May 15, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump has asked his homeland security adviser to convene two emergency meetings so far on the threat posed by a global cyber-attack.

Security agencies are hunting for those behind a crippling cyberattack which has so far hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, including at government agencies, factories and health services.

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected blow to the voter-identification movement, refusing to reinstate North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said target blacks “with almost surgical precision.”

In 1999, when Puerto Rico had an investment-grade credit rating, the island had roughly $16 billion of public debt. Today that figure is $74 billion and the rating is junk. Puerto Rico, where half the 3.4 million inhabitants live in poverty, has become America’s Greece: Thousands of people, many of them professionals, are fleeing for the U.S. mainland.

President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Forum speech on Sunday appeared on the front page of just about every newspaper and website in China. China Daily hailed the speech, saying it underlined the aspiration for a “new-type” of international relations driven by a “spirit of sharing.” The Global Times went one step further, saying humankind has often been distracted from focusing on development and that the Belt and Road Initiative instilled the world economy with a new imagination.

North Korea boasted on Monday that its new rocket could carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead” over long distances, with analysts estimating that it could reach U.S. military forces on the island of Guam.

Carriers are bracing for operational chaos at European airports after the Department of Homeland Security said last week it might expand to Europe a ban imposed in March on U.S.-bound flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports. The new security protocol could mean longer security lines, heightened delays, boarding gate confusion, and yet more hassles for fliers.

The number of market indexes now exceeds the number of U.S. stocks. Traditional ones such as the S&P 500 are collections of securities weighted by market value, and index funds mimic them as a low-cost way to deliver the market’s performance. Many new indexes are different: They include stocks based on custom criteria, such as having low volatility or high dividends.

In the most cashless society on the planet, even God now accepts digital payments. A growing number of Swedish parishes have started taking donations via mobile apps. Uppsala’s 13th-century cathedral also accepts credit cards.

AP Top Stories

The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., condemned Saturday night’s demonstration by a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists who were protesting the removal of statues honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said that by registering a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the malware, the anonymous Britain-based cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, had prevented further infections and “already resulted in preventing over 100,000 potential infections.”

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported Sunday, citing the country’s seismological center.

Toyota has its sights set on a Blade Runner future as the Japanese automaker backs a move to launch a flying car in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Osama bin Laden’s son has vowed revenge on the west for killing his father and is set to become the next leader of al-Qaeda, a former FBI agent has warned.

United Airlines announced Sunday its cockpit door access information was accidentally made public but the problem had already been fixed. A flight attendant mistakenly posted information that included access codes to get in and out of a cockpit on a public website.

China and the Philippines will start bilateral consultations on the disputed South China Sea this week, the Philippine ambassador to Beijing said, as Manila looks to ease tensions with Asia’s top economic power.

BBC

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.

Singapore’s Pink Dot LGBT rights rally will only allow Singaporean citizens and permanent residents to attend this year’s event because of legal changes.

Buses have arrived in northern Syria carrying rebels and their families who were evacuated from a devastated north-eastern district of Damascus.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Yemeni The Red Cross says the number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500.

WND

Major department stores are floundering about like fish in a rapidly draining pond after reporting dreadful earnings last week.

Why are young people, especially women, reporting cases of temporary blindness and other vision problems in record numbers? Doctors see a correlation with cell-phone use – especially watching the device in the dark with one eye closed or obscured.

After reaching a peak in 2014, sales of e-readers and eBooks have slowed and hardback sales have surged. The latest figures from the Publishing Association showed eBook sales falling 17% in 2016, with an 8% rise in their physical counterparts. At the same time, publishers’ production values have soared and bookshops have begun to fill up with books with covers of jewel-like beauty, often with gorgeously textured pages.


The Briefing 05-15-17

“Ransomware” cyber attack affecting over 150 countries stopped by 22 year old surfer—at least for now

Days after winning the election, Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as President of France

Mormons sever longstanding relationship with Boy Scouts following pattern of rapid liberalization

Abortion “God’s work”? Setting the record straight on early Christianity’s consistent pro-life witness

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Top News – 5/15/2017

Trump Hoping to Jump-start Peace Process Next Week
President Donald Trump intends to express his hopes to “leaders and peoples alike, across the entire trip” for a “just and lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Sanhedrin Calls For Trump to Fulfill King Solomon’s Mandate by Praying on Temple Mount
The nascent Sanhedrin sent a letter on Monday to US President Donald Trump, calling on him to ascend to the Temple Mount and pray for world peace when he arrives in Jerusalem next week for his first state visit. If Trump chooses to answer the call, he will not only be making a powerful political statement but enacting precisely what King Solomon described when he first dedicated the Temple 3,000 years ago.

More victims expected in unprecedented cyberattack as users log on Monday
An unprecedented global “ransomware” attack that hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries spread to thousands more computers Monday as people returned to work and logged in for the first time since the massive online assault began.

US appeals court to review Trump revised travel ban
A three-judge 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up entirely of judges appointed by Democratic former President Bill Clinton, will review a Hawaii judge’s ruling that blocked parts of the Republican president’s revised executive order on travel.

North Korea steps closer to an ICBM: experts
North Korea’s successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say.

Trump considering how move of U.S. Embassy in Israel could affect Mideast peace
“The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He spoke just days before Trump starts a Middle East trip that includes meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Labor pledges to give Netanyahu political cover for peace deal
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would receive a parliamentary safety net from Labor that would enable him to advance a peace process with US President Donald Trump, according to the major candidates for Labor Party leader. The statements made by MKs and Labor contestants…came as Netanyahu clashed with Education Minister Naftali Bennett… In that case, no matter who wins the July 4 Labor leadership race, Netanyahu could remain in power.

10,000 police assigned to secure Trump’s stay in Israel
More than 10,000 police officers will take part in securing the two-day visit of US President Donald Trump, expected to take place on May 22-23. Trump will arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport, whence he will fly by helicopter to Jerusalem to visit the Old City and Yad Vashem, and sleep in the King David Hotel’s presidential suite.

North Korea missile test was ‘new type of ballistic rocket’
North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. The missile, launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2,000km (1,242 miles) and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan. North Korea said on Monday it was a test of the abilities of a “newly developed ballistic rocket”.

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores
A state of emergency has been declared in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after an outbreak of cholera killed scores of people. Hospitals in the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, are crowded with cholera patients. The Red Cross says the number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500.

Inside North Korea’s Accelerated Plan to Build a Viable Missile
North Korea’s launch on Sunday of its most-sophisticated missile yet offered new clues into how serious the country is in its nuclear ambitions. In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined. That acceleration is one of the most dramatic signs of leader Kim Jong Un’s push to overhaul the country’s weapons program since he took power in late 2011.

Ahead of Trump visit, Jordan and Egypt declare east Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine’
In anticipation of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, pressure is mounting on him to start a diplomatic process and leave the American Embassy in Tel Aviv….Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and PLO Executive Committee Chairman Saeb Erekat, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that east Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine, while West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Prominent Populists Meet in Milan to Discuss Future of EU, Making Europe Great Again
A growing malaise has been sweeping Europe as citizens grow progressively more distrustful of the European Union…The Milan conference, titled “Sovereignty vs. Globalism: Shifting Geopolitical Realities in Europe and the USA,” analyzed this phenomenon by comparing the populist-nationalist fervor in Europe with the movements that produced the Trump revolution in the United States and Brexit in the United Kingdom.

Turkey prepares to build wall on Iranian border
An official with the Iranian Foreign Ministry told the Tehran Times on Tuesday that Turkey had “informally informed” Tehran of a plan to construct a wall along the border with Iran. Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Tuesday that Ankara is considering plans to build a wall along the Turkish-Iranian border as part of measures against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

In Cashless Sweden, Even God Now Takes Collection Via an App
In the most cashless society on the planet, even God now accepts digital payments.
A growing number of Swedish parishes have started taking donations via mobile apps. Uppsala’s 13th-century cathedral also accepts credit cards.

No ‘clean slate’ between the US and Russia, Tillerson says
Relations between the United States and Russia, at their lowest level since the Cold War, will not restart “with a clean slate,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. The former ExxonMobil CEO, who was decorated in 2013 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, had said previously that the relationship between the two nuclear powers had hit its lowest point since the Soviet collapse in 1991.

ISIS Commanders Join “Moderate” Syrian Rebels
Once again confirming that there is no such thing as a “moderate” Syrian rebel (although there certainly is for State Department funding and arming purposes), on Friday, two prominent ISIS commanders have left the ranks of the calliphate to join forces with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, i.e., “moderate rebels” on the provincial border between Homs and Deir Ezzor.

North Korea: Latest Missile Can Deliver “Large Scale Heavy Nuclear Warhead”
On Monday morning North Korea’s KCNA news agency announced that it had successfully conducted a mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday supervised by leader Kim Jong Un which was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead.”

Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up
At the urging of longtime friends and outside advisers, most of whom he consults after dark, President Trump is considering a “huge reboot” that could take out everyone from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer, White House sources tell me.

Texas is back as King of the oil world
Weekly US oil production is back to 9.3 million barrels per day and is nearing the 9.6 million barrel peak in mid-2015. OPEC raised its outlook for U.S. production growth by 285,000 barrels a day to 820,000 a day in 2017. The number of drilling rigs operating in the country has more than doubled since May, data from Baker Hughes Inc. shows, as shale explorers emerge from a two-year rout buoyed by the initial price gains after OPEC announced its plan.


Mid-Day Snapshot

May 15, 2017

Trump’s Agenda Blocked by Distractions

There are 460 of 557 key positions within the government that have yet to be filled, slowing his reform efforts.

The Foundation

“The pyramid of government — and a republican government may well receive that beautiful and solid form — should be raised to a dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of consequence, be broad, and strong, and deep.” —James Wilson (1804)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 15

  • Oil Jumps Over Output Deal (Read More), Saudi Arabia, Russia Favor Extending Oil Cuts Through Next March (Read More)
  • Trump Doctrine Confounds G-7 as Ministers Kick Can to Sicily (Read More)
  • Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump (Read More)
  • White House Races to Fill FBI Job (Read More)
  • Former Trump Employees Say He Taped Phone Conversations (Read More)
  • Monday morning blues as ‘WannaCry’ hits at workweek’s start (Read More)
  • Britain worked through night to counter cyber attack on health service: minister (Read More)
  • North Korea steps closer to an ICBM (Read More)
  • North Korea missile launch due to ‘state of paranoia’: U.N. envoy Haley (Read More)
  • Behind China’s Silk Road vision: cheap funds, heavy debt, growing risk (Read More)
  • U.S. companies push hard for lower tax rate on offshore profits (Read More)
  • Trump Travel Ban Faces Second Round at West Coast Appeals Court (Read More)
  • No Taboos at Elysee as Mrs. Macron Signals Change in France (Read More)
  • Merkron? France’s Macron seeks close ties with Germany to shore up EU (Read More)
  • A $1 Trillion Pain Trade in Treasuries Divides Top Bond Dealers (Read More)
  • Floating oil storage has dropped by one-third in 2017: OPEC source (Read More)
  • Battle Heats Up for Control of Refiner Citgo (Read More)
  • Libyan Oil Output Creeps Higher Ahead of OPEC Decision on Cuts (Read More)
  • Chinese yogurt bid warrants dollop of skepticism (Read More)
  • Brace for Chaos if U.S Expands Airline Laptop Ban (Read More)
  • Noble Group Routed Again as Worst-Case Outcomes Get Scrutiny (Read More)
  • Man Who Helped Bury Lehman Turns to Saving Troubled Trader Noble (Read More)
  • Xi’s ‘New Imagination’ for World Economy: Eye on Chinese Media (Read More)
  • Debt Island: How $74 Billion in Bonds Bankrupted Puerto Rico (Read More)

Top Headlines – 5/15/2017

Bennett: ‘Netanyahu must make clear to the US that we expect the embassy to move to Jerusalem’

Tillerson: Trump weighs embassy move impact on Mideast peace

Jordan, PA, Egypt reiterate commitment to two states

Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume

Barghouti calls on Palestinians: Civil disobedience

Israel must apologize for ‘Nakba,’ says top PA negotiator

Today in History: Harry Truman Defies State Department, Recognizes Israel

Convicted murderer of six Israelis elected as Palestinian mayor of Hebron

PM Netanyahu pans Jordan for siding with terrorist

Responding to Netanyahu, Jordan says stance against terrorism ‘clear to everyone’

Jordanian Foreign Minister in response to Netanyahu’s remarks: ‘The King of Jordan is striving to establish peace’

Egypt sees recent archaeological findings as a blessing for a struggling economy

Syrian army sends reinforcements toward border with Iraq: rebels

Over 2,000 rebels, families evacuate Damascus district: state media

Iranians See Little Hope Elections Will Alleviate Economic Strain

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants – “A massive attack on the property rights”

North Korea’s Kim celebrates test of ‘perfect weapon system’

North Korea says missile could carry nuclear warhead

Inside North Korea’s Accelerated Plan to Build a Viable Missile

US UN envoy Haley: N. Korea missile launch due to ‘state of paranoia’

Haley says US will ‘tighten the screws’ on North Korea, after recent missile test

France says N.Korea serious threat to security, must abide by obligations

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization

Macron’s win adds to Poland’s worries about its place in EU

Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon

Opposition in Venezuela in desperate plea to military

Ex-US intel chief: American democracy ‘under assault’ by Trump, Russia

Warner: Trump firing Comey has ‘appearance’ of quashing FBI’s Russia probe

U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes

Trump to Pirro: I’m ‘Surprised’ At ‘Hypocrite’ Dems For Blasting Comey Firing

The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by cyberattack

Friday cyberattack hit 200,000 victims in over 150 countries

Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers

More victims expected in unprecedented cyberattack as users log on Monday

Cyberattack’s Impact Could Worsen in ‘Second Wave’ of Ransomware

More disruptions feared from cyber attack; Microsoft slams government secrecy

Microsoft Claims Stolen U.S. Government Computer Code Fuels Cyberattack

G7 financial leaders reiterate FX pledges, vow more cyber cooperation

In Israel, cyber experts joined forces to help foil massive attack

United’s Cockpit Door Security Codes Inadvertently Revealed

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to combat distracted driving

Memphis, Tennessee, Man Fatally Sets Himself on Fire on Facebook Live

Innovative techniques in 3-D printing mean some previously impossible design will start showing up in consumer products

Here Comes the War for Commercial Drone Dominance

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northeast Iran leaves 3 dead

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Opioid addiction crisis spurs brutal candor in obituaries

Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary… with stamp honoring gay ‘marriage’?

In Cashless Sweden, Even God Now Takes Collection Via an App

Church bans yoga because it is ‘non-Christian’ – and villagers threaten a boycott

ABC News Journalist: Christian Persecution is not a real Problem, but Persecution of Muslims in America is

Furtick joins Rod Parsley’s 2017 N.A.R. “Dominion Camp”

Dr. Michael Brown (Sort of) Approves of These “Fine Christians…”

NAR Apostles: Patricia King and Lou Engle

Kris Vallotton’s False Gospel of Prosperity

Widow of Late Detroit World Outreach Pastor Presents Proof She Is Rightful Leader of Megachurch

Complaint Filed To Close Sex Club Posing As Church

Pope Francis canonises two children at Portugal’s Fatima shrine

Doctors Advised Her Parents to Abort Their Severely Disabled Baby, She’s Born Healthy

Americans More Accepting of Immorality Than Ever Before, Gallup Finds

Dramatic Fall of Christianity in UK Continues: 26 Christians Abandon Faith for Every One New Convert

Trump commits to securing American pastor’s release from Turkish prison, family lawyer says

North Korean university draws U.S. evangelicals despite risks

Christian militias kill up to 30 Muslim civilians in Central African Republican


DEVELOPING: Experts Warn Italy’s Super-Volcano May Be About to Blow?

Posted: 15 May 2017 08:19 AM PDT

While the Campi Flegrei volcano hasn’t erupted since 1538, experts have warned that it could be building up to another devastating eruption. By studying patterns…

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Pastor attempting to walk on water like Jesus is eaten by crocodiles

Posted: 15 May 2017 08:15 AM PDT

Jonathan Mthethwa was killed by three crocodiles as he carried out a religious demonstration in Zimbabwe.  Shocked witnesses said the clergyman had “prayed the whole…

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Deadly Floods Strike Chile – Deaths Reported and Thousands Evacuated

Posted: 15 May 2017 06:29 AM PDT

Heavy rains affecting Atacama and Coquimbo regions of Chile since May 12, 2017, have caused widespread floods, left at least 2 people dead and forced 3…

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Israel on High Alert for Cyber Attacks Following Global Onslaught

Posted: 15 May 2017 06:22 AM PDT

In order to ensure Israel’s preparedness against the ongoing threat, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz declared an increased state of cyber alert…

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Putin Warns America to “Stop Bullying North Korea”

Posted: 15 May 2017 06:09 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin waded into the North Korea crisis this morning and told Donald Trump: ‘Stop bullying Kim.’ Russia’s ironman leader warned the “intimidation” of Kim…

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Photo Taken Just Moments After Fatal Car Accident is Providing Grieving Family With Peace

Posted: 15 May 2017 06:01 AM PDT

A photo taken at the scene of a tragic car crash that killed two young moms and a 9-month-old baby last month is bringing hope and…

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Christianity Diminishing in Britain but Islam & Hinduism Growing

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:53 AM PDT

Britain has reached new heights of secularization, with almost half of Britons now identifying as non-religious, a new study reveals. According to ‘The “No Religion”…

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President of China Eyes ‘New Imagination’ for World Economy

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:49 AM PDT

President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Forum speech on Sunday appeared on the front page of just about every newspaper and website in China. China…

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Freak Snowstorm Brings New Hampshire 6 Inches of Snow in May

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:45 AM PDT

Mother’s Day is usually known for sunny and nice weather, but some Granite Staters are digging out from nearly six inches of snow this morning….

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Putin Blames America For Cyber Attacks

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin has blamed the US for the global cyber attack that has crippled computer systems around the world since Friday.  The cyber attack, which…

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29,000 Chinese Institutions Struck By Cyber Attack

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:38 AM PDT

The latest on the global extortion cyber attack that hit dozens of countries on Friday (all times local): 4:50 a.m. Chinese state media say more…

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Asian Governments and Businesses Disrupted From Ongoing Cyber Attacks

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:35 AM PDT

Asian governments and businesses reported some disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware worm on Monday but cybersecurity experts warned of a wider impact as more employees…

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New French President Expected To Support Two-State Solution

Posted: 14 May 2017 08:06 PM PDT

A succession of ceremonies marked the inauguration of Emmanuel Macron as France’s eighth president under the Fifth Republic. Outgoing president François Hollande received his successor…

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Cashless Sweden Forcing Churches To Go Mobile Apps For Tithes and Offerings

Posted: 14 May 2017 07:56 PM PDT

A growing number of Swedish parishes have started taking donations via mobile apps. Uppsala’s 13th-century cathedral also accepts credit cards. The churches’ drive to keep…

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6 Warning Signs of Spiritual Danger

Posted: 14 May 2017 07:35 PM PDT

(By J.Lee Grady) A desperate friend recently contacted me because he was worried that his son might be under the influence of a Christian ministry…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: The Sun Will Disappear For An Hour And a Half on Aug 21st

Posted: 14 May 2017 07:30 PM PDT

Where will you be on August 21? Hopefully near a window. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a solar eclipse! The astronomical event happens…

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MASS DECEPTION: Pope Francis: I’m going to Fatima to entrust the eternal fate of mankind to Mary

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:53 PM PDT

Mary is the “best of Mothers” who faithfully keeps the candle of hope burning in the darkness, Pope Francis said today, as he invited Christians to…

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North Korea claims latest missile test proves its capability to carry Nuclear Warheads’

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:37 PM PDT

Pyongyang has claimed that its medium-range ballistic missile test carried out on Sunday under the supervision of Kim Jong-un has confirmed the “tactical specifications and…

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Tornado Strikes Baton Rouge, Huge Hail Pelts Oklahoma and Arkansas

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:31 PM PDT

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down near Baton Rouge, Louisiana early Friday morning, May 12, 2017. The tornado ripped through…

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3 killed, Hundreds Injured as Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Strikes Iran

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:27 PM PDT

At least three people were killed and 225 injured in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit northeast Iran on May 13, 2017 night. With a depth…

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Latest North Korea Missile Launch Ended Up 60 Miles From Russia

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:17 PM PDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in a “state of paranoia” as it was revealed his latest nuclear missile test landed just miles from Russia….

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Latest Launch Indicates North Korea has Missiles Powerful Enough to ‘launch Strike at America’

Posted: 14 May 2017 01:05 PM PDT

Kim Jong-un’s latest missile launch suggests North Korea has a weapon capable of striking at the US, experts have warned. Japan and South Korea said…

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Another Day, Another FAILED Prophecy! WW3 Date Setter Missed it!

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:55 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) A while back we reported a story regarding an alleged “clairvoyant” who claimed to have predicted the electoral victory of U.S. President…

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False Prophet Claims Planet X Coming and Will Destroy Earth!

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:41 PM PDT

False Prophets are at it again with the “Doomsday” predictions! This latest one comes, as predictions are being made that an alleged Solar system on…

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More victims expected in unprecedented cyberattack as users log on Monday

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:24 PM PDT

An unprecedented global “ransomware” attack has hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, Europe’s police agency said Sunday — and predicted that more damage…

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White House Warns “North Korea has Been Flagrant Menace for far too long”

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:17 PM PDT

The White House responded to the latest North Korean ballistic missile launch late Saturday, saying that the rogue regime has been a “flagrant menace for…

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Retail Apocalypse Spells Doomsday For Shopping Malls

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:13 PM PDT

American retail culture may well have reached a tipping point. Major department stores are floundering about like fish in a rapidly draining pond after reporting…

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Muslim Cleric Calls on FIFA to Ban Christian Players From Making the Sign of the Cross

Posted: 14 May 2017 12:09 PM PDT

A Muslim scholar from Saudi Arabia has called on FIFA, the international governing body of football, to forbid players from making the religious sign of…

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Alabama Senate Approves Proposal That Would Allow Display of Ten Commandments on Public Property

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:42 AM PDT

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on…

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Learning Program Pushes LGBT Agenda on Homeschooled Children

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:36 AM PDT

Khan Academy, a learning program aimed at homeschooled students, has begun pushing an LGBT agenda, according to LifeSite News. On one of Kahn’s English quizzes,…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea’s Latest Missile Test Posing “Grave Threat” to Japan

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:32 AM PDT

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has flown further and higher than it’s last, posing a ‘”grave threat” to Japan. The missile was launched yesterday…

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DEVELOPING: Trump Reportedly Considering Huge White House Shake-Up

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:28 AM PDT

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a massive White House shake-up that could end with the president firing many of his top advisers, including Chief…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

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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