May 13-14, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 05/13/2017

Elderly Ex-Vicar ‘Marries’ Male Model 54 Years Younger, Wants Church of England to ‘Move On’ With the Times   May 06, 2017 01:14 pm

EASTRY, Kent — A retired vicar with the Church of England has “wed” a young Romanian model 54 years his junior, and now wants the Church to get with the times in regard to same-sex relationships. Philip Clements, 78, tied the knot to Florin Marin, 24, last month at the registry office in Ramsgate after meeting on a dating website two years ago. “I’ve been a…

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Smithsonian Channel Spotlights Stone Tablet Believed to Confirm Biblical Tower of Babel   May 07, 2017 09:48 am

The first episode of the new season of the Smithsonian Channel’s “Secrets” series spotlights a stone tablet discovered in Babylon more than 100 years ago that is believed to confirm the existence of the biblical Tower of Babel as outlined in the Book of Genesis. “Ancient texts have allowed experts to imagine what the building might have looked like,” a promotional…

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United Methodist Minister Facing Possible Discipline for Officiating Same-Sex Ceremony   May 11, 2017 05:00 pm

Iowa City, Iowa — A campus minister at the University of Iowa is facing possible censure from United Methodist leadership for officiating a same-sex ceremony for another female clergy member. Anna Blaedel, the executive director of the university’s Wesley Student Center, presided over the ceremony in Oklahoma on April 4, despite knowledge that doing so is…

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Minnesota City to Allow ‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple to Place Monument in Veterans Park   May 08, 2017 11:57 am

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. — Officials in a Minnesota city have agreed to allow the Satanic Temple, which does not believe in a literal Satan, to erect a monument in its Veterans Park after the group applied for inclusion now that a “limited public forum” has been created in the park to allow the presence of a cross grave marker that upset atheists. “It was discussed…

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School Administrator Who Cursed at Teens Sharing Abortion Abolition Message on Sidewalk Resigns   May 12, 2017 06:00 am

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — The Pennsylvania school administrator who was recorded on camera cursing out two teenage abortion abolitionists last month as they held signs on the public sidewalk has resigned. Zach Ruff had been on leave from Downingtown STEM Academy since the incident went public, as the Downingtown Area School District decried his behavior as being…

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Atheist Activist Group Sues Trump Over Order Allowing Electioneering From Pulpit   May 06, 2017 11:05 am

MADISON, Wisc. — A prominent professing atheist organization has filed suit against President Donald Trump over his religious freedom executive order, which directs the IRS not to enforce the federal Johnson Amendment, a law passed in 1954 that prohibits electioneering (favoring or disfavoring any political candidate) from the pulpit. The Wisconsin-based Freedom…

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Homosexual Organist Admits to Staging Hate Slur Vandalism   May 09, 2017 01:40 pm

BEAN BLOSSOM, Ind. — An Indiana Episcopal organist who identifies as a homosexual has been charged with criminal mischief after he initially claimed to have found a hate slur and a swastika spray-painted on St. David’s Episcopal Church, but has now admitted to staging the graffiti himself. George Stang, 26, of Bloomington has outlined in a written statement…

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Nicaraguan Minister Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison Over Woman’s Death From Fiery Exorcism   May 10, 2017 06:01 am

MANAGUA — A young Nicaraguan minister and four of his members have been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a woman died following an exorcism attempt that resulted in burns on more than 80 percent of her body. “The suffering that Trujillo was subjected to is something no human being should go through,” said Judge Alfredo Silva Chamorro on Tuesday. As…

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Oklahoma House Passes Resolution to Stop Murder of Unborn Children   May 09, 2017 10:01 am

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a resolution “directing every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop murder of unborn children by abortion.” House Resolution 1004 was approved by a voice vote on Monday without any debate or discussion. Resolutions differ from legislation in that they hold no…

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‘Then There Were 10’: Georgia Family Adopts Seven Siblings in Foster Care   May 11, 2017 11:45 am

RINCON, Ga. — A Georgia family of three has now grown to ten after adopting seven siblings who have been in the foster care system for several years. Before they even met, Josh and Jessaka Clark knew that they wanted to adopt children. Jessaka’s parents took in foster children, and she and Josh both had a heart for youth needing families. However, even while…

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

MAY 13, 2017
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Trump is no intelligence mastermind, and conspiring with Putin and Wikileaks behind the scenes to arrange the hacking of DNC emails isn’t Trump’s style; Trump’s style would be to have something like that drop into his lap and go out in public and cheer for it happening, which is what he actually did.” —Dan McLaughlin

Top News – 5/13-14/2017

Convicted murderer of six Israelis elected as Palestinian mayor of Hebron
Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the convicted murderer of six Israelis, was reportedly elected mayor of the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday as head of the Fatah Party list. Abu Sneineh was one of four Palestinians behind the murder of six Israeli yeshiva students in 1980. The students, included two American citizens and a Canadian national, were part of a group that had danced from the Cave of the Patriarchs to Beit Hadassah in Hebron when Abu Sneineh and his terror cell opened fire.

PM Netanyahu pans Jordan for siding with terrorist
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Jordan for not condemning Saturday’s terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City, in which one of its citizens stabbed an Israeli police officer. “It is time that Jordan ceases its double sided game. Just as Israel condemns terror attacks in Jordan, Jordan must condemn terrorist attacks in Israel. Terror is terror,” Netanyahu’s Office said.

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games. Xi used a summit on the initiative, attended by leaders and top officials from around the world, to bolster China’s global leadership ambitions as U.S. President Donald Trump promotes “America First” and questions existing global free trade deals.

Macron’s win adds to Poland’s worries about its place in EU
While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president…was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence. Poland has been the most vocal among eastern EU members fearing that their wealthier western neighbors, keen to deepen cooperation among themselves, will erode the single market that has been the biggest benefit of membership in the east and, in shifting power westward, reduce financial support for less wealthy countries.

Syrian army retakes most of rebel-held district on edge of Damascus
The Syrian army and its allies are on the verge of completely seizing the rebel-held district of Qaboun on the edge of the capital Damascus following over two months of aerial strikes and artillery shelling… But rebels said they still held a small pocket within the neighborhood that lies in the northeastern edge of the capital that has been mostly reduced to rubble after around 80 days in which it was struck by hundreds of aerial strikes and missiles.

Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon
Scotland must have a choice on independence at the end of Britain’s divorce with the European Union when the exit terms are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday…Sturgeon called on voters to back her Scottish National Party at an election on June 8 to strengthen her hand and make sure that Scotland’s voice is heard in the Brexit negotiations.

G7 financial leaders reiterate FX pledges, vow more cyber cooperation
Financial leaders of seven leading world economies pledged stronger cooperation against cyber crime…and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive advantage, but stuck to their cautious wording on trade… Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain met in the Italian city of Bari to discuss the world economy, combating terrorist funding, cyber security and taxes.

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants
In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.

2 dead, hundreds injured in northeastern Iran quake
The earthquake hit 3 cities and 97 villages of the province at 22:31 local time. According to Morteza Salimi, the head of the Red Crescent Society’s rescue and relief organization, 14 villages suffered up to 70 percent damage, ISNA reported.

Russian jet said to ‘buzz’ US reconnaissance plane
A Russian fighter jet reportedly “buzzed” a US reconnaissance plane flying over the Black Sea in the second such incident in a week. According to a Fox News report on Saturday, the Russian Su-27 jet flew only 40 feet from a US Navy P-8 Poseidon plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Friday, some 100 miles from the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000-case backlog in sex abuse cases
Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.”

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts
Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems, security experts have warned. UK security researcher “MalwareTech”, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”.

North Korea Test-Fires 7th Ballistic Missile Of 2017, Projectile Flew 700Km, Landed In Sea Of Japan
On the eve of a summit in Beijing, and just hours after Pyongyang’s chief nuclear negotiator said North Korea is ready to hold talks with the United States “if the conditions are mature”, South Korea’s Yonhap reports that North Korea has fired a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile, from a region northwest of Pyongyang.

NSA Director Uses “Russian Hacker Threat” To Gain Access To Voting Systems
In a statement to the committee on May 9, Rogers positioned NSA to oversee a wider role in conducting surveillance over elections, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including France and Britain.

UofA Hires “Social Justice Advocates” To Police Fellow Students For “Bias Incidents”
Administrators at the University of Arizona are now accepting applications for “social justice advocates”, whose job it is to snitch on other students accused of bias.

Our Leader’s Crimes Are On Display- The Whole World’s Watching
…Some people simply call it Karma, or, just good ole’ fashion revenge, but I take great comfort and delight that evil does not get a pass from the Lord. And the older I get, the more I see the Lord’s scale of justice beign carried out in His time. Steve Quayle once told me that Donald Trump is God’s special prosecutor and that in the end days, all the sins of the leaders will be revealed.

Senior Trump aide: President to back Palestinian ‘self-determination’ on Mideast trip
President Donald Trump will express support for Palestinian “self-determination” during a Middle East trip this month, a senior aide said on Friday, suggesting Trump is open to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite not having publicly embraced the idea so far. The comment…came just nine days after a White House visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which Trump vowed to seek a historic peace deal but stopped short of explicitly recommitting to the eventual goal of Palestinian statehood…

Hamas boycotts local Palestinian elections held in West Bank
Palestinians held municipal elections on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, a first democratic exercise in years, but one that has also raised tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. With no legislative or presidential elections in sight, the municipal ballot is seen as a popularity test for Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, caught in a deep rift with Islamist Hamas.

Ebola: WHO declares outbreak in DR Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country’s north-east, the WHO says. The Congolese health ministry had notified the WHO of a “lab-confirmed case” of Ebola, it added on Twitter.

North Korea ‘would hold talks’ with Trump administration
North Korea has said it will hold talks with the US “if the conditions were right”, South Korean media reports. A senior North Korean diplomat said dialogue with the Trump administration was possible following a meeting with ex-US government officials in Norway. Earlier this month US President Donald Trump said he would be “honoured” to meet Kim Jong-un.

Pope Francis canonises two children at Portugal’s Fatima shrine
Pope Francis was greeted by crowds of hundreds of thousands as he made saints of two shepherd children at the Fatima shrine complex in Portugal. “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints,” the pontiff said to loud applause. It is 100 years since the two – and a third child – reported seeing the Virgin Mary while tending sheep. The third is also on the way to sainthood.

Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban
Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate international prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic “would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons.”

Court Rules Kentucky Print Shop Has Right to Avoid Making Gay Pride T-shirts
A Kentucky appellate court on Friday ruled that the Christian owner of a printing shop in Lexington had the right to refuse to make T-shirts promoting a local gay pride festival. The dispute represents the latest court fight testing the limits of antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

U.S., China agree to first trade steps under 100-day plan
The United States and China have agreed to take action by mid-July to increase access for U.S. financial firms and expand trade in beef and chicken among other steps as part of Washington’s drive to cut its trade deficit with Beijing. The deals are the first results of 100 days of trade talks that began last month, when a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping proved far more friendly than had been expected after last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, but the immediate impact was unclear.

U.S. retail sales rise broadly; consumer prices rebound
U.S. retail sales increased broadly in April while consumer prices rebounded, pointing to a pickup in economic growth and a gradual rise in inflation that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates next month. The reports on Friday added to labor market data in suggesting the near stall in economic activity in the first quarter was an anomaly.

A Russian jet flew within 20 feet of a Navy surveillance plane. The Pentagon says it was
A Russian jet flew within 20 feet of an U.S. Navy surveillance plane this week, but U.S. military officials said Friday that they consider the event to have been conducted safely and professionally.

Hezbollah: Next Confrontation With Israel Could Be Invasion
The leader of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah said Thursday that the next conflict with Israel could occur inside its territory, suggesting the militia could invade its southern neighbor.

“Worst-Ever Recorded” Ransomware Attack Strikes Over 57,000 Users Worldwide, Using NSA-Leaked Tools
“Today shows exactly what’s at stake when government hackers can’t keep their virtual weapons locked up… this could be one of the worst-ever recorded attacks of its kind…I’ve never seen anything like this with ransomware.”

Has Venezuela’s Crisis Reached A Tipping Point?
“The path forward is Maduro will be pushed out of power, or there will be a repressive, horrible crackdown where the death tolls keep mounting…”

Aetna to lose almost $1 Billion from 2014-2017 – Will abandon ALL ObamaCare exchanges
Last year, you may recall that one of the nation’s largest insurers, Aetna, announced it had suffered major losses under the failing Affordable Care Act.  As a result, it was pulling out of many ACA exchanges.  The company said it intended to soldier on in just four states –  Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, and Virginia.

Pruitt Says Obama’s Enviro Record Was Terrible 
…Pruitt, who sued the EPA more than a dozen times as Oklahoma’s attorney general, told reporters Wednesday that the Obama administration “deserved” to be sued for exceeding “their statutory authority.” He also said activists consistently gave the agency’s poor record on local environmental disasters a pass. “What’s so great about that record?” he said, referring to the Obama administration’s handling of the Gold King Mine disaster and Flint water crisis. The EPA was roundly criticized during the latter half of former President Barack Obama’s final term for not reacting quicker on Flint.

Obama’s Non-Profit On Same Dubious Path First Blazed By Clinton Foundation
Barack Obama’s presidential foundation is barely two years old, but he is taking it down the same controversial — and by some accounts illegal — post-presidency path of his predecessor Bill Clinton, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group


Iran Furiously Building Nuclear Program Because Obama Treaty Protects Them From Scrutiny

Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate international prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic “would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The disclosure comes just days after Iranian leaders announced the upcoming launch of two new domestically produced satellites. Iran has long used its space program as cover for illicit missile work, as the know-how needed to launch such equipment can be applied to long-range ballistic missile technology.

Daniel Coats, America’s top spymaster, informed Congress this week in an intelligence briefing that Iran’s ballistic missile work continues unimpeded and could be used by the Islamic Republic to launch a nuclear weapon, according to unclassified testimony.

Turns out Obama’s “historic deal” was actually a cover for Iran to build nuclear weapons faster:

Iran’s ballistic missile work, particularly its focus on ICBMs, runs counter to United Nations resolutions barring such activity, though it remains unclear if the Trump administration plans to pursue new sanctions on Iran.
Iran continues to perform key research and development on nuclear missile capabilities despite the landmark nuclear agreement with Western powers, according to the last U.S. intelligence assessments.

“Iran is pursuing capabilities to meet its nuclear energy and technology goals and to give it the capability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so” Coats wrote in his written testimony to the Senate intelligence committee.

U.S. officials are unsure if Iran will build nuclear weapons, but it is likely this intention would dictate Tehran’s future adherence to the nuclear deal, which the administration of former President Barack Obama framed in such a way as to leave out the issue of ballistic missiles.

The reality of Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal:

The United States assesses that Iran remains about a year away from a functional nuclear missile if it decides to build one in violation of the nuclear deal.

Iranian military leaders claim their missile work is unrelated to the nuclear agreement and permissible under it. The country’s refusal to abandon this work has caused concern on Capitol Hill, as well as among U.S. national security insiders who view the work as related to Iran’s aspirations for regional dominance.

The U.S. intelligence community maintains that Iran—which has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East—likely would use this technology to launch a nuclear weapon.

“We judge that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them,” according to Coats. “Iran’s ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering WMD, and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East.”

“Tehran’s desire to deter the United States might drive it to field an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM),” Coats wrote, referring to Iran’s covert missile work. “Progress on Iran’s space program could shorten a pathway to an ICBM because space launch vehicles use similar technologies.”

Iran “continues to leverage cyber espionage, propaganda, and attacks to support its security priorities, influence events and foreign perceptions, and counter threats—including against U.S. allies in the region,” Coats testified.

This includes cyber attacks “directly against the United States,” such as in 2013, when an Iranian hacker penetrated the computer systems of a U.S. dam.

Iran also is pursuing a massive buildup of its military, which observers have described as unprecedented.

The U.S. intelligence community has confirmed that Iran is developing “a range of new military capabilities to monitor and target U.S. and allied military assets in the region, including armed UAVs [drones], ballistic missiles, advanced naval mines, unmanned explosive boats, submarines and advanced torpedoes, and anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles,” according to Coats. source


Court Rules Kentucky Print Shop Has Right to Avoid Making Gay Pride T-shirts

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A Kentucky appellate court on Friday ruled that the Christian owner of a printing shop in Lexington had the right to refuse to make T-shirts promoting a local gay pride festival.

The dispute represents the latest court fight testing the limits of antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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Loathing Sin & Grabbing for God’s Glory

According to Eric Davis, the Lord Jesus came to deal with sin. He came to “make us see, loathe, and eradicate our inward sin, and see, love, and follow him.” He was not interested in “social justice, external humanitarian inspiration, or politico-social revolution,” says Davis.  So why is it that a large (and growing) number of professing Christians avoid the concept of sin?  And why do those who claim they’re followers of Jesus Christ choose to close their ears to what He taught on sin?

In this piece over at The Cripplegate, Eric Davis reveals what the One who spoke the universe into existence wants those He created to know about…sin:

It’s an alarming trend, especially in some of our younger generations. Many of us professing Christians cannot stand to hear the word. When we do, we cry foul. “It’s unloving,” “It’s toxic,” “It’s legalistic,” “It’s graceless.” We leave churches who speak of it. We ignore older saints who bring it up. We avoid authors who write about it. We harden our hearts when identified in our lives. I suppose we could call it something like “hamartiphobia”: a fearful repulsion of things like hearing teaching about sin, experiencing the exposure of our sin, and being confronted on our sin.

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Furtick joins Rod Parsley’s 2017 NAR ‘Dominion Camp’

According to Amy Spreeman of Berean Research, prophet-pastor Steven Furtick of the highly influential Elevation Church has been “full-on N.A.R. (New Apostolic Reformation) for years, and now he’ll be delivering this summer’s fresh anointing of apostolic covering at the annual [Dominion Camp Meeting] event.”  Furtick is featured with several other NAR wolves in DCM’s promo picture below:

Now to Amy’s report:

Elevation’s pastor Steven Furtick is aligning with Jesse DuPlantis, Perry Stone and others for Apostle Rod Parsley’s annual Dominion Camp Meeting. Parsley says he is ready to release a seven-times greater anointing into your life.

Check out the promo video…

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On Heresy

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us (1 John 2:19a).

Notice that the mark of an antichrist is finally breaking away from New Testament Christianity. All such invariably do. And when they do, they will insist that they are the true mainstream of Christian truth and that we are living in the backwaters of Christian doctrine. John puts this very plainly. The mark of genuineness is continuity in the truth, continuance in true faith. What does he mean by us? Surely not Christendom in general. He means, as he makes clear in the context of this whole letter, those who love the Word of God and who possess the Spirit of God, those who seek to obey the Word in the power of the Spirit. The emphasis he has been making all along is on those who share the life of Christ by the Word of God in the power of the Spirit of God. Heretics will invariably cut themselves off from these people.   View article →


This ‘n’ That

  • Revival is not a special event to win the lost.”
  • 144,000 means 144,000. Yeah, I know it seems complicated, but it’s not.
  • “We made up the weekend the same way we made up the week.” Um…”we”?…”made up”? (HT to Peter for this one!)
  • I can honestly say that I’ve never been late for work due to llamas.
  • Both of these men need the gospel.
  • Passing down the truth of God.
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Keep yourself in the love of God.
  • I’ve never been afraid of flying, but this might do it.
  • For those ladies who were unable to attend the Answers for Women conference last month, audio downloads are now available as a package, or for each individual session.
  • I love the organ, so let’s find some new church homes for these!
  • Good thoughts for Christian writers.

Top Headlines – 5/13-14/2017

Bennett urges PM to renege on two-state solution

Bennett: Israel must ditch ‘bunker’ diplomacy, or have its fate decided by others

Trump social media chief touts trip to ‘Palestine’

Gazans walk the ‘Red Carpet’ for film festival, and trample on Balfour Declaration

Clip purports to show troops standing by as settlers attack Palestinians

Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem burn effigy of Israeli soldier

Israel Ranked 15th Most Militarily Powerful Nation in World, Ahead of Iran, Behind Turkey and Egypt

Osama bin Laden’s son calls for attacks on Jews, Americans

Jordan ‘holds Israel responsible’ for killing their citizen who was stabbing a policeman

Rouhani says Friday’s Iran election ‘historical decision’

Russian jet ‘buzzes’ another US plane in Black Sea, second incident this week

Russia, China ‘worried’ about rising N. Korea tensions

North Korea Test-Fires 7th Ballistic Missile Of 2017, Projectile Flew 700Km, Landed In Sea Of Japan

North Korea Launches a Missile, Its First Test After an Election in the South

North Korea may have fired ‘new type of missile’ with longer range

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch

White House: North Korea has been ‘flagrant menace for far too long’

Global ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyberattack seeks cash for data

‘Perfect storm’ of conditions helped cyberattack succeed

Cyberattack thwarted by flipping ‘kill switch’ but experts fear new blitz

‘Accidental hero’ halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

UK’s Johnson says EU may have to pay Brexit divorce bill

Pope plans to avoid politics, seek common ground in Trump meet

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bojnurd, Iran

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Parents demand paternity tests after sperm bank boss ‘used own samples’ on women seeking IVF

Albania gay rights organizations hold annual pride ride

Court Rules Kentucky Print Shop Has Right to Avoid Making Gay Pride T-shirts

Complaint Filed To Close Sex Club Posing As Church

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000-case backlog in sex abuse cases

Fatima mystery blends visions, miracles and supernatural

White House: Trump to push Palestinian ‘self-determination’ on Mideast trip

U.S. Ambassador Advises Israeli Officials: Trump’s Serious About Peace, Work With Him

Israel plans 15,000 Jerusalem apartments beyond Green Line

Local elections in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Hamas boycotts the process

Danon calls on UNSC to take action against PA’s payments to terrorists

Cabinet source: IDF fears defunding PA will increase terrorism

Christians, in an Epochal Shift, Are Leaving the Middle East

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians

Erdogan sees ‘new beginning’ in Turkish-US ties despite Kurdish arms move

U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official

Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban

Russian fighter jet flies close to US Navy aircraft, official says

Kremlin says may retaliate against USA over expulsion of Russian diplomats

Afghan official: 3 civilians killed in bomb blast in Kabul

2 killed as India, Pakistan troops trade fire in Kashmir

Purported Boko Haram fighter says group plans to bomb Nigerian capital

Venezuela Tries Protesters in Military Court ‘Like We Are in a War’

Has Venezuela’s Crisis Reached A Tipping Point?

N.Korea says will have dialogue with US under right conditions

Globalization 2.0: How China’s two-day summit aims to shape a new world order

Electromagnetic pulse attack on Hawaii would devastate the state

“Worst-Ever Recorded” Ransomware Attack Strikes Over 57,000 Users Worldwide, Using NSA-Leaked Tools

Over 70 countries hit in global extortion cyberattack

Major Cyberattack Sweeps Globe, Hitting FedEx, U.K. Hospitals, Spanish Companies

Edward Snowden points blame at NSA for not preventing NHS cyber attack

FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: “Pay the Ransom”

Trump’s Comey firing sets off new round of leaks

Trump Escalates War With FBI, and the Bureau Fights Back

Trump warns Comey: Better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of talks

With a threat of ‘tapes,’ Trump tells ousted FBI chief not to talk to media

Comey declines to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee

Another Record in Reach of Tech Stocks as Big 5 Add $500 Billion

Bloodbath for Retail Stocks Rolls On

Smartphones that charge in five minutes ‘could arrive next year’

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Acajutla, El Salvador

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Acajutla, El Salvador

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

An unusual Mother’s Day nor’easter is set to hit this weekend

Eastern Canada is drying out after the worst flooding in a half-century

US drought levels fall to lowest point in years

Ebola: Three people killed in Democratic Republic of Congo as new epidemic declared by WHO

Brazil Declares End to Zika Emergency After Fall in Cases

Trump: ‘In America we don’t worship government, we worship God’

Posted: 14 May 2017 05:01 AM PDT

Speaking to a friendly crowd at the country’s largest Christian university on Saturday, President Trump told the graduating class that “in America, we don’t worship…

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Dolly Parton Reveals ‘God’ Moment That Stopped Her From Possibly Committing Suicide

Posted: 14 May 2017 04:56 AM PDT

Legendary singer Dolly Parton recalls a time in her life when she was profoundly depressed — so despondent, in fact, that she once picked up…

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UPDATE: Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout

Posted: 14 May 2017 04:50 AM PDT

Governments, companies and security experts from China to Britain raced on Saturday to contain the fallout from an audacious global cyberattack amid fears that if…

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New Evidence Reveals Tower of Babel Authenticity

Posted: 14 May 2017 04:47 AM PDT

An ancient tablet provides the first ever image of the tower of Babel and offers a “very strong piece of evidence” that it was a…

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Whoopi Goldberg Says Trump Firing Comey: ‘Feels Like a Coup’

Posted: 14 May 2017 04:42 AM PDT

On “The View” on Thursday, co-host Whoopi Goldberg said President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey “feels like a coup.” “Does this feel…

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24 Hours Later: “Unprecedented” Fallout From “Biggest Ransomware Attack In History”

Posted: 14 May 2017 04:37 AM PDT

24 hours after it first emerged, it has been called the first global, coordinated ransomware attack using hacking tools developed by the NSA, crippling over…

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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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