May 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. reached agreement with China to promote market access for American natural gas, financial services and beef that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said was part of a broader effort to begin reshaping the trade relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors to seek more serious charges against most suspects, a move he said would end “inconsistent” policies of the Justice Department.

Nigeria’s lawmakers approved to boost spending by 21 percent this year to help the West African economy recover from its worst slump in 25 years.

Russia is seeking to convince the U.S. to accept an Iranian role in a plan for foreign troops to police safe zones in Syria as a step toward ending the six-year war.

Saudi Arabia is preparing to cement ties with President Donald Trump by committing to unprecedented investments in the U.S. The kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund is set to announce plans to deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure.

A pickup in U.S. retail sales last month adds to signs of steady consumer spending that will help propel the economy after a first-quarter slowdown, Commerce Department data showed Friday.

A NASA working group has concluded after a two-month review that sending astronauts on the first flight of its massive new rocket wouldn’t be feasible due to the immense costs of safely accommodating a crew on the planned 2019 mission, the first step in America’s return to human space exploration.

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Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement’s leader said Thursday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

Jakarta’s once hugely popular governor is being held in a simple room at a high-security detention center, his only comforts a Bible and visitors twice a week. It’s a grim new life following his conviction for insulting Islam in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

School officials never told the mother of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who killed himself that another student had thrown him against the wall two days earlier and knocked him unconscious in an attack recorded by a surveillance video, attorneys for the boy’s mother said Thursday. The 8-year-old hanged himself with a necktie in the bedroom of his Cincinnati home on Jan. 26. School officials called the boy’s mother the day her son was bullied and said he had fainted.

Jihadists preparing for a desperate last stand in Mosul are booby-trapping homes with civilians inside and welding doors shut on starving families to prevent the population from fleeing, residents say. Iraqi forces are closing in fast on the Old City and its narrow streets, where the Islamic State group is expected to focus its significantly depleted military capabilities.

The 82 girls freed by Boko Haram on Saturday after being held captive for three years are still waiting to be reunited with their families, while all the girls found last year will be heading back to school in September, Nigerian officials said.

North Korea has said it has the right to “ruthlessly punish” American citizens it has detained for alleged crimes against the government.

Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful awaited the arrival of Pope Francis in Fatima with rising excitement Friday as the pontiff took off from Rome en route to the Portuguese holy site.

TRAPPIST-1 is a planetary system over 40 light years away from Earth, and the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting their star was announced in February. Three of the stars are within the habitable zone of the star, making them and the system as a whole a very exciting place for space exploration, particularly the search for life as we know it. Scientists also said at the time that the system was very unstable, and that the intersecting orbits of its planets would likely smash them into each other in less than a million years.

Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was found guilty in federal court on Thursday of fraud for helping to raise $800,000 for a bogus charity and using the funds for concerts and golf, U.S. Justice Department officials said. Her sentencing date has not been set.

SpaceX is gearing up for its next big step forward in spaceflight: launching the Falcon Heavy. The heavy-lift launch vehicle will use three Falcon 9 cores bolted together-two first stages that have already been launched, landed and recovered, as well as a shiny new core stage that will sit in the center of the two used boosters.

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The US and China have reached a 10-point trade deal that opens the Chinese market to US credit rating agencies and credit card companies.

A woman missing for six nights in the Montana wilderness with nothing but her dog and a sweater was found by search crews. Apart from being hungry and tired, she was not injured and asked rescuers if she could hike back with them.

Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp 95% decrease in cases.

German schools can now play the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive without charge to help children learn emergency heart massage.

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A vast majority of Americans who call themselves Christians do not hold a biblical worldview, a new study by the Barna Group finds. Only 17 percent do, the survey showed.

Sikhs for Liberty, a group of Sikhs in Virginia, has created a new political organization to emphasize their support for the U.S. Constitution, partly because the media has often portrayed Sikhs as sidekicks for separatist Islamic groups in the United States.

From coast to coast, parents are rebelling against what they describe as Islamic indoctrination of their children in public schools.


The Briefing 05-12-17

We can’t escape nature: Tennessee judge grants lesbian rights of “husband” in same-sex divorce

Will the US military ever be able to write transgender policy that satisfies gender revolutionaries?

Historically, LGBT activists were against the US Census collecting LGBT data. Why are they for it now?

How the American Civil Liberties Union is standing against the civil liberties of Americans

The scouting story continues: Mormon Church severs ties with Boy Scouts of America

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Top Headlines – 5/12/2017

End-of-Days Prophecy Describes Erdogan Leading Ishmael to Final War for Jerusalem
This week, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan established himself as a leader in the End-of-Days by calling for the Islam to unite for Jerusalem. Erdogan’s perplexing statement could be the cry that rallies the world of Ishmael for the prophesied third and final battle of Jerusalem preceding the Messiah.

ISIS claims to behead Russian intelligence officer in Syria
DUBAI – Islamic State has issued a video showing the beheading of what it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria, the US-based SITE monitoring website reported on Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry and the FSB security service were not immediately available for comment.

Eight killed when magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits China’s northwest
Eight people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck in China’s northwest Xinjiang region on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, with photographs online also showing damaged buildings.

Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE – and it could cause an EU nightmare
AUSTRIA’S government is on the verge of collapse due to a shock resignation, opening the door to the far-right Freedom Party. And the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls.

U.S. Military to Move ‘Very Quickly’ in Arming Syrian Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition
The U.S. military will move forward “very quickly” with plans to distribute weapons and ammunition to Kurdish YPG fighters battling the Islamic State in Syria despite opposition from NATO ally Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Trump Admin Still Considering Moving U.S Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Trump administration sources confirmed to the Free Beacon that the embassy move is still under consideration, but that the process is in its infant stages.

As Modi visit approaches, Israel and India seem closer than ever
As Israel has emerged recently on the world stage, its foreign relationships have blossomed…Yet, while all these are important, there is another event that may be even more important in the long run – the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July. The prime minister is, significantly, visiting only Israel and skipping the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And his visit follows the visit to Israel last January by Indian Foreign Minister Shushma Swaraj.

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km (25 miles) west of IS-stronghold Raqqa. It comes a day after the US said it was going to arm members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting for the SDF.

Austria convicts asylum seeker of Syria war crimes
An asylum seeker has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Austria after being found guilty of killing 20 people in Syria. The 27-year-old man was accused of shooting unarmed or wounded soldiers following a battle in the city of Homs. The man, who has not been named, had denied the charges. He was arrested in western Austria in June.

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets
Aetna Inc. will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it. While…the decision affects just Delaware and Nebraska. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer already said last year it would pull out of 11 states, and in the last month announced plans to exit Iowa and Virginia.

Emotion reading technology claims to spot criminals before they act
Emotion reading technology could soon be used by police after a Russian firm created a tool that can identify people in a crowd and tell if they are angry, stressed or nervous. The software, created by NTechLab, can monitor citizens for suspicious behaviour by tracking identity, age, gender and current emotional state. It could be used to pre-emptively stop criminals and potential terrorists.

Nasa unveils plans for a YEAR-LONG mission to the moon in preparation for the journey to Mars
Mars has become the next giant leap for mankind’s exploration of space. But before humans get to the red planet, astronauts will take a series of small steps by returning to the moon for a year-long mission. Details of a the mission in lunar orbit have been unveiled as part of a timeline of events leading to missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Netanyahu wary of Trump’s interest in solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned about President Trump’s growing interest in the Israeli Palestinian conflict and his desire to reach the “ultimate peace deal” at any cost, according to senior ministers close to Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s concern primarily stems from the fact that unlike Obama’s tenure, Netanyahu has no “brakes” in the Congress against Trump; Democrats will support any diplomatic move, as will Republicans.

Israel asks US to nullify UNSC settlement resolution
The Israeli Foreign Ministry appealed this week to US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley to nullify Security Council Resolution 2334 which calls for an end to settlement construction while simultaneously declaring them illegal, both in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The issue was just one in a series of requests made to Haley, in an effort to garner American support in implementing a number of changes vis-a-vis the world body’s treatment of Israel.

South Korea’s new leader discusses North Korea, defense system with China’s Xi
South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in told Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday that North Korea must cease making provocations before tensions over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in the South can be resolved, officials said. Moon came to power with a promise to review the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which is opposed by China…

North Korean university draws U.S. evangelicals despite risks
Like many other Americans who came to teach at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), Kim Hak Song was a Christian missionary who raised money from a church to come to North Korea…The university, which is open about its Christian affiliation, says its sole mission is to help North Korea’s future elite learn the skills to modernize the isolated country and engage with the outside world.

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary: Yeah, We Lied To The Israelis That We’d Stop Iran from Going Nuclear 
In a prolix profile in The New York Times of Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a startling admission comes from Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; he states that Obama was lying when he said he was serious about preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

James Comey Releases Farewell Letter, After Calling Trump “Crazy”
“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”

Connecticut State Capital Prepares For Bankruptcy Amid Collapse In Hedge Fund Revenue
Facing a dire fiscal situation, Hartfort, the capital of Connecticut is taking steps toward bankruptcy, soliciting proposals from law firms that specialize in Chapter 9, according to the Courant. It adds that the city is reviewing several firms and could hire an attorney as early as this week.

Experts Foresee Growing Friction Between Trump, S. Korea’s New President
New worries about the state of the U.S.-South Korean alliance are emerging after the swearing-in of liberal Moon Jae-in, whose conciliatory position toward North Korea is markedly different from that of the Trump administration, say analysts who …

Pro-Nazi Soldiers in German Army Raise Alarm
It started with an investigation into a suspected terrorist plot by an army soldier aimed at top government officials. But it quickly uncovered a larger problem.

U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April
The U.S. government had a $182 billion budget surplus in April, confounding market expectations for a deficit, according to Treasury Department data released on Wednesday. The budget surplus was $106 billion in April 2016, according to Treasury’s monthly budget statement.

May 11, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Nobody does it better than President Donald Trump. That is, drive the media crazy. And the Washington Post has gone nuts in reacting to the firing of FBI Director James Comey…. (more)

May 11, 2017
BYRON YORK — Here’s what I have been able to glean so far about the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey: During the transition, there were members of the Trump team involved with justice and law enforcement issues who felt Comey should be fired. They believed Comey had badly screwed up the Hillary Clinton investigation – – first to Trump’s detriment, on July 5, when he essentially laid out an indictment of Clinton but concluded by saying no charges would be brought, and later to Trump’s benefit, on Oct. 28, just 11 days before the election, when he re-opened the Clinton investigation…. (more)

May 11, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — He’s a slimmer, balder, bespectacled version of Jimmy Stewart and just two weeks after going to Washington, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has already helped President Trump fire FBI Director James Comey…. (more)

May 11, 2017
MICHAEL BARONE — Why did President Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was in place as Comey’s direct superior…. (more)

May 11, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fired FBI Director James Comey urged his former colleagues at the bureau to continue “upholding the Constitution” in a resignation letter released Wednesday night…. (more)


May 11, 2017
GARTH KANT — White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders vigorously defended President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying Hillary Clinton would have fired him “immediately” if she had been elected president…. (more)

May 11, 2017
JOE KOVACS — Perhaps “draining the swamp” needs to begin with certain personnel at the White House. Internet news powerhouse Matt Drudge is now claiming advisers to President Donald Trump who are leaking information to news media are “deliberately sabotaging” his presidency…. (more)

May 11, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Democrats are threatening to use every trick in the book to push Republicans to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia, after Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey…. (more)

May 11, 2017
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday demanding documents related to Russia from President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ramping up its monthslong investigation of Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election…. (more)

May 11, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Thanks to Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, the healthcare policy pronouncements of late night comic Jimmy Kimmel are back in the headlines. This is terrible news, because Kimmel’s statements represent everything that is wrong about this nation’s healthcare debate…. (more)

May 11, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — God, science, and the Bible agree: there are just two genders: male and female. We’re told quite explicitly in Genesis 1:27 “male and female he created them.” Biological science confirms this. If a child is conceived with an X+Y combination of genes, he is a boy from the moment of conception and will be a male until the day he dies. If a child is conceived with an X+X combination, she is a girl from the moment of conception and will be a female until the day she dies…. (more)

May 11, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The F-bombing “gay” dean of student life in the Downingtown, Pennsylvania, school district has resigned from his post, according to an announcement delivered Thursday to WND by school officials…. (more)


May 11, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Mormon Church said Thursday it would pull nearly 185,000 older youths out of the Boy Scouts beginning Jan. 1 to start its own programs for them…. (more)


May 11, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — Pushing back against implications that it actively helped the Nazi regime, The Associated Press defended its reporting from Nazi Germany during the 1930s and ’40s on Wednesday, publishing a lengthy review that detailed its fraught relationship with the regime…. (more)

May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump unexpectedly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, after a finding by the Justice Department that he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails last year…. (more)


May 9, 2017
GRABIEN — News just broke that President Trump is dismissing the director of the FBI, James Comey. Comey will inevitably be remembered for the controversial role he played in the 2016 presidential election, where his agency conducted surveillance of the Trump campaign as well as investigated the Clinton camp for mishandling classified materials, giving both sides arguments for how the FBI ultimately swayed the vote…. (more)

May 9, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Jim Comey has been a good friend to me over the years. I have disagreed strenuously with a number of decisions he made in connection with the Hillary Clinton investigation – – with his rationales and with the fact that he was presuming to exercise authority that was not his to exercise…. (more)

May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A member of the Senate Republican healthcare working group is working to build support for an alternative to the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill, one that allows for cross-state insurance purchases, and includes medical malpractice reform, health savings accounts and the expansion of association health plans…. (more)

May 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — A lot of people were impressed with former President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech as he received the Profiles in Courage Award on Sunday night, but conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer was not among them…. (more)

May 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — The dossier on then presidential candidate Donald Trump that contained scandalous allegations of purported ties to Russia could not be verified by the U.S. intelligence community, America’s former intelligence chief said Monday…. (more)

May 9, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — Mohamed Elibiary is at it again. The Egyptian-born Muslim Brotherhood operative and former senior adviser to President Obama on Homeland Security matters is no stranger to controversy…. (more)

May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House announced President Trump’s intention Monday to nominate a slate of 10 conservatives to the federal judiciary, building on his successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch in his biggest push yet to reshape the federal courts…. (more)


May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The California government may soon employ openly Communist people in its ranks. The state assembly passed a bill Monday that would repeal a policy that had made being a member of the Communist Party a fireable offense. The legislation was supported along party lines with most Republicans opposing it while Democrats mainly favored the policy…. (more)

May 8, 2017
ALAN KEYES — The famous English historian Edward Gibbon took the view that the rise of Christianity played a critically important role in the fall of both the Western and Eastern divisions of the Roman Empire. Christianity’s rise among the common folk of the Empire and its elites encouraged the depreciation of pagan piety…. (more)

May 8, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — After chants of “Lock Her Up,” a peaceful pro-Trump protester was harassed, assaulted, and then arrested at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. on April 29. Police told me to back off as I recorded their rough treatment of Rita Solon, a local resident, who was simply holding a “Make America Great Again” banner and walking back and forth…. (more)

This morning [Thursday], on behalf of President Donald Trump, it was humbling to join people of faith from across the world at the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.

There, I reaffirmed the President’s commitment to defending Christians and, frankly, all who suffer for their beliefs across the wider world.  America was and is and ever will be that shining city on a hill where men and women of faith throughout our history have been able to walk and openly worship their faith in God to the glory of God.

The faith of those gathered at the World Summit inspired and humbled me. The reality is, across the wider world, the Christian faith is under siege.  Throughout the world, no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ.  In more than 100 countries spread to every corner of the globe –- from Iran to Eritrea, Nigeria to North Korea –- over 215 million Christians confront intimidation, imprisonment, forced conversion, abuse, assault, or worse, for holding to the truths of the Gospel.  And nowhere is this onslaught against our faith more evident than in the very ancient land where Christianity was born.

Donald Trump welcomes Mahmoud Abbas to White House in Washington , May 3, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has crossed the Rubicon and voiced “unprecedented” readiness to reach a peace deal with Israel, sources close to the efforts to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians have told The Jerusalem Post.

Abbas, according to the sources, made this clear to President Donald Trump during their meeting at the White House last week. The president plans to use his trip to Israel later this month to receive assurances from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he, too, is committed to a peace agreement.

Since his meeting with Trump last week, Abbas has changed his rhetoric, issuing a number of statements meant to reflect flexibility on previous demands. He has, for example, said that he would renew the talks under Trump’s auspices without preconditions. In the past, he had said he would not negotiate with Netanyahu without a freeze to settlement construction.


What is likely the REAL deal with Russia, Trump, Hillary, the election, and a desperate Democratic Party

We’ll see how this plays out. My bet is that it won’t the way many Dems and allies hope. Of course one can ALWAYS be wrong.

I have no doubt that Russia doesn’t like Clinton. Almost everyone knows this. Clinton wanted to prop up the Ukraine and to demonize Russia for reacquiring (invading) The Crimea. (After a vote by the people of The Crimea to rejoin Russia. Crimea only became part of The Ukraine during the Khrushchev years.

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Many ‘practicing Christians’ agree with aspects of Marxism

Many “practicing Christians” agree with aspects of Marxism, according to a new study from the Barna Group, an evangelical research firm headquartered in Ventura, California.

Barna reported Tuesday that 36 percent of practicing Christians — defined as those “who go to church at least monthly and consider their faith very important in their life” — aligned with at least one aspect of Marxist ideology.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 12, 2017

Trump’s Statements Add Fuel to Controversy

His contradiction of his staff and vice president on the Comey firing don’t help dispel or quell the MSM conspiracy narrative.

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“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

Fake News Media Silent As Christians In The Middle East Being Driven Out By Islamic Terrorism

Like the Jews before them, Christians are fleeing the Middle East, emptying what was once one of the world’s most-diverse regions of its ancient religions.

“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” John 16:2 (KJV)

They’re being driven away not only by Islamic State, but by governments the U.S. counts as allies in the fight against extremism. When suicide bomb attacks ripped through two separate Palm Sunday services in Egypt last month, parishioners responded with rage at Islamic State, which claimed the blasts, and at Egyptian state security.

Government forces assigned to the Mar Girgis church in Tanta, north of Cairo, neglected to fix a faulty metal detector at the entrance after church guards found a bomb on the grounds just a week before. The double bombing killed at least 45 people, and came despite promises from the Egyptian government to protect its Christian minority.

As congregants of the Tanta church swept the grounds of debris and scrubbed blood from the walls, a parishioner waved his national identity card: “This ID says whether we are Muslim or Christian. So how did that suicide bomber get into my church? If this identification isn’t for my protection, it’s used for my discrimination.”

The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians

The most persecuted and victimized people in the world today are Christians in the Middle East. The perpetrators of the widespread destruction of that region’s Christian community? Islamists. Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim lays out the grim details.

By 2025, Christians are expected to represent just over 3% of the Mideast’s population, down from 4.2% in 2010, according to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Mass. A century before, in 1910, the figure was 13.6%. The accelerating decline stems mostly from emigration, Mr. Johnson says, though higher Muslim birthrates also contribute.

The exodus leaves the Middle East overwhelmingly dominated by Islam, whose rival sects often clash, raising the prospect that radicalism in the region will deepen. Conflicts between Sunni and Shiite Muslims have erupted across the Middle East, squeezing out Christians in places such as Iraq and Syria and forcing them to carve out new lives abroad, in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.

“The disappearance of such minorities sets the stage for more radical groups to dominate in society,” said Mr. Johnson of the loss of Christians and Jews in the Middle East. “Religious minorities, at the very least, have a moderating effect.”

Ahmed Abu Zeid, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, denied the government discriminates against Christians. “The presidency has been keen since day one to treat the Egyptian society as one nation, and one fabric,” he said, adding that the government is doing all it could to protect the minority and fight terror.

President Donald Trump expressed his confidence in President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s commitment to protecting his Egyptian population in a call between the leaders last month.

Christian activists in Egypt say Washington’s ally in the war on terror has long discriminated against the minority, with recurring bouts of mob violence directed against Christians by their Muslim neighbors often leading to no arrests or charges in the courts. Christians have been barred from some government jobs, such as the state intelligence services, and laws make it virtually impossible to build or restore churches.

The exodus of Christians from the Mideast started about a century ago, with many heading to the U.S. for jobs as America opened its doors to migrants. Later waves stemmed from conflict, such as Lebanon’s civil war, and from fresh economic hardship, such as the U.S.-led sanctions in the 1990s that hobbled Iraq.

At the start of the 21st century, as wars waned, the oil business flourished in the Gulf region and a financial crisis hit the West, the Christian outflow ebbed.

Then in 2011, the outlook darkened dramatically. What started as hopeful revolutions across the Mideast largely degenerated into strife, civil war and the rise of extremist groups.

The outbreak of Syria’s multisided civil war in 2011 prompted about half of the country’s Christian population of 2.5 million to flee the country, according to Christian charities monitoring the flow. Many escaped to neighboring Lebanon, an anomaly in the region with Christians wielding political power and worshiping freely.

Widow’s Joy: He Didn’t Deny Christ When Beheaded

In Iraq, the instability that started in 2003, when a U.S. invasion toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, deepened more than a decade later when Islamic State took over about one-quarter of the country. Iraqi church officials and the religion’s political representatives say only one-fifth of the country’s Christians remain of the approximately 1.5 million before 2003, according to estimates based on church attendance and voter rolls that identify religion.

Even though Iraqi forces have gained the upper hand over Islamic State, the country’s Christians show no sign of returning to homes they fled.

In northern Iraq, blue and white charter buses crisscross neighborhoods of recently liberated Mosul, returning Muslim families displaced by Islamic State. They drive through Christian areas without stopping. For the first time in nearly two millennia, Iraq’s second-largest city, once a melting pot of ancient religions, lacks a Christian population to speak of.

The Al-Aswad family, a clan of masons who built the city’s houses, churches and mosques and trace their lineage back to the 19th century, vow never to return. They’ve opted to live in the rat-infested refugee camps of Erbil in northern Iraq, where they await updates on their asylum application to Australia.

A Christian charity has given them a small apartment until June, at which point they will have to return to the refugee camps to live in a converted cargo shipping container.

“We call it the cemetery,” said Raghd Al-Aswad, describing how the cargo containers are covered with dark blue tarps to protect against the rain. “It looks like dead bodies stacked side by side with a giant hospital sheet on top of them.”  source


Debating the Rapture in the Scriptures

One of the hottest debate topics among biblical scholars and students is over what is referred to as the rapture of the church in the final days of this world. A few Christians actually believe the rapture is a human imagination not even mentioned in the Bible, but most Christians believe the church will be raptured; some just disagree over the timing of it.

It certainly does appear that we might be drawing closer to the final days as we see a world in economic, social and military chaos. And Jesus warned us to be looking for the signs of the season pointing to His return. So how does the rapture of the true church fit into the final days before the Lord’s return?

Joining us is Dr. Andy Woods, a biblical scholar who has studied prophecy at length and written The Coming Middle East Meltdown detailing things to look for as we anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior. We also discuss Kingdom Now theology as well as Replacement theology as well as the importance of Israel as the Day of the Lord draws near.

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Is Bigger Always Better?

We have been blessed in so many ways in America. But our sinful, selfish nature always drives us to want more and more things of this world. Want more money? Just have enough faith and boldness to declare it from God. Want a bigger church? Use clever man-made marketing schemes, entertainment methods, and minimize sin and the gospel’s demand of holy living; then watch the church grow in numbers.

Is our obsession with “bigger is better” undermining the gospel message and leading people away from God? Pastor Gary Gilley joins us to discuss prosperity preaching and the church growth movement. Are we giving people what they want or what they need? Both? What did the disciples do?

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“You Might be a Racist if…”

This morning we cover several interesting news stories including a new college movement that says demanding students or workers show up on time might be racist oriented. We also discuss the IRS investigation into Benny Hinn and look at several of Hinn’s outlandish teachings and “prophecies” over the past couple decades.

In our first segment Robert Meyer of Renew America joins us to discuss the condition of religious freedom for Christians in America and dissects President Trump’s announcement attacking The Johnson Amendment, aimed at restricting political commentary from the pulpit.

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The Next Generation that Will Lead the Church

Once Joshua died the nation of Israel began a steady decline that got so bad they eventually started worshiping a false god who actually required child sacrifice along with other things that God calls abominations.

In America we have seen a steady decline in the study and application of God’s Word and a growing number of churches that look more like social clubs instead of gatherings to worship God and equip one another for the works of the Holy Spirit. And in the next decade or so the current group of younger people called “millenials” will be leading our churches and our nation.

Dave Wager works with younger people as Director of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute, and joins us this morning for a frank discussion on the world view of Millenials and how we as their elders have shaped their beliefs and views. Jeff Strommen of HopeNet 360 and co-host of HopeNet Radio gives us the Millennial perspective today.

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Skeptics & Scoffers

God’s Word warns us of a couple very important things: first, that Jesus is returning one day to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom; and second, there will be those who mock and doubt His return, believing mankind can work out all our own problems.

But the warning signs of His return are all around us for those who have eyes to see: other than wars and rumors of wars, Israel is once again a nation; the whole world led by the United Nations is opposing Israel; radical Islam is vowing to destroy Israel; and regimes in North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and Syria have the chemical and nuclear weapons to plunge the world into the final great war before the Lord returns. Today’s guest, Gary Kah, has studied biblical prophecy, globalism and the coming one world government for several decades.

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Abbas, in meeting with Putin, says Moscow must be part of peace process

Palestinian leader hails Trump’s Mideast peace efforts

Netanyahu wary of Trump’s interest in solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel denies reports of Trump decision against US embassy move

Imam accused in Denmark of calling for murder of Jews

PA official says negotiations to end prisoners’ hunger strike likely

Danon: ‘The Palestinian Authority has transferred $130 million to terrorist salaries’

Hezbollah blames Israel for ‘propaganda attack’ during Nasrallah’s speach

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says Israel knows that any future confrontation ‘could be inside occupied Palestinian territories’

Nasrallah says Hezbollah ‘ready to guarantee a settlement’ agreement for Sunni jihadists to evacuate northeast Lebanese border region with Syria

Nasrallah mocks ‘weak’ Israel

Nasrallah says Syrian government’s allies – Moscow, Tehran, and Hezbollah – are now ‘in harmony’ more than ever

Top US army general aligns with Israeli concern over Iran and its proxies

In US meetings, Israeli minister tries to keep Iran out of south Syria

Turkey’s Erdogan says US visit to herald new beginning in relationship

North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

North Korea demands that the U.S. hand over would-be assassins of Kim Jong Un

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CIA to focus on North Korean threat with new mission center

CIA director warns of Venezuela weapons transfers

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

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

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kodiak Station, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Buala, Solomon Islands

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Fresno Becomes Largest California city to Approve Display of “In God We Trust” in City Hall.

Posted: 12 May 2017 08:20 AM PDT

Fresno has just become the largest California city so far to approve a  display of the words “In God We Trust” in its city hall….

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New Israeli Research Reveals that Men are Men and Women are Women

Posted: 12 May 2017 08:14 AM PDT

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PROPHECY WATCH: Abbas Says Russia must be part of “Peace Process”

Posted: 12 May 2017 07:58 AM PDT

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Hospital computers across England shut down by cyberattack, Hackers demand ransom

Posted: 12 May 2017 07:54 AM PDT

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Trump Warns “Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations’ Before leaking to press”

Posted: 12 May 2017 06:34 AM PDT

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PSALM 83 WATCH: Hezbollah warns future war would be on Israeli territory

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High School Confiscates Yearbooks Over Pro-Trump Quotes

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Argentina Welcomes First Transgender Police Chief

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70,000 Bees Found in Man’s Bedroom Wall

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BREAKING NEWS: Strong 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of El Salvador

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Detroit School to Hold ‘Muslim Girls Only’ Prom…

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Russian fighter jet comes with 20 feet of US Navy aircraft…

Posted: 12 May 2017 05:53 AM PDT

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Scientists Left Baffled From Cosmic Radio Signal From Outer Space

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Do These 3 Comets Warn Us of Impending Judgment?

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United Methodist Minister Facing Possible Discipline for Officiating Same-Sex Ceremony

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:26 PM PDT

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Hepatitis C nearly triples in US in 5 years…

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BREAKING NEWS: Abbas Agrees To Sign “Peace Deal” with Israel!

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:08 PM PDT

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PROPHECY WATCH: President Trump to Announce Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks During Israel Visit

Posted: 11 May 2017 04:18 PM PDT

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OOPS! Military Code-Breaking Computer Project Accidentally Shown To Entire Internet

Posted: 11 May 2017 04:07 PM PDT

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Mysterious Carcass Raising Confusion in Indonesia

Posted: 11 May 2017 01:12 PM PDT

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Matt Drudge Warns Trump insiders ‘Deliberately Sabotaging Presidency’

Posted: 11 May 2017 01:01 PM PDT

Perhaps “draining the swamp” needs to begin with certain personnel at the White House. Internet news powerhouse Matt Drudge is now claiming advisers to President…

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New “Faith-Based” Film Filled With F-Bombs

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:54 PM PDT

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Researchers Develop Way To Print “Bionic Skin”

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:43 PM PDT

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DEVELOPING: Earthquake Swarm Rattling Residents in Seattle

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:38 PM PDT

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Facebook Blocks Video Of Thailand King At Government’s Request

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:32 PM PDT

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Facebook Shutting Down Atheist and Ex-Muslim Groups

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:27 PM PDT

Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers) –groups that…

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Unborn Baby Flashes Bizarre ‘Devil Horns’ Rock-‘n’-Roll Sign in Ultrasound Scan

Posted: 11 May 2017 12:21 PM PDT

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Christian Bakers Fined for Refusing to Make ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake Get BIG Surprise

Posted: 11 May 2017 10:47 AM PDT

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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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