Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


May 17, 2017 |


Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to give a transcript of White House talks between his foreign minister and Donald Trump to Congress to prove that the U.S. president didn’t give away secrets.

Mexican authorities have zeroed in on seven banks, including three from the U.S., as part of a widening investigation into price manipulation in the nation’s bond market, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The United Nations said it plans to deploy more peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic diamond-mining town of Bangassou to stem a recent wave of violence.

Apple Inc. plans to announce an update to its laptop lineup at an annual conference for app developers in early June, a move that could help offset new competition from Microsoft Corp. as well as declining iPad sales.

Amazon.com Inc. updated its least-expensive tablets, continuing to produce new and updated hardware as a way to attract consumers to its more profitable services.

Sotheby’s set the record auction price for a pair of earrings, selling a duo of blue and pink diamond jewels for $57 million in Geneva.

For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate.

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Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from a military prison Wednesday after seven years behind bars.

In the latest wave of journalist killings in Mexico, Javier Valdez Cárdenas, an award-winning reporter who specialized in writing about drug trafficking and organized crime was killed Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, officials said. He was among the six journalists who have reportedly been murdered in Mexico this year.

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a Georgia death row inmate’s motion that his scheduled Tuesday execution by lethal injection be halted and that he be put to death instead by a firing squad, which his lawyers said would be less painful for him.

Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system.

The United States Supreme Court has quelled an attempt by Republicans in North Carolina to reinstate a controversial voter-identification law that a lower court said targeted African American voters with an “almost surgical precision”.

An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponized”.

Employees at a Lowe’s hardware store in Christiansburg, Virginia, recently channeled Ellen Ripley in the 1986 movie “Aliens,” as they donned mechanical exoskeletons to help them lift and move heavy objects.

Tesla is pairing up with a Vermont utility provider to offer subsidized Powerwall battery packs to bolster its power grid and give customers a chance to harness its energy when other lights go out.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly refused to allow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him to one of the holiest Jewish sites in the region during a visit next week.

A Syrian monitoring group says twin explosions have gone off in a makeshift camp near Syria’s the border with Jordan, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven, including rebel fighters.

Amazon is hiring a business lead to figure out how the company can break into the multibillion-dollar pharmacy market.


President Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 new ministerial posts taken by women.

A Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex. The men were found guilty of violating strict Islamic laws in conservative Aceh and will receive 85 lashes each.

Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman said.

At least six people and all four IS gunmen have been killed in a battle at the Afghan state television building in the city of Jalalabad, officials said.

China is building a vast DNA database with no appropriate privacy protection, human rights activists warn.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s official website has been hit by an “organized” cyber-attack from Russia, his administration has said.


One of China’s top universities has installed facial recognition in a female dormitory to ensure the building is off limits to non-residents.

A medical report confirms prominent Islam expert Robert Spencer’s claim that he was drugged by an Icelander in the island nation’s capital after giving a speech on Islam and the future of European culture.

McDonald’s on Tuesday pulled a British television ad that was accused of using child bereavement to sell fast food.

The Briefing 05-17-17

Christian governor jailed on charges of blasphemy in predominately Muslim Indonesia

When religious liberty is a matter of life and death: Record number of Christians fleeing Middle East

Evacuating the center: Labour Party releases radically left-wing manifesto ahead of Britain’s election

What’s in a name? American culture through the lens of baby name trends

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Top News – 5/17/2017

Merkel, Macron: the new power couple to shake up the EU
Macron on the campaign trail made the case that a reformed France would go hand in hand with a reformed EU, made more responsive to the concerns of citizens who may have missed the benefits of globalisation.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Officially Declare Abortion to be Murder
In a resolution that will have little to no effect on actual legal policy in the state, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution last week that officially declared abortion to be the murder of an innocent human being. In the resolution, lawmakers in the body – made up of 74 Republicans and 26 Democrats – made it state clear that “all human life is protected by God’s law and the highest laws of the land.”

Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Top 25 US Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Derivatives Exposure
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.

Putin: Claims Trump Gave Lavrov Secret Info Show ‘Political Schizophrenia’ in US
He said that it seems that “political schizophrenia” is developing in the US amid such media claims. The situation in the US is being in turmoil under anti-Russian slogans, Putin said, adding that Trump is not being allowed to work properly.

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks
Days after arriving in Israel, America’s new envoy reportedly says the US is also not making the demand.

How Do We Know God Truly Loves Israel?
To most readers of Israel Today, it’s a given that God never stopped loving Israel – even after the nation rejected their Messiah. “For they are beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Rom. 11:28). Unfortunately, too many Christians still do not share that belief. And sadly, and understandably, many Jews are extremely skeptical of His love, also.

EU SHOCK: Austria to hold emergency snap election as support for eurosceptics SURGE
The countries main parties have agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on October 15, Chancellor Christian Kern said on Tuesday. Fears are now growing among the political elite that the far-right Freedom Party could make it into government. The election will be the latest threat to the European Union’s spreading ideology and push for uniformity among member states.

Mary’s Providential Bridge to Islam
As a matter of historical importance, Fatima was the favorite daughter of Muhammad — a woman considered of the highest dignity in Islam, save for only one person: the Virgin Mary. Indeed, after Fatima’s death at around the age of 26, her father wrote to his dead daughter: “Thou shalt be the most blessed of women in Paradise after Mary.”

US organizations pressure Trump to move Embassy
Group of 60 US organizations pressures Trump to move Embassy to Jerusalem with no delays or preconditions.

Pair of Earthquakes Rattle Santa Barbara Area
A pair of earthquakes shook the Santa Barbara area Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck first, according to USGS.

Hostilities between the Koreas very likely, S. Korean president says
…there is a “high possibility” of clashes between the North and the South on land or at sea, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday. While visiting the Defense Ministry…

BIN Conference Speaker Kade Hawkins, Founder of Prophecy News Watch, Is “Reporting Prophecy As it Unfolds”
“It amazes me how Bible prophecy can be hidden in plain sight,” Hawkins told Breaking Israel News. “People intuitively believe that seeing is a matter only of opening one’s eyes. Frequently, people fail to perceive very major things happening right in front of our eyes, a phenomenon known ‘perceptual blindness’.

Official Trump Itinerary Confirmed: Western Wall Yes, Masada No
The White House officially confirmed US President Donald Trump’s itinerary for his first official visit to Israel on May 22-23, including a visit to the Western Wall.

Haley: ‘I Believe the Western Wall Is Part of Israel’
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Western Wall is part of Israel, something other Trump administration officials would not unequivocally state the same day.

US officials: Trump’s intel leak endangered life of spy placed inside ISIS by Israel
US President Donald Trump’s alleged intelligence disclosure to Russia has endangered the life of a spy who was placed inside ISIS by Israel…The spy in question, whose life now hangs on the line after Trump reportedly revealed classified information in a meeting with Russian officials last week, was tracking an ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet on its way to the US with a bomb hidden in a laptop…Trump took to Twitter earlier Tuesday, defending having shared “facts” with senior Russian officials…

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks
The United States has not asked for a settlement freeze and the Palestinians have dropped that demand as a precondition for talks with Israel, America’s new Ambassador David Friedman told the Hebrew daily Yisrael HaYom. “We have no demands for a settlement freeze and [Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen wants to meet [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu without any preconditions,” Friedman said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Haley: Western Wall part of Israel, US embassy should move to Jerusalem
The Western Wall is part of Israel, US Ambassador to the UN Nikkey Haley said on Tuesday as she took a number of stands that appears to differ from the Trump Administration. “The Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we have always seen it and that is how we should pursue it,” Haley told the Christian Broadcasting Network in a video interview.

Greeks walk out in general strike over cuts
Hospitals, transport services and government offices across Greece have been severely affected by a general strike over new austerity measures. Industrial action began on Tuesday but has now been ramped up nationally by members of the big trade unions. Ferry services stopped and buses and trains were limited. Flights were also being hit for several hours. MPs are set to vote on controversial reforms on Thursday that will cut pensions and end tax breaks.

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. “There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region,” he said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump. He was referring to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, following a US decision earlier this month to arm the group.

Donald Trump Plans ‘Direct’ Speech to Muslims About Radical Islamic Terror
President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia during his first multi-national trip overseas, meeting with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries. Trump will deliver “an inspiring, yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology,” according to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who briefed reporters on the president’s trip. He added that Trump would talk about his hopes “for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.”

Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico
A journalist is shot dead as she pulls out of her garage in the morning with her young son. Gunmen ambush another journalist while he lazes in a car wash hammock. An award-winning reporter is hauled out of his vehicle and gunned down a block from his office.

Chaffetz Demands FBI Hand Over All Comey’s Notes, Memos, & Recordings Related To Trump
“GOP oversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.”

South Korea says it wants to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis
South Korea said on Wednesday it wanted to reopen communications with North Korea as new President Moon Jae-in seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue with its reclusive neighbor to rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

Manufacturing Resistance – The American Public Is Being Manipulated Into Irrelevance
“The reason the ‘elites’ are elites is because they know how to corral and manipulate the sheep. 2017 is the perfect manifestation of it…”

US Nears Record $100 Billion Arms Deal For Saudi Arabia
White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems.

Kim Jong-un could soon have long-range weapons capable of reaching Alaska and Hawaii
Careful analysis of North Korean tests sites, using images from Planet, reveal the regime has gradually been building up the size of its missiles. Scorch marks in the ground show that it may now be testing the Hwasong-12 rocket – capable of flying 4,500miles.

Impeachment Fever

Democrats and their media allies are whipping themselves into a frenzy in their quest to impeach the duly elected 45th president of the United States and drive him from office.

It is part of the Left’s collective mental breakdown.

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Ransomware Is Tip Of The Iceberg: America’s Infrastructure At Risk

The Ransomware that began spreading across the globe on Friday is still going with more computers reportedly being affected today by new variants of the virus.

What we’ve learned is that the attack hasn’t just taken down personal computers, but core government and business networks affecting everything from health care systems and transportation in Europe, to ATM withdrawals in China.

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Donald Trump, Seth Rich And The Gangster Culture That Permeates Washington

Politics has become a very dirty game in America, and if you don’t know how to play the game, the game is going to play you. Donald Trump and Seth Rich are both victims of this cold, hard reality, and hopefully what has happened to them will help the American people understand what is really going on in Washington. Contrary to what many may believe, politics is not an easy road to fame, wealth and glory. For every Obama or Clinton that makes it big, there are thousands of others that have had their careers shattered, their reputations ruined and their futures destroyed by the game. And those such as Seth Rich that cross the wrong people at the wrong time end up dead. (Read More…)

The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Eric Barger

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More say Bible is ‘book of fables’ than ‘word of God’

According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of those polled believe the Bible is a book of myths and fables.  “This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism.”  Paul Bedard of Washington Examinerhas the story:

A record low percentage of Americans believe that the Bible is “actual word of God,” with more calling it a “book of fables,” similar to Aesop’s, according to a new survey.

Gallup reports that just 24 percent believe the Bible should be taken “literally, word for word.”

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The Real News Coming Out Of Washington Is That President Trump Is The Target Of A Political Coup

Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump’s discussions with Russian officials. That’s potentially a serious crime. And, this wasn’t the first time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: By now it has become obvious to even the casual observer that our president is under dire, direct and sustained attack. There is a very powerful and organized behind-the-scenes campaign to destroy his presidency. All signs point to the Obama Shadow Government whose HQ id mere blocks from the White House. The fake news media has been relentless with their made-up reporting of half-truths while completely ignoring the real issues. The Far Left will stop at nothing to take down Trump, even if it includes a trip to the grassy knoll. 

There is, indeed, a bombshell of a story coming out of the news that President Donald Trump revealed sensitive information during his White House meeting with Russian officials last week. But it’s not that President Trump committed any crime. The really alarming news is that the duly-elected President of the United States appears to be the target of a political coup.

First, let’s be clear: President Trump has been sloppy, arrogant, and just plain misguided plenty of times during his short tenure in office — including the way he handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the hiring and firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And if he did unnecessarily compromise the source of the sensitive information he shared with the Russians, shame on him.

But a president cannot be removed from office for arrogance and sloppiness. The Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment. They are “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” To be impeached and removed from office, the House and Senate must find that the official committed one of these acts.

Hannity: 5 major forces are aligning to take down Trump

Here’s what I think is the bigger scandal: Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump’s discussions with Russian officials. That’s potentially a serious crime. And, this wasn’t the first time.

What all of the leaked stories have in common is that they were immediately beset with multiple leaks from highly placed officials meant to deeply defame President Trump. Once again, it’s important to note that a good deal of these leaks may, indeed, be illegal. The Espionage Act bans transmitting or communicating information “relating to the national defense” if the leaker believes the information could be used to harm the United States or aid a foreign nation. And it’s hard to see how these many leaks aren’t helping our enemies.

Hillary commands her followers to resist the Trump administration:

Where are these leaks coming from? When we look at the most likely sources, we find no real comfort. The first possibility is that someone close to President Trump himself is essentially acting like a mole in the White House. Remember that when the story broke Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell were all in the room with President Trump and the Russians last week and they all flatly denied the news reports. If one of them is saying one thing publicly and something else to contacts in the news media, that is certainly not encouraging.

Then-candidate Donald Trump indeed insulted the intelligence community during the election, and many have concluded that this is their plotted revenge.

Almost as bad is the possibility that someone on one of the congressional intelligence committees is the source of this and other leaks. It’s one thing to use domestic policy or even overt foreign policy information to oppose a sitting president. It’s another to compromise knowledge of intelligence briefing materials to do so.

Obama creating a ‘shadow government?’

Here’s the kicker: None of this is actually working where it counts. Again, we have not one piece of evidence of any impeachable act. And it’s not even truly working in the polls. President Trump’s approval ratings may be lower than any modern president this early in his tenure, but they’re still higher than they were throughout the election. If anything, these constant attacks coming from this obviously angry and potentially illegal place are only strengthening the resolve of Trump’s base of supporters. They elected a guy they believed was truly the enemy of the established political class. And right on cue, the established political class is stopping at nothing to prove them right.

For all the things President Trump has said that have dragged down the level of our American political discourse, this sustained takedown effort is worse. And it’s not clear how this is going to end. Unlike President Trump, the leakers remain anonymous and thus unaccountable. They can presumably go on forever. And President Trump doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop fighting back or irritating and threatening his political opponents.

But don’t fool yourself into thinking this is OK or even tolerable. The bottom line is that we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don’t like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn’t going to be any better than what they’re doing now.

Luckily the American people remain wisely circumspect about all of this. President Trump’s polls aside, the voters are still giving him a decent shot to govern. And unaccountable people in Washington shouldn’t be trying to make that decision for us. source


MAY 17, 2017

Don’t Believe the Hype

The MSM is waging a smear campaign against Trump designed to derail his agenda with the hope of eventually bringing him down.


“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 17

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  • Dollar Slide Worsens With U.S. Stocks Near Records: Markets Wrap (Read More)
  • Turmoil Puts GOP Agenda at Risk (Read More)
  • Trump Faces Deepest Crisis of His Presidency (Read More)
  • Trump’s $1 Trillion Plan Helps Wall Street More Than Rural America, Democrats Warn (Read More)
  • States Wage Battles Over High Drug Prices (Read More)
  • Chinese state media says U.S. should take some blame for cyber attack (Read More)
  • In America’s largest oilfield, whir of activity confounds OPEC (Read More)
  • Highflying Emerging-Market Hedge Funds Fail to Impress Investors (Read More)
  • Germany asks U.S. for classified briefing on Lockheed’s F-35 fighter (Read More)
  • Trump’s Tweets Leave His Aides in an Awkward Spot (Read More)
  • Trump Tries to Reassure Erdogan After U.S. Plan to Arm Kurds (Read More)
  • Target Sales Fall as Traffic and Average Orders Decline (Read More)
  • Fyre Festival Was Buried Under Millions in Debt Before It Even Began (Read More)
  • How Trump’s Rust Belt Voters Have Changed Since the Election (Read More)
  • The U.S. Army Wants to Replace Its Helicopters With These (Read More)
  • A question of trust: Merkel treads carefully with Trump (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 5/17/2017

Nikki Haley: Western Wall part of Israel, US embassy should be moved to Jerusalem

Rivlin to Friedman: Time to recognize Jerusalem as our capital

Families of Israeli terror victims ask to meet Trump during Israel visit

Abbas: We want a state alongside Israel – peace agreement will help the fight against terror

Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

Russia says reports that Trump revealed secret information are ‘fake’

Trump defends ‘absolute right’ to share ‘facts’ with Russia

Israel says ties with US unaffected after Trump-Lavrov accusations

A New Goal for President Trump’s First Foreign Trip: Damage Control

Trump Signals Shift in Middle East Strategy With Symbolic First Stop in Saudi Arabia

Trump to give ‘inspiring’ speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia

Sudan President, Charged With Genocide, Is Invited to Saudi Summit

9 hurt, 2 arrested in altercation at Turkish Embassy in DC

Trump Praises Erdogan as Ally in Terrorism Fight, Brushing Aside Tensions

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan

US hits Syria with new sanctions

Israeli minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Assad

Syria Denies Burning Bodies of Political Prisoners

Iranian Democracy Advocates Dismiss Presidential Election as ‘Puppet Show’ as Rouhani Faces Off With Conservative Challenger Raisi

S.Korea says communication channel with North must reopen

US Ambassador to UN says countries ‘either support North Korea or you support us’

US admiral: North Korea’s actions ‘recipe for disaster’

North Korea missile detected by THAAD, program progressing faster than expected: South Korea

Expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines likely: U.S.

Hacker group that leaked NSA spy tools likely includes a U.S. insider, experts say

Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

McCain: Latest Trump revelations are of ‘Watergate size and scale’

White House disputes explosive report that Trump asked Comey to end Flynn probe

Fox News: Murdered DNC Staffer Sent 44,053 Internal Emails to WikiLeaks

Dems launch ‘Resistance Summer’

Montage: The Media Can’t Stop Asking Democratic Guests If They’re Ready to Impeach Trump

Congressional Dems making early calls for Trump’s impeachment

Pelosi warns Democrats pushing impeachment that they’re adding to the ‘hearsay’

Dems warn their Trump obsession will hurt party

France’s Macron calls for ‘historic reconstruction’ of Europe

Starbucks Computer System Crashes

Here’s How Facebook Knows Who You Meet In Real Life

Facial recognition installed in female university dormitory in China – to keep out ‘strangers’

Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, a New Push for Statehood

Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tambo, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

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

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 40,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Cleveland volcano on the Aleutian Islands erupts to 12,000ft

2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin

China is creating a massive “Orwellian” DNA database

3D-printed ovaries successfully restore mouse’s fertility in ‘holy grail of bioengineering’

Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

Women Safely Take Abortion Pills At Home, With Online Consult

‘Internet abortions’ may be option in some restrictive countries, study suggests

Tennessee passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

Indian girl, 10, granted abortion after rape

Bob DeWaay – Reject The Benedict Option

Jim Bakker: Trump Opponents Have Triggered The Apocalypse

Christian Mom Blogger Glennon Doyle Melton Marries Soccer Star Girlfriend Abby Wambach

Calgary Pastor, Charged With Murder In Death Of 3-Month-Old Son

Poll: More say Bible is ‘book of fables’ than ‘word of God’

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Coming to Television

Christians Slam ‘Demonic’ Practice of Turning Frozen Embryo Children Into Jewelry for Parents

Italian evangelicals fight to legalise their places of worship

Christianity Growing in North Korea Despite Persecution, Defector Says

Christian sect members attack Congo prison, free leader

Trump to visit Western Wall without Netanyahu

Posted: 17 May 2017 07:01 AM PDT

US President Donald Trump will visit the Western Wall during his visit to Israel next week, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster confirmed during a…

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Deadly Tornadoes Strike Elk City, OK and Chetek, Wisconsin

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:55 AM PDT

At least two people were killed in the central United States on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as powerful thunderstorms rolled through the region. SPC’s preliminary…

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Dangerous parasite showing up in sushi and raw fish

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:43 AM PDT

A dangerous parasite that can be consumed with raw fish and sushi, leading to sickness in humans, is now showing up in the United States….

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Christianity Growing in North Korea Despite Persecution

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:36 AM PDT

Kim Chung-seong, a North Korean defector now working as a Christian missionary, says despite the persecution faced by Christians in the world’s most difficult place…

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New Orleans Continues Purge Of Historical Monuments Deemed Racially Offensive

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:27 AM PDT

New Orleans removed a statue honoring Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday morning, marking the third of four historical monuments the city slated for removal…

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RUMORS OF WAR: South Korea Warns of ‘High Possibility’ of conflict with North Korea

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:20 AM PDT

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and…

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Vladimir Putin says can prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not passed any secrets onto Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a…

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Dollar losses build as Trump crisis stokes fears for agenda

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:13 AM PDT

The dollar sank Wednesday with a fresh crisis in the White House fuelling concerns that Donald Trump’s economy-boosting agenda could be run off-track. The administration…

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Congressional Dems making early calls for Trump’s impeachment

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:09 AM PDT

That didn’t take long.  A small group of President Trump’s most outspoken critics has seized on the James Comey controversy to make a — very — early…

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Keep Your Faith and Take your Mountain!

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:05 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we discuss how it is essential that we hold fast to the profession of our faith and continue believing…

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100K Sign Petition to ABC to Save Conservative Values Sitcom ‘Last Man Standing’

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:55 AM PDT

A fan’s petition to ABC Television to revive the now-canceled blue-collar sitcom Last Man Standing has received more than 100,000 signatures in less than a…

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Earthquake Shakes Up Residents in Bardwell, KY – 3rd Quake on New Madrid In 7 Days

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:51 AM PDT

The ground shook across portions of at least three states, after a magnitude 3.2 quake struck directly underneath the Mississippi River just west of Bardwell….

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DEVELOPING: Chaffetz ready to issue subpoena for Comey memo

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:47 AM PDT

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) indicated he’s willing to issue a subpoena to obtain a memo authored by former FBI Director James Comey…

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‘I Came…to Graduate, Not Go to Church’: High School Seniors Demand Apology After Superintendent’s God Comments

Posted: 16 May 2017 07:16 PM PDT

A group of recent high school graduates are demanding an apology after their school superintendent reportedly invoked prayer, the Bible and his “savior” during a…

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Kim Jong-Un Vows to Keep Testing Missiles Despite Threats from White House

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:50 PM PDT

North Korea has vowed to continue secret underground nuclear explosions and ballistic missile tests as the sabre rattling hermit kingdom bolsters its military capability. Kim…

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Trump Pushed for Release of American Pastor During Meeting With Turkey President, Source Says

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:31 PM PDT

President Donald Trump made imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson a topic of discussion during his meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, a…

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MASS DECEPTION? Giant ‘Alien Megastructures’ Could Be Orbiting Dozens of Nearby Stars

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:23 PM PDT

The world was electrified last year when it was suggested that scientists had spotted an “alien megastructure” orbiting a distant star. Now a space boffin has…

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Facial recognition installed in female university dormitory in China

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:15 PM PDT

One of China’s top universities has installed facial recognition in a female dormitory to ensure the building is off limits to non-residents. The scanners were…

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Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Brings End Times Speculation

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:09 PM PDT

A total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. Some are speculating that this may be a sign of the…

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Satellite Images Reveal NK Nuclear Missiles More Powerful Than World Feared And Can Hit US

Posted: 16 May 2017 05:56 PM PDT

Satellite images of Kim Jong-un’s main missile test site reveal North Korea’s weapons are far more powerful than first thought. And trigger-happy Kim could soon…

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North Korea Cyber Sleeper Cells Prep War-Contingency..

Posted: 16 May 2017 05:51 PM PDT

They take legitimate jobs as software programmers in the neighbors of their home country, North Korea. When the instructions from Pyongyang come for a hacking…

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LEAKS TURN TO FLOOD: Ousted FBI chief James Comey Throws Trump Under the Bus

Posted: 16 May 2017 05:47 PM PDT

Former FBI director James Comey accused President Donald Trump of asking him to close a federal investigation into disgraced general Mike Flynn during a February…

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More than 1,600 Accept Jesus in Texas Revival

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:40 PM PDT

Christian revival is sweeping across North Central Texas, specifically the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Through a movement called “reviveTX,” more than 350 churches are involved in…

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The Undeniable Sign Of Christ’s Return

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:26 PM PDT

The signs of the Second Coming are all around us. When His disciples asked Jesus to describe the signs, He gave them several. The Jewish…

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Istanbul ‘Overdue’ For Mega-Quake – Magnitude 7 or Greater Expected in Next Few Years

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:22 PM PDT

A Major earthquake will strike Istanbul with just a few seconds notice, scientists have warned. They believe a quake with a “magnitude of 7 or…

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DEVELOPING: Instagram Down: Facebook-owned app suffers worldwide outages

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:13 PM PDT

Facebook-owned Instagram has been hit with worldwide outages, with social media users reporting that they’re unable to access the photo-sharing app. Users from across the…

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School Rebukes Worker for Saying ‘I’ll Pray for You’

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:09 PM PDT

A school worker in Augusta, Maine, was ordered to stop using religious phrases like “I will pray for you” and “You were in my prayers”…

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Satanic Church Openly Celebrates as Christians Hide for Their Lives

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:05 PM PDT

The Satanic Church of Russia celebrated their one-year anniversary by cheering the Jehovah’s Witness ban. Russia banned the cult in April, claiming their tactics were “extremist.” It’s…

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Israel Named as Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

Posted: 16 May 2017 01:00 PM PDT

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North Korea-US End Times Bible Prophecy, Nuclear Destruction Fears: Should Christians Despair?

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:51 AM PDT

With the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, discussions have stirred about how it fits into biblical prophecy and whether…

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FALLING AWAY: More Americans Now Believe Bible Is a Book of Fables, Not Literal Word of God

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:47 AM PDT

More Americans now believe that the Bible is a book of fables and history than those who believe it’s the literal Word of God, a…

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Trump praised for expanding protections for Unborn

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:44 AM PDT

Some of America’s biggest pro-life organizations are praising the Trump administration for a huge expansion in protections for the unborn worldwide through an order Monday…

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Top Private School Brings in Skirts for Boys Amidst ‘Surge’ in ‘Trans Children’

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:23 AM PDT

One of Britain’s top private schools is bringing in ‘gender-neutral’ uniforms that would allow boys to wear skirts, as teachers report growing numbers of children…

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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:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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The Living and Active Word of God

1 Peter 1:23-2:3

Code: B170517

God’s Word is alive in a truer sense than we are. As Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6–8, “For, ‘all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever’” (1 Peter 1:24–25).

In the world around us, the things we call “living” are really dying. What we call “the land of the living” is probably better named “the land of the dying,” because wherever you look, death is doing its work of decay and destruction. In the final analysis, death is the monarch of this world.

Against this background of decay and death, the Word of God stands as eternal truth. The corruption of this world can’t penetrate God’s Word, deteriorate its reality, or decay its truth. Scripture’s life-giving power is readily apparent in many self-authenticating ways.

  1. God’s Word is perennially fresh. In every generation, to every person who picks it up, the Bible is living and fresh. I have reread some parts of the Bible many, many times. In some cases I am just beginning to understand what they say. I once read the book of Colossians every day for 90 days and, after all of that, the book of Colossians still holds untapped mysteries that I haven’t yet explored. Every time I read the book of Colossians, I gain new excitement and fresh insights.
  2. God’s Word is never obsolete. Most libraries have backrooms where you can find all of the old obsolete textbooks. In recent years, scientific discoveries make dozens and even hundreds of books obsolete each day. But the timeless truths of the Bible never become obsolete. They are as up to date as the next generation of men and women that needs its message so desperately. “The word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25).
  3. God’s Word is powerful. The Bible is a discerner of hearts. Scripture has a living insight into our lives that is alarmingly precise. The Holy Spirit ministers through God’s Word exposing our faults, needs, weaknesses—and sins. No wonder Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit . . . able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
  4. God’s Word produces growth. As 1 Peter 1:23 points out, “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” The great mystery of any living thing is its power to reproduce. And reproduce, says Peter, is exactly what the Word of God does. The only way to be a “son of God” is to be born by the Word of God. When the Word of God is truly heard, and sincerely received into a heart that has been prepared by God, that Word, quickened by the Holy Spirit, becomes a spiritual seed that is imperishable or incorruptible. That seed is the germ of a new creation and it springs into life by making the hearer who believes that Word, a son of God.

Jesus illustrated that concept in His parable of the sower (Luke 8:4–15). The farmer goes out to sow and some seed lands on the road, some seed lands on rocky soil, some seed lands where weeds spring up, and some seed lands on the fertile ground that produces bountiful growth. In explaining the parable to His disciples, Jesus said, “The seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved” (Luke 8:11–12).

The one source of belief and salvation is God’s Word! Naturally, its sabotage and removal is Satan’s highest priority because of its life-producing power. Hence Jesus’ words in Luke 8:15: “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” That’s a vivid description of Scripture and the ongoing results of its life-giving power.

Jesus understood that God’s Word cooperates powerfully with His Spirit: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). The Word of God, in the hand of the Holy Spirit, is the critical life-giving agent. The Spirit of God, using the Word of God, produces life!

Trying to survive without any scriptural intake is a futile exercise. When it comes to a healthy spiritual diet, God’s Word is the fundamental and essential source of true eternal health.

(Adapted from Why Believe the Bible.)


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Four Reasons to Meet with God in Secret

“But you, when you pray, go into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)

Almost everyone has a “special” place where they love to relax, engage in a favorite activity, or be at peace. In fact, some people, like me, have several. A scenic view from a back deck. A cozy basement. But do you have a special place to meet with God and pray? A place where you can “shut the door,” knowing that no one can bother you?

Four Reasons to Meet with God in Secret

In his teaching on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stresses the importance of having such a place. I’ve come up with four reasons why he stresses a secret place: intentionality, privacy, intimacy, and integrity.

1. Intentionality

We go places with specific purposes in mind. When we go to work, we’re there to work. When we go to the gym, we’re there to work out. When we go to our secret place with God, we should be there to spend time with him, and for no other reason. Going to a specific place for a specific purpose produces the type of intentionality that is sorely lacking in the lives of many Christians.

2. Privacy

The word “closet” that Jesus uses in Matthew 6:6, tameion, is defined in Strong’s Greek Dictionary as a secret chamber, a place where a person may retire for privacy, or a place for storage (like a closet). All three of these concepts unmistakably emphasize that this place should be private and cut off from the comings and goings of the household. It should be a place where the world can be shut out. The reason such privacy is necessary for prayer is clear: Privacy fosters honesty, and honesty fosters relationship.

How can we pray freely and openly with God when there are others nearby, who may disturb us and listen to us pray at any moment? Having a secret meeting place with God prevents any hindrances to the unbroken communion that is essential for meaningful prayer.

3. Intimacy

Intimacy comes right on the heels of privacy. Without the safety of privacy, having any depth of relationship with another person is impossible. Even when intimate friendship or relationship is developed in a group setting, it’s because of a certain privacy that surrounds the group, allowing people to bond without the encumbering presence of outsiders. There is no intimacy without privacy.

Also, the sharing of a special, secret place is an intimate act in itself. If there is a place where you meet with one person, and with nobody else, that place becomes a hallowed sanctuary for the relationship. It becomes more than a place. The thought of sharing that place with another person for similar purposes can even seem blasphemous. Simply going to that special, secret place creates an expectation in itself. In the same way, having a special, secret place to meet with the Father creates an expectation, before we even arrive, that God is already there, eager to meet with us.

4. Integrity

In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is talking about outward righteousness and inner righteousness. He speaks of how the Pharisees pray out loud, in public, so that people will see their piety and be impressed. Jesus says that “they already have their reward” (Matthew 6:5), meaning that praise from men is all they will receive for this action. God will not reward them.

Jesus, in contrast teaches his followers to “go into their closet” to pray, so that they will receive no praise from people. If no praise is received from people, then our reward is from the Father instead – a much better reward indeed. Praying in a secret, special place removes the “trying to impress” element from prayer and leaves us naked and open before the Father in a setting where we no longer have any motivation to pray for the wrong reasons.

Obviously, we are to pray often with others as well. Jesus taught clearly about the power of agreeing prayer. If Jesus taught us to pray alone in secret and with others in agreement, there is obviously to be a balance of both in the Christian life.

Find Your Secret Place

This teaching about having a special, secret place to be alone with God has deepened my prayer life in ways I never imagined. And it’s simple and practical! When I first grasped this teaching, I realized that the little “nook” under the stairs in the basement would make for a perfect prayer closet. It’s a hidden, cramped little space that has no other use in the house. So my wife and I used markers to write prayer requests on the walls, as well as Scripture promises pertaining to prayer. Now when I go there, it’s only to pray. And when I go there to pray, there is an expectation there when I arrive: God is already there, eager to meet with his beloved child.

Find a special, secret place to meet with God. It will add intentionality, privacy, intimacy, and integrity to your times of prayer, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to your meetings with your Father more and more.

[This article is adapted from The Psalm Project blog, January 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Lightstock]

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May 17, 2017: Verse of the day


the savior’s command (10:21–22)

Motivated by a love for him, Jesus said, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” The Lord’s command and the man’s response, but at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property, further exposed his failure to keep the law. Not only was he a violator of the second five of the Ten Commandments but also a criminal transgressor of the first five. He was guilty of blaspheming God, by worshiping another god—his wealth and possessions—and God tolerates no rivals. “No one can serve two masters;” Jesus said, “for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matt. 6:24). Earthly wealth and temporal satisfaction was this man’s god.

Jesus preached the law to him, but not the gospel. Sinners are not ready for the good news of the gospel until they accept the bad news that the law condemns them as guilty sinners. As a highly respected, revered, and honored religious leader, he viewed his prosperity and his exalted position in the synagogue as evidence that he was good and God was pleased with him. He was unwilling to acknowledge that he was a sinner, affirm that his good works could not save him, and cast himself on God’s grace and mercy, and submit to Christ’s lordship. Tragically, at the crossroads of his eternal destiny, face-to-face with the Savior, he took the broad way that leads to destruction and rejected the narrow way that alone leads to eternal life.[1]

Continued: 21a. Jesus looked at him and loved him. Just what can this mean in the present connection? There are two ideas which require a word of comment:

  1. Because Mark used a particular Greek verb and not another, the love here indicated is of the highest kind, “far beyond mere affection.” But see footnote.
  2. The meaning is: Jesus fell in love with this young man. The Lord here and now began to love him. This possibility cannot be denied, but we must be careful. Otherwise a strange situation results, as if immediately after this man revealed his very superficial attitude toward God’s holy law, Jesus fell in love with him!

Is not the following explanation to be preferred? As the Savior allowed his gaze to rest on the rich young ruler, he loved him; that is, a. he admired him for not having fallen into gross outward sins and for having gone to the best possible source to obtain a solution to his problem; and b. he deeply, sorrowfully, ruefully pitied him, and decided to recommend to him a course of action which, if followed through, would solve his problem, and would give him the rest of soul he needed.

After saying, “Teacher, all these things I have observed ever since I was a child,” the young man had added, “what do I still lack?” (Matt. 19:20). Jesus is now about to answer that question. However, while linking his answer to the young man’s phraseology, the Master is not at all agreeing with that enquirer’s philosophy of life. To the young man, supplying this lack was a matter of addition. He wanted to know which meritorious deed he had to add to all the other fine deeds he had already performed. But to Jesus, taking care of this lack was a matter of substitution. Cf. Gal. 2:19–21; Phil. 3:7 f. It is in that sense that Mark now writes: 21b. One thing you lack, he said to him. Go, sell478 whatever you have and give (the proceeds) to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven …

The question may be asked, “But by thus instructing the young man was not Jesus endorsing the ‘salvation by good works’ doctrine?” Should he not rather have told him, “Trust in me”? The answer is that “Trust completely in me” was exactly what the Lord was telling him, for certainly without complete confidence in and self-surrender to the One who was issuing the order, the rich young ruler could not be expected to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor. This was the test. If he sustains it he will have “treasure in heaven.” The reference is to all those blessings that are heavenly in character, are in full measure reserved for God’s child in heaven, and of which we experience a foretaste even now. For more about this concept see N.T.C. on Matt. 6:19, 20. It is important to note that Jesus added, and come, follow me. Such “following,” to be accompanied by and to prepare for active witness-bearing, would imply that the young man must learn to “deny himself and take up his cross,” and would therefore no longer be able to devote himself to the service of Mammon.

The young man’s response was tragic. It showed that Christ’s command had been the arrow that wounded his Achilles’ heel, his most vulnerable spot, love of earthly possessions: 22. But he, crestfallen because of these words, went away sorrowful, for he possessed much property. Because of Christ’s command and the young man’s ingrained materialism, his countenance fell. It resembled a lowering cloud (cf. Matt. 16:3). As enthusiastic as he had been at first, so sad and sullen he was now, so that he departed sorrowful and aggrieved, probably thinking, “This requirement is not fair. None of the other rabbis would have demanded this much of me.”

The demand which Jesus had made on this bewildered man was suited to his particular circumstances and state of mind. The Lord does not ask every rich person—for example Abraham (Gen. 13:2), or Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:57)—to do exactly this same thing. There are those opulent individuals who, speaking by and large, are living for themselves. What they contribute to the cause of others is wholly out of proportion to what they keep for themselves. There are other wealthy persons, however, who are willing to go all out in helping others, including even the ungenerous (Gen. 13:7–11; 14:14); and who, motivated by gratitude, are constantly building altars and bringing offerings to God (Gen. 12:8; 13:18; 15:10–12; 22:13). The young man “had much property.” He had it; it had him, holding him tightly in its grasp. It is clear that this young man needed exactly the treatment Jesus gave him.

Did the rich young ruler persist forever in his deplorable refusal? The answer has not been revealed. Some reason as follows: Scripture tells us that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:21). God loves the elect, no one else. Conclusion: this young man must have become converted.

But this amounts to superimposing an erroneous theological idea upon the text. If those who cling to it would be satisfied with the proposition that God loves in a peculiar way all those who place their trust in him (Ps. 103:13; 1 John 3:1), their teaching would be on firm ground. But when they go beyond this and deny that there is a love of God which extends beyond the sum-total of the elect, we must part company with them. See Ps. 145:9, 17; Matt. 5:45; Luke 6:35, 36. And since this is true, there is no basis whatever for believing that the rich young ruler must have become a believer before he died. Instead of speculating about what may or may not have happened, the lesson of Luke 13:23, 24 should be taken to heart.[2]

21 Recognizing the young man’s sincerity, Jesus responded in love. The verb emblepō (“gazed intently”; cf. v. 27) suggests that Jesus, looking penetratingly at the man, discerned his attitude of heart. Some commentators suggest that the words “loved him” indicate an outward expression, such as a touch or a hug (so Nineham, 274–75; Anderson, 249). That Jesus did so is possible, but nothing in the text or context demands that understanding. Mark’s point, rather, is that Jesus treats the man’s response not as one of self-righteousness or hypocrisy but as sincere.

But sincerity isn’t enough. The one thing that prevented this man from having eternal life was the security of his wealth. Jesus put his finger on the sensitive place by commanding him to go, sell all he had, and give it to the poor. These commands led up to the final and conclusive one: “Come, follow me.” For this man there could be no following of Jesus before he sold everything he had and gave it away. His wealth and all it meant to him for position, status, comfort, and security prevented him from entering eternal life. Mitton, 80, writes, “The only way to ‘life’ is through the narrow gate of full surrender, and through that gate we may take, not what we want, but only what God allows. For this man his wealth was the hindrance.”

Jesus’ command here is shocking (like the analogy that follows in v. 25), with the result that many Christians assume too quickly that Jesus’ command was for this man only and not for all believers. Jesus’ words are sometimes softened to mean that Christians must be willing to sell everything (at which time a sigh of relief passes through the congregation). Yet we dare not take the punch out of Jesus’ teaching (see Reflections below). It is certainly true that those who followed Jesus did not always divest themselves of all their property. In Jesus’ immediate ministry, Peter retained his house in Capernaum (1:29), and the women who supported Jesus from their resources obviously had retained their possessions (Lk 8:2–3). Acts shows some people as selling their possessions to meet specific needs (Ac 4:34–37), but doing so was neither universal nor mandatory (see Jesus’ comment to Ananias in Ac 5:4). Many homes and possessions remained as private property.

Jesus’ promise of “treasure in heaven” recalls his similar teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus exhorts his followers to store up treasures in heaven, where they can never be stolen or destroyed (Mt 6:19–21; cf. Lk 12:33–34). The concept of storing up spiritual treasures rather than physical ones was common in Judaism, especially with reference to almsgiving. Tobit 4:8–9 (NRSV) reads, “If you have many possessions, make your gift from them in proportion; if few, do not be afraid to give according to the little you have. So you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself against the day of necessity.” Psalms of Solomon 9:5 reads, “He that does righteousness lays up [as a treasure] for himself life with the Lord” (cf. 2 Bar. 24:1; Sir 29:10–12). Treasure in heaven is not some material reward in the afterlife but the joy of eternal life in relationship with God. The “treasure” received is God himself. In Jesus’ teaching the sacrifice made to achieve this treasure is not almsgiving but giving up all to follow him.

22 Notice the intimate eyewitness details. When he heard Jesus’ words, the young man’s “face fell.” The verb used here is a rare one, appearing elsewhere in the NT only in Matthew 16:3, where it refers to the darkening sky of an approaching storm. In the LXX it can have the sense of “shocked” or “appalled” (Eze 27:35; 28:19; 32:10), and its cognate adjective of “gloomy” or “dismayed” (Da 2:12). The TEV translates it here “gloom spread over his face.” As Plummer, 240–41, writes, “He was gloomy and sullen with a double disappointment; no perilous exploit was required of him, but he was asked to part with what he valued most.” To obey Jesus was too great a risk for him to take. So the security of wealth kept him out of the kingdom of God. “He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (v. 22b). Obedience to God brings joy; disobedience brings sorrow.[3]

10:21, 22 But did he really love his neighbor as himself? If so, let him prove it by selling all his property and giving the money to the poor. Oh, that was another story. He went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The Lord Jesus did not mean that this man could have been saved by selling his possessions and giving the proceeds to charity. There is only one way of salvation—that is faith in the Lord. But in order to be saved a man must acknowledge that he is a sinner, falling short of God’s holy requirements. The Lord took the man back to the Ten Commandments to produce conviction of sin. The rich man’s unwillingness to share his possessions showed that he did not love his neighbor as himself. He should have said, “Lord, if that’s what is required, then I’m a sinner. I cannot save myself by my own efforts. Therefore I ask You to save me by Your grace.” But he loved his property too much. He was unwilling to give it up. He refused to break.

When Jesus told the man to sell all, He was not giving this as the way of salvation. He was showing the man that he had broken the law of God and therefore needed to be saved. If he had responded to the Savior’s instruction, he would have been given the way of salvation.

But there is a problem here. Are we who are believers supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves? Does Jesus say to us, “Sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me”? Each one must answer for himself, but before doing so, he should consider the following inescapable facts:

  1. Thousands of people die daily of starvation.
  2. More than half the world has never heard the good news.
  3. Our material possessions can be used now to alleviate spiritual and physical human need.
  4. The example of Christ teaches us that we should become poor that others might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9).
  5. The shortness of life and the imminence of the Lord’s coming teach us to put our money to work for Him now. After He comes it will be too late.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2015). Mark 9–16 (pp. 80–81). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Mark (Vol. 10, pp. 395–397). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[3] Wessel, W. W., & Strauss, M. L. (2010). Mark. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 865–866). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1347). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

May 17 – Overcoming Pessimism (Philip)

The twelve apostles included “Philip” (Matt. 10:3).


Pessimism will blind you to the sufficiency of God’s resources.

It’s been said that an optimist sees a glass half full, while a pessimist sees it half empty. An optimist sees opportunities; a pessimist sees obstacles. In one sense Philip was an optimist. He recognized Jesus as the Messiah and immediately saw an opportunity to share his discovery with Nathanael. In another sense, Philip was a pessimist because on occasions he failed to see what Christ could accomplish despite the apparent obstacles.

On one such occasion Jesus had just finished teaching and healing a crowd of thousands of people. Night was falling, and the people were beginning to get hungry. Apparently Philip was responsible for the food, so Jesus asked him, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” (John 6:5). Philip said, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for every one to receive a little” (v. 7). In other words, “We don’t have enough resources in our whole savings account to buy enough food for a group this size!” Philip’s calculating, pragmatic, pessimistic mind could reach only one conclusion: this is an utter impossibility.

Jesus knew all along how He was going to solve the problem, but He wanted to test Philip’s faith (v. 6). Philip should have passed the test because he had already seen Jesus create wine from water at the wedding at Cana (John 2:1–11). Despite Philip’s failure, Jesus didn’t give up on him. Instead, from five barley loaves and two fish He created enough food to feed the entire crowd, thus replacing Philip’s pessimism with a reaffirmation of divine sufficiency.

There’s a little of Philip in each of us. We’ve experienced God’s saving power and have seen Him answer prayer, and yet there are times when we let pessimism rob us of the joy of seeing Him work through obstacles in our lives. Don’t let that happen to you. Keep your eyes on Christ, and trust in His sufficiency. He will never fail you!


Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Ephesians 3:20–21. Recite it often as a hymn of praise and an affirmation of your faith in God.

For Further Study: Read Numbers 13–14. ✧ What kind of report did the pessimistic spies bring back from the Promised Land? ✧ How did the people react to their report? ✧ How did God react to their report?[1]

10:3 James the son of Alphaeus. There are 4 men in the NT named James: 1) the Apostle James, brother of John (see note on 4:21); 2) the disciple mentioned here, also called “James the Less” (Mk 15:40); 3) James, father of Judas (not Iscariot, Lk 6:16); and 4) James, the Lord’s half-brother (Gal 1:19; Mk 6:3), who wrote the epistle that bears the name. He also played a leading role in the early Jerusalem Church (Ac 12:17; 15:13; Gal 1:19). Thaddaeus. Elsewhere he is called Judas, son of James (Lk 6:16; Ac 1:13).[2]

10:3 Philip Not mentioned anywhere else in Matthew (compare John 1:43–48; 6:5–7; 12:21–22; 14:8–9). This apostle is not the same as Philip the evangelist in the book of Acts (Acts 6:5; 8:1–8; 21:8).[3]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 150). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 10:3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mt 10:3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.