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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 05/27/2017

Piers Morgan Stirs Controversy for Asking ‘Non-Binary’ Couple If He Could Identify as Black Woman, Elephant   May 21, 2017 06:02 am

LONDON — Talk show host Piers Morgan is under fire for asking a couple who say they identify neither as male or female if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant. “Can I be an elephant? Can I literally say I’m now an elephant and do I get afforded elephant rights?” he inquired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning Britain.” “Can I go to London…

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Christian Astrophysicist Discovers New Planet Size of Seven Earths Using Kepler Spacecraft Data   May 20, 2017 01:55 pm

DALLAS, Texas — Using data from the Kepler spacecraft, a Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet the size of seven Earths orbiting the star KPLR 7826659. Lisle Dr. Jason Lisle, the director of physical sciences at the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research, made the announcement on May 4 after analyzing a measurable drop in the…

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Judge Finds No Recourse for Mother Whose Son Obtained Hormone Treatments Without Parental Consent   May 24, 2017 08:17 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A federal judge has dismissed a mother’s lawsuit seeking recourse after her parental rights over her son were expropriated and she had been kept in the dark about the provision of hormonal treatments to assist with the teen’s desire to “transition” into a girl. While he agreed that the teen was not legally emancipated absent a court order,…

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Students Demand Apology Over Superintendent’s Christian Speech, Prayer at Graduation   May 21, 2017 06:01 am

Photo Credit: Willard High School/Facebook SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A small group of students from a public high school in Missouri are demanding an apology from their district superintendent for incorporating Christian themes into his graduation speech and leading those gathered in a prayer. According to reports, in addition to offering general encouragement,…

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Legal Group Pushes Back After School District Stops Student Attendance of Off-Site Voluntary Bible Class   May 22, 2017 02:39 pm

FREMONT, Mich. — A legal group representing a church in Michigan is pushing back after a school district recently decided to no longer allow students to leave school during lunchtime for off-site voluntary religious instruction. The law office of Rickard, Denney, Garno & Associates, which is allied with the religious liberties organization Alliance Defending…

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Identification of Child Porn Site Creator Results in 900 Arrests Worldwide, Over 300 Children Rescued   May 25, 2017 12:48 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The identification and arrest of a child pornography site creator has resulted in nearly 900 arrests worldwide and over 300 children rescued, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has announced. Steven Chase, 58, the operator of the now defunct site “Playpen,” was sentenced to 30 years behind bars earlier this month in a Charlotte…

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Following Vatican Visit, Melania Trump Spokeswoman Confirms First Lady Is Catholic   May 26, 2017 12:53 pm

Photo Credit: Melania Trump/Twitter (Washington Post) — After she met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump confirmed a little-known fact about her faith: She is Catholic. And she described the visit with the leader of the Catholic Church as “one I’ll never forget.” While President Trump referenced his Presbyterian…

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New Undercover Video Captures Crowd Chuckling as Abortionist Tells of Eyeball That ‘Fell Down Into My Lap’   May 26, 2017 12:19 pm

A new undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) features clips of various Planned Parenthood officials and other abortion advocates making nonchalant statements about the abortion process, including that the baby’s eyeballs fell into their lap or that they had to tear off a leg to avoid technically performing a partial-birth abortion. The…

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Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities   May 22, 2017 06:07 pm

Photo Credit: All Nite Images DES MOINES, Iowa — Four Planned Parenthood locations in Iowa will close next month following a newly-passed budget bill that strips state and federal funding from abortion providers. The organization announced on Thursday that it would close its Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk offices, leaving eight Planned…

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Texas Governor Signs ‘Sermon Safeguard Bill’ Preventing Government From Probing Preaching   May 24, 2017 01:12 pm

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The governor of Texas has signed into law a bill that prevents the government from subpoenaing copies of sermons or questioning pastors about the content of their messages. “Texas law now will be your strength and your sword and your shield,” Gov. Greg Abbott declared during a ceremony at Grace Church of the Woodlands. “You will be…

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

MAY 27, 2017
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“[Jihadis] kill us any way possible. They run us down in our streets. They gun down or blow up our children enjoying the innocence of young life. They stab and hack and behead. We weep. Flowers pile up at the scenes of the carnage. Songs are sung. The Islamism apologists leap into action. We are warned not to draw any broad conclusions. Politicians tell us there is little that can be done. What they mean is there is little that they have the courage to do.” —Gary Bauer

Top News – 5/27-28/2017

New Evidence of Battle for Second Temple Matches Ancient Account of Josephus
“Josephus’ descriptions of the battle in the lower city come face-to-face for the first time with evidence that was revealed in the field in a clear and chilling manner,” said Stanton and Hagbi the directors of the excavation. “Stone ballista balls fired by catapults used to bombard Jerusalem during the Roman siege of the city, were discovered in the excavations. Arrowheads, used by the Jewish rebels in the hard-fought battles agains the Roman legionnaires were found exactly as described by Josephus.

Netanyahu’s Cabinet Moves Meeting to Ancient Tunnels Beneath Western Wall
Prtime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday conducted its weekly meeting inside the Western Wall (Kotel) tunnels in honor of Jerusalem Day and the celebration of the liberation of eastern Jerusalem and the Old City. Among other topics, the ministers will debate the construction of an elevator and underground passages from the Jewish Quarter to the Kotel plaza. A cable car will also be discussed.

Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal: Axios
U.S. President Donald Trump has told “confidants,” including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge. On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.

Abbas rejects Trump’s peace proposal

According to Hebrew newspaper Israel Hayom, Abbas rejected Trump’s offer of a regional plan which would first entail normalizing relations with Israel’s neighbors and only afterwards discussing a Palestinian state.

CME HITS, SPARKS AURORAS
A CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on May 27th. At first, for several hours, the seemingly weak impact barely disturbed our planet’s magnetic environment. Then the storms began. As Earth passed through the CME’s wake, energetic particles poured through a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere, sparking strong G3-class geomagnetic storms and bright auroras.

Comey Lied: FBI Illegally Shared Raw Intel on Americans
Flying in direct contradiction to his final congressional testimony under oath as the Director of the FBI, newly declassified top secret U.S. Intelligence memos have revealed that when James Comey told lawmakers that his agency only used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant “when it was lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked,” he may have been lying.

Israel preparing partial evacuation in case of conflict with Lebanon
A senior Israeli military official told The Media Line that Israel has prepared a partial evacuation plan for areas close to the border with Lebanon in case of a renewed round of fighting with pro-Iranian Hezbollah guerrillas. He confirmed media reports that Hezbollah has more than 100,000 rockets that can cover all of Israel, but said “90 percent” of them are short-range rockets, with a range of about 28 miles.

Norway slams PA for glorifying terrorists with its money
Norway on Friday condemned the Palestinian Authority’s naming of a woman’s center in the West Bank after a female terrorist who took part in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre that killed 37 people. Oslo also asked the PA to repay money it provided for the center. The move came just three days after US President Donald Trump, standing alongside PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, said that peace “can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded or rewarded.”

Sri Lanka floods: Residents afraid as more rain forecast
Sri Lankans recovering from devastating floods are bracing themselves for more rain as emergency teams rush to deliver aid. Floodwaters receded on Sunday but many villages were still inundated. At least 146 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in the flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Friday.

Climate change: Trump keeps world waiting on Paris deal
Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to pull out of a key climate change deal in the next week, having apparently shrugged off pressure from US allies in recent days. The US president tweeted he would make his “final decision” on the Paris accord after his return to Washington. Mr Trump left the G7 summit in Sicily on Saturday without reaffirming his commitment to the accord, unlike the other six world leaders in attendance.

Bodies of civilians dumped near Philippines city besieged by Islamists
Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city on Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels fending off a military onslaught took a more sinister turn. The eight dead, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were laborers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi City while trying to flee clashes, according to police.

Report reveals number of jihadists in UK
Intelligence officers have said they have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the United Kingdom, according to a report by the Times of London on Saturday. Of the 23,000 radical jihadists identified in the United Kingdom, the intelligence sources said about 3,000 are believed to pose a “threat” and are currently being investigated or actively monitored.

Submarines dismantled in Puget Sound are symbols of nation’s defense dilemma
Even the ambitious goals of the Trump administration for a larger Navy are running up against budget and industry constraints. Nowhere is that as true as with the “Silent Service,” submarines.

Dollar General Accounts For 80% Of All New Store Openings In The US
Of the 1,041 stores expected set to open in 2017, 80%, or 810, belong to the one retail chain that focuses almost exclusively on America’s poortest, i.e., Dollar General.

The Golden Conspiracy
“Is there gold price manipulation going on? Absolutely. There’s no question about it. That’s not just an opinion… Now, where is the manipulation coming from? There are a number of suspects but you need look no further than China. “

Iran’s Shockingly Honest Reaction To Trump’s Visit To Saudi Arabia
“We have seen it all before. The Saudis are spending billions on arms which they don’t have the capacity to absorb…The Shah, too, spent billions of dollars buying arms from America, he too had capacity problems. We had 65,000 Americans in Iran, most of them in the armed forces. But then came the revolution and the weapons were used against him and his regime.”

Czech parliament asks government to recognize Jerusalem
The lower chamber of the Czech parliament calls on government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, stop funding ‘anti-Israel’ UNESCO.

Judge tries to stop you from watching this video
A federal judge in California, appointed under the pro-abortion agenda of Barack Obama, was infuriated that a newly released undercover video revealed abortionists at the top level of the U.S. industry joking about “eyeballs in laps” and other horrific incidents, and has censored the news media’s delivery of that information to the American public.

Congress needs to impeach this judge!
…Here’s the astonishing record of William Horsley Orrick III. It almost goes without saying he was a Barack Obama appointee. But he may have bought that appointment by raising $200,000 for the Obama campaign and personally donating $30,000 to committees supporting the campaign. After those lavish donations, in 2013, Orrick was appointed by Obama and confirmed by the Senate to the same seat his father, Judge William Orrick Jr., held from 1974 to 2003. In other words, it was his turn to inherit this lifetime job.

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

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Obama White House Unmasking Trump Associates
Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department (DOJ) and the National Security Agency (NSA) for information about Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s communications concerning alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the hacking of DNC computers, and the “unmasking” (identification by name) of any Trump campaign or transition team personnel as part of U.S. intelligence gathering activities.

Libya turmoil: Rival armed groups clash in capital, Tripoli
Libyan militia groups opposed to the UN-backed government have launched a series of attacks on loyalist forces in the capital, Tripoli. At least 28 people were killed and about 130 injured, officials said. Explosions were heard across the city and witnesses said residential areas in the south had been shelled.

Afghanistan war: At least 13 dead in Khost bombing
At least 13 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials say. At least two children were among the wounded, the information ministry said. The attacker targeted police vehicles in the centre of Khost. So far no group has claimed responsibility although the Taliban and the group known as Islamic State will be the main suspects.

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed, police say
A leading commander with the banned Hizbul Mujahideen militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir has been shot dead along with other suspected militants, the security forces say. They say that Sabzar Bhat was killed when police raided a hideout. His death will be regarded as a triumph by the Indian security forces but has already led to a wave of protests.

Trump foreign tour: G7 leaders turn attention to Africa
Leaders of the G7 group of rich nations have begun the last day of their summit with talks on the migrant crisis. Leaders from Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria have taken part in the discussions in Taormina, Sicily. Italy chose to host the G7 there to draw attention to Africa and the risks to migrants crossing to Europe. US President Donald Trump is said to oppose a statement highlighting the benefits of migration. He also opposes language on trade and climate change.

Chinese Jets Intercept U.S. Navy Plane, Pentagon Says
The Pentagon said two Chinese jet fighters unsafely intercepted a U.S. naval surveillance plane over the South China Sea in the second such incident around China’s shores in a week. Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the two Chinese J-10 fighters intercepted a U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft in international airspace on Wednesday. He didn’t provide the exact location.

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul
Iraqi armed forces launched an operation on Saturday to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, according to a military statement. The fall of the city would effectively mark the end of Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared nearly three years ago by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which also covers parts of Syria.

Putin and Erdogan want deeper strategic partnership: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan confirmed in a phone call their mutual desire for a deepening of the strategic partnership between their two countries, the Kremlin said on Saturday. The Kremlin said the two leaders discussed agreements previously made about removing economic restrictions between Russia and Turkey, as well as questions relating to the TurkStream and Akkuyu energy projects.

2 dead in stabbing after intervening when man yelled anti-Muslim slurs at women, police say
Police say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Northeast Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. The suspect is in custody, police said in a statement. His name has not yet been released.

Hillary Clinton: “The Right Is Afraid Of Me Because I Don’t Die”
“…these guys on the other side are not just interested in my losing, they want to keep coming after me. What are they so afraid of? Me, to some extent. Because I don’t die, despite their best efforts. But what [really drives them] is what I represent…”

Obama Speaks on Global Warming, Then Spews CO2 With Private Jet, 13-Car Motorcade Hypocrisy of radical environmentalists knows no bounds…

Egyptian Warplanes Bomb Terrorist Camps In Libya After Attack On Coptic Christians
Hours after gunmen opened fire on a convoy of vehicles carrying Coptic Christian worshippers to a desert monastery in Egypt, killing 28, the Egyptian warplanes carried out six bombing strikes targeting camps near Derna in Libya where Cairo believes militants responsible for the deadly attack were traine

Obama Holdover Colluded With Unions To Pressure Congress
An Obama administration appointee with deep ties to labor unions promoted a grassroots campaign to reverse the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the federal regulatory board he sits on.

Trump urged to appoint special prosecutor on Obama’s spying
…former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy suggests President Trump should flip the script on his inquisitors in three bold moves that would turn Democrats from hunters into the hunted: Appoint a special counsel to investigate political spying, including unmasking and leaks to the media. Have Congress hold hearings on whether the Obama Justice Department colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Have Congress hold hearings on collusion between the Clinton Foundation and Russia.

Best Buds Mueller and Comey Target Trump
The Washington Post, a mouthpiece for Obama holdovers in the CIA and other agencies, reports that “sources” say a current White House official is under investigation as “a significant person of interest” in Russia-gate, but that the sources “would not further identify the official.”

Obama Goes From Sulking to Skulking
German chancellor Angela Merkel and the trash tabloid headlines supermarket shoppers read while waiting to cash out have much in common: Both are unwilling to let former President Barack Obama go and live in a fantasy world where he’s still president.


Liberals Focus on ‘Islamophobia’ While Egyptian Orthodox Are Killed

According to Edmund Kozak of LifeZette, 28 Egyptian Orthodox were murdered in Egypt’s Minya province in the latest string of attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community. “Earlier this month, a Christian man was shot to death by ISIS members in Arish, Egypt,” reports Kozak. “In April, more than 45 people were killed and over 130 injured when bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in Egypt. In December of last year, another church bombing killed nearly 30 people and injured nearly 50 others.” Now to Kozak’s story:

The latest assault came the very day following an appeal from the Knights of Columbus for donations to aid Iraq’s persecuted Christian community. Iraq’s Christian community has been devastated by ISIS. The country’s Christian population — which was estimated to number 1.5 million in 2003 — now stands at around 200,0000, according to the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil.

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Are Christian Ministries ‘Hate Groups’ for Believing the Bible?

“Are groups who declare homosexual behavior and transgenderism sinful (based on the clear teaching of Scripture) “hate groups?” asks Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis. “Well, The Eliminate Hate Campaign (EHC), a new coalition in America made up of liberal, LGBTQ organizations, certainly thinks so. They’ve formed to “label socially conservative organizations that oppose transgender rights as hate groups” and “to draw attention to groups it sees as extreme and hateful against . . . LGBT people.”

So watch out, Christian, because you’re being targeted.  Here’s Ken’s piece:

“Hate Group”—An Arbitrary Designation

Of course, this immediately raises the question, “Who gets to decide what is extreme, hateful, or a hate group?” The EHC has arbitrarily made itself the authority by saying that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is a hate group.

This ignores the obvious fact that many liberals and liberal organizations frequently spew hateful, demeaning, profanity-laced language toward those who disagree with them. (Just view some of the comments on my Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll quickly see what I mean!) Why are they not considered hate groups? It’s arbitrary to designate groups that stand against sinful behavior as “hate groups,” and it’s based on nothing but the coalition’s own values and beliefs. Ultimately it’s a symptom of the spiritual battle raging around us, because those who are “dead in trespasses and sin” (Ephesians 2:1) do all they can to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).

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George Soros Spends $80M To Launch New Anti-Trump Network Staffed By Former ACORN Employees

A new $80 million anti-Trump network is being led by an organization whose top funder is liberal billionaire George Soros and which employs former members of the controversial and now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the 1950’s, if you were in Hollywood and associated with known Communist or Marxist groups, you would have been blacklisted and possibly banned for life from ever working again. In 2017, Communist, Socialist and Marxist groups form the main core of the Democratic Party, lavishly funded by billionaire George Soros. Their mission? To tear down the administration of President Trump, create open borders, foment terrorist attacks, set police cars on fire and bring about chaos to gum the system. 

The Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a New York-based nonprofit that receives the bulk of its funding from George Soros, announced at their spring gala Tuesday that they will be heading up the new $80 million anti-Trump network that will span 32 states and have 48 local partners, CNN reported.

The network will seek to mobilize new voters and fight voter identification laws. It will also focus on gerrymandering and automatic voter registration programs with an eye on the 2018 and 2020 election cycles.

The Center For Popular Democracy could easily be called the New People’s Workers Party:

Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, backed the new effort.

“This national network, led by working class people of color and immigrants, will supply the power and the fight we need to resist the Trump administration’s all-out assault on American values,” Ellison told CNN. “I look forward to standing with CPD Action’s leaders in the streets and in Congress to win real progressive change.”

The Center for Popular Democracy, which was founded in 2012, consists of old chapters of ACORN, the community-organizing group that was forced to close after being stripped of its federal funds following controversy in 2010.

Andrew Friedman, a co-executive director at the Center for Popular Democracy, co-founded Make the Road New York, a Latino immigrant group that has worked alongside CPD on a number of anti-Trump campaigns. Friedman serves on the board of Make the Road New York (MRNY) and Make the Road Action Fund, which are closely linked to CPD and contain many overlapping staffers.

Others in leadership roles at CPD have come directly from ACORN.

Brian Kettenring, the other co-executive director of the CPD, was an organizer for ACORN from 1995 to 2010. Steve Kest, a senior advisor at CPD, worked for ACORN for 35 years and served as its national executive director.

Christina Livingston, a board member of CPD, is the executive director of the Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment. Livingston previously organized for ACORN out of Los Angeles.

Billionaire George Soros linked to anti-Trump protests:

Steve Dooley, the director of partnerships at CPD, began his career at ACORN in D.C. Dooley later directed ACORN’s offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Greg Basta, the director of sustainability initiatives at CPD, worked as the statewide canvass director for the New York ACORN for five years.

Basta was a founding staff member of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), an ACORN offshoot that was founded in 2010.

The groups, which have combined to receive millions in funding from George Soros, funnel money to each other.

From 2012 to 2014, New York Communities for Change provided $81,700 to the Center for Popular Democracy, according to the group’s Form 990s up to 2014, the last available year. NYCC also passed $358,533 to the Make the Road New York Action Fund during this time.

The Center for Popular Democracy gave New York Communities for Change $406,667 between 2012 and 2014. CPD additionally gave Make the Road New York $173,955. CPD’s Action Fund added another $100,000 to New York Communities for Change.

George Soros creating an atmosphere where someone will take a shot at bringing down the president:

The Center for Popular Democracy did not respond to inquiries on the new $80 million anti-Trump network. New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York also did not return requests for comment.

CPD and MRNY have been extremely active in the anti-Trump arena, using protests and pressure campaigns.

The two groups recently “partnered” on a “Corporate Backers of Hate” campaign that targeted JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Disney, IMB, Uber, Blackrock, and Blackstone, corporations they say could profit from President Trump’s policies.

The “mass lobbying” campaign consists of directly pressuring higher ups at each company through emails and has been called “unprecedented” by corporate responsibility experts.

Make the Road was also reported to have organized the “spontaneous” protests at New York’s JFK Airport following Trump’s Muslim travel ban. However, it was later discovered that the protests had been planned since the day after the presidential election.

Uber, which had continued to pick up passengers from the airport during the event, found themselves in the center of the #DeleteUber pressure campaign following the protests. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, later stepped down from Trump’s advisory council.

The group is also behind the #GrabYourWallet campaign, which targets retailers for carrying Trump family products. Nordstrom ultimately pulled Ivanka Trump’s products, although the store had claimed they had dropped her brand due to declining sales.

The Center for Popular Democracy’s new multi-million dollar network falls in line with a number of major liberal groups who have reorganized to fight back against voter laws following Donald Trump’s victory.

Demos, a New York City-based progressive public policy group chaired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) daughter, has been assisting unions in pushing back against election lawsuits in number of states after counties had failed to properly maintain their voter rolls. Demos received hundreds of thousands in funding from Soros’ groups.

Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s former top campaign lawyer, recently joined the board of Priorities USA Action, a major Democratic super PAC that received $9.5 million from Soros during the 2016 election cycle.

Elias was tapped as the group shifts its focus on pushing back against state-level Republican efforts on voting laws. Every Citizen Counts, a nonprofit founded by Clinton allies focused on mobilizing African American and Latino voters, was absorbed into Priorities USA.

Elias will spearhead challenges against state voting laws from the organization’s nonprofit arm, which is building a national database to be a “one-stop inventory of restrictive voting measures” that they will share with other progressive groups.

Elias previously engaged in a multi-state effort to overturn voter ID laws leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The challenges were backed by millions of dollars from Soros.

Soros has a goal of enlarging the electorate by 10 million voters by 2018, the Washington Free Beacon discovered after a trove of hacked Soros documents were released last year by DC Leaks. The plan to grow the electorate by millions of voters and combating “suppression” was listed as a top priority in a 220-page guide from his Open Society Foundations.

“The Open Society Foundations supports efforts to encourage wider participation in U.S. elections, and opposes measures used to try to suppress voter participation,” a spokesman from the Open Society Foundations told the Free Beacon at the time. source


Islamic State Urges ‘All Out War’ on West for Ramadan: ‘Attack Them in Their Homes’

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), in its annual call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, has urged jihadists and sympathizers to wage an “all-out war” in the West, stressing the targeting of noncombatants.

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Why is Trump’s Defense Department celebrating Ramadan?

So why should America celebrate an intolerant religion? You should ask the Pentagon this question, because, unlike the State Department, it is celebrating Ramadan. This is the very same Pentagon that recently decided to allow American soldiers to wear hijabs. The policy started under Obama but continues under Trump.

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Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most

“What’s our biggest cultural fear? Shame,” he said. “What’s surprising is not that personal freedom, ambition, and doing the right thing are valued by Americans. It’s that risk to our reputation is what matters most.”

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience.

They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet age, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. A single mistake or embarrassing moment posted on social media can ruin a person’s life.

“What’s our biggest cultural fear? Shame,” he said. “What’s surprising is not that personal freedom, ambition, and doing the right thing are valued by Americans. It’s that risk to our reputation is what matters most.”

Mixed motivations

Shaming has been a part of American life since the days of The Scarlet Letter. Set among the Puritans, the novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young mother forced to wear a scarlet “A” after committing adultery, considered a crime at the time. But Americans gave up on public shaming of criminals in the 1830s, according to journalist Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

Since then, Americans have been more concerned about issues like guilt over wrongdoing, said McConnell. That’s shaped how churches have presented their faith to the public, he said.

LifeWay Research wanted to know if guilt is still a major issue for Americans. That might affect how Christians talk about their faith, said McConnell, since Christianity also addresses needs such as shame and fear.

“We wanted to know: Are churches addressing the issues Americans care about most?”

Researchers asked 1,000 Americans three questions to discover their feelings about fear, shame, guilt, and other issues.

  • Which of these feelings do you seek to avoid the most?
  • Which of these desires is strongest in your life?
  • Which of these directions do you value the most?

Overall, 38 percent of Americans say they avoid shame the most, while 31 percent say guilt and 30 percent say fear.

Education and age play a role in which feelings Americans avoid. Those with graduate degrees (44%) are more likely to avoid shame than those with high school diplomas or less (34%). Americans ages 25 to 34 avoid guilt (37%) more than those 55 and older (27%). Middle-aged Americans—those 35 to 54— are the most likely age group to worry about shame (44%).

Nones—those who claim no religious identity—avoid guilt (35%) more than those who are religious (30%). Those who are religious avoid shame (39%) more than nones (33%). Those from non-Christian faiths are most likely to avoid shame (48%).

When it comes to what Americans with evangelical beliefs avoid most, 34 percent say guilt, 34 percent say fear, and 32 percent say shame. For Americans worshiping at least once a month, 37 percent say shame, 32 percent say fear, and 31 percent say guilt. (The findings were not significantly different from non-evangelicals or non-worshipers.)

McConnell wonders whether Americans see shame as a bigger threat to their reputation or self-worth than guilt.

“Guilt says, ‘I deserve to be punished,’” he said. “But shame says, ‘I am worthless.’”

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After 20 Years Of Unchecked Muslim Immigration, The UK Is Now Home To 23,000+ Islamic Terrorists

UK Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 Islamic terrorists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers, it emerged yesterday

“I don’t think you can overstate the importance that the rise of Islamic fundamentalism will have to the rest of the world in the century ahead-especially if, as seems possible, its most fanatical elements get their hands on nuclear and chemical weapons and the means to deliver them against their enemies.”Ronald Reagan

The scale of the challenge facing the police and security services was disclosed by Whitehall sources after criticism that multiple opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber had been missed.

About 3,000 people from the total group are judged to pose a threat and are under investigation or active monitoring in 500 operations being run by police and intelligence services. The 20,000 others have featured in previous inquiries and are categorised as posing a “residual risk”.

The real state of Europe that the fake news media keeps hidden from you:

This video is filled with disturbing images and will shatter your illusions that Muslim are just like every other migrant group of people. They’re not, and after you watch this video, you will never be able to indulge yourself in that fantasy ever again.

Europe is now reaping the bitter harvest of unchecked Muslim immigration

Under the delusion of multiculturalism, European states have allowed millions of Muslim migrants to live within their borders, but with assimilating into the culture of their host countries. The recent Ramadan bombing of innocents at the Manchester Arena had Britons picking the flesh of the victims out of their hair, you would think that would have been a massive wakeup call for them, right? Wrong. Watch this:

England at this very moment, Memorial Day weekend in the United States, is cowering in fear and hiding behind teddy bear and votive candle memorials of their recent dead at the hands of Islamic terrorists. They make bold but false declarations like “we stand united against hate”, but the sad reality is that the UK and Europe are not united. They are falling apart in white knuckled fear.

And until the day comes when the various heads of state summon up the nerve to utter the words “Islamic terrorism”, they will never, ever find a way to defeat it.


Patriots To Sponsor LGBT ‘Gay Bowl’

According to Touchdown Wire:

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. This is a statement of inclusion by the Patriots, but won’t get to the level of other social stands such as Colin Kaepernick.

The NFL hasn’t been at the forefront of social causes like the NBA. The NFL said it didn’t support the bathroom law in North Carolina, but didn’t move its owners’ meetings there. They only threatened to move it. The NBA, in contrast, cancelled an All-Star Game there. NFL players have dealt with backlash over their protests bringing attention to issues of race. NBA players have worn “I Can’t Breate” shirts and have addressed race equality movements multiple times.

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Top Headlines – 5/27-28/2017

Thousands rally for peace in Tel Aviv amid renewed US efforts

‘Two states, One hope’ – peace demonstration held in Rabin Square

WHO passes on anti-Israel resolution, UK, US oppose it

Czech parliament asks government to recognize Jerusalem

Norway fuming after aid money used by PA to honor Coastal Road Massacre terrorist

Tel Aviv City Hall lit with Egypt flag in solidarity with Copt terror victims

Putin and Erdogan want deeper strategic partnership: Kremlin

Turkish military says kills 13 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians ‘in grave danger’ – UN

Bin Laden’s son steps into father’s shoes as al-Qaeda attempts a comeback

Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia says it is dissolving

Philippine military: Muslim militants kill 16 civilians in fight for southern city

Manchester attack: Terror threat level reduced as streets evacuated in Moss Side police raids

ADL condemns ‘brutal’ Oregon killings by anti-Muslim attacker

All clear given at Newark airport terminal after suspicious package found

Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department, breaking with decades of tradition

Report: Iran ready for talks ‘toward peace’ with Arab states

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Saudi Arabia ‘cow milked’ by US

By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East, Trump may be sowing the seeds of conflict

Trump at conclusion of first foreign trip: ‘I think we hit a home run’

Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

New Kushner-Russia Story Stokes Concern of West Wing Leakers

Kushner back channel with Russia ‘involved Syria’

US National Security Adviser ‘not concerned’ with Kushner, Russia back-channel allegations

Russian bank owners sue BuzzFeed over Trump dossier publication

How Team Obama tried to hack the election

Suit against Hillary Clinton over Benghazi deaths and emails is dismissed

Hillary Clinton: “The Right Is Afraid Of Me Because I Don’t Die”

British Airways outage creates London travel chaos; power issue blamed

US officials: Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane

Stoking tensions, N. Korea test launches ‘new’ weapon system

Strong earthquake in Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Adak, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Golmarmara, Turkey

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chernabura Island, Alaska

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Trump declines to join world leaders at G-7 in affirming Paris climate accord

Merkel Mad: Donald Trump Declines to Endorse Paris Climate Agreement

Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law

India bans sale of cows for slaughter, a move designed to appease conservative Hindus

Pope: More Christian martyrs today than in ancient times

Taking Trump’s peace push seriously, Netanyahu said looking to broaden coalition

‘Netanyahu should have told the truth’ – Justice Minister says PM missed his opportunity to tell US President 2 state solution is a fantasy, change paradigms of negotiations

78% of Israelis say peace not possible, split if PM serious to make deal

Former PLO negotiator calls to shut Palestinian Authority

UN warns of ‘walking into another Gaza crisis with eyes wide open’

UN: Gaza electricity crisis could lead to violence

Clashes as hundreds of Palestinian protest across West Bank, Gaza

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

Trump wishes Muslims ‘a joyful Ramadan’

Israel to ease access for Palestinians during Ramadan

Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike over after deal reached

Israel’s eyes in the sky gather intel in a shifting Middle East

Hezbollah-affiliated radio denies Israeli attack in Syria

UN body said to bury positive report on Israel under Syrian pressure

Britain, US oppose UN health body’s resolution singling out Israel

Journalist’s Footage Shows Iraqi Forces Torturing Civilians, ABC Report Says

Egypt: At least 28 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians

Egyptian warplanes bomb targets in Libya after attack on Christians, as al-Sisi asks Trump to head fight against terrorism

Trump on Egypt attack: ‘Bloodletting of Christians must end’

Arab world condemns Egyptian terrorist massacre ‘trying to ignite civil war’

Afghan official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack

British politician wants death penalty for suicide bombers

Isis calls on supporters to wage ‘all-out war’ on West during Ramadan with new terror attacks

G7 leaders agree steps to tackle terrorism after Manchester bombing

Jeremy Corbyn: the war on terror is simply not working

DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you’d ‘never leave the house’

NC billboard supporting Trump travel ban ignites controversy with 9/11 reference

Chinese jets come within several hundred feet of US plane over South China Sea

Top U.S. Diplomat Warns China to Do More to Curtail North Korea

US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

Boehner Says Apart From Foreign Policy, Trump Has Been ‘A Complete Disaster’

Jared Kushner reportedly sought secret communications with Moscow

FBI probing attempted hack of Trump Organization, officials say

Huckabee: Leakers working against the safety of Americans

White House may appoint legal team to monitor Trump tweets

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens

Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach

NASA Sun Observatory Sees Partial Solar Eclipse in Space

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Acajutla, El Salvador

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 40,000ft

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

Trump ‘evolving’ on climate action, pressured by Europeans

Sri Lanka landslides, floods death toll rises to 91; over 100 missing

‘Panic’ in Bangladesh factories as workers collapse in heatwave

Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia

Start of summer brings warnings about diarrhea and brain-eating amoeba

Ebola outbreak in Central Africa, officials scramble to control virus’ spread

Texas set to embrace new abortion restrictions

First gentleman of Luxembourg joined partners of NATO leaders, marking a huge moment for the LGBTQ community

Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over pork on pizza

Christian Pastor Says Many Indonesians Are Realizing Islam Is False, Finding Christ

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan reception

Posted: 27 May 2017 08:27 PM PDT

In an apparent break with a nearly two-decades-long bipartisan tradition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host an event commemorating the Muslim holy…

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These 8 Habits Activate Holy Spirit’s Power in Your Life

Posted: 27 May 2017 07:54 PM PDT

(By Ken Malone) Faith—Shed the victim mentality and believe God for a miracle. Speaking God’s word over you and your family will unlock the resources…

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Scientists create designer viruses that send ‘killer cells’ to fight tumor

Posted: 27 May 2017 07:38 PM PDT

A team of Swiss scientists have created artificial viruses that stimulate the immune system which in turn activates and sends a “powerful army” of so-called…

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California Farmer Fined $2.8 Million for Plowing His Own Field

Posted: 27 May 2017 07:31 PM PDT

The California farmer who became the poster child for EPA reform under President Donald Trump is being fined $2.8 million by state and federal regulators…

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Hallmark Offering Cards to Celebrate ‘Gender Transitions’

Posted: 27 May 2017 07:27 PM PDT

The popular greeting card company Hallmark is selling cards to affirm those who identify as “transgender” and to celebrate those who are undergoing gender “transitions,” the…

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North Korea Satellites ‘In Ideal Position’ For EMP Attack…

Posted: 27 May 2017 07:22 PM PDT

There are growing concerns among US politicians that the North Koreans have the capability to launch a devastating EMP attack that would wipe out the…

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Atheists Send Trump a Major Message Via Full-Page NY Times Ad

Posted: 27 May 2017 12:35 PM PDT

Atheist activists took out a full-page ad in Thursday’s New York Times to send a pointed message to U.S. President Donald Trump: “Mr. President, we are…

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Ben & Jerry’s Bans ‘Same-Flavor Scoops’ in Australian Same-Sex Marriage Push

Posted: 27 May 2017 12:30 PM PDT

Declaring “love comes in all flavors,” Ben & Jerry’s said Thursday it’s banning its Australian customers from buying two scoops of the same flavor of…

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79-foot blue whale carcass washes up on Bolinas beach in CA

Posted: 27 May 2017 12:26 PM PDT

A 79-foot blue whale washed up on Agate Beach in Bolinas on Friday morning. The cause of death remains unknown. Scientists from the Marin Mammal…

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UK Home to 23,000 Jihadists

Posted: 27 May 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers, it emerged yesterday. The scale of the challenge facing the police…

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RAF fighter jets scrambled to Scotland as Russian aircraft approach UK airspace

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:38 AM PDT

RAF fighter jets were scrambled to the north of Scotland this morning after Russian aircraft entered UK airspace, the MOD has confirmed.  Royal Air Force…

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Juno Spacecraft Captures First Incredible Images of Jupiter

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:29 AM PDT

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has captured the first close-up images of Jupiter.  The Guardian reports the $1.1 billion probe went into orbit last July on a…

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Church Pastor among dead in Central African Republic

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:21 AM PDT

A church leader was among those killed in the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, it has emerged. Baptist pastor Ange-Apoléon Ngakolada,…

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Christianity growing In Indonesia as many are converting to Christ!

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:15 AM PDT

Christianity is growing in Indonesia, according to a Baptist pastor from Jakarta. But at the same time, the influence of radical Islam is also being felt,…

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Israeli Education Minister Warns ‘We will not divide the land with our enemies’

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:05 AM PDT

Speaking at the traditional central Jerusalem Day celebration at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) responded Wednesday night to…

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Deadly wildfire burns down hundreds of homes in Siberia – State of emergency declared

Posted: 27 May 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Three people have been killed and hundred of homes burned down as Russia declares a state of emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region after an apocalyptical…

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DEVELOPING: Hackers Cripple British Airways

Posted: 27 May 2017 05:50 AM PDT

British Airways canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports until 6pm after their computer systems were brought down across the entire world. Angry passengers on social…

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Three men charged over ‘terror plot to detonate a car bomb’ in London

Posted: 26 May 2017 07:06 PM PDT

Three men appeared in court charged over an alleged “mass murder” plot to detonate a car bomb in central London. The suspected scheme, said to…

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1/3 of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year

Posted: 26 May 2017 07:01 PM PDT

America’s beekeepers watched as a third of the country’s honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may…

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Minnesota Muslim released despite possession of grenade and bomb materials found

Posted: 26 May 2017 04:33 PM PDT

The Manchester suicide bomber was reported to authorities repeatedly over a period of five years, as British citizens pointed out his radical activities. Nothing was…

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Egypt strikes ‘terrorist camps’ in Libya in response to attack on Coptic Christians

Posted: 26 May 2017 04:26 PM PDT

Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has announced. The strikes were carried…

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Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over pork on pizza

Posted: 26 May 2017 04:21 PM PDT

A Muslim man is suing Little Caesars for $100 million in Michigan, claiming he was served pepperoni made with pork, which is a food prohibited…

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Witchcraft Rising? The Strange Reason Witches Are Coming Out of Hiding

Posted: 26 May 2017 04:16 PM PDT

(Reported By Dan Gainor) Writers become oddly specialized in topics the more they write. Usually, that’s a mixture of your own interests and stories you…

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Nuclear nightmare worse than Fukushima could hit US because of ignored risks

Posted: 26 May 2017 12:15 PM PDT

The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout “much greater than Fukushima,” according…

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Sleep deprivation can cause brain to start ‘eating’ itself

Posted: 26 May 2017 12:11 PM PDT

A lack of sleep can cause parts of the brain’s synapses to be ‘eaten’ by other brain cells, according to a new study by researchers at…

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Iceland slowly being torn apart by constant earthquakes…

Posted: 26 May 2017 12:06 PM PDT

In an average week Iceland’s national monitoring seismic network detects around 500 earthquakes. If one of the volcanoes is hit by an earthquake swarm this…

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Machete-Wielding Clown Terrorizes Drivers Along California Highway…

Posted: 26 May 2017 12:01 PM PDT

Just when you thought this was over, the creepy clowns are back!  A clown, dressed in a colorful blue suit, was spotted standing along Highway 101…

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Chinese jets come within several hundred feet of US plane over South China Sea

Posted: 26 May 2017 11:56 AM PDT

Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets came within several hundred feet of a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion over the South China Sea on Thursday local time,…

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US Plans First Test Of ICBM Intercept as Tensions Rise with North Korea

Posted: 26 May 2017 11:52 AM PDT

Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week….

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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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