May 25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 25, 2017 |

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands to step up the fight against terrorism are set to resonate with his NATO partners when he visits the alliance headquarters for the first time on Thursday.

Former President Obama praised Angela Merkel’s leadership and encouraged her to stand up for a liberal world order, hours before the German chancellor was meeting his successor Donald Trump at a NATO summit.

Changes Republicans made to their health bill to help pass it through the House would undermine insurance markets and result in millions more people without insurance, the Congressional Budget Office said, an assessment that will likely complicate the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to sharing intelligence with the U.S., even after some U.K. officials began withholding security details from Washington over leak concerns.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House took the first step to back President Donald Trump’s initiative to expand the number of federal agents responsible for rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants. The House Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote Wednesday, approved a bill to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire as many as 10,000 deportation officers. The measure, H.R. 2406, also would provide 2,500 new detention guards and 60 new prosecutors.

Prime Minister Theresa May will leave the Group of Seven gathering in Sicily a day early to return to the U.K. as the country races to prevent further terrorist attacks from the network behind the Manchester suicide bombing.

OPEC extended oil production cuts for nine more months after last year’s landmark agreement failed to eliminate the global oversupply or achieve a sustained price recovery.

U.S. jobless-benefit claims are hovering near levels that continue to reflect a strong labor market, with figures little changed last week, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Initial benefit filings increased 1k to 234k (forecast was 238k).

AP Top Stories

A week after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was close to picking a new FBI director to replace the one he fired, the White House has decided to renew its search.

Authorities in the U.K. have announced the arrest of three more people in connection with Monday night’s concert bombing that left 22 dead and dozens more injured.

In a move meant primarily to appease President Donald Trump, NATO leaders said on Thursday that the alliance was joining the fight against the Islamic State. Every nation among the alliance’s 28 member states already support the effort in Iraq and Syria in some way, and several fly daily bombing missions targeting the terrorist group.

The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State’s military commander in Syria during operations in the north of the country, where the Russian-backed government forces are seizing more territory back from the jihadist group.

Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday.

A gigantic new research submarine designed by Russia will travel underneath ice floes, mapping its underwater surroundings with a pair of huge plane-like wings. The sub will help Moscow exploit its Arctic frontier as it prepares to harvest previously untouchable natural resources.

A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was discovered in North Carolina and had an estimated value of $500 million, a sheriff says.

Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said it launched an investigation into allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by its forces fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul.

California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn’t reach orbit as hoped.

BBC

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. The USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.

Americans who want to influence the new US government should learn Russian, US ex-Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Brazilian President Michel Temer has revoked a decree that deployed troops in the capital, Brasilia, to defend government buildings against protests. The decree was made on Wednesday when the government said police could not contain anti-government demonstrations.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has pressed ahead with plans to create a citizens’ assembly to draw up a new constitution.

A South Korean military court has given an army captain a suspended six-month prison sentence for having sex with another male soldier.

WND

Two men were shot to death in Tampa, Fla., allegedly by their teenage roommate, allegedly because the victims were neo-Nazi sympathizers, as was the gunman until his recent conversion to Islam.

Well over one-third of America’s adult college students believe that campus “safe spaces” are “absolutely necessary” to assist grown adults who are psychologically traumatized by hearing opinions with which they disagree.


The Briefing 05-25-17

The failure of integration and global jihad: Why are so many British youths being radicalized?

What should Christians think of espionage? Wrestling with the moral dimensions of spying

The post The Briefing 05-25-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top News – 5/25/2017

Too Far? L.A. Times Publishes Op-Ed About Putting a ‘Binding Curse’ on President Trump
Diane Wagman is an author who frequently writes op-eds for The Los Angeles Times newspaper. She wrote: I cast a spell on the president. I was not alone. Thousands of witches, believers and people like me all over the world performed “A Spell to Bind Donald Trump….

Polls: Americans Don’t Want Trump to Be Impeached
A majority of American voters say there is no evidence of collusion between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia and most are doubtful that investigations into the matter will lead to impeachment.

Trump Surges in Polls During First Foreign Trip
Rasmussen reports the president’s approval numbers rising to 48 percent from a recent low of 43, with disapproval at 52 percent, down from 57. The poll canvasses 500 likely voters per night for a three-day rolling average, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

China Accuses US Warship Of “Trespassing” In Disputed Waters, Warns It To “Leave Immediately
The U.S. patrol, the first of its kind since October, marks the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. One official said it was the first operation near a land feature which was included in a ruling last year against China by an international arbitration court in The Hague. The court invalidated China’s claim to sovereignty over large swathes of the South China Sea

Bad intel from Russia influenced Comey’s Clinton announcement: report
James Comey’s controversial decision to detail the FBI’s findings in the Hillary Clinton email case without Justice Department input was influenced by a dubious Russian document that the FBI now considers to be bad intelligence, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

ashington Dignitaries Gather to Celebrate Jerusalem Day, Call for Embassy Move
More than 100 lawmakers and religious leaders closely involved in U.S. government policy on the Middle East came out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem on Wednesday, Jerusalem Day. The celebration was hosted by the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) and took place in the Rayburn House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Rumored to be a Pick for U.S. Religious Freedom Ambassador
According to Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Brownback was “second to none” as far as advocacy for persecuted religious groups was concerned. Brownback, who is currently 60 years of age, is a conservative Catholic. He served over a decade in the U.S. senate prior to becoming the Governor of Kansas. At present, he is two years into his second term as Governor of Kansas.

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage, first such ruling in Asia
Until 2001, China listed homosexuality as a mental disorder, but it is not illegal to be gay. Many large cities have thriving gay scenes, although gay men and women still face a lot of family pressure to get married and have children.

Hamas calls for day of rage in support of hunger strikers
Hamas urged Palestinians in the West Bank to participate in a day of rage on Friday to support hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. “Hamas calls on our people to spark clashes with the Israeli occupation in a day of rage,” Hamas said in a statement on Wednesday night

Report: Netanyahu mulling radical plan for east Jerusalem neighborhoods
A plan to separate some of east Jerusalem’s neighborhoods was presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several months ago in a work meeting between the premier and MK Dr. Anat Berko (Likud). Berko accompanied her plan with a detailed map, aerial photographs and groundwork. The map in question was a map of the municipal areas of Jerusalem. At the center of it was marked a new border…whose purpose was to remove Israel’s municipal responsibility over a long list of Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

Evidence of 2,000-year-old battle for Jerusalem unearthed in City of David
To mark Jerusalem’s jubilee celebration commemorating the Six Day War, the Israel Antiquities Authority on Thursday unveiled rare relics from the 2,000-year-old battle for the capital that took place on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple. Findings, including well-preserved arrowheads and stone ballista balls, were discovered on the main street that ascended from the city’s gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Temple, which was excavated in recent years.

Report: Iran builds new underground ballistic missile factory
Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbors and Washington. “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years … We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully,” Fars quoted the head of the Republican Guard’s airspace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, as saying.

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef
A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by US media, the USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef. China said the US vessel had entered its waters “without permission” and its navy had warned it to leave.

Trump in Brussels for ‘tough’ Nato talks amid protests
US President Donald Trump is in Brussels for what his team is describing as “tough” talks with other members of the Nato military alliance. Nato has agreed to Mr Trump’s request to join the US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State. But he may also press members to pay their full financial share.

Boeing is building DARPA’s new hypersonic space plane
A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that it’s partnering with Boeing to build its next generation hypersonic space plane.

Brazil’s President Deploys Federal Troops to Quell Protests
Besieged by protests, Brazil’s president on Wednesday deployed federal troops to restore order in the capital, Brasília, after demonstrators calling for his ouster clashed with security forces. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann went on national television on Wednesday afternoon to insist that President Michel Temer was only trying to restore calm in the capital by calling in the troops to patrol some areas.

Jordan holds Israel responsible after Jews ‘dishonored al-Aqsa’
The Jordanian government has strongly condemned the presence of Jews at the al-Aqsa mosque complex on Wednesday after 15 Jews were arrested for bowing on the Temple Mount, where they are not allowed to pray, while others sang the Israeli national anthem. A statement from the Jordanian government slammed Israeli authorities for “allowing Jewish extremists to storm Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif,” which they said “violated the sanctity of the mosque and offended the feelings of Muslims around the world.”

Philippines deploys helicopters in battle to retake city from Islamist rebels
Troops backed by attack helicopters battled dozens of militants linked to the Islamic State group holed up in a besieged city in the southern Philippines on Thursday after attempts to secure volatile areas met heavy resistance. The army sent about 100 soldiers, including U.S.-trained special forces, to retake buildings and streets in mainly Muslim Marawi City held by militants of the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

The Trump Collapse Scapegoat Narrative Has Now Been Launched
“I have been warning since long before the election that Trump’s presidency would be the perfect vehicle for central banks and international financiers to divert blame for the economic crisis that would inevitably explode once the Fed moved firmly into interest rate hikes. Every indication since my initial prediction shows that this is the case. The media was building the foundation of the narrative from the moment Trump won the election.”

Another Insurer Quits Obamacare Leaving 25 Counties In Missouri With No Healthcare Options
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City has just joined the growing ranks of insurers across the country that have decided they’ve lost just about enough money on Obamacare and their exit will leave 25 counties in Missouri with zero healthcare options in 2018.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement to Be Awarded Peace Prize
The Black Lives Matter movement will receive the Sydney Peace Prize, an award given by the Sydney Peace Foundation — part of the University of Sydney — and be honored at an event in the city in November, the foundation announced this week.

Manchester attack: Who was Salman Abedi?
Police have named 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi as the person suspected of carrying out the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

If a nuclear bomb explodes nearby, here’s why you should never, ever get in a car
No one could fault you for panicking after the sight and roar of a nuclear blast. But there is one thing you should never do, according to Brooke Buddemeier, a health physicist and radiation expert at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Hannity Says Liberal Fascists After Sponsors
Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.


Handout Nation: Combined Enrollment In America’s 4 Largest Safety Net Programs Hits A Record High Of 236 Million

Margaret Thatcher once said that the problem with socialism “is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”.  As you will see below, the combined enrollment in America’s four largest safety net programs has reached a staggering 236 million.  Of course that doesn’t mean that 236 million people are getting benefits from the government each month because there is overlap between the various programs.  For example, many Americans that are on Medicaid are also on food stamps, and many Americans that are on Medicare are also on Social Security.  But even accounting for that, most experts estimate that the number of Americans that are dependent on the federal government month after month is well over 100 million.  And now that so many people are addicted to government handouts, can we ever return to a culture of independence and self-sufficiency? (Read More…)


How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go?

On Wednesday we posted a piece by Amy Spreeman of Berean Research entitled “Who Are Family Research Council’s Watchmen On the Wall?” where she revealed who these so-called watchmen are and what the Watchman on the Wall gathering is all about.  Amy decided to do some more digging into pro-family groups, starting with the Family Research Council and what she discovered about this organization will come as a surprise to many of you. Thanks to Amy’s digging, those who’ve helped keep FRC in business by supporting them financially will learn where their money has been spent. She writes:

How do you discover which networks of Apostles are working together to reclaim America and build God’s Kingdom here on earth? You click. Just keep clicking, and clicking, and clicking some more, until things click. It takes time to research, and if you’re looking for an easy, bullet-point list of what I’m sharing in this report, you should put this aside for when you have time to investigate.

This morning I reported on the Family Research Council’s Watchman On the Wall meeting in Washington D.C., which continued today and features several NAR speakers who teach a different gospel.

After doing a little more digging on this Watchman organization, I found a disturbingly large network of ecumenical groups working together in what the New Apostolic Reformation calls the “Cultural Sphere of influence” in its 7 Mountain Mandate. (If you can take dominion of these seven spheres, you can activate Jesus’ return, as the modern Apostles teach.)

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Feeding Sheep Or Amusing Goats

We discovered the following essay by Archibald Brown, who was a student and contemporary of Charles Spurgeon, in Apprising Ministries‘ archives. Brown expressed his view of entertainment in the Church and his words still ring true today:

Photo credit: Ken Silva

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most short-sighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil.

It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.

From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

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Survey: On Most Moral Issues Americans Are More Permissive Than Ever

For whatever reason, we are failing to be faithful to Christ and his call to proclaim the gospel when we allow Scripture to be perverted and rejected by those who claim to be our fellow believers. Given the choice, many people would certainly prefer to be able to endorse fornication, polygamy, and suicide, and so on, and still be able to consider themselves “good Christian folk.” But that isn’t an option, and we shouldn’t pretend that the moral requirements of Scripture are optional for Christians.

The Story: According to a new Gallup survey, a record number of Americans now consider behaviors that the Bible condemns to be “morally acceptable.”

The Background: Since the early 2000s, Gallup has tracked Americans’s views on the moral acceptability of various issues and behaviors. The overall trend clearly points toward a higher level of acceptance of a number of behaviors that the Bible clearly condemns. In fact, Gallup notes, the moral acceptability ratings for eight of the 19 issues measured since the early 2000s are at record highs.

The first number in each category list the number who consider the behavior to be “morally acceptable,” while the second number is the percentage that consider it to be “morally wrong.” The third number is the percent change from 2001 to 2017. An asterisk indicates and issue that is at a record high level of acceptance.

  • Sex between an unmarried man and woman* — 69 / 28 (16 percent)
  • Gay or lesbian relations* — 63 / 33 (23 percent)
  • Having a baby outside of marriage* — 62 / 33 (17 percent since 2002)
  • Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos — 61 / 33 (9 percent since 2002)
  • Doctor assisted suicide* — 57 / 37 (8 percent)
  • Abortion — 43 / 49 (1 percent)
  • Pornography* — 36 / 61 (6 percent)
  • Sex between teenagers — 36 / 59 (4 percent since 2013)
  • Suicide — 18 / 76 (6 percent)
  • Polygamy* — 17 / 80 (9 percent)
  • Married men and women having an affair — 9 / 88 (2 percent)

As Gallup notes: “Of the 19 issues included in this year’s poll, 13 show meaningful change in a liberal direction over time, regardless of whether they are currently at their high point in Gallup’s trend. No issues show meaningful change toward more traditionally conservative positions compared with when Gallup first measured them.”

Why it Matters: Currently, a majority of Americans now believe that fornication between adults, homosexual behavior, having a child outside of marriage, and doctor-assisted killing to be “morally acceptable.” If the current trends continue, in 10 years (2027) more than one in four Americans will also consider polygamy and suicide to be morally acceptable.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 25, 2017

Obama Doubled Your Health Care Premium

HHS report shows that average premiums have doubled since ObamaCare’s full implementation. But Republicans are bad?

The Foundation

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison (1792)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 25

  • World stocks hit record after Fed minutes (Read More)
  • OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months to fight glut (Read More)
  • Father and Brother of Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya (Read More)
  • In testing Montana vote for Trump, Republican caught up in brawl (Read More)
  • NATO to Take New Counterterrorism Measures (Read More)
  • Trump’s Toxic Budget Is a Cheap Win With the Right People (Read More)
  • Pope ‘terrific’, Saudi ‘spectacular’: Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds Squeezed by World’s Highest Rents Are Moving Out (Read More)
  • Talent Battle: Hedge Funds vs. Silicon Valley (Read More)
  • China Hitches Yuan to the Dollar, Buying Rare Calm (Read More)
  • China’s Downgrade Could Lead to a Mountain of Debt (Read More)
  • Data Mining to Find Tax Cheaters (Read More)
  • In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing’s claims in South China Sea (Read More)
  • Change and Culture Collide in America’s Prison Capital (Read More)
  • Iran says it has built third underground ballistic missile factory (Read More)
  • Indonesian police launch raid as Jakarta attacks linked to Islamic State (Read More)
  • Lack of new launches leaves Ford playing catchup with GM (Read More)
  • Ford to name new heads for Europe, Asia: FT (Read More)
  • Deerfield Partners Snared in Probe of Leaking Consultants (Read More)
  • Beijing Moves to Ease Jitters Over Converted Commercial Housing (Read More)
  • Trump Turns His Back on International Tourists (Read More)
  • Israeli police question U.S. casino mogul Adelson in Netanyahu probe (Read More)
  • Philippines deploys helicopters in battle to retake city from Islamist rebels (Read More)
  • Sears posts first quarterly profit in nearly two years on cost cuts (Read More)
  • Best Buy quarterly comparable sales rise unexpectedly (Read More)
  • Why a Giant New Eataly Won’t Sell Parmesan Cheese or Parma Ham (Read More)

A La Carte (May 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles, as usual. You know how it goes…

Westminster Books is offering a good discount on a number of books, including the KNOW series by The Gospel Coalition.

The Most Marginalized Minority

“Is it possible, despite our allegiance to justice and compassion, that we have left the disabled on the fringes, that we are guilty of being selective in our compassion? Have we neglected to ‘invite . . . the crippled, the lame, the blind’ to the feast of grace (Luke 14:13)?”

The Weight of the Church

“Finding a solid local church is more important than finding a dream job or attending a dream college, for the simply reason that God has determined to shepherd His people to glory through the ministry of the local church.”

How Do I Forgive Someone Who Refuses to Say Sorry? (Video)

This is a great answer to a common question.

These Present Sufferings

Mark Johnston writes about the horror in Manchester. “The grief of those affected has been broadcast widely and it is impossible not to be deeply touched by their anguish – anguish repeatedly expressed in gut-wrenching groans. No matter how much the media and its pundits try to make sense of what has happened, words are inadequate to plumb the depths of pain.” (Also, read this article by a pastor in the Manchester area.)

How the Post Office Made America (Video)

It turns out the humble post office played an outsized role in American history.

Running to the Pantry of Good Works

Legalism is a sneaky foe. Erik says, “I am not a legalist, and you probably aren’t either. However, I still leave the pantry door of good works open. I suspect you do too.”

6 Ways to Avoid Delayed Adulthood

“How can the next generation move toward maturity? How can adolescents grow into young adults? How can college students move through the college years with increasing integrity, character, maturity, skill, and productivity?”

Flashback: Can You Help Me Find a Good Church

How can you find a church in a new area? I recommend beginning with a handful of church directories, each of which lists like-minded churches. Here are the best three I know of.

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves. —Joni Eareckson Tada


Top Headlines – 5/25/2017

Trump promises peace push after ‘fantastic’ pope talks

US secretary of state: Trump pressured Israel, Palestinians to renew peace talks

Tillerson: Trump ‘Put a Lot of Pressure’ on Netanyahu and Abbas to Compromise

Netanyahu: ‘Israel is not responsible for delaying resolution of the conflict’

Mahmoud Abbas’ office: ‘Netanyahu’s remarks hurt peace efforts’

Trump visit could cost Netanyahu dearly

US said pushing Israel to transfer parts of West Bank to PA administrative rule

The ‘ultimate deal’? Trump’s Middle East peace plan is actually 15 years old

Dating conflict at 50 years old, Trump appears to quietly adopt Arab stance

Jerusalem Day Celebration Underscores Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Education Minister Naftali Bennett: ‘We will not divide the land with our enemies’

Netanyahu: Temple Mount will forever remain under Israel’s control

Trump Says He Prayed for Wisdom From God While Touching Western Wall

Jordan slams Israel for allowing violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

Hamas to execute top terrorist’s ‘assassins’ on Thursday

How Facebook flouts Holocaust denial laws except where it fears being sued

New database charts 20,000 at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East

PM says US agreed to boost Israel military aid amid concern over Saudi deal

Israel’s next security concern: A Middle East arms race

Russian defense minister boasts about arms upgrade

Fake Israel story exposes real tensions between Qatar and Gulf

US raid killed five Yemen civilians, says rights group disputing official story

US looking into upping sanctions on Iran, Treasury head says

Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘using chemical weapons’

NATO rolls out the red carpet, buffs its image for Trump

European Leaders Hope to Win Trump’s Favor

Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings

Trump has done what Obama didn’t: Scare NATO into tracking defense spending

Trump’s Anti-Terrorism Call Resonates at NATO After Manchester Attack

London ‘furious’ at US for Manchester bomb probe leaks

After intel leak, UK freezes out US on Manchester bombing

Manchester bombing probe expands with arrests on two continents

Manchester Arena bomb maker at large and could strike again

With threat ‘very high’, France set to extend state of emergency

Armed Troops Patrol British Landmarks After Manchester Attack

Report: Manchester Bomber Was Child Of Libyan Refugees

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi’s father and brothers arrested in Libya, linked to ISIS, Al Qaeda

Bomber’s father fought against Gaddafi regime with ‘terrorist’ group

Indonesian president urges calm after suspected suicide attacks in Jakarta

Philippines’ Duterte may place entire country under martial law if the threat of Islamic State spreads

Mindanao: Churchgoers ‘taken hostage’ amid Marawi siege

In a First Under Trump, a U.S. Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in the South China Sea

N. Korea calls S. Korea’s border firing reckless provocation

North Korea threat: US official warns ‘inevitable’ regime develops ICBM

Why China’s Growing Debt Load Worries the World

Brazil’s president struggles to retain power as political crisis deepens

Brazil’s Temer deploys army as protesters battle police

Get Ready to Unpack for Airport Security – Travelers should expect new procedures at TSA checkpoints

‘Trump trauma’ on the way out? Political anxiety appears to be fading, says psychiatric survey

Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news

Black Lives Matter awarded 2017 Sydney peace prize

Trump wants to deport MS-13 gang members. El Salvador is dreading their return.

Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower

Ex-Trump adviser Page rips Obama-era ‘surveillance,’ wants to testify in public

Sean Hannity loses advertisers amid uproar over slain DNC staffer conspiracy theories

Moscow discussed swaying Trump via advisers, US intel said to find

In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too

Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program

China shuts some live streaming sites, punishes companies

UCF student hacks system to change failing grade, police say

Raccoon causes thousands to lose power

NJ Emergency Alert System Accidentally Activates, Sends Nuclear Warnings to Some TVs

Area 51: Leaked video purports alien craft being tested at secret military base

Boeing is building DARPA’s new hypersonic space plane

Scientists Find Extra Layer Of Plate Tectonics Causing Mystery Tremors Across The Pacific

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikolski, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Malili, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tambakrejo, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Vaini, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 34,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 19,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Langila volcano in Papau New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Update Calls For An Above-Average Number Of Storms

Deadly Chetek Tornado Was One of Wisconsin’s Longest on Record

Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal

Scientists race against time as Yemen’s deadly cholera outbreak spirals

Zika Virus Was Spreading Quietly a Year Before Anyone Knew, Gene Study Shows

U.S. Senate’s McConnell sees tough path for passing healthcare bill

23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

Another Insurer Quits Obamacare Leaving 25 Counties In Missouri With No Healthcare Options

ObamaCare on federal exchanges increased by average 105% since ’13: report

Drug counselors overdose at addiction facility

Hormone injections help spread the love between strangers, study shows

Patriots to sponsor LGBT ‘Gay Bowl’

Children Must Be Taught Transgenderism, Homosexuality Starting in Nursery School, Teachers Say

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Same-Sex Marriage Is Not A Western Idea, Says Lead Lawyer In Historic Taiwan Ruling

Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.

Christianity Growing in North Korea Despite Persecution, Defector Says

Who are Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall”?

What is the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM)?

An example of NAR Spiritual Fathers, Spirit of Sonship and Orphan Spirit heresy in false prophecy

Update on Warren Smith

Kong Hee, City Harvest leaders permanently barred from managing charities

Man, 70, accuses Miami Gardens pastor of taking his dream home

New York ‘Concerned Clergy for Choice’ Group Gathers in State Capitol in Support of Abortion, Contraception

Judge Finds No Recourse for Mother Whose Son Obtained Hormone Treatments Without Parental Consent

Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic

LA Times Publishes Editorial Encouraging Casting Spells on President Trump

Archaeologists Find Evidence of Jerusalem’s Destruction 2,000 Years Ago

Posted: 25 May 2017 08:01 AM PDT

As Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem this week, archaeologists have found evidence of the battle for Jerusalem two millennia ago…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Trump Reveals Contents of His Silent Prayer to God During Historic Visit to the Western Wall

Posted: 25 May 2017 06:22 AM PDT

President Donald Trump made history on Monday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to pray and leave a note at the Western Wall…

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Woman marries a train Station claiming she’s spent 36 years in love with it!

Posted: 25 May 2017 06:13 AM PDT

A Californian woman has “married” a train station called Daidra after spending 36 years in love with it.  Carol Santa Fe, 45, from San Diego,…

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The Social Fabric of America Is Eroding

Posted: 25 May 2017 06:06 AM PDT

(By U.S Senator Mike Lee) Our nation, today, faces very real economic challenges. Economic growth during the recovery has been meager and uneven.  The U.S….

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Taiwan War Games Simulating Chinese Island Attack

Posted: 25 May 2017 05:55 AM PDT

Taiwan’s military practiced repelling a simulated Chinese assault on an outlying island group on Thursday as part of annual military drills addressing the threat from…

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Iran builds third underground ballistic missile factory…

Posted: 25 May 2017 05:50 AM PDT

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US warship challenges Beijing claims in South Sea…

Posted: 25 May 2017 05:45 AM PDT

China on Thursday accused the US of trespassing after an American warship sailed near a reef claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, the…

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Hawaii Is Preparing a New Nuclear Contingency Plan Because of North Korea

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:34 PM PDT

(Reported By Sarah Emerson) FOIA documents show the Hawaii Department of Defense is about to revamp its emergency plans for a nuclear missile attack.  Growing…

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Villains in Upcoming Video Game are Christian Right-Wing Extremists

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:20 PM PDT

Far Cry 5 will tell the story of a militant Christian cult, if a piece of artwork released today by publisher Ubisoft is any indication….

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California Scientists Warns “The Big One is Going to Happen, No Matter How Much You Want to Deny it”

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:13 PM PDT

Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California.  But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US attack on North Korea imminent?

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:08 PM PDT

The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman — setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with…

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Target Boycott Reaches 1.5 Million; Retailer Won’t Back Down on Bathrooms

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:02 PM PDT

Despite slumping sales, falling stock prices, and 1.5 million people signing a pledge not to shop at Target, the retail giant still has no plans…

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New ISIS video shows Las Vegas landmarks

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:57 PM PDT

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Crosshairs Now on Hannity as Advertisers Begin Pulling Ads

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:49 PM PDT

A number of companies have pulled ads from Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show Hannity after he pledged to continue investigating circumstances surrounding the death…

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North Korean Nuclear Threat ‘Inevitable’ if left Unchecked

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:45 PM PDT

North Korea will eventually obtain a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States if left unchecked, a top US intelligence official said.  “If left…

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Vets Outraged After HOA Limits When American Flags Can Be Displayed

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:41 PM PDT

Residents in a Georgia neighborhood are outraged after their homeowners association said they can only display American flags outside their homes 23 days out of the…

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New Madrid Awakening? Quake Swarm Happening In Missouri Following Quake in Ohio

Posted: 24 May 2017 03:39 PM PDT

According to earlier reports, A Magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck about a mile south of McArthur in Vinton County, southeast Ohio. The epicenter was just off…

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Blasphemous Comedy Will Make You Sick to Your Stomach

Posted: 24 May 2017 03:19 PM PDT

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DISTRESS OF NATIONS: Troops deployed, ministries evacuated as violent protesters smash govt buildings in Brazil

Posted: 24 May 2017 03:13 PM PDT

Brazilian government ministries have been evacuated amid massive protests in the country’s capital, Brasilia. Demonstrators reportedly attacked and even “plundered” some ministerial buildings. Police responded…

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Manchester Arena bomb maker at large and could strike again

Posted: 24 May 2017 03:07 PM PDT

The person who made the bomb that blew up Manchester Arena is still at large and could strike again at any time. Intelligence services now…

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‘The View’ Bashes Trump as Unpresidential for Calling Terrorists ‘Evil Losers’

Posted: 24 May 2017 03:00 PM PDT

Following the horrific terror attack in Manchester, England, President Trump slammed the terrorists behind the bombing, calling them “evil losers.”  On “The View” on Tuesday,…

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Which Boat Are You In?

Posted: 24 May 2017 01:36 PM PDT

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Why the Date of Trump’s Visit to Israel Is Significant

Posted: 24 May 2017 12:40 PM PDT

(By Steve Strang) Sundown May 23 marks the beginning of “Jerusalem Day,” celebrated all over the world by Jews—the 50th anniversary of the day Jerusalem…

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2 explosions rock Jakarta, Indonesia, in suspected suicide bombing

Posted: 24 May 2017 12:23 PM PDT

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Sun Releases CME Towards Earth

Posted: 24 May 2017 12:14 PM PDT

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DEVELOPING: At least three people have been stabbed in Manhattan, NY

Posted: 24 May 2017 12:08 PM PDT

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Earthquake reported in southeastern Ohio

Posted: 24 May 2017 12:02 PM PDT

An earthquake has been reported in southeast Ohio.  According to the United States Geological Survey website, the quake happened about a mile south of McArthur…

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DEVELOPING: Mysterious Tremors Felt Across the Pacific….

Posted: 24 May 2017 11:52 AM PDT

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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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