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

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Senate leaders are expected to release a revised version of their health-care bill as early as Monday, according a person familiar with the matter, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to win over at least six Republican holdouts.

Technology for ballistic and cruise missiles is advancing in countries from North Korea and Iran to Russia and China, increasing potential threats to the U.S. even if they don’t carry nuclear warheads, according to a new Pentagon report.

The websites of Ohio Governor John Kasich and other state government agencies were hacked on Sunday with a posting professing love for the jihadist group Islamic State. Ten state websites and two servers were affected, and they’ve been taken off line for an investigation.

Donald Trump will tout surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events aimed at highlighting the country’s growing energy dominance. The president also plans to emphasize that after decades of relying on foreign energy supplies, the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas, coal and other energy resources.

Health insurers criticized the steep cuts to Medicaid proposed in the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as “too much, too fast.”

Gold sank like a stone at 9 a.m. in London after a huge spike in volume in New York futures that traders said was probably the result of a “fat finger,” or erroneous order. Trade shot up to 1.8 million ounces of gold in just a minute, a level not reached even with the surprise election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. “No-one has a clue, apart from the unfortunate individual that pressed the wrong button.”

Another luxury condo at Manhattan’s One57 is scheduled for a foreclosure auction — the second time in a month that a property seizure is being sought at the Billionaires’ Row tower following a mortgage default. And it might be the biggest in New York City residential history. Apartment 79, a full-floor penthouse that was the eighth-priciest sold in the building, is scheduled for auction on July 19, according to real estate data firm PropertyShark. The owner of the condo, a shell company listed in public records as One57 79 Inc., bought the 6,240-square-foot residence in December 2014 for $50.9 million.

Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as $19 billion to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations.

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At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early Sunday and crowds rushed to collect fuel.

The pilot twice asked passengers to pray on Air Asia flight D7237 from Australia to Malaysia as the plane shook like a “washing machine” for two hours, according to passengers.

Nationwide, hot car deaths are up and there’s a push for new legislation in Congress that would require all passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.

Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck.

Israeli forces fired on Syrian regime positions after projectiles from the war-torn country hit the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, in the second such exchange in two days.

An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US. The carp can weigh up to 100lbs and often outcompete other fish, typically consuming up to 20% of their body weight a day in plankton.

After a month of fasting, prayer and alms-giving, Muslims around the world will end Ramadan either June 25 or 26, depending on when the new moon is seen. Eid al-Fitr means “festival of the breaking of the fast” and it is one of the biggest celebrations in the Islamic year.

Tens of thousands of marchers paraded through New York streets Sunday in a huge Gay Pride parade, with many proudly carrying rainbow flags or waving virulently anti-Trump signs.

BBC

Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government said.

Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul’s Old City.

US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Organizers of an LGBT-rights festival in Chicago are being accused of anti-Semitism after they expelled marchers carrying the Star of David.

The Great Barrier Reef is worth $42bn and is critical to supporting economic activity in Australia.

Russia’s FSB security agency has said the Telegram mobile messaging app was used by a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg in April.

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. The number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000. So far more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children

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A tiny stretch of Arctic water has become a hotbed of military activity amid fears it could become the next flashpoint in a global conflict between the US and Russia.

A huge compilation of Microsoft’s proprietary Windows 10 software code has been leaked online. The leak contains more than 32 terabytes of data and includes both the Windows 10 source code and other code intended only for internal use at Microsoft.

The human race must start leaving Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by over-population and climate change, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.


The Briefing 06-26-17

A reversal of medical logic: Families are now suing doctors for saving the lives of their loved ones

What our relationship with animals reveals to us about ourselves and the glory of God

The surprising reason why the New York Times discontinued their “engagements” section in 1994

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Top News – 6/26/2017

U.S. Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban, will hear arguments
The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

NEW ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION RESULTS
For the past two+ years, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been monitoring cosmic rays in the atmosphere above California using high-altitude space weather balloons. After more than 100 flights, they find that dose rates have increased over the Golden State by 13% since March 2015. Now we know the same thing is happening over New England–only more so……a 19% increase in New England vs. 13% in California.

North Korea v US LIVE: Updates as North Korea refuses to halt nuclear development – latest
NORTH Korea has rejected calls to halt its nuclear programme despite Donald Trump’s administration ramping up pressure on Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Former Al-Jazeera anchor says TV network aids terrorists
Fahmy is preparing a lawsuit against his former employers. And while he is still highly critical of the regime that imprisoned him, he also says the Egyptian government is correct in saying al-Jazeera is really a propaganda channel for Islamists and an arm of Qatari foreign policy.

World heading for financial crash as China on verge of ‘boom gone wrong’
A GLOBAL financial crash is brewing as China and other emerging markets are binging on debt, the world’s central bank watchdog has warned. A number of economies in developing countries look worryingly similar to the US and UK before the devastating crash hit in 2007, with soaring house prices, slow economic growth, and a large credit bubble.

What next for the troubled holy site at the Western Wall?
What’s next for this troubled holy site of ours? Taken superficially, it would appear that the haredi parties United Torah Judaism and Shas have truly got one over on the progressive Jewish movements by nixing the agreement that would have given them true, if symbolic, recognition by the State of Israel as legitimate expressions of Judaism in the Jewish state.

Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row
Bahrain’s foreign minister accused Qatar on Monday of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha’s decision to let more Turkish troops enter its territory. Bahrain, alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants – then issued an ultimatum, including demands that Qatar shut down a Turkish military base in Doha.

Pro-ISIS hackers break into U.S. government sites
Several United States government pages were hacked on Sunday with messages advocating support for the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. Among those websites to be hacked was the official site of Ohio Governor John Kasich, reported Fox News.

Latest UNESCO resolution targets Hevron, Jerusalem
Israel scrambles to block PA-backed resolution declaring Tomb of the Patriarchs a ‘Muslim shrine’, denying Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

Turkey’s Failed Grand Design for the Middle East
Very important Turks in dark suits saw the start of the Arab Spring as a golden opportunity to realize their neo-Ottoman ambitions. In Tunisia, their Islamist brothers in arms, the Ennahdha Party, would come to power and annihilate the “secular infidels.” Rachid Ghannouchi, Ennahdha’s chief ideologue, never hid his admiration for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s stealth Islamization by popular vote.

Syria warns Israel: Further attacks will have serious repercussions
The Syrian military threatened Israel on Sunday evening that should it launch any further attacks on Syrian army targets, Israel will have to take the responsibility for repercussions that can ensue… This threat comes after the IDF struck targets belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in response to the errant fire that hit northern Israel earlier in the day.

In stinging blow to Diaspora Jewry, government reneges on Western Wall deal
Bowing to haredi pressure, the government on Sunday delivered two fierce and stinging blows to progressive Jewish denominations in Israel and the Diaspora, as well as moderate Orthodox groups in Israel, by indefinitely freezing its Western Wall resolution and approving a bill granting the Chief Rabbinate a total monopoly on conversion.

Italy forced to bail out two more banks for 5.2bn euros
Italy’s government is bailing out two banks in the Venice region at a cost of 5.2bn euros (£4.6bn; $5.8bn). The move comes two days after the European Central Bank warned that Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca were failing or likely to fail. The banks’ “good” assets will be taken on by Intesa Sanpaolo banking group.

Ohio sites hacked with IS message
A number of government websites in the US state of Ohio, including that of Governor John Kasich, have been hacked to display a pro-IS message. It said President Donald Trump would be held accountable for “every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries” and ended “I love Islamic state”. The hacking was carried out by a group calling itself Team System DZ.

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition
US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton’s tenure. The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving.

Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack
The “sustained” hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a “determined attack” on all user accounts “in an attempt to identify weak passwords”. Government sources say it appeared the attack has been contained but it will “remain vigilant”.

Fed’s Williams sees gradual rate hikes as key to further U.S. growth
With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve’s 2-percent target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said Monday. “If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,” San Francisco Fed President John Williams said in remarks prepared for delivery to the University of Technology Sydney.

OPEC Looks Totally Bewildered by the Oil Market
It may be too soon to write OPEC’s obituary, but the oil producer club appears in urgent need of late-life care. It shows little understanding of where it is, how it got there or where it’s going. While it still manages to collect new members here and there, its core group looks more fragile than at any point in nearly 30 years.

Arctic outpost becomes hotbed of Russian military activity
A TINY stretch of Arctic water has become a hotbed of military activity amid fears it could become the next flashpoint in a global conflict between the US and Russia.

Maxine Waters bars Trump supporters from town hall meeting
Supporters of President Trump were hoping to be a part of Maxine Waters’ town hall meeting in Gardena on Saturday, but they were barred from entering the building. The Trump supporters received tickets for the event, but were treated as “second class citizens” because they supposedly did not live in her district.

How the 10th Commandment Is Collapsing the Economy
Traditionally, Americans’ saving habits are far below what they should be. Conventional wisdom says that everyone should aim to have at least six months’ worth of expenses socked away for the unexpected.

Obama Ordered Cyberweapons Implanted Into Russia’s Infrastructure
A new report from the Washington Post today quoted a series of Obama Administration officials reiterating their official narrative on Russia’s accused hacking of the 2016 election. While most of the article is simply rehashes and calls for sanctions, they also revealed a secret order by President Obama in the course of “retaliation” for the alleged hacking.

Trump: Obama Not Leading Resistance
… “I don’t think he’s leading it,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” about claims Obama is the leader of the resistance, a political no-no in the long U.S. tradition of a peaceful transition of power.

Hysterical Democrats who say health care reform will “kill people” don’t seem to realize how many Americans are already killed every year by the medical system
…Somehow, Democrats have decided that none of these deaths count. Nope, all the people who died under Obama’s health care fiasco are forgotten and swept under the rug.


The Way Congress Is Handling Health Care Shows Why They Only Have A 17 Percent Approval Rating

The Senate health care bill was unveiled on Thursday, and it appears to be dead on arrival.  At least four conservative senators say that they can’t vote for the current version because it doesn’t go far enough, while several moderate Republicans are expressing concerns that it goes too far in repealing popular Obamacare provisions.  You can read the full text of the bill here.  Since Democrats are going to be united in voting against any bill that the Republicans put forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes if he wants something to pass.  I don’t know how that is going to be possible, and so in the end we may be stuck with Obamacare for the foreseeable future and that would be a total disaster. (Read More…)


Fallout From CNN Anti-Trump Fake News Story Now Reaching As High As Network President Jeff Zucker

The ‘very fake news’ scandal that is engulfing CNN inside and outside the left-wing network now reaches its highest levels as even CNN president Jeff Zucker is personally involved in the internal investigation into a now-retracted hit piece, sources inside CNN with direct knowledge confirmed to Breitbart News.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For 9 months now, CNN and the rest of the very fake news media have willingly and deliberately colluded together to promote the false narrative of Donald Trump and the Russians working together to “hack” the elections. There is not now nor has there ever been one, single shred of evidence to support this. With the publishing and subsequent retraction of the 100% false anti-Trump story about Anthony Scaramucci, the very foundation on which CNN rests is crumbling at their feet. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats find themselves on the hot seat as insiders point to leftist staff for members like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as being responsible for the thinly-sourced hit piece. Staff for Harris deny any involvement, but Warren staff have not responded.

These new revelations come on the heels of a BuzzFeed News report citing internal sources at CNN calling the decision to print the “very fake news” hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates that inaccurately alleged they were under Senate and Treasury investigation—a piece a Breitbart News investigation forced CNN to retract—a “massive, massive screw up.” BuzzFeed’s Jon Passantino reported that CNN sources told him that Zucker is “directly involved” in the matter now, as is the head of HR at CNN, and that “people will be disciplined.”

CNN was warned that perusing false Russia-Trump collusion story would blow up in their face:

“Deleting stories without explanation is considered a serious lapse of journalistic ethics,” Passantino and Jim Dalrymple wrote for BuzzFeed on Saturday. “Other outlets, including BuzzFeed, have faced considerable criticism and embarrassment for deleting content. And while CNN deleted its story, a cached version was still available online because nothing ever truly disappears on the internet.”

CNN has still not officially confirmed to anyone key details about what happened, despite being asked by both Breitbart News and BuzzFeed News, among others.

In addition to Breitbart News’ independent investigation that forced CNN’s retraction, sources close to Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci—one of the Trump associates targeted by CNN in the fake hit piece that inaccurately linked him to a Russian investment fund—confirm that he aggressively pushed back behind the scenes. Within hours of CNN posting the story Thursday evening, Scaramucci had assembled a legal, public relations, and rapid response team, the sources say, which terrified CNN since it knew the story was not solid.

Scaramucci has accepted CNN’s apology, taking the high road as the network withers under scrutiny. But he did tell Fox News’ Howard Kurtz, himself a former CNN anchor, that he was “disappointed” CNN ran the story in the first place since it was a “lie.”

Kurtz served as the anchor of CNN’s Reliable Sources program for more than a decade before he moved to Fox News, and his successor in the CNN show Brian Stelter has emerged as one of CNN’s most ardent defenders while Kurtz and other ex-CNN current Fox News reporters like Ed Henry regularly criticize CNN’s heavily anti-Trump bent.

On Kurtz’s Media Buzz Fox News program on Sunday morning, he and Henry bashed CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta—an eventual successor of Henry, who once held that job—for whining that the White House has moved press briefings off television cameras. They said television personalities, especially attention seekers like CNN’s Acosta, seek to use on-camera briefings to advance their careers and get famous by picking fights with White House staff rather than as a tool for journalism.

You published a hit job on @Scaramucci on the word of a @SenWarren staffer (egged on by a @SenKamalaHarris staffer). Good luck w/ this, pal. https://t.co/fvOWH16k7p

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 25, 2017

Stelter, like Zucker, has found himself in the hot seat as this scandal engulfs CNN, a network President Trump has identified as pushing “very fake news.”

Stelter has been unwilling for months to appear on Breitbart News radio on SiriusXM when asked if he would do so to publicly defend CNN, refusing yet again to appear on the program this weekend as this scandal consumes the network. While Stelter did tweet about the retraction on Saturday, he has not been aggressively reporting on CNN’s mistakes here–not mentioning it again since that original Tweet.

Like Stelter, Zucker is currently not willing or able to publicly do interviews defending CNN’s conduct here. Network spokeswoman Emily Kuhn, who continues refusing to answer questions on the matter as a whole, will not provide Zucker for an interview on his role in the investigation when asked if he is courageous enough to defend CNN.

Most editorial staffers at CNN, inside sources say, are embarrassed at the way Zucker has handled himself here — and at the way the network has handled itself generally on this and related matters.

Kuhn similarly has refused to answer questions about which editor or editors were involved in the publication of the very fake news piece, and how many other people in the editorial process allowed this blatantly inaccurate piece that CNN was forced to retract to be published in the first place. It is also unclear what exact discipline is expected to be handed to down to everyone involved. As of this time, it appears reporter Thomas Frank—the one on the now-retracted very fake news piece byline—is still employed by CNN. Frank did eventually on Twitter post the link to the editor’s note about the retraction.

But this is hardly the only problem that Frank presents for the network. Frank’s Twitter account is loaded with leftist activism, not journalism, including political recommendations for the House Democratic conference should they decide to oust House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has come under fire in the wake of Hollywood-backed Jon Ossoff’s failure to win in the special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. Despite record-breaking historic fundraising behind Ossoff—estimates expect the race between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will have cost nearly $50 million the majority of which was spent on Ossoff’s behalf, the most expensive House race in history—Handel defeated him. As a result, Pelosi has faced a revolt inside the House Democratic conference as several members including Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) question publicly whether she can continue to lead their party in the House.

CNN’s Frank, the reporter on the byline of this anti-Trump hit piece that has now been retracted, took time out of his Thursday—the day the piece was published—to tweet political advice to House Democrats if they remove Pelosi.

“If #Democrats replace #NancyPelosi they cannot pick a male speaker; horrible optics would enrage the female base and intellectual leaders,” Frank tweeted.

Kuhn, CNN’s corporate spokeswoman, has not responded to multiple inquiries from Breitbart News on whether a CNN reporter providing this political advice via social media to the Democratic Party is acceptable editorial behavior.

What’s more, in addition to all of the above, a key part of the genesis of this very fake news piece is a leftist pipe dream that seemingly originated in the annals of the office of anti-Trump “Resistance” leader Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The idea that Scaramucci and others would be investigated for “meeting” with executives for the Russian investment fund in question is something Warren and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) pushed now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to look into before President Trump was inaugurated.

“The matter has been reviewed and determined to be without merit,” a senior Trump administration official told Breitbart News for the original investigation that prompted CNN’s retraction. In other words, Mnuchin looked into the allegations and found that there is nothing to it.

But now reports are surfacing that CNN’s sole source for the hit piece seems to have been a staffer for Warren who was apparently “egged on” by staff for Harris. Harris is a freshman Democrat Senator who has aligned herself with the Warren-led “resist” movement, using congressional hearings to increase her profile nationally by arguing with Trump administration officials. While Warren’s team is not responding, Harris’s office denies the reports. Warren’s office has not responded to requests for comment on this matter. CNN’s Kuhn has not denied that Warren or Harris staff were involved in the publication of the hit piece the network has retracted. A spokeswoman for Harris, Lily Adams, when sent the above Tweet denied it. “I have never heard of this person but his accusation is 100% false,” Adams said in an email on Sunday, also adding in a follow-up that she is certain that nobody from Harris staff was involved. It is unclear how Adams would know for certain that nobody from Harris’s staff was involved in this matter, as her response came a little over two hours after Breitbart News’ original press request on Sunday morning–and it strains credulity that she was able to ask every single person on Harris’s staff in that timeframe if they had involvement in this matter. source


Mark Levin: We’ve started on the road to single-payer health care

“This is the week that the road to single-payer health care, European-style centralized health care, has been paved,” Levin said. The Republicans in the U.S. Senate have enshrined the core of Obamacare in all of their proposals to reform health insurance.

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Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist?

Eric Davis of The Cripplegage examines the eternality of hell. “The misery of it all is simply unfathomable,” says Davis. “It is one that must move us to the deepest reverence before God and compassion towards sinners

In yesterday’s post, the miseries of hell were briefly described. When the unredeemed enter, there will be a shock as the magnitude of hell sets in. One of the greatest miseries of hell will be the eternality of it: there will be no end to the conscious torment.

However, there have been questions as to the eternality of hell. The biblical teaching of unending punishment in hell has often been under attack. Do those in hell suffer forever? Or will they experience annihilation at some point and cease to exist? Annihilationism teaches that those in hell will eventually cease to exist. They will not be punished forever, but for a length of time, culminating in their annihilation.

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Pro-Family Groups Push Back After GuideStar Labels 46 American Organizations ‘Hate Groups’

Christian News reports:

Over 40 pro-family groups recently signed a letter to the charity database site GuideStar after it labeled dozens of organizations as “hate groups” based on a list compiled by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). “The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven,” the correspondence read. GuideStar added a banner atop the info pages of 46 nonprofits, which reads, “This organization was flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

June 26, 2017

Time to Appoint a Second Special Counsel

With Mueller’s investigation becoming increasingly free-ranging and politicized, Trump can fight fire with fire.

The Foundation

“There are certain social principles in human nature, from which we may draw the most solid conclusions with respect to the conduct of individuals and of communities. We love our families more than our neighbors; we love our neighbors more than our countrymen in general. The human affections, like solar heat, lose their intensity as they depart from the centre.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 26

  • Italian Bank Deal Raises Questions About Eurozone Rules (Read More)
  • UK PM May strikes $1.3 billion deal to get Northern Irish DUP support for her government (Read More)
  • Nestle Targeted by Dan Loeb in Activist’s Biggest-Ever Bet (Read More)
  • Nestle ‘committed’ to strategy as activist investor moves in (Read More)
  • Troubled Air-Bag Maker Takata Files for Bankruptcy (Read More)
  • Merkel’s Election Opponent Slams Her for Being Too Nice to Trump (Read More)
  • Berlusconi Stages Comeback to Frontline Politics (Read More)
  • European Stocks Jump as Crude, Nestle Power Gains (Read More)
  • Amazon’s Grocery Ambitions Spell Trouble for Food Brands (Read More)
  • Clogged oil arteries slow U.S. shale rush to record output (Read More)
  • U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning – container ship captain (Read More)
  • How Earthquakes Are Rattling a Dutch Province Atop One of the World’s Richest Gas Troves (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Fund Buys London Office Buildings for $395 Million (Read More)
  • Trumpmania Cools in This Pennsylvania Town (Read More)
  • Asylum seekers in Canada trapped in legal limbo (Read More)
  • Saudi Religious Police Return, Just With a Little Less Vengeance (Read More)
  • New U.S. ambassador to China says North Korea a top priority (Read More)
  • Bankers Have Less to Fear From ‘Stress Tests’ (Read More)
  • Europe Doesn’t Need American Climate Scientists. It Needs American Climate Data (Read More)
  • SpaceX Executes Back-to-Back Launches in Roughly 48 Hours (Read More)
  • U.S. court hears challenge on Texas law to punish ‘sanctuary cities’ (Read More)
  • OPEC Looks Totally Bewildered by the Oil Market (Read More)
  • Bankers Are Hiring Cyber-Security Experts to Help Get Deals Done (Read More)

Top Headlines – 6/26/2017

Hamas: Eliminate the ‘cancer’ Israel

Will Iran’s Israel doomsday clock join history’s list of failed predictions?

Israel freezes plan for mixed-sex Jewish prayer site at Western Wall

Bowing to ultra-Orthodox pressure, PM halts pluralistic Western Wall deal

US liberal Jews decry ‘slap in the face’ from Netanyahu on Western Wall prayer

Liberman: Shelving Western Wall plan a ‘severe blow’ to Jewish unity

Netanyahu tells thousands of Birthright youths they secure Israel’s future

Israel’s settlement policy is not irreversible

IDF, settlers clash during razing of illegal structure in Yitzhar

Bennett: Allowing Palestinian refugees to return would be ‘demographic nightmare’ for Israel

Israel bars UNESCO team from Hebron field visit

UK pro-Palestinian event may be canceled over alleged Hamas support

German MPs set ultimatum that could torpedo Israel drone deal

Errant Syrian fire spills over into Israeli Golan for second time in two days

Projectiles from Syria land in Golan Heights; no injuries

Netanyahu warns Iran over Syria involvement after Golan exchange

Iraqi forces say major Islamic State attack blocked outside old city of Mosul

UN rejects Israel claim that Hezbollah violated cease-fire

IDF girds for possible Hezbollah clash during border fence construction

As Islamic State wanes, Iran and Hezbollah could turn on Israel

Iran mocks reports its Syria missile strikes fell short

Iran says arrests 50 suspected of links to militant groups

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Qatar demands difficult to meet, says US

US urges Qatar, neighbors to ‘sit together’ to ease tension

Erdogan says ultimatum on Qatar ‘against international law’

Erdogan rejects Saudi demand to pull Turkish troops out of Qatar

Europeans learn to live with – and adapt to – terror attacks

The TSA is going to look through your books but promises not to notice what you’re reading

White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion

Top Democrat slams Obama administration’s response to Russian hacks

Trump: Hillary Clinton colluded with Democrats to defeat Bernie Sanders

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers

It’s going to end ‘extremely badly,’ with stocks set to plummet 40% or more, warns Marc ‘Dr. Doom’ Faber

Trump to Call for U.S. ‘Dominance’ in Global Energy Production

OPEC Looks Totally Bewildered by the Oil Market

In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nuku’alofa, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island

Nevado Chachani volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Ulawun volcano on Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Southern Mexico to face increased downpours from Tropical Storm Dora

Arizona is so hot right now planes can’t take off and plastic and paint is melting

Grenfell Tower fire: Dozens of UK high-rises fail fire safety tests, government says

Swedish PM to Force Priests to Conduct Gay Marriages, Compares them With Abortions

It’s okay to decorate a police car with rainbow flags, but not Bible verses

Gaga on gay pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers to defy ban

Turkish police disperse Gay Pride march, fire rubber bullets

3 asked to leave Chicago LGBT march over ‘triggering’ Star of David flags

New York Pride marchers target Trump, San Francisco parties

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance – and face some

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

Prosperity Pimp Todd Coontz Indicted on Federal Tax Charges

Keith Green’s Prophetic Words About The Roman Catholic Church

Darren Wilson Whining About People With Discernment, Yet Again

Word of Faith Fellowship – Authorities delayed investigating gay ‘demons’ case

Yoga: How did it conquer the world and what’s changed?

Houston Police Department’s rainbow cruiser raises eyebrows but ready to go for Pride Parade

Pro-lifers stop Planned Parenthood from opening inside high school – for now

New Mexico taxpayers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for abortions

Abortion Has Killed More Black Americans Than Crime, Accidents, Cancer or AIDS

President Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House. Note – “long tradition” began in 1996 

United Methodist Conference Faces ‘Unprecedented Financial Crisis’ After Election of Lesbian Bishop

Posted: 26 Jun 2017 06:19 AM PDT

A United Methodist Church regional body says it’s been experiencing an “unprecedented financial crisis” since the election of a married lesbian as bishop. Yellowstone Annual…

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First-Ever ‘Africa Study Bible’ Released; ‘Watershed Moment’ in History

Posted: 26 Jun 2017 06:14 AM PDT

A new study Bible with a distinctly African voice has been launched to equip and disciple the churches in Africa, which is growing exponentially. An…

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Ohio Government Websites Hacked With Pro-Islamic State Messages

Posted: 26 Jun 2017 05:57 AM 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:

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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