June 9, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Briefing 06-09-17

Analyzing the media’s reaction to James Comey’s hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Stunning the world, Theresa May’s Conservative Party loses overall majority in Britain’s snap electio

The NFL officially opposes gambling. So why did it relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas?

Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, fought and won the Six Day War 50 years ago this week

Friday Book Recommendation: “Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East”

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Top News – 6/9/2017

Magnitude-5.3 earthquake strikes Hawaii’s Big Island
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of Volcano town on the state’s southernmost island at a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers.) That’s on the south flank of Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting continuously since 1983.

China “gravely concerned” as teachers reported killed in Pakistan
China said on Friday it was “gravely concerned” at Islamic State claims that the group killed two Chinese teachers it kidnapped in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province last month, where Beijing is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as U.S., Kuwait seek solution
Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation imposed on it by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years.

Liberman: We are ‘closer than ever’ to deal with Palestinians
“We are far closer to an agreement than ever before,” Liberman told Channel 2 on Thursday. “I hope we will be able to realize this option.” Liberman did not offer any details about the agreement on the table, referring to it only as an “arrangement,” but indicated US President Donald Trump’s administration had played a role in cobbling the pact together and that it would include other regional players.

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile
North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships “at will,” as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border between the rivals. The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.

Accused leaker wanted to ‘burn the White House down’
Reality Winner appeared before a judge in Augusta, Ga., on Thursday who ordered her to remain jailed until her trial. Prosecutors argued that the 25-year-old might try to flee the U.S. if she was released on bond. They added that Winner wrote in her notebook alleged plans to set the White House on fire, travel to Afghanistan and pledge her allegiance to the Taliban, WSB-TV reported.

NYT ‘Looking Into’ Massive Russia Scoop James Comey Said Is Almost Entirely False
The New York Times is “looking into” whether one of its big Russia scoops is actually true, after former FBI Director James Comey disputed the report in Thursday testimony before Congress

DOJ Says Comey Wasn’t Honest In Senate Hearing
A Department of Justice spokesman denied several claims made by former FBI Director James Comey in a Senate hearing Thursday.

Defense Minister: Closer than ‘ever before’ to agreement with Palestinians
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could hold direct peace talks for the first time in seven years, Channel 20 said on Thursday night in a report on a three-way Washington meeting with US President Donald Trump scheduled next month. The report comes just two months after Trump began to formally work to bring Israelis and Palestinian back to the negotiating table.

LIVE: Tens of thousands march in Tel Aviv LGBT Pride parade
Tel Aviv’s streets have been transformed into an incredible sea of color as tens of thousands take part in the annual Pride celebrations on Friday…

Israeli, Indian partners team up with Motorola to launch Jerusalem incubator
Aiming to give Jerusalem-based start-ups a global edge, Israeli and Indian partners have teamed up with American data communications giant Motorola Solutions to launch a new incubator. The incubator, led by equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, will focus on frontier technologies such as big data, analytics, artificial intelligence, fintech, storage, Internet of things and computer vision, according to the partners.

South Africa: 10,000 Knysna residents evacuated amid fire
Up to 10,000 people have been evacuated from a scenic coastal town in South Africa that has been devastated by wildfires, officials have said. Military equipment was being deployed to douse more than 25 fires in Knysna, they added. At least eight people have been killed in the storms and fires that have been raging in the town and other areas of the Western Cape region.

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm
EU nations must step up their military co-operation as they cannot simply rely on the US to defend them, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says. “Our deference to Nato can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts. “We have no other choice than to defend our own interests in the Middle East, in climate change, in our trade agreements,” he said in Prague.

Qatar vows ‘no surrender’ in row with Arab states
Qatar has vowed it will “not surrender” its foreign policy in a row with other Arab states over its alleged connections to extremism. Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said he favoured diplomacy to resolve the escalating crisis and that there was no military solution, Reuters reported. Qatar rejects claims it is a leading supporter of Islamist extremism.

Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic
The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says. A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease have been recorded in 19 out of 22 provinces since 27 April. The charity Oxfam said the epidemic was killing one person almost every hour.

Israel angry Turkish ambassador hosted Islamist at Iftar
Israel recently sent a harsh message to Turkey’s ambassador to Israel, Kemal Ökem, for having hosted the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, at his home for an Iftar dinner at the end of the Ramadan fast last week. Salah is known for his positions that deny the legitimacy of the State of Israel and its rights to the Temple Mount. He was previously sentenced to imprisonment for rioting and inciting to violence and racism.

Russia may seize U.S. property if its own compounds not returned: Kommersant
Russia may seize U.S. diplomatic property in Moscow and complicate life for an Anglo-American school unless Washington hands back two diplomatic compounds in the United States before July, the daily Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday. In December, then U.S. president Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russians over what he said was their involvement in hacking last year’s U.S. presidential election, allegations Moscow flatly denies.

China says it is vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea
China said on Friday it was monitoring U.S. military activities in the South China Sea, after two U.S. bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters. The U.S. Pacific Command said on its website that two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew a 10-hour training mission from Guam over the South China Sea on Thursday, in conjunction with the Navy’s USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer.

Woman detonates bomb in crowded Friday market in Iraq, killing at least 30
A woman detonated her explosive belt in a market east of the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala on Friday, killing at least 30 and wounding 35, Iraqi security sources said. Islamic State claimed the attack in the town of Musayab, south of Baghdad, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. It didn’t identify the bomber. A security officer said the assailant was a woman who hid the bomb under the customary full-body veil.

Korea says launch tested ‘new type’ of cruise missile
Pyongyang on Friday hailed the successful test of a new type of surface-to-ship cruise missile, which it said was designed to hit “any enemy group of battleships” that threatened North Korea.

The Thrill Is Gone: Chris Matthews Admits “There’s No ‘There’ There” On Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’
“I’ve always assumed that what Trump was afraid of was that he had said something to Flynn and Flynn could be flipped on that and Flynn would testify against the President that he’d had some conversation with Flynn in terms of dealing with the Russians affirmatively.  And if that’s not the case, where’s the there-there?”

PICTURES: FGM-Linked Muslim Sect Given First Chance to Lay Flowers at London Attack Vigil
Thousands of Londoners gathered Monday in a park near London’s Tower Bridge to express grief over the deaths of those killed by radical Islamic terrorists on Saturday evening. The vigil, led by London mayor Sadiq Khan, saw a procession of Muslims given the opportunity to first, and separately, lay flowers at the scene. …The group is believed to have been from the Bohra sect of Islam, perhaps best known for their adherence to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

Watch Live: UK Election Results – BBC/ITV Forecast ‘Hung Parliament’, Farage Warns “Brexit Is In Trouble”
Conservatives will do slightly better than the exit poll predicted – but will still be just short of an overall majority… Porjection – Conservatives: 322 (4 short of majority, down 9 from 2015), Labour: 261 (up 5 from 2015)

OY VEY: Sea of Galilee, Dangerously Salty, Reported in Danger of Becoming Desolate As Prophesied The Regional Council of the Jordan Valley published its annual report with the disturbing finding that the salinity of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is 30 percent higher than it was just five years ago and the highest it has been in 50 years. This dire situation may be remedied by prayers and good acts, and is described in Jewish sources as an aspect of the pre-Messianic age.

Clinton’s charity confirms Qatar’s $1 million gift while she was at State Dept
The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.


JIM ROGERS: The worst crash in our lifetime is coming, “Later this year or next.”

We still haven’t felt the full wrath of the ghost of 2008. There is still more to pay. Many of us of course already have paid dearly, but the banking system has not paid the way it must. Which means that WE, the non-bankers will pay again.

Keeping powder dry is always smart, if possible. It’s not for many Americans. Which makes any potential crash highly destabilizing. Then add in the current political risk in the USA.

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June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017

GREG COROMBOS — The highly anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey delivered devastating blows to the legal accusations against President Trump Thursday, but a former federal prosecutor says the political damage inflicted by Comey and the overall investigation could end up being a major wound…. (more)


June 8, 2017
PAT BUCHANAN — Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. … I never met him. … Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have…. (more)

June 8, 2017

DAILY CALLER — Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general under Barack Obama, pressured former FBI Director James Comey to downplay the Clinton email server investigation and only refer to it as a “matter,” Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday…. (more)


June 8, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Those who think that Russia-gate is a witch-hunt or a hoax that will run out of gas need to think again. As we are about to see with the live coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, this is an opportunity for the media to have enormous fun, generate ratings, and make money bashing another Republican president…. (more)

June 8, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will nominate Christopher Wray as the new FBI director. The former assistant attorney general will take the place of former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9…. (more)


June 8, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — With his nomination of Christopher Wray to become the next director of the FBI, President Trump has put Democrats in a bind and made opposition to the pick all but impossible…. (more)

June 8, 2017
BYRON YORK — The special election to replace Republican Tom Price in Georgia’s Atlanta-area 6th Congressional District has become a contemporary politics version of World War I, with both sides dug into fixed positions, both pouring people and money into the effort – – it will be by far the most expensive House race in history – – and no one holding much hope the results will settle anything…. (more)

June 8, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — Booming American businesses are expanding at such a pace that the number of job openings – – 6 million – – has reached an all-time high, according to government statistics…. (more)

June 8, 2017
MICHAEL BARONE — “Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students that attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the third chapter in his 2008 book Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality…. (more)

June 8, 2017
ALICIA POWE — It’s perhaps the simplest question in the Seth Rich murder mystery that everyone involved in the case won’t answer: What hospital admitted and treated the DNC staffer before a physician pronounced him dead on that fateful morning of July 10, 2016?… (more)

June 8, 2017
MICHAEL J. NEW — Last month, the Guttmacher Institute released a policy analysis claiming that many state pro-life laws have no scientific basis. The analysis considers various categories of state-level pro-life laws and concludes that 53 percent of women of childbearing age live in a state with at least two restrictions “that conflict with the scientific evidence.” In the news release that accompanied the policy analysis, one author claims that “the antiabortion movement has long been an evidence-free zone and many of its signature initiatives and proposals are devoid of any factual foundation.”… (more)

June 7, 2017

MCCLATCHY DC — A small revolt in corners of the Republican Party bedevils plans for reauthorization this year of surveillance capabilities considered the “crown jewels” of the U.S. intelligence community…. (more)


June 7, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s approval rating is slightly higher than Bill Clinton’s at 138 days into the Democrat’s first term in the White House, according to poll averages reported Tuesday…. (more)

June 7, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Democratic Party has become “a sideshow circus-car full of clowns” hell bent in taking down President Donald Trump rather than rebuilding its weakened power base, onetime Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff told Newsmax TV on Tuesday…. (more)

June 7, 2017
ART MOORE — London Mayor Sadiq Khan – – who wants the U.K. to cancel Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit because the president’s “policies go against everything we stand for” – – once tried to overturn Britain’s ban on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan…. (more)

June 7, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — When President Trump announced American withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, the criticisms of him were hardly muted, often hysterical and typically flawed. Among the many vapid attacks on Trump’s decision, however, the worst was that big business opposed him…. (more)

June 7, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A massive worldwide malware attack called “Fireball” is being reported by experts who estimate it already has infected and taken over 250 million computers. And it’s growing…. (more)

June 7, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — On the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, black and white photos newly rendered in color bring history to life. Brazilian artist Marina Amaral used Photoshop to color both iconic and unfamiliar images of the largest amphibious invasion in history for the June 6 anniversary…. (more)

June 6, 2017
PUBLIUS HULDAH — “…of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” Federalist No. 1 (5th para), Alexander Hamilton…. (more)

June 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the men responsible for Saturday’s terror attack in London previously appeared in a 2016 BBC documentary titled “The Jihadis Next Door” and was known to authorities. The Metropolitan Police confirmed Monday the identities of two men involved in last weekend’s massacre near London Bridge, which killed at least seven and wounded dozens of others. Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, were both shot and killed by police after mowing down victims with a vehicle and stabbing others…. (more)

June 6, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — If Robert Mueller concludes, after a $100 million investigation into whether Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 election, that there was no “there” there, then what? Will the liberals then organize a lynch mob to go after Mr. Mueller? He can’t count on escaping a little tar and feathers, if not the rope. The Democrats are already drooling in anticipation…. (more)

June 6, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — London is in chaos. And the left’s response to this latest Islam-tied terror attack on innocence and the West? Condemn President Donald Trump – – not the terrorists. It’s such a skewed, dangerous way of thinking. Here’s how it goes…. (more)

June 6, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Western schizophrenia about radical Islam is on full display in Britain, in the aftermath of the latest jihadist atrocity, the third in just the past three months…. (more)

June 5, 2017
ALAN KEYES — So, the other shoe has finally dropped on Mr. Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, as U.S. law requires. Like Barack Obama and all the other presidents before him, he has signed a waiver postponing compliance with that requirement, which the law also allows…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

June 9, 2017

Comey vs. Trump: Obstructing the Truth

A thorough review of Comey’s testimony, its background, and why it’s important.

The Foundation

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

Purpose Driven Dismantling of Christianity

Posted below is part 3 of a column I wrote for RenewAmerica in 2011.  In it I revealed that religious syncretism (a blending of many different belief systems) had virtually reshaped the visible Church.  I wasn’t alone in pointing out this fact.  There were many others in the online apologetics and discernment ministries who were sounding the alarm. In light of what is going on in many churches, it is clear that the warning cry of “discerners” has been largely ignored and now the visible church is in considerable disarray. Not only were we not listened to, we’ve been marginalized, and in some cases hated, for exposing the apostasy that has changed the face of evangelicalism.

The dismantling of historic, orthodox, biblical Christianity has continued at break-neck speed to the point where the visible Church has become a haven for hirelings and goats who’ve set about butting the sheep out the church’s back door.

My primary focus for part 3 of the series is to show how Gnosticism and Man-centered Psychology has; gotten a firm grip on Christendom.  How did this happen?  In large part it happened because undiscerning Church leaders thought it was a good idea to adopt the Rick Warren “Purpose Driven” marketing strategy to grow their churches.

This short intro sets the stage for part 3 of “Purpose Driven Dismantling of Christianity.”

This overview of what I have termed Syncretism Stew shows a diabolically inspired supermarket of truth and error in the postmodern Church.  What we’re witnessing is a shopping cart overflowing with false teaching.  Aisle 1-Mysticism Madness; aisle 2-Charismatic Confusion; aisle 3-Pentecostal Pandemonium; aisle 4- Enlightened Emergents; aisle 5- Purpose-driven Pragmatism; aisle 6-Secular Strategies…to suck in seekers; aisle 7-Twelve-steps…to “group think”; aisle 8-Preposterous Pop Psychology; aisle 9- Discernment Disintegration; aisle 10-Predatory Pastors.  On and on it goes.

The Body of Christ trusts its Shepherds to feed them healthy nutritious foods, yet many of them are literally starving their sheep to death!  A diet of “Bible Light” does not nourish the soul – it causes spiritual malnutrition!  A shepherd’s job is to lead the flock in Christian life and faith.

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Saddleback Youth Worker Ruben Meulenberg Charged With 5 Felony Counts – Saddleback Remaining Tight Lipped on Staff Issue

On May 30, CRN posted a piece by Lighthouse Trails titled “Saddleback Church Statement Appears to Downplay Role of Molester Ruben Meulenberg.”  In it we stated:

Saddleback downplayed alleged child molester Ruben Meulenberg’s role at the church and it appears that he has been quite involved at Saddleback….and so are his parents, Abraham and Marieke. In fact, Abraham is a pastor in charge of interfaith outreach and was involved with Rick Warren’s efforts to form alliances with the Muslim community. So it seems there could be more here than meets the eye.”

As of this date, Rick Warren has not made a public statement.  Since the news broke, LHT has been following the story.  Here’s an update:

Ruben Meulenberg, the youth worker at Saddleback Church who was arrested for allegedly molesting two 14-year-old boys at Saddleback, has been charged with 5 felonies related to the molestation of the boys. At least one of the boys was 13 when the abuse began.

The following public information on the case has been released by the Orange County District Attorney’s office:

Case #17HF070 

  • Three felony counts of lewd acts on a child
  • Two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14-year-old
  • the above charges are given a Sentencing Enhancement for multiple victims (source)

Circumstances of the Case * At the time of the crime, Meulenberg is accused of being a volunteer youth mentor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest in a position of trust with access to children. * Between May 2016 and May 2017, Meulenberg is accused of committing lewd acts on 13-year-old boys John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, both on and off church property. * Between May 18, 2017, and May 22, 2017, the defendant is again accused of sexually molesting the victims, who were then 14 years old. * On May 24, 2017, a Saddleback Church representative reported suspected inappropriate conduct to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), who investigated this case. * Meulenberg was arrested by OCSD on Thursday, May 25, 2017. * Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Courtney Thom, Sexual Assault Unit

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Featured Blogs


Abandoned Faith: A Lost Generation?

There have always been problems with communication and understanding between generations. Every younger generation that comes along is viewed with skepticism by more elderly generations. But the gap in communication and understanding between today’s millennials and older people is in some ways like nothing we have ever experienced.

While it might be easy to just think they’ll grow out of it, it is important to understand that this younger generation faces serious challenges many of us have not faced; and they been raised in a public education system and media presence that has caused them to become skeptical about life as a whole.

We’re joined by a Christian apologist, researcher and author who has studied millennials extensively: Dr. Alex McFarland. He has written a new book Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, about the questions and struggles of millennials and how we can reach them with the truth and hope of Jesus Christ.

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Religious Freedom Slipping Away

Today we cover two court cases that could have permanent damaging effects on religious freedom for Christians in America. They are blatant attempts to muzzle Christians by restricting how they can earn a living and provide for their families. If Progressives are victorious in these court cases, religious freedom as we have known it will become a thing of the past.

We’re also joined by Tina Maria Griffin of Counter Culture Mom to discuss the growing influence of Hollywood, television and video games on our children and how we protect them.

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Five Hundred Years After The Reformation

This year, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation Movement: An event with ground shaking consequences for Christianity and the world. Luther spoke out boldly against the corruptions he saw in the Roman Catholic Church at that time, and changed the world of Christianity by the stances he took. Today we look at Luther’s background and life as well as a few other individuals who were influential in the reformation of Christianity and getting the Holy Bible into the hands of the people. Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio, who just recently took a group of Christians on a tour of Reformation cites in Europe, joins us to discuss its affect on modern Christianity.

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A World Preparing to Kneel Before Anti-Christ

It is very difficult to escape the reality that Satan’s influence is growing by leaps and bounds in the days in which we live. The rise of Islamic terrorism, a religion clearly defined as a religion of anti-christ in the bible, along with the growing hedonism all around us are clear indications that mankind has decided we do not need God, and we would prefer to do things our way. And we should not be surprised at what we see because God’s Word warned us all these things would increase in the times leading up to the Lord’s return.

America certainly has enough of its own moral and spiritual problems, but this morning we focus on events in Europe and worldwide that are preparing the way for the “New World Order” where Satan’s puppet, anti-christ, will be worshiped as the savior of humanity, and most will blindly follow up while turning their backs on the one who died on a cross so we could be reconciled to God.

Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to look at a world lining up to reject God and embrace its true enemy: The one who seeks to destroy the eternal souls of all men.

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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 09

  • UK voters deal May a crushing blow (Read More)
  • May Fights to Remain U.K. Premier After Election Debacle (Read More)
  • Warning of U.S. desertion, EU chief calls for European defense (Read More)
  • EU Turns Schadenfreude Up to Maximum After May Election Disaster (Read More)
  • Dollar cleans up as UK election shock stuns sterling (Read More)
  • Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’ (Read More)
  • Baghdad rejects Kurds’ move to press for independence unilaterally (Read More)
  • Oil’s price fall stalls despite supply glut (Read More)
  • Once Stalwart Oil Stock Bulls Starting to Say Enough Is Enough (Read More)
  • Feud over Qatar deepens conflicts across Arab world (Read More)
  • Venezuela Bond Repudiation Jitters Grow After Goldman Sachs Deal (Read More)
  • Saudis Have a Lot to Lose in Qatar Fight, Even If They Win (Read More)
  • Arab powers adds Qatar-linked people, groups to blacklists (Read More)
  • Trump calls ex-FBI director Comey a ‘leaker’ after testimony (Read More)
  • Central Banks Are Poised to Start Rowing in One Direction Again (Read More)
  • China says it is vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea (Read More)
  • Russia may seize U.S. property if its own compounds not returned (Read More)
  • Verizon to Cut 2,100 Jobs at Yahoo, AOL After Merger (Read More)
  • Saks Owner Hudson’s Bay to Cut About 2,000 Jobs (Read More)
  • Torn by War on ISIS, Mosul Risks Lasting Divisions (Read More)
  • Here’s How to Kill Electric Cars (Read More)
  • South Korea finds apparent North Korean drone near border (Read More)
  • SoftBank to buy robotics businesses from Alphabet Inc (Read More)
  • Bain replacing KKR in Japan government-backed bid for Toshiba chip unit: sources (Read More)
  • South Korea’s Stance on U.S. Missile-Defense System Hasn’t Shifted (Read More)

This ‘n’ That

  • There are a few things we need to know about the formation of the biblical canon.
  • I haven’t seen the actual data from this study, but if this blurb is true, it could be of interest to the many moms who have stripped dairy from their children’s diets.
  • Did you remember that June 6 was the anniversary of D-Day?
  • I’m actually not a huge fan of Mary Poppins, but I still think they need to just leave this classic alone.
  • Ah, postmodernism. It’s the worldview that is only consistent in its inconsistency.
  • Here’s a good deal on Calvin’s commentaries on the Psalms.
  • “One of the primary purposes of the home is to cultivate Christlike virtues that animate who we are in private and facilitate what we do in public.”
  • Your unbelieving friend may not be miserable without Christ, but he or she still needs Christ and His gospel of grace.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Wait—I already follow the Pope on Twitter. Does that still count?
  • This is tricky in more ways than one, especially with the details that are shared in this article. One doesn’t want to affirm this girl in her sin, yet should rejoice if she is truly repentant and has chosen life for her child. There is a way to balance this without celebrating sin, and without refusing grace to a repentant sinner.
  • Well, I hate to say “I told you so,” but
  • There is freedom in Christ:

Top Headlines – 6/9/2017

Liberman: We are ‘closer than ever’ to deal with Palestinians

All sides must work to revive hope for a just Israel-Palestine peace

Aide: Abbas willing to temporarily shelve settlement freeze demand

Israel said set to start work on barrier against Gaza tunnels

Red Cross calls on Hamas to clarify fate of Israelis held in Gaza

Arab Israelis charged in Hamas plot to assassinate IDF officer

US busts Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis in New York, Panama

During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse

Trump effect rocking the Middle East

Trump’s $110 billion Saudi arms deal is ‘fake news,’ officials tell US think tank

Saudi Arabia, allies issue Qatar-linked terror blacklist

Qatar denies terror links, rejects ‘blockade’ by Arab states

Qatar vows ‘no surrender’ in row with Arab states

‘There is no trust’: Gulf states give up hope on Qatar

Hackers target al-Jazeera as Qatar crisis deepens

Clinton’s charity confirms Qatar’s $1 million gift while she was at State Dept

Egypt accuses Qatar of paying huge ransom to IS-linked group

Isis marks Ramadan with wave of violence across half the world

Philippines says Islamist fighters on back foot in besieged city

Islamic State says it killed two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan

ISIS Has Killed Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, U.N. Says

Scorpions the new threat for displaced Mosul civilians

US shoots down pro-Assad drone that opened fire on coalition forces

Al-Shabab fighters storm military base in Somalia

The Tehran attack makes it clear: we’re on the same side as Iran against Isis

US Senate proceeds with Iran sanctions bill hours after attack

America’s Descent Into Middle Eastern-Style Conspiracy-Theory Madness

Shock exit poll shows May losing majority in British elections

May’s gamble on a snap British vote backfires spectacularly, as losses trigger calls to step down

Theresa May won’t quit despite election setback – reports

UK elections: Hung parliament could jeopardize Brexit plan

Pound falls sharply after exit poll signals blow to May

Hung parliament confirmed in UK as pressure mounts on May to resign

A ‘hung parliament’ in Britain? What happens next

UK election has Democrats hoping they can send Trump a strong message

Restoring credibility? Trump’s slate of 11 judicial nominees could shake up courts

Did Trump’s actions amount to obstruction of justice and could he be impeached?

Comey testimony: Ex-FBI boss says Trump team lied, but stops short of obstruction charge

In striking testimony, Comey exposes deep distrust in Trump, says administration lied

White House hits back at Comey: ‘The president is not a liar’

Trump lawyer denies president demanded loyalty, calls Comey a ‘leaker’

Comey says he had friend leak Trump memo to spark probe

Trump’s lawyer slams Comey’s memo leak, suggests ‘authorities’ should investigate

Comey cracks credibility of Lynch on Clinton email case, Sessions on Russia investigation

Stocks fall flat after Comey testimony yields no surprises

House votes to ease Wall Street rules put in place after 2008 financial crisis

Amazon Has Secretly Become a Giant Bank

The Democratic Party Is in Worse Shape Than You Thought

Ossoff raises another $15M in Georgia 6th, setting new fundraising record

Trump backs permanent snooping powers he once criticized as abusive

United Nations summit seeks to save humanity with artificial intelligence

N. Korea says launch tested ‘new type’ of cruise missile

North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights – Detonating a nuke above Seoul – or L.A. – would sow chaos.

California Prepares for Solar Power Loss During the Great Eclipse

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.3 earthquake strikes Hawaii’s Big Island

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tocache Nuevo, Peru

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FALLING AWAY: Scottish Episcopal Church officially approves gay marriage

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ALERT: ISIS warns Muslims to avoid ‘gathering places of Crusaders’…

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Maine high school becomes first in U.S. to get “sports hijabs”

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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