May 19, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Donald Trump departs Friday for his first foreign trip as president with his White House engulfed in crisis and little prospect for a break from the drama disrupting his agenda. His eight-day odyssey across the Mideast and Europe is packed with crucial sit-downs with key allies. Saudi King Salman. Pope Francis. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron. Yet each of those meetings will be shadowed by Trump’s firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

Iranians began voting Friday in a presidential election that will either hand Hassan Rouhani a second term to pursue his engagement with the world economy, or see control of the nation’s top elected office lurch back to conservatives whose antagonism to the West left Iran isolated.

President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator came out of the gate sounding like he wants to fine-tune the North American Free Trade Agreement, not blow it up as some feared.

President Donald Trump labeled Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic turmoil “a disgrace to humanity,” as the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on members of the crisis-torn country’s Supreme Court.

Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets intercepted an American military aircraft over the East China Sea on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Air Force. “The interaction was considered unprofessional due to the maneuvers of the Chinese pilots and the speed.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said breaking up the biggest banks would be a “huge mistake,” easing concerns that the Trump administration plans a major revamp of Wall Street.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange moved closer to freedom Friday after Swedish prosecutors moved to drop a rape investigation against him, leaving the door open for him to emerge from his self-imposed exile in a London embassy.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting an auction record for American artists and providing a windfall for the daughter of two collectors who purchased it for $19,000 in 1984.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government who had moved against U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. According to multiple reports, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman has emerged as the leading candidate for the position.

Special counsels like the one named Wednesday to oversee the probe into Russia’s alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular American investigators. This time it is former FBI director Robert Mueller who will take over the probe into the meddling as well as whether President Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow to tilt the election his way. The stakes are huge.

After increasing for 11 straight quarters, aggregate household debt toppled the previous peak in 2008, reaching a total of $12.73 trillion in the first three months of 2017. But a report also harbored a real cause for concern, specifically for millennials. While aggregate student loan debt only made up 11 percent of the total – compared to mortgages, with 68 percent of household debt – the average delinquency rate for student loans has shot above all other forms of debt in recent years, and stayed there, according to the Fed report.

The Guardian reported worker conditions at Tesla factories are so bad people have reportedly passed out to meet production demands while others received life-changing injuries.

After a seemingly healthy 16-year-old South Carolina boy died from drinking a series of caffeinated beverages last month, parents are being warned about the dangers of drinking excessive amounts of caffeine in popular coffee beverages and energy drinks.

Mobs looted shops and fought security forces overnight in Venezuela’s restive western region, where three soldiers were being charged on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a man who was buying diapers for his baby, witnesses said.

Carson Huey-You graduated high school at the young age of 10, started attending Texas Christian University when he was 11, and received his bachelor’s degree in physics on May 6. Carson became the youngest person ever to graduate from the university.

Two research teams have managed to create blood stem cells in the lab, with each using different techniques. Both papers detailing these efforts were published in the journal Nature.

The type of hackers who recently hijacked 300,000 computers in 150 countries with the so-called WannaCry ransomware have an inherent advantage against law enforcement agencies. “The bad guys have no rules to be governed by. The good guys have to follow a process while conducting these investigations, so [the hackers] tend to be a little ahead.”

BBC

Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help.

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply. Methane hydrates, also called “flammable ice”, hold vast reserves of natural gas.

Japan’s government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate. But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.

WND

Federal and local law enforcement officers conducted 50 simultaneous raids in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, taking down almost two dozen “high-ranking” suspected leaders of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, along with numerous Mexican Mafia leaders, in what is being described as the “largest gang raid in Los Angeles history.”

Hebrew University will not play Israel’s national anthem at a graduation ceremony, saying it does not want to offend the university’s Arab students.


The Briefing 05-19-17

Political game changer? DOJ appoints former FBI Dir. Robert Mueller as special counsel in Russia probe

Roger Ailes, Fox News founder who toppled the liberal media monopoly, dies at 77

Lay off the avocado toast: Why is financial prudence a controversial message these days?

Friday Book Recommendation: “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” by Peter Frankopan

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Top News – 5/19/2017

Major Demographic Shifts Indicate Israel Will Soon Redivide Into 12 Tribes
As Israel’s population increases, manifesting God’s promise to Abraham, the scales are tipping and very soon the majority of the world’s Jews will be living in Israel. Not only does this in itself fulfill prophecy, it will bring about the conditions that Jewish law states are the prophesied Third Inheritance of Israel, creating a new, end-of-days reality in the Holy Land.

French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files
French researchers said on Friday they have found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers first infected a week ago.

Saudi Arabia ‘Strongly Supports’ Trump Policy on PA Peace, Iran Deterrence, ISIS
Prince Al-Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom supports the role of Washington in the fight against ISIS, and noted his country’s satisfaction that “President Trump was clear in calling for Iran to comply with UN resolutions.”

Feinstein Says There’s Still No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Camp and Russia
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she had seen no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Israeli President: Christians Are Our brothers
Israel President Reuven Rivlin said during a meeting with church leaders in Jerusalem that Christians and Jews are “brothers.” Rivlin invited the heads of the various churches in Jerusalem to his official residence on the occasion of Easter.

White House map of Israel nixes post-67 lines
The White House on Friday published a map of Israel at the pre-1967 lines in the latest in a series of mishaps that has marred US President Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel. The 54 second video called “Photos Abroad” promotes Trump’s five stop trip in eight day. A red line set to upbeat music shows how Trump will travel from Washington to Saudi Arabia and on to Israel.

Iran’s re-engagement with the world at stake in Friday presidential vote
Iranians vote for president Friday in a contest likely to determine whether Tehran’s re-engagement with the world stalls or quickens, although whatever the outcome no change is expected to its revolutionary system of conservative clerical rule. Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, remains the narrow favorite, but hardline rivals have hammered him over his failure to boost an economy weakened by decades of sanctions.

Embassy decision coming ‘after Trump visit,’ US official says
US President Donald Trump will decide whether to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after visiting the region next week, and based in part on what he learns on the ground, a US official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The official spoke on the matter one day after Bloomberg reported that Trump had already decided against the move.

UN counterterror chief: Europe faces return of ‘dangerous’ IS fighters
Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism agency said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters following meetings with EU officials, Jean-Paul Laborde said several European countries estimate that the rates of fighters returning from conflict zones has increased by one-third over the past year.

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says
Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a mission to detect radiation in international airspace over the East China Sea.

Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces
Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf.

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic State, was “definitely” supporting the YPG in Syria and the separatist PKK. The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules
The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a “net neutrality” order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment.

House May Need to Vote Again on GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill
House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects.

US aircraft strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria
A U.S. aircraft conducted an airstrike Thursday on a pro-Assad regime militia convoy that appeared to be moving on a U.S. coalition training base in southeastern Syria, according to a U.S. official. A tank and several other vehicles were destroyed in the airstrike after the convoy ignored repeated warnings.

Net Neutrality Supporters Want to ‘Ban Drudge’
Alt-left advocates for net neutrality, who say they want a “free and open internet,” want to ban the Drudge Report.Members of the alt-left who have been tied to violent protests in the past picketed outside the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday in protest of Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse net neutrality rules. The FCC will vote to undue the Obama era Title II rule that classified Internet service providers as utilities, subjecting them to more federal regulation.

25 ‘impeachable’ Obama scandals far more serious than Comey firing
Ex-president racked up BIG LIST of outrageous abuses of executive power

HAPPENING NOW! LGBT Curriculum And Gender Neutral Uniforms Already ADOPTED By 120 Schools Is this what we can expect to be happening in America soon? There was a time when one would think this could never come to pass….well it has, and it’s catching fire. Already now, 120 school has adopted this program. You’re not going to believe what it all entails either…

Democrats Want To Make It Harder To Remove Regulations
Trump has repealed 14 Obama regulations, and that’s too fast for Dems

Trump Under Siege: More than 60 Percent of NSC Employees Placed by Obama
A White House source estimates more than 60 percent of employees at the National Security Council are not Trump administration appointees, but career officials who were appointed to the White House from other agencies under the Obama administration. The source said there are “whole departments” at the NSC with only one Trump appointee.

We Asked These Dems Why Obama Offering Intel To Russia Was OK
House Democrats had no concerns about President Barack Obama offering to share intelligence about Syria with Russia last June because that decision “was made as a product of consultation between the president and the intelligence community,” a top Democrat said Wednesday.


NYC, San Francisco Public Libraries Host Monthly ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Kids

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?”

The Associated Press released video footage from inside a Brooklyn public library as it hosts Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, something that has been scheduled every month since last fall.

The children sit around as a man who calls his alter-ego Lil’ Miss Hot Mess reads them stories and leads them in sing-alongs about drag queens.

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West Coast Seismic Alert: 2 Alaskan Volcanoes Erupt As Earthquake Swarms At Mount St. Helens Raise Concerns

Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that runs down the west coast of the United States, and all of the seismic activity that has been taking place in the region has many concerned about what may happen next.  Earlier this month, I wrote about how 45 earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater hit Alaska in just one 24 hour period.  This week, it is volcanic activity that is raising concerns.  The earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens are making headlines all over the globe, and on Tuesday two major volcanoes in Alaska suddenly erupted on the exact same day(Read More…)



May 18, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Years ago, I agreed to be interviewed for a film which was included in an exhibit for the national museum in Washington, D.C. known as the Newseum. It was on the use of anonymous sources. In the film, which is still playing, I cautioned about their use, saying that they can be inaccurate or even non-existent, and that they reduce trust in the news media…. (more)

May 18, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A recent National Review article asked, “How Do You Keep False Information Away from the President?” Unfortunately, another article on the same site by editor Rich Lowry, a Fox News commentator, began by quoting from the Washington Post, but added the qualifier, “if true.”… (more)

May 18, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations that Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election, giving Mueller sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered in the probe…. (more)


May 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last year to clear Hillary Clinton of gross negligence in handling classified information was met with so much frustration within the FBI that Comey felt compelled to put out a bureau-wide memo to employees defending his actions…. (more)

May 18, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Democrats, media figures and even some Republicans suggest President Trump’s alleged request for former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn amounts to obstruction of justice, but a former federal prosecutor says what we know thus far does not rise to that level and is no different than Barack Obama’s efforts to exonerate Hillary Clinton…. (more)


May 18, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Mueller will investigate ‘any links and/or coordination’ between Russia and Donald Trump. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as “special counsel” for purposes of the so-called Russia investigation underscores a point I have made through the years, whenever the subject of special prosecutors or independent counsels rears its head…. (more)


May 18, 2017
BYRON YORK — Ten months into the FBI’s investigation of the Trump-Russia affair, and four months into a bipartisan probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has decided to appoint a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to investigate the case. Here are several reasons why it is a bad move:… (more)

May 18, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Republicans are withholding their judgment on whether President Trump sought to obstruct justice by firing FBI Director James Comey until they hear directly from Comey, and are most ignoring efforts by Democrats to label Trump “guilty” until then…. (more)

May 18, 2017
BOB UNRUH — WND reported last month when Dr. James Dobson, the pioneering radio voice of Christian and family values for tens of millions through Focus on the Family and now Family Talk, called for his supporters to flood the telephones lines of two U.S. lawmakers and the secretary of defense to protest plans to impose the military draft on women…. (more)

May 17, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Only a day after the White House was put on the defensive by a Washington Post report based on a leak from an unnamed source, the New York Times joined the chorus. The Times reported Tuesday that Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to “let go” of the investigation of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn…. (more)


May 17, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, threatened to use his subpoena power to obtain a memo from former FBI Director James Comey that said President Trump pressured him to drop a probe into ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn…. (more)

May 17, 2017
GARTH KANT — It’s the story no one want to touch because it is so potentially explosive. And it’s the murder mystery that could throw a wrench into the narrative that Russia hacked the Democratic Party’s emails during the 2016 presidential election in order to influence the presidential election. WND made numerous inquiries to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, to the White House, Washington police and others, but received scant comment…. (more)

May 17, 2017
ALICIA POWE — A top Democratic National Committee official has contacted Washington, D.C., police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich demanding to know why a homicide detective is examining the unsolved case, a private investigator told WND Tuesday…. (more)

May 17, 2017
GARTH KANT — On the heels of a bombshell revelation that indicated it might have been a Democratic staffer rather than the Russians who hacked the party’s emails, a top investigative reporter is even more puzzled by the FBI’s curious lack of curiosity in perhaps the prime piece of evidence…. (more)

May 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox Business Monday that the late Justice Antonin Scalia told him “that he often thought that the court was being surveilled” roughly four or five years ago…. (more)


May 16, 2017
FOX5 DC — It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now. Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC…. (more)


May 15, 2017
ART MOORE — Robert Spencer, known for his exposure of the role of Islamic theology in global jihad, says he was poisoned by a leftist in Iceland who recognized him at a restaurant after he had given a speech in the island nation’s capital…. (more)


May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration announced a massive expansion Monday of the pro-life Mexico City Policy, issuing guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion. Originally a ban covering roughly $600 million in family planning money, the Trump policy now applies to all international health care aid doled out by the U.S. government – – nearly $9 billion…. (more)


May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Obamacare’s small business outreach has been such a flop that the Trump administration announced Monday it was nixing part of the federal HealthCare.gov website aimed at helping those companies enroll in the health law. The companies will still be able to get tax credits to help offer plans to their employees, but won’t be able to use the website to enroll their employees…. (more)

May 15, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — If you’re a Democrat, lost in a restoration fantasy of taking over the Congress next year, now is the time to dream big. Reality, with its talent for smashing the fanciful, will arrive soon enough. Democratic pundits, trying to cheer up a home team that needs a lot of cheering up, have begun talking up “the wave,” a mysterious gathering storm of public opinion that sweeps everything before it into the Sea of Oblivion. Waves don’t happen often; the last one swept dozens of Democratic incumbents and others out to sea in 2010, when the Republicans gained a stunning 63 seats…. (more)

May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Petitions and boycotts against ABC are building after the network unexpectedly canceled its hit “Last Man Standing,” a move critics believe was prompted by star Tim Allen’s outspoken conservative politics and support for President Trump…. (more)

May 15, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who was confirmed by a 96 to 4 vote in the Senate on April 25, wrote the letter recommending that Comey should be fired: ‘The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,’ wrote Rosenstein.”… (more)


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

May 15, 2017
BYRON YORK — Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump affair have multiplied in the days since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Almost invariably, Democrats and others calling for a prosecutor say such a step is needed to “get to the bottom” of the matter…. (more)


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

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 19, 2017

Impeachment: Delusional Dems Don’t Have a Case

Democrats have tried for a long time to destroy Donald Trump, and rumblings of impeachment are just the latest proof.

The Foundation

“[M]an is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 19

  • Dollar remains weak as beating eases for global stocks (Read More); Global Stocks Edge Higher as Commodity Prices Rise (Read More)
  • Trump Mideast Trip Aims to Bolster Ties, Shift U.S. Spotlight (Read More)
  • Trump Heads Abroad With White House in Crisis (Read More)
  • Russia Probe Heats Up as Trump Tries to Limit Damage (Read More)
  • Iranians queue up to vote in fiercely-contested presidential election (Read More)
  • Iran’s Presidential Election Exposes Family Divides (Read More)
  • Saudis Turn to Trump for Cash (Read More)
  • Kremlin Grows Anxious Over Trump White House (Read More)
  • Oil heads for second week of gains as output cut extension expected (Read More)
  • Trump Aims to Balance Budget With Deep Cuts, Bullish Forecasts (Read More)
  • Full tanks and tankers: a stubborn oil glut despite OPEC cuts (Read More)
  • Uber Threatens to Fire Self-Driving Car Executive (Read More)
  • Chaffetz Will Resign, Raising Doubts About Trump Probe (Read More)
  • U.S. air strike in Syria hit ‘military point’, caused deaths: Syrian military source on state media (Read More)
  • As Allegations Swirl Around SoftBank, It Calls Them ‘Sabotage’ (Read More)
  • BofA opens debate on lowering mortgage down payments (Read More)
  • Risky and Complex U.S. Loan Wagers Are Hot in Low-Yield Asia (Read More)
  • The Giddy Messages Citi Traders Sent While Lehman Died (Read More)
  • French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files (Read More)
  • Supermarkets and large chain retailers in NYC will soon be required to post calorie counts for prepared foods (Read More)
  • Americans Die When They Have to Work at Being Healthy (Read More)
  • China issues draft rules cleaning up property sales and rental market (Read More)

 This ‘n’ That

  • Hey, that’s the same way I would answer that question!
  • I used to work at J.Crew. Now you know.
  • No, just…no. Seriously, no. Never. Don’t. Men, please…don’t. I mean it. No.
  • Disciples are made and strengthened through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
  • I wrote this research article about contemplative prayer back in 2012, but I think it’s still a helpful resource today.
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress, and I think I may pick it up again. This looks like an interesting version, but realistically, you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.
  • I had spaghetti for dinner last night and, as often happens, I thought of this.
  • The Church and her message:

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Top Headlines – 5/19/2017

Trump told Abbas he’ll be able to reach a deal within a year, says Palestinian minister

White House official: No Trump-Netanyahu-Abbas meeting planned for visit

Egypt’s Sisi: Trump vital to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Pro-Israel US right starting to feel unease with Trump

White house twitter video showing Trumps Middle East tour shows map of Israel without the Golan Heights, the West Bank, or Gaza

Religious Zionists of America: ‘If there’s anything that unites, it’s Jerusalem’

Palestinians to ask Trump for economic stimulus package

Israeli Fires on Palestinian Protesters in the West Bank, Killing One

Gazan woman charged with smuggling explosives as cancer medicine

NY court drops suit against Facebook over Palestinian incitement

ADL survey: Anti-Semitism down in France, UK, Germany

Ukraine urged to act against general who threatened to ‘destroy Jews’

Like Israeli counterparts, US spymasters ‘frustrated’ by Trump leak

Saudis Have a Red Carpet Ready for Trump, and a Steep Wish-List

US aircraft strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

U.S. Airstrikes Hit Syrian Military Vehicles for Violating ‘De-Confliction Zone’

ISIS Video Shows New Weapons, ‘American’ Urging Attacks in U.S.

With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

Polls open in first Iran presidential vote since atomic deal

Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

Flashback: Special Counsel Mueller Conspired With Radical Islamic Groups During FBI Tenure

Trump erupts on Twitter, blasts special counsel probe as outrageous ‘witch hunt’

Trump denies Comey allegations, collusion with Russia

Trump: special counsel appointment ‘hurts our country terribly’

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump

We Asked These Dems Why Obama Offering Intel To Russia Was OK

25 ‘impeachable’ Obama scandals far more serious than Comey firing

Joe Lieberman emerges as Trump’s top choice for FBI director

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency

FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules

One Dead and 22 Injured as Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Times Square

Suspect in Deadly Times Square Crash Said Voices Told Him to Hurt People, Sources Say

Declassified Nuclear Data Links Space Weather To Human Activity

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amukta Island, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Punta, Argentina

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 29,000ft

Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Euador erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Decades after catastrophic 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens is ‘recharging’

Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is beginning to turn green

Lyme Disease on Rise Amid Diagnosis, Treatment Controversy

House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill

Ex-Secret Service Officer Gets 20 Years for Sexting Teens From White House

Franklin Graham: Christians under attack, should engage in politics

New Study Suggests Over 25% of Americans May Be Atheists

Mike Ratliff – Deception is rooted in unbelief

Demonic Yeast Infections – Katie Souza received a revelation that playing slot machines and video games could cause you to contract a demonic yeast infection

Calvary Chapel Pastor Brian Brodersen Now Promoting Contemplative Mysticism?

Hillsong cult announces a second church take-over in Norway

Crosspoint Church pastor suffers life-threatening injuries in hit-and-run

Actor Val Kilmer Credits Faith in Jesus, Christian Science Beliefs For Healing From Cancer

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

US prepares for drills with TWO giant aircraft carriers on Kim Jong-un’s doorstep

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:24 AM PDT

US forces have deployed another massive aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula to front up against tyrant Kim Jong-un. USS Ronald Reagan, which holds 4,500…

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Christian Station “Pure Flix” Makes Offer for “Last Man Standing”

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:14 AM PDT

There’s a petition going around to ‘save’ Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ program on ABC.  So far, there are a whopping 355,000 names on the list of…

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CANCER FREE! Christian Musician and Actor Carman Gets a Good Report

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:07 AM PDT

Carman Licciardello’s prayers, and those of his fans, have been answered!  The famed Christian musician’s biopsy for a recently developed tumor was benign. “Yes it…

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Did We Just Witness Dwayne Johnson’s ( The Rock) 2020 Presidential Campaign Launched On Tonight Show?

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:03 AM PDT

Sure, Dwayne Johnson was on The Tonight Show last night to promote the upcoming and deeply necessary Baywatch movie, but everyone in attendance knew why…

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Russia’s ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

A trio of mysterious Russian government satellites startled space experts when, shortly after blasting into low orbit between 2013 and 2015, they began dramatically changing…

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New Orleans To Remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:51 AM PDT

The city of New Orleans is set to remove its fourth and final Confederate-era monument. Unlike the first three statues, the monument to Gen. Robert…

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

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

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…

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DECLINE OF AMERICA: Number of Atheists in US Rising at Alarming Rate

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:37 AM PDT

After signing an executive order earlier this month that seeks to relax restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt churches, President Trump said the order…

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Russian Foreign Ministry Deems US-led coalition strike against Syrian forces ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:29 AM PDT

The US-led coalition strike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov…

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Activists Organizing Nationwide Impeachment Marches

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:22 AM PDT

Liberal activists are ramping up the pressure on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.  The increased pressure comes as the White House has been hit with a series of…

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West Coast Seismic Activity Raise Concerns Of Larger Event

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:15 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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