May 26, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 26, 2017 |

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The deadly terror attack in the U.K. has catapulted security to the top of the agenda for the world’s most powerful leaders meeting in Sicily. Italy, the Group of Seven host, said the summit aimed to “deliver the strongest possible message of extraordinary and common commitment against terrorism.” Still, the nations gathered do not see eye to eye on trade, immigration and climate change.

German carmakers found themselves at the receiving end of renewed attacks by President Donald Trump, who reportedly chided them for selling too many vehicles in the U.S., contributing to a lopsided German trade surplus that’s hurting the U.S. economy.

The U.K. is furious that American officials gave away the name of the suspected suicide bomber, and images of his improvised explosive device to U.S. media, while British police race to prevent further attacks from the same network.

A Republican won a special election for a U.S. House seat in Montana, even after being charged with assaulting a reporter the day before polls opened, in a race seen as a referendum on Trump.

Taiwan’s historic court ruling this week did more than make it the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples wed: It also widened the political gap with China.

The U.S. and Russia are engaged in a rivalry for dominance once again, this time in the wheat market. After Russia recently pulled ahead, the U.S. has fought back, with the help of a weaker dollar. One irony of the situation is that the U.S. is taking market share partly as the FBI investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s aides and Russia. The probe has weakened the greenback and made American grain cheaper for overseas buyers.

Wal-Mart and other retailers have beat back the finance industry’s latest lobbying campaign to let banks charge stores higher fees when customers use debit cards.

Longer life spans and disappointing investment returns will help create a $400 trillion retirement-savings shortfall in about three decades, a figure more than five times the size of the global economy, according to a World Economic Forum report.

Future military dominance will depend partly on how fast you can fly and how quickly you can get into space. That’s one of the guiding principles behind an advanced Pentagon project to build a spacecraft able to launch smaller payloads into low-earth orbit on short notice, and lower cost.

Imax says the initial reception to VR content-often around 10 minutes, at $1 / min.-at the Imax VR center in L.A. has been so enthusiastic that it’s increasing the number of locations, to 11 from 6, for the rollout. On May 26 the company will open its second VR parlor in the U.S. at a multiplex in Manhattan. A total of five U.S. centers are planned, as well as locations in Tokyo; Shanghai; Toronto; Manchester, England; the Middle East; and France.

AP Top Stories

Fireworks erupted Thursday when President Trump’s budget chief sparred with a Senate panel over the administration’s proposed 2018 budget, most notably trading barbs with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over potential cuts to entitlement programs.

Four inmates remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds a day after California correctional officers opened fire to quell a mass attack on eight prison guards by more than 100 inmates.

A pregnant teenager – an honor student with straights A’s – has been branded “immoral” by her school and told she cannot attend its graduation ceremony. Officials at Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, said Maddi Runkles, 18, was not welcome at the event because she had to be held “accountable for her immorality”.

Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of a city, capturing Christians, seizing and torching buildings and setting free scores of prisoners.

Amid growing tensions in the Korean peninsula over North Korea’s continued missile tests, the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is seen as a critical part of efforts to lessen North Korea’s leverage from asymmetric weapons, a top American military commander in Seoul said Thursday.

BBC

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 26 people and wounding 25 others, state media report.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban on a military base in Kandahar province.

The German government plans to fine parents up to $2,806 if they fail to get medical advice about vaccinating their children.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard University under rainy skies to give a graduation speech and receive an honorary degree. The world’s fifth-richest person, worth $62.3bn famously dropped out of Harvard after launching the global social-networking website.

A historic summit in Australia has called for a new formal body to represent the nation’s indigenous peoples in parliament. More than 250 indigenous leaders met in Uluru to discuss how to best recognize Australia’s first inhabitants.

The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich countries by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new report.

The United States has admitted that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air strike it carried out in Mosul in March.

WND

President Trump ordered the Justice Department and other agencies to conduct a “complete review” of government leaks of sensitive information and hunt for culprits in the wake of a furor with Great Britain over publicly revealed intelligence.

The complaint of a single resident of a planned community of hundreds of homes in California prompted the homeowners association board to banish four Christian groups that had been meeting in a common building, some for nearly a decade.


The Briefing 05-26-17

New research shows “existential distress,” not pain, main reason why people choose assisted suicide

Should religious organizations have to give up convictions to help foster children? TX bill says no.

How John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago on Monday, became an iconic figure

Friday Book Recommendation: “Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World”

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Top News – 5/26/2017

78% of Israelis say peace not possible, split if PM serious to make deal
Some 78% of Israelis believe there is no chance of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians, despite the efforts of US President Donald Trump, according to a Panels Research poll taken for Maariv on Wednesday and released on Thursday. Only 18% believe it is possible to reach such an agreement, while 4% do not know, according to the poll of 542 Israeli adults who constitute a statistical sample of the population with a margin of error of 4.3%.

Israel’s eyes in the sky gather intel in a shifting Middle East
The Air Force’s reconnaissance aircraft have been flying more intelligence missions in light of rising threats along Israel’s borders and the continuing wave of Palestinian violence in the West Bank. The small and unassuming Sde Dov Airport is tucked between the city’s Tel Aviv Port and the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, taking civilians away on vacation. But the hybrid civilian/military airport is also where the air force’s First Squadron planes is based, and took off to fly at least 6,000 hours in 2016 alone.

Egypt Coptic Christians killed in bus attack
At least 23 people have been killed and 25 wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, state media report. The incident occurred in Minya province, 250km (155 miles) south of Cairo, as the bus headed to a church. There have been a number of attacks on Copts in recent months claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

G7 leaders gather for ‘robust’ talks in Sicily
US President Donald Trump is attending a G7 summit with leaders of the world’s major economies in Sicily, Italy, on the last leg of his first foreign trip. A tough debate is expected on issues including trade and climate change. The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. The EU also has representatives.

Brazil protests: Temer revokes decree deploying troops in Brasilia
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. However, the move was strongly criticised by city authorities and the opposition.

Libya: breeding and training ground for jihadists
Feeding on the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, jihadists have used the country to recruit and export militants. Salman Abedi, the man suspected of carrying out the attack on a pop concert in Manchester that killed 22 people and wounded dozens, was born in Britain but visited Libya before the bombing that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties
The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.

Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech. Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator. “Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech.

Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill at least 25; dozens missing
Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 25 people while dozens are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations. The early rainy season downpours have forced hundreds of people from their homes across the Indian Ocean island. “There are at least five landslides reported in several places in Kaluthara,” said police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody, referring to the worst-hit district on the island’s west coast.

Planned Parenthood executives joke about decapitating fetuses in new video
Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday.

Patriots to sponsor LGBT ‘Gay Bowl’
…The stick to sports crowd usually targets players or media personalities. Now they may have to say it to an entire organization. This weekend the Patriots announced they will sponsor the 2017 Gay Bowl, which is a national championship flag football built with teams from the LGBT community.

Twitter Suspends WND For Seth Rich Story
“We have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.  While in this state, you can still browse Twitter, but you’re limited to only sending Direct Messages to your followers – no Tweets, Retweets, or likes.”

US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month
Coalition-led airstrikes in Syria killed a total of 225 civilians between April 23 and May 23, the highest 30-day death toll for U.S.-led forces since the campaign began, Agence France-Presse reported. That’s nearly double the number of intended targets…

Trump Travel Ban Blocked; Fight Headed For Supreme Court
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries.

Jared Kushner “Under FBI Scrutiny” In Russia Probe: NBC
“Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.”

Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!’
While terrorism may top President Donald Trump’s agenda, European leaders keep pressing him on climate change and the environment. French President Emmanuel Macron worked on Trump during lunch Thursday, urging the U.S. president not to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement on climate change before getting on a plane to Sicily, Italy.

Charlie Daniels’ Open Letter to Chuck Schumer: You’ve Opened Pandora’s Box
Sen. Schumer, I don’t live in your constituency, but in the larger picture, you live in mine and every other legal, taxpaying American citizen who is affected by the power you hold in your political party, your blind allegiance to it and the obstructionist posture to anything that doesn’t directly benefit it.

Trump Pledges That Leakers Will Be ‘Prosecuted To The Fullest Extent Of The Law’
Donald Trump pledged that those in his administration who are leaking sensitive information will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” In a statement Thursday, the president said he has asked the Department of Justice to launch “a complete review” into leaks, which he finds “deeply troubling” because they pose “a grave threat” to national security.

The Syrian Airfield The US Hit Is Back In Business
In the past week, the Syrians began returning Su-22 and MiG-23 fighter jets back to Shayrat airfield, which the US military attacked on April 6 with 59 Tomahawk missiles. The aircraft returning to Shayrat had been distributed throughout regime-controlled portions of the country, defense officials


Fighting the Politicized, Evidence-Free ‘Collusion with Russia’ Narrative

According to Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review, the ‘Russian collusion’ scandal is completely manufactured. No question that the Russians hoped to influence the election outcome but no one can say whether they actually did, including former CIA director John Brennan who recently answered a slew of questions before the House Intelligence Committee. The end result? “After all this time and effort, Democrats are unable to show that Trump and his minions did anything wrong,” says former assistant U.S. attorney McCarthy. In a column he penned, he makes the case that there is not a smidgen of evidence that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians.  There is collusion, though — between the liberal media and the Democrats. More from McCarthy:

If police believe bank robbers were hoping for inside help on a heist, they don’t hold a press conference to smear the bank manager with their suspicions about “collusion.” They go about the quiet police work of building a conspiracy case. Unless and until they find concrete evidence and are ready to file formal charges, they keep their big mouths shut. Those rudimentary rules of the road are worth remembering when we consider the transparently political testimony of former Obama-administration CIA director John Brennan before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday.

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Planned Parenthood executives joke about decapitating fetuses in new video

Bradford Richardson of Washington Times has the story:

Photo credit: Godspeak Calvary Chapel

Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday.

The three-minute video was recorded at an annual National Abortion Federation meeting by pro-life investigators with the Center for Medical Progress. The advocacy group said it’s just a preview of never-before-seen content that has been sealed for almost two years due to legal fights.

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May 26, 2017
WES VERNON — The mainstream media apparently have decided the bungling Democrat Party (and some scared rabbits in the GOP) are doing an inadequate job of getting President Trump booted from the White House. Therefore, they themselves (those same media types) want to be the de facto engine to bring forth the charges (i.e., new “facts”) that will bring our 45th president to his supposedly deserved doom…. (more)

May 25, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — One of the big problems with the media is that journalists publish so many things that aren’t true, especially when they are writing about people in positions of power whom they want to pursue their liberal agendas…. (more)

May 25, 2017

ALETEIA — From The Daily Mail: When Melania Trump recited The Lord’s Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with ‘Let us pray’ and ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ when she introduced the president that evening: She’s a practicing Roman Catholic…. (more)


May 25, 2017

GARTH KANT — It’s the kind of crazy scenario that only Washington could invent: Democrats are now accusing the president of covering up a non-crime. The good news for President Trump is that the Russia collusion scandal appears to be dying because there is no evidence…. (more)


May 25, 2017
NEWSMAX — Journalist Sharyl Attkisson is not buying the claims President Donald Trump and/or his campaign had any improper ties to Russia. Attkisson spoke Wednesday with Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg and was asked about the alleged collusion between the two parties, of which there is no hard evidence…. (more)

May 25, 2017
BYRON YORK — Former CIA Director John Brennan’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday rekindled the hopes of Democrats and others searching for proof that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. But Brennan gave the committee old information – – he frankly admitted it was old – – that did not take into account what has been learned in recent months from other sources…. (more)

May 25, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Twitter, whose founder has expressed regret that his organization’s advocacy for free speech may have contributed to Donald Trump’s election as president, on Wednesday suspended for 12 hours WND.com’s account for a headline tweet on Donna Brazile’s involvement in the scandal developing over the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich…. (more)

May 25, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Democrats and much of the mainstream news media Wednesday poured cold water on the the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act, citing a report from the Congressional Budget Office that the legislation to begin dismantling Obamacare would result in 23 million uninsured in the next 10 years…. (more)

May 25, 2017

LEO HOHMANN — The British have not yet buried their dead from the jihadist massacre at a Manchester, England, concert hall, but that hasn’t stopped the Council on American-Islamic Relations from beating the drum of its favorite meme – – “Islamophobia.”… (more)


May 24, 2017

CIRCA — The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community…. (more)


May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Manchester massacre underscores complaints from counterterrorism analysts that Europe has fallen into denial about the threat of Islamic terrorism. For instance, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on record as saying terrorism is “part and parcel” of urban life…. (more)

May 24, 2017
THE HILL — Sen. Rand Paul intends to force a vote on a $110 billion defense deal President Trump signed with Saudi Arabia, according to an aide to the Kentucky Republican…. (more)

May 24, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — Some big names in media and politics are demanding to know: Why won’t anyone thoroughly investigate the mysterious murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich and its possible connection to DNC emails leaked to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign?… (more)


May 24, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Another day, another media hit on President Donald Trump, it seems. This one, from The Associated Press, who apparently hired a freelancer who went above and beyond journalistic duties to sneak her way into a “closed press” fundraiser to report on Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s comments – – and paint them in a negative light, of course…. (more)

May 24, 2017
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election. There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton. Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers…. (more)

May 23, 2017

TOWNHALL — More than four in five, 81 percent, of Americans think the overall state of moral values in the country is only “fair” or “poor,” according to a poll released Monday by Gallup. This assessment of U.S. moral values marks a seven-year low. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed said the country’s moral values are “getting worse.”… (more)


May 23, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia was music to the ears of our partners in the Middle East, but that is just the beginning of what needs to get done, John Bolton wrote in a column for the New York Post…. (more)

May 23, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has backed off immediately moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of the slightly nutso view of the State Department, Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, told Newsmax TV…. (more)

May 23, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — One of America’s most outspoken political leaders has a blunt description of the accusations against Donald Trump: It’s “slander.” Tom Coburn, a former senator from Oklahoma and the author of the new book “Smashing the DC Monopoly,” discussed the case against the president in a recent interview with talk-show host, pastor and author Carl Gallups on Gallups’ radio show “Freedom Friday.”… (more)


May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The budget that the Trump administration will roll out Tuesday does much more than balance in 10 years and boost military spending; it forces a major change in the way Washington looks at the spending by putting the focus on taxpayers instead payees…. (more)

May 23, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile is the high-ranking DNC representative who allegedly called police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and demanded to know why a private investigator was “snooping” into Rich’s death, the private eye revealed to WND Monday…. (more)

May 23, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — Means, motive and opportunity. Those are the key elements of a crime detectives are trained to look for in the search for suspects. They certainly never rule out those who know the victim, especially when robbery does not appear to be a motive…. (more)

May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that the Trump administration will spearhead a historic school-choice initiative aimed at a “transformation” of the nation’s “closed and antiquated education system.” “The president is proposing the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history,” said Ms. DeVos at a speech in Indianapolis before the American Federation for Children, which she previously chaired…. (more)

May 23, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Like most people inexperienced in the conduct of governmental affairs, President Donald Trump has not yet developed the frame of mind required to govern his use of words so that his statements take account of the complex responsibilities of his office…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 26, 2017

Trump’s Welcome Bluntness

It’s high time all NATO members contributed their “fair share” to the old alliance, the president insisted.

The Foundation

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)


Weekly Watchman for 05/26/2017

Assessing President Trump’s Efforts in the Middle East

This morning we look at President Trump’s visit to the Middle East to try to rally Muslim nations against ISIS and terrorism, along with his ambitious hopes to bring peace to Israel and its enemies. We will look at his efforts from biblical and pragmatic viewpoints, and discuss some writings by Christian author, Bill Koenig, a White House corespondent. In the first segment we check in with Dr. Cal Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation to look at the radical environmental movement and its real agenda.

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The Attack on Religious Liberty

The Constitution of the United States guarantees every citizen the right to worship as they believe and to freely express their religious views privately as well as publicly. But Jesus warned us that the day would come when true Christian believers would be marginalized, hated and even persecuted for their faith in Him. Historically we have believed “that could never happen in America,” but we are seeing the early signs that indeed it is starting to happen.

Are we approaching the day when the right of true, practicing Christians to share their faith and worship publicly in our nation will become a distant memory? What can we do to assure our constitutional rights to privately and publicly express and share our Christian convictions? Or should we accept what many feel is inevitable: that Christian liberties will be stripped in favor of political correctness and secular humanism?

Brad Dacus of The Pacific Justice Institute joins us to discuss trends and recent legal battles over the religious freedom of Christians.

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A Knock on Your Door…

Many of us have received some friendly faces knocking on our door at some point and often on a Saturday morning. You open the door and a couple nice young men greet you and ask if they can talk to you about Jesus and where you might be spending eternity. You are being witnessed to by dedicated members of The Mormon Church.

There are more than 1.5 million Mormons in America. Most of them are conservative citizens that are passionate about their beliefs and desiring to convert you to their religion. But is Mormonism, which also claims salvation through their version of Jesus, consistent with Biblical Christianity in their beliefs and values? Today we take a closer look at Mormon history and beliefs with James Walker of Watchman Fellowship, a former Mormon himself.

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Striving for the Standard set by Jesus

Paul encouraged believers to run the good race finishing life in the holiness of God. Jesus called us to new heights of holy living by the power of His Word and God’s Spirit. Similar to an athlete competing in the pole vault, Jesus has set an increasingly high bar for us to aim for in our striving to pursue holy living in this world. Dave Wager is back with us to discuss how Jesus set the ultimate standard, raised the bar on holy living, and by God’s grace and Spirit we can reach new heights in Christ.

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Peace in the Middle East?

President Trump recently stated, “peace in the Middle East may not be as difficult as many people think.” This is part of the message he hopes to convey to Muslim and Israeli leaders during his current visit. Well the author of The Art of the Deal will probably find that conducting business contracts and mergers is a lot easier than brokering peace between Israelis and Muslims who have sworn to wipe them off the face of the earth.

In our nation, many are concerned that under the Obama Administration, radical groups like The Muslim Brotherhood have become so ensconced within the fabric of our government that we are already living in very dangerous times. Joining us to discuss the growth and acceptance of Islam within our nation and government is Brigitte Gabriel of ACT! For America. Brigitte experienced first hand the brutality of radical Islam when the call for jihad affected her personally as a child in Lebanon.

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This ‘n’ That

  • It’s terrible that this girl is now fighting a rare infection, but let this be a lesson: animals in captivity are still wild animals. Don’t blame the sea lion for acting like a sea lion. There’s a theological parallel to this, too, isn’t there? Don’t expect the world to act in accordance with Christianity; expect the world to act like the world.
  • This made me smile.
  • Here’s a throwback to 2014 and another helpful article on some of the warning signs of spiritual abuse.
  • R.C. Sproul discusses three types of legalism. I think more could be outlined, but this is a good start.
  • God’s intricate, perfectly designed creation!
  • I thought this was amusing until it blasphemously mocked our Lord’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • What if Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul were Arminian? Yikes.
  • John MacArthur on eliminating spiritual toxins from your spiritual diet.
  • Charles Spurgeon on contentment:

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 26

  • Trump’s first G7 expected to be ‘challenging’ (Read More); Trump Saves Worst for Last on Foreign Trip (Read More)
  • Trump Blasts German Carmakers’ U.S. Sales and Threatens Barriers (Read More)
  • Trump directly scolds NATO allies, says they owe ‘massive’ sums (Read More)
  • Trump Likely to Maintain Obama’s Russia Sanctions (Read More)
  • Juncker says Trump was not aggressive on German trade surplus (Read More)
  • Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge (Read More)
  • China Considers Changing Yuan Fixing Formula to Curb Swings (Read More)
  • China Exerts More Control Over Its Currency With Tweak to Yuan Fix (Read More)
  • China’s teapot refiners set to slow crude imports as tanks overflow (Read More)
  • China’s reforms not enough to arrest mounting debt: Moody’s (Read More)
  • China central bank denies reports it told banks to deposit dollars (Read More)
  • Chinese foreign minister urges Seoul to resume talks with North Korea (Read More)
  • Amazon’s Brush With $1,000 Signals the Death of the Stock Split (Read More)
  • Waiting for ‘The Big One’ to Shake San Francisco (Read More)
  • Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks (Read More)
  • Why All CEOs Need to Be Tech CEOs (Read More)
  • Tesla’s Model X Is Missing the American SUV Craze (Read More)
  • Major UK parties restart election push, under shadow of security threat (Read More)
  • Indonesia makes arrests as Islamic State claims Jakarta attacks (Read More)

Top Headlines – 5/26/2017

Trump’s envoy returns amid push to renew direct talks

Talks underway for possible pope visit to Israel to push peace

Nasrallah: ‘Saudi Arabia gave Trump money for Israel’

Netanyahu mulling radical plan for east Jerusalem neighborhoods

Ramadan 2017 to begin on Saturday, May 27

Reprieves were approved for the Palestinians for the month of Ramadan

Hamas calls for day of rage in support of hunger strikers

Arab students call for ‘intifada’ at Hebrew University rally

Hamas kills three men in execution partially streamed on Facebook

Slain US student’s mother to UN: PA must stop paying my son’s killer

IDF troops come under fire outside Ramallah; none injured

Evidence of 2,000-year-old battle for Jerusalem unearthed in City of David

Jerusalem to become a smarter city

Israeli cows are world’s best milk producers, new report shows

Estonia blasts BDS, calls Israel ‘a friend and partner’

Egypt blocks access to news websites including Al-Jazeera and Mada Masr

Turkish Foreign Ministry rejects U.S. resolution condemning street brawl in Washington

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

Iran says it has built third underground ballistic missile factory

Iranian President: ‘We Need Missiles’ to Confront Trump Admin, Enemies

Hezbollah chief says dialogue with Iran is only way forward

US air strike on IS killed 105 civilians in Iraq’s Mosul

Pentagon Inquiry Blames ISIS for Civilian Deaths in Mosul Strike

Islamic State group ‘prepared attacks’ in Moscow

‘Credible’ Islamic State propaganda video features short clip of Las Vegas Strip

Growing Concern Over Brothers Arrested With Guns, Bomb-Making Materials in Minnesota

Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State ‘invasion’

Greek goddess statue removed in Bangladesh after Islamist outcry

Ethiopia charges 2 with terrorism over deadly stampede

Manchester Bomber Believed Muslims Were Mistreated, Sought Revenge

Attack turns spotlight on Libyan Islamists in Manchester

Why Libya is still a global terror threat

Manchester attack: Ex-CIA officer says publication of leaked pics ‘goes too far’

Trump condemns leaks after UK police briefly halt information sharing

Manchester terror attack: British police ‘working closely’ with US again after ‘fresh assurances’

Election campaign resumes after Manchester attack

Greek ex-prime minister hurt as letter bomb explodes in car

Brazilian President Sends in Army to Control Leftist Protesters

Trump demands Europe pay more toward Nato in excoriating speech at Brussels summit

Trump, G7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

G-7 leaders prepare to go face to face with Trump over Paris climate accord

Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!’

Federal appeals court maintains freeze of Trump’s travel ban. Attorney general vows Supreme Court appeal.

Pew: Refugee arrivals in U.S. decline sharply as world crisis grows

Obama Lectures Trump Over Walls, Builds One Around D.C. Home

California Farmers Fear Worker Shortage From Crackdown on Illegals

Federal agents nab nearly 200 people in L.A.-area immigration raids targeting criminals

Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites ‘Day of Absence’

Republican wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault

With Confederate flags gone, Civil War museum will close

Bad intel from Russia influenced Comey’s Clinton announcement: report

Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Say Officials

Kushner urged Trump to challenge Russia probe head

Kushner says willing to cooperate with FBI probe into Russia meetings

Robert Mueller emerging as gatekeeper for all Russia probes, and Congress is wary

Senate Intelligence Committee votes to give leaders solo subpoena power

Trump Pledges That Leakers Will Be ‘Prosecuted To The Fullest Extent Of The Law’

Trump plans to boost White House staff with ‘war room’ to go after critics

Utah law that could send online bullies to jail criticized

Hackers are hiding computer viruses in film subtitles, security experts warn

Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks

Oil price slides as Opec production cuts fail to impress markets

Goldman Warns OPEC Faces Test After Oil Deal Met With Skepticism

Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing his own field

NASA announces 2022 mission to explore metal asteroid so valuable it could crash the world economy

Juno mission first results: Jupiter isn’t like what researchers expected

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Babo-Pangulo, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Pigeon ‘caught with backpack of drugs’

Rate of Alzheimer’s disease deaths jumped 54 pct. in 15 years, CDC finds

‘Every year, I give birth’: why war is driving a contraception crisis in Sudan

Video: Abortion Providers Share Graphic Details of Dismembering Unborn Children

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

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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