Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 31, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


May 31, 2017 |


President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be “caveats in the language” announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn’t final.

The Pentagon claimed success in intercepting a mock intercontinental ballistic missile in a crucial test Tuesday of a long-troubled system that’s taken on increased urgency with North Korea’s escalating nuclear weapons program.

Russia attacked Islamic State targets in Syria with cruise missiles fired from a warship and submarine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said.

A permanent installation honoring World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers who risked their health in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be added to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan.

A suicide truck bomb in Kabul killed as many as 80 people and wounded 350 on Wednesday morning near a diplomatic enclave in the worst attack on the Afghan capital in 10 months.

Call them cyborgs. Morgan Stanley is about to augment its 16,000 financial advisers with machine-learning algorithms that suggest trades, take over routine tasks and send reminders when your birthday is near.

Canada’s economy accelerated in the first quarter to a 3.7 percent annualized pace behind what is one of the most broad-based quarterly expansions since the recession.

India’s economy grew at the slowest pace in more than two years in the first quarter, dragged down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cash ban in November and the weight of the country’s bad bank debts.

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Kenya’s president on Tuesday opened the country’s largest infrastructure project since independence, a Chinese-backed railway costing nearly $3.3 billion that eventually will link a large part of East Africa to a major port on the Indian Ocean as China seeks to increase trade and influence.

The rescued Chibok girls will not be going back to their rural home town to complete their schooling, Nigeria’s minister for women said on Tuesday. Speaking at a ceremony welcoming 82 newly rescued girls to a government rehabilitation facility in Abuja, Aisha Alhassan said all the girls will be heading back to class in September, without specifying where.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top security adviser has urged China to play a bigger role in restraining North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs, Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ideal retirement age is no longer 65. A recent Gallup poll of 1,019 adults found that Americans are now hoping to retire at an average age of 66. This is a significant change from as recently as 10 years ago, when more people hoped to retire before age 65.

Researchers at the CDC found that, in recent years, the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease increased by more than 50 percent, from about 16 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 25 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014.

The holy month of Ramadan started on Saturday, May 27, as Muslims all over the world are began their month-long daytime religious fast.

There’s a new piece of Android malware on the loose and it’s a doozy. Originally discovered by researchers at Check Point last week, the malware has been dubbed “Judy” and is potentially one of the most widely spread pieces of Android malware we’ve seen to date. It’s currently believed that upwards of 36.5 million Android devices may have already been infected.

As the U.S.-led coalition ratchets up operations in Syria, there are concerns that it will result in a rerun of what happened in Iraq, where $1 billion in weapons supplied to local fighters is unaccounted for.

The mayor of Paris said Monday that a “clear solution” has been found with organizers of a festival for black feminists, an event that had aroused her ire because four-fifths of the festival space was to be open exclusively to black women.


A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350.

Kenya has opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, 18 months early. President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country.

Margaret Court has said “tennis is full of lesbians”, following a row over her earlier remarks on gay marriage. Australian Court, a 24-time Grand Slam singles champion and now a Christian pastor, also said that transgender children were the work of “the devil”.

French officials have used the state of emergency imposed after the Paris attacks of 2015 to curb peaceful demonstrations, a rights group says.

The United Nations humanitarian chief has said Yemen is facing “total social, economic and institutional collapse”.


A NEW teaching aid that recommends schoolchildren as young as seven “write a letter to a terrorist” to help understand their motives has been condemned as “dangerous and misguided”.

The grim tally of 49 shot over Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend, historically one of the most violent times of the year here, is oddly the latest sign the city may be turning a corner in the fight against gun violence, an improvement over last year’s total of 7 killed and 61 injured.

The Briefing 05-31-17

Fulfilling campaign promise, Trump admin drafts policy reversing Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

Spiritual but not religious? The importance of theology in Atlanta school district’s yoga controversy

A worldview far, far away: Myth, religion, and the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars

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Top News – 5/31/2017

Law enforcement just won a major victory at the Supreme Court
the Supremes have unanimously wiped the provocation doctrine off the books. Writing today for a unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito overturned that 9th Circuit decision, dismantled the provocation doctrine, and ruled in favor of the officers. The provocation doctrine “is incompatible with our excessive force jurisprudence,” Justice Alito declared.

Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Huge bomb in sewage tanker kills at least 80, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings. The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians.

Russia fires cruise missiles at Islamic State targets from Mediterranean
A Russian warship and submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time
The U.S. military on Tuesday cheered a successful, first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat.

Cholera outbreak kills 532 in Yemen: WHO
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the WHO said more than 65,300 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in 253 districts in the country.

The Pope’s Marxist Head of the Jesuits
Pope Francis has been planting Marxists throughout the Church, including at the top of the troubled religious order to which he belongs. In 2016, the Jesuits, with the blessing of Pope Francis, installed as its general superior a Venezuelan, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, whose communist convictions have long been known.

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens
A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350. It struck close to the German embassy in Zanbaq Square, with civilians said to be the main casualties. The morning rush-hour blast was so strong it blew out windows and doors hundreds of metres away.

Swiss court convicts man over ‘defamatory’ Facebook likes
A court in Switzerland has fined a man for “liking” comments deemed to be defamatory that were posted on Facebook. The landmark case involved comments made about Erwin Kessler, the head of an animal protection group. He was accused of being anti-Semitic and racist, media reports say.

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS targets in Syria
A Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS) positions in central Syria. The strike – the first of its kind since November – targeted militants and heavy weapons near the city of Palmyra, the Russian defence ministry said. The militants had been redeployed from the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it added.

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS
The US says it has started distributing weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the Kurdish fighters had received small arms and vehicles from the US military. The weapons aim to help them drive IS from its Syrian stronghold, Raqqa.

UN chief Guterres says climate deal is essential
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is “absolutely essential” that the world unite to combat the threat from climate change. Speaking in New York, Mr Guterres said if any country doubted the need for the 2015 Paris climate accord, then other countries must “stay the course”. He was speaking after US President Donald Trump refused to join other leaders of the G7 group of rich nations in reaffirming support for the accord.

Iranian-backed forces amassing near U.S. training base in Syria
Hundreds of Iranian-backed militiamen, fighting alongside government troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, are amassing near a U.S.-training base located near the country’s border with Iraq, the Defense Department confirmed Tuesday. Pro-Assad fighters supported by Tehran have begun conducting patrols near the southern Syrian town of At Tanf, which is home to a U.S. training camp for moderate Syrian militias battling the Islamic State, said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats
For the first time ever, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile Tuesday. The move is partly a response to North Korea… Its official news agency said Tuesday morning that dictator Kim Jong Un threatened, “to send a bigger gift package,” to the U.S. A new Russian military base in the Arctic is also putting attention on the Pentagon’s northernmost base, located in Greenland, which was originally built as a buffer during the Cold War.

Illinois House Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
The AP reports that bill passed unanimously in the House 115-0 and is now headed to the Senate to review the changes made since it passed the Senate the first time. The bill, SB1933, would automatically register eligible voters if they visit the secretary of state’s offices or other state agencies. The bill also allows people to opt out of registering to vote.

49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress
The grim tally of 49 shot over Memorial Day weekend, historically one of the most violent times of the year here, is oddly the latest sign the city may be turning a corner in the fight against gun violence.

U.S. Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Ocean a Key Milestone
The Pentagon successfully tested a U.S. long-range interceptor missile over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday in an exercise aimed at helping gauge American readiness to counter a potential threat from North Korea.

Delingpole: Climate Mob Threatens Trump – ‘Quit Paris and You’re Toast!’
The international climate mob have made President Trump an offer he can’t refuse: “Stay in Paris – or the U.S. gets it!”

Blackburn’s Browser Act: Google, Facebook Need Data Consent
Google and Facebook are actively trying to stop a proposed law that would force them to acquire consent from users before collecting their personal information. The “Browser Act,” introduced May 18 by Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, mandates that people must explicitly give permission to internet service providers (ISPs) and websites wanting to use their browsing history and other data for business purposes.

Venezuela’s Socialist Disaster is Being Financed by Goldman Sachs 
Nothing to see here.  Just another failed attempt at socialism.  The opposition forces are finally figuring it all out too.  The government is in control, not the people, and Julio Borges is blaming Goldman Sachs for financing the all-but-failed democratic socialist nation.

Sean Hannity strikes back at critics by going after Rachel Maddow
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday promoted a campaign targeting MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s advertisers after a handful of the conservative television personality’s sponsors abandoned his program last week over his relentless promotion of a conspiracy theory.

White House Readies for Total War with ‘Fake News’ Media

According to Jim Stinson of LifeZette, the Trump team is fed up with fabricated news so they’re preparing an aggressive operation to fight and defeat the liberal media. Stinson writes:

The White House appears to be preparing for a grueling, sustained conflict.

But not with North Korea. Instead, the White House is prepping for a major counteroffensive against the U.S. news media.

The first sign of a new White House strategy to fight back against hostile press coverage came after a Washington Post story that made serious allegations, using anonymous sources, that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russian officials and asked about a “back channel” to discuss Syria with Moscow.

Unlike other recent reports on Russian collusion hysteria, the Trump team did not sit idle and allow the story to dominate the day unchallenged. Shortly after the story was published, Fox News published a story of its own, citing administration officials, that contradicted the Post report. The Fox report suggested the Russians, not Kushner, suggested a back channel.

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Desperate liberals resort to witchcraft to ‘bind’ President Trump

See Berean Research’s White Paper on Occult-Sorcery

Liberals use tarot cards, chants, spells in their desperation to oust a sitting president

By Marsha West

“I don’t believe in the devil,” she admits, “but I do believe our country has gone to hell, and I am willing to try anything to save us.” Trying anything means she’s willing to join forces with those who practice the magical arts, to include shamans, witches, and warlocks.  These days the preferred term for witch is Wiccan. It matters not what witch’s call themselves. A witch by any other name is still a sorcerer who is hooked by the occult.

The Left is desperate to remove Donald Trump and “all those who abet him” from office, even if it means locking arms with the devil (he does exist) to accomplish their goal.  Ms Wagman must not have heard that New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “prayer warriors” have tried their hand at “binding” for decades, only they bind demons who inhabit those who, they believe, are demon possessed.  I don’t want to get too far afield, but “Christians” who have embraced the NAR cult tried spiritual warfare prayer on Barack Obama. For all their attempts to bind the demon of…whatever you want to call it (NAR gives them titles like “demon of lust”), Obama still managed to remain in power for eight years. So much for spiritual warfare prayer warriors possessing the power to bind demons. Now the Left is having a go at binding, not demons, but conservatives they loathe.

Wagman informs us:

The “Spell to Bind Donald Trump” was first performed in February. I joined in April. I followed the clear, easy instructions posted online (just Google “Bind Trump” or check out the #Bind Trump Facebook page).

Hate drove Diana Wagman to participate in this craziness. Listen to the extremes Trump-haters will go to in their effort to thwart his agenda:

I found an orange candle in a box of multicolored ones we use for our Hanukkah menorah. I printed the required tarot card off the Internet and propped it up. I cut an unflattering photo of POTUS out of the newspaper, and I burned it while chanting the words of the spell.

My husband was watching “SportsCenter” in the other room. I stood at the kitchen sink. It took less than five minutes. More time was required to get the components together, although that wasn’t difficult — no eye of newt or boiling cauldron required.

Tarot cards…chants…spells? Hard to imagine that in their desperation to oust a sitting president, a large number of liberals would actually participate in an occult ritual.  But they have. Makes one wonder what these people will come up with next. A Trump voodoo doll, perhaps? Oh wait!  You can purchase a Not My President Donald Trump voodoo doll with pins on Amazon.

I’ll close with what Almighty God says about those who take part in the magical arts:

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this.  Deuteronomy 18:10-14 (emphasis added)

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America

Here’s a fascinating longform article about the self-esteem nonsense that took over America in the 80s and 90s. “If you grew up, or raised a child, during the 1980s or 1990s, you almost certainly remember this sort of material, as well as goofy classroom exercises focusing on how special each individual child was. A certain ethos took hold during this time: It was the job of schools to educate, yes, but also to instill in children a sense of their own specialness and potential.” Turns out it was mostly nonsense.

What We Need Most

Kevin DeYoung: “The biggest need in your life, and in mine, is to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. I’m convinced that more evangelism, more prayer, more fruitfulness, more holiness will flow from the fountain of our lives only when we start drinking more deeply of Christ.”

4 Practical Threats to the Church Today

There’s a lot we could say about threats to the church today, but I think Jared has aptly identified four common ones here.

Ladybug Wings (Video)

This little video shows the amazingly intricate process through which ladybugs deploy their wings and fold them up again.

Time for a Populist Bioethics Commission

Wesley J. Smith outlines some of the current concerns in bioethics and suggestions a possible way forward. “The discussions, such as they are, remain contained within the rarified atmosphere of scientific symposia, where they are conducted by the very people intent on pursuing these technologies.”

Who Was Joan of Arc? (Video)

“According to a recent survey, one out of every eight Americans thought that Joan of Arc was the wife of Noah! But the truth about Joan is a little more complex, a lot more interesting, and many years after Noah’s spouse. Here’s a quick video that explains more about her…”

Obsessed with Calories

Where did our calorie obsession come from? And is it really as important as we make it out to be?

Tiger Woods and the Danger of Building a Brand

There are lots of ways to apply this to the Christian world. “Perhaps the deepest lessons of the Woods story are the dangers when the gap between public image and private reality becomes too wide. We all wish to be liked and respected. Yet when image and truth become decoupled, when you participate in the sordid while colluding in the pretence that you are purer than the driven snow, the edifice is always likely to come crashing down.”

Flashback: Well-Planned, Hard, Sweat-Inducing Prayer and Work 

Prayer and work belong together. They are like two oars that, when used together, keep a rowboat moving forward. If you use only one oar—praying without working or working without praying—you will row in circles.

House Of Cards: Netflix Is One Of The Poster Children For Tech Bubble 2.0

How can a company that is going to generate $2,000,000,000 in negative free cash flow in 2017 be worth 70 billion dollars?  Netflix has soared in popularity in recent years, but so have their financial losses.  Just like during the original tech bubble, investors are ignoring basic fundamentals and are greatly rewarding firms that are bleeding giant mountains of cash year after year just because they are trendy “tech companies”.  But somewhere along the line you actually have to quit losing money if you are going to survive.  Just ask tech bubble 1.0 victims, Webvan and  The investors that poured enormous amounts of money into those companies ended up losing everything, and similar tragedies will play out as tech bubble 2.0 bursts. (Read More…)

This article is Part 2 in a series of three articles investigating the Seth Rich murder. Read Part 1 HERE.

Part 1 developed the following: Hillary’s campaign, lax on cybersecurity and working with the DNC to make sure Sanders did not have a chance of winning, invited multiple attacks from both hackers on the outside and from leakers on the inside. 

Part 2 makes clear the multiple hacks and multiple leaks that plagued Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign came from multiple sources.

The breakthrough in this series of articles is the attempt to apply intelligence analytical techniques to sort out the various known cybersecurity attacks on the Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign to determine the rogue agent responsible for each separate known cybersecurity attack.

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Will the Crazy Global Debt Bubble Ever End?

05-30-2017 • by Charles Hugh Smith

We’ve been playing two games to mask insolvency: one is to pay the costs of rampant debt today by borrowing even more from future earnings, and the second is to create wealth out of thin air via asset bubbles.

The two games are connected: asset bubbles require leverage and credit. Prices for homes, stocks, bonds, bat guano futures, etc. can only be pushed to the stratosphere if buyers have access to credit and can borrow to buy more of the bubbling assets.

If credit dries up, asset bubbles pop: no expansion of debt, no asset bubble.

The problem with these games is the debt-asset bubbles don’t actually expand the collateral (real-world productive value) supporting all the debt. Collateral can be a physical asset like a house, but it can also be the ability to earn money to service debt.

Credit card debt, student loan debt, corporate debt, sovereign debt–all these loans are backed not by physical assets but by the ability to service the debt: earnings or tax revenues.

Can the Universities Be Saved?

Where is the one place in America where free speech is commonly suppressed, where there is often as much indoctrination as education, and where radical-left ideologies reign almost unchallenged? It is our college and university campuses.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 31, 2017

Climate Alarmism Minus Perspective Equals Fake News

Yes, Glacier National Park is turning “green.” But why? The NY Times doesn’t ask.

The Foundation

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 31

  • Trump Faces Instability as Russia Probe Expands to Inner Circle (Read More)
  • Huge bomb in sewage tanker kills at least 80, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital (Read More)
  • Russia fires cruise missiles at Islamic State targets from Mediterranean (Read More)
  • Trump blasts Russia probe, urges testimony from former adviser Page (Read More)
  • Activist probing factories making Ivanka Trump shoes in China arrested (Read More)
  • Franken: ‘Everything Points’ to Collusion Between Trump, Russia  (Read More)
  • This Is What the Demise of Oil Looks Like (Read More)
  • Oil Slumps on Investor Skepticism Over Output Cuts (Read More)
  • Euro-Area Inflation Slows More Than Forecast Before ECB Meeting (Read More)
  • Masayoshi Son Is Betting $100 Billion to Conquer the 24th Century  (Read More)
  • The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing (Read More)
  • Morgan Stanley’s 16,000 Human Brokers Get Algorithmic Makeover  (Read More)
  • Michael Kors gives weak forecast, to shut some stores (Read More)
  • Tillerson’s Enigmatic Chief of Staff Wields Power, Not the Spotlight  (Read More)
  • South Korea defense ministry ‘intentionally dropped’ THAAD units in report: Blue House (Read More)
  • Top to Bottom: Pay for 500 CEOs (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs Gave Big Hand to Venezuela ‘Hunger Bonds’ Movement (Read More)
  • What Gap? Female CEOs Earn More Than Male Chiefs (Read More)
  • Bain Doubles Down on Risky Gymboree Bet Even as Bankruptcy Looms (Read More)
  • Another Warning Sign Flashes for Subprime Auto Loans (Read More)
  • Injunction Request Aims to Stop German Role in ECB’s Bond Buying (Read More)
  • Uber Fires Engineer in Bid to Contain Legal Battle With Google (Read More)

Top Headlines – 5/31/2017

Day before deadline, Trump hasn’t decided whether to sign embassy waiver

American envoy to UN Haley to travel to Israel next week

US says ‘no formal mechanisms’ yet for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Obama treated Israel ‘as part of the problem,’ says ex-envoy Oren. With Trump, ‘it’s love, love, love’

Report: China open to ‘active role’ in advancing Mideast peace process

Leading Strategic Analyst: Eagerness to Resolve Conflict With Palestinians Will Not Make Israel Safe

Netanyahu: Israeli land swaps with Palestinians won’t bring peace

Netanyahu: We must retain full military control of West Bank

Barghouti: ‘Do not open negotiations with Israel without a precondition for the release of all prisoners’

Study: ‘The occupation costs Israel tens of billions of shekels’

Palestinian Authority Paid Out Over $1 Billion for Terror Over the Past Four Years

New IDF training facility to simulate combat with Hezbollah

Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Riyadh. Why are Israel (and its friends) staying mum?

Question on Saudi democracy gives State Department pause

Report: After Iranian elections, Tehran-Hamas ties warming up

Hamas: Iran resuming support? ‘Fake news’

Iranian-backed forces amassing near U.S. training base in Syria

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin says he is convinced Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad did not use chemical weapons

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS

The Final Push for Mosul: ‘Matter of Time’ Until ISIS Flag Falls in Iraq’s Second City

ISIS targets the young, then the old in twin Baghdad bombings

Dozens of Iraqis killed as Isis targets Baghdad during Ramadan

Philippines urges Islamist rebels to surrender as battle enters 8th day

ISIS-linked terrorists in Philippines take hundreds of hostages, most Christian, priest says

Priest kidnapped by ISIS in Philippines, issues video pleading for his life and hundreds of others

Egypt’s Coptic Christians Declare: ‘We Take Pride to Die’ for Jesus Amid ISIS Terror Attacks

Egypt president approves contentious NGO law

Yemen facing ‘total collapse’ as fighting continues, UN warns

Police in Germany ‘foil asylum seeker suicide attack’

Extremist who killed 2 in Portland anti-Muslim attack says it was ‘patriotism’

North Korea releases dramatic images of ‘successful’ ballistic missile test

North Korea Says New Missile Landed Within 7 Meters of Target

North Korea warns of bigger ‘gift package’ to US after missile test

US Amb. to UN Haley: US, China debating when UN should act on N.Korea

Japan urges China to do more to pressure North Korea

‘Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions

Successful U.S. missile interceptor test cast as warning to North Korea, Iran

U.S. Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Ocean a Key Milestone

Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats

Oliver North: North Korean Missile Could ‘Shut Down Hawaii For Decades’

Moscow threat as Moldova expels five Russian diplomats

Russians discussed potentially ‘derogatory’ information about Trump and associates during campaign

Obama loyalist Brennan drove FBI to begin investigating Trump associates last summer

Trump’s personal attorney summoned in Russia probe

Trump’s communications director is out as larger shakeup looms

5 presidential scandals with Jews in the hot seat

White House mounts staunch defense of Kushner

Gregg Jarrett: Jared Kushner gets mugged by the media mob

Spicer: Trump frustrated by ‘fake news,’ relationship with Merkel ‘fairly unbelievable’

Trump to world leaders: Call me on my cellphone

Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns

Trump responds to Merkel criticism with furious tweet saying Germany does not pay its way

German FM says US ‘older and bigger’ than current conflict

Comedian sorry for severed ‘Trump’ head clip

Confusion over laptop flight ban as US denies EU reports that proposals have been scrapped

Construction Just Began On The ELT, The World’s Largest Ever Telescope

NASA photos of Jupiter make for stunning animation

NASA To Send Spacecraft To The Sun: Here’s The Technology That Will Make Solar Probe Plus Mission Possible

Budget cuts could mean end for new earthquake warning system

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuripan, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nadi, Fiji

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Moscow storm kills 16 and injures nearly 170

Massive mudslide rolls through Tajik Valley in Tajikistan

Mexican sewage becomes ‘chemical’ attack on U.S. Border Patrol agents

Blood-sucking vampire bats are terrorising Brazilians while they sleep, with one dead and dozens fighting rabies

Ukraine Doctor Pioneering ‘Three-Parent’ Babies

Plastic surgery clinics hacked; 25,000 photos, data online

Church of England to Vote on Offering ‘Baptism’ for Transgender People to Mark New Identity

Roger Oakland – Buried in Unmarked Graves

Apostle JB Makananisa Repeatedly Slaps Woman During Deliverance Session

Prophetess Mattie Nottage Casts Out Devils by Making Farting Noises

Further examination of NAR Kenotic Jesus and NAR Spirit of Sonship/Adoption

Lauran Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony

Steven Furtick Ad-libs “Worship” Song About Perry Noble

Jury selection continues Wednesday in Word of Faith Fellowship member’s trial

Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Abortion Biz Killed 328,348 Babies in Abortions in 2015

152,000 Jews and Christians Sign Covenant Affirming Eternal Undivided Jerusalem

Posted: 31 May 2017 07:03 AM PDT

On Thursday, the Jerusalem Covenant, a document affirming the eternal unity of Jerusalem as the chosen heart of Israel and the Jewish people, was presented…

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Meet the man who was dead for 90 Minutes and Came Back!

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:45 AM PDT

A doctor was left stunned last year after a patient who plummeted down a staircase and “effectively died” for 90 minutes was “brought back from the dead”…

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DISTRESS OF NATIONS: 60 Days, 62 Dead in Desperate Venezuelan Uprising

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:41 AM PDT

In the second month of almost daily protests against Venezuela’s socialist government, thousands of opposition supporters marched towards the center of the capital Caracas Tuesday,…

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Rabbi Claims Arch of Ba’al, With Shadowy Ties to New World Order, May Be Messiah’s End-of-Days Gateway

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:28 AM PDT

A pagan arch erected in Italy one month before the meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders in the same country may be the portal…

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Cyclone “Mora” slams into Bangladesh: at least 6 killed, 20,000 homes damaged

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:20 AM PDT

Cyclone “Mora” has made landfall at 00:00 UTC (06:00 local time) on May 30, 2017, between the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar and the city…

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DAYS OF LOT: Nudity Has Become the Normal!

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:04 AM PDT

(Reported By Laila Mickelwait)  Paris Jackson poses topless on Instragram. Emily Ratajkowski appears in Sports Illustrated wearing only body paint. The 1980s hit television show…

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The Prophetic Significance of This Year’s Pentecost Celebration

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

(By Rabbi Charles Ian Luge) Last night, Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m., we celebrated Shavuot (Pentecost). We counted the omer and anxiously waited for…

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At least 80 killed & over 350 wounded in explosion in Afghan capital’s embassy district

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:43 AM PDT

At least 80 people have been killed and over 350 injured in a powerful car bomb blast that ripped through a diplomatic district in Afghanistan’s…

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Faceless fish discovered in deep waters off Australia…

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:37 AM PDT

Faceless fish and other weird and wonderful creatures, many of them new species, have been hauled up from the deep waters off Australia during a…

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The Danger of Trees with No Fruit!

Posted: 30 May 2017 07:52 PM PDT

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Iranian-backed forces amassing near U.S. base in Syria…

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:34 PM PDT

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One death and 40 others bitten by vampire bats attacking humans in Brazil

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Sea of Galilee’s Record-High Salinity Shows Biblical Lake in Danger of Becoming Desolate as Prophesied

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:04 PM PDT

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iPhones could soon be fitted with artificial intelligence…

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School Principal and Secretary Placed on Leave After Praying for Student Inside Public School Classroom

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:55 PM PDT

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‘Miracle Boy’ Survives after Nine Minutes Underwater

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

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Preparing for War? Russia to upgrade rocket artillery by 2020 as tensions with NATO rise

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:38 PM PDT

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North Korea ‘developing Carrier Killers’ as US prepares to send Third warship to peninsula

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:34 PM PDT

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Christians Arrested in India for Taking Kids to Bible Camp

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:25 PM PDT

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Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:18 PM PDT

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UPDATE: US Successfully Shoots Down Mock Warhead Over Pacific

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:15 PM PDT

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Many signs are indicating another tech bubble is coming soon!

Posted: 30 May 2017 11:10 AM PDT

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Researchers Test Self-Destructing Genetically Engineered Moths

Posted: 30 May 2017 11:06 AM PDT

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DEVELOPING: Preparations being made for test of ICBM intercept and ‘upgraded kill vehicle’

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:35 AM PDT

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New Antibiotic Re-Engineered to kill Resistant Bacteria

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:29 AM PDT

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Ungodly Counsel Corrupting Churches

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:24 AM PDT

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PROPHECY WATCH: ‘The Temple Mount Is in Our Hands!’ Hope Reborn for the Third Temple

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Robot ‘preacher’ can beam light from its hands and give automated blessings to worshippers

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:10 AM PDT

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What is The Gospel?

Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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Jesus Is Not Ashamed of You

Hebrews 2:11 contains one of the most surprising statements in the New Testament. It says Jesus is not ashamed to call us His siblings. Why does the Bible make this statement, and how can it possibly be true? Before we answer those questions, we need a basic understanding of shame.

Webster’s Dictionary defines shame as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. A second definition of shame is “a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute.” In her mini-book, HELP! I Feel Ashamed, Sue Nicewander provides a biblically-based definition.

…shame is “a painful [guilty] feeling due to the consciousness of having done or experienced something disgraceful … the feeling of being caught doing something bad or … of being seen while sinning.” Dr. Ed Welch describes shame-consciousness as “being exposed, vulnerable, and in desperate need of covering or protection. Under the gaze of the holy God and other people.”

Before Adam and Eve sinned in the garden there was no shame. They were “naked and not ashamed.” There were no other humans to hide from and there was no reason to hide from God. They were in perfect fellowship with Him. But then they sinned…and shame entered their world. As descendants of the first man and woman, shame is part of our world.

Shame generally takes two forms.

Nicewander says shame often occurs in two forms.

  • “I am bad because of what I have done.” In this case, personal sin produces guilt, and out of guilt may come feelings that biblical counselors typically call “sin shame.”
  • “I am bad because of what other people have done.” The sins of other people hurt you in ways that may cause feelings that biblical counselors often call “provoked-shame.”

In other words, shame may follow our own sinful actions, from accepting blame or failure, or it may be provoked by the sins of others against us. Regardless, feeling ashamed often results in feeling inferior or unworthy—beneath others, never worthy of their love.

Shame has good purposes.

Three purposes quickly come to mind.

  • Feeling ashamed over our own sin can be used by the Holy Spirit to lead us to repentance and genuine change. This was true of King David. Listen to his confession in Psalm 51.
  • Shame may also deter us from sinning in a certain way again. In Romans 6:21, the apostle asks the believer, “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”
  • A desire to not be ashamed at the Judgment Seat of Christ is often a fuel to our perseverance and faithfulness. See, for example, 2 Timothy 2:15 and 1 Peter 4:16.

But shame may be used against us.

Shame is a gift from God, but it may also be a tool of the devil to defeat and cripple us, and a means for ill-willed people to manipulate us. Men and women who have experienced various forms of abuse usually experience this when they assume the guilt of those who abused them. They somehow believe their abuse was their fault and, therefore, carry at least some of the guilt. This is often untrue, but the power of shame still controls them. Another example is when you have been betrayed. Perhaps you dared to trust a friend or two with your secret thoughts or struggle, only to have them turn out to be a Judas or a gang of Pharisees who then used your transparency against you, to make you feel ashamed, to control you, to exalt themselves over you, to hurt you, or even destroy you, so that your shame would no longer be an embarrassment to them.

But all of this leads us to again ask, “Why does the Bible say that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters?” If we are ashamed of our past actions or sins we are guilty of in our present, or carry the weight of the shame others have imposed upon us, then why would Jesus not also be ashamed of us?

In the same Hebrews passage, we are told that Jesus had to be made like us in every respect (flesh and blood) in order to make propitiation for our sins and to become a merciful and faithful high priest, one who understands our temptations. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Heb. 2:18). Let us for a moment consider the temptation to let shame control you, or your sins and failures define you. Does Jesus understand this temptation, and how does His work remove our shame?

How does Jesus deal with our shame?

The redeeming work of Jesus deals with our shame in three ways:

  1. Jesus died for the sins that we are guilty of and, therefore, has taken our shame away. Peter wrote: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit (1 Peter 3:18). The Son of God paid the penalty we deserved for our sins.
  2. Jesus experienced the worst possible shame. Though completely sinless, He was treated as if He were the ultimate sinner. He was put to shame in our place. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah predicted the shaming of Jesus. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3). The author of Hebrews exhorts us later in his letter to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2). Jesus despised the shame—OUR SHAME. He took our shame upon Himself, despised it, paid for it, endured it, and has taken it away!
  3. God continues to forgive us based upon the sufficiency of the death of His Son. The promise of God’s ongoing forgiveness of our sins because of Jesus is one we most likely turn to every day. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Does Jesus understand YOUR shame?

Yes, He does! Because of His mercy and grace, God accepts your heartfelt confession of sin, repentance, and faith in Jesus as your Sin-bearer and Shame-bearer, and welcomes you into His family—as an adopted son or daughter—and as a brother or sister of Jesus. And Jesus is not ashamed to call you His brother or sister.

Have you brought your sin and shame to Jesus? Have you been set free from its prison? If not, Jesus stands ready to welcome you with open arms if you will turn to Him today. And when you do, He will not be ashamed of you.

[This post is adapted from a recent sermon by the same title preached at Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.]


An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

Dear friend,We all love it when life leaps into forward gear and we make all kinds of progress. Problems just seem to fall away. Perhaps in your life you’ve had a season like that, a season when your life seemed to shine and flourish. Maybe it was when you first became a believer or during some period when you were very well nurtured by good community and wise input.Then there are those seasons where things go very slowly. You wonder, “Is this all there is? Why do I keep struggling with the same old things? I keep losing my temper, or feeling anxious, or being clumsy in relationships . . . ” What vision does God give us for what our lives are supposed to look like, especially when we’re dealing with the long, hard struggle part of being a Christian? Let me say two things.

First, often when we hear the words sanctification, growth, and transformation, we have an idealized image of what that might look like. Though each of us may picture slightly different things, I doubt for most of us that the image includes three quarters of the book of Psalms which portray life where faith and hope happen in the midst of honest struggles—hard struggle, a sense that “I need God to hear me.” Psalm 28, for example, says, “If you don’t hear me, God, I will die!” It is not unusual for life to be difficult. We bump up against things in the world around us that are intimidating or overwhelming or discouraging. We see things within ourselves that we wish would change, but we keep failing in some way. The Psalms are about that. They’re about struggle with hard things in our world and in ourselves. And the Psalms are a window into the heart of Jesus Christ himself. If sanctification means becoming like Christ, then the way we struggle is as much a part of our sanctification as some idealized image of what we hope that we would become. Struggling honestly, actually needing help, is what the Psalms are about.

The Lord is enough. You can go through hard things and not lose your faith.

Second, there are particular kinds of growth and strength that may be happening in our lives that we don’t even see. Jesus’s first four Beatitudes are about needing help: feeling your need, grieving the wrong in the world, submitting to God’s will, hungering for all wrongs to be made right. Living such weakness doesn’t necessarily feel like growth. And the second half of the Beatitudes can also happen in ways that you’re not always aware. The fifth Beatitude says that the merciful are blessed because they’ll receive mercy. In your life—in part because you struggle, in part because you know God’s mercies to you—your heart may be becoming more generous to other people. You have less of a sense of me, me, me, of my rights and prerogatives, what I want to accomplish, that I need to own this piece of turf, need to get credit. You have a growing sense that other people really matter. You can be gracious to them in their shortcomings and their heartaches. Are you gradually decentering off yourself?

And think about the sixth Beatitude, about the pure heart. That means that you go into conversations as less conniving, less fearful, less manipulative, less comparative, less performance oriented. You’re able to simply be truer to what it actually means to care for others. You look out for their interests as well as your own.

Or think about being a peacemaker, the seventh Beatitude. You are less prone to leap into conflict, less prone to be defensively self-righteous when someone criticizes you. You may be changing into a more gracious person, and others see it in you more than you see it in yourself.

And, finally, consider the final Beatitude, about persevering and having courage in the face of suffering and difficulty. You’re able—in a deep-down way—to say “It’s okay that life is a long, hard road.” You don’t have to always get your way. Not everybody has to agree with you. You aren’t living for your dreams and your bucket list. The Lord is enough. You can go through hard things and not lose your faith.

Now none of those things—becoming a more generous-hearted person, having more simplicity in the way you approach people, being the one seeking to solve conflict instead of instigate it, and having courage and perseverance—are splashy transformations. They’re just good, quiet, strong, steady fruits of the Lord working in our lives.

I do think that if you add these two things together—realism about the ongoing struggle that makes you actually need the Lord and then contentment with these quiet, unspectacular graces that are about living a human life that’s worth living—then sanctification can, in fact, go forward even when you’re going through a hard patch in life.


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