170,000 acres

Death toll hits 31 as California infernos grow to size of NYC

Experts say these 3 things caused the devastating California wildfires

Vineyards may have kept wine country fire from getting worse

How the Napa fires could affect the taste, price of your wine

‘Bloody’ sunset appears over smoke-filled Bay Area

The air quality in the Bay Area right now is as bad as Beijing

Heat and drought led to the largest recorded spike in carbon levels

A massive hole just opened up in Antarctica’s ice and scientists can’t explain it

Yemen’s cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

Trump signs order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

Trump administration officially defines life as beginning at conception

FDA advisers urge approval for first gene therapy for inherited disease

An anarchist takes on the drug industry – by teaching patients to make their own meds

With cannabis legalization around the corner, Los Angeles contemplates another dumb move

Pot for pets is a big business

Collective consciousness to replace God – author Dan Brown

Is this huge inscription our missing link to the biblical ‘Sea Peoples’?

The Purpose Driven Industrial Complex — Creating a Generation of Hirelings

Todd White – Jesus went to hell and was not born as God

Mother Crashes Church Service, Accuses Married Pastor of Sleeping With Her Daughter

Apostle Steve Shultz & James Goll talk about NAR; recognizing Hillsong and Brownsville as being part of it

DaVinci Code Author: New form of collective consciousness to replace God, fulfill role of religion

Late-Term Abortionist LeRoy Carhart Opening Clinic Next Week Doing Abortions Through All 9 Months of Pregnancy

Prophets Who Cry “Wolf!”  Will Eventually Be Eaten

Todd White Says “I Am Sinless” (Just Like Jesus)

Blasphemous Minister Who Supports Polyamory Claims ‘Holy Trinity Is a Polyamorous Relationship’

Toledo Pastor Arrested, Charged With Sex Trafficking

The history of the Carpenter’s Home Church

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards: “Why Should Christians be Able to Impose Their Views on Women?”

R.Scott Clark – I Have Not Seen Miracles Here: Between Pentecost And The Parousia

Perry (It’s All About Me!) Noble Refuses to Exclude Profanity From Social Media Post: ‘I Will Not Sanitize This’

Word of Faith Fellowship: Brazil branches of US-based church target of numerous probes

Doomsayer predicts rise of Antichrist, 7 years of chaos & Planet X smashing into Earth

Planned Parenthood: 75% of Our Abortion Clients Don’t Show Up When People are Outside Praying

Mike Ratliff – You Have A Name That You Are Alive, But You Are Dead

Playing the ‘Religious Card’

Is Christianity on a “great spiritual migration” to a new religion?

Francis Chan and Todd White Headline Upcoming IHOP Festival of False Teaching

Are Muslims Coming to Christ By Way of Dreams and Visions?

Church of the Highlands founder’s son out as Greystone pastor due to ‘moral failure’

Roman Catholic Dioceses Nationwide Being ‘Consecrated’ to ‘Immaculate Heart of Mary’

Oxford college bans Christian Union from freshers’ fair over ‘homophobia & neo-colonialism’

Canada Euthanizes 2,149 Patients During the First Year of Legalized Assisted Suicide

Kansas acting as ‘religious police’ in mandating vaccine for grandson, couple argue

Surrounded by Bloody Sheep — Defending Joel Osteen

Why the Brownsville Revival was a demonic revival, run by Satan’s servants

The Unholy “Holy Ghost Fire” of Todd White and the NAR

Mike Huckabee brings star power and a shot of news to TBN’s Christian lineup

‘Prophet’ R.G. Stair under investigation again for inappropriately touching  juvenile girl

Chicago Pastor, Wife Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling $450K From Children’s Food Program

Presbyterian Megachurch ‘Pastor’ Says God Isn’t Male, Denies Exclusivity of Christ

Law would prevent clergy from having sex with church members

Judge Rules Pastors Housing Allowance Unconstitutional


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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

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President Donald Trump and Republican leaders will launch an urgent effort to get a major legislative win this year, announcing a long-awaited tax plan that will immediately set off a fight over how much top earners should pay.

Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for his display of a Ten Commandments statue, on Tuesday defeated incumbent Senator Luther Strange, capturing almost 55 percent of the vote.

King Salman’s decision to allow women to drive marks the end of a long and arduous journey for scores of Saudi female drivers who faced arrest, harassment, slander and loss of jobs to get behind the wheel.

As Puerto Rico lies prostrate and powerless, 12 tankers are bound for the island, bringing fuel crucial to the emergency generators that provide power to hospitals and water-purification plants.

The House Science Committee received a classified briefing Tuesday related to Kaspersky Lab Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke about the Moscow-based security firm believed to have links to Russian intelligence. The discussion dealt with recent news and U.S. government actions regarding the Russian-owned company’s anti-virus software.

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is prepared to use “devastating” military force against North Korea but encouraged the world to work together to end the country’s nuclear program as he imposed new sanctions on the country’s banks.

AP Top Stories

Trump declared that he’s prepared to use military force if necessary on Tuesday, while more details on the torture American student Otto Warmbier faced during his 17 months in a North Korean prison have come to light.

Frustration is mounting on the island of Puerto Rico, where there’s no air conditioning., no hotels and no escape. With few commercial flights available, residents are scrambling amid an unfolding humanitarian crisis.

An officer in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s elite military security force was found shot dead on Tuesday inside the sprawling presidential compound, an official said.

Former President Obama described the moment he became overwhelmed with emotion sending his eldest daughter off to college while speaking at an event for the Beau Biden Foundation.

President Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through the island as a Category 4 storm, he announced at a press briefing Tuesday morning.

Russia will retaliate against the United States in a row over a treaty that allows both states to conduct military observation flights over each other’s territory, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

A Russian couple is suspected of dozens of cases of cannibalism after they were found with pictures of human body parts, including a cooked human head on a platter of oranges.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed into law a controversial language bill which has sparked a standoff with Romania and other east European states. The law states that starting in September 2020, students will be taught exclusively in Ukrainian from the fifth grade onwards, though they can still learn their native languages as a separate subject.

Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than $2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

Russian officials have criticized a U.S. military handbook preparing soldiers for a possible future conflict with Moscow and its allies.

Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people Wednesday from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of “sabotage”. It was the second major incident affecting a large Ukrainian weapons storage site this year.

Russia’s defense ministry on Wednesday said it had killed five field commanders and 32 fighters from a group formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda in strikes on Syria’s Idlib province.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted “yes” to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies.

BBC

Iraq’s prime minister has demanded the Kurdistan Regional Government “cancel” the outcome of the referendum on independence that it held on Monday. Haider al-Abadi said he would “never discuss” the result and called on the Kurds to initiate dialogue “in the framework of the constitution”.

An Italian woman has married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. The ceremony carries no legal weight.

The US government has announced the start of construction on eight prototype barriers for the border with Mexico, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

WND

The lawyers for the Christian owners of a Minnesota video-services company are firing back after a federal judge there called the couple’s efforts to limit their wedding work to heterosexual couples “akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign.”

Poland’s bishops have urged the nation’s Catholics to join a massive rosary prayer crusade along the country’s 2,000-mile border to pray for the salvation of their country. Organizers say they expect up to a million people to participate in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamization.”


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News – 9/27/2017

More Faith-Based Films May Feature F-Bombs
Are Christian movies going blue? Generational Sins, in theaters Oct.  6 via Freestyle Digital Media, is rated PG-13 and contains 32 profanities — not unusual except that Sins is a faith-based movie.

Interpol votes to admit ‘State of Palestine’ as new member state
A week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly how Israel’s stature on the world stage was on the rise, the country suffered a diplomatic setback on Wednesday when the International Police Organization (Interpol) voted to accept the Palestinians as a member. The move passed by a vote of 75 to 24, with 34 abstentions.

Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban
Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have hailed King Salman’s decree allowing women to drive for the first time. One female activist called it a “great victory”, while another said things would “never be the same again”. The country’s US ambassador has described the move as “the right decision at the right time”.

Roy Moore Wins Alabama’s GOP Senate Primary
Alabama Republicans on Tuesday voted decisively to nominate Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge, for a U.S. Senate seat, delivering a rebuke to President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment that supported his rival…In his victory rally, Mr. Moore underscored the evangelical conservative spirit of his campaign, while invoking a Trumpian slogan.

Sex diseases in US surge to record high
Sexually transmitted diseases surged to a record high in the United States last year, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis nationwide, officials said Tuesday. This was “the highest number ever,” said the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Historic Speech, Macron Makes “Radical” Appeal For United Europe, Calls For “Military Intervention Force”
“The challenge is vital: the sea walls behind which Europe has thrived have gone. We need to trace the only path ensuring our future; it is the refoundation of a sovereign, united and democratic Europe.”

Otto Warmbier ‘systematically tortured’ by N Korea say parents
The parents of Otto Warmbier have shared horrific details of his condition when he arrived home from North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier told Fox and Friends that the North Koreans were “terrorists” who had “systematically tortured” their son. The US student was jailed in Pyongyang in 2016 for stealing a hotel sign.

BREAKING: Republicans Renew Call For SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL to Investigate Hillary, Comey, and Lynch
In light of reports that Comey ended the FBI investigation into Hillary’s emails before interviewing seventeen key witnesses including Hillary herself, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee renewed called for a second special counsel Tuesday.

Trump Stumped As Bannon-Backed Roy Moore Wins Alabama Republican Primary By Landslide
In a serious rebuke for President Trump (and perhaps even moreso for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), ousted judge and alt-right favorite Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican Primary by a landslide.

MAJOR TERROR ATTACK ROCKS ISRAEL: Border policeman, 2 security guards killed as Muslim terrorist opens fire northwest of Jerusalem
…Two security officers and a border policeman were murdered Tuesday morning in a suspected terror attack in the town of Har Adar outside Jerusalem. Another Israeli was badly wounded.

Fraud? 248 counties have more voters than eligible citizens
…“Voter fraud begins with corrupted voter rolls. Our nation’s voter rolls have records that cannot be distinguished between living or dead; citizen or alien; resident or relocated. We hear about possible cyber-attacks, but we aren’t doing enough to fix voter rolls that are certainly corrupt,” he said. “The voter rolls are so bad in some states that election officials would have a hard time telling the difference between sabotage and negligence.”

Students protest U.S. Attorney General speech at Georgetown
Students and faculty at Georgetown Law School gathered on Tuesday to protest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was delivering an address about the right of free speech on college campuses to an invitation-only audience without giving critics of the Trump administration an opportunity to ask questions.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 27, 2017

2LT Rapone — A Chronic Case of Stupid

Infiltration? A West Point graduate promotes communism and Che Guevara while in uniform.

The Foundation

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 27

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  • Falling prices, borrowing binge haunt Midwest ‘go-go farmers’ (Read More)
  • Canada Says It’s No Safe Haven for Immigrants Losing U.S. Protection (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/27/2017

UN: Israeli, PA incitement violates Resolution 2334

Son of Hamas Founder Shakes Up UN Human Rights Council: ‘If Israel Did Not Exist, You Would Have No One to Blame’

Survey: 67% of PA, Gaza Arabs Want Abbas to Resign, Replaced by Barghouti or Haniyeh

Supreme Court justices to skip settlement jubilee ceremony

In chat with Merkel, Netanyahu says Israel worried about rising anti-Semitism

In Tunisia, an ancient Jewish community braves uncertain future

Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to speak at European Parliament event

Israeli PM blames deadly attack on ‘Palestinian incitement’

After deadly attack by cleaner, some in Har Adar rethink Palestinian hires

Mayor of Palestinian assailant’s hometown accuses Israel of ‘collective punishment’

Liberman’s party revives death penalty for terrorists bill after Har Adar attack

‘Deport family members of Palestinian terrorists to Syria’

Jewish man, 54, sets himself on fire at King David’s tomb

Leviathan value revised up to $7.4b

Report: Israel fires missile at Syrian aircraft over Golan

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to halt renewed Israel ties over backing for Kurdish state

Turkey warns Kurds ‘Israeli flags won’t save you’

Top Iranian general says Kurdish referendum an Israeli ‘plot’

Kurdish bid for independence from Iraq emerges as regional flash point

Kurdish referendum: President Barzani declares victory in independence vote amid threats

After vote, defiant Iraqi Kurds say they are ready to fight for independence

Barzani says ‘yes’ vote won independence referendum, calls on Baghdad to engage in dialogue

Iran vows to stand with Baghdad, Ankara against Iraqi Kurds’ independence push

Iraqi PM, Kurdish leader trade barbs over independence vote

Iraq Orders Kurdistan to Surrender Its Airports

Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry – Erdogan

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism

Trump plans to slash US refugee admissions

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for the first time

Amid genocide allegations, Israel mum on halting arms sales to Myanmar

New US sanctions hit 8 North Korean banks, 26 bank workers

North Korea taps GOP analysts to better understand Trump and his messages

Trump warns of ‘devastating’ military option as North Korea moves jets

Trump says world must isolate NKorean ‘menace’

Trump lowers temperature in simmering conflict with North Korea and claims pressure is working

North Korea: Hawaii residents told to prepare for nuclear attack as tensions reach new high

Trump says US captive in North Korea was ‘tortured beyond belief’

U.S. asks China not to enforce cyber security law

Israeli surveillance balloon helped protect Pope in South America

U.S. does not believe Cuba is behind sonic attacks on American diplomats

Meeting with economists and blue-collar workers, Fed Chair Janet Yellen talks of economic uncertainty

Yellen: Fed may have ‘misjudged’ inflation, keeping rates lower

Home-price gains accelerate in July as a reminder of the housing bubble stirs to life

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachinohe, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

The graphs that show why Bali’s Mt Agung volcano could erupt at any minute, as 75,000 flee

Can an active hurricane season lead to an increase in earthquakes?

September 2017 Was the Most Active Month on Record for Atlantic Hurricanes

Thousands flee North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Maria

Dems accuse Trump of ‘anemic’ response to Puerto Rico crisis

Iceberg 3 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

Witch doctors in Uganda sacrificing children in bid to end drought, report says

Senate GOP abandons latest effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act

New STD cases in U.S. set record high in 2016: CDC report

Trump wants to ban transgender military troops. His top general feels differently.

Trump urges NFL to ban players kneeling during anthem

Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week

Miss Puerto Rico Suspended for Tweets: ‘Islamic God is NOT the Same God as Christians & Jews’

Scriptures Prove Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur Was Fulfilled In Jesus Christ!

Flag Worship and the Idolatry of American Patriotic Christianity

The Simon the Sorcerer Mentality – Jennifer LeClaire and Jeremy Gibson

Word of Faith Superstar Kenneth Copeland Proven 100% WRONG (and Nobody Cares)

Bible Scholar Claims Apostle Paul Never Said ‘Women Should Remain Silent in Church’

Oprah Magazine: God’s “in” Abortions?

 


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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September 26, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump told dinner guests Monday night that he expects the House will approve a tax bill in October and the Senate by year’s end — an extremely rapid timeline that would deliver Trump’s much-desired signature legislative victory.

Some of the biggest names in U.S. finance and real estate are expected to gather at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant on Tuesday as President Donald Trump raises money for the Republican National Committee. For $250,000 a couple, donors can attend a “private roundtable” with the president, while $100,000 will guarantee “VIP access.”

A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers.

China said patriotism must be the highest priority in entrepreneurship, officially defining for the first time what the concept should mean for the world’s second-biggest economy. Patriotism and professionalism are the first “core” components of entrepreneurship, followed by “innovation and the pursuit of greatness” and “social responsibility,” the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council said in a joint statement late Monday. They called for strengthening party leadership over entrepreneurs and guiding them to endorse party leaders.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities climbed more than forecast in July, reflects solid demand against a backdrop of modest listings of properties.

The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air.

Lucara Diamond Corp. finally sold the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond for $53 million, or $47,777 a carat, on Monday to Graff Diamonds. While it’s significantly bigger than the 813-carat Constellation stone Lucara found at the same time that stone sold for a record $63 million, or about $77,500 a carat.

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European diplomats warned the Trump administration on Monday that Europe is prepared to block U.S. efforts to re-impose international sanctions against Iran as long as Tehran continues to comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal.

Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption as dozens of tremors rattle the surrounding region, officials said Monday.

Submarines can run-but they can’t hide-from drones. That’s the contention of a new report by a British think tank, which argues that the growing numbers and sophistication of drones are depriving submarines of their stealthiness.

Voting began Monday in northern Iraq on a controversial referendum that will decide whether Iraqi Kurds will declare independence from Iraq. Iraq’s central government remains starkly opposed to the effort and has asked countries to stop buying oil from Kurdistan, and threatened a wider economic blockade.

The U.S. wants a diplomatic solution to the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, toning down the shrill rhetoric between the two countries.

The Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico holds 60 billion to 70 billion barrels of yet-to-be pumped crude oil, according to a study by IHS Markit Ltd.

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Egyptian police have arrested seven people after they were allegedly seen raising rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo last week, security sources said. The seven were reportedly detained on Monday for “promoting sexual deviancy”, but have not yet been formally charged.

A couple arrested for murder in the south-west Russian city of Krasnodar have admitted killing up to 30 people, local media report. Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, were reportedly arrested after a dismembered body was found at the military base where they lived. Police confirmed a number of food and meat items discovered at their home were now being tested for human DNA.

A website’s ad campaign telling young women they could fund their studies by dating a sugar daddy has provoked a wave of anger at Belgian universities. Vans have been driven around universities displaying messages such as “Hey students! Improve your lifestyle” and “Zero euro student loan? Date a sugar daddy”.

The Brazilian government has revoked a controversial decree that would have opened up a vast reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. It is thought to be rich in gold, iron, manganese and other minerals. From the moment President Michel Temer signed the decree in August opening the reserve to commercial mining, it was widely condemned.

Two US-led coalition air strikes on towns held by so-called Islamic State in Syria in March killed at least 84 civilians, Human Rights Watch said.

WND

Lowndes County, Alabama, has been accused of having 131 percent of its total eligible population on its list of registered voters. There are 11 more Alabama counties with the problem. 247 counties have the same problem, prompting the Public Interest Legal Foundation to send letters to officials, warning them to clean up their voter rolls or face legal consequences. Kentucky has 41 counties with more voters than residents, Michigan 32, Iowa 31, Illinois 22, Mississippi 19, Colorado 17, Texas 12, Alabama 12, South Dakota 12, Nebraska 9, Georgia 6, New York 6, West Virginia 6, New Mexico 5, North Carolina 5, California 2, Louisiana 2, Montana 2, Virginia 2, Arizona 1 and Florida 1.

A new survey in the United Kingdom by the charity Girlguiding found that one girl in six has felt pressured to send nude images of themselves via texting or other digital communications.

The Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin last month warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans.


The Briefing 09-26-17

Discussion over whether to arm British police represents not just a policy debate, but a moral one

For one British retailer, labels on kids’ clothes are now a vehicle for the sexual revolution

Contrary to predictions, last Saturday was not the end of the world

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News – 9/26/2017

Earthquake Epidemic Sweeping Globe Part of End-of-Days Redemption: Rabbis
While the heavens raged above in one of the most disastrous hurricane seasons in history, the earth trembled below as a global epidemic of major earthquakes shook all around the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. A Bible Codes expert, searching for the divine message hidden in the Mexico disaster, discovered a shockingly clear reference that indicates this trend will only continue.

Powerful 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea but no tsunami warning has been issued.

The graphs that show why Bali’s Mt Agung volcano could erupt at any minute, as 75,000 flee
Vehicles laden with food, masks and bedding have been dispatched to help more than 75,000 people who have fled a volcano on the tourist island of Bali, as rising magma and increased tremors fuel fears of an imminent eruption. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the Indonesian tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism
Iraq on Sunday executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs. The biggest mass execution this year in Iraq came after the government came after Sunni suicide attacks killed at least 60 people near the southern city of Nassiriya, a Shi’ite area, on Sept. 14, prompting Shi’ite demands for tougher judicial action.

Survey: 67% of PA, Gaza Arabs Want Abbas to Resign, Replaced by Barghouti or Haniyeh
A large majority believes that Palestinians cannot criticize the PA without fear. In fact, half of the public believes that the PA has now become a burden on the Palestinian people,” the PSR states.

North Korea appears to bolster defenses as crisis with US escalates
North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said US President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down US bombers flying near the peninsula.

The German AfD party has surged and Europe is falling apart
The mainstream media repeats the mantra that behind this right-wing surge lies the xenophobic and fascist hate that has raised its head in Europe, citing Vladimir Putin with his hackers, Donald Trump and his tweets, and other children’s fairy tales. These are the real fake newsmongers. What lies behind the right-wing surge is, instead, the big cultural shock that hit at the heart of the European democracies…, the ideological shock (derision of the people by the élites and political correctness), rampant anti-Christian secularization and massive illegal immigration.

Israel fires missile at Syrian aircraft over Golan
Arab media outlets have reported that a Syrian aircraft flying over the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights near the border with Israel was targeted by an Israeli missile. According to the report, the incident took place over the town of Kuneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan.

Hamas speaks highly of deadly shooting attack that killed 3 Israelis
Hamas spoke highly of a deadly shooting attack on Tuesday outside the Har Adar settlement near Jerusalem. “Once again Jerusalem proves that it is the heart of the conflict with the occupation,” Hamas spokesman Hazim Qassim said… “The operation this morning in northern Jerusalem is a new chapter of the Jerusalem intifada and… an affirmation that our uprising youth will continue to fight until the people and land are completely liberated.”

Netanyahu: Israel expects Abbas to condemn terror attack
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the Har Adar terror attack Tuesday morning that killed two security guards and one border police officer, and not to justify it. Speaking before the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that the attack is the result – among other things – of “systematic incitement by the Palestinian Authority and other elements.”

UN: Israeli, PA incitement violates Resolution 2334
Israelis and Palestinians have engaged in inflammatory rhetoric that violates UN Resolution 2334, which condemns settlement activity, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov said on Monday. He presented the UN Security Council with his third report on the resolution since its approval last December, in which he gave both Israelis and Palestinians a failing grade.

Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US
A small group of refugees have become the first to be moved from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus island to the US to start new lives. The 22 men have been accepted by the US under a deal reached between Australia and the Obama administration. Another group are expected to be moved from the island nation of Nauru in coming days.

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk for talks
Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk later – the first time since the PM set out plans for a two-year transition period post-Brexit. It comes a month before the council will decide whether sufficient progress has been made to begin trade talks. The council says it first wants more detail on citizen’s rights, a financial settlement and the Irish border.

California Is Already Preparing for a North Korean Nuclear Attack
With U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threatening war, California officials are taking the threat of nuclear exchange seriously. Noting the heightened North Korean threat, the Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin…warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans.

US spy chief urges Congress to renew surveillance authority
Intelligence Director Dan Coats Monday urged Congress to tread carefully as it considers imposing limitations on surveillance authorities enjoyed by the nation’s spy agencies for nearly a decade. “This is clearly a major issue for the intelligence community,” Coats told a group of journalists at his office complex in suburban Virginia. “It’s one of our top priorities.”

U.S. tells WTO concerned about Chinese cyber security laws
The United States has told the World Trade Organization that a new Chinese cyber security law could have a significant adverse effect on global trade in services… “China’s measures would disrupt, deter, and in many cases, prohibit cross-border transfers of information that are routine in the ordinary course of business,” said the U.S. document that was submitted for debate at the WTO Services Council.

Son of Hamas Founder Shakes Up UN Human Rights Council: ‘If Israel Did Not Exist, You Would Have No-One To Blame’
The U.N. Human Rights Council’s perennial debate focusing on condemning Israel witnessed an unusual intervention Monday – a strong-worded statement in Arabic-accented English slamming not Israel but the Palestinian Authority.

Prof sounds alarm over same-sex ‘studies’ on children
Twenty years after politicians and researchers howled in protest at research suggesting there was no lasting harm to minors who engage in same-sex sexual relationships with much older adults, similar research now is being met with the silence of the scientific community and may be used to challenge age of consent laws.

WATCH – Donald Trump Releases Epic Video to Warn America
…with extremist groups like ISIS on the decline — we can see that jihadists are still committed to the destruction of the Western world. While the Islamic State (ISIS) is all but defeated in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, they are adopting a new tactic: infiltrating Western nations whose immigration policies are lax enough to allow entry to those who would carry out violent attacks.

Hubble images mysterious object hurtling through the solar system
The Hubble space telescope has unravelled the mystery of a strange asteroid which had also been classified as a comet – and which had puzzled astronomers. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 2006 VW139, in September 2016 – and the image revealed that it’s not one, but two asteroids. The two rocks are orbiting each other at a distance of 60 miles – and behave very weirdly, the researchers say.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: UK Introduces Gender Neutral, Tranny-Sensitive School Uniforms
In response to pressures from “diversity” campaigners in the United Kingdom, dozens of schools have introduced “gender neutral” uniform codes in order to be more sensitive to children who “identify” as the opposite sex. The ultra-progressive policies would allow, and some say encourage, boys as young as five years old to “come out” as transgender and wear skirts to class. silent?


September 25, 2017
WES VERNON — It seems weird that, at this point, one man holds the future of America in his hands. That man is not an enemy. He is an honored United States Senator whose military record on this nation’s behalf has earned him the respect and gratitude of his fellow countrymen…. (more)

September 25, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Is the whole present crisis of the United States due to the fact that many Americans who profess to be followers of Christ fail to walk the path he exampled for us? The Scripture reports that Christ had the power to transform material things, changing water into wine. He had the power to heal physical infirmities – – to make the blind see and the lame walk. He could restore life to those who were dead, in every sense the human body could perceive…. (more)

September 25, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A new video from the public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. documents how so-called “progressives” are now demanding acceptance of “psychedelics,” or mind-altering drugs that create hallucinations. America’s Survival, Inc. President Cliff Kincaid interviews Dr. Tina Trent about how Barack Hussein Obama implemented the George Soros vision of legalized dope and how the “progressive” pro-drug movement he is leading is now demanding legalization of LSD and heroin…. (more)

September 25, 2017
HOT AIR — Yes, this poll was conducted over the weekend, after Trump’s rally for Strange on Friday night. And yes, the pollster is legit. It’s Trafalgar, whom you may remember as having called Michigan and Pennsylvania last fall with eerie precision when most others in the field were projecting Hillary Clinton wins by comfortable-ish margins…. (more)

September 25, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Former U.S. Army Ranger officer Alejandro Villanueva – – the Pittsburgh Steelers player who is being hailed as a hero after he defied his whole team Sunday and stood for the national anthem – – actually earned his true hero status three years before he played professional football…. (more)


September 25, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Who would have thought the National Football League – – those teams with big guys who chase a little ball all over the gridiron – – would get caught up in a fight over the First Amendment’s free-speech protections? But it has, in an explosive way…. (more)


September 25, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — There’s a lunatic in Asia credibly threatening the world with a hydrogen bomb. Congress can’t pull itself together to do anything. But enough of that. We’re all obsessed now with what a few tubby athletes think about the flag, the national anthem and the country others have shed blood and lives to defend and protect…. (more)

September 25, 2017
ALICIA POWE — After sabotaging his career, humiliating his wife and lying to the people of New York City, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for persuading a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016…. (more)


September 25, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — Was Alton Nolen mentally ill when he beheaded a female co-worker and tried to behead a second woman at a food plant in Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2014, or was he simply being a good Muslim by following the dictates of the Quran?… (more)


September 25, 2017
POLITICO — The White House and senior Republicans are deeply worried about Sen. Luther Strange’s chances in Tuesday’s GOP runoff here – even after unleashing the full weight of the party machinery to stop his opponent, flame-throwing conservative Roy Moore…. (more)


September 24, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Roy Moore’s supporters rallied on Saturday amid bluegrass music, pulled pork and “Make America Great Again” hats, lamenting what they view as the wrong turn their beloved President Trump took with his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange…. (more)

September 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics…. (more)

September 24, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge in Minnesota with a long history of Democratic Party activism has issued a ruling that effectively concludes the LGBT agenda trumps the First Amendment’s religious-rights protections. John Tunheim, appointed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1995, ordered Wednesday that Christian videographers Carl and Angel Larsen, through their company, Telescope Media Group, must use their filmmaking talents to promote same-sex marriages if they produce films that celebrate marriage as the union of one man and one woman…. (more)

September 24, 2017
FORTUNE — Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump and women who continued to support him. “When I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?” Clinton said in an interview on AM Joy…. (more)

September 23, 2017
BREITBART — President Donald Trump admitted to Alabama voters Friday that he might have made a mistake by endorsing appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary. “We have to be loyal in life,” Trump said. “There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.”… (more)

September 23, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Robert Mueller’s sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball. It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators. Mueller’s bad-asses persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock…. (more)

September 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Elizabeth Warren was forced to defend her wealth despite her frequent attacks on the rich after she was confronted by a Boston radio host earlier this week. Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who frequently attacks big banks and Wall Street, ran into WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner at the studio Monday and was asked how she can justify “railing” against a class of Americans to which she belongs…. (more)


September 22, 2017
FOX NEWS — Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.”… (more)


September 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised Judge Roy Moore, a Senate candidate in Alabama, hours ahead of President Trump’s visit to Alabama to stump for Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala. In a statement, Carson called Moore a “fine man of proven character and integrity,” and someone who “reflects the Judeo-Christian values” needed to “make America great again” – – Trump’s 2016 campaign motto. He also said he was “delighted” that Moore was running…. (more)

September 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — It is not possible for Congress to pass a comprehensive bipartisan solution to healthcare reform. That much is incontrovertible. But in a statement announcing his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy legislation – – one that signaled it was as good as dead – – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued bipartisanship was a necessary component to such efforts, so as not to “leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance.”… (more)

September 22, 2017
BYRON YORK — A third deadline has now passed for the FBI and Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents related to the Trump dossier. And for a third time, the bureau has not produced the material…. (more)

September 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Twitter comment from the Associated Press, the international wire service begun in the 1800s to enable newspapers to share stories with each other, blasting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for using a private jet for her travels has bounced back. It seems the AP’s criticism – – “Education Secretary DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events” – – failed to mention that the jet in question is owned by DeVos…. (more)

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

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

September 22, 2017
BREITBART — Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. “Judge Roy Moore has shown time and time again that he will stand strong against the prevailing winds to champion causes that are important to conservatives,” King said Thursday about the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 26, 2017

Challenging the Racist Cops Myth

The real controversy should not be over those protesting the national anthem but the perpetuation of the racism myth.

The Foundation

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” —James Wilson (1790)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 26

  • Demise of Obamacare Repeal Shows How Far GOP Remains From Goal (Read More)
  • Republican’s Latest Tax Plan Has Little Room to Maneuver (Read More)
  • Mexico in three-day countdown to search for earthquake survivors (Read More)
  • Oil near 26-month high as Turkey threatens to choke Kurdish exports (Read More)
  • North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates (Read More)
  • U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over America (Read More)
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross tells China to guarantee fair treatment for U.S. firms (Read More)
  • Novogratz Says Bitcoin Is a Bubble, But You Should Own It (Read More)
  • Citi Says Get Ready for an Oil Squeeze (Read More)
  • Alibaba takes control of logistics business, pledges $15 billion to expand network (Read More)
  • This Is Chaos’: Sweltering Puerto Rico on Day 6 Without Power (Read More)
  • Nestlé Cedes Ground to Loeb but Won’t Budge on L’Oreal (Read More)
  • Western Digital to seek injunction to block Toshiba’s $18 billion chip unit sale (Read More)
  • Citi Is Bringing Back One of the Most Infamous Bets of the Credit Crisis (Read More)
  • Nafta Negotiators Turn to Thorny Issue Just as Ministers Arrive (Read More)
  • U.S. companies urge EU to refrain from unilateral moves on Web tax (Read More)
  • BHP, world’s largest miner, says 2017 is ‘tipping point’ for electric cars (Read More)
  • Ivanka Trump’s China Business Ties Are More Secret Than Ever (Read More)
  • The Oil Ghost Towns of Texas (Read More)
  • Brazil Lets In Big Oil Firms After Keeping Them Out for a Decade (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/26/2017

Three Israelis Killed in Terrorist Attack in West Bank Settlement

After deadly shooting, IDF seals off hometown of Har Adar terrorist

Rioting breaks out in vicinity of Har Adar terrorist’s village

Netanyahu: Israel expects Abbas to condemn terror attack

Hamas speaks highly of deadly shooting attack that killed 3 Israelis

UN Secretary-General: ‘Hamas glorifying terrorism is deplorable, undermines possibility of peace’

Lieberman: ‘Before negotiating, we must demand Palestinians cease incitement’

Right-wing MKs: Call off US peace push over terror attack – shooting was a message to US envoy Jason Greenblatt

Washington seeks to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process with “the deal of the century”

Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

UN Mideast Envoy Says Israel Ignoring Security Council Demand to Halt Settlements

EU ambassador to Israel to boycott state event marking 50th anniversary of liberation of Judea, Samaria

100 years later – Current Lord Balfour: Everyone knew Jews needed a home

Racing toward disaster: Israel’s unsustainable population bomb

Saudi Newspaper: ‘No Lasting Peace Can Exclude Hamas and its Supporters’

For first time in over two years, PA to hold cabinet meeting in Gaza

A severe electricity shortage in Gaza leaves residents with as little as four hours of power a day

Kurds Turned Out en Masse to Vote on Independence Despite Iran and Turkey Prepping for War

Erdogan warns Kurdish independence could spark ‘ethnic war’

Iraqi Kurds vote on creating an independent Kurdistan – but big obstacles stand in the way

Oil Slips After Entering Bull Market on Kurdish Export Threats

Analysis : Israel Isn’t Doing the Kurds Any Favors by Openly Supporting Independence

Erdogan: Israel must reconsider support for Kurdish independence – or else

Why do state-seeking Palestinians oppose Kurdish independence vote?

Iraq’s PM Abadi refuses talks with Kurds over independence vote results

Iran parliament to hold meeting on Kurd vote

Report: Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable

Syrian War Drags On, but Assad’s Future Looks as Secure as Ever

Syria will retaliate against Israel if it continues attacking it, foreign minister says

Russia denies it killed civilians in air strikes on Syria’s Idlib

Returning home, Syrians find Raqqa battered beyond recognition

German ‘Islamic State leader’ on trial for recruiting jihadists

Qatar Says Trump wants to fix Gulf crisis with dialogue

Trump pushing Afghan president to close Taliban office in Qatar, sources say

Myanmar says no ‘ethnic cleansing,’ genocide against Muslims

Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres Against the Rohingya

Kenyan police use tear gas, batons to disperse opposition protesters

Jewish groups join criticism of Trump’s updated travel ban

Trump and Israel Blasted an Iranian Missile Launch That Didn’t Happen

North Korea Also Has Nerve Agent VX, Chemical Weapons Expert Warns

North Korea appears to bolster defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates

North Korean official says Trump has ‘declared war,’ threatens to shoot down U.S. warplanes

North Korea foreign minister says President Trump’s tweet is ‘a declaration of war’

White House Rejects N. Korean Claim That Trump ‘Declared War’

Seoul urges US to avoid ‘further escalation’ with North Korea

As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

North Korea’s ‘gruesome’ murder of Kim’s brother meant to ‘horrify world,’ new report says

Kremlin: Ramping up tensions over N.Korea may have dangerous consequences

UN human rights office: Russia violating international law in Crimea

U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over American Territory

Some Trump advisers used private email for government business

Clinton reportedly calls Kushner emails ‘the height of hypocrisy’

Bannon to conservatives: Fear ‘corrupt’ GOP establishment

Catalan president ‘could be arrested over independence referendum’

US spy chief urges Congress to renew surveillance authority

Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence

Driverless hover-taxi makes first ‘concept’ flight in Dubai

Israeli tech helps Mexican rescuers locate quake victims

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Langgen, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Atocha, Bolivia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Ulawan volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

‘Apocalyptic’ devastation in Puerto Rico, and little help in sight

‘It’s like the end of the world’ inside San Juan’s steaming airport

North Carolina: Outer Banks visitors evacuate ahead of Maria

Texas faces flood threat as Tropical Storm Pilar enhances downpours this week

Texas congressman to flood victims: “God is telling you to move”

Canyon Fire prompts evacuations, backs up traffic on Anaheim-area freeways

Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Mass extinctions could threaten the world’s food supplies as key species of plants and animals come under threat from climate change, disease and pests

Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in persistant vegetative state

Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gig

Meet the Lesbian Goldman Sachs Economist Who Just Led Germany’s Far Right to Victory

Girls’ School Head Stops Calling Students ‘Girls,’ Fearful of Offending Transgender Students

In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Prison for Sexting Scandal

Russian couple suspected of killing and eating up to 30 victims

NASCAR’s defense of the national anthem draws praise from President Trump

Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race

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Is America prepared for an EMP attack?

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:50 AM PDT

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials — including former CIA Director James Woolsey — have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate — with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear testing and threats of such an onslaught — is the matter really generating attention. But according to U.S. defense and security officials, while there are

players purporting to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure given millions of American lives on the line, the reality is that no one really knows what will happen and what can be done. “We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts,” one high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told Fox News. “This is not something we have had a lot of real world experience with.”  READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: Nearly 50,000 evacuated in Indonesia from fears of volcanic eruption

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Nearly 50,000 people living near Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been evacuated following an increasing unrest detected since August 10, 2017. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km (7.4 miles) around the volcano. According to the ARISTOTLE emergency report, the increasing unrest does not necessarily mean that an eruption will take place, nor it can give precise indications on when/if this would happen. However, historical data shows that the eruption of this volcano were of a big

magnitude. As of September 24, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and dispersed across 238 locations in seven districts in Bali. Indonesia’s disaster management agency (BNPB) said Monday morning, September 25 that the number has increased to 48,540, adding that they expected it to rise because more than 60,000 people lived in the danger zone. “There are still people who don’t want to be evacuated,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, BNPB spokesman said at Monday’s press conference. READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: Thousands in mass evacuation as Monaro volcano erupts

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:31 AM PDT

A huge volcano in Vanuatu which has been threatening to blow for several weeks has erupted, prompting the South Pacific Ocean nation to declare a state of emergency. The Monaro Voui volcano, located on the northern island of Ambae, has been simmering for weeks and finally erupted on Tuesday, September 26. Some 7,000 residents – roughly 70 percent of the population of Ambae – have forced to evacuate over

the last few days as the threat of an eruption grew larger. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department raised the alert level from three to four over the weekend as it warned of “flying rocks and volcanic gas”. Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office director, Shadrack Welegtabit, said: “There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano.  READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: ‘Explosion’ on London Underground train, Tower Hill station evacuated

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:12 AM PDT

Police have evacuated Tower Hill tube station amid reports of an explosion in a train carriage. Officers have not determined whether the incident is terrorism-related. Some witnesses suggested the explosion was caused by a faulty battery pack inside a bag. Daniel Griggs tweeted: “Blimey, someone’s battery

charger just caught fire next to me on the tube at Tower Hill. That gets the adrenaline going. Everyone’s safe!” Another witness, Murtaza Ali Shah, said terrified passengers fled the station in a stampede. He tweeted: “Tower Hill Station closed after a small scale explosion in a bag, passengers fled in panic, injuries in stampede.” READ MORE

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Has Our Power Grid Already Been Hacked?

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:35 PM PDT

A report by internet security experts, Symantec, says that a hacking group called Dragonfly 2.0 has gained access to 20 power company networks. The American power grid has been hacked, but for some reason, the culprits restrained themselves from taking down the power like they did in Ukraine recently. The targets were in the United States, Turkey, and Switzerland. According to Symantec, the hackers did gain access to the interface they would need to control the power equipment, with which they couldcause a widespread blackout. Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst, told Wired: “There’s a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage … being able to flip the switch on power generation. We’re now talking about on-the-ground technical evidence this could happen in the US, and there’s nothing left standing in the way except the motivation of some actor out in the world.”  READ MORE

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California Preparing for Nuclear Attack…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:13 PM PDT

With U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threatening war, California officials are taking the threat of nuclear exchange seriously. Noting the heightened North Korean threat, the Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin last month warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and

urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans. The report cites North Korea’s late July test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could, in theory, reach the West Coast of the United States. “North Korea’s propaganda videos feature ruins of San Francisco and Washington,” the document says. The 16-page “Nuclear Attack Response Considerations” bulletin is dated Aug. 16 and marked for “official use only.” READ MORE

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Evangelical Warns Failed Doomsday Prophecies Could Lead People to Reject Christ

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 06:17 PM PDT

With the latest doomsday prediction coming to pass without fulfillment, prominent Christian leaders are warning that although Jesus Christ will return one day, nobody knows exactly when that will be. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, pointed in a Washington Post article on Friday to numerous media reports that swirled in the past few

weeks concerning predictions that the world will end on Sept. 23. The doomsday reports were largely based on “Christian numerologist” David Meade’s interpretation of Luke 21:25, who came up with the Sept. 23 doomsday date by analyzing how the recent solar eclipse over America and Hurricane Harvey fit in with Scripture. Moore argued that “any day could be Judgment Day,” READ MORE

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Why I Never Drink Alcohol

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:04 PM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Forty-six years ago, in 1971, the Lord graciously saved me from a life from sinful destruction, which included very serious drug abuse and some heavy drinking as well. From that day until today, I have never abused drugs again or had a sip of alcohol, other than taking Communion with a taste of wine when that was the only option. Do I believe that the Scriptures require total abstinence for all believers? No, I do not. Do I believe that Jesus literally turned water into wine in John 2, even if the wine was not as

fermented as today? Yes, I do. Do I believe that some Christians can drink some alcoholic beverages in moderation without sinning before God? I certainly do. So, I am not here as anyone’s judge or jury, nor am I trying to force my convictions on anyone else. I simply want to share with you why I have totally abstained from alcohol for the last 46 years, since I’ve often been asked this question over the years. READ MORE

 

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University Bans Research Into Transgender Surgery Regrets

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 04:58 PM PDT

A public university in the United Kingdom has refused to allow a researcher to look into cases of people who regretted having gender reassignment surgery and transitioned back to living as their birth sex. The university says such a study “may be detrimental to the reputation of the institution,” according to a report. James Caspian, a psychotherapist, proposed to do the study for a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University but was refused permission, according to The Sunday Times.

The university explained that the potentially “politically incorrect” research could be criticized on the internet and thereby harm the reputation of the institution. Bath Spa is violating “the most basic tenets of academic and intellectual freedom of inquiry,” Caspian, who specializes in therapy for transgender people, tells the Times. READ MORE

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Giant Sinkhole Opens In Turkey, Residents and Animals Terrified By Sound

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 04:53 PM PDT

An enormous sinkhole suddenly formed in the ground of the province of Konya in Turkey on September 23, 2017. The 40 meters wide by 20 meters deep crater collapsed in a loud roaring noise, that terrified both shepherds and livestock. An unusual and terrifying natural phenomenon occurred on Saturday in

the Karapınar district of the central province of Konya in Turkey. According to local residents, shepherds heard a loud rumbling that frightened all livestock. Looking for the source of the loud noise, they found a huge hole in the ground that formed near a road in an empty area. READ MORE

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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September 25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump and Republican leaders plan to release a tax framework this week that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, provide a measure of middle-class tax relief and punish some households in Democratic-leaning states like New York and New Jersey.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

Target Corp. is giving thousands of its employees a pay raise next month, hoping to stay ahead of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other rivals in the war for talent. The retailer announced plans Monday to boost its minimum hourly wage to $11 an hour in October. Target will later up the rate to $15 by the end of 2020. The increase will apply to the 100,000 seasonal employees it’s hiring for the holidays, but the company declined to say how many of its 323,000 regular employees would see a lift.

President Donald Trump restricted or suspended travel to the U.S. from eight countries, while subtracting Sudan, from his earlier ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The new restrictions impact travel to varying degrees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, all of which were on the original list. The U.S. will also now restrict or ban travel from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

Wall Street’s robot revolution has begun. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is rolling out a program called LOXM that executes equities trades so well, it’s replacing the humans who used to do that. Goldman Sachs is in the midst of automating the initial public offering process. Innovations in financial technology — fintech — are creating competition in fields long dominated by the institutions. Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, says technological advances could make 30 percent of banking jobs disappear in five years. David Siegel, co-founder of quant hedge fund Two Sigma, is worried that machines will soon make swaths of the workforce obsolete.

AP Top Stories

A strong new earthquake, magnitude 6, 1shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

South Korea’s weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict.

A top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its founding this weekend, and on Saturday it allowed women into the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time for a special pageant operetta.

A masked gunman invaded a Tennessee church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. No motive for the shooting was immediately determined. Investigators said they were not aware of any relationship between the gunman and any of the worshippers,

Iraq’s central government in Baghdad ordered the country’s Kurdish region to hand over all border crossings and airports to federal government control late Sunday night, hours before the region is set to carry out a controversial referendum on support for independence.

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

US forces carried out six “precision air strikes” against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday.

Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump.

Australia will establish a national space agency, the government has said. Although its space industry employs about 11,500 people, Australia is one of the few major developed countries that do not have a space agency.

China has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday.

People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticized by foreign powers. Kurdish leaders say an expected “yes” vote will give them a mandate to start negotiations on secession.

Hackers working for the so-called Islamic State are bad at coding and hiding what they do, suggests research.

WND

A federal judge in Minnesota with a long history of Democratic Party activism has issued a ruling that effectively concludes the LGBT agenda trumps the First Amendment’s religious-rights protections.


The Briefing 09-25-17

The collision of politics and professional sports as Trump clashes with NBA and NFL

Merkel elected to fourth term as we witness the dawn of a new political era in Germany

Danger in diplomacy: Is North Korea even a rational actor?

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News – 9/25/2017

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote
The vote organized by Kurdish authorities is expected to deliver a comfortable “yes” for independence, but is not binding. A teenager in one SUV waved an Israeli flag, which has become common in the Kurdish region at rallies, as Israel is the only country to openly support Kurdish independence aspirations. Many shops were closed on the morning of the referendum for what was a day off in the region.

Buddhist Monk says all races and religions could live together if it weren’t for Muslims
Buddhist Monk: All religions could Coexist…But Muslims Don’t Want To. (Video)

“Forget Germany, Spain Is The Real Problem”
Division wihin Europe are mounting again. Any success by Catalonia sets a dangerous precedent for other want-away regions, not just in Spain. It emphasizes that many of the structural imbalances in the euro zone haven’t been fixed. Inequality is still growing.

150 Years Since Mark Twain’s Prophetic Israel Revelation in ‘Innocents Abroad’ When Twain visited, the Old City was a “backwater town for the Ottomans, not a glorious city like it is today.” But now, he told Breaking Israel News, “We are living in the realization of the prophecies that Twain witnessed. Only when the Jewish people returned to the land was it built up. Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) returned and finally we see the true unfolding of the redemption process.”

European Union to boycott Israeli state ceremony
On Monday, however, Arutz Sheva was informed that the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, will not be attending the event, despite having received a formal invitation. Staff at Giaufret’s office confirmed that the ambassador had indeed been invited to the ceremony, adding that his decision to snub the event was consistent with the views espoused by the EU’s member states.

Iran displays S-300 defense system
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard on Sunday displayed the country’s sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran, … This is the first time that the S-300 air defense system has been displayed in public.

The rise of Germany’s far-right: AfD leader talks to the ‘Post’
Much of the attention throughout the German campaign centered on the rise of the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Established just five years ago as a Euroskeptic party, it has since evolved to garner messages that are similar to other European far-right parties: anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-EU and German nationalism.

Greenblatt to Israel ‘to continue peace track’
Special representative Jason Greenblatt will return to Israel in early October. “While President Trump had productive meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas at the United Nations, we always said that the UN would not focus on peace conversations and that those conversations would be happening on a separate track,” the official said. “The meetings are part of the Administration’s quiet, steady discussions towards peace.”

For first time in over two years, PA to hold cabinet meeting in Gaza
For the first time in more than two years, the Palestinian Authority government will hold a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip next Tuesday, official PA media reported Monday morning. “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in consultation with President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a decision to hold the government’s weekly cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip,” PA government spokesman Yousif Mahmoud said.

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area
The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days. Authorities have imposed a 12km (7.5-mile) exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday.

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote
People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticised by foreign powers. Polls are open in the three northern provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and the government in Baghdad. Iraq’s prime minister has denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional”.

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity
The Vatican’s former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, said Sunday he was forced out after his investigations into possible illegal activity hit too close to home. “Let me be clear: I did not voluntarily resign. I was threatened with arrest,” Libero Milone said in an interview conducted with four media outlets including Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily.

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service. Puerto Ricans are spending hours waiting in line to buy whatever they can, but often go home empty-handed if they do not manage a purchase before a dusk to dawn curfew takes effect.

Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year
Violent crime, including homicides, rose for the second consecutive year in 2016, driven by increases in a few urban centers including Baltimore, Chicago and Las Vegas, according to F.B.I. data… Violent crimes increased nationally last year by 4.1 percent and homicides rose by 8.6 percent, one year after violence increased by 3.9 percent and homicides jumped by 10.8 percent. A total of 17,250 people were murdered in 2016…

Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Is A Sudanese Bodybuilder

Nashville Police have identified the suspect of a mass shooting at a church Sunday morning as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.

Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech’s growth is healthy or not. Over the past few years, Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon have become among the world’s most valuable companies. Along with stalwarts like Microsoft and rising stars like Netflix, the tech firms exercise enormous control over what people see and how they live.

Netanyahu acquiesces to Trump request to delay settlement talks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed ministers of the Security Cabinet…of his decision to postpone a meeting scheduled for this week of the West Bank Civil Administration’s planning committee following a request by US President Donald Trump. Justifying his decision to hold off on the meeting by a week or two…the prime minister told the ministers present he had no intention of humiliating the pro-Israel Trump administration…

US, Israel pressuring Interpol to reject Palestinian request to join
Israel and the United States are pressuring international policing organization Interpol to not allow the Palestinian Authority to accede to the organization as a member state. Interpol’s General Assembly has convened in China to discuss whether to postpone opening membership to the organization or hold a vote later this week on accepting any new states.

Former Congressman Warns That Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To “Regulate Drudge”
A former Republican Congressman from Colorado has warned that a foreign country could bribe or “incentivize” the FCC to regulate and “rein in” popular conservative news outlets, including The Drudge Report.

Russia’s Secret Agent Man Hiding in Plain Sight
Russia Secret Agent Man’ Barack Hussein Obama is hiding in plain sight. In fact he hid in plain sight right in the Oval Office for eight, long uninterrupted years.

CHRISTIANS OUTRAGED: Ontario Passes Law Allowing Gov’t to Seize Children From Parents Who Oppose Gender Transition
Canada’s Ontario province has passed legislation that allows the government to seize children from families that refuse to accept their child’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression.”

Looking Skywards, Buzzards Closing in on the White House
When the globalist/progressive/left created Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, assigning them the task to finish off what is left of the West, they crafted them as wind-up dolls that would keep on going even after leaving public office.

More quakes shake ‘ring of fire’
Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month. Meanwhile, Californians are anxious about a possible Big One, because of the recent major quakes – all seemingly hitting in the “ring of fire,” where about 90 percent of seismic activity occurs.

Girls as Young as Four ‘Forced’ to Wear Hijab in British State Funded Schools
Islamic schools including those funded by the British government and private institutions are forcing children — some of whom are very young — to wear the Islamic Hijab as part of their uniform code.

BADASS: ISRAEL TO ARM APACHE HELICOPTERS WITH ITS OWN SPIKE MISSILES
How Obama’s betrayal during the 2014 Gaza War made it possible.

THANKS SHMUCK: In violation of Obama’s horrendous nuclear deal, Iran tests balistic
Iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2000 kilometres. Over and over again, Iran threatens to destroy Israel – why is the world silent?


3 Large Earthquakes And A Major Volcanic Eruption In Mexico Spark Fears That The Big One Could Hit California Soon

The portion of “the Ring of Fire” that runs along the west coast of North America is starting to shake like a leaf. As most of you already know, the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean is known for high levels of seismic activity, and the experts tell us that more than 80 percent of all earthquakes and more than 70 percent of all volcanic eruptions take place within the Ring of Fire. The North American section of the Ring of Fire has been relatively quiet for an extended period of time, but now all of the shaking down in Mexico is causing a tremendous amount of concern. In fact, some now fear that all of the shaking down there may be a harbinger of things to come for California. (Read More…)

The US cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento have all been rattled by large earthquakes 1.5 magnitude or greater in the past day.

The largest quake measured 2.6 magnitude and struck 4.30am local time at a depth of 23km near Tuolumne City, around 213km from San Francisco.

Eleven of the tremors were over 2.0 magnitude, while the rest were between 1.0 to 2.0 magnitude, according to Earthquake Track.

Although relatively small, the wave of earthquakes will entrench fears that a massive tremor measuring 7.0 or above could strike the region.

Scientists believe the US state is overdue a “big one” magnitude 7 or over earthquake by around 50 years.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 25

  • Merkel’s Bloc Regroups After ‘Nightmare Victory’ in Germany (Read More)
  • Germany’s Election Results Reflect European Unease on Economy, Immigration (Read More)
  • Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote (Read More)
  • Jews around world concerned by far-right breakthrough in German election (Read More)
  • Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum (Read More)
  • GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal With Bill Headed to Likely Defeat (Read More)
  • Trump Tax Plan to Cut Taxes for Corporations and Wealthy (Read More)
  • Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Opens New Stage in Legal Fight  (Read More)
  • Trump’s War With NFL Threatens to Overshadow Rollout of Tax Plan (Read More)
  • Trump’s NFL Anthem Crusade Angers Big Campaign Donors  (Read More)
  • China Eyeing Rule Change That Could Aid Tesla (Read More)
  • Springsteen Tickets Hit $10,000, and Wall Street Gets Scalped  (Read More)
  • Equifax’s Massive Hack Has a Tiny Silver Lining  (Read More)
  • Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science (Read More)
  • iPhone Disappointment Hammers Suppliers (Read More)
  • Funding Tesla Annoys Automakers That Need Electric Car Credits (Read More)
  • Department Stores Cling to Power Over Landlords on Mall Upgrades (Read More)
  • In World’s Hottest Oil Patch, Jitters Mount That a Bust Is Near (Read More)
  • GE Agrees to Sell Industrial Unit to ABB for $2.6 Billion (Read More)
  • Activist Funds Seek Ouster of Tuesday Morning CEO (Read More)
  • Unilever to Buy Korean Skin-Care Firm for $2.7 Billion (Read More)

Headlines – 9/25/2017

US special envoy Greenblatt expected in Israel to advance peace talks

Netanyahu Tells Cabinet Ministers: Trump Prepping Peace Plan, Determined to Make Progress

Netanyahu said to delay settlement planning committee meet at US request

Abbas tries to put Trump on notice with warning: “Either you save the two-state solution or we are going to end up in one state where our people are going to ask for full rights”

PA premier to visit Gaza next week to take control from Hamas

Palestinian chief negotiator at top of US transplant waiting list

Women Wage Peace march to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

‘The Media Is All Garbage’: Why Israelis Have Bought Netanyahu’s Line on Fake News

Israel Tells High Court: Bedouin in Unauthorized West Bank Village Will Be Evacuated by Mid-2018

Israel seeking to block fresh Palestinian bid to join Interpol

For help fighting terror, London police look to Israel

Syrian foreign minister at UN: Israel aids terrorists, we’ll take back the Golan

US Senate boosts Israel’s missile defense program

Despite alleged Israeli strikes, Hezbollah will keep building its arsenal

Russian defense minister to make first official visit to Israel next month

Russian defense minister to make rare Israel visit for talks on Syria

The Kurds: One stateless people across four countries

Iraqi Kurds polarised as region holds historic referendum on independence

Iraqi Kurdish official: No ‘redrawing’ borders

Iraqi PM accuses Kurdish leaders of corruption ahead of referendum

Iraq Kurds begin historic independence vote in defiance of Baghdad

The Birth Pains of a New Kurdish State Start Today

Russia Now Iraqi Kurds’ Biggest Source of Funds, Signals Support for Kurdish Independence

Kurdish president says partnership with Iraq is over

Turkey denies it closed Iraq border over Kurdish vote

Kurdish Referendum: Turkey Threatens to Take ‘All Measures’ as Kurdistan Independence Vote Begins

Syria rejects Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

Iran halts flights to Iraqi Kurdistan at request of Baghdad

Iran halts flights to Iraq’s Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote

Iran says Iraqi Kurdish vote ‘untimely,’ ‘wrong’

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border

Iran says Guards attack Islamic State with drones in Eastern Syria

‘Highest Ranking’ Russian General Killed in ISIS Attack in Syria

US army bombs ISIS camp in Libya, kills 17 militants

Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones

London mayor: Like Islamic State, Trump fueling ‘clash of civilizations’

Evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, wounds five civilians

Iran shows off S-300 air defense missiles amid rocketing tensions

Liberman: ‘Imagine a World With Iran as Nuclear World Power’

North Korea nuclear tests: How far will radiation travel if a leak occurs?

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe has called an early election to take advantage of higher opinion polls amid North Korea crisis

North Korea ‘blows up US aircraft carrier and jets’ in new propaganda video

Trump and North Korea war of words escalates

Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among countries on new US travel ban

Brazil’s army sent to quell Rio favela violence

Catalonia referendum: Madrid moves to take over local policing

As Germans clip Merkel’s wings, Brussels braces for turbulence

Weakened Merkel wins fourth term, hit by nationalist ‘earthquake’

Far-right party wins seats in German parliament for first time in decades

Trepidation looms as Europe’s Jews watch rise of German far-right

Euro slips after German election results

U.S. to partially unveil key NAFTA proposal, talks seen dragging

Jared Kushner Reportedly Used Private Email Account for White House Business

Doomsday Conspiracy Theory: David Meade Reschedules Apocalypse for October After World Didn’t End

The world didn’t end on September 23, but here are six other major threats to humanity

Europe urged to reconsider pullout from ‘Armageddon’ asteroid mission

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano ‘critical’ with hundreds of tremors every day

Evacuations from Bali volcano swell to about 50,000

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,500ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Maria prompts tropical storm watches to be issued for Carolina and Virginia coasts

Hurricanes may compel even more Puerto Rico residents to flee to the mainland, officials warn

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Astronaut Slammed By Two Hurricanes While in Orbit

Military stretched thin by hurricane relief efforts

Tropical Storm Pilar to unleash flooding, mudslides across southwestern Mexico

Tropical pressure system on course to hit Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Texas Officials Urge Trump to Act on FEMA Funding for Houses of Worship

Joel Osteen opens Houston megachurch to Jews whose synagogue was flooded

Global Emergency: The world is running out of antibiotics, says WHO

Drug-resistant strain of malaria spreading through Southeast Asia

Officials say swine flu detected in 11 pigs at Maryland fair

Pope’s sex abuse advisers also look into children of priests

Clergy abuse cases could hit 1,000

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity

Bishop blasts ‘satanic’ London Fashion Week show

Vermont substitute elementary school teacher fired after teaching kids Nazi salute

The Politicization of Everything

Lawyers say Trump’s free speech shows contempt for free speech

Trump’s call for boycott of NFL reignites furor over players’ national anthem protests

Police: Man arrested near White House had cache of weapons in car

Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches civil rights investigation

1 killed, multiple people stabbed in CMC prison riot involving over 160 inmates

Model ‘scalped and drained of blood’ in murder unprecedented ‘outside wartime’

Violent Crime in US Rises for Second Consecutive Year

Michelle Lesley – The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation

Kris Vallotton — Following the Bible is Small Minded

Prophet James Goll’s ‘revealing’ interpretation of Luke 7:44

The Shack Author Teaches New Age Lie on TBN – The God “in” Everything Heresy

Six other times world didn’t end despite what Mayans, Harold Camping and the Prophet Hen of Leeds claimed

Sudanese Immigrant Kills One, Wounds Seven at Tennessee Church

The Most Evangelical States in America

Idaho ranks worst in nation for faith healing deaths

UK Judge Rules Starving Minimally Conscious Patients to Death Does Not Always Need Court Approval

Planned Parenthood Wants Maine to Allow Nurse Practitioners, Midwives to Perform Abortions

Christian Filmmakers Must Work Gay Weddings Despite Religious Beliefs, Minnesota Court Rules

North Korea ‘blows up US aircraft carrier and jets’ in new propaganda video

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:46 AM PDT

North Korean state media has released a new video depicting the destruction of US aircraft and warships and warning that any attack on the North will see US forces “head to the grave”. The 99-second clip was released on Sunday by the DPRK Today news site, just hours after two US Air Force B-1B Lancer

bombers flew off the coast of North Korea in a show of force. Accompanied by US fighters based in Okinawa, the bombers flew further north of the Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula than any US military aircraft in the 21st century, according to the Pentagon. READ MORE

Another Perspective Of The “Days of Noah”

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:33 AM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Have you heard this before? “We know that the last days will be wicked. Very wicked. Just like the days of Noah. That’s what Jesus said.” One website states, “Jesus said that the end times would be like the days of Noah and Lot. Are we living in a day like that?” Another site explains, “Regardless of how one interprets Matthew 24, there’s no doubt that Christ referred to the rebellion and judgment in Noah’s day, which He compared to mankind’s subsequent rebellion and impending judgment. It’s a sober warning

for any generation to consider.” A pastor on YouTube argues that, just as Noah’s day was marked by the great flood, so our day has been marked by massive hurricanes like Harvey, which dumped unprecedented amounts of water on our land. Another Christian teacher goes even further, suggesting a potential connection to aliens: “There continues to be a flow of articles, books and entertainment programs dealing with UFOs, aliens and the like. Many wonder if there is a connection or relationship to the prediction of our Lord in Luke 17:26 (NKJV): ‘And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.’  READ MORE

Mystery Lights In California Spark Planet X Hysteria

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:29 AM PDT

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The prediction that a hidden planet was meant to smash into Earth on Saturday — killing us all — was laughed at by experts. But that quickly turned into nervous laughter when a number of people spotted strange lights in the skies above America hours before the destruction was supposed to take place. Freaked-out Los Angeles residents saw what they described as a UFO with a weird crescent flying over them. People in Huntington Beach, California, witnessed it too. One person posted on Twitter: ‘We

totally just saw UFO over Los Angeles! crazy crescent wing out of light, sputtered slowly, then zoomed outta here! That was nuts.’ Others joked about it being one of Kim Jong-Un’s missiles.Earlier this week, conspiracy theorists were lining up to warn us of hidden Planet X, which for obvious reasons was not been detected by Nasa. READ MORE

 

 

Venezuelan doctors and teachers resort to prostitution to buy food…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:19 AM PDT

At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour. “We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.” And all of them came

from Venezuela. As Venezuela’s economy continues to collapse amid food shortages, hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means have gone to places like Miami, Santiago and Panama. READ MORE

DECLINE OF AMERICA: Only Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Gov’t…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:15 AM PDT

A sizable portion of the American public seems to show little interest in the fabric of the country’s government and history, a new survey finds. Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace. Fifty-three percent of respondents believed the falsehood that illegal

immigrants aren’t granted any constitutional rights, while 37 percent couldn’t even name a single right endowed by the First Amendment. Thankfully, 48 percent of those surveyed were able to identify freedom of speech as being a right enshrined by the First Amendment, although far fewer could identify other rights accorded. READ MORE

Israel must be ready to take on Iran on it’s own.

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Israel must ask the international community to stop Iran’s nuclearization but prepare to do the task on its own in case the world fails, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Bennett, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, spoke before a meeting of the forum, in which the prime minister reported about his meetings with US President Donald Trump and other world leaders and his progress on the Iranian issue. The

meeting was held a day after Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel, as security cabinet members backed Netanyahu’s call at the UN last week to either scrap or change the nuclear deal with Iran.“On the one hand, we need to persuade the US to apply paralyzing sanctions of the highest level as soon as possible,” Bennett said. “Iran must be forced to choose between the nuclear path and a prosperous economy. READ MORE

Why are these five locations censored on Google Maps?

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:56 AM PDT

Google Maps is one of the most used websites across the globe, but there are some places that even Google don’t want you to see. Most people assume that Google Maps lists every single street, city and country around the world. But there some mysterious places that don’t appear as they should. Five of the most mysteriously blurred-out places were revealed by Youtube user, Dark5, in a video. The information

was uploaded in June 2016, and has been a viral sensation ever since. Express.co.uk researched the places across the globe and lists them below. In the middle of the Mohave Desert, California, is a large airstrip and military testing site known as Junction Ranch. Part of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, it’s believed people are working on “black” drone projects in the area. READ MORE

Israeli planes attack Hezbollah weapons warehouse

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:49 AM PDT

Israeli aircraft on Friday night attacked several targets near the Damascus airfield, Syrian media reported. The attack seems to have been directed at weapons storehouses belonging to Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army. Syrian websites published pictures of fires which were claimed to be the result of the attack. An IDF spokesperson said he would “not respond” to the reports.

On September 7, the Syrian army claimed Israeli warplanes had attacked a military base in western Syria. According to the announcement, two soldiers were killed in the strikes and part of the base was destroyed. The IDF did not confirm responsibility for the attack. READ MORE

Crowd Recites Lord’s Prayer at Football Game After Group Complains About Loudspeaker Prayer

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:45 AM PDT

Students, players and members of the public attending a high school football game in Alabama stood up and recited the Lord’s Prayer in unison on Friday after a secular group complained about a student-led prayer that was broadcast over the loudspeaker during a recent game. On Aug. 31, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Dr. James McCoy Jr., superintendent of Lee

County Schools, regarding a prayer that a student volunteered to deliver before a high school football game. “It is our understanding that on August 25, 2017, Smiths Station High School broadcasted a prayer over the loudspeaker prior to the first football game of the season,” wrote FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line. “We understand that this prayer took place right after the national anthem.” READ MORE

Historic church hosts satanic fashion show

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

A bitter row has erupted after a fashion show featuring satanic designs was held at a historic church. Leading clerics branded the event ‘blasphemous’ after models dressed as devils and vampires sashayed in front of the altar. The show, part of London Fashion Week, was highlighting the work of controversial Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu, whose creations have been worn by celebrities including

singer Rihanna. Against a backdrop of demonic images, heavily made-up models wearing horns or displaying upside-down crosses paraded down the aisle-turned-catwalk of St Andrew Holborn church in Central London last week.Ms Findikoglu, who has been described as an ‘up-and-coming rebel of the fashion world’, told Vogue magazine earlier this month of her fascination with the occult and magic. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week

Apologist Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,’ Dies Following Battle With Cancer   Sep 16, 2017 04:52 pm

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‘Worship Band’ Performs Secular Rock Group AC/DC’s ‘Money Talks’ During Sunday Service   Sep 16, 2017 03:39 pm

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Hurricane Maria ‘Destroys’ Puerto Rico, 100% Without Power   Sep 20, 2017 09:07 pm

(ABC News) — The island of Puerto Rico has been “destroyed” after Hurricane Maria made landfall there as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning, according to emergency officials. Puerto Rico’s office of emergency management confirmed that 100 percent of the U.S. territory had lost power, noting that anyone with electricity was using a generator. Multiple…

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Lesbian Ministers With Apostate Church of Christ ‘Wed’ Each Other, Pentecostal Father Refuses to Attend   Sep 20, 2017 07:46 pm

Photo Credit: Rivers of Living Water United Church of Christ/Facebook EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Two female ministers with the United Church of Christ recently “wed” each other despite being warned by the father of one of the women that doing so was unbiblical. He did not attend the ceremony. “My father would not come here because he does not believe in same-sex…

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New Mexico ‘Church’ Becomes First in Mennonite Church USA to Appoint Openly Lesbian ‘Lead Pastor’   Sep 20, 2017 03:53 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A “church” in New Mexico has become the first in the Mennonite Church USA to appoint an open lesbian as “lead pastor.” Albuquerque Mennonite Church, which affirmed homosexual relationships a decade ago, made the announcement on Monday that it had chosen Erica Lea as its new leader. It remarked that Lea has a “strong call to connect with…

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Judge Rules City Can’t Ban Farmer From Selling at Market for Conducting Business in Accordance With Religious Beliefs   Sep 16, 2017 10:35 am

Photo Credit: Country Mill Facebook page LANSING, Mich. — A federal judge has granted an injunction to a Michigan farmer who was banned from selling at a local farmer’s market for operating his business in accordance with his beliefs on marriage. “The City of East Lansing must grant Country Mill Farms any necessary license and allow Country Mill Farms to…

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Biologist Acknowledges: ‘Rising Number of Publications’ Calling for ‘Major Revision’ of ‘Standard Theory of Evolution’   Sep 18, 2017 12:26 am

In a recent scientific presentation and subsequent journal article, a well-known evolutionary biologist noted that a “rising number of publications” believe that the standard theory of evolution might need to be revised or even replaced because it has shortcomings and has failed to account for recent trends in evolutionary biology. Gerd B. Müller is a biologist…

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Police Fatally Shoot Depressed ‘Non-Binary’ Georgia Tech Student After Ignoring Orders to Drop Knife   Sep 18, 2017 05:57 pm

ATLANTA, Ga. — Police fatally shot a student who identifies as “non-binary” on Saturday at the Georgia Institute of Technology after he failed to drop a multi-tool knife after repeatedly being ordered to do so. Scott “Scout” Schultz, 21, was a computer engineering student at the school and also served as the president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance for…

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Governor of Oregon Holds Ceremony to Celebrate Law Making Abortion Free in State   Sep 19, 2017 11:48 am

Photo Credit: Gov. Kate Brown/Twitter PORTLAND, Ore. — The Democratic governor of Oregon held a signing ceremony on Monday to celebrate the enactment of a law that that requires insurance companies in the state to cover the murder of the unborn at no cost. While Gov. Kate Brown already signed H.B. 3391, also known as the “Reproductive Health Equity Act,”…

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California School Board Says Allowing Opt-Out of Discussions on Gender Identity Would Be ‘Discriminatory’   Sep 21, 2017 01:33 pm

ROCKLIN, Calif. — Officials with a school board in California that recently drew controversy after a kindergarten teacher read two books to students about transgender issues stated during a meeting on Monday that allowing opt-outs of discussions on gender identity and homosexuality would be “discriminatory.” While the Rocklin Academy School Board agreed to…

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News – 9/23-24/2017

Countering the US, Iran test-fires new ballistic missile
Shortly after Iran unveiled its newest ballistic missile in a military parade on Friday, Tehran test-fired the weapon, broadcasting the launch on public television. The Khorramshahr missile has a range of 2000 kilometers…and can be armed with several warheads. The release and launch of the missile comes shortly after a speech by US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in which he directly attacked the Islamic Republic.

UN Security Council announces opposition to Kurdish independence vote
The United Nations Security Council has announced its opposition to the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, set to take place tomorrow. During the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, the Security Council said that such a vote would be ”destabilizing” to Iraq, which has disintegrated since the war against the Islamic State began there three years ago.

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

China limits oil trade to North Korea and bans textile trade
China has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday. China is North Korea’s most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency. The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang’s income, while China’s oil exports are the country’s main source of petroleum products.

North Korea: Tremor detected near weapons’ test site
A magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in North Korea. The earthquake occurred about 50km from a nuclear test site, monitors say. Previous quakes have occurred during weapons’ tests. Chinese seismologists said it was a “suspected explosion”. But South Korea says that it could be a natural quake not caused by a nuclear test.

Indonesia: Bali volcano highest alert issued
Indonesia has issued its highest level alert for a volcano on Bali, warning that an eruption on the popular tourist island could be imminent. About 10,000 people have already been evacuated, with officials urging people to stay at least nine kilometres (5.6 miles) away from Mount Agung. Tremors have been reported, and there are indications that magma is rising to the surface, the officials say.

Puerto Rico dam failure ‘imminent’ after Hurricane Maria
A failing dam is causing “extremely dangerous” flooding on a Puerto Rico river in the wake of Hurricane Maria, authorities say. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the “imminent failure” of the Guajataca Dam is a “life-threatening situation”. More than 70,000 people live in the nearby areas of Isabela and Quebradillas.

McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again
Senator John McCain has said he cannot support his fellow Republicans’ latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow. The Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer, said he “cannot in good conscience” vote for the new plan, which President Donald Trump backs. Mr McCain said it was wrong to pass such far-reaching legislation without input from the Democrats.

Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia
The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam.

‘It Undermines Integrity Of Elections’: Glitch Allows Non-U.S. Citizens In Pa. To Vote
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt says a glitch in the state’s “motor-voter” process has allowed non-U.S. citizens to register to vote, even though he thinks they did so accidentally. The glitch has had no impact on elections, as the number of people mistakenly registered was small, but Schmidt thinks that statewide there could be many more and he wants the state to review registrations.

Leftist Elementary Teacher Changes Declaration of Independence, Forces Students To Recite Gender Neutral Version
In yet another example of the insanity that is modern day liberalism, elementary school students in Mesa, Arizona were forced to recite a gender neutral version of the Declaration of Independence after their teacher “revised” the historical topic to fit their political ideology.

Will The Deep State’s War On Trump Lead To An Actual Civil War?
“These are all just casualties of Trump’s war with the ‘deep state’ (permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies), whereby the vested power interests in the US are fighting to defeat the ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) movement…”

BREAKING: St. Louis Rioters Use Horrifying New Weapon Against Police 
…St. Louis rioters have begun using chemical warfare/terrorist tactics, throwing bottles of dangerous chemicals at our police officers and causing burns, irritations, and other health complications that could arise in the future, according to KMOV.

Professor Exposes What’s Holding Down Minorities – It’s NOT What Liberals Claim
The Federalist Papers reported that noted economist Walter E. Williams believes the issue facing African Americans isn’t racial repression like the Left claims, but a much deeper issue. It’s the collapse of the traditional family structure.

Uber Banned in London After Sexual Assaults by Migrant Drivers Skyrocket
Uber has been banned in London partly in response to skyrocketing rapes by predominantly migrant drivers which the company did not report to police.

Equifax Accidentally Directs 200,000 Customers To Fake Phishing Website
…As if this weren’t enough to permanently sully the firm’s reputation (amid cries of “you had one job!”) – the staggering irony of a credit monitoring firm inadvertently divulging the sensitive information that it was supposed to safeguard hasn’t been lost on consumers) a series of subsequent disclosures have portrayed the firm’s executives as bungling, at best, and nefarious, at worst.

Trump and North Korea war of words escalates
US President Donald Trump has made new threats against North Korea in response to the country’s foreign minister’s fiery speech at the UN on Saturday. Ri Yong-ho described Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”. The US president responded by saying Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “won’t be around much longer” if they continue their rhetoric.

Catalonia referendum: Madrid moves to take over local policing
The Spanish authorities have moved to place all policing in Catalonia under central control to stop the disputed independence referendum on 1 October. Col Diego Pérez de los Cobos has been put in charge of Catalan and central police forces in the autonomous region. The order was justified as a way to achieve better co-ordination. But the Catalan authorities rejected it, saying it was an unacceptable interference.

Brazil’s army sent to quell Rio favela violence
The Brazilian army was deployed in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, Rocinha, after six days of clashes between rival drug gangs. The shanty town is home to an estimated 70,000 people living on hillsides overlooking wealthy western Rio. A major highway running past the shanty town was closed for hours because of a gun battle between the police and criminals that caused traffic jams on one of the city’s main east-west arteries.

Trump calls for BOYCOTTS of NFL teams whose players refuse to stand for the National Anthem
President Donald Trump has ratcheted up the national controversy over black National Football League players who refuse to stand while the U.S. National Anthem is played before games. During a Friday night political rally in Alabama, Trump called on fans to boycott teams that allow players to engage in that particular form of protest.

Germany election: Merkel seeks fourth term
Millions of Germans are casting their votes in the country’s federal elections, with Chancellor Angela Merkel tipped to retain power. She is seeking a fourth term in office and to keep her conservative CDU/CSU alliance’s status as the largest presence in Germany’s Bundestag. Its coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, is its main rival, while the right-wing AfD is likely to gain its first parliamentary seats.

Conservative Roman Catholic theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy
Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a “filial correction” to the pope — a measure they said hadn’t been employed since the 14th century.

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border, Turkey hits militant positions
Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region. Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Gara region on Saturday after spotting militants preparing to attack Turkish military outposts on the border.

Russia Warns US In Unprecedented “Secret” Face-To-Face Meeting Over Syria, But What’s The Endgame?
Russia’s diplomatic and strategic victory in the Middle East was made clear this week as news broke of “secret” and unprecedented US-Russia face to face talks on Syria. The Russians reportedly issued a stern warning to the US military, saying that it will respond in force should the Syrian Army or Russian assets come under fire by US proxies.

World War 3 ready: Russia carries out EXPLOSIVE war games on edge of Europe
Russia’s military exercises were displayed in terrifying detail in a series of shock photos released today.

Comedy Central Show “Broad City” Celebrates Abortion, Depicts Pro-Lifer Holding “Jesus Hates You” Sign
The opening of the September 20 episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City, titled “Twaining Day,” provided a glimpse into the attitude of today’s pro-abortion feminists and the result was as tragically ridiculous as you might imagine.

70,000 in Puerto eRico Urged to Evacuate as Dam Collapse Feared
Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear on Friday.

CLAIM: Red Cross stole emergency supplies from the doorsteps of churches, then sold them for profit
 A Houston-area woman has made an explosive allegation that the American Red Cross scooped up Hurricane Harvey relief supplies that poured in from all over the country, and supposedly sold some of them — like bottle water — for a profit. Other supplies were discarded in dumpsters.

How Obama is funding the anti-Trump resistance
Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump “resistance” movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations.

Chinese robot dentist is first to fit implants in patient’s mouth without any human involvement Successful procedure raises hopes technology could avoid problems caused by human error and help overcome shortage of qualified dentists.

WARNING SHOT: PM NETANYAHU DECLARES THAT IRAN RISKS ‘MORTAL PERIL’ BY THREATENING ISRAEL 
“Fix it or nix it,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the world body that Israel’s policy on the Iranian nuclear deal is simple: “Change it or cancel it.”

Iran Releases Video Showing Off Brand New Ballistic Missile
“The 2,000-km-range missile can carry the warhead 1,800km away,” the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps told reporters on Friday. “The specification of this missile is that it can carry several warheads instead of one to hit several targets.”

The Reason Why ICOs Have Been Going Through The Roof…
“Like the dot-com bubble in the 90s, you could add the concept of blockchain to just about anything and have a ‘business’ worth millions, no matter how idiotic the original idea…”

Weekend Snapshot

Sept. 23, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“[Trump] said as president of the United States he will always put his country’s interests first, just as each [UN member] would put their country’s interests first. The UN rank and file apparently couldn’t understand that idea, unfortunately, because most of them routinely put themselves first, not their own countries. … In the real world probably half of the UN people who come to New York are not coming to work for world peace and greater prosperity. They’re coming to see their mistresses and rack up hundreds of unpaid parking tickets.” —Michael Reagan

Headlines – 9/23-24/2017

Amid diplomatic flurry, calls for regional Middle East peace

Iraqi cleric praises Jews, says Muslims seen as ‘world’s headache’

Mohammed Akef, who transformed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, dies at 89 – he called Israel ‘a cancer to root out’ and stated that the Holocaust was a ‘myth’

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

The Undercurrents Fueling Terrorism

Nasrallah says Hezbollah prepared for war with Israel… and the US

Courting Hamas, Iran Tries to Restore anti-Israel Axis After Syria Fallout

Russian sub fires cruises missiles at militants in Syria

Russian FM: Russia supports Iraq’s territorial integrity

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

Israel’s Backing of Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote Strains Ankara Ties

Turkey urges Iraqi Kurds to drop referendum, cites sanctions

Iraqi Kurdish leader says referendum to go ahead despite opposition

US special envoy says Kurdish referendum has ‘a lot of risks’

Commentary: A normal world would support Kurdish referendum, this is not a normal world

At UN assembly, the Syrian war has all but dropped off the radar

Lost generation: 500,000 Syrian refugee children still out of school

Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a ‘health disaster’

Beauty queen loses Miss Turkey crown over contentious coup tweet

Head of state’s daughter snapped selfies during UN speech on genocide: report

Defying US warnings, Iran tests new missile capable of reaching Israel

IDF Chief: Israel Seeking to Prevent Iran From Becoming North Korea of the Middle East

Russia Warns Trump: Collapse of Iran Deal Would Discourage North Korea From Stopping Nukes

The New US Sanctions: Moving From Sanctions to Economic War

Trump, South Korea’s Moon agree to boost defenses

US takes N. Korea threat of H-bomb test seriously, Trump official says

Trump: ‘Madman’ North Korean leader to be ‘tested like never before’

Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea’s leader personally before his fiery U.N. address

Kim Jong-Un Calling Trump a ‘Dotard’ Gave the Internet a Language Lesson

Russia tells North Korea, U.S. ‘hot heads’ to calm down

China tells Japan not to abandon dialogue over North Korea

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

U.S. families got fake orders to leave South Korea. Now counterintelligence is involved.

France threatens to skip 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over security concerns

Hawaii reportedly prepares for nuclear attack amid North Korea rhetoric

Are We Really Capable Of Shooting Down North Korean Missiles?

Trump’s debut at the UN: threats, taunts – and gasps of alarm from the diplomats

Weekend Roundup: Trump’s U.N. Speech Marks The End Of Global U.S. Leadership

Trump administration to replace travel ban with country-specific restrictions

Pentecostal Pastor Seeks Asylum in Germany, Fears Being Declared a Terrorist by Russia Gov’t

Despite tensions, U.S. sees value in New START treaty with Russia

Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of ‘Russia hoax’

DHS tells states about Russian hacking during 2016 election

‘It Undermines Integrity Of Elections’: Glitch Allows Non-U.S. Citizens In Pa. To Vote

Doomsday is not on Saturday after all, writer says after predicting end of the world

Spaceship chasing an asteroid slingshots past Earth

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off Northern California coast

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Fearing eruption, thousands in Bali flee from Mount Agung

Death toll rises to 293, rescues continue after Mexico earthquake

Southern Mexico to face downpours, building seas from budding tropical depression

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Gas shortage expected following pipeline failure off Israeli waters

Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Newt Gingrich: Health care in America — the single-payer disaster

Sen. John McCain delivers a potentially fatal blow to GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

Health Insurers in New Mexico To Implement Record-High Premium Increases

Why the search for the perfect sperm donor has gone online

Dozens of Parents, Students Leave Calif. Elementary School System After Board OKs Transgender Books

Trump Told Abbas: We’re Working on New Peace Deal, but Need More Time to Formulate It

Palestinian President Abbas Puts One-state Solution on the Table

Commentary: Israel’s Stall-Forever ‘Peace’ Plan

Saudi foreign minister at UN: ‘No justification’ for Israeli-Palestinian conflict to continue

At UN, Syrian FM accuses Israel of backing ‘terror gangs’

Syrian foreign minister at UN: Israel aids terrorists, we’ll take back the Golan

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

Lebanese president: I won’t prevent Hezbollah from having weapons

Day After Reports of Israeli Attack: Syria Says It ‘Reserves Right to Respond’

US-backed SDF says it took Syria’s largest gas field from ISIS

Kurdish delegation heads to Baghdad for dialogue in parallel with independence vote

Fearful neighbours look on as Iraq’s Kurds stake claim to nationhood

Iraqi PM says Kurdish referendum ‘unconstitutional’ in call with Tillerson

Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

Iraq says it wants world’s help to build nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile from Yemen

Bahrain FM: We moved against Qatar over its support for terrorism

Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, wounds five civilians

India, at U.N., calls Pakistan ‘pre-eminent export factory for terror’

Pakistan says ‘terrorists’ inside Afghanistan kill officer

Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

Iran defies Washington as it announces successful missile test

Iranian general threatens to turn Tel Aviv, Haifa ‘into dust’

Israel says Iran missile test a provocation to US and threat to whole free world

France ‘extremely concerned’ by Iran ballistic missile test

Trump: ‘Not much’ of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

Trump keeps decision on Iran nuclear deal secret, even from advisers

Trump Says Iran ‘Working’ With North Korea After Tehran Tests Missile That Can Reach Israel

N.Korea says rockets to US ‘inevitable’ after Trump dubs Kim ‘rocket man’

Trump: North Korean leaders ‘won’t be around much longer’ if they strike US

North Korea stages anti-US rally as war of words escalates

US bombers, fighters buzz North Korea in show of force

Earthquake In North Korea Sets Off Alarm And Speculation

China suspects explosion behind magnitude 3.4-quake in North Korea

North Korea: Mystery quake ‘not nuclear test’

Earthquake strikes North Korea near nuclear test zone, but no radiation reported

Several hurt in suspected London acid attack

As Germany prepares to vote, the center holds, but the fringe is rising

Di Maio: the face of populists eyeing power in Italy

Spain, Catalonia clash over policing as illegal independence vote nears

Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL and Stephen Curry

President Trump: NFL Should Fire Players Who Kneel During National Anthem

NFL union hits back at Trump over players’ right to protest

NFL’s Goodell: Trump’s ‘divisive comments’ show a ‘lack of respect’

Dem calls for all NFL players to kneel during national anthem

Hillary Clinton: Women Who Support Trump Are ‘Publicly Disrespecting Themselves’

UC Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start

Drone Hits Army Helicopter Flying Over Staten Island

Walmart Wants To Send People Into Your House To Stock The Fridge – Even When You’re Not Home

Living On The Moon May Happen By 2030, Scientists Claim

Six earthquakes reported in one day off Pacific Coast, west of Ferndale, CA

2 new quakes shake southern Mexico, already coping with disasters

New 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Mexico

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kadingilan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jose de Jachal, Argentina

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tingloy, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

‘If anyone can hear us… help.’ Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria

$1B OK’d for Puerto Rico hurricane aid, but governor says he’ll seek more

Hurricane Maria’s Forecast Path Edging Closer to Outer Banks

Tropical Storm Lee could near hurricane strength by next week

Tropical Storm Pilar to unleash flooding, mudslides across southern Mexico

Tattoos move into cultural mainstream

Travelers warned about meth-laced soda in Mexico

Chinese robot dentist is first to fit implants in patient’s mouth without any human involvement

Hepatitis Emergency: San Diego turns to local Homeland Security for help

Comedy Central Show “Broad City” Celebrates Abortion, Depicts Pro-Lifer Holding “Jesus Hates You” Sign

Conservative Catholics accuse pope of spreading heresy

Date Setter Hedges His Bet: Today is not the end, just the beginning of the end

Where did the idea of Planet X aka Nibiru Come from?

What Will Happen on Sept. 23rd 2017?

US establishes permanent military base in Israel for the first time

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 06:10 PM PDT

For the first time in history, the United States on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert. Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Command,

announced the establishment of the installation on Monday evening. “It’s nothing short of historic,” he said. It demonstrates the “years-old alliance between the United States and the State of Israel.” The Israeli brigadier general also told reporters the establishment of a permanent US base in Israel “allows us to improve our defense, in the discovery and in an interception and in preparedness.” READ MORE

Dairy Queen sign says ‘In God We Trust,’ Customers Outraged!

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 06:05 PM PDT

A sign on the door of a Kewaskum Dairy Queen, calling the restaurant ‘politically incorrect’ is generating business and conversation. The sign reads: “This restaurant is politically incorrect.” It warns potential customers that staff may say things like “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Easter,” and will also offer free sundaes to veterans on Veterans Day. It also says “In God We Trust.” “I felt the sign was appropriate to

hang in terms of being transparent about the views of the owner and staff supporting God and country,” said owner Kevin Scheunemann. “It just seems that those kinds of values and principles are becoming controversial in society,” he said. The sign was posted close to four years ago, after a customer was upset when he heard Christian music inside the restaurant. READ MORE

Teacher Advises Students Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:58 PM PDT

A new fifth-grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary is asking students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom. Math and science teacher Chloe Bressack sent the request home in a letter to parents headlined “About Mx. Bressack.” “… my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural,” the letter reads, “but students catch on pretty quickly.”

The letter also asks that students use “Mx.,” (pronounced ‘Mix’) when addressing the teacher rather than Mr. or Ms. The note alarmed some parents. In a post written Tuesday night in the Facebook group “Tally Moms Stay Connected,” a parent said her child’s teacher sent home a “Welcome to my class” note, which included the request. The parent ended her original post with the question, “What would your reaction be as a parent of 9 & 10-year-olds?” READ MORE

Hezbollah has 10,000 fighters in Syria ready to confront Israel

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:55 PM PDT

Hezbollah has more than 10,000 fighters in southern Syria ready to confront Israel, a commander for the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group has said. “Hezbollah has over 10,000 fighters deployed in southern Syria. Hezbollah is an army of infantry, rockets, tanks, elite forces,” the Hezbollah official told the Middle East Eye website this week, amid tensions surrounding the shooting down by the Israeli Air

Force on Tuesday of an Iranian-built drone launched by the group as it attempted to cross into airspace. The commander said the fighters were based in areas surrounding the Golan Heights and that tunnels and military bases were being built for a possible confrontation with Israel “We are operating as we do in south Lebanon, but of course in a veiled manner,” he said. READ MORE

Inmate Sues Kansas Gov’t Over ‘Christian Propaganda’ on Prison Grounds

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 01:06 PM PDT

One of the nation’s leading humanist organizations is suing Kansas prison officials in federal court, claiming that officials have outwardly promoted Christianity inside a state-run prison. The American Humanist Association, a Washington-based organization that has over 34,000 members across the country, announced that its Appignani Legal Center filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Kansas

Department of Corrections on behalf of an inmate, who accuses the government agency of promoting a Christian worldview at the Topeka Correctional Facility. The lawsuit says that prison officials are sponsoring Christianity by “displaying religious messages, images, and symbols on public bulletin boards and elsewhere on prison grounds.” The lawsuit considers the Christian-themed postings on the prison grounds to be “Christian propaganda.” READ MORE

North Korea warns missile attacks on US mainland ‘inevitable’

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 01:02 PM PDT

North Korea says Donald Trump’s labeling of Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man” has made “our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable”. Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the United Nations that Mr Trump had committed an irreversible mistake during his speech to the body in New York last week. His comments came after it emerged the US had sent bombers to the North Korean border today in the

closest they have been this century. Foreign Minister Ri said if US lives were lost, Mr Trump ”will be held totally responsible”. Ri, who said Pyongyang’s ultimate goal was to establish a “balance of power with the U.S.”, retorted that Trump himself was on a “suicide mission” after the U.S. president said Kim was on such a mission. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Roads in Mexico City begin Out-Gassing, Appear to be breathing

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 11:10 AM PDT

Mexicans are in extreme danger of another, even larger earthquake than the massive M7.1 which struck south of Mexico City earlier this week. Roads in the area have begun Out-Gassing . . . They appear to be

Breathing . . . meaning the earth below is being squeezed so hard, it is venting gas from deep in the earth. The road is literally Breathing! This could very well be a major warning sign of a coming Mega-Quake! CONTINUE

US flies nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 11:03 AM PDT

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea’s coast venturing the “farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone,” separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon’s spokesperson said. “This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the

seriousness with which we take (North Korea’s) reckless behavior,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. READ MORE

Powerful 6.1 Earthquake Strikes As Mexico Continues To Reel

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 06:51 AM PDT

A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on

Sept. 7. It swayed buildings and set off a seismic alarm in the capital, promping civil defense officials to temporarily suspend rescue operations in the rubble of buildings downed by Thursday’s magnitude 7.1 quake in central Mexico. That quake dimmed activity in the stylish Condesa neighborhood, where young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. READ MORE

Skeptical Scientist Claims Near-Death Experience, Reveals Details of Heaven

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Dr. Mary Neal’s entire life was rocked when she found herself trapped beneath eight feet of raging waters while kayaking in Chile back in 1999 — an experience that she says led her to die, visit heaven — and return. Neal, an orthopedic surgeon from Wyoming who authored the new book, “Seven Lessons From Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life,” recently appeared on “The Billy Hallowell

Podcast” where she described her harrowing experience and revealed the stunning ways in which it transformed her life and perspective. Before her accident, Neal was a doctor and scientist who was nominally Christian. But what followed — her purported visit to heaven and interaction with Christ — changed everything, “We were kayaking on a section of river well-known for its waterfalls,” she explained. “As I crested the waterfall, I knew that things were not going to go well for me.” READ MORE

Puerto Rico Dam Failing in Maria’s Aftermath, Forcing Mass Evacuations

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:48 AM PDT

The National Weather Service says the Guajataca Dam is failing in western Puerto Rico and buses are evacuating up to 70,000 people “as quickly as they can.” Puerto Rican officials said they could not reach more than half the towns on the Island due to debris, downed power lines, and cell towers. The government is calling the situation “extremely dangerous.” The weather service office in San Juan says

dam operators reported at Friday afternoon that the dam at the northern end of Lake Guajataca in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico was failing and causing flash flooding downstream. Hurricane Maria is now moving away from the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands as a powerful Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. READ MORE

Iran Parades Missile Capable of Reaching Israel

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:43 AM PDT

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

challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the Khoramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers READ MORE

5.8 Earthquake Shakes Mexico Coast Days After Deadly Quake

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:36 AM PDT

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in waters off the Mexican coast, just several days after the devastating earthquake on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said Saturday. Quakes have been registered at 10:38 GMT on Saturday. The epicenter is located 48 kilometers (30 miles) to the southwest of the town of Paredon at the depth of 74.2 kilometers (about 46 miles). No victims or destruction have

been reported yet. A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit several states in Mexico on Tuesday, killing 293 people. The epicenter of the quake was located 30 miles southwest of the city of Puebla de Zaragoza, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center. READ MORE

Mt Agung volcano in Indonesia awakens after 50 years, Thousands evacuated

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:26 AM PDT

6000 people have been evacuated from villages near a volcano on Bali amid fears it could erupt for the first time in 50 years. Authorities warned tourists to avoid hiking or camping within four miles (6km) of Mount Agung as tremors shook the area and smoke rose above the crater. Officials said 6,000 people

have been moved for safety reasons so far and more would follow.  Alert has been raised for Agung volcano of III to IV. Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors said oficials working for the National Disaster Management Agency. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: North Korea Possibly conducts another nuclear test

Posted: 23 Sep 2017 05:18 AM PDT

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake, at a depth of 0 kms, has been recorded near the Kilju area of North Korea. An investigation into whether it’s the result of a nuclear test has been launched but so far, evidence suggests the quake was naturally occurring. The quake occurred at approximately 08:30 GMT (16:29 local time) on Saturday, CENC reported. Kilju is home to the Punggyeri nuclear site, where North

Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test was conducted on September 3. There are conflicting reports as to the strength of the quake, with South Korea’s weather agency reporting that it measured 3.0 on the Richter Scale, as cited by the country’s Yonhap news agency. The Korea Meteorological Administration added that “the quake is presumed to have occurred naturally.” READ MORE

 

RUMORS OF WAR: World War 3 threat puts stock markets on edge

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:45 PM PDT

The latest war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un spooked markets, as the threat of nuclear appears to grow. Global stock indices plunged after the US President upped the pressure on the North Korean dictator with more sanctions and dubbed the leader “rocket man”.

Kim Jong-un called Mr. Trump “mentally deranged” and threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific. The FTSE 100 was nervy after Asian stocks plunged overnight, and Wall Street losses continued on Friday. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 both fell around 0.3 percent.  READ MORE

 

Fans Petition to ‘Make Wonder Woman Bisexual’ in Superhero Sequel

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:36 PM PDT

Hundreds of Wonder Woman fans have signed a petition urging the filmmakers behind this summer’s blockbuster hit to write what they say is superhero Diana Prince’s obvious bisexuality into the script for the upcoming sequel. A Change.org petition titled “Make Wonder Woman Bisexual” was launched on

Monday by one Gianna Collier-Pitts, who identifies as working for LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD. The petition claims the global hit film starring actress Gal Gadot “was a success for everyone… except the bisexual community.” “The likelihood of Wonder Woman being bisexual has been alluded to over the years, primarily in comics,” the petition’s author wrote on the campaign page. READ MORE

‘Super malaria’ spreading rapidly in Asia

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:32 PM PDT

A highly drug-resistant strain of malaria dubbed “super malaria” is spreading rapidly in South East Asia, leading scientists to warn that it could soon be a global threat. The disease, most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes infected with the parasite, was first detected in Cambodia in 2008 but has now spread to the three remaining countries that make up the Eastern Greater Mekong subregion: Vietnam, Laos and

Thailand. In a letter, published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, the team studying the spread of the disease from the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, said the rapid spread “presents one of the greatest threats to the control and elimination of malaria.” Adding that the fact it is mostly drug resistant is a “sinister development”. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AP Top Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Briefing 09-22-17

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

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

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

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

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News – 9/22/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pope Francis Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League to Vatican

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 22, 2017

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


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

September 21, 2017

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


September 21, 2017

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


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

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

September 21, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

September 20, 2017

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


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

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

September 20, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

September 18, 2017

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


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

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

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 22, 2017

Obama Weaponized Gov’t Agencies Against Opponents

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

The Foundation

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

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 22

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  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (Read More)
  • OPEC’s ‘Problem Children’ Are Holding Down Oil Prices (Read More)
  • Trump Backers Cheer Economic Agenda, Blame GOP for Setbacks (Read More)
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  • Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London (Read More)
  • Alabama Senate race tests Trump’s ability to deliver his voters (Read More)
  • Puerto Rico: No Power, No Phones and Lots of Damage (Read More)
  • Mnuchin’s Incomplete Treasury Staff Could Be a Risk in Crisis (Read More)
  • Why Wages Aren’t Growing (Read More)
  • Trump’s Travel Ban Decision Could Set Off New Wave of Turmoil (Read More)
  • Corporate America Has Amassed a Record Amount of Cash (Read More)
  • Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead (Read More)
  • The ‘Wife of the Future’ Designed for Japan’s Lonely Men (Read More)
  • Australia Has a Taxing Problem When It Comes to Ghost Homes (Read More)
  • Mortgages Back in Fashion for London’s Priciest Homes (Read More)
  • Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since iPhone (Read More)
  • Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities (Read More)
  • The Trump-Loving Lawyer Who Won’t Stop Suing Fox News (Read More)
  • U.S. Tariffs on Solar Imports May Hinge on Free-Trade Deals (Read More)

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Headlines – 9/22/2017

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

Israel on UN list of states punishing human rights activism

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

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

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

Relations between Israel and US Jewry must be mended

Syrian Media Report Israeli Strike on Weapons Depot Near Damascus Airport

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

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

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

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

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

Erdogan: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria’s Idlib

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

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

Protesters violently ejected from Erdogan speech in NYC

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

Kurds to Vote for Statehood. Neighbors Say No Way

UN Security Council warns Iraqi Kurd vote ‘potentially destabilizing’

Kexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained

Aoun: Sectarian division of states will increases wars

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

India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row

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

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya

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

Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

British police make sixth arrest in Tube bomb investigation

Defiant Rouhani says Iran will press on with missile program

In defiance to US, Iran unveils new missile during parade

Report: Faulty devices help keep Iran in nuclear deal limits

World powers rally to defend value of Iran nuke accord

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

Rouhani: Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated

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

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

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

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

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

EU officials reach draft deal on more North Korea sanctions

Trump says will be putting more sanctions on North Korea

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

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

North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Korean President Calls For Eased Tensions Over Nuclear Crisis

In South Korea, daily stresses outweigh North Korea missile worries

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

World shares fall on North Korea concerns, China rate cut

US urges all nations to stop the spread of nuclear weapons

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

Bomb kills 4 soldiers, wounds 6 in southern Thailand

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

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

Catalan leader presses on with banned vote on split from Spain

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

Spain Hires Cruise Liner to House Police in Rebel Catalonia

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

Sanders: Diplomacy, human rights must drive US world affairs

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

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

Hackers use security utility to lock Macs in blackmail scheme

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

Artificial intelligence pioneer calls for the breakup of Big Tech

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

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

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

Senator asks FBI if it warned Trump campaign about Russian meddling

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

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

Home Prices Soar in Disaster-Prone Areas

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

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

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

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malfunction halts Israel’s natural gas production

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

Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

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

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

Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pope Francis Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League to Vatican

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

Murderer sues Kansas prison for ‘imposing Christian beliefs’

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

Being Able to Discern False Teaching

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

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

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

Will the world end on Saturday?

5 Marks of a False Gospel

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

Dr Brown Burnt By Authentic Fire

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:08 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 06:59 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:55 AM PDT

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

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

Water mysteriously disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:46 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:34 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:28 AM PDT

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

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

 

School Bans Student-Led Prayers at Football Games

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:21 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:14 AM PDT

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

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

8 Dooms-Day Predictions in the Past that Flopped

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:09 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:22 AM PDT

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

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

Parents outraged at explicit homework brought home from kids

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:13 AM PDT

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

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

Scientists Warn Of Apocalyptic Mass Extinction Coming in 2100

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:48 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:38 AM PDT

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

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

Will the Esthers and Deborahs Please Rise Up?

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:29 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:24 AM PDT

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

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

DEVELOPING: Quake Swarm Happening Under Mt. Rainier in Washington

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:16 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 08:04 PM PDT

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

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

What we need to learn about the Nicolaitans

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:43 PM PDT

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

 

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Powerful 6.4 earthquake strikes Vanuatu

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:31 PM PDT

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

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

What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AP Top Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC

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

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

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

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

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

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

WND

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

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


News – 9/20/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 20, 2017

Trump’s Reaganesque UN Speech

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

The Foundation

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


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 20

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  • The Risk of a New Economic Non-Order (Read More)
  • A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal (Read More)
  • McConnell Won’t Promise Obamacare Repeal Vote as Foes Mobilize (Read More)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Rips Into GOP Health Bill for Failing ‘Kimmel Test’ (Read More)
  • Stress at UN Not Shared on Wall Street as Stocks Set Records (Read More)
  • Trump’s North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/20/2017

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

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

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

Al-Sisi urges Israelis to ‘support your leadership’

Egyptian leader Sissi is showing his mettle by posing with Netanyahu

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

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

Hamas invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza

Hamas concessions don’t guarantee Palestinian reconciliation

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan

Hamas Offer Reflects Pressure From Egypt and Fatah

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

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

Rivlin urges world Jewry to fight terror, racism together

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

Hamas operative killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Quietly, Israeli high-tech companies contract Gaza engineers

In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel

IDF fires Patriot to intercept Hezbollah drone in Golan Heights

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

Galant warns Iran against ‘adventures’ with Israel

Rivlin says Iranian presence on northern border intolerable

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iran nuclear deal drives wedge between US and France

Trump slams ‘murderous regime’ of Iran at United Nations

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

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

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

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

China says N.Korea issue should be resolved peacefully

Trump’s UN Speech Receives Immediate Support From Netanyahu

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

World leaders skip out on Trump to avoid the embarrassment

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

Iraqi forces ‘attack last IS bastion on Syria border’

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

Clashes erupt in Iraqi city of Kirkuk over Kurdish vote

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

Curfew imposed in Iraqi city before Kurdish independence vote

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

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

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

Trump denies warning Saudi Arabia over military action against Qatar

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

UN calls on Congo to protect refugees after deadly shooting

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya

The satellite images that prove Myanmar horrors

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

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

Russian army helicopter accidentally fires at spectators

Trump’s lawyer denies collusion with Russia in 2016 election

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

Mueller v. Trump is about to blow up

Trump vindicated? Manafort wiretapping report lends credence to claim

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

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

Before the massive Equifax breach, there was another one

Tech Firms Face Fines Unless Terrorist Material Removed in Hours

Google launches UK ‘anti-terror fund’

Suspicious object detected in luggage triggers bomb scare at Mangalore Airport

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

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

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

Illinois’ unpaid bill backlog hits a record $16 billion

The World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Hits $1 Trillion

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

Retail Apocalypse: 20 big retailers closing stores in 2017

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

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

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

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 240, topples buildings

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

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Arequipa, Peru

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gerash, Iran

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Blenheim, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran

San Andreas Fault: 3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles

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

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

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

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Irma leaves behind foul stink across Central Florida

Senators push for churches to get disaster relief grants

Democrats urge full review before Senate vote on Obamacare attack

Israeli Kibbutz to Become Worldwide Medical Marijuana Hub

WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics

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

AI can detect Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Los Angeles County

Brazilian Judge Sparks Outrage By Approving Gay Conversion Therapy

Mike Oppenheimer – Witnessing to Someone in a Cult

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

The Cautionary Tale of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

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

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

Houston Church Blocks Jewish Lesbian From Volunteering to Help Hurricane Victims

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

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

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

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

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

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

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

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

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

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:32 AM PDT

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

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

 

The World Is Running Out of Antibiotics!

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:03 AM PDT

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

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

 

National Geographic Attempts To Reveal the Face of Mary Magdalene

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:51 AM PDT

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

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

 

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

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:36 AM PDT

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

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

SPREADING: Hepatitis A Outbreak Reaches Los Angeles

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:30 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:27 AM PDT

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

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

Maria most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 100 Years

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:23 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:19 AM PDT

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

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

When Sin Goes From Shocking to Amusing

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:14 AM PDT

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

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

DEVELOPING: Ring Of Fire Awakening as Powerful Quakes Continue

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:11 AM PDT

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

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


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AP Top Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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News – 9/18/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 18, 2017

Constitution Day 2017

Celebrate the enduring legacy of Liberty enshrined in our Constitution.

The Foundation

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 18

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  • Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea (Read More)
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  • Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors (Read More)
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  • Filing ‘Chapter 22’ Entices Ailing Retailers (Read More)
  • Six Dreamers sue Trump administration over DACA decision (Read More)
  • Texas Cities Struggle to House Thousands Displaced by Hurricane Harvey (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/18/2017

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

Iran supreme leader warns US against any ‘wrong moves’

Israel claims UN ignored intel on secret Iran nuke sites

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

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

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

Ultra-Orthodox protesters arrested in violent clash in Jerusalem

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

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

Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria

PM to urge UN to prepare for day after ISIS defeat

UN chief: Northern Iraq vote would detract from ISIS fight

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

Iran warns Iraq Kurds independence means end to border deals

UN chief comes out against Kurdish independence referendum

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

Ethiopia: 55,000 people displaced amid ethnic clashes

Bomb scare forces BA flight evacuation in Paris

UK lowers official terrorist threat level after 2nd arrest

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

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

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

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

Haley says UN has exhausted options on North Korea

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

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

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

Russian warship enters the Mediterranean

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

Trump’s eldest son set to testify publicly on Russia

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

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

US may close Cuba embassy after ‘attacks’ on diplomats

Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City

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

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Two strong earthquakes in Bardarbunga volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

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

Tropical Storm Maria strengthens into hurricane

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

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

Texas Cities Struggle to House Thousands Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

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

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

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Infant dies after routine shots, hosp blames kin

Mega Church Uses ACDC in Worship to Promote Financial Sheep Beating

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

The Jim Jones ‘Judge-Not’ Jingle?

Nabeel Qureshi Passes into Glory

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

Christians Outpace FEMA in Aid to Hurricane Victims

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

After-School Satanists Club Flops, Closes Down

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:55 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:31 AM PDT

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

 

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

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:26 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:16 AM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

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

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

DEVELOPING: Hurricane Maria Likely to Strengthen to Category 4

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 05:54 AM PDT

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

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

6 Times the Devil Loves to Attack You

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 04:00 PM PDT

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

 

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

Hackers Now Have Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:47 PM PDT

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

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

 

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

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:40 PM PDT

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

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

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

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:33 PM PDT

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

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


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