Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


May 30, 2017 |


North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test involved a new rocket with a precision guidance system that landed within seven meters of its target, its state-controlled news agency said Tuesday.

A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants linked to the Islamic State group says he’s being held alongside 200 other captives, including children, in what appeared to be a battle-scarred part of a southern Philippine city.

The Canada-EU trade agreement is “a blueprint for future ambitious trade deals” in an age of automation where job security is threatened, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed a new period of close relations at talks in Moscow after the world’s biggest oil exporters reached a deal to prolong supply cuts for another nine months.

French President Emmanuel Macron will give Russia’s Vladimir Putin a tour of the royal palace at Versailles near Paris, following up his debut at the Group of Seven meeting last week.

The Egyptian government approved a social spending plan to support lower and middle income families after inflation surged to the highest levels in decades following the flotation of the pound. The government plans to spend 45 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.48 billion) on income tax discounts, bonuses for public employees, and increased pension payments and cash subsidies during the fiscal year beginning July 1, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy told reporters in Cairo. The package, excluding the cash subsidy raise, requires parliament approval.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a tough task when he visits the White House this week: Convince President Donald Trump to advance trade ties that blossomed under the Obama administration.

With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region. Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway have over the past two years been deepening their military cooperation to counter a deteriorating security situation in the Baltic and the Arctic.

As U.S. unemployment falls to lowest level in a decade, driving it beneath what Federal Reserve officials consider is the lowest sustainable rate, people with blemishes on their resumes are getting second looks by employers trying to fill vacancies currently at a near-record 5.7 million.

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A shallow, 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit inland on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi Monday, US seismologists said, causing people to panic but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

NBC News gained rare access to Taiwanese military exercises, including testing of American-made firepower – all against the threat of a Chinese invasion.

Somali Islamist insurgents stoned a man to death on Sunday as punishment for alleged adultery, they said, a reminder that the militia is still strong enough to carry out public executions despite losing its grip on most towns and cities.

At least 166 people are dead and more than 100 others missing due to flooding and mudslides from monsoon rains across southwestern portions of Sri Lanka during the weekend, according to the state-run Disaster Management Center.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday held talks in Cairo with Russia’s foreign and defense ministers on ways to battle “terrorism”, his office said.

Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary has said that any military conflict with North Korea would be “catastrophic”.

Federal authorities are investigating 36 criminal cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn’t going away as more prescriptions disappear.

The Ogrydcziak brothers graduated in the same West Point class on Saturday, the first time that has happened at the famed military academy in more than 30 years.

Shares of Amazon crossed $1,000 per share on Tuesday, the first time ever, and a long way from the company’s 52-week low of $682.12.


General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the former military leader of Panama, has died aged 83, officials have announced.

The authorities in the US are still considering banning laptops from cabin baggage on all international flights, the head of Homeland Security said.

Convicted pedophiles would be denied passports in Australia under a “world-first” plan proposed by the government.

Australia will increase its troop presence in Afghanistan following a formal request from the US, Canberra has said. The 30 new military advisers will raise Australia’s total deployment to 300.


The California Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $400 billion universal health care bill Thursday with no plan to pay for it.

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

An administration plagued with leaks is now trying to determine whether recent damaging claims may have been fanned from within the West Wing.

Seismologist and earthquake expert Lucy Jones says the San Andreas Fault is capable of a magnitude 8.2 earthquake.

The Briefing 05-30-17

NPR asks Richard Dawkins: Why do more religious people give their lives for human good than atheists?

Study shows fathers and mothers parent boys and girls differently. But secularists want this to change.

Why is the left unhappy with Trump’s proposal for paid family leave? It isn’t “free” for employers.

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Top News – 5/30/2017

CRISPR gene-editing tool causes unintended genetic mutations
It’s not hyperbolic to say that the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique has been a revolutionary breakthrough, allowing scientists the ability to quickly, easily and precisely edit sections of DNA. But questions over how precise the CRISPR tool is have been raised in a new study from Columbia University Medical Center, which shows this gene-editing technology can introduce hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome.

Trump Completely Un-enamored With Abbas
Reports have emerged that the closed door meeting between Trump and Abbas was definitely not friendly when Abbas reiterated that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.

Japan urges China to do more to pressure North Korea
Japan has urged China to do more to influence North Korea to help pressure the country to stop its nuclear and missile development. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says that during talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, he urged Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi to have China play a greater role in dealing with Pyongyang.

Turkey Attempting to Take Over Jordanian Control of Temple Mount
The Jerusalem municipality’s eastern Jerusalem experts have revealed in recent days that Turkey has been competing with Jordan over influence among Arab residents as well as over control of the Temple Mount, Hashiloach—an Israeli journal for thought and policy, created by the Tikvah Fund—reported last week. The city’s experts, David Koren and Ben Avrahami, also revealed that Turkey has begun pouring millions of dollars into non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in eastern Jerusalem, in order to strengthen Ankara’s status among the Arab residents, at the expense of Jordan and Israel.

US May Tacitly Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Report Says
The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence may participate in the event, hosted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and that the broadcast could be perceived as the White House’s tacit recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

North Korea promises ‘gifts’ to the Americans
Kim Jong-Un says latest ballistic missile test is a step towards sending bigger “gift package” to the U.S.

Philippines urges Islamist rebels to surrender as battle enters 8th day
The Philippine military urged Islamist militants occupying a southern city to turn themselves in on Tuesday, the eighth day of a push by security forces using armored vehicles and firing rockets from helicopters to eliminate the gunmen. The government says it is close to retaking Marawi from the Islamic State-linked Maute group, which seized parts of the city after a failed attempt by security forces to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the militants’ so-called emir of Southeast Asia.

Netanyahu: Israeli land swaps with Palestinians won’t bring peace
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Tuesday that any future peace agreement…must include an Israeli military presence in the West Bank and offered insight on security concerns the government may have following a prospective deal…Netanyahu said that “In any peace agreement we [Israel] will have to maintain military control of all the territory west of the Jordan River. This is the truth and I will continue saying this truth.”

Report: After Iranian elections, Tehran-Hamas ties warming up
Iran has allegedly decided to resume financial backing for Hamas, Palestinian sources said on Tuesday. The move came after representatives from the Islamic Republic and the Palestinian terror group conducted intensive discussions in Lebanon over the last two weeks, according to London-based Arab language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.

Report: China open to ‘active role’ in advancing Mideast peace process
China is willing to play an active role in pushing forward the frozen peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Tuesday. The report cited remarks made by Chinese special envoy to the Middle East, Gong Xiaosheng, during a meeting on Monday night with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

White House faces deadline for clarity on Israel embassy move
Twice a year…presidents have issued a “suspension of limitations”…provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act– a waiver that allows them to delay moving the US Embassy…from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “…to protect the national security interests of the United States.”…every December and June since 1998, the White House…waive[d] an appropriations requirement that would suspend 50% of the State Department’s buildings maintenance budget until the secretary of state verifies he has opened a Jerusalem embassy.

Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain
At least five people have been killed in Bangladesh after Cyclone Mora hit the country’s south-eastern coast. Most of them were killed by falling trees in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati, officials told the BBC. Hundreds of houses were fully or partly damaged, the officials said. Significant damage is reported in refugee camps housing Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar.

Moscow threat as Moldova expels five Russian diplomats
Russia has condemned Moldova’s decision to expel five of its diplomats, calling it a move against the country’s pro-Russian president. Russia’s response will be “quite harsh”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. Moldova’s pro-EU government announced the expulsions on Monday, without giving a reason. It is one of Europe’s poorest countries and gets EU funding.

Moscow storm: 16 killed in Russian capital and region
Sixteen people were killed when a severe thunderstorm hit Moscow and the region around the Russian capital on Monday, officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled, and about 150 people needed medical help. It was the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs
US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world’s most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports. It fights bacteria in three different ways, making it much less likely that the bugs can dodge the attack.

Islam on Track to Overtake Christianity as World’s No. 1 Religion
Muslims will double their share of the population in the United States by 2050 and surpass Christianity as the world’s dominant religion by the end of the century, according to a Pew Research Center report released last week. The Pew study comes the same week that saw two acts of mass murder perpetrated by Muslim extremists — a suicide bombing outside a concert in Manchester, England, and a gun attack on a bus filled with Coptic Christians in Egypt.

‘Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after the Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country…The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system battery was initially deployed in March in the southeastern region of Seongju with just two of its maximum load of six launchers to counter a growing North Korean missile threat.

Documents reportedly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that under Obama, the Pentagon lost track of nearly $1 billion worth of weapons sent to the Iraqi Security Forces.

Hillary Aide Charged with Violations of Espionage Act and Conspiracy with Hostile Foreign Agents
Buried in the news of everything important by the Mainstream Media that is still protecting Hillary and Obama even after Donald Trump became president: Report what we need to report and cover up what we need to cover up.

“The Technology Is Getting Real” – Laser Weapons Edge Closer To Battlefield Use
“The technology is getting real. It’s the dawn of a new era where the tech can be made

Trump SMASHES another Obama legacy; liberals WEEP
…Barack Obama deserved plenty of credit for gutting welfare reform during his administration, granting the states the option to waive their work for welfare requirements, which led to skyrocketing usage. States that have re-implemented their work requirements have seen precipitous drop-offs in welfare use among their able bodied residents. President Donald Trump is going to make sure it’s all states that end up re-implementing those work requirements.

Three Leakers Of Classified White House Information Said To Be Identified, Expected To Be Fired
Three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired, according to CBS which adds that leaks of Trump’s conversation with Lavrov are by officials who are holdovers from President Obama’s administration.

Heineken Campaign Calls For “World Without Borders”
A new ad campaign for Heineken beer promotes “a world without borders or barriers,” in another nod to the vacuous virtue-signaling that is being embraced by many top companies.

Arch of Ba’al, Erected for G7, Is Portal for Messiah – or New World Order, Warns Rabbi
A pagan arch erected in Italy one month before the meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders in the same country may be the portal whose opening could usher in the age of the Messiah – or a sinister World Order, a prominent rabbi has claimed. The rabbi believes that the two events – the unveiling last month of a replica of the Palmyra Arch, a symbol of paganism and idol worship, and the recent G7 summit, representing the coming together of world powers – are deeply and troublingly connected.

Country-rock superstar warns Schumer of Democrat scandals
Country music superstar Charlie Daniels…has issued a warning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  Daniels challenges Schumer to “lay your hand on a Holy Bible and tell America that you believe in your heart that Donald Trump has actually colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to the detriment of the United States of America.”

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China
Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Trump says North Korea shows ‘great disrespect’ to China with missile
U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast.

PM Abe: Japan will take steps with US to deter North Korea
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch and vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang’s repeated provocations. “As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Abe told reporters in brief televised remarks. “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”

Abbas is being told to shape up – or else
Trump pointedly told Abbas: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice.

Israel conducts ‘experimental’ rocket test over heart of the country
The Defense Ministry said Monday that it conducted a successful experimental test of its rocket propulsion system from a military base located in the center of Israel. Images shared on social media showed a projectile streaking through the sky…Rocket propulsion systems are designed to launch large systems such as satellites, ballistic missiles and large ground to air missiles.

Pro-peace group leverages Six Day War anniversary for global Jewish action
New peace organization “Save Israel, Stop the Occupation” (SISO) is appealing to Jews both in Israel and around the world to join their call for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, running events throughout June to mark 50 years since the Six Day War when Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem…Internationally, SISO is coordinating with Jewish communities on five continents, appealing to them to partner with Israelis to end military rule over the Palestinians.

Australia to send 30 additional troops to Afghanistan
Australia will increase its troop presence in Afghanistan following a formal request from the US, Canberra has said. The 30 new military advisers will raise Australia’s total deployment to 300, Defence Minister Marise Payne said. Earlier this month, US authorities recommended sending at least 3,000 more soldiers to fight the Taliban.

France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron says he expects some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports.

N. Korea fires ‘Scud-type’ ballistic missile
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, dealing another blow to efforts by South Korea’s new government to improve inter-Korean ties. The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). “The flight distance is around 450 kilometers,” it said.

Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians
The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the “unification” of its eternal capital.

Iran leader slams Saudis as America’s ‘milking cow’
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by “infidel” Americans. “These people (the Saudis) appear to believe in the Koran… but in practice they act against its teachings,” Khamenei said at a meeting on Saturday to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Japan’s growing concern over China’s naval might
The Izumo is the largest vessel built by Japan since the end of World War Two – and she looks very much like an aircraft carrier…There is growing support in Japan for a more strident response to Chinese military assertiveness around Japanese waters and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has been increasingly active in the region.

Philippines military says close to defeating Islamist rebels
The Philippines military said on Monday it was close to retaking a southern city held for a seventh day by Islamist militants, as helicopters unleashed more rockets on positions held by the rebels aligned with Islamic State. The clashes…the Maute militia…has become the biggest security challenge of Rodrigo Duterte’s 11-month presidency, with gunmen resisting air and ground assaults and still in control of central parts of a city of 200,000 people.

Cyclone churns towards Bangladesh as storm toll reaches almost 200 in Sri Lanka, India
An intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed almost 200 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were “likely to be inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters)” above normal and raised the storm danger signal, on a scale of one to 10, to seven.

In “Watershed Moment” Merkel Says Germany Can No Longer Rely On America
In what has been dubbed a “watershed moment” Angela Merkel speaking at a rally in Bavaria, said that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” as it can no longer rely on the US and UK. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”

Hypocrisy alert: Lebanon almost finished building a wall, with 4 watchtowers, Around 100,000 ‘Palestinians’, World Says Nothing
You know how “human rights” groups and “pro-Palestinian” groups love to say that Israel puts Palestinians in Gaza as well as the West Bank in an “open-air prison”? You know how the media will exhaustively cover any defensive measures Israel does to protect itself from terrorists that live among the Palestinians as “collective punishment”?

California Ready for Single-Payer Insurance … But Who’s Going to Pay for It?
In California, after the state robs the taxpayers of their last pennies, apparently more money just falls out of the sky.

Senator: Regs not protecting kids from spying toys
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has written to the Federal Trade Commission expressing concern that the regulations for toys and related products are not keeping pace with “consumer and technology trends.” He said toys that spy on kids by automatically connecting to the Internet through WiFi can deliver tantalizing tidbits of information about their lives to marketers.

“You Tricked Me” – Trump Reportedly Rages At Palestine’s Abbas For ‘Lying To Him’
“You tricked me in Washington… You talked to me about peace, but the Israelis showed me that you are personally supporting incitement…”

Homeland’s Kelly Lashes Out At “Treasonous” Intelligence Leakers
“I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked – high, high level of classification – I think it’s darn close to treason.”

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn’t defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.

FAKE NEWS: CNN Pushes The Outrageous Claim That Islam Helped To Create The United States

CNN’s W. Kamau Bell devoted a recent episode of his series United Shades of America to exploring Muslim and Arab communities.

Aside from some interesting vignettes, the program is left-wing, anti-Trump propaganda that firmly establishes the network’s political bias. Bell also serves up some historical distortions of the sort spoonfed to undergraduates on politically-correct campuses, such as the claim that Islam has always been present in the U.S.

“Islam has always been part of the American fabric,” one Muslim man in Detroit tells Bell at an anti-Trump event. “A lot of people think that Islam is from a foreign country, or is a foreign religion. It’s not — it’s very American.” He goes on to criticize “those more violent voices in our society” — and he does not mean radical Islamists. Bell is so impressed that he asks the man, “When are you running for mayor?”, comparing him to a “young Barack Obama.”

It was Obama who told the Muslim world in his Cairo speech in 2009: “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” He offered a dubious proof: “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.” He also cited the Treaty of Tripoli, which was essentially an agreement to pay a bribe to Muslim pirates who had made a practice of kidnapping Americans.

For CNN, the argument that Islam has “always” been present in the U.S. rests largely on the claim that a significant minority of black slaves were Muslim.

On Saturday, CNN correspondent Dean Obeidallah claimed that “Islam has been here since the time of slavery, because ten to fifteen percent of the African slaves brought were Muslim. So Islam was here before the creation of the United States. It was actually part of the creation of the United States of America.” Bell’s interviewee raises the estimate, claiming that “during the slave trade, up to about 25 to 30% of the slaves came from areas where there were predominantly Muslim populations.”(Note that these claims leave out the role of Muslims in the slave trade itself, casting Muslims purely as victims.)

This is what our founding fathers actually thought about Islam:

There is some basis for some of the claims CNN cites. As Daniel Pipes noted in 2000, “Muslims constituted a significant percentage of the Africans brought to the Americas in servitude; and that, as the most educated and resistant of the captive peoples, they exerted a disproportionate influence on slave life in the Americas.” But the faith did not survive among these populations; few of their descendants knew their forefathers’ Muslim origins.

While Muslims were present at America’s founding, Islam — as a coherent, self-conscious religious and political civilization — was not. Had it been present, one would have expected the Founding Fathers to be more aware of it, and one would have expected to see an American version of the faith emerge, one more comfortable with ideas of tolerance and individual liberty, much as different reformist versions of Judaism flourished in the United States.

To the extent that Islam was a part of early American history, it was a negative force, an external enemy.

The predations of the Barbary pirates prompted the U.S. to build a world-class navy and deploy the fledgling Marines. As Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger recall in Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, Jefferson was shocked when, at a meeting in London with the Tripolitan ambassador and John Adams in 1786, the Muslim envoy declared that American Christians were fair game for piracy: “… all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of faithful persons to plunder and enslave.”

There are echoes of that Islamic supremacism in the public statements of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whom Bell interviews jovially on CNN. After the San Bernardino terror attack in December 2015, CAIR not only ensured an Islamic burial for the terrorists and represented their family in court, but blamed the murder of 14 Americans and the wounding of 22 more at a Christmas party on U.S. foreign policy.

CAIR has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror-funding operation — none of which Bell mentions.

Bell offers one additional argument to defend the idea that Islam is intrinsically American: “America has always had heroes who were Muslims.” He cites Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Malcolm X — none of whom were active in public life before the 1960s. Amazingly, he also praises the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Bell cites Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” — and ignores his vicious racism and antisemitism.

Brigitte Gabriel Reads the Muslim Brotherhood Plan for America:

CNN’s effort at historical revisionism is not just aimed at encouraging Americans to adopt more tolerant attitudes toward Muslims, but to discourage awareness or criticism of aspects of contemporary Islamic political thought that clash with liberal democratic principles and that, in extremis, pose an active terrorist threat.

Islam need not be seen as a foreign presence. But to claim that it predates, or was part of, the Founding, is fake history and “fake news.”

Americans are certainly tolerant enough to accept law-abiding and tolerant Muslim communities into the fabric of American social and political life without being taught lies about the role Islam played in our history, or being made to feel that Islam’s claims on this country precede almost anyone else’s. source

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Brother Steven Wasserman Accused of Burying Seth Rich Case

Former Head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,  lost her position during the DNC Convention due to WikiLeaks emails being released that showed her efforts to enable Hillary Clinton to win the DNC nomination and steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders.  Now Wasserman Schultz is back in the news.  This time it is because of her close ties with the Assistant US Attorney at the Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

Wasserman Schultz’s brother, Steven Wasserman, is the Assistant US Attorney at the Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.  Questions are arising whether Steven has played a part in burying the Seth Rich case in DC.  No one has yet been charged in spite of the many unanswered questions related to the murder case.  Because Rich reportedly provided emails to WikiLeaks there are many who believe Rich was murdered as a result.

There are too many questions and coincidences for the Seth Rich case not to be investigated at the highest levels of the government.

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If You Don’t Think Progressivism is a Disease, Check This Out

He’s a liberal progressive college professor, on a liberal progressive campus, in the liberal progressive state of Washington, in the liberal progressive region
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5 Highly Respected Financial Experts That Are Warning That A Market Crash Is Imminent

If everything is going to be “just fine”, why are so many big names in the financial community warning about an imminent meltdown?  I don’t think that I have seen so many simultaneous warnings about a market crash since just before the great financial crisis of 2008.  And at this point, you would have to be quite blind not to see that stocks are absurdly overvalued and that a correction is going to happen at some point.  And when stocks do start crashing, lots of fingers are going to start pointing at President Trump, but it won’t be his fault.  The Federal Reserve and other central banks are primarily responsible for creating this bubble, and they should definitely get the blame for what is about to happen to global financial markets. (Read More…)

The Next Stock Market Crash Will Be Blamed On Donald Trump But It Will Be The Federal Reserve’s Fault Instead

A stock market crash is coming, and the Democrats and the mainstream media are going to blame Donald Trump for it even though it won’t be his fault.  The truth is that we were headed for a major financial crisis no matter who won the election.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up a staggering 230 percent since the lows of 2009, and no stock market rally in our history has ever reached the 10 year mark without at least a 20 percent downturn.  At this point stocks are about as overvalued as they have ever been, and every other time we have seen a bubble of this magnitude a historic stock market crash has always followed.  Those that are hoping that this time will somehow be different are simply being delusional. (Read More…)

How Bono And the Emergent Church Are Leading Millions Away From Biblical Christianity

Have you been fooled by this rocker, who talks about his love for Jesus, but in reality shows his love for Satan during his performances?

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The Christian Exodus From The Middle East

Threatened with discrimination, enslavement and death at the hands of Islamic radicals, millions of families are forced to make a desperate choice to leave behind everything they know and seek safety in the West.

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The Left’s Misguided Love Affair With Islam

Why do so many liberals praise a religion that, at its root, is quite conservative, if not fundamentalist?

Why do they defend a faith that would not defend them? Worse still, why do they defend a faith that, in some cases, would do violence to them?

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Americans Love Jesus But Struggle With The Church

A new study by Barna raises another interesting possibility however: “Americans who love Jesus but not the Church.” Foregoing church attendance for more personal and individual expressions of faith, this group poses several interesting questions to researchers.

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NTEB EXCLUSIVE: Sources Tell Us President Trump Will Sign Waiver Postponing The US Embassy Move To Jerusalem

On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s last waiver pursuant to the Jerusalem Embassy Act will expire. Absent a new waiver by President Trump, the provisions of the law will go into full effect. Trump promised during his campaign to move the embassy, a policy embodied both in federal law and the Republican Party platform. But since he came into office, Trump’s promise seems to have lost some momentum.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We were able to confirm through contact with Rep. Ron DeSantis’ office in Washington that the event mentioned below is scheduled to take place on June 7th, 2017, and that it is by invitation only. And sadly, we were also able to confirm that it is “highly likely” and a “very safe bet” that President Trump will follow in the footsteps of Obama, Bush and Clinton and sign the waiver on Thursday June 2nd delaying the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. This is one story that I hope and pray we have to issue a retraction on. Keep your promise, President Trump, and move that embassy to Jerusalem now! 

The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.

Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will take part from the Knesset. All members of Knesset and both houses of Congress have been invited to the event, which was organized by Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

Celebrating 50 Years of Jerusalem’s Reunification in Congress:

While the US does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the parts of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in 1967, White House participation in the event could be viewed as tacit acknowledgment of Israel’s position regarding Jerusalem. The event comes after Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall during his trip here last week but held back from making any mention of Jerusalem Day, celebrated the day after he left the country.

The event comes along with a strong push from Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu called on the US and all other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin both asked Trump to recognize the capital during his visit to Israel last week.

While Trump did neither of those things, he mentioned the millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem during his address at the Israel Museum. source

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 30, 2017

Merkel Bemoans U.S. Leadership Under Trump

The German chancellor comments imply that Trump has abandoned Europe — ironic since Trump is reasserting U.S. leadership.

The Foundation

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)

May 29, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “I wonder, though, whether as I come to the end of my exploration, I have changed my mind about declaring myself an atheist. With my definition of God as that which we cannot know, to declare myself an atheist would mean that I believe there is nothing we cannot know…. In some sense I think I have proved that this God does exist. The challenge now is to explore what quality this God has.”… (more)

May 29, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — Josh Gerstein’s Politico story about the owners of a Russian bank suing BuzzFeed for publishing the “Trump Dossier” containing “unproven claims” doesn’t go far enough. These “unproven” and even disproven claims that have guided the FBI’s dead-end investigation of President Donald Trump are one reason that former Director James Comey deserved to be fired…. (more)

May 29, 2017
BILL FEDERER — Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed to have held the original Memorial Day, such as:… (more)

May 29, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Americans across the country will be attending parades and firing up their barbecue grills for the long Memorial Day weekend, but 21 U.S. service members won’t be around to mark the holiday…. (more)

May 29, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Memorial Day is of course when we remember those who died serving their country in our armed services. There was a time when America’s movie industry took pride in honoring American servicemen, both the living and the dead; there are a few actors and directors in Hollywood who still do. But since movies about Americans at war have largely gone in the opposite direction since Vietnam, this weekend it might be worthwhile going back to see seven movies that deal with war in an honest but not defeatist way. These works portray serving one’s country in uniform as something to be revered and respected, not dismissed or derided…. (more)

May 29, 2017

DAILY MAIL — A teenager has become the latest suspect to be arrested in connection with the Manchester terror attack. The 19-year-old was detained in the Gorton area of the city on suspicion of terror offences by officers, who have been conducting raids throughout the day, as police continue to close in on Salman Abedi’s terrorist ring…. (more)

Top Headlines – 5/30/2017

Netanyahu: A Trump-endorsed peace deal will come at a price

Netanyahu: Trump is ‘determined to get a deal’ with the Palestinians

Ex-UN envoy Bolton to JPost: Trump has no chance at ultimate peace deal

Netanyahu on US relations: ‘we don’t have a blank check in regards to our policies’

‘Netanyahu no longer supports two-state solution’

Palestinians: Abbas Immediately Breaks Promises to Trump

White House faces deadline for clarity on Israel embassy move

PA asks UN to act against Israeli ‘Judaization’

Abbas appoints jailed Israeli Arab terrorist to Fatah Central Committee

Palestinians paid terrorists $1b in past 4 years, Knesset panel hears

Former Top Israeli Diplomatic Official: Palestinian Authority Terror Payments Must Stop, We Should Support Taylor Force Act

PA admits: Gaza now an independent entity run by Hamas

Report: Iran will resume financial aid to Hamas

Norway demands Palestinians return misused donor funds

Israeli government admits: UN has broken the law in Jerusalem

Congress to celebrate belated Jerusalem Day

Pro-peace group leverages Six Day War anniversary for global Jewish action

6-day war begets 50 years of strife for Israel

Arab leaders did plan to eliminate Israel in Six-Day War

‘Israel is the biggest threat to humanity’

Israel conducts ‘experimental’ rocket test over heart of the country

Lapid: Entire Israeli security establishment is worried by Trump’s Saudi arms deal

Netanyahu praises Norway for defunding from terrorist-named women’s center

North Miami Beach Jewish school evacuated over bomb threat

Arrested cousin of Manchester bomber posted anti-Semitic messages on Facebook

UK received early warnings about Manchester terrorist

Manchester attack transforms Britain’s election campaign

German FM: Trump has ‘weakened’ the West, hurt EU interests

Iran denies Trump’s claims it sponsors terrorism

In the belly of the beast: On Mosul sidelines, Iran gains Nineveh foothold

Chemical weapons a red line in Syria, France’s Macron says

US Lost Track Of Nearly A Billion Dollars Of Arms Sent To Iraq Under Obama

Suicide bomber kills eight at Baghdad ice cream shop

ISIS Sympathizers Celebrate Deadly Terror Attacks in Egypt: ‘Bless Pure Hands That Kill Christians’

‘Bomb violence with mercy’: anti-terror ad goes viral in Middle East

29 Slaughtered Coptic Christians, Including Children, Were Asked by IS to Deny Faith in Jesus but Refused

Islam on Track to Overtake Christianity as World’s No. 1 Religion

Bible Answer Man Says Islam Is Not Religion of Peace, Warns of Ramadan: Muslims Fast, They Also Blast

Syria war becomes backdrop of Ramadan TV dramas

White House refuses to hold Ramadan event for first time in 20 years

President Trump proclaims Memorial Day 2017 as a day of ‘Prayer for Permanent Peace’

“The Technology Is Getting Real” – Laser Weapons Edge Closer To Battlefield Use

North Korean Tests Add Urgency for U.S. to Fix Defense Flaws

North Korea Claims Breakthrough in Missile Technology

North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest test

Japan vows to take action with US after North Korea missile test

South Korea says conducted joint drills with U.S. B-1B strategic bomber

Pentagon to test new anti-missile system in wake of North Korea threat

Trump says North Korea shows “great disrespect” to China with missile

China urges N.Korea to create conditions for talks after missile test

France’s Macron holding ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

Putin spurns allegations that Russia meddled in foreign elections

Vladimir Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State, John McCain says

Jared Kushner didn’t suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says

Three Leakers Of Classified White House Information Said To Be Identified, Expected To Be Fired

‘Sanctuary Cities’ protests interrupt Texas House session

‘I’ll put a bullet in your head’: Fistfight nearly erupts on final day of contentious legislative session in Texas

Baltimore Mayor Considers Removal Of Confederate Monuments

Kentucky town welcomes Confederate memorial moved from Louisville

Portland mayor aims to nix free-speech rally, fears ‘hatred’

Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of financing dictatorship

Venezuelan opposition threatens country won’t pay Goldman Sachs’ $2.8 billion bond deal

Egypt announces $2.49 billion package to cope with inflation

A nation’s millstone: It’s not just national debt; household debt is huge

As Americans take on more debt, some pockets of concern

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Recession Wounds Heal

Route to Air Travel Discomfort Starts on Wall Street

British Airways could face 100m Euro compensation bill over IT meltdown

British Airways flights are facing chaos for days after computer meltdown leaves more than 100k stranded

‘Judy’ Malware Potentially Hits Up to 36.5M Android Users

How to Save Your Digital Soul

Nasa to hold major press conference on first mission ‘to touch the sun’

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Sulawesi island in Indonesia, no threat of tsunami

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Los Angeles, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikiski, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kasiguncu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kasiguncu, Indonesia

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Bangladesh raises highest danger warning as cyclone takes aim

1 million in nature’s crosshairs as Cyclone Mora makes landfall in Bangladesh

More than 120,000 people still without power after severe storms rip through Memphis

Pakistan protesters demand electricity as temperatures soar

Drought damage: 30% rise in salinity of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee)

Lab-created moths with a ‘self-destruct’ gene to be released onto U.S. farmland

New Ebola cases may show effect of improved alerts, global official says

Democratic Republic of Congo authorizes trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Antibiotic of last resort re-engineered to kill resistant bacteria

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China

White House Closes International Abortion Funding Loophole

Australia to strip convicted paedophiles of passports

Popular Chinese lesbian dating app removed from internet

Demand for sex changes jumped dramatically last year

Emmanuel Macron Challenges Putin on Syria and Gay Rights

Baby boomers are divorcing at a stunning rate

Since election, yoga rises off the mat to take on Donald Trump

Jesus, big money and the GOP: Before Fox News, there was “The 700 Club”

‘America’s Pastor’ Max Lucado in Tulsa to film new TBN series titled ‘Unshakable Hope’ – Matt Crouch Wants to Change the Face Of Christian TV

Josh Duggar Faces $25K Lawsuit for Using California Man’s Photo as Ashley Madison Profile

Saddleback Church Statement Appears to Downplay Role of Alleged Molester Ruben Meulenberg

To counter Leah Remini’s return to A&E, Scientology recruits her father in smear attack

Shocking 911 Call: Baby Born Alive After Abortion, “The Fetus is Breathing, We Can’t Provide Care”

Video: Planned Parenthood Encourages Woman to Get Sex-Selection Abortion

Her Husband Wanted A Boy, So She Had 18 Abortions Until She Was Pregnant With a Son

ISIS Sympathizers Celebrate Deadly Terror Attacks in Egypt: ‘Bless Pure Hands That Kill Christians’

Abbas rejects Trump’s peace proposal

Trump furious with Abbas: You lied to me

Bloomberg reports that Palestinians close to Abbas have disputed the report of discord, saying that the meeting with Trump was good

Trump’s message: No Mideast peace without Israeli concession

The Trump effect: Slight uptick in Palestinian support for peace talks

Construction okayed on new settlement for Amona evacuees

Netanyahu Returns to the Western Wall Tunnels, the Bedrock of His Political Existence

Erekat: Israeli cabinet meeting in Western Wall tunnels a ‘provocation’

Netanyahu wishes ‘Ramadan Kareem’ to Muslim world

Israeli President Rivlin Pronounces – We All Worship the Same God

UN chief pulls support for Palestinian women’s center named after terrorist

Derelict economy could sink ‘Titanic’ Israel, experts warn

Tower of David plans renovation, connecting east and west

MKs move to boost development of east Jerusalem’s infrastructure

If Russia recognizes Jerusalem, why can’t other countries do so?

‘We will become a minority in Israel’: Six-Day War cabinet minutes released

Biafran Jews mark 50 years since failed bid for independence

Can ‘Jewishness’ be proven with a simple saliva test?

Israel conducts missile test launch

Israel preparing partial evacuation in case of conflict with Lebanon

Pope says Egyptian Copts killed by ISIS were ‘martyrs’

Coptic Christians accuse Egyptian government of failing to protect them

Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout

Iran’s supreme leader: Saudis face ‘certain downfall’

Iraq’s Iran-backed paramilitary advances towards Syria border

Turkish military says kills 13 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

UN braces for up to 200,000 Iraqis to flee Mosul

Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now ‘annihilation’

Islamic State spreads tentacles to gain hold of territory in Southeast Asia

Bodies of civilians dumped near Philippines city besieged by Islamists

Christians caught up in Philippines’ urban battle with Islamists

India imposes security lockdown in Kashmir to stop protests

Russian Lawmaker: We Would Use Nukes if US or NATO Enters Crimea

North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile, US and South Korea say

Suspected ballistic missile fired from North Korea lands in Japan waters

PM Abe: Japan will take steps with US to deter N.Korea

Pentagon chief: War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’

3rd US Naval Strike Force Deployed to Deter North Korea

Japan’s growing concern over China’s naval might

2 killed, 18 injured in knife attack in southwest China

In “Watershed Moment” Merkel Says Germany Can No Longer Rely On America

Merkel: Europe ‘can no longer rely on allies’ after Trump and Brexit

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

More arrests in Manchester attack; UK remains on high alert

Report reveals number of jihadists in UK – and the total is horrifying

Homeland Security head battles immigrant-rights groups

Rahm Emanuel: Dreamers Are ‘Part of the Chicago Family’ – Illegal Immigrants Are ‘Welcome Here’

Mississippi shooting: 8 dead, including deputy; suspect says ‘I ain’t fit to live’

Homeland’s Kelly Lashes Out At “Treasonous” Intelligence Leakers

Trump Takes Aim at White House Leaks

Trump attacks ‘fake news’ amid Russia controversy that now includes Kushner

Kushner reportedly encouraged to take hiatus as FBI probes Russia contacts

Assange: ‘Kushner correct to create channels with everyone’

Circa: FBI Illegally Shared Espionage Data On Americans With Unauthorized Actors

US weighs banning laptop computers on international flights

British Airways Faces Second Day of Disruption After Computer Failure

UC Berkeley and Google want to create an eclipse ‘megamovie’ with help from citizens

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Bogoslof volcano in Alaska erupts to 35,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Cyclonic Storm Mora threatens to flood Bangladesh, northeastern India

Sri Lanka floods: Residents afraid as more rain forecast

Sri Lanka steps up monsoon relief as toll hits 113

Parts of Missouri pounded by softball-sized hail

Climate change: Trump keeps world waiting on Paris deal

Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision

Merkel vows to convince climate change ‘doubters’

Number 1 Enemy Of Bees: This Parasite Transmits Viruses That Kill Honeybee Colonies

India reports its first 3 cases of the Zika virus

NYC Mayor De Blasio Staffer Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

Jacob Prasch – A Review of Randy White’s Article Delegitimizing Discernment Ministries

Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 1)

Prophetic Teasing? – Jennifer LeClaire Jazzes Up the “Oracles of God”

Pastor Steve Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony

Heresy Hunters Open letter to Michael Brown…

Saddleback Church youth mentor arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with 2 boys

Men Allege Willow Creek Community Church Counselor Sexually Abused Them 300 Times

Pastor Faces Third Lawsuit Alleging ‘Sexual Exploitation’

29 Slaughtered Coptic Christians, Including Children, Were Asked by IS to Deny Faith in Jesus but Refused

Judge Censors Video Exposing Planned Parenthood Doc Laughing About Aborted Baby’s Eyes Popping Out

New York Considering Legalizing Late-Term Abortions, Allowing Abortion Up to Birth

Planned Parenthood Dresses Turn Killing Babies in Abortions Into a Fashion Statement

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department

North Korea warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for U.S. after latest test

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:05 AM PDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of…

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Dozen killed, Over 120 injured in Moscow as severe storm causes havoc

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Twelve people were killed and at least 125 injured in Moscow and the Moscow Region, including 17 children, as result of Monday’s storm, according to…

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Texas Takes a Step to Keep Sharia Law Out of American Courts

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:49 AM PDT

Texas lawmakers are taking serious measures to protect Americans from sharia law.  The Texas state Senate passed HB45, the Texas Foreign Law Procedural Protection Act….

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8 dead, more than 30,000 evacuated as severe floods and landslides hit Brazil

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:44 AM PDT

Extreme rainfall has caused severe flooding and deadly landslides in the northeastern and southern Brazil over the weekend, claiming the lives of at least 8…

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The five safest countries if World War 3 breaks out

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:40 AM PDT

World War 3 is becoming an increasingly alarming possibility as international conflict intensifies. These are the safest countries to hide out in.  Tensions are boiling…

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Church of Scotland to Allow Gay Marriage?

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:36 AM PDT

A leader of the Church of Scotland, who convenes the church’s Theological Forum, told the General Assembly there is no theological reason to oppose same-sex…

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200 people dead or missing after extreme rainfall hits Sri Lanka

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:31 AM PDT

Nearly 200 people are dead or missing after very heavy monsoon rains caused severe floods and mudslides in several southern and western areas of drought-stricken…

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City Refuses Atheist Group’s Request to Remove Cross From Public Park

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:28 AM PDT

Officials at a city in Missouri have decided to refuse a prominent professing atheist organization’s request to remove a cross display from a public park.  The…

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Fears Grow Of Increasing ISIS Foothold In Southern Philippines

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:35 PM PDT

Inside this lakeside city dotted with hundreds of mosques, a powerful militant designated by the Islamic State group as its leader in the Philippines has…

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Nasa attempting first mission ‘to touch the sun’

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:21 PM PDT

Nasa is set to make a major announcement about its first mission “to touch the sun”.  The agency wants to send a spacecraft closer to…

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Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:15 PM PDT

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged…

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Teens Promote Planned Parenthood with Dresses Made of Condoms and Stickers

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:07 PM PDT

Two teens from a private progressive New York high school showed their support for Planned Parenthood by creating dresses for their school’s fashion show out…

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Murdered Coptic Christians, Including Children, Were Asked to Deny Faith in Jesus but Refused

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:00 PM PDT

According to a chaplain, Friday’s massacre of 29 Coptic Christians who were on their way to a monastery in Egypt occurred after Islamic radicals marched them…

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5 Highly Respected Financial Experts That Are Warning That A Market Crash Is Imminent

Posted: 29 May 2017 05:51 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) If everything is going to be “just fine”, why are so many big names in the financial community warning about an imminent…

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FALLING AWAY: Americans Love Jesus But Struggle With The Church

Posted: 29 May 2017 05:45 PM PDT

Decline in church attendance has been the focus of dire predictions for decades now, often attributed to a rise in secularism in American culture that…

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US lawmakers seek to reverse Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Posted: 29 May 2017 05:39 PM PDT

Top Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for the $110-billion arms deal Donald Trump signed with Saudi Arabia last week to be reversed. Their…

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Bitcoin sees $4 billion in value wiped out as price of cryptocurrency falls 20%

Posted: 29 May 2017 05:34 PM PDT

The price of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency bitcoin has lost over a fifth of its value from the record high of last week.  On…

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Trump furious with Abbas, Claimed “You lied to me”

Posted: 29 May 2017 05:30 PM PDT

President Donald Trump lambasted Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, after the president claims the PA leader deceived him regarding his party’s involvement in anti-Israel incitement….

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College Freshmen Abandon Religion at ‘Skyrocketing’ Rate

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:55 PM PDT

Analysis of religious affiliation trends among American college first-year students has found that the number of those who do not belong to a religion, or…

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Mystery Booms Baffle Residents Of Nottingham, Has Continued Last 48 Hours

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:48 PM PDT

A loud “booming” noise has been heard above Nottingham and people are desperate to find out what it was.  The unexplained noise has been described…

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Parents Sue San Diego School District Over ‘Initiative to Combat Islamophobia’

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:44 PM PDT

Six parents and two non-profit organizations have filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District to challenge the implementation of a new “initiative to…

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Ontario gov’t announces bill to ban pro-life speech outside abortion facilities

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:37 PM PDT

Ontario’s Attorney General announced plans for “bubble zone” legislation this morning that would ban pro-life demonstrators and sidewalk counselors from being in front of any…

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Israel conducts ‘experimental’ rocket test over heart of the country

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:32 PM PDT

The Defense Ministry said Monday that it conducted a successful experimental test of its rocket propulsion system from a military base located in the center…

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Hawaii finalizing plans to defend population from nuclear strike and radiation aftermath.

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:29 PM PDT

Hawaii is drawing up plans to protect its population from a North Korean nuclear strike and its radiated aftermath. Officials have produced a doomsday survival…

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DEVELOPING: Alaska volcano erupts triggering highest aviation warning

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:24 PM PDT

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupted Sunday, sending a plume of ash at least 35,000 feet into the air and temporarily triggering the highest aviation alert, scientists…

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Strong 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

Posted: 29 May 2017 01:19 PM PDT

The earthquake struck at around 3.35pm BST (9.35pm local time) and registered 6.6 magnitude.  It hit the Sulawesi region in the north of the country at…

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May 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Most Americans, including Democrats, think voter fraud is a real problem and don’t mind voter ID laws as a solution, according to academic research that suggests Republicans are winning the argument over voting rights and suppression…. (more)

May 29, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — The public’s view of former President Bill Clinton as one of America’s most admired has taken a huge hit, and now just 6 percent want him as their “next president,” according to a new survey…. (more)

May 29, 2017
ALAN DERSHOWITZ — Special Counsel Robert Mueller was commissioned to investigate not only crime, but also the entire Russian “matter.” That is an ominous development that endangers the civil liberties of all Americans…. (more)

May 28, 2017
BILL FEDERER — The earliest human records appeared about 3,000 or 4,000 B.C. – – Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian Valley. This was followed by Egyptian hieroglyphics on papyrus, and Chinese characters in bamboo books…. (more)

May 28, 2017
GEORGE WILL — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting…. (more)

May 28, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A new video about Memorial Day has been released by Bill Heid, an entrepreneur and the executive producer of Heirloom Audio Productions, that not only explains why the holiday is important, but connects it to the biblical heritage of America…. (more)

May 28, 2017
LIFEZETTE — Another Washington Post anonymously sourced hit job dropped on the Trump White House – – this one about Jared Kushner asking the Russian ambassador for a “secret channel.” It landed just in time to greet the president upon his return from his first international trip and shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to “put an end to” the rampant leaks coming from within the government…. (more)

May 28, 2017

BREITBART — White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banking executive, has reopened the U.S. government’s war on coal in direct contravention of directions from President Donald Trump…. (more)

May 28, 2017
BREITBART — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a Democratic U.S. Senator from the heart of coal country in West Virginia, told Breitbart News exclusively that he was shocked and disappointed in White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn’s anti-coal comments in Europe this week…. (more)

May 28, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against President Trump’s so-called travel ban empowers both radical Islam and judicial imperialism. The combination portends lasting damage to the United States…. (more)

May 28, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of unaccountable federal judges overruling lawful executive orders by the president of the United States. I’m also sick and tired of unaccountable federal judges overruling the First Amendment! Let me name names: U.S. District Judge William Orrick…. (more)

May 28, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Yesterday evening, the Center for Medical Progress undercover footage – – recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions – – was removed from YouTube, supposedly for a violation of the site’s Terms of Service agreement…. (more)

May 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — 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…. (more)

May 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by relatives of two Americans killed during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya…. (more)

May 28, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Hillary Clinton, during delivery of a Wellesley College commencement speech, may have inadvertently made Hillary history – – by telling a truth that quite possibly nobody will dispute. What was it she said? That she hit the bottle a bit hard in the days following her lost bid for the White House to Donald Trump…. (more)

May 27, 2017

MIAMI HERALD — U.S. intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens over a five-year period, a practice that earned them a sharp rebuke from a secret court that called the matter a “very serious” constitutional issue. The criticism is in a lengthy secret ruling that lays bare some of the frictions between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and U.S. intelligence agencies obligated to obtain the court’s approval for surveillance activities…. (more)

May 27, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — The government in exile – – the real one, according to the media – – has had a busy week at home and abroad. “President Obama” has given up leading from behind and presumes now to lead from overseas. His secretary of state has a new mission, as missionary to the safe places where snowflakes fall…. (more)

May 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump resisted some intense lobbying by leaders of other industrialized nations Friday to back the Paris climate-change agreement at a G-7 summit in Sicily, Italy. After hours of discussions, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters that the U.S. position on the Paris accord remains an “open question.”… (more)

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)

When the Devil Lures a Generation to Sleep!

Posted: 29 May 2017 07:53 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will show you how the enemy is systematically luring an entire generation into a deep sleep and the…

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Is Chaos in Syria Fulfilling Bible Prophecy?

Posted: 28 May 2017 05:09 PM PDT

The Syrian conflict — and the U.S. decision to strike a base inside the embattled country — is leading to increased concerns about the future of…

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Rabbi Claims DNA Holds Secret to Rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem

Posted: 28 May 2017 05:02 PM PDT

An Israeli rabbi is making the case the Hebrew priesthood can be re-established through genetics, making it time to rebuild the Temple. “Genetics connects modern…

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North Korea Fires short-range ballistic missile flies 450 km, lands in Sea of Japan

Posted: 28 May 2017 04:48 PM PDT

North Korea has launched an unidentified projectile which appears to be a short-range ballistic missile, Yonhap news reports, citing South Korea’s military.  South Korea’s Joint…

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Zika Cases Have Been Detected In India For The First Time

Posted: 28 May 2017 01:45 PM PDT

India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies.  Health Ministry officials said…

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19 Year-Old Among 13 Arrested In Connection With Manchester Bombing

Posted: 28 May 2017 01:39 PM PDT

As the Manchester Arena bombing investigation unfolds, police raid houses and arrest suspects at different locations in the city. Locals say they heard an “explosion”…

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Homeland Security weighs banning laptop computers on ALL international flights…

Posted: 28 May 2017 01:36 PM PDT

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country amid…

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Russian Lawmaker Warns, Russia Will Use Nukes if US or NATO Enters Crimea

Posted: 28 May 2017 01:30 PM PDT

Russia would be forced to use nuclear weapons in any conflict in which U.S. or NATO forces entered eastern Ukraine, a member of Russia’s parliament…

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Big White House Shake-Up Coming?

Posted: 28 May 2017 12:57 PM PDT

President Donald Trump is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including having lawyers vet his tweets and shaking up his top staff, as…

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Great White Sharks Surface Near Jersey Shore and Delaware Beaches…

Posted: 28 May 2017 12:52 PM PDT

Two great white sharks are hanging out at the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches this Memorial Day weekend.  Mary Lee, a 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white…

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Pentagon Chief Warns that War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’

Posted: 28 May 2017 12:47 PM PDT

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned on Sunday that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic,” and would place United States allies in the region…

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RUMORS OF WAR: 3rd US Naval Strike Force Deployed to Deter North Korea

Posted: 28 May 2017 12:42 PM PDT

The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter…

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Israel preparing partial evacuation in case of war with Lebanon

Posted: 28 May 2017 12:39 PM PDT

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What is The Gospel?

Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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The Good News for All Time

Jesus. If he isn’t the epitome of good news for all humanity, hope is undoubtedly lost. Thankfully, our hope in the Savior is not misplaced or misguided, as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John record the life, death, and resurrection of the risen King of Kings so we, like those throughout the course of history, would believe in and receive this glorious truth with a childlike faith (Hebrews 11:1).

Good News in the Beginning

God starts this story—though he has no beginning (Revelation 1:8). Since we think in a linear manner, it seems fitting to think about the good news in the context of the first humans. God created man and woman in the hopes that they would dwell with him forever, but their decision to disobey his kind provision led to spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2).

In his great mercy, however, the Lord continued to provide for the man and woman and their offspring. In the course of time, he showed the people how to atone for their recurring sins by way of a sacrifice (see Leviticus 4).

The blood of animals sprinkled on the altar was not enough for complete and total redemption. Accordingly, the son of God willingly laid down his life—once and for all—that we would be restored to God for good. And after tasting death for every man, Jesus was crowned with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9), an unrivaled glory that will endure for all time.

Good News for Today

The good news started at the beginning of time, when God set in motion a mighty plan to draw all people to him like chicks to a hen (Matthew 23:27). The good news exists today too, in the here and now.

Two verses speak to this, and the first concerns an ongoing process noted in Philippians 2:12: “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” What’s Paul alluding to? Holiness. In the words of author Matthew Henry, “The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness.” Holiness is the daily process of becoming more like Jesus (John 3:30). Going after godliness with all our regenerated hearts, in the power of God’s Spirit, is good news for our spiritual growth.

The second passage that alludes to the daily reminder of the good news of God is tucked into Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” What a thought, to deeply know a faithful God who dispenses fresh mercy with each new sunrise. Every day begins with good news, a mercy that covers our worst sins and leads us toward confession, forgiveness, and repentance.

Good News for the Future

While we know that tomorrow will be greeted with mercy anew like today, what does the larger picture look like? What does the future look like?

If we backpedal to the resurrection of Jesus the Savior some 2,000 years ago, this translates into a different tomorrow for everyone who witnessed that unbelievable moment in time as the stone was beside the tomb. The twelve disciples for example, once stubborn and timid, were boldly proclaiming that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 5:29-32) to all who would listen to their message.

What does this mean for us as 21st century followers of Jesus? We are called to be ambassadors for Christ: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Jesus is the epitome of good news for all humanity, hope for the lost.

Matthew 28 closes with a comforting view for tomorrow and for the future: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Many of us interpret “end of the age” to mean “end of days” or “the end of time.” Regardless of your interpretation, what’s striking about this verse is that Jesus is likely referencing our end. Since he too is fully God, there is no end for him. He will endure forever.

Lastly, the good news reveals that the enemy will be defeated at the end of the age. The thief who comes to “steal and kill and destroy” will meet his well-deserved demise. “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur” (Revelation 20:10).

The future is one of hope, as what was started will surely be finished. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12: 1-2).

That’s good news.


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Are You Reading or Feeding on God’s Word?

Jeremiah 15:16; 1 Peter 2:1-3

Code: B170530

Newborn babies are not ambivalent about their need for milk. It’s not simply one of their dietary options or preferences. They desperately need it and can’t possibly survive without it.

The apostle Peter likened that urgent craving to the kind of hunger Christians should have for God’s Word: “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow” (1 Peter 2:2).

Clearly, that kind of desperate hunger and passionate longing cannot be satisfied by a cursory reading of God’s Word. Christians obviously cannot get the nourishment they need or crave by simply flopping open their Bibles and reading a few random verses.

We recently asked John MacArthur to clarify the difference between feeding on God’s Word and merely reading it. Here’s what he had to say:

Watch this one-minute video clip:

Do you fervently study God’s Word because it is the only source of the spiritual sustenance you crave? Or are you simply checking a box in your daily devotional routine?

We need to go beyond Bible reading as a mechanical ritual. Approaching God’s Word with a pure heart—no longer clinging to the pet sins we once loved—opens our eyes to the profound depth and meaning of Scripture. When we come to God’s Word with purity of heart, and the ability to rightly interpret it, then we can truly meditate—feed—on the rich and deeply satisfying truths of Scripture.

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When Prayer Is Difficult

I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf. (Romans 15:30)

In my Christian life, I have found that prayer is a difficult discipline. And I concur with others that praying moves through different seasons. My posture may change, my prayers may change.

But whatever season I am currently facing, my specific prayers are often marked by experiences. If I am doubting, I pray for faith. If I’m hurting, I pray for healing. If I lack wisdom, I ask God to give me discernment. If this true for you, we are together in the difficult discipline of prayer, for I am no saint when it comes to fervency of prayer. Prayer is a lagging discipline that needs constant shoring up.

The Difficulty of Prayer

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that needs cultivation. The ground needs to be turned over. Seeds need to be planted and watered. We wait like the farmer, trusting the seed will sprout and multiply its blessing.

Prayer takes effort and constant fine-tuning. We learn to pray. We learn what not to say. At one point, Paul commended Epaphras on his fervent prayer life, calling him a struggler in prayer: “Epaphras greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers” (Colossians 4:12). I like this descriptor that the apostle uses—prayer is indeed a struggle.

The great theologian and pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones once commented on the struggle of prayer. He said,

When a man is speaking to God he is at his very acme. It is the highest activity of the human soul, and therefore it is at the same time the ultimate test of a man’s true spiritual condition. There is nothing that tells the truth about us as Christian people so much as our prayer life.¹

Paul, likewise, shared his personal struggle. He said, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). Paul’s intense passion for lost people is evident here, and the struggle to pray evangelistically is clearly identified by his words.

Three Reasons Prayer Is Difficult

I believe there are at least three main culprits that inhibit true fervency in prayer.

1. Our flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

We have difficulty suppressing physical tiredness and challenges. Perhaps there are days when our mind grows tired. Or we’re physically exhausted from work, from our children, and possibly from weakness due to an illness.

I find that physical weakness is often connected to spiritual weakness (though not always connected). For when the body is weak, our minds can think wrong thoughts about God, and our hearts can begin to believe these thoughts. Prayer time can become ineffective because our minds are distracted and wander to different themes.

I’ve caught myself falling asleep like the disciples. In these moments of lapse, I awake and find myself embarrassed or troubled in spirit that I did not labor in prayer. So I pray, “Lord strengthen my body and mind to pray.” Remember that even simple prayers can be launching pads for effective, fervent prayers to the Lord. 

2. Our faith is weary (Mark 9:24).

We sometimes encounter seasons where faith is diminished. Seasons of pain and trials can be factors in a diminished faith. Unanswered prayer can be difficult to understand. When God’s promises go unanswered, we wonder if he is even listening to our requests.

Believer, during seasons of unanswered prayer, remember that God hears you. He is at work. We must fight to believe and trust the Lord, even when we cannot see him at work. “God, help my unbelief” is a simple prayer to say. Sometimes, we have no ornate or theological verbiage to pray. Simple and sweet. Straightforward and honest. So we fight weariness with prayer. 

Believer, during seasons of unanswered prayer, remember that God hears you.

Spiritual challenges in other people also keep us from praying effectively. People’s burdens can be difficult to manage alone. I’ve found that small groups, Bible study groups, and other discipleship groups are great opportunities for believers to pray together. Burden-sharing builds unity and lightens the load. Still, the burdens can be unbearable, and we need the Lord’s help. I’m thankful for Romans 8 that says the “Spirit bears witness with my spirit,” for he speaks on behalf of our inability (Romans 8:26-27).

3. Our pattern is wrong (Matthew 6:7).

Sometimes, we approach prayer with the wrong pattern. We spend more time focusing on personal needs than addressing “our Father who is in heaven.” God is to be glorified. He is to be adorned, and he is to be worshiped. 

Following a pattern for prayer is helpful and keeps us from becoming distracted by a personal wish list. Patterns direct our thoughts back to God. For the disciples, prayer was a difficult discipline that needed refinement. They grasped their need to pattern their prayers, so they watched Jesus pray. The Teacher provides them (and us) a helpful pattern to be modeled and exercised. Read through The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and notice how God is exalted, sins are confessed, and needs expressed.

There are contemporary models that can serve as tools for your prayer life, like Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (ACTS). Or you can simply walk through the Lord’s Prayer by reflecting line-by-line on its main features and applying them specifically to your prayers.

How to Pray Effective Prayers

Why not start with praying Scripture as a simple way to cultivate fervency and effectiveness in prayer? While reading through my Bible, my motivation to pray earnestly grows. Maybe read one verse or passage each day, respond in prayer, and repeat as needed. Here are several starting places:

  • Nehemiah 1:5-8
  • John 17:9, 11, 17, 23
  • Ephesians 1:16-19
  • Philippians 1:9-11
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Praying for needs is also effective when a person knows exactly what to pray for. Churches can manage and store prayers, develop a prayer list in their bulletins, and send prayer requests through emails. Individuals can collect prayer needs on a list, praying through it and updating it regularly. (It’s important for us to keep our lists up-to-date and to follow up with people.)

There will be seasons when prayer lacks intensity or fervency. It may be right now that you are experiencing prayer’s greatest fight. How about returning to prayer today, by the strength God supplies? He helps you, and he hears you.

[1] Martin Lloyd-Jones, Sermon on the Mount, 2 vols., pp. 2: 46. Photo Credit: Lightstock]


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Zero Hedge: DNC Lawsuit Exposes Corruption, Data Breaches, Raises Questions About Death Of Shawn Lucas

Via Disobedient Media

In June of last year, attorneys Jared Beck and Elizabeth Beck of law firm Beck and Lee filed a class action law suit against the DNC and former chairwomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The suit claims that the DNC acted against its charter when it showed demonstrable favoritism towards  Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, and failed to secure the data of DNC donors. The suit could have massive significance for the Democratic Party and could have an even wider impact if the origin of the DNC leaks are disclosed in the proceedings.

Attorney Elizabeth Beck described the lawsuit to US Uncut:“We think that the DNC has been running absolutely out of control and completely disregarding their responsibilities, rights, and duties to the public.”

The DNC lawsuit has so far received very little press coverage, despite revealing blatant corruption in the Democratic establishment. The death of Shawn Lucas, a process server who would have been a federal witness for the Becks, added further fuel to speculations of corruption surrounding the case. Jared Beck has also stated that Seth Rich would have been a potential witness in their case.

The lawsuit has so far revealed an absolutely unabashed level of corruption in the Democratic Party establishment. Attorney Bruce Spiva stunningly argued in defense of the DNC during the latest April 25th hearing on the case: “There’s no right to not have your candidate disadvantaged or have another candidate advantaged. There’s no contractual obligation here,” Spiva further stated that the party had the right to select its candidate in any way it chooses and was “not bound by pledges of fairness.”

Spiva’s defense has proved controversial, as it effectively admits the DNC primary process was rigged, but argues that this was not illegal. Jared Beck told US Uncut that he believed their suit would prove successful based on Article 5, Section 4 of the DNC charter which explicitly requires the chair of the DNC to remain impartial during the primary.

The New York Times reported that the DNC leaks  that formed the impetus for the DNC lawsuit had suggested the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and other officials “favored Hillary Clinton over Mr. Sanders.” The DNC leaks have also raised serious questions regarding DNC funding methods.

Disobedient Media spoke with Jared Beck, who said that the initial momentum for the case stemmed from the rigging of the primary, but added: “There’s another aspect to this case that deals with why information leaked into the public domain, and that’s also part of this very intense mystery… that a lot of us are very concerned about right now.”

Beck told Disobedient Media that in addition to the claims based on donations made to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and to the DNC, he also believed that there is a claim based on the DNC’s negligent failure to secure the data of its donors. This may be an important claim in terms of establishing why that data was released into the public (due to DNC negligence, in Beck’s view). Beck stated that he thought his team might be able to get discovery on this issue and specifically how it came to be that the data was released. Beck said that he believed the topic to currently be a very important issue right now given public interest about who leaked the DNC documents.

Beck also discussed how the DNC lawsuit’s claims regarding DNC negligence with donor data may be especially important as it relates to the unsolved murder of Seth Rich. Rich was a staffer for the DNC who died in an unsolved murder last July. In August last year Fox News reported that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had strongly hinted that Seth Rich was the source for the DNC leaks. The Washington Post also reported that Wikileaks  had offered a reward for information leading to a conviction in Seth Rich’s murder. Jared Beck has stated via twitter that Seth Rich would have been a potential witness in the DNC lawsuit.

If the Becks successfully gain the right to discovery on the origin of the DNC documents, the mystery regarding whether Seth Rich leaked the information might potentially be resolved. If Rich did indeed leak the DNC emails to Wikileaks, the ‘Russian hacking’ narrative would be utterly negated.

The Becks based their lawsuit on Guccifer2.0’s release of the information, which occurred in June last year, before Wikileaks had announced they would be releasing DNC documents. Guccifer2.0’s role in the DNC leaks was discussed in a previous report by Disobedient Media. There has been speculation that Guccifer2.0’s early release of the information was intended to smear Wikileaks and potentially Seth Rich as the leaker, by intentionally fabricating evidence of ‘Russian hacking’ in the earliest available version of the data.

Adding further questions surrounding the lawsuit was the unexpected death of Shawn Lucas, who was filmed serving defendants in the suit last July. Police reports describe how Luca’s girlfriend found him unconcious on the bathroom floor  in early August. Paramedics were unable to revive him. The Becks have indicated Shawn Lucas was to be a Federal witness in the proceedings.

Jared Beck told Disobedient Media that Lucas would have served as a witness in order to rebut the defendant’s contention that process was incorrectly served. This would have included a sworn declaration from Lucas; Beck stated that footage of Lucas serving process had been introduced as evidence in the case in his stead, due to the unexpected death.



The Becks have provided Disobedient Media with copies of their communications with Washington D.C. police that include discussion regarding the body cameras worn by police as well as Shawn Lucas’ death report. Lucas’ cause of death was described by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Washington D.C as “Combined adverse effects of fentanyl, cyclobenzaprine, and mitragynine,” with the manner of death listed as “accident.” Fentanyl is a strong opioid pain medication, sometimes used as part of anaesthesia. Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant, while mitradynine is a substance found in Kratom.

As the case continues to be a developing story, Disobedient Media will provide further coverage of the DNC lawsuit should new facts emerge.

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