May 23, 2017 |
Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to combat the “ideology” behind Britain’s worst terrorist attack in 12 years after a suicide bombing killed 22 people at a Grande’s pop concert. At least 59 people were wounded and taken to eight hospitals in the city, some with life-threatening injuries. Islamic State claimed responsibility.
President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers.
The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile, part of a broad series of changes proposed by President Donald Trump to the federal government’s role in energy markets.
The hearing on the proposed border-adjustment tax that has split corporate America for months is finally happening, but the measure may be further than ever from reality.
South Korea’s military fired warning shots across the military demarcation line at an unidentified object flying on Tuesday afternoon, as tensions remained high on the peninsula days after another North Korea missile test.
Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month’s WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.
On July 1, as India rolls out its landmark national sales tax, businesses that make less than 100 million rupees — which the government refers to as micro, small and medium enterprises — will all have to digitize. The firms, often accused of conducting business mostly in cash and evading taxes by under-reporting income, will for the first time have to report every transaction, creating an online trail for the tax office.
A firm hired by the U.S. to distribute $4 billion to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has racked up $38.8 million in billings over four years. The investors are still waiting for their first checks, though.
In the past 30 days, about 40 percent of the Midwest got twice the amount of normal rainfall, with soils saturated from Arkansas to Ohio, according to MDA Weather Services. While spring showers usually benefit crops, the precipitation has come fast enough to flood some corn and rice fields and trigger quality concerns about maturing wheat.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly had to order his cabinet to meet visiting US President Donald Trump at a welcoming reception after several ministers refused to attend.
An American physician died over the weekend while attempting to summit Earth’s highest peak. Dr. Roland Yearwood was nearing the peak of Mount Everest when he died Sunday in the so-called “death zone” where air becomes perilously thin.
Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh.
Donald Trump made by history by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the sacred Western Wall, vowing to try and secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The President wore a traditional yarmulke as he pressed his right hand against the wall, highly sacred to Jews, and closed his eyes. Later, he said it had been a “great honor”.
India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbor.
Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported.
North Korea successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile Sunday, the reclusive country said Monday in a statement, also indicating advances in its ambitions to attack the United States. However, South Korea’s military also said Monday that the missile – called the Pukguksong-2 – which was fired the previous day, is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) with a range of up to 1,500 miles.
Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane.
A 22-year-old woman from Mexico’s Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 31 mile ultramarathon wearing sandals. She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tire rubber.
Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have announced they will give $298m to charity. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the donation was “the biggest single philanthropic gift” in the nation’s history, and the largest by a living Australian.
South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years.
Munich police say they have broken up a huge burglary clan which they estimate may have been responsible for a fifth of German break-ins. The three young women originally arrested attracted attention for the skill and speed with which they were carrying out a burglary in the Munich area of Lehe. Police went on to arrest another 20 young women in Munich, whom they dubbed “worker bees”, along with two alleged gang “middle managers” in western Germany and two alleged leaders in Croatia.
A government expert predicts there will be some 9,000 new commercial satellites alone launched over the next 10 years, enabling access to massive new databases of imagery, weather information, communications, missile monitoring and more. Over the last 10 years, there have been fewer than 1,500 such projects launched.
The Briefing 05-23-17
Why have college commencements become so contentious? The real ambition behind the coercion
- New York Times (Liam Stack) — Notre Dame Students Walk Out of Mike Pence Commencement Address
- Associated Press — Graduates Walk Out on Pence at Notre Dame Commencement
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Alex Weidenhof) — Pence speech at Grove City College draws protests
Hunger, poverty, and politics: The tragic political realities behind a starving Venezuela
The last performance of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the end of an American era
- New York Times (Sarah Maslin Nir and Nate Schweber) — After 146 Years, Ringling Brothers Circus Takes Its Final Bow
Top News – 5/23/2017
EU SUPERSTATE: Brussels ‘to force EVERY member state to adopt euro by 2025’
BRUSSELS officials want every European Union country to be using the euro by 2025, a bombshell new report has claimed. The move, revealed by German publication Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, who obtained a leaked copy of a Comission report, is likely to be fiercely opposed by Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic’s eurosceptic governments.
China ‘demands North Korea curbs aggression & submits to UN sanctions’ after missile test
In a statement, Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi said: “We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate UN Security Council resolutions. “At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident…
North Korea ‘highly likely to be involved in WannaCry cyber attack that rocked the NHS’
Symantec Corp, a cyber security company, claim their researchers found multiple instances of code that had been used in both the early versions of WannaCry and a hacking group associated with North Korea.
North Korea nuclear attack: Japan to enhance missile defences
RAYTHEON Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are working with Japanese companies on rival projects to develop new radars that will enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike….As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defence system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, other sources had said earlier.
Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 22
The explosion struck near the exit around 10:30 p.m. Monday as Grande was ending the concert, part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. More than 400 officers were deployed.
Trump on Mideast peace: ‘It’s a tough deal, but we will get there’
One small sign of that progress was Trump flying directly from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, in what is widely believed to be the first public flight between the two cities. After two days of talks in Saudi Arabia with Saudi King Salman and other Arab and Muslim leaders, Trump said that “tremendous progress has been made” in relations between Israel and the Saudis
‘Trump made no mention of two-state solution’
“The president didn’t mention two-states in his Bethlehem statements, just peace,” said Revivi, who also serves as the Mayor of the city of Efrat. “We hope this means that we have moved on from this failed policy and will now work together to build true and lasting peace from the ground-up.”
Vietnam, Indonesia vessels clash in South China Sea
Indonesia’s Maritime and Fisheries Ministry said Tuesday that Vietnam is holding an Indonesian fisheries officer, who was aboard one of the Vietnamese vessels, and Indonesia has 11 Vietnamese crew members in its custody.
Assad retakes Homs, capital of the Syrian revolution
After more than five year of fighting, Syrian rebels leave last opposition district in Homs, completing a deal that brought the whole besieged city back under President Bashar Assad’s control for the first time since the start of the civil war.
Trump Insider Hints on “Historic” Visit: “There Are Always Surprises”
“He is setting history and breaking precedents for the better wherever he goes,” Zell said. “His speech in Riyadh was extraordinary: a courageous speech I can’t imagine any other president making. He returned America to the world stage as a superpower.”
Mystic Rabbis Explain Hidden Spiritual Truth of Trump’s Momentous Visit to Israel
“Just as a foundation establishes what will follow, for good or bad, the real nature of Trump’s visit will not become clear for some time,” Rabbi Glazerson said. “This could be the setting of the foundation for the Temple, but what will actually come out of it depends on Israel’s attachment to Torah and mitzvoth (commandments).
In Bethlehem, Abbas and Trump speak of Mideast peace prospects
Speaking alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he wants to achieve a conflict-ending deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Trump told a press conference at the PA headquarters in Bethlehem, without mentioning the possibility of Palestinian statehood. “I intend to do everything I can to help [Abbas and Netanyahu] achieve that goal.”
ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester blast as leaders condemn attack
Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a terror attack that killed at least 22 people Monday night outside an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester. According to Israeli media, ISIS said in a video they posted online that “This is just the beginning.” Meanwhile, world leaders condemned the deadly attack and extended their condolences to the victims and their families.
South Africa’s Western Cape declares drought disaster
South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years. Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like hospitals in Cape Town. The alert will last for three months but could be extended if the crisis persists, she said in a statement. Southern African nations are reeling from a two-year drought.
US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon
US forces have carried out a raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the US military says. They were killed “through a combination of small arms fire and precision air strikes” in the Marib governorate, east of Sanaa, on Tuesday morning. The primary objective of the operation was to gather intelligence.
Greece fails to secure fresh bailout funds
Greece has failed to secure a deal to unlock the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout after talks with eurozone finance ministers broke down. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said there was still a gap “between what could be done and what some of us had expected should be done”. Nonetheless, he said they were “very close” to an agreement.
Terror in Manchester: 3,500 potential terrorists & 400 ISIS fighters back from Syria in UK
THE number of potential terrorists being watched in the UK at the time of the Manchester bombing has swelled to nearly 3,500 – but our security services are using powers to monitor them LESS than they did a year ago…Latest figures show the 3,000 potential terrorists monitored since 2015 has grown after the return of UK-born people who left to fight with ISIS. About 400 ISIS-trained fighters are believed to have returned from war zones in Syria and Iraq.
Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government
President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers. Trump’s proposal, to be released Tuesday, claims to balance the budget within a decade. But it relies on a tax plan for which the administration has provided precious little detail, the elimination of programs backed by many Republican lawmakers, and heavy use of accounting gimmicks.
An historic day at the Western Wall
US President Donald Trump stood alone in a rare moment of solitude before the Western Wall on Monday. He wore a black kippa and placed one hand on the ancient weathered stones, standing there in that pose for half a minute. When the contemplative moment was over, he placed a note in one of the Wall’s crevices and then walked backward for a few steps.
Exclusive: U.S., Japanese firms collaborating on new missile defense radars – sources
Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are working with Japanese partners on rival projects to develop new radars that will enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike, government and defense industry sources in Tokyo told Reuters. As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defense system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, other sources had said earlier.
Podesta Received 35 Million from Russia Advising Clinton-Obama
John Podesta, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national campaign chairman, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
Mark Zuckerberg: We Need a ‘Global Superstructure to Advance Humanity’
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated his belief that the world is in need of a “global superstructure” in a recent article from the New York Times Magazine.
Trump Officially Removes Obama’s Gun Ban from Social Security Administration Federal Code
The insane ban allowed the SSA to strip recipients of their Second Amendment Rights without due process. It allowed the SSA to investigate those who required help managing finances. These recipients were subject to a broad mental health analysis. It included treatable and temporary issues “like anxiety and depression to major issues like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”
CNN: “Obama Was the Next Best Thing to Jesus”
Last month, CNN’s political commentator Angela Rye compared former President Barack Obama to Jesus Christ. Yes, the Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, performed miracles, and rose from the dead. “Barack Obama had to be the next best thing to Jesus and here we are, just two months in and some change, there is issue after issue.”
Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free
How odd: During the eight years of one of America’s shadiest presidencies, not one Obama administration official went to prison. Or was convicted of a crime. Or even indicted. Sure, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held plenty of hearings. But while they called countless press conferences, not one Democrat ever was held accountable for the numerous crimes exposed by this and other Republican-controlled congressional panels.
WATCH: Your Child ‘Belongs to the State’: Lawmakers Claim the State Owns Your Child
Legislators in Texas have been working toward passing a host of laws to reform the state’s Child Protective Services agency. New legislation has been crafted to improve the agency which has seen multiple dilemmas resulting in detrimental safety problems for children in the state. There have been several bills introduced this year aimed at improving the agency. One bill, in particular, House Bill 39, seeks in part to require medical exams to be performed more quickly on children who have been newly placed into the foster care system.
The constitutional republic that our founders intended to create has become a monster, and it is time to tame that monster and restore the federal government to its proper size and scope. The left loves big government, because it allows them to impose their progressive vision of how the world should work on all the rest of us. This is why so many control freaks are drawn to liberal politics like moths to a flame. Power and control are very addicting drugs, and those that crave these things on the left are never satisfied. That is one of the reasons why the federal government just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. If our constitutional republic is going to survive, we have got to start putting the “limited” back in limited government. (Read More…)
Even though I write about our ongoing long-term economic collapse every day, I didn’t realize that things were this bad. In this article, I am going to show you that the average rate of growth for the U.S. economy over the past 10 years is exactly equal to the average rate that the U.S. economy grew during the 1930s. Perhaps this fact shouldn’t be that surprising, because we already knew that Barack Obama was the only president in the entire history of the United States not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent. Of course the mainstream media continues to push the perception that the U.S. economy is in “recovery mode”, but the truth is that this current era has far more in common with the Great Depression than it does with times of great economic prosperity. (Read More…)
Shock As President Trump In Israel Blows Off Promise To Move Embassy To Jerusalem Saying ‘That’s A Good One’
Shortly after landing in Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, President Trump shook hands with members of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)
While most cabinet members made do with a simple “Hello, Mr. President”, “Welcome to Israel”, or other pleasantries, Bennett took the opportunity to make a personal, if brief, appeal to the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.
“Welcome to Israel. It’s Jerusalem’s birthday, you know – 50 years,” Bennett told the president. “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.”
Trump responded to Bennett saying, “That’s a good one…” before moving on. You can read the rest of the story here on the IsraeliNationalNews.com website.
Hmm, interesting comment for the president to make, “that’s a good one”. Out of all the comments he could have said, that is the one comment, that in my mind, comes as close to “I’ve decided not to keep my campaign promise to move the embassy” as you can possibly get. True, you never know what Trump will do as we witnessed in the Comey firing, but as far as ominous signs go, this one bodes not well.
It is a far cry from his oft-repeated campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the same as the capital city of Israel, as we see here below:
Not only that, not once during his two day stay in the Holy Land have I heard President Trump utter a single sentence of support for Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel. If you have a link to a story or video showing him vocalizing support for Jerusalem and Israel, please post it in the comments section below.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995
For those of you who don’t know The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was sponsored by Sen. Bob Dole, signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton, and became enacted on November 8, 1995. The act stipulates that Jerusalem “should remain an undivided city” and “should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.”
The law further states that the above should occur no later than May 31, 1999 – but adds the famous “presidential waiver” clause allowing the president to suspend the law’s implementation for six months “if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.”
All three presidents since then – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – have availed themselves of this privilege, and the embassy has remained in Tel Aviv. Donald Trump campaigned hard on the promise that he would be the president who would finally buck the status quo and actually move the Embassy to Jerusalem. And this is where things get interesting.
On June 1, the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 will automatically take effect unless President Trump moves to stop it
As of the time of this writing, President Trump is physically in the nation of Israel, visiting Jerusalem. Is it possible he will make the announcement to move the Embassy to Jerusalem? Yes, it is possible though not likely probable. As previously stated, he has yet to utter word one regarding Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israel”.
But in exactly 9 days from today, on June 1st, the move to finally authorize the switch to Jerusalem will automatically be triggered. All Trump has to do is nothing, just let it happen. This is something that all presidents over the past 22 years did not have the guts to do. At the last second, they all signed the waiver to delay it for another 6 months.
In exactly 9 days from today, the world will know if Donald Trump is the true “agent of change” he promised to be, by allowing the waiver stopping the Embassy transfer to expire. But if he signs a new waiver, then you may rightly expect he will never authorize the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
If President Trump doesn’t fulfill the very promise that allowed him to win against all odds, if America refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then you would have to ask a very serious and sobering question. And that very simply is this.
What does God need America for anyway, and why should He continue to preserve us, if we cannot acknowledge that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel?
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s speech garnered wide-ranging praise Sunday for a speech urging Islam to “drive out” terrorists – – including comparisons to former President Ronald Reagan’s iconic speech to “tear down that wall” in Berlin…. (more)
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants the Justice Department to grant an ethics rule waiver to allow former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign…. (more)
CNBC — The Senate Intelligence Committee said ousted FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session. The committee said in a late Friday statement that it plans to schedule the hearing for after Memorial Day. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and any possible links between Moscow and the Trump campaign…. (more)
BOB UNRUH — The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is challenging the judgment of Robert Mueller, the former FBI chief who just this week was picked to head up a special investigation into alleged collusion by the Trump campaign with the Russian government in the 2016 presidential race…. (more)
BYRON YORK — How negative was press coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office? Far more than that of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or Bill Clinton, according to a new report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy…. (more)
CBS NEW YORK — From congressman to confessed felon, Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace hit rock bottom on Friday. In a surprise turn of events, Weiner admitted to a federal sex crime. As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, his estranged wife Huma Abedin put even further distance between them…. (more)
THE HACKER NEWS — If your PC has been infected by WannaCry – – the ransomware that wreaked havoc across the world last Friday – – you might be lucky to get your locked files back without paying the ransom of $300 to the cyber criminals. Adrien Guinet, a French security researcher from Quarkslab, has discovered a way to retrieve the secret encryption keys used by the WannaCry ransomware for free, which works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems…. (more)
NEWSMAX — The U.S. military carried out an airstrike Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, U.S. officials told Reuters…. (more)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 23
- Children Among 22 Dead in Bomb Attack During U.K. Campaign (Read More)
- ‘Please retweet’: Parents go online to find their children (Read More)
- Stars from Manchester and beyond express shock at bomb attack (Read More)
- Trump’s Budget Seeks Cuts to Taxes, Social Programs (Read More)
- Trump Proposes Selling Off Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve (Read More)
- Trump calls Nazi Holocaust ‘history’s darkest hour’ (Read More)
- If Kushner has a Mideast peace plan, it’s a secret so far (Read More)
- The Rise of the Amateur Oil Sleuths (Read More)
- Trump Says U.S. Committed to Israeli and Palestinian Peace (Read More)
- The Case That Could Doom Elizabeth Warren’s Wall Street Watchdog (Read More)
- German Fin Min sees deal for Greece in three weeks ‘if all goes well’ (Read More)
- Greece says lenders have moral, political, legal duty to meet obligations (Read More)
- Only Robots Can Tally What Large U.S. Pension Fund Pays in Fees (Read More)
- Big Brother Comes for Foreign Firms in China (Read More)
- WannaCry Malware Has Strong Links to Group Tied to North Korea, Symantec Says (Read More)
- The Future of Whole Foods Isn’t About Groceries (Read More)
- How to Deal With Negative Thoughts
- New Podcast: When You Are Misunderstood
- Five Things Every Leader Must Do
- The Great Danger of Orthodoxy
- 4 Keys to Wise Living
- Do We Really Need Unspoken Prayer Requests?
Pastor talks to ‘God’ on the phone during church service
“I actually have a direct line which I can call Him on and get instructions on how to proceed,” claims the man who goes by the name of Pastor Talent. “I got this when I was praying and I heard a voice telling me to call direct.” So now he calls God direct and they chat on the phone. The Citizen has a video of this guy that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the story:
In the video, the pastor can be seen holding his cellphone and responding to God’s questions, he claims.
He calls a woman from the crowd, and as she kneels down, he then starts receiving instructions from “heaven”.
“Hello, is this heaven? I have a woman here, what do you have to say about her? Oh … I should ask her who is Sibo,” he asks “heaven”. The woman then responds telling him who the said person is.
What does the Bible teach about abortion?
Jesse Johnson of The Cripplegate offers eight biblical truths about abortion. He writes:
1. The Bible teaches that a baby in the womb is alive, and is a person whom God is making. Those I know who have had an abortion all say this is the most critical issue for them. If they believed their fetus was a real person which an abortion would murder, then they would not have done it. But they all believed that at that point of development, what was inside of them doesn’t qualify as a person by their arbitrary standard.
First, it is important to note that a fetus is a human life. It is alive, and it is human, so there is really no other way to describe it (here is a graphic and info on a fetus at 12-weeks from a secular website, and it’s obviously a person). At 12 weeks, a baby has arms, fingers, eyes, and toes. He makes fists, faces, and all his organs are working, albeit still developing.
But the Bible says that before that point a fetus is a person. For example, King David declared:
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them (Psalm 139:15–16).
Before ultrasounds, David looked inside the womb and saw God at work. Before his frame was finished, God was at work, making him. God counted David as a person, with his days numbered, before he ever saw daylight.
This truth is not limited to David. Back when God introduced himself to Moses, who wrote the first book of the Bible, God asked: “Who has made man’s mouth? Is it not I?” (Exodus 4:11).
The mouth, by the way, is formed in week 6 of a baby’s life.
Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd.
Boyce College professor Denny Burk has a word of advice for pastors: A wise and courageous pastor will always remember the wisdom of Solomon when exhorting his people: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov.12:18). A good pastor is not going […]
Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan’s story
“Not really knowing better, I let them do a deliverance session on me. Basically, you sit in a chair, they command the demons to come up and speak, and then they get bound and cast out.” Morgan was immersed in a so-called “Deliverance Ministry,” in which he was introduced to the demons who dwelled within […]
The extreme teaching of Jennifer LeClaire
In a piece entitled “LeClaire spills ink over ‘sneaky squid spirit’ attack?” Churchwatch Central (CWC) begins by telling us that their article will show that Pentecostalism and charismaticism are enemies of each other. CWC points out that the Pentecostal AOG in America condemned the New Order of the Latter Rain, an early charismatic movement, for […]
Brian Brodersen Now Promoting Contemplative Mysticism?
A new report says Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor Brian Brodersen is an active promoter of contemplative mysticism. Last November Brodersen led the Calvary Chapel split, quit his leadership position at the Calvary Chapel Association, and announced he is establishing a new Calvary Chapel Global Network. Today a new EmergentWatch news article reports that Brodersen is […]
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Dr. Michael Brown Ruins His Credibility on His Own Facebook Wall, Then Deletes All the Evidence
Steven Kozar claims that Dr. Michael Brown lost all credibility on his Facebook wall by choosing to become a “cheerleader” for false teachers. Sadly, Dr. Brown, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar and host of The Line of Fire, has declined to compare the teaching of those who teach doctrines of devils (1 Tim […]
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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us
According to Steve McCranie of Leaving Laodicea, hidden sleeper cells have found a home in the visible Church. “These certain men have crept (pareisdúō) into the church unnoticed, or by stealth. The word means to ‘enter in craftily, under cover of darkness, like a thief,’” says McCranie. “They, like a terrorist sleeper cell, blend in […]
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“Many people are happy to say that Muslims and Christians believe in different gods based on what they think about Jesus. … Are the differences between Catholics and Protestants so stark that we could conclude that we believe in different gods?”
“Is worldliness a problem for the rich or for the poor? For those with many possessions or few? For people who live in a western society or a developing country?”
“Aging people experience progressive losses: parents, friends, colleagues, career, driver’s license, and perfect health. Then life-threatening health challenges are encountered, usually heart disease or cancer. And finally, there is the certainty of death. In these realities, though, there are implicit spiritual incentives to grow. Here are three ways to encourage and exhort the aging.”
I hear this question too, all the time: “Often I run across people at conferences or through e-mail who stop attending church because they can’t find the perfect church. What if you don’t have the perfect church in your community—what should you do?”
The heart of it: “even if the pastor must bring a confrontation, he must do it in a way that respects the person he is talking to.”
This is worth considering: “Could one of the lessons of Anthony Weiner’s fall be that we should take our digital technology more seriously as a potential stumbling block?”
Barry York takes a look at the idea of an age of accountability at which children become morally responsible for their sin.
We know that God tells us to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord—we get that. But what does that actually look like? The priorities Paul offers to this first-century Christian church can be helpful to twenty-first century Christian parents.
The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we can become. —Phil Jenkins
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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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