May 10, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 10, 2017 |

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President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday, the day after firing the FBI director who had been leading an investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian officials.

South Africa has fined 21 companies and plans to penalize more for failing to comply with laws that compel them to employ more black citizens to help reduce inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule, Labor Minister Mildred Oliphant said. Whites, who comprise about 8 percent of the population, hold more than 68 percent of top management positions while blacks, who make up more than four-fifths of citizens, have 14 percent.

AP Top Stories

North Korea could be planning an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strike on the US with two satellites already orbiting above the Earth, an expert has claimed.

Poised to decide whether to surge U.S. troops into Afghanistan, President Trump aims to “fully eliminate” threats to U.S. and allied interests around the world, the White House said Tuesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency is challenging reports that several members from a major scientific review board were dismissed to make room for representatives from the fossil fuel industry.

Almost one in three newly approved drugs in the United States turns out to have a safety issue after it is allowed on the market, US researchers said Tuesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, said publicly this week that the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, California, shootings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that “nobody” is being excluded from his conference’s meetings on health care after Democrats and even some members of his own party criticized him for assembling a working group on the issue consisting of 13 men and no women.

Iraqi forces are making swift progress in west Mosul, officers said Tuesday, retaking several neighborhoods on their way to a final showdown with jihadists in the Old City.

Video posted on Twitter captured a chaotic scene at a Spirit Airlines terminal at the airport as angry travelers yelled at staff while police officers tried to restore order.

Russia put its massive military on full display in a Moscow parade on Tuesday, an annual event commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. Nominally meant for a Russian audience, the Kremlin is hoping the parade chock full of high-end military tech will wow rivals in the West who are watching, too.

The Mexican army says its fight against surging opium production that feeds U.S demand is increasingly complicated by the rise of smaller gangs disputing wild, ungoverned lands planted with ever-stronger poppy strains.

Europe’s top physics lab CERN launched its newest particle accelerator on Tuesday, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe’s greatest mysteries. The Linac 4 accelerator will by 2021 be connected to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful proton smasher.

The United States watched Russians hack France’s computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public, a U.S. cyber official told the Senate.

Freshman economics students will tell you that something is only “worth” whatever other people are willing to pay for it. In the case of Apple Inc, that means the company is now valued at $800 billion, a new all-time high for the company. But according to analysts, Apple could be on track to break $1 trillion if it plays its cards right.

Syria’s military launched a new assault Tuesday aimed at reasserting its authority in the east of the country, battling U.S.-backed opposition fighters in the remote desert near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. The government forces’ ultimate goal is to insert itself in the fight against the Islamic State group in the oil-rich region.

Shares of gun makers surged on Tuesday after Sturm Ruger quarterly results suggested demand is recovering following a steep sales drop after the election of Donald Trump as president.

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South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has been sworn in, vowing to address the economy and relations with the North in his first speech as president. He said that he would even be willing to visit Pyongyang under the right circumstances.

There has been a sharp rise in infant mortality and maternal death rates in Venezuela. The number of women dying in childbirth was up by 65%, while child deaths were up 30%.

A leading South African university says it is investigating Nazi-inspired posters that have appeared on campus notice boards.

A resurgence of a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is believed to have killed 34 people in the past two weeks. The World Health Organization says 2,022 suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea (AWD) were reported between 27 April and 7 May.

Dutch police are searching for two suspects after a drugs laboratory was found with a large stash of pills favored by jihadists.

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The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle.

Texas has become the 11th state officially to join an effort to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government by amending the U.S. Constitution.

For now, members of the Fordham community will not “Eat Mor Chikin.” Following push back from clubs and independent students over LGBTQ issues and menu offerings, the university has opted to decline an Aramark proposal to install a Chick-Fil-A in the Ram Cafe.


Top News – 5/10/201

Where Black is White and White is Black
Jews can no longer call Jerusalem home or even the capital of the State of Israel, as it has been officially declared as Occupied Palestinian Lands by the United Nations. Soon all the ancient Jewish holy sites in Israel might be under the auspices of the Jordanian WAQF and the Palestinian Authority. Isn’t that the goal of hate though – to manipulate reality? The UN has succeeded in providing quite a platform for that. Even the cities that Christians call holy are now effectively converted to Islam.

Iran Tests The Trump Administration
After its 100 days of restraint and hiatus in its anti-U.S. threats and incitement following U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration,[1] the Iranian regime has begun to cautiously change its direction. Iranian spokesmen from the ideological camp are taking a more aggressive tone towards the U.S.,

Netanyahu: Every country should move their Embassy to Jerusalem
“Israel’s stance is that all the embassies belong in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem, and the US Embassy should be one of the first to move.”

81 Percent Of Americans Are ‘Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior In Our Nation’
Could it be possible that Americans are more concerned about declining standards of morality than most of us initially thought? A very surprising new survey conducted by LifeWay Research has discovered that a whopping 81 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

Macron presides over quickening collapse of French politics
The disintegration of France’s political landscape following the presidential election victory of Emmanuel Macron is picking up speed by the day.

A ‘STEALTH CME’ APPROACHES
When the sun blasts a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space, the event is usually announced by the bright flash of a solar flare or the collapse of a towering magnetic filament. But not always. Sometimes CMEs slowly materialize on their own without an instigating explosion. These are called “stealth CMEs,” and one of them is heading for Earth now.

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 6.8 quake shakes Vanuatu
A large earthquake has struck near Vanuatu, but there’s no tsunami threat to Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Dublin votes to fly Palestinian flag above city hall to support founding of state
The Dublin City Council voted to fly the Palestinian flag above City Hall in a show of support for Palestinian statehood. Forty-two councilmen in the Irish capital voted in favor of the motion, 11 voted against and seven abstained on Monday evening. The flag reportedly was raised over City Hall and will remain there until the end of the month.

Venezuela sees sharp rise in infant and maternal mortality
There has been a sharp rise in infant mortality and maternal death rates in Venezuela. In the first figures released for two years, the Health Ministry said the number of women dying in childbirth was up by 65%, while child deaths were up 30%. There has also been a jump in illnesses such as malaria and diphtheria.

Syria war: US to arm Kurds in battle for Raqqa
US President Donald Trump has approved supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Pentagon says. Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be equipped to help drive IS from its stronghold, Raqqa, a spokeswoman said. The US was “keenly aware” of Turkey’s concerns about such a move, she added.

Yemen war: Surge in cholera outbreak kills 34 – WHO
A resurgence of a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is believed to have killed 34 people in the past two weeks. The World Health Organisation says 2,022 suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) were reported between 27 April and 7 May. Some 26,000 people have now been affected since October by the outbreak, which subsided over the winter.

Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016
It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines. As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.

Will tiny drones become a must-have for soldiers?
Aerovironment, a drone supplier for the U.S. military, has introduced a tiny drone that’s designed to be worn on a soldier’s uniform. The Snipe, which weighs about as much as a baseball, can be launched from the palm of one’s hand. It’s designed for close-range surveillance and reconnaissance. The Snipe has no weapons built in. Its value is in providing aerial video, so soldiers have a better understanding of their surroundings.

IMF on board for Greek bailout: Slovak finance minister
It looks like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take part in the financing of Greece’s third bailout, Slovakia’s finance minister Peter Kazimir said at the EBRD’s annual meeting in Nicosia on Wednesday. “It seems to me that yes, finally (the IMF will provide funding to Greece). We have to congratulate Christine Lagarde that she managed to convince the IMF,” he said. “This amount is not important, (but) it is really symbolic. Technically the IMF must be on board,” he added.

U.S. criticizes Russian build-up near Baltic states
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday criticized what he called a destabilizing Russian military build-up near Baltic states and officials suggested the United States could deploy Patriot missiles in the region for NATO exercises in the summer. U.S. allies are jittery ahead of war games by Russia and Belarus in September that could involve up to 100,000 troops and include nuclear weapons training — the biggest such exercise since 2013.

“Serious Situation” After Tunnel Collapse At WA Nuclear Facility; Evacuation Ordered, No-Fly Zone In Place
The U.S. Department of Energy activated the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday due to a tunnel collapse at the Hanford nuclear site.

President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey
“You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately. While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.”

Germany eyes new North Korea sanctions: government sources
Germany will tighten economic sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program in line with a U.N. resolution passed in November and subsequent EU regulations, German government officials said on Tuesday.

College Destroys Books After Digitization, Sparking Fears of 1984-Style Censor
California universities were caught removing and even destroying library books after digitizing them, a process critics warn leads to 1984-style censorship in which only “corrected” copies of books remain.

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3
The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle.

N.Y. BUSTED For Promoting And Covering Up Student Lessons Centered On Sympathizing With Islamic Terror!
Your kids are being indoctrinated, right under your nose, and it’s being done in public schools and government/public ran programs. In this particular case, New York has been feeding ground to teaching children how to sympathize with Islamic terrorists.

Jewish News Service Report: Iran Gave Terrorist Group Hezbollah $400 Million in cash received from Obama
The last three Democrat Presidents have been terrible for the US and great for Iran. Jimmy Carter allowed the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1979 by holding the Iranian army back from launching a military coup. Carter’s mismanagement ultimately led to Iran’s terrorist state which is responsible for thousands of murders and terrorist actions since coming to power.


The Briefing 05-10-17

Making sense of the unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump

What will South Korea’s election of Moon Jae-In as President mean for the region—and the globe?

Cohabitation story #1: Among younger Americans, it’s complicated

Cohabitation story #2: Among older Americans, it’s even more complicated

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81 Percent Of Americans Are ‘Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior In Our Nation’

Could it be possible that Americans are more concerned about declining standards of morality than most of us initially thought? A very surprising new survey conducted by LifeWay Research has discovered that a whopping 81 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.” If you follow my work on a regular basis, you already know that moral decay is a theme that I keep coming back to time after time. To me it is quite obvious that moral behavior is deteriorating all around us, but I had no idea that so many other Americans were deeply concerned about the exact same thing. (Read More…)


Baltimore Has Become A Rotting, Decaying War Zone As A Raging Opioid Epidemic Eats Away At The City Like Cancer

It is hard to believe that Baltimore was once one of the greatest cities in the entire world.  Unlike nearby Washington D.C., Baltimore is a blue collar city that is home to some of the hardest working people in America.  When I was in high school, my brother and I were huge fans of the Baltimore Orioles, and once in a while our parents would drive us from our home in Virginia all the way up to Baltimore to see them play.  As an adult, I spent a number of years living near D.C., and I would take frequent trips up to Baltimore.  To say that the city is in a state of decline would be a major understatement.  Everywhere you look there are abandoned buildings and homes, and as you drive through some of the worst areas you can actually see drug addicts just lying in the streets.  Just like so many other communities all over this country, decades of liberal policies have taken a brutal toll, and now the city is just a rotting, decaying shell of the glorious metropolis that it once was. (Read More…)


Thousands Flee Chicago For Safer Areas Of The Country As America’s Third Largest City Becomes A Gang-Infested Wasteland

Did you know that the number of murders increased by almost 60 percent in the city of Chicago last year?  And as you will see below, this year gang violence in the Windy City has risen to a new level of viciousness.  A staggering 9.5 million people live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and it was once known primarily for great pizza, bitter cold and some of the best sports fans on the entire planet.  But now the number one thing that comes to mind for many when they think about the city of Chicago is gang violence.  As it becomes clear that things are not going to turn around any time soon, thousands of residents are leaving the city for safer areas of the nation.  In fact, Cook County lost more people than any other county in America last year by a very wide margin. (Read More…)


For The First Time, You Can Track Every Dollar The Government Spends

This is great.

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Fake News Media Hid The Fact That Mexico Was World’s Second Deadliest City With 23,000 Murders In 2016

It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the headlines of the liberal fake news media

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Donald Trump ran for president, he took enormous amounts of heat from the fake news media for his stand on wanting to build a wall to protect us from all the violence in Mexico. But as we are now seeing, President Trump was, as usual, very correct on the issue. If your country bordered on the second-most violent country on the face of the earth, and you didn’t want to build a wall to protect your citizens, you would be not only a disgrace but a traitor as well.

As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war. “This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,” said John Chipman, chief executive and director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which issued its annual survey of armed conflict on Tuesday. “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan claimed 17,000 and 16,000 lives respectively in 2016, although in lethality they were surpassed by conflicts in Mexico and Central America, which have received much less attention from the media and the international community,” said Anastasia Voronkova, the editor of the survey.

Why the Violence in Mexico is Getting Worse

In comparison, there were 17,000 conflict deaths in Mexico in 2015 and 15,000 in 2014 according to the IISS. Rising death toll Voronkova said the number of homicides rose in 22 of Mexico’s 32 states during 2016 and the rivalries between cartels increased in violence.

“It is noteworthy that the largest rises in fatalities were registered in states that were key battlegrounds for control between competing, increasingly fragmented cartels,” she said. “The violence grew worse as the cartels expanded the territorial reach of their campaigns, seeking to ‘cleanse’ areas of rivals in their efforts to secure a monopoly on drug-trafficking routes and other criminal assets.”

Mexican drug cartels take in between $19 billion and $29 billion annually from US drug sales, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Rivalries between the cartels wreak havoc on the lives of civilians who have nothing to do with narcotics. Bystanders, people who refused to join cartels, migrants, journalists and government officials have all been killed.

Jacob Parakilas, assistant head of the US and the Americas Programme at London-based think tank Chatham House, said part of the reason for the relative lack of attention paid to Mexico in the international media is “it’s not a war in the political sense of the word. The participants largely don’t have a political objective. They’re not trying to create a breakaway state. It doesn’t come with the same visuals. There are no air strikes.

Trump promises to build the wall to protect America:

“Also this has been going on since the beginning of the modern drug trade in the Americas. It’s not news in that sense. And Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. They are intentionally targeted in Mexico, which puts a dampener on the ability to report on this.” source


Obama Refers To Himself 216 Times In $3 Million Dollar Speech At Global Food Innovation Summit

If the organizers of the Global Food Innovation Summit paid Barack Obama a reported $3,000,000 to talk about himself, then they definitely got their money’s worth.

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:14 (KJV)

During his roughly 100-minute remarks in Milan, Italy, the former U.S. president talked about himself 216 times, according to a count by The American Mirror. Obama said “I” 168 times, “me” or “my” 40 times, and said “we,” “us” or “our” referring to his family 8 times.

“I have joked before that although I don’t have the good fortune of having Italian ancestry, I do have a name that ends in a vowel,” Obama said towards the beginning of his remarks.

After speaking for about 10 minutes, Obama moved to a conversation with his former chef Sam Kass.

When asked how life is after the White House, Obama continued to focus on himself.

“It is true that I’m not living in the White House anymore,” Obama said. “I am actually enjoying being in my own house. I have been fighting Michelle to get more closet space. “I have been trying to figure out how the coffee maker works,” he added.

Obama said he is working to build “an effective network of global activists.” “You notice I have a lot of grey hair now,” Obama said. “People always ask me, ‘Oh, Mr. President, we need you and we want you involved.’

“And I’m happy to get involved, but the greatest thing I think I can give is to make sure that somebody who is 20 years old, 21, 25, who are ready to make their mark on the world that I can help them so that they can take it to the next level.”

Obama was asked how he changed in office and he remarked, “I think the people who know me best would say that I have not changed much.

“One of the dangers of being in the public eye, being in the spotlight, being in positions of power is how it will change your soul.”

He added, “That you start believing your own hype. You start believing that you deserve all the attention. I actually found that I became more humble the longer I was in office.” The UK Express reports Obama was paid $3 million for his appearance. source


Democrats Wanted Comey Fired — Until Tuesday

Jim Stinson of LifeZette reminds us that it wasn’t all that long ago that liberals were demanding James Comey’s resignation — before turning it against Trump. He writes:

Few Democrats suffered such severe political whiplash over the firing of FBI Director James Comey as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Over the course of just a few months, Schumer has shifted wildly on the FBI director. The Democratic leader heaped praise on Comey for decisions that benefitted Democrats and tried to damn Comey for decisions that hurt Democrats. On Tuesday, Schumer suggested the decision to fire Comey was indicative of a “cover-up.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 10, 2017

Clinton Cans Comey — Finally

At long last, Hillary Clinton and her Democrat legions got what they pleaded for last year — FBI Director James Comey, fired!

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“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect.” —Thomas Jefferson (1817)

ZeroHedge Top Stories This Week: May 10

  • Trump fires FBI chief Comey, setting off political storm (Read More)
  • Comey Firing Upends Russia Probes (Read More)
  • White House Says Decision Stemmed From Comey’s Handling of Clinton Email Probe (Read More)
  • Comey Ouster Threatens to Backfire on Troubled Trump White House (Read More)
  • Comey’s Deserved Dismissal (Read More)
  • GOP baffled by timing; WH braces for independent probe (Read More)
  • After Ouster at FBI, Small Group of GOP Senators Holds Sway Over Next Steps (Read More)
  • U.S. Commerce’s Ross says 3 percent GDP growth not achievable this year (Read More)
  • Trump’s New Tax Plan Is a Mystery for the Middle Class (Read More)
  • Barclays chief apologises to shareholders for trying to indentify whistleblower (Read More)
  • Warren Pushes Administration on Plan to Break Up Megabanks (Read More)
  • New South Korea president vows to address North Korea, broader tensions ‘urgently’ (Read More)
  • Toyota forecasts 20 pct profit drop on higher U.S. sales cost, yen gain (Read More)
  • A Trump supporter, and his cab, play unexpected role in escape to Canada (Read More)
  • Cheap Robots Are Helping Small Businesses Survive (Read More)
  • New Wall Street Watchdog Sidesteps Ethics Scrutiny (Read More)
  • Big Tech Companies Could Face More Rules in the EU (Read More)
  • Amazon trounces rivals in battle of the shopping ‘bots’ (Read More)
  • Disney’s ESPN Looks to an Online Future, as Cable Subscribers Decline (Read More)
  • JPMorgan Tells Banks to Partner Up as U.S. Deposit Drain Looms (Read More)
  • Deadline Looms for GOP’s Effort to Undo Obama Rules (Read More)
  • French Insurer AXA to List U.S. Unit (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 5/10/2017

Erdogan warns against moving US embassy to Jerusalem and lashes ‘racist’ Israel, calls for Muslims to flood Temple Mount

Turkish President: We will protect against the Judaization of Jerusalem

Rivlin on Erdogan’s remarks: ‘We will continue to ensure freedom of religion for all religions and believers’

After Erdogan rant, Israel questions Turkish ambassador

Press freedom under attack around world, Israel middle of the pack

Abbas says he is ready to meet Netanyahu under Trump’s patronage

Ex-UN chief: Israeli-Palestinian peace impossible with current leaders

Venezuelan Jews flee impoverished state to Israel

Top EU official supports freedom of religion amid calls against Jewish rituals in Europe

On US tour, Israeli paratroopers to re-create iconic photo from Six-Day War

New virtual goggles assist IDF in tunnel combat

Fighting the ‘Patriarchal Deal’ Between the State of Israel and the Bedouin

Moscow Official: Israel Has Promised to Do Everything Possible to Avoid Harming Russian Troops in Syria

ISIS video shows beheading of alleged Russian spy

Russia denies one of its servicemen executed in Syria by ISIS

Navy SEAL Dies Defending Iraqi Christian Town from ISIS

Trump administration approves providing heavier weapons to Syria’s Kurds, despite Turkish objections

Qatar says Syria “de-escalation” plan not an alternative to political transition

Al Shabaab militants attack Somali army base, killing several soldiers

Afghan official: Bomb at religious school kills chief cleric

Taliban fight: US may send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Iran to Launch Two New Satellites, Likely Cover for Illicit ICBM Program

Russia showcases Arctic hardware in Red Square military parade

North Korea insults: Pyongyang’s putdowns target Obama, Clinton, Kerry

North Korea ‘not afraid’ as it plans new nuclear test, says ambassador in UK

China says it has tested guided missile close to Korean peninsula

South Korea’s liberal presidential candidate declared victor

Tensions Rise As US Announces Military Drills Near Embattled Venezuela

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3

Illegal immigration across southwest border down 70 percent under Trump

Top Honduran Official Predicts Exodus After Texas Enacts Anti-Sanctuary City Law

President Trump’s lawyers on revised travel ban repeatedly asked about campaign promises

Chicago logs its 200th homicide of the year: ‘This has to stop’

Russia Election Hacking: Countries Where the Kremlin Has Allegedly Sought to Sway Votes

Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House, says US official

Trump abruptly axes FBI’s Comey in midst of Russia probe

Democrats: Comey firing ‘Nixonian’

Former US Attorney: ‘Out Of Control’ Comey ‘Acted Like He Was Attorney General’

FBI Admits That James Comey Misled Congress About Huma Abedin’s Email Habits

Krauthammer: ‘Highly Implausible’ To Claim Comey Was Fired for How He Handled Clinton Investigation

Cummings wants ’emergency hearings’ over Comey firing

After Comey dismissal, Democrats call for special prosecutor on Russia probe

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation

FBI chief known for judgment calls is done in by turmoil

10 Major FBI Scandals on Comey’s Watch

Ninth Circuit: Critics want to split up ‘nutty’ court that will hear Trump’s travel ban

Obama: ‘You get the politicians you deserve’

Why Liberals Aren’t as Tolerant as They Think

Passengers get rowdy at Florida airport after 9 Spirit Airlines flights canceled

Airlines told to ‘be prepared’ for expanded electronics ban

Bomb threat causes panic on Saudi airliner

Will tiny drones become a must-have for soldiers?

Pint-Size Satellites Promise Spy-Quality Images—Cheap

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Adak, Alaska

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Yigo Village, Guam

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Guazacapan, Guatemala

5.1 mangitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Opotiki, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Luganville, Vanuatu

Turrialba volcano in Cost Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sangeang volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Karangetang volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Cyclone Donna and Ella ‘bookend’ Fiji

Adrian becomes earliest tropical storm on record in eastern Pacific

Tennis ball-sized hail in Denver shatters windows, damages homes

Temperature drop destroys crops in Michigan

Hundreds evacuated along Florida-Georgia border as wildfire spreads

Florida wildfire captured from space using GOES-16 satellite

Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state

White House postpones meeting to decide on participation in Paris climate pact

Laws to tackle climate change exceed 1,200 worldwide – study

A fool’s errand: Al Gore’s $15 trillion carbon tax

EU urges US not to cut U.N. funds, stay committed to climate deal

Obamacare Premiums Rise as Insurers Fret Over Law’s Shaky Future

Obamacare Taxes Aren’t Necessarily Going Away: GOP Senators

The Right Should Blame Trump’s Anti-Vaxxer Pals, Not Islam, for a Measles Outbreak in Minnesota

Two children die, 12 fall ill after measles injection in Bihar

Hindu nationalists promise ‘superior’ Indian babies

Iowa Supreme Court blocks portion of pro-life measure that bans abortions after 20 weeks

Democrats Stumble Into Abortion Rift

Democratic bid for post-Trump win in Omaha ensnared in abortion debate

Oregon may allow drivers to choose nonbinary, rather than male or female, for licenses

Target Doubles Down On ‘Gay’ Pride Despite Losses In Bathroom War

Josh McDowell: Prepare Your Kids to Face Porn’s Dangers by Age 5

Joel McDurmon – Churches worse than infidels

Denny Burk – It is not “character assassination” for the church to be the church

Beth Moore Teams Up With Prosperity Preachers at Hillsong Conference

Benny Hinn’s claims to being an Apostle

Leaving the NAR Church: Kara’s story

Largest church in the world losing members after pastor embezzled 12 million

City Harvest Church case to be heard by five-judge panel on Aug 1

Top Vatican Astronomer Challenges Stephen Hawking’s Atheistic Beliefs

Posted: 10 May 2017 08:20 AM PDT

Brother Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit priest and director of the Vatican Observatory, has challenged physicist Stephen Hawking’s atheistic beliefs, and argued that while God’s workings…

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Experts Claim ‘Faith-Based Film’ Label Needs To Go

Posted: 10 May 2017 08:12 AM PDT

Some big players in the faith-based film industry want to get rid of that exact term: “faith-based film.” Producer Mark Joseph, whose credits include “The…

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Franklin Graham Warns Of “Islamic Domination”

Posted: 10 May 2017 08:04 AM PDT

The world’s most populous Islamic country took another lurch backwards Tuesday when a court sentenced the capital city’s first Christian governor in half a century…

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A Troubling Trend Among Pentecostal Pastors

Posted: 10 May 2017 07:53 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent “Christian” leaders talked about replacing “preaching” with “having a conversation.”  At first, I…

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Colorado Christians Repent for Being First State to Embrace Abortion

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:25 AM PDT

Fifty years ago, Colorado became the first state to legalize abortion, six years before Roe v. Wade made it legal nationwide. Like most states at…

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US Embassy will stay in Tel Aviv and Not Be Moved To Jerusalem

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:21 AM PDT

Senior US sources said US President Donald Trump has already decided to extend the order which prevents the US Embassy in Israel from being transferred…

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New ‘Gray Death’ Drug Can kill With a Single Dose

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:16 AM PDT

A lethal new drug dubbed “gray death” by authorities that is dangerous to even touch with gloves is being eyed in overdose cases across Georgia,…

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15 dead after intense thunderstorms hit Bihar, India

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:11 AM PDT

At least 15 people have been killed, including 7 due to lightning, after intense thunderstorms accompanied by heavy pre-monsoon rains hit the Indian state of…

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81 Percent Of Americans Are ‘Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior In Our Nation’

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:06 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Could it be possible that Americans are more concerned about declining standards of morality than most of us initially thought? A very…

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West Virginia Just Received 433 Pain Pills for Every Man, Woman and Child in the state

Posted: 10 May 2017 06:02 AM PDT

A congressional committee is investigating why America’s largest prescription drug distributors shipped an outrageous number of pain pills to West Virginia. That state is one…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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