November 18, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Nov. 18, 2016 |


House Speaker Paul Ryan has 48% favorability rating, according to Gallup, up slightly from 44% in July and August.

Tesla’s new solar roof product, he proclaimed, will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof-even before savings from the power bill. “Electricity,” Musk said, “is just a bonus.”

Volkswagen reached a landmark agreement with workers to cut as many as 30,000 jobs globally and save $3.9 billion in expenses as the company tries to claw back from the emissions-cheating scandal and invest in electric vehicles.

President-elect Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that he convinced Ford Motor Co. to keep production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle in the U.S. instead of moving it to Mexico. And the automaker doesn’t dispute that. “Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky — no Mexico,” Trump wrote.

AP Top Stories

A lack of progress on agricultural issues at the U.N. climate talks in Morocco puts at risk efforts to help farmers adapt to climate change and meet a global goal to end hunger by 2030, the head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said

Heavy fighting broke out in Mosul’s eastern Tahrir neighborhood on Wednesday, where Iraqi special forces said a suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group disabled an Abrams tank belonging to the Iraqi army. Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes but under fire from heavy weapons, the troops drove deeper into the neighborhood as families fled their homes. IS-fired mortar rounds killed a child and wounded five other.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office says a Southwest Airlines employee shot and killed outside of an Oklahoma City airport died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The United States on Thursday launched a bid at the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following UN warnings that the war-torn country could descend into genocide.

Pakistan has ordered the deportation of 130 teachers affiliated with the alleged mastermind of an attempted coup in Turkey, officials said Wednesday, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the South Asian country.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting wildfires in the western part of the state.

The head of the UN watchdog chided Iran on Thursday for exceeding for the second time an agreed upper limit for nuclear material set out in last year’s atomic accord.

Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors at a heroes’ cemetery in Manila on Friday, almost 30 years after his death in Hawaii, amid scattered protests around the sprawling capital.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, issued a call to action to end what he called a public health crisis of drug and alcohol addiction that is underappreciated and undertreated.

Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.

A rare blue 8.01-carat “Sky Blue” diamond in a Cartier setting sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby’s eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions.

The U.S. Congress could as soon as January start to dismantle President Barack Obama’s transformation of student loan rules by blocking freshly minted regulations designed to help students who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

About 500 of O’Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Israeli political and community leaders have called for a top Jerusalem rabbi to be fired after he said Jewish law prescribed the death penalty for gays. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar told Israel Hayom newspaper homosexuality was a “cult of abomination”, which the Torah “punishes… with death”.

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has blasted off into space for her third mission to the International Space Station – and hopes to break some more records while she’s there. The veteran NASA astronaut is the first woman to have commanded the ISS and already holds the record for the longest time spent in space by a woman. This time – turning 57 while on mission – she is the oldest woman in space.

Colombian police have rescued a US judge who was abducted last week while on holiday in the historic seaside city of Cartagena, officials say.

Nigeria’s government has failed to pay the country’s ex-leaders their monthly salaries and allowances since January because of a cash crisis, government secretary Babachir Lawal has said.

A number of Turkish officers posted to NATO have sought asylum since the country’s failed military coup in July, NATO’s secretary-general has said.


Mexican authorities have arrested the former mayor of a rural community in the border state of Coahuila in connection with the kidnapping, murder and incineration of hundreds of victims through a network of ovens at the hands of the Los Zetas cartel.

Chinese scientists on Oct. 28 became the first in the world to inject an adult human with cells that contain genes that have been “edited” using the cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Experts say the stage has now been set for a biomedical race between the U.S. and China.

President Obama on Thursday set a record for the most pages of federal rules and regulations ever issued in a year by one president, adding 572 pages to the Federal Register, bringing his 2016 total to 81,640 pages.

Top News – 11/18/2016

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo gets Donald Trump’s nomination to head CIA
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard Law School, he is regarded a member of the congressional Republicans’ Tea Party caucus, and serves on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate compound that killed four people in 2012.

UK’s May to Germany’s Merkel: Brexit preparations are ‘on track’
Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday assured her German counterpart that preparations for Britain’s exit from the European union were on track, and that the legal process of leaving would be triggered by the end of March next year.

Supermoon, Trump’s Win and the Clash of Moral Values at the End of Days
Rabbi Winston asserted that a primary goal of the liberal movement is to break away from the obligations that come with living a God-centered life. According to his viewpoint, as history draws to a close, God is forcing each person to make a decision about where they stand morally. Are they aligned with conservative or with liberal values?

Poll Finds Disunity in EU Ranks, ‘Things Are Going in the Wrong Direction’
And this dissatisfaction with the EU is hardly isolated to the British Isles: it is growing across Europe and becoming increasingly vocal. European nationalism itself is being fueled by a perception that EU institutions, are out of touch with many of its own members.

Electoral College voters ‘deluged’ with death threats
One of Michigan’s 16 electors who will be called upon to cast a vote validating the election of Donald Trump in the Electoral College has testified on video that he and others in the state are receiving “dozens and dozens of death threats” from Hillary Clinton supporters urging them to switch their votes to Clinton.

Netanyahu to break Ben-Gurion’s record for longest consecutive term as prime minister
With 2,788 days consecutive days in office, Netanyahu will break one of the records set by Israel’s first prime minister, but in order to break Ben-Gurion’s record of overall time in office, he would need 972 more days.

Secret Service Can’t Find Tons Of Its Guns, Phones, Badges And Cars
Thousands of sensitive assets belonging to U.S. Secret Service agents, including firearms, computer laptops, work badges, telephones and even motor vehicles, have been lost during the past 15 years, according to documents obtained by nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.

More academics, mayors detained as Turkish purges enter fifth month
Turkish police detained more than 70 academics at an Istanbul university, NATO said Turkish soldiers had sought asylum and more pro-Kurdish mayors were arrested on Friday as a crackdown after July’s failed coup entered its fifth month.

Why did Democratic congressmen meet with anti-Israel terrorist?
The five House Democrats, including Luis Gutierrez (Illinois), Hank Johnson (Georgia), Matt Cartwright (Pennsylvania), Dan Kildee (Michigan), and Mark Pocan (Wisconsin), toured Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem on a guided tour paid for by the American Global Institute.

Trump Takes Charge
Republicans I’ve spoken to over the last week are unified, enthusiastic, and eager to pursue Trump’s agenda. Giddiness is the attitude toward the prospect of GOP control of the White House, the Congress, and the courts. Republicans are ecstatic as they look at House Democrats in turmoil, 13 red-state Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018, a state and local Democratic Party in ruins, and liberal elites urging the party to double-down on the identity politics that have brought them to this ominous point.

‘Israel Looking Forward to Working With Trump Team — Bannon Included’
Dermer said Israel looks forward to “working with the Trump administration, with all of the members of the Trump administration, including Steve Bannon, and making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.” The reference to Bannon comes in the wake of a concerted effort by numerous media to demonize the former CEO of Breitbart News,

Pro-Israel Jewish Democrats Oppose Keith Ellison’s DNC Bid
A growing number of pro-Israel activists and Jewish community figures are expressing concern that Minnesota’s U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will turn the Democratic Party away from Israel if he is elected party chairman.

Hezbollah Shows Off American APCs in Syrian Military Parade
US-made armored personnel carriers were on display as Hezbollah paraded in Syria. No one knows how they got there. The question is how Hezbollah obtained the APCs — and whether they are the same APCs that were given to the Lebanese Armed Forces by the United States.

Mystery aircraft circling skies confirmed to be TOP SECRET E-6B ‘doomsday’ NUKE plane
Thousands of witnesses spotted the aircraft circling the Denver area in Colorado, US, on Wednesday (November 16). Now the plane has been identified as an E-6B mercury – a US Airforce mobile command centre used to launch nuclear weapons anywhere in the world.

Pence Tells House GOP to Get Ready for Sweeping Legislation
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting…to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year. “We’re going to move an agenda” focused on rebuilding the military and improving the economy… In his remarks to House Republicans… he and the new administration wanted members to “buckle up,” and get ready for a speedy start on policy.

Trump offers Flynn post of national security adviser
President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the post of national security adviser… The official said that Flynn had not yet officially accepted Trump’s offer. Flynn, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) between 2012 and 2014, has advised Trump on national security issues for months.

The Latest: Trump tweets about Ford decision on auto plans
President-elect Donald Trump says on Twitter that Ford Motor Co. won’t move Lincoln production from Kentucky to Mexico. Trump says in a tweet that Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford called him Thursday evening with the news. Ford had planned to move…to Mexico in a deal negotiated with the United Auto Workers union in 2015.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe: ‘I have great confidence in Trump’
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has said he has “great confidence” in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as “candid”, with a “warm atmosphere”. Some of Mr Trump’s campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including with Japan.

Trump election: Baltic warning over Russian move on Nato
Lithuania has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may test Nato in the weeks before Donald Trump becomes US president. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said he was “very afraid” for the Baltics, as well as the Syrian city of Aleppo. Nowhere is the troubled transition of Donald Trump being watched more carefully than in the Baltic states.

Is Sydney really in the grip of a housing bubble?
Sydney’s sky-high property market has spawned doomsday predictions of a housing bubble on the verge of collapse. But is a “bloodbath” inevitable, asks Ian Lloyd Neubauer. Bidders slugging it out for a A$1.7m (£1.02m; $1.28m) shed. An apartment bought for A$750,000 in 2015 selling for A$1,08m this year.

New Zealand quake: The geological impact of a ‘complex’ tremor
The powerful earthquakes which hit New Zealand were some of the most complex ever recorded, say scientists. …Scientists studying it have said the initial tremor was actually two separate powerful quakes, which together lasted for two minutes. It was one of the most complex quakes ever recorded on land, said Geonet, the national quake-monitoring body.

Report: 12 members of nuclear negotiating team arrested by Iran for espionage
At least a dozen senior officials who were part of the negotiating team that conducted talks with the west regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program were arrested by Iranian authorities on espionage charges, Channel 2 citing an Iranian member of parliament reported Friday. Iranian MP Husein Al Haj said earlier this week that some of those arrested had dual citizenship…

Mexican Mayor Arrested After Hundreds Massacred and Cooked in Network of Ovens…
Mexican authorities have arrested the former mayor of a rural community in the border state of Coahuila in connection with the kidnapping, murder and incineration of hundreds of victims through a network of ovens at the hands of the Los Zetas cartel. The arrest comes after Breitbart Texas exposed not only the horrors of the mass extermination, but also the cover-up and complicity of the Mexican government.

UN watchdog chides Iran on nuclear deal
The head of the UN watchdog chided Iran on Thursday for exceeding for the second time an agreed upper limit for nuclear material set out in last year’s atomic accord. A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency last week showed that Iran’s stock of so-called heavy water had inched above the 130-tonne level set out in the landmark deal.

Here’s Why Trump Is The Perfect Scapegoat for Obama’s Failures
According to a recent FBI analysis, there has been an uptick in the number of hate crimes and racist and bigoted behavior in the United States, particularly towards people of Muslim backgrounds. This surge in hate crimes has been so prominent it forced Donald Trump to respond personally to these attacks in an interview with 60 Minutes, in which he urged these criminals to “stop it.”

Obama Sets New Record For Regulations – 81,640 Pages In 2016
The Obama Administration has just shattered the previous record for pages of regulations and rules published by the Federal Register in a single year.

Kosovo police ‘foil IS attack’ on Israeli football team
Kosovan police say they have foiled a plot by so-called Islamic State (IS) to attack the Israeli football team when it visited Albania last week. Nineteen arrests were made ahead of Israel’s World Cup qualifier and the group is also suspected of planning attacks inside Kosovo itself.

Hezbollah has U.S. armored personnel carriers. But how did they get them?
Over the weekend images surfaced online of a Hezbollah parade in Qusair, Syria, featuring U.S. armored personnel carriers affixed with antiaircraft guns. The images prompted a flurry of speculation about the vehicles’ origin and whether the group had pilfered the stocks of the U.S.-supplied Lebanese military.

ESPN’s Public Editor Agrees With Viewers That Network ‘Has Moved Leftward’
ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady on Election Eve surveyed complaints that the sports network had gone overboard with liberal pieties, frustrating long-time watchers by injecting politics onto the playing field. He agreed with conservative complaints that ESPN had shifted leftward, though the company brass and at least one outspoken lefty personality didn’t see a problem: “One notion that virtually everyone I spoke to at ESPN dismisses is what some have perceived as unequal treatment of conservatives who make controversial statements vs. liberals who do the same.”

The Briefing 11-18-16

If the US were a village of 100: Pew Research Center offers insight into America’s religious lanscape

New Canadian study shows correlation between theological conservativism and church growth

From the NYT front page: “If a fruit or vegetable isn’t grown in dirt, can it be organic?”

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Why We Are Still In ‘The Danger Zone’ Until January 20th, 2017

danger-button-public-domainDonald Trump is not the president yet, and Barack Obama could still do an extraordinary amount of damage during his last two months in the White House.  Prior to the election, I described the period of time ending on January 20th as “the danger zone”, and my outlook has not changed just because Donald Trump was victorious on election night.  As you will see, the next two months are an absolutely critical time, and if we can get through January 20th without something major happening perhaps we can breathe a little bit easier (at least for a while).  On the other hand, the events of the next two months could easily plunge this country into a period of unprecedented chaos.  A lot of people are feeling really good about things right now because of Trump’s victory, but now is definitely not a time to relax and let down our guard. (Read More….)

NY Daily News And Nearly All Liberal News Media Outlets Experiencing Stunning Decline In Readership

Daily News or other liberal news outlets report steep decline in circulation

The infamous main stream media are no where near the “main stream” when it comes to understanding what the vast majority of America wants and needs. Donald Trump’s landslide election night win was a referendum on the corrupt, liberal-biased opinion creators posing as journalists.

2016 will go down as the year that the American people woke from their slumber and began to throw off the shackles of globalism, elitism and the faux journalism of the Chicago Way. News organizations like the ultra-liberal NY Daily News are being driven into bankruptcy, brought down by the sheer weight of their own careless regard for the truth.

To which we happily say, “adios!”.

  • The Daily News is a four-time loser, recently released circulation stats show. The embattled newspaper reported sharply lower sales on weekdays and Sundays and on newsstand sales and home deliveries, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. While the entire newspaper industry has been hammered by print circulation declines in recent years, the drop-off by Mort Zuckerman’s Daily News in September was much steeper than the declines at The Post and the New York Times. source
  • AOL will announce layoffs of 5 percent of its staff today, with 500 employees expected to lose their jobs. In an interview yesterday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said that most of the cuts will come in its corporate units, while resources will be shifted more at mobile, video and data offerings going forward.

    “The layoffs are related to a 2017 strategy where we will add to our business,” he said. “These are super-targeted by area, and we will be re-growing, especially in video and mobile.”

    Armstrong reiterated that plan in a memo sent to employees. “Based on our strategy and the changes we see in the industry, we are reshaping parts of the company today,” he wrote. “The company … will be aligned to drive a talent and operations plan in line with profitability.” The cuts come after AOL added about 1,500 workers this year from an advertising deal with Microsoft and its purchase of Millennial Media, which prompted the consolidation to improve financial performance. source

  • The Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications will lay off almost 6 percent of its workforce — between 200 and 250 people — after it slipped into the red last quarter, the company announced Wednesday. The layoffs, along with a planned restructuring, “are in response to difficult times, challenging times,” Isaac Lee, Univision’s digital, entertainment and news chief, told The Washington Post in his first public comments on the moves. “We need to position ourselves for the future.” Univision had a third-quarter net loss of $30.5 million on total revenue of $735 million, down 8 percent. source
  • The New York Times Company reported a $14 million net loss for the first quarter of 2016 as it continued to grapple with how to offset falling revenue in print advertising. Digital subscriptions remained a bright spot for the company, showing robust growth. source

November 17, 2016
WES VERNON — The left and their backers often argue their case by resurrecting parts of their closetful of smear paint, including the vilification of anyone who disagrees with them…. (more)

November 17, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Media bias won’t let up just because the liberal media were humiliated on November 8. The bias is now being directed at the President-elect’s conservative appointments. On Monday night’s CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley proclaimed that the Southern Poverty Law Center had declared that Donald J. Trump’s campaign CEO Stephen Bannon “has no business being in the White House.” Bannon was named as chief strategist and counselor…. (more)

November 17, 2016
BRYAN FISCHER — In the late stages of the campaign, President Obama made a feeble attempt to coax people into voting for Hillary Clinton to protect his legacy. Discerning voters have a right to ask, “What legacy?”… (more)

November 17, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Nancy Pelosi formally announced Wednesday she is running to retain her spot as House minority leader and sent a warning shot to potential rivals by informing her colleagues that she has already locked up “the support of more than two-thirds” of the Democratic caucus…. (more)

November 16, 2016
THE HILL — Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday persuaded Republicans to postpone votes on bringing back legislative earmarks until 2017 after reminding members of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington…. (more)

November 16, 2016

CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE — One of former President Bill Clinton’s closest advisers revealed what he believed to be the reason why former first lady Hillary Clinton suffered a humiliating loss in the presidential election, and it had nothing to do with James Comey or the FBI. “Bill didn’t buy the excuse that Comey would cost Hillary the election,” the source told author Ed Klein…. (more)

November 16, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — After five days of anti-Trump protests and mayhem led by left-wing groups, including one linked to top Clinton donor George Soros, Republicans said Sunday that it’s time for Democrats to call off the dogs… (more)

November 16, 2016

BOB UNRUH — Judicial Watch, the Washington watchdog that has for years been fighting to access Internal Revenue Service documents that reveal the extent of its discriminatory actions against Christians and conservatives, now is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to have his administration consider criminal counts against the much-feared federal agency…. (more)

November 16, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years, amid growing worries that the U.S. needs to keep some leverage over Iran as it pushes for that country to implement the nuclear agreement…. (more)

November 16, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hidden from the public in his Manhattan high-rise, Donald Trump huddled Tuesday with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he tried to fill out key posts in his Cabinet. But the transition team appeared to be straining under the enormous challenge of setting up a new administration…. (more)

November 16, 2016
THOMAS SOWELL — The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don’t know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction. A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America free, and imposing instead the social vision of the smug elites. That could have been the ultimate catastrophe – – not just for our time, but for generations yet unborn…. (more)

November 16, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Trump’s White House transition team is going lobbyist-free. The Washington Examiner has learned Vice President-elect Pence and White House transition team executive director Rick Dearborn are clearing out any lobbyists serving in official roles as they begin the 10-week transition process until Trump’s inaugration on Jan. 20…. (more)

November 16, 2016
NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is under consideration for attorney general in Donald Trump’s administration, a Bloomberg News reporter tweeted Tuesday night. Cruz was seen earlier in the day visiting Trump Tower in Manhattan, where Trump’s transition team is talking about Cabinet level positions…. (more)

November 16, 2016
NEWSMAX — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, a strong Donald Trump supporter, said she is honored to be under consideration to be White House press secretary. “It’s a big decision, but I’m at the point where if my country needs me and if I can do something to actually advance the Trump agenda – – which is stuff I’ve written about now for 15 years, with trade and immigration and just renewing America – – then I obviously have to seriously consider that,” Ingraham said on Fox News…. (more)

November 16, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House conservatives will push a proposal Tuesday in their meeting with newly elected GOP lawmakers aimed at expediting the repeal of President Obama’s executive orders, memorandum and regulations after President-elect Trump’s victory…. (more)

November 16, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank hit President Obama for painting a hopeful picture of the Trump administration that will soon replace his. Obama on Monday held a press conference wherein he sought to allay fears among his supporters and President-elect Trump’s opponents…. (more)

November 16, 2016

WORLDNETDAILY — Thomas Jefferson may be the father of the University of Virginia. But the nation’s third president is too controversial for the current scholars at the prestigious school he founded, as a group of professors and students are demanding the college president stop quoting him…. (more)

November 16, 2016
LEO HOHMANN — New evidence suggests China is engaged in large-scale forced organ harvesting, killing prisoners of conscience, including many Christians, and selling their organs on the lucrative international market. Just as the establishment politicians and media in the U.S. tried to cover up and hide the Planned Parenthood trade in baby body parts after it was exposed by undercover journalists, the Chinese government and media have also denied any such trade exists in China…. (more)

November 15, 2016
WES VERNON — Look, you lefties out there are just going to have to suck it up. The heart and soul of America loves America and rejects the America-haters. That is the essence of what happened Tuesday. We want our country back. You wanted to shove it in the other direction. We (hopefully) have settled that argument…. (more)

November 15, 2016
STEFANI WILLIAMS — Finally, this grueling election is over – – one of the most polarizing and bizarre elections in our nation’s history. Here we had two of the least liked or trusted contenders ever to run for the Oval Office: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Had the Democrats nominated anyone other than Clinton to run against Trump, it’s likely they would have one of their own sitting in the White House on January 20th…. (more)

November 15, 2016
Self-government of the heart makes self-government of the people possible
ALAN KEYES — According to Plutarch, before Rome’s greatest orator, Cicero, began his ultimately ill-starred political career, he consulted the oracle at Delphi. He asked “how he should attain most glory.” Came the answer: “by making his own genius and not the opinion of the people the guide of his life.”… (more)

November 14, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Aware that their credibility is shot with the American people, the publisher and executive editor of the New York Times sent a “To our readers” note on Friday, saying, “we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.”… (more)

November 14, 2016

NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the favorite of the party’s establishment and a low-key Washington insider, to serve in the influential position of White House chief of staff…. (more)

November 14, 2016
CBS NEWS — The following script is from “The 45th President,” which aired on Nov. 13, 2016. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Rich Bonin and Ruth Streeter, producers. During what seemed an interminable campaign, a divided country found all kinds of ways to describe Donald Trump: visionary businessman, vulgar self-promoter, political neophyte. But after Tuesday, for all Americans, there’s only one description that counts: president-elect…. (more)

November 14, 2016

WASHINGTON POST — In three distinct segments last night, “Saturday Night Live” pretty well encapsulated many of liberal America’s reactions to Donald Trump’s election as president. It was a little like working your way through the five stages of grief on live TV…. (more)

Top Headlines – 11/18/2016

Israel Puts the Spike Missile on its Apache Helicopters

Hezbollah has U.S. armored personnel carriers. But how did they get them?

Kosovo police ‘foil IS attack’ on Israeli football team

ADL calls for new laws to combat online anti-Semitism

US says anti-Nazi resolution at UN restricts free speech

While the World Is Distracted, the International Criminal Court Is Quietly Bleeding Members

Russia ‘in contact’ with Donald Trump’s team over Syria

Kremlin accuses Obama team of trying to damage ties with Russia

Kerry discusses renewed bombing in Aleppo with Russia

US spy chief says expects Russia plans to expand presence in Syria base

UN set to vote on Syrian chemical weapons inspections

Battle for Mosul: Iraq asks for UK help to get thermobaric weapons

Talk radio station broadcasts emotional voices of Iraqis trapped by ISIS in Mosul

Iraq conflict: IS suicide attack on wedding kills 17

Car bomb in Syrian town near Turkey border kills at least 10

U.N. watchdog says Iran is endangering support for nuclear deal

US, Iran clash over heavy water limits

US Embassy in Afghanistan closes after attacks

U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for security at unused ‘Ghost Hotel’ in Kabul

Wave of ethnic killings engulfs town in South Sudan

US Urges UN Arms Embargo Against South Sudan, Russia Says No

Protest of U.S. Terror Listing Offers a Glimpse at Qaeda Strategy

650% Increase in Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Western Nations: Global Terrorism Index

Europe at risk of collapse; France, Germany must lead – French PM

‘Pure hatred’: Translator reveals how Muslim refugees want to ‘Islamize’ Germany

100 people feared drowned as boat sinks off Libya

US releases Haitians coming from Mexico

Obama Should Pardon ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants, Democrats Say

Russian spokeswoman says Jews behind Trump win

Students told not to fly Old Glory over fears of post-election backlash

Obama to anti-Trump protesters: March on

Coddling campus crybabies: Students take up toddler therapy after Trump win

Taxpayer-Funded Planned Parenthood Paying People $1600 Per Week to Protest Donald Trump

House Republican Leader: We Will “Move Forward” With Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood

Justice Alito: US Constitution Has Faced ‘Unprecedented Challenges’ Under Obama Admin.

Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court

Trump ‘Absolutely’ Open to Naming Former Rivals, Opponents to Cabinet, Adviser Says

Donald Trump to meet Mitt Romney amid reports he is being considered for Secretary of State role

Pence Tells House GOP to Get Ready for Sweeping Legislation

Obama sets new record for regulations, 527 pages in just one day

Obama On Pace To Increase The Debt By Stunning $2.4 Trillion This Year

Federal Reserve Chair Throws Cold Water On Trump’s Economic Plan

U.S. inflation, labor market data bolster Fed December rate hike

Fed’s Yellen: Rate Increase Could Become Appropriate ‘Relatively Soon’

Yellen: I’m not stepping down until my term is done

British PM’s changing vocabulary signals shift from ‘hard Brexit’

The Philippine president has signaled that he is flirting with the idea of imposing martial law

Mexican Mayor Arrested After Hundreds Massacred and Cooked in Network of Ovens

Venezuela on the Brink of Collapse

Teens ‘trawl’ Rio’s beaches, bring scary form of crime to tourist zones

SC considers letting teachers take up arms after deadly school shooting

At least 1 killed, 6 wounded in shooting at toddler’s birthday party in Tennessee

Police are using software to predict crime. Is it a ‘holy grail’ or biased against minorities?

Edward Snowden Warns Against Relying On Facebook For News

Sex or cybersecurity? Nearly four in 10 say they’d rather be secure

Intel chief: Russia eased election hacks after US accused Kremlin

Merkel With Obama: Internet ‘Disruptive’ Force that Has to Be ‘Contained, Managed, and Steered’ by Government

Future of work: Internet-connected overalls

Google DeepMind Gives Computer ‘Dreams’ to Improve Learning

Chinese tourist town uses face recognition as an entry pass

300 drones will light up holidays at Disney World

NASA To Launch Multi-Billion-Dollar Weather Satellite

Stephen Hawking: Humans will die out within 1,000 years unless we leave Earth

73 killed in tanker explosion in Mozambique

Bay Area residents spooked by mysterious shaking

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

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

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gyegu, China

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 32,000ft

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

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

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,500ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Tornadoes hit Wales and Midlands

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends

Climate change worries escalate as Trump elevates top deniers

China delegate hits back at Trump’s climate change hoax claims

Tech would use drones and insect biobots to map disaster areas

Tragic teen’s body cryogenically frozen after court granted her dying wish

Obama says would support Trump moves to improve U.S. healthcare

‘The old me is gone’: Rise in transgender children in UK fuels identity fears

Minnesota mom sues for parental rights as teen undergoes sex-change procedure

Former Chief Rabbi: LGBT activity an ‘abomination’

Briton who reported rape in Dubai could face jail for extramarital sex

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.

Do You Know Him?

What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.

The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl

What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.

A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.


The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!


When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!

Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.

Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel

This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.

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