May 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 18, 2017 |

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Roger Ailes, a former U.S. presidential adviser who started the Fox News Channel to promote a Republican agenda and built it into the most-watched U.S. cable news network before resigning amid sexual harassment allegations, has died. He was 77.

The U.S. Trade Representative office has indicated to lawmakers that it will officially inform Congress on Thursday about its intention to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, according two people familiar with the plans.

Brazil was plunged back into a political crisis reminiscent of last year’s impeachment saga following reports that President Michel Temer was embroiled in an alleged cover-up scheme involving the jailed former speaker of the lower house of Congress.

The United Nations Security Council held consultations on the political turmoil in Venezuela that has left at least 43 dead as U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the global body to focus on the crisis before it escalates further.

U.S. anti-terrorism officials met for four hours Wednesday in Brussels with their European counterparts who are resisting a proposed expansion of a laptop ban in airline passenger cabins. U.S. officials called the threat critical but stopped short of any new action.

Turkey called on President Donald Trump to get rid of Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to counter Islamic State, over his backing for Kurdish groups it views as its top national security threat.

The U.S. imposed new measures aimed at punishing Iran for developing ballistic missiles while continuing to suspend sanctions linked to its nuclear program, in a reflection of the Trump administration’s difficult balancing act toward the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia is putting on a show for Donald Trump on his first overseas trip as U.S. president. Muslim leaders will assemble in Riyadh, and there’ll be an exhibition of classic American cars as well as sports matches and concerts. An online clock counts down the seconds until the big day.

The world’s richest people lost $35 billion Wednesday when global equity markets were rocked by political turmoil in the U.S., according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The U.K. may have to pay as little as $6.5 billion or no more than 30 billion pounds to leave the European Union, according to a study by the country’s chartered accountancy industry that’s sure to thrill Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

AP Top Stories

In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order outlining U.S. immigration enforcement priorities, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested nearly 40 percent more undocumented immigrants than during the same period a year ago – whether or not they had criminal records, immigration officials said Wednesday.

The former head of Mossad’s intelligence directorate has contradicted Donald Trump’s claim that he has the “absolute right” to share secret information with foreign officials. Israel is believed to be the source of classified intelligence on Isis allegedly passed by the President to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a closed-door meeting last week.

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 missile programs it says are needed to counter U.S. aggression.

Russia’s GDP grew 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the state statistics agency said Wednesday, as the country’s economy slowly recovers from a crippling crisis.

The Japanese emperor’s granddaughter, 25-year old Princess Mako, is set to marry a commoner – specifically, “an ocean-loving legal assistant who can ski, play the violin and cook.” Once Mako marries Kei Komuro, the legal assistant in question, she’ll become a mere commoner, as female royals must after getting married in Japan. Conservatives fear that changing the law to allow women to remain royal after marriage might lead the Japanese down the slippery slope toward allowing women to inherit the throne (there actually have been Japanese empresses, but conservatives argue their reigns were temporary and not a reason to allow a woman on the throne, as was made official in the 1889 Imperial House Law).

On May 19, Endangered Species Day, the National Geographic Society and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the national trade association for the out of home (OOH) advertising industry, launched a groundbreaking OOH campaign aimed at saving species at risk in the wild.

BBC

More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped the main prison in Democratic Republic of Congo. The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked the prison on Wednesday.

A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India.

A schoolgirl who was abducted by Nigeria’s militant Islamists in 2014 has escaped from captivity. The girl was found by government troops while she was escaping, .

Turkey has opened a vast center dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cozy, home environment.

WND

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday.

Employees increasingly are testing positive for marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines at work, driving the rates of positive drug tests in the United States to the highest level in 12 years.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Wednesday he would leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


The Briefing 05-18-17

What we know, what we don’t know, and why both matter: Crisis of credibility at the White House

Is refusing to print gay pride t-shirts discrimination? KY appeals court says no; but will it stand?

How many Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God? Parsing data from a new Gallup poll

No man will do: Why secular economists are alarmed at the recent decline in marriages

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Top News – 5/18/2017

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

Former DOJ Spox: Comey Is Trying To Take Down Trump
Miller agreed with the president that Comey is a “showboat,” which is another reason he believes Comey may be coming after Trump. “You just look at his [Comey’s] actions in the [Hillary] Clinton case, where he made himself the central player when there was no reason for him to be the central player,” Miller said. “That aside, his entire history shows that he likes to be at the center of attention.”

WannaCry XXL? 2nd even bigger global cyber attack already underway
As the world reels from the WannaCry ransomware attack, it’s now emerged that a second, potentially larger attack, is already under way. It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime.

Jerusalem mayor: Move US embassy, regardless of possible violence
“For violence to occur there could be any reason or no reason and if we – God forbid – because of fear of violence wouldn’t do the right things there would never be Israel, there would never be a reunited city,” Barkat said at a meeting with journalists at Jerusalem City Hall

Egypt’s Sisi: Trump vital to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Egyptian president to Israel: “The Arabs and Palestinians are ready for peace.”

SOLAR WIND STORM PREDICTED
The solar wind around Earth is about to speed up. NOAA forecasters expect velocities to top 700 km/s on May 19th when a stream of gaseous material flowing from a big hole in the sun’s atmosphere reaches our planet.

Report: Jordanians claim leaked intel was theirs, not Israel’s
Intelligence about ISIS that US President Donald Trump allegedly leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last Wednesday was sourced by Jordanian spies, not Israelis, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday morning. According to the report, “veteran Jordanian intelligence officials” claimed that the numerous media reports that the information Trump disclosed to the Russians originally came from Israel are false.

Ukraine urged to act against general who threatened to ‘destroy Jews’
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday joined calls on the Ukrainian government to take action against retired Security Service General Vasily Vovk in the wake of a recent Facebook post in which he threatened to “destroy” the country’s Jews. Vovk, who still holds a senior reserve rank with the Security Service of Ukraine, posted on Facebook: “I am completely against Jews,” and “You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you…

US complains to Turkey over embassy violence
The US has made a complaint to Turkey after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington, DC. Two people were arrested and 11 were injured in protests outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit. Video footage of the clash on Tuesday showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters.

U.S. conducts military drill to counter N. Korea’s WMDs
U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have recently conducted an exercise aimed at destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by practicing a ship-to-shore air assault from a South Korean warship, the infantry division said Thursday. The U.S. Army forces carried out the exercise, called “Warrior Strike 7” at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul, and the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex near the inter-Korean border, it said.

N.K preparing for cruise missile strikes: RFA
The North Korean army is repairing protective walls for gallery positions to brace for possible cruise missile strikes after witnessing such U.S. attacks on Syria last month, a U.S. broadcaster said Thursday. The North’s armed forces ministry ordered the army to take steps to protect gallery strongholds from air raids in mid-April, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said, citing the Osaka-based North Korea specialist news organ Asia Press.

New Israeli naval launcher: ‘8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers’
IMI Systems is currently exhibiting at the Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Singapore the Stingray—a rocket launcher for the naval arena that will be able to operate from battleships and drilling rigs, and is intended for offensive activities of the naval force alongside multi-arm operations. The launcher was sold to two foreign customers but has yet to be purchased by the IDF.

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency
A bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would require the U.S. National Security Agency to inform representatives of other government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed last week’s “ransomware” attacks. Under former President Barack Obama, the government created a similar inter-agency review, but it was not required by law and was administered by the NSA itself.

Franklin Graham: Christians under attack, should engage in politics
Evangelist Franklin Graham said he believes Christianity has been attacked and marginalized by “anti-Christ” media and a liberal government and that it is time for Christians to become more active in politics.

Rouhani warns Revolutionary Guards not to meddle in Iran election
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia under its control not to meddle in Friday’s presidential election, in a rare warning that underscored rising political tensions.

Carmageddon: All 3 Major Auto Markets Contract YoY For The First Time Since January 2009
For the first time since January 2009, sales of cars declined year-over-year in all three of the world’s largest auto markets of Western Europe (-6.8%), China (-1.8%) and the United States (-3.7%).  Combined, these three markets account for roughly 70% of the world’s auto sales.

JPMorgan: “A Trump Impeachment Is Very, Very Unlikely”
“Trump impeachment is very, very unlikely… the impeachment bar is very, very high. The daily scandals obviously don’t help Trump’s political capital but market expectations for legislative action are already very low.”

Mosque Takes Over Pentecostal Church as Pastor Prays to Allah
Christian clergy helped a Muslim mosque open in a Pentecostal church. “It’s open faith; we’re brothers,” Ali Mohammad, an organizer of the mosque, tells North Carolina’s News & Observer.  The Muslims are stripping the church of its Christian roots, including removing any crosses and handing them over to pastors in the area.

“Trump Doesn’t Matter”? European Stocks Slump Most In 8 Months
Again and again we were told that this rally was all about fun-durr-mentals and that anything Trump did was gravy and not priced into markets… so how do you explain the biggest plunge in European stocks since September today… on zero fundamental catalysts?

US Household Debt Surpasses 2008 High, Hits Record $12.7 Trillion
“Almost nine years later, household debt has finally exceeded its 2008 peak. This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm. But it does provide an opportune moment to consider debt performance,” said Donghoon Lee, Research Officer at the New York Fed.


David Gushee: Our ‘differences are unbridgeable’

Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, makes the case that evangelicalism is facing a crisis over the issue of sexual immorality. “We are about to find out who is for real and who isn’t,” says Burk.  He writes:

David Gushee has a column at Religion News Service about Jonathan Merritt, Jen Hatmaker, and LGBT “inclusion” within the church. Gushee says that he exited evangelicalism 30 months ago, and since then he has concluded this:

I now believe that incommensurable differences in understanding the very meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the interpretation of the Bible, and the sources and methods of moral discernment, separate many of us from our former brethren — and that it is best to name these differences clearly and without acrimony, on the way out the door.

I also believe that attempting to keep the dialogue going is mainly fruitless. The differences are unbridgeable. They are articulated daily in endless social media loops.  View article →

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 18, 2017

Trump Calling Dems’ Bluff?

Appointing Mueller to investigate the Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy may have been unavoidable, but it’s not necessarily bad.

The Foundation

“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 18

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  • Trump storm hits stocks again but dollar steadies (Read More)
  • Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent (Read More)
  • Kremlin declines to comment on probe of Trump ties with Russia (Read More)
  • Trump To Announce $350bn Saudi Arabia Arms Deal – One Of Largest Ever (Read More)
  • Brazilian Markets Tumble After Country Plunges Back Into Political Crisis (Read More)
  • Fed’s Kashkari says don’t use rate hikes to fight bubbles (Read More)
  • Rebellion in Venezuela: 43 Dead in 44 Days of Relentless Protest (Read More)
  • Turkey wants U.S. envoy on Islamic State removed over Kurdish policy (Read More)
  • Revealed: Dutch King Has Been a KLM Pilot for 21 Years (Read More)
  • GM will cut operations in India, South Africa (Read More)
  • Amazon Believers Double Their Pleasure in Wagers Against Retail (Read More)
  • VIX Surge Is Unwelcome Lesson in Duplicity of Volatility Wagers (Read More)
  • Britain faces dire consequences if it fails to secure good Brexit deal: May (Read More)
  • Wal-Mart’s quarterly same-store sales beat estimates (Read More)
  • Even nuanced shift in ECB communication needs great caution (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 5/18/2017

For now, Trump rules out moving embassy to Jerusalem

Top US official: Trump will not announce US Embassy’s move to Jerusalem while in Israel

Unfazed by Western Wall row, Jerusalem mayor still expects Trump to move US embassy

US organizations pressure Trump to move Embassy

Netanyahu to unveil economic incentives for Palestinians on eve of Trump visit

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks

Sissi urges Israelis to ‘seize opportunity’ of Trump’s peace push

Aide behind travel ban said penning Trump speeches to Middle east

Gravestones toppled at a second Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

14-year-old arrested in arson of New York synagogue

Venezuela leader says officials treated like Jews under Nazis

US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria

IS conflict: US-led coalition denies bombing civilians in Syrian town

ISIS Reportedly on Brink of Defeat in Mosul

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

Turkish President’s Bodyguards Accused of Beating Protesters Outside DC Embassy

Trump presses Turkey’s Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

Israel’s public enemy No. 1 may be Iran – and tensions are escalating

Iran election: why next president could steer country’s future for a generation

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

Iran’s Supreme Leader Warns of Possible Election Fraud

Rouhani warns Revolutionary Guards not to meddle in Iran election

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Iran Nuclear Deal Will Remain, for Now, White House Signals

US extends Iran nuke sanctions relief, adds other sanctions

South Korea’s Moon says ‘high possibility’ of conflict with North

North Korea’s closest major US city, Seattle, wants to plan for possible nuclear attack

Flynn reportedly told Trump team he was under investigation before inauguration

Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel – report

Putin Accuses U.S. Of ‘Political Schizophrenia’ Over Trump And Secrets

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

Putin ‘ready to provide recording’ of Trump-Lavrov meeting

Erick Erickson: Mueller returns to run an independent investigation and Republicans should rejoice

The Special Counsel Mistake – Rosenstein bends to political pressure, and here we go again.

As special counsel named, Trump says probe will show no links to Russia

Russia probe a scandal Trump can’t tweet his way out of

US officials: Trump’s intel leak endangered life of spy placed inside ISIS by Israel

Loose Lips Sink Presidencies – The Russian intel story shows the price of Trump’s lost credibility

Turmoil over recent Trump controversies triggers the Dow’s biggest loss since September

Dow falls 350 points; stocks wipe out monthly gains as Trump fears send shivers down Wall Street

“Trump Doesn’t Matter”? European Stocks Slump Most In 8 Months

Jack Welch: Impeachment of Trump would ‘blow the market away’

Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment

GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence

Comey cracks Republican wall: GOP pols voice concerns on Trump ‘drama’

Sean Hannity: Trump faces alliance of haters

Trump: No politician in history has been treated worse

Right pushes Trump to make staff, press changes

New Orleans crews remove statue of Confederate general

Immigration arrests up 38% nationwide under Trump

Dozens of MS-13 gang members nabbed in 50 Los Angeles raids

Riot Police on Venezuela’s Front Lines Seek a Way Out

Macron and Merkel signal new move to strengthen eurozone

U.S. Household Debts Hit Record High in First Quarter

Another large-scale cyberattack underway: experts

A Robot Copilot Just Flew—and Landed—a 737 Sim

Reports claim UFO whizzes past International Space Station

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Guerrero, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Pair of Earthquakes Rattle Santa Barbara Area in California

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Scientists get closer to making personalized blood cells by using patients’ own stem cells

Chelsea Manning: from antisecrecy activist to transgender idol

Telling women not to drink during pregnancy ‘sexist’

Tel Aviv therapist sells the healing power of sex with a stranger

Cyclops goat born with one eye is worshipped by villagers in India

Christian Ministry to Hold Bible Study, Discipleship Camps in Russia Despite Crackdown on Evangelism

Thomas DiLorenzo – The Fascist Pope

Denny Burk – Our “differences are unbridgeable”

Five Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity

Beloved Megachurch Pastor, Televangelist RJ Washington Dies From Cancer

Maine School Employee Reprimanded for Telling Churchgoing Coworker ‘I Will Pray for You’

Trump presses Turkey’s Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

Fugitive Agape cultist Rocco Leo fails to front court as ordered, $9 million lawsuit splits further as former parishioners lose faith

Pakistan Medical Superintendent ‘Orders Christian Staff to Recite Quran’

DEVELOPING: Mount St. Helens is ‘Recharging’ after 37 Years

Posted: 18 May 2017 08:05 AM PDT

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 after two months of increasing volcanic activity. That event is widely considered the most disastrous volcanic eruption…

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Russia plans to boost Baltic fleet with new fearsome missile ships and fighter jets to face Nato

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:59 AM PDT

Russia will beef up its Baltic fleet with new warships and fighter jets — positioned within MILES of Britain’s Nato allies. Strongman president Vladimir Putin…

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3 Malicious Lies the Devil Tells You About God

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:55 AM PDT

(By Kyle Winkler) I’ve said it plenty of times, but it always bears repeating: The devil’s warfare isn’t aimed merely to cause pain and grief…

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Atheist Sparks Debate After Painting Bible Verse About Women on His Truck

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:42 AM PDT

A Bible verse that is strangely plastered on the back of a Virginia pick-up truck has inspired quite a bit of frustration, anger and concern in recent…

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Christians in India Under Pressure to Convert to Hinduism, Can’t Talk About Jesus, Heaven or Hell

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:33 AM PDT

Hindu nationalists in India continue to punish Christians and pressure them to abandon their faith, say Christian charity workers serving persecuted Christians in the country….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Trump Says Russia Probe is “Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician in US History”

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:14 AM PDT

US President Donald Trump says he is the victim of the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,” in an apparent reference…

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US-Israel Alliance Tops Global Impact of ’67 War

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:01 AM PDT

In the 50 years since the Six-Day War, the world has seen the Iron Curtain fall and global terrorism rise. It has also witnessed the…

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Analyst Predicts Markets Will ‘Be Hit’ by Triple Collapse ‘Worse’ than 2008 Crisis

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:53 AM PDT

The next financial crisis will be worse than the collapse seen in 2008, and investors should seek shelter from the storm in precious metals and…

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Pastor John Hagee Claims President Trump Will Soon Face a ‘Truman Moment’

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:46 AM PDT

Pastor John Hagee, in his capacity as founder and chairman of Christians United For Israel, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump that…

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Do You Have a Jeremiah 23 False Prophet in Your Pulpit?

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:43 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) Many today argue that we can’t preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology….

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Preparing for cruise missile strikes

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:37 AM PDT

The North Korean army is repairing protective walls for gallery positions to brace for possible cruise missile strikes after witnessing such U.S. attacks on Syria…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

US Conducts Military Drill to Counter North Korea’s WMDs…

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:31 AM PDT

U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have recently conducted an exercise aimed at destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by practicing a ship-to-shore…

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Jordanians Claim Leaked Intel Was Theirs, Not Israel’s

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:27 AM PDT

Intelligence about ISIS that US President Donald Trump allegedly leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office…

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Tim Allen ‘stunned and blindsided’ by ABC’s cancellation of ‘Last Man Standing’

Posted: 17 May 2017 07:48 PM PDT

Tim Allen is no longer the “Last Man Standing.” The sitcom starring the Michigan actor is among a handful of shows cancelled by ABC last…

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Cyclops goat born with one eye is worshipped by villagers in India

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:46 PM PDT

A baby goat has been born with one eye in what has been hailed a ‘miracle’. Some villagers believe the goat, that was born in…

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5 Ways We Quench the Holy Spirit

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:25 PM PDT

(By J.Lee Grady) How would we respond today if God wanted to repeat the miracle of Pentecost in one of our carefully scripted Sunday meetings?…

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Donald Trump will have just 10 Minutes to react if North Korea fires nuclear missile

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:18 PM PDT

Donald Trump will have just ten minutes to react if North Korea fires a long-range missile towards the US mainland, experts have warned. Scientists insist…

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Pastor Framed, Thrown Behind Bars for Conspicuous Text Messages

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:05 PM PDT

A 51-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly sending out blasphemous texts in Pakistan. Christian NGO’s up and down the country…

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Twitter Freaks Out Over Marco Rubio Posting Bible Quotes

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:00 PM PDT

Former Republican presidential hopeful and current U.S. Senator Marco Rubio garnered many hostile reactions on Twitter for writing two posts in which he quoted the…

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Dow loses 370 points; wipes out monthly gains on Trump fears

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:50 PM PDT

U.S. equities closed sharply lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over the latest news coming out of Washington. “This is clearly Washington-driven,” said Michael Shaoul,…

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Google training computers to predict when you might get sick…

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:46 PM PDT

Google is building tools to predict when you’ll get sick. The company is applying its machine learning expertise, which it originally developed for consumer products…

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Trump Considering Joe Lieberman for FBI Director

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

President Donald Trump is considering former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to lead the FBI, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday. Trump will…

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Comey kept memos from his phone conversations with Trump

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:37 PM PDT

Ahead of discussions with President Donald Trump, Former FBI Director James Comey prepped with his team on ways to respond to anticipated questions so that…

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Former FBI Chief to oversee Russia election investigation as special counsel

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:32 PM PDT

The Justice Department announced Wednesday it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into the probe…

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Trump Requested Reporters Who Published Classified Information to Be Arrested

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:55 PM PDT

Journalists are accustomed to President Trump’s contempt for the press by this point, but his apparent desire to jail reporters who publish classified information still…

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Are These Irreversible End-Times Signs Converging Right Now?

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:42 PM PDT

(By Dave Williams) We live in the very first generation to see all the end-time signs converging. No other generation has witnessed such a massive…

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Chicago Church Takes on Gang Epidemic with Massive Prayer Gathering

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:33 PM PDT

New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLC) will make a valiant effort to fight the gang epidemic in Chicago’s South Side by holding a prayer gathering…

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‘Voice’ Worship Leader Snags Finale Spot With Spirit-Filled Praise

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:23 PM PDT

Chris Blue, a worship leader from Knoxville, snagged a spot on The Voice‘s finale with the incredible praise song, “Take Me to the King.”  “Big thanks…

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Shadow Brokers launches monthly subscription service offering nuclear, banking secrets

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:17 PM PDT

The Shadow Brokers hacking group is pushing a monthly subscription service offering members top secret information including “compromised network data” from the nuclear and ballistic…

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Impeachment of Trump would Crush Stock Market!

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:06 PM PDT

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric who has President Donald Trump‘s ear, told CNBC on Wednesday that an impeachment would crush the stock…

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DEVELOPING: Second Global Cyber Attack Underway – Could Dwarf Recent Attack in Impact

Posted: 17 May 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a cyber security firm has claimed. The new…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christian Ministry to Hold Bible Study, Discipleship Camps in Russia Despite Crackdown on Evangelism

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:51 AM PDT

One U.S.-based Christian ministry has said that it will continue its outreach in Russia, offering Bible study and discipleship programs for youths this summer, despite…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Reveals Tumors Have Spread Throughout His Body

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:46 AM PDT

Christian radio host Hank Hanegraaff has shared an update on his battle with cancer.  Hanegraaff, also known as the “Bible Answer Man,” shared in a…

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Says U.S. Embassy Should Be Moved to Jerusalem

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:38 AM PDT

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says it’s her belief that the United States Embassy should…

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Pakistan medical superintendent ‘Orders Christian staff to recite Quran’

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:34 AM PDT

The medical superintendent of a hospital in Pakistan has been accused of forcing its Christian staff to memorise Quranic verses. Article 20 of the Pakistan…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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