June 19, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, will travel to the Middle East this week to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to a White House official.

U.K. police launched their fourth major terrorism investigation in three months after a van plowed into a crowd gathered near a mosque in one of the capital’s northern neighborhoods. One man was killed and 10 others injured all of them Muslims.

Russia warned that it may treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft over Syria as targets following the shooting down of a Syrian government warplane, in an escalation of rhetoric between the two rivals in the Middle East conflict.

The U.S. Navy has found $500 million to buy a second Littoral Combat Ship in next year’s budget after scrounging that was required because the vessel was left out of the Trump administration’s proposed budget sent to Congress last month.

Executives from many of the world’s largest technology companies will gather at the White House on Monday to meet with President Donald Trump and his senior advisers during a summit aimed at modernizing the federal government.

U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, launching a major battle for the Old City where some 150,000 civilians are believed to be trapped and risk being used as human shields by the extremists.

Russia on Sunday accused the U.S. of returning to “almost forgotten Cold War rhetoric,” after President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate some sanctions on Cuba. It could have dropped “forgotten.”

Oil traded near $45 a barrel following a fourth weekly loss as U.S. drillers continued to add rigs and Libya boosted output, blunting OPEC-led efforts to rebalance an oversupplied market.

Argentina is planning to sell its first 100-year bond a year after returning to global capital markets, as it grapples with a soaring budget deficit.

Iran said it fired missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria in retaliation for the jihadists’ deadly attacks in Tehran last week, a rare strike signaling Iran’s willingness to escalate its use of military power in the region’s conflicts.

Boeing Co. is set to receive orders and commitments worth roughly $30 billion for the stretched Max 10 upgrade of the 737 workhorse, as its first new jet in almost four years counters Airbus SE’s headstart at the largest end of the single-aisle airliner market.

AP Top Stories

The bodies of seven U.S. sailors missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan were found in flooded berthing compartments, a defense official said.

After three years at sea, the hokule’a – canoe powered by wind and waves – is returning to Hawaii after a voyage that has spanned 23 countries and territories. The crew, like its ancestors, doesn’t use any modern navigational tool: no GPS or compass.

American tourists have come in droves since Pres. Obama normalized U.S.-Cuba ties and have been a boon to the Cuban tourism industry. Some Cuban entrepreneurs told NBC News they fear the progress could be reversed under Trump’s new policy.

Seven American troops were wounded Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

American governors and mayors are stepping up to fill a leadership void on climate change after Donald Trump announced that the US will pull out of the Paris climate change accord.

Palestinian militants disputed an Islamic State claim Saturday that it was behind a deadly attack against Israel, saying it was their people who killed a female police officer on duty near Jerusalem’s Old City. Family members of the attackers said they were deeply religious men who acted on their own.

German-Turkish women’s rights activist Seyran Ates has pulled off an almost impossible task of opening the first LGBT-friendly “liberal” mosque in Berlin, Germany. Muslim men and women, irrespective of their castes, creeds, nationalities and sexual orientations, can attend the mosque to pray together.

North Korea claimed Sunday that U.S. officials forcibly seized a diplomatic package from one of their delegations at John F. Kennedy Airport, calling it an “illegal and heinous act of provocation.”

A 12-year-old girl who came out as a lesbian in front of her Mormon church congregation in Utah was told to sit down halfway through a speech in which she said she was not a “horrible sinner”.

BBC

Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights. The parade drew three million, organizers say, with the motto: “Whatever our beliefs, no religion is law.”

Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says.

WND

In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers government to seize all your assets if you fail to comply with the new law.

Security at mosques across the UK will be reviewed in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack, the Prime Minister has said.

Wheat harvests around the world are falling dangerously short, raising the possibility that the end-of-days famine prophesied in the Book of Amos as preceding the Messiah has arrived. Israel, the tiny nation that has made its deserts bloom, is poised to be a guiding light in this developing crisis, helping the world grow crops while bringing them closer to redemption.

Judicial Watch announces major lawsuit against DOJ — and it involves James Comey
In a statement, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called it a “scandal” that his organization has to sue the government in order to secure the release of the memo. “That we have to sue in federal court to get a document that was read to a reporter at The New York Times is a scandal,” Fitton said. “This Comey memo should be released forthwith and, frankly, the president can and should order its immediate release.”

Islamic Extremist Numbers Swell To Thousands In Sweden
“We have never seen anything like it before,” said Anders Thornberg, chief of SAPO, Sweden’s security force. “We would say that it has gone from hundreds to thousands now.”

Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland
Video. Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland. The western coast of Greenland has been struck with a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering a tsunami.

Marine Le Pen elected to French parliament for the first time on her FIFTH attempt
MARINE Le Pen has been elected to the French parliament for the first time as Emmanuel Macron’s party looks set to sweep to victory.

HANDSHAKE THAT STARTS BREXIT: Davis tells EU ‘there’s more that unites us than divides us’
BREXIT finally got under way in Brussels this morning with a handshake and warm words of reconciliation between Britain and its European allies.

Report: Jerusalem building freeze halting plans for 6,000 housing units
The government has ordered a de facto construction freeze for 6,000 housing units in the capital, including in the contested neighborhoods of Gilo, Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev…According to the report, 2,200 units will be halted in Gilo, several thousand Har Homa, and hundreds more Pisgat Zeev. Gallant’s announcement…followed US President Donald Trump’s February request to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington to “hold back on settlements.”

Jewish groups condemn London mosque attack, express solidarity with UK Muslims
Several Jewish groups extended their condolences and issued condemnations on Monday after a van plowed into a group of worshippers leaving a London mosque in the early hours of the day. At least 10 people were injured in the incident that British authorities were treating as a potential terrorist attack. If confirmed would make it the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

UNHRC holds special session on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The United Nations Human Rights Counsel is holding its annual discussion on Agenda Item 7, which is the mandated debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the UNHRC must hold at every session. The UNHRC meets three times a year and is now holding its 35th session.

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered
Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft. A statement from the acting president’s office added that security was being beefed up to protect the deliveries.

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort
Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released,” Salif Traore told AFP news agency. “Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese.”

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority
French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012.

Finsbury Park attack: Theresa May condemns ‘sickening’ terror attack
Prime Minister Theresa May says the terror attack near a north London mosque is “every bit as sickening” as recent attacks to hit the UK. She was speaking after a man died and 10 people were injured when a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House.

Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights
The parade drew three million, organisers say, with the motto: “Whatever our beliefs, no religion is law.” Huge crowds have taken part in this year’s Gay Pride parade in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo.

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill
Democrats gearing up for a new round of battles against Republican efforts to do away with Barack Obama’s signature health care law are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors. Senator Bernie Sanders urged Democrats on Sunday to do “everything they can” to oppose a Republican bill that for weeks has been drafted by party leaders in secret.

Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field
Saudi Arabia says it has disrupted an attack on a major offshore oilfield. A military statement published Monday on the state-run Saudi Press Agency said three boats “bearing red and white flags” raced toward its Marjan offshore oil field. The military said sailors fired warning shots and captured one of the boats while two others escaped in the assault Friday. It said the captured boat “was loaded with weapons for (a) subversive purpose.”

Report: Israel actively supporting Syrian rebels
Israel has reportedly been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near the border for years with money, food, fuel and medical equipment, according to the New York Times. According to the report published on Sunday, the goal of the covert involvement is to create a buffer zone between the two countries populated by friendly forces.

Jared Kushner Traveling to Israel to ‘Discuss’ ‘Possibility’ of Reviving Peace Talks
Senior advisers to US President Donald Trump will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to revive peace talks, a White House official confirmed on Monday. Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday, followed by Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday.

Israel, Greece, Cyprus Plan Massive Underwater Gas Pipeline
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said plans would be expedited to develop a pipeline to carry natural gas from Israeli and Cypriot reserves in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

‘An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions’
“We condemn this attack and its attempt to escalate tensions in the UK and we stand firmly besides our Muslim brothers and sisters in the aftermath of this attack.

Report: Turkey troops arrive in Qatar for long-planned drills
Turkish troops have arrived in Qatar for long-planned joint military exercises, Al Jazeera reported on Monday, a deployment made possible by legislation fast-tracked by Turkey following a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states.

Pope Francis names two rabbis to Pontifical Academy of Life in historic first
Two rabbis, one from Israel and one from Argentina, were appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members. Pope Francis appointed 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the academy, the Vatican announced last week.

Trump Attorney: The President Is Not Under Investigation
Jay Sekulow, one of the attorneys representing President Donald Trump, told several Sunday morning news shows that Trump “is not under investigation.”

Israel Hayom | New bill aims to make it harder to divide Jerusalem
Habayit Hayehudi initiative aims to ensure that only an 80-MK majority can approve changes to Jerusalem’s status, especially potential division as part of a peace deal • Party says bill aims to stand against concessions made to the Palestinians.

Jews and Christians are guests as taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin
With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

U.S-Led Coalition Shoots Down Syrian Warplane
“…The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces, warning of the serious consequences of this blatant attack on counterterrorism efforts,… and exposes the malicious intentions of the United States of America in the management and investment of terrorism to achieve its objectives in passing the American Zionist project in the region.

Van Slams Into Pedestrians Near London Mosque Leaving “Number Of Casualties”, Driver Arrested
A van plowed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters road in the Finsbury Park area in north London just after 12:20am London Time, in what the police has described a “major incident.” There are “a number of casualties being worked on at the scene,” London police said in a statement, with many injured according to initial press reports.

Deep Throat 2! It Was NOT Once! Comey Was a Serial Leaker!
President Trump’s legal team is prepared to show a long trail of leaks to the New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey, dating back to at least March.

It Was Obama’s DOJ, Not The Russians Who Tried To Influence Presidential Election
…The real evidence that has been exposed over and over again points to the scandal of Obama’s OWN administration spying on American citizens. Jeff Sessions should NOT have testified in front of Congress.  The media and Congress continue to ignore the scandals and wrongdoings of Obama’s administration, which clearly shows it was Obama’s DOJ that interfered with the election.


The Worst Financial Nightmare In Illinois History Erupts As State Comptroller Declares ‘We Are In Massive Crisis Mode’

Margaret Thatcher once said that the big problem with socialist governments is that “they always run out of other people’s money”, and unfortunately we are witnessing this play out in a major way in the state of Illinois right now.  At this point, the Illinois state government has more than 15 billion dollars of unpaid bills.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They are already 15 billion dollars behind on their bills, and they are on pace to take in 6 billion dollars less than they are scheduled to spend in 2017.  It is the worst financial crisis in the history of Illinois, and State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sounds like she is about ready to tear her hair out in frustration(Read More…)


There Have Been 296 Earthquakes In The Vicinity Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Within The Last 7 Days

Is it possible that the Yellowstone supervolcano is gearing up for a major eruption? If you follow my work on a regular basis, then you already know that I spend a lot of time documenting how the crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. Most of this shaking is taking place far away from the continental United States, and so most Americans are not too concerned about it. But we should be concerned about it, because a major seismic event could change all of our lives in a single instant. For instance, a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have the potential of being an E.L.E. (extinction level event). That is why it is so alarming that there have been 296 earthquakes in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano within the last 7 days. Scientists are trying to convince us that everything is going to be okay, but there are others that are not so sure. (Read More…)


Violent Words Have Turned To Violent Deeds: The Rise Of The Radical Left

From violent campus protests to the shooting of a congressman, the violent, radical left is rising. But this should not surprise us at all. The handwriting has been on the wall for years.

What else do you expect when those who believe a child should have a mother and a father are likened to the KKK, Nazis, the Taliban, and ISIS? What else do you expect when Christian conservatives have been branded dangerous enemies?

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Bloodshed is Coming to America

Let us explain.

In 1963, a book written by Cleon Skousen titled “The Naked Communist” was presented to Congress by Rep A.S. Herlong Jr. of Florida. In his remarks, he submitted the book’s list of goals, which revealed how revolutionaries intended to turn our nation from constitutionalism to communism without firing a single bullet. And the schoolroom provided the perfect staging ground. The full list of goals can be found in the Congressional Record – Appendix, Pages A34-A35, Jan. 10, 1963.

Here are just a few:

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Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter Right: America on Verge of Chaos and Civil Unrest

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 19

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  • Brexit Talks Kick Off in Brussels as May Urged to Soften Stance (Read More)
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  • U.S., Japan Probe Deadly Ship Collision That Left Seven Dead (Read More)
  • With Whole Foods in the Cart, Amazon Now Faces the Hard Part (Read More)
  • Kushner Plans Trip to Middle East (Read More)
  • Boeing launches new jet as Macron opens Paris show (Read More)
  • Top Tech Executives Head to White House (Read More)
  • Vote for Goldman: Bankers Try to Ride an Anti-Trump Wave (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 6/19/2017

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit Israel this week in pursuit of a peace deal

Bennett submits bill to make it ‘impossible’ to divide Jerusalem

PM’s office insists mystery Qalqilya plan was approved, amid ministers’ denials

Hezbollah supporters call for Israel’s annihilation at London rally

Finsbury Park ‘terrorist attack’: One killed, eight injured as van hits worshippers at London mosque

Israel goodwill Ramadan efforts cut after Palestinian attack

Hamas: War with Israel unlikely and relations with Egypt improving

Roadside explosion in Cairo kills Egyptian policeman

More People Were Forcibly Displaced in 2016 Than Ever Before

Israel provides steady flow of cash, aid to Syrian rebels

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

US plane shoots down Syrian aircraft that attacked US-backed fighters

Russian ForMin calls on US to respect Syria’s integrity

Iran launches missile strike into Syria in response to Tehran attacks

Iran targets ‘terrorists’ in missile strike on Isis-held Syrian town

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field

Maldives, Tourist Haven, Casts Wary Eye on Growing Islamic Radicalism

Sharp Rise in Violent Islamist Extremists in Sweden After Migrant Influx

Google Says It Will Do More to Suppress Terrorist Propaganda

Most lethal drones ever designed will be touted at Paris Air Show

North Korea says US ‘mugged’ its diplomats in New York

Russia says Trump is using ‘Cold War rhetoric’ on Cuba

Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba

Trump lawyer Sekulow: President has no knowledge of being investigated

Nunes: No collusion between Trump and Russians – “stop chasing Russian ghosts around the closet”

People mad about the Trump-like ‘Julius Caesar’ are sending death threats to the wrong theater

Macron party wins massive majority in French parliament

With a weakened leader and reeling from crisis, Britain hurtles into the Brexit unknown

Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”

China sets new record for quantum entanglement en route to build new communication network

China To Send 4 More Probes Into Space Before Year 2021

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahai, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 40,000ft

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

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Scientists tracking earthquake swarm in northern Yellowstone Park

Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano

Hurricane center says storm ‘likely’ to develop in Gulf while another storm brews to the east

Portugal Forest Fires: 61 Dead; PM Calls Disaster a ‘Tragedy’

Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

Oroville Dam repair is huge, but so is residents’ mistrust

Trump raises alarm on ObamaCare ‘death spiral’ as insurers flee

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill

Modern family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

Canadians to Face Hate Crimes Charges, Prison for Anti-Transgender Speech

The Vatican is looking into a group of exorcists who apparently made a pact with Satan on climate change and the death of Pope Francis

Girl’s exorcism leads to mom’s arrest on attempted murder charge

Explosion in Tattooing, Piercing Tests State Regulators

Does Your Pastor Know That Yoga and Christianity are Incompatible?

Carbonated Favor from God – Apostle Melvin Thompson III

Faith and Family, in Transition – An evangelical minister reassesses his ministry when his minister father comes out as transgender woman

Plymouth Brethren – What life is like in the mysterious and powerful religious sect founded in Plymouth

Christian Family Band Member is Gunman in Murder Suicide

Christian Lesbian Rock Star Vicky Beeching Given Award by Archbishop of Canterbury

Pro-Choice Actress: Christianity and Abortion Go Together

Church of England chief backs ‘re-christenings’ after sex changes

United Arab Emirates renames mosque ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’

Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

Conservative Christians Deny That New Southern Baptist Bible Translation Is ‘Gender Neutral’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:44 AM PDT

Conservative Christian groups and intellectuals are rejecting a recent claim that the latest version of the Christian Standard Bible has been edited to be more…

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DAYS OF LOT: Women’s Clothes Are now the new trend for Men

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:36 AM PDT

The trend of feminine and ultra-casual clothing for men has several theologians observing the influence of the “gender cult” and the decline of masculine dress,…

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Public Schools Must Identify Transgender Students With “Proper Pronoun” Or Else…..

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:32 AM PDT

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has issued an internal memo explaining that refusal by public schools or teachers to refer to a…

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Woman Turns From Abortion, Trusts Christ and Marries the Father of Her Child—All in One Week

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:16 AM PDT

A North Carolina woman changed her mind about obtaining an abortion last week and instead turned to Christ, quickly becoming convicted in her new life…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Iran warns ISIS of more missile strikes

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:09 AM PDT

Tehran has warned ISIS militants that any future attacks on the country will result in powerful strikes against the group. It comes after Iran launched…

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Russia Vows To Shoot Down ALL ‘Flying Objects’ Over Syria Including US Aircraft!

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:59 AM PDT

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused…

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New Senate bill empowers feds to seize everything you own

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 07:05 PM PDT

In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers the…

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The Worst Financial Nightmare In Illinois History Erupts As State Comptroller Declares ‘We Are In Massive Crisis Mode’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:54 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Margaret Thatcher once said that the big problem with socialist governments is that “they always run out of other people’s money”, and…

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DAYS OF LOT: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:45 PM PDT

Sixteen-year-old Madison’s family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents.  The adults…

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Nuclear lab shutdown endangers US arsenal

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:41 PM PDT

An extended shutdown of the nation’s only scientific laboratory for producing and testing the plutonium cores for its nuclear weapons has taken a toll on…

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DEVELOPING: At least 61 killed in Portugal forest fires

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:37 PM PDT

A raging wildfire has ripped through central Portugal, killing 61 people and injuring dozens more in what officials there describe as the “greatest wildfire tragedy…

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Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:30 PM PDT

The western coast of Greenland has been struck with a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering a tsunami that swept away several houses in coastal villages. At…

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Atheist Activist Group Takes Issue With Alabama Police Department’s Mix of God With Government

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:21 PM PDT

A prominent professing atheist group recently sent a letter to officials with a city in Alabama to assert that its police department’s mixture of God with…

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DEVELOPING: Van mows down pedestrians in London, police dealing with ‘major incident’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:14 PM PDT

Multiple casualties are reported in London’s Finsbury Park, where a vehicle drove into pedestrians, many of whom are believed to be Muslims coming out of…

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US Military Shoots Down Syrian Warplane For the First Time!

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:07 PM PDT

US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near US-backed…

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Dangerous heat wave to scorch southwestern US through midweek

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:34 PM PDT

The dangerous heat baking the southwestern United States will not relent its grip on the region through much of the week. This heat wave will…

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Scholar Warns of Texas judge pushing U.S. toward ‘sanctuary nation,’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:27 PM PDT

Are sanctuary cities becoming the law of the land in America? At least one analyst thinks so after a federal judge in Texas ruled that…

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LGBT Flag adds more colors to recognize individuals of other colors

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:23 PM PDT

When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide two years ago, the White House was illuminated with rainbow lights reminiscent of the pride flag…

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Iranian and Chinese destroyers hold joint drill in Persian Gulf

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:17 PM PDT

Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at…

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BREAKING NEWS: Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:12 PM PDT

Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18…

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Secret Catholic Exorcist Cult Making a Deal with the Devil Against Pope

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:05 PM PDT

Plinio Correa de Oliveira is almost as peculiar in death as he was in life. Dr. Plinio, as he is still known by his devout…

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Growing Wheat Famine Sparks “End of Days” Fears

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:01 PM PDT

Wheat harvests around the world are falling dangerously short, raising the possibility that the end-of-days famine prophesied in the Book of Amos as preceding the…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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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