May 16, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump defended wanting to share terrorism intelligence with Russian officials in a White House meeting last week, saying he has the “absolute right” to do so. “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.”

A day before U.S. and European Union officials meet to discuss prohibiting passengers bound for America from carrying laptops and other electronic devices on board airplane cabins, Europeans remain in the dark about the actual threat.

President Bashar al-Assad should be eliminated to stop the atrocities taking place in Syria, according to an Israeli minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

Syria has built a crematorium at a prison outside of Damascus to “cover up the extent of mass murders” by President Bashar al-Assad’s government, according to a U.S. official.

Swedish arms manufacturer Saab AB says rising tensions in Asia may turn the region into one of its fastest growing markets.

America needs more warships — and must build them faster — to keep up with other countries that are spending heavily on maritime prowess, according to the U.S. Navy’s chief of operations.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay about 125 million euros ($137 million) for an office building under construction in Dublin.

A Rolex that was owned by the last emperor of Vietnam became the Swiss watchmaker’s most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction, fetching $5 million at Phillips as Geneva’s spring auction season kicks off.

Americans are rejecting the consistency of national restaurant chains after decades of dominance in favor of the authenticity of locally owned eateries, with their daily specials and Mom’s watercolors decorating the walls.

Social Finance Inc., the online lender known as SoFi, is ramping up its wealth-management platform by adding human advisers to its software-based financial advice offering that’s been in beta over the past year, the firm said Tuesday in a statement.

When researchers traveled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches. Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. The density of trash was the highest recorded anywhere in the world, despite Henderson Island’s extreme remoteness.

Ford Motor Co. plans to shrink its salaried workforce in North America and Asia by about 10 percent as it works to boost profits and its sliding stock price.

European Union foreign ministers urged Venezuelan authorities to hold elections and release political prisoners to help end six weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro that have killed dozens of people.

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Police have confirmed that the severed head of a woman brought into an Oregon grocery store before a stabbing belonged to the mother of the suspect.

Archaeologists have dug up 17 mummies and other artifacts from ancient Egypt near a historical animal graveyard, and they expect to discover even more. The mummies, which were not of ancient royals, were uncovered in catacombs a few hours southwest of Cairo while the experts were “following a trail of burial shafts.”

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.

Dawn air strikes on a Syrian border town in the Islamic State-held eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed at least 30 people, most of them civilians including more than a dozen children.

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Film studio Disney has said hackers have threatened to release one of the studio’s forthcoming movies unless it pays a ransom. Disney is refusing to pay.

Australian health officials have warned of a “serious” incidence of children inhaling aviation fuel in the Northern Territory. Petrol sniffing is not a new challenge to hit remote communities, but aviation fuel is even more dangerous because it contains lead. Lead exposure can badly damage the brain and nervous system. Health officials believe more than 100 youths – one as young as seven – have inhaled the fuel on Elcho Island and a nearby area since March last year.

A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled.

Three French gay rights groups have accused the Russian republic of Chechnya of a policy of genocide towards gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court.

A Mississippi man has been sentenced for killing a transgender woman in the first US federal prosecution of a hate crime based on gender identity.

Uganda’s censorship board has banned a Dutch film, The Dinner Club, after accusing it of “glorifying homosexuality” the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kampala has said.

WND

On Monday, the State Department confirmed a new ban on U.S. funding for organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas as a method of family planning.

If the secret to a happy marriage is finding the right person, we can all stop looking. At least, according to “sologamists.” They’re part of a growing relationship trend, in which people are tying the knot to themselves.

American University in Washington, D.C., has reportedly banned white students from using its new “student lounge” for the spring semester.


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Top News – 5/16/2017

Rivlin to Friedman: Time to recognize Jerusalem as our capital
“I’m happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, and I’m welcoming you, not only as the President of Israel, but also as a Jerusalemite – seventh generation.

Stone Age Fire-Making Stone, Dating to Beginning of Civilization, Discovered on Highway
Israeli archaeologists discovered a rare 9,000-year-old limestone slab used by inhabitants of the land during the Stone Age to light fire. Anna Eirich-Rose, an expert on the prehistoric era and the manager of the excavation, believed that the slab dated back to the Neolithic 2 period when mankind started to adopt a sedentary lifestyle and began to farm the land.

500,000 People Watch Pope Francis Create Two Child Saints Who Spoke With Demons In Fatima Vision
Clutching Babylonian rosary beads and praying to statues, the Roman Catholic faithful showed up in massive numbers to worship at the feet of Pope Francis as he declared two children who were visited by demons at Fatima in 1917 to be “saints”. During the mass, he held high an Egyptian sun disk as he prayed to his god.

Ambassador Friedman to President Rivlin: Trump’s Commitment to Israel Rock-Solid
The new Ambassador stressed, “I am so grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity, for having confidence in my abilities, and most importantly for sending me off this past week with the unequivocal and unambiguous mandate to support the State of Israel in every way, and in all ways. As you know, the President has chosen Israel as the site for his first international visit this coming week. His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and enjoys his highest priority.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Tells President Trump ‘Close Down the Press Room’
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Trump should put his words into action, citing recent remarks by the president that he might stop the daily briefings at the White House. “What they ought to do is get out of all this junk, they ought to focus on the big goals, they ought to report to the nation on the big goals, ignore all these reporters, close down the press room, send the reporters off [to Starbucks],”

Report: Arab states offer Israel improved ties in exchange for peace concessions
Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes…significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians…Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace. In return, Israel would have to freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Assad
Housing Minister Yoav Galant called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad following the reports of the regime using a crematorium to hide their atrocities outside Damascus. “The reality in which people are executed in Syria, being hit deliberately by chemical weapons, their bodies being burned, something we haven’t seen in 70 years, we are crossing a red line and it is time to eliminate Assad, literally,”…

White House questions authenticity of ‘Western Wall’ sovereignty comments
The Trump administration is denying that one of its top officials characterized the Western Wall as West Bank territory outside of established Israeli jurisdiction, after local reports claimed a US official said as much to counterparts in the prime minister’s office. “These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House,” a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Monday afternoon. “They do not reflect the US position, and certainly not the president’s position.”

France’s Macron calls for ‘historic reconstruction’ of Europe
France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, has called for a “historic reconstruction” of Europe, saying it is “the only reaction” to fight populism. Speaking in Berlin on the first full day of his presidency, he was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said the pair had a “joint conviction” that they needed to “deepen the European Union”.

Open Sesame: Science centre unveiled in Jordan
In a rare show of unity in the Middle East, an advanced research centre to be shared by the troubled region is opening today in Jordan. Despite political tensions and rows, countries usually hostile to each other are jointly supporting the venture. Its name is Sesame – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US
The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The state department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside Damascus.

WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack ‘may have N Korea link’
Who was behind the huge global cyber-attack? One prominent theory right now is North Korea – but what we know is far from conclusive…Security experts are now cautiously linking the Lazarus Group to this latest attack after a discovery by Google security researcher Neel Mehta. He found similarities between code found within WannaCry – the software used in the hack – and other tools believed to have been created by the Lazarus Group in the past.

Trump administration vastly expands global anti-abortion policy
The Trump administration said on Monday it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions, a move critics say will hinder women’s access to critical care…The policy, introduced in 1984, holds that no U.S. government funding for family planning services can be given to foreign clinics or groups that offer abortion services or discuss abortion…

China Could Become the Biggest Christian Nation by 2030s
The rapid spread of Christianity in China is well documented, but few would have imagined the communist country might one day become the most populous Christian nation on the planet.

Jim Bakker: Making Fun Of Trump Is The ‘Spirit Of The Antichrist’
The “spirit of the Antichrist” is alive and well and living inside people who dare to mock President Donald Trump, disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker said. Bakker now sells survivalist food and gear to doomsday preppers on his “Jim Bakker Show.” In a clip from Thursday that was posted online by Right Wing Watch, he claimed there was a “hatred among peoples and this is satanic.”

Baltimore: A Glimpse Of America’s Future “Retail Apocalypse”
Block after block, it resembles a post-apocalyptic view of America, if industry fails to return… “we’re hitting ‘peak youth’, and a ‘demographic tidal wave’ is coming.”

Canadian Elementary School Letter: Mothers’ Day Cancelled To ‘Nurture’ Students Part of Non-Traditional Families’
Canadian elementary school has nixed any celebrations for Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day in “effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families.”

An eruption at one of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes is closer than we thought
One of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes appears to be closer to erupting than we once thought, scientists have warned. Campi Flegrei in southern Italy has been showing signs of reawakening over the past 67 years, and new research indicates the volcano has been building energy throughout this period, increasing the risk that it will erupt.

Lt. Gen. McInerney: North Korea has crossed the red line
Fox News military analyst Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney on the latest threats from North Korea.


Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The Top 25 U.S. Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Of Exposure To Derivatives

The recklessness of the “too big to fail” banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes.  Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.  In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent to the gross domestic product of the United States times twelve.  As long as stock prices continue to rise and the U.S. economy stays fairly stable, these extremely risky financial weapons of mass destruction will probably not take down our entire financial system.  But someday another major crisis will inevitably happen, and when that day arrives the devastation that these financial instruments will cause will be absolutely unprecedented. (Read More…)


Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues

It should come as no surprise to learn from a new Gallup poll that pretty much anything goes with most Americans.  According to the report:

Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal outlook on what is morally acceptable, as their views on 10 of 19 moral issues that Gallup measures are the most left-leaning or permissive they have been to date. The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. At the same time, record lows say the death penalty and medical testing on animals are morally acceptable.

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False Converts Teaching False Doctrine Are Leading Professing Evangelical Christians Astray

Just prior to his death in 2014, Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries took on what he referred to as Big Tent postmodern liberal Christianity in a piece entitled “Good Works Actually Extend From God.” And as always, Ken nailed it: 

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23)

Labors in the Lord like this one here at Apprising Ministries would never have been necessary had the mainstream evangelical Christian community not decided to follow the mainline denominations, who’re now mortally wounded by adherence to the religious slavery of liberal theology. It was a serious error from which evangelicalism may indeed never recover.

Yet in His mercy, as the Internet started to gain more influence within Christendom, Jesus would begin to raise up a few initial ministries to pioneer the mission field of online apologetics and discernment ministry (OADM). Unfortunately self-righteous, and largely self-appointed, evangelical leaders chose to ignore these early watchmen.

Even so, over the past couple of decades—as God would begin calling His elect away from these false shepherds—He’s still graciously continued to try and reach them while spreading His truth through the work of a growing number of OADMs. At the same time Satan would launch his Christian counterfeit aka the Emerging Church (EC) via evangelicalism’s Leadership Network (LN).

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Don’t call it a comeback! Hillary launches Onward Together to raise money for…something

If Hillary had won the 2016 election her campaign would eventually have transformed into an ongoing organizing effort the way Obama for America transformed into Organizing for Action after his reelection in 2012. Hillary lost the election but her “Stronger Together” campaign motto seems to have morphed into a new organization called “Onward Together” anyway. It even has the same arrow logo. Hillary announced it on Twitter Monday:

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New Evidence Emerges Showing Seth Rich Murdered At Command Of DNC Operatives For Leaking Emails

It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For fans of the series “Prison Break“, you are quite familiar of how “The Company” operated and how they eliminated people who sought to expose them. From the moment Seth Rich was murdered, conspiracy theorists connected his untimely death with the fact that it appeared he was the informant to WikiLeaks of the DNC and Hillary Clinton-related bombshell emails. Snopes immediately dismissed this idea – but – in a stunning revelation today, it would appear that the conspiracy “nuts” were, once again, correct. Someone from the Democrat’s “company” ordered his execution, a special “someone” who added Rich to the Clinton Dead Pool. Hmmm, I wonder who that could be? And you know who it wasn’t? Russia. 

Seth Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC.  Just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, FOX 5 has learned there is new information that could prove these theorists right.

Report: Slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks

Why are the Democrats so bent of trying to connect Russia to the Wikileaks email dumps? To divert attention away from the fact that it wasn’t Russia but Seth Rich who did the leaking. And who killed Seth Rich? Ho, ho, ho, don’t YOU know?

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.

Now, questions have been raised on why D.C. police, the lead agency on this murder investigation for the past ten months, have insisted this was a robbery gone bad when there appears to be no evidence to suggest that.

Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s murder. He said he believes there is a cover-up and the police department has been told to back down from the investigation.

Wikileaks releases hacked DNC emails:

It was not Russia who gave the emails to Wikileaks, it was Seth Rich. And he paid for it with his life.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

When we asked Wheeler if his sources have told him there is information that links Rich to Wikileaks, he said, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”

Wheeler also told us, “I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday]. source


Two-Time Loser Hillary Clinton Launches ‘Dark Money’ Website To Attack Trump Administration

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton officially launched a new organization on Monday, ‘Onward Together’, with the stated goal of “advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.”

Put more bluntly, the group’s mission is to advance Clinton’s agenda, which was unable to defeat Donald Trump.

But buried on the donation page is this nugget:

Contributions or gifts to Onward Together, a 501(c)(4) organization, are not tax deductible as charitable contributions or as business deductions.

By listing itself as a 501(c)(4), Clinton is able to take so-called “dark money,” or money from donors who legally do not have to be disclosed, in unlimited amounts.

In October 2015, during a town hall meeting in Iowa, Clinton called 501(c)(4) groups “unaccountable dark money,” and even used the left’s favorite boogey-men, the Koch brothers, as an example of a group that operates this kind of organization:

Fast forward a year-and-a-half, and Clinton can count herself among the leaders of the “unaccountable dark money” groups. It’s just the latest twist in the long political saga that has become the Clintons’ legacy. source

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 16, 2017

The Latest WaPo Dezinformatsiya on Trump and the Russians

The Post seeks to exploit the Russia narrative in its active attempt to resist and take down Trump.

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“[The press] corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally. It would be easy to enlarge on its evils.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

May 16, 2017

ALAN KEYES — “Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who was confirmed by a 96 to 4 vote in the Senate on April 25, wrote the letter recommending that Comey should be fired: ‘The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,’ wrote Rosenstein.”… (more)


May 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Changing academia has been much more difficult than changing the media. However, there is hope: President Donald Trump has asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to head a White House task force on reforming the U.S. higher education system…. (more)

May 15, 2017

BYRON YORK — Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump affair have multiplied in the days since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Almost invariably, Democrats and others calling for a prosecutor say such a step is needed to “get to the bottom” of the matter…. (more)


May 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment…. (more)

May 15, 2017

NEWSMAX — Cyber security researchers have found technical clues they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday…. (more)


May 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead.”… (more)

May 15, 2017
DAVID KUPELIAN — It’s not that unusual for an Islamic society. After all, the usual features are all on display – – the Muslim call to prayer, the teaching of Islam in the nation’s schools to the exclusion of other religions, preferential treatment afforded Muslims by government and the courts, news coverage reflexively portraying Islam in a positive light, the rapid growth in mosque construction – – and also the disturbing cultural phenomena of female genital mutilation, “honor killings” and so on…. (more)

May 14, 2017

NEW YORK POST — Let’s cut right to the chase: James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges…. (more)


May 14, 2017

THE HILL — 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 government, we worship God.” “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers,” Trump told those gathered at Liberty University…. (more)


May 14, 2017
THE GUARDIAN — The global ransomware cyber-attack that targeted tens of thousands of computers in 100 countries and crippled NHS systems appears to have raised just $20,000 (£15,500) for the criminals behind it, experts working with investigators have told the Guardian…. (more)

May 14, 2017
GLENN BECK — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has introduced a new health care bill that would purportedly repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with only support from Republicans. Described as a one-time deal, Cruz’s bill would be part of a single budget resolution that could be passed under reconciliation, which allows legislation to pass with a 51-vote majority support…. (more)

May 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — The New York Times has reached out to subscribers who said they canceled their subscriptions after the newspaper brought on conservative columnist Bret Stephens, Politico reports…. (more)

May 14, 2017
JONAH GOLDBERG — The last weekend of April delivered one of the more enjoyable spectacles of 2017. It wasn’t Donald Trump’s tent-revival rally in Pennsylvania. Nor was it the cotillion of self-congratulation known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It wasn’t even the People’s Climate March, which begged for some Monty Pythonesque splinter factions – – the March for People’s Climate, Climate Marchers for People, whatever…. (more)

May 14, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — It’s official: Donald Trump really is the president. The proof: boxes of presidential M&Ms with his signature were handed out for the first time Saturday to those on Air Force One. The Examiner’s Al Weaver was the pool reporter for the president’s trip to Lynchburg, Va., and he wrote: “M&M boxes were handed out featuring POTUS’s signature for what some poolers believe is the first time.”… (more)

May 13, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — As noted by Peter LaBarbera of Lifesitenews.com, LGBT activists were bitter and outraged that a conservative Christian with a public policy record of opposing the LGBTQ agenda was chosen to succeed a homosexual for the job of secretary of the Army. That is why a dishonest attack on Dr. Mark Green, a West Point grad and decorated U.S. Army flight surgeon, was launched weeks ago by the Huffington Post, as well as other media and gay rights organizations…. (more)

May 13, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — I always thought that James Comey was a company man. As it happens, the company he heads is among the most influential, powerful, and scary companies in the world – – the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But still, a company guy. Whether working for a president on the moderate-to-conservative spectrum like G.W. Bush or for a far-left Alinsky acolyte like Barack Obama makes absolutely no difference to this type of obedient – – and also subservient – – accommodator…. (more)

May 13, 2017
PUBLIUS HULDAH — What’s the real problem with our federal government? That people in Congress serve too many terms? And if we get an Amendment to limit their terms, will our Land be healed? Of course not! The real problem is that the politicians we elect ignore our Constitution – – yet we keep reelecting them…. (more)

May 13, 2017

ASSOCIATED PRESS — Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded. The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was supposedly identified by the National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet…. (more)


May 13, 2017
THE GUARDIAN — The “accidental hero” who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted…. (more)

May 13, 2017
THE INTERCEPT — IN MID-APRIL, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom…. (more)

May 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — The popularity of Caitlyn and other spellings of the name have all dropped a year after Caitlyn Jenner made her new name and gender public. The annual Social Security Administration list of 2016’s 1,000 most popular baby names was released Friday. Emma took the top spot for girls for the third year in a row, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella…. (more)

May 12, 2017
CHARLES HURT — Every time the Washington political press freaks out and goes into full panic mode against President Trump, the blockbuster, Watergate-volume story always unfolds the same way. First the news starts leaking or breaking. Newsrooms from the Potomac to the Hudson become seized and fixated on every morsel of the delicious story. News flashes zing around the internet…. (more)

May 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Many in the news media have already indicted President Trump for breaking some unspecified law by firing former FBI Director James Comey, which they theorize is an attempt to cover up his ties to Russia. In the immediate days and hours following Comey’s unexpected firing, some news outlets and TV commentators have indicated that they’re convinced Trump is guilty of something…. (more)

May 12, 2017
FOX NEWS — A top FBI official who came under scrutiny last year over his wife’s campaign contributions from a Hillary Clinton ally did not list those 2015 donations or his wife’s salary in financial disclosure forms, according to records reviewed by Fox News…. (more)

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)

Top Headlines – 5/16/2017

Senior member of Trump team said to tell Israelis: Western Wall is not your territory

Israel wants White House to explain U.S. official’s Western Wall comment

White House: Western Wall comments ‘unauthorized,’ do not represent Trump’s stance

White House questions authenticity of ‘Western Wall’ sovereignty comments

Harsh exchange between Trump and Netanyahu teams days ahead of key Israel visit

Netanyahu to Tillerson: Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Will ‘Shatter Palestinian Fantasy’

PMO denies Netanyahu asked Trump not to move embassy at this time

US officials said to be pressuring Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Ahead of Trump visit, Jordan and Egypt declare east Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine’

10,000 police assigned to secure Trump’s stay in Israel

Jordanian FM sees new hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace in Trump era

Palestinian envoy to US: It’s ‘too early’ for direct talks with Israeli

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace – the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo

Bennett urges PM to renege on two-state solution

Labor pledges to give Netanyahu political cover for peace deal

Gulf states could upgrade Israel ties in exchange for peace overtures

Ukraine’s prime minister visits Israel seeking to strengthen ties after UN vote

The UN’s Obsession against Israel

Clashes erupt as Palestinians mark ‘Nakba’ Day

PA lawmaker photographed throwing rocks at Israeli troops

Demonization of Soros recalls old anti-Semitic conspiracies

German neo-Nazi party builds alliance with Assad and Hezbollah

ISIS Commanders Join “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

U.S. says Syria built crematorium to handle mass prisoner killings

Car bombs kill at least six in Syrian camp near Jordan border

Tony Blair: Iraq war prosecution attempt goes back to court

Turkey orders arrest of 85 ministry staff in post-coup probe

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey

Merkel: Germany will move its soldiers if Turkey refuses lawmaker visit

Iran changes course of road to Mediterranean coast to avoid US forces

Obama Officials Working to Derail New Iran Sanctions

North Korea’s latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

Russia warns against ‘intimidating’ North Korea after its latest missile launch

Lt. Gen. McInerney: North Korea has crossed the red line

Security Council condemns NKorea missile test

UN Security Council considering new N.Korea sanctions

UN agency helps North Korea with patent application for banned nerve gas chemical

Researchers say global cyber attack similar to North Korean hacks

‘WannaCry’ ransomware shares code with Sony hack, raising possibility of North Korea connection

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

Ransomware attack again thrusts U.S. spy agency into unwanted spotlight

White House: Blame cyberattack on hackers, not spy agencies

Russia’s Putin blames U.S. cyberspies for global hacking wave

White House grapples with newest crisis amid report Trump gave secret info to Russians

White House tries to fend off reports that Trump divulged highly classified info to Russian officials

Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump

No ‘clean slate’ between the US and Russia, Tillerson says

Slain DNC staffer had contact with WikiLeaks, investigator says

Push for Convention of the States to rein in government gains steam

US appeals court to review Trump revised travel ban

In travel ban case, U.S. judges focus on discrimination, Trump’s powers

Sweden gives Bible tests to Christian asylum seekers

Prominent Populists Meet in Milan to Discuss Future of EU, Making Europe Great Again

France’s Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

Venezuelans again shut down capital to protest government

2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital

A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet’s magnetic field

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Namatanai, Papua New Guinea

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Inarajan Village, Guam

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

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Acajutla, El Salvador

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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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