June 27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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At least three Republican senators said they would vote to block the current version of their party’s health-care bill from advancing, endangering Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

The U.S. has a unique opportunity to develop a “North American energy strategy” with Canada and Mexico, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said, striking a conciliatory tone with the other members of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Angela Merkel’s main election challenger demanded a parliamentary vote on gay marriage this week, stepping up pressure on the German chancellor over a divisive topic for her party bloc. Merkel said Monday that she’s open to having lawmakers vote their conscience on legalizing gay marriage, which her Christian Democrat-led bloc officially opposes, though she said she wants to keep it out of this year’s campaign. Social conservatives among her lawmakers view traditional marriage as a party hallmark that needs to be defended.

Google lost its biggest regulatory battle yet, getting a record $2.7 billion fine from European Union enforcers who say the search-engine giant skewed results to thwart smaller shopping search services.

The Trump administration said the U.S. suspects that Syrian forces are planning another chemical-weapons attack on rebel forces and issued a warning that President Bashar al-Assad risks paying “a heavy price” if it proceeds.

According to a Pew Research Center public survey of 37 countries, a median of just 22 percent of respondents have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in international matters, compared with 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. As a country, the U.S.’s favorable rating fell in the same period to 49 percent from 64 percent.

Basic rules of the road are needed before lawmakers allow companies from Apple Inc. to Ford Motor Co. to dramatically expand testing of self-driving cars, safety and consumer advocates will tell lawmakers Tuesday.

The U.S. will impose further punitive tariffs on imports of softwood lumber from Canada, escalating a longstanding trade dispute that’s already led to higher timber prices.

CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

Sustained increases for home prices in 20 U.S. cities in April indicate the housing industry is juggling stable demand with a shortage of inventory.

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An oil tanker truck crashed on a busy highway in Pakistan Sunday, killing at least 153 people when it exploded as crowds rushed to the scene to collect leaking fuel.

A civil rights historical marker in Mississippi has been vandalized, obliterating information about black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. The slaying galvanized the civil rights movement when Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, had an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized while he was visiting the Mississippi Delta.

Chelsea Manning has attended her first LGBTQ Pride event in New York City as a free woman. The network security expert who leaked nearly three-quarters of a million classified and not-classified military documents to WikiLeaks was seen during the massive march on the streets of Manhattan riding in a red convertible and waving a flag.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Sunday for a “lowering of rhetoric” between Qatar and a four-nation group led by Saudi Arabia after Doha denounced their sweeping list of demands.

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the northern English city of Newcastle. Police said there was no information suggesting the incident was terror-related.

A Canadian soldier made history Monday by becoming the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.

BBC

Firms around the globe are reporting that they have been hit by a major cyber-attack. Ukrainian firms, including the state power distributor and Kiev’s main airport were among the first to report issues. Some experts are suggesting that it could be a ransomware attack, similar to Wannacry which hit last month.

The world’s food security is increasingly reliant on 14 “chokepoints” for trade, a think-tank report has warned. UK-based Chatham House says more needs to be done to protect key transport routes such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the Turkish Straits. Almost 25% of the world’s food is traded on international markets. Infrastructure at the chokepoints is often old and would struggle to cope with natural disasters which are expected to grow in frequency as the planet warms, the report authors add.

Seven people have died after a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials said. 158 people were rescued, but two are still missing.

Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces.

India’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to stop the government making a controversial biometric identity card mandatory for social welfare schemes.

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UK – A private school for Orthodox Jewish girls aged three to eight faces closure because pupils are not taught about homosexuality or gender reassignment.


The Briefing 06-27-17

SCOTUS story #1: Big win for religious liberty as Supreme Court rules 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran

SCOTUS story #2: Unanimous Supreme Court decision upholds most of President Trump’s travel ban

SCOTUS story #3: SCOTUS reverses AR Supreme Court, disestablishing biology-based birth registration

SCOTUS story #4: Supreme Court to hear momentous gay wedding cake case on religious liberty next term

The post The Briefing 06-27-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top News – 6/27/2017

All Aboard the Temple Mount Express: Massive Government Infrastructure Underway to Bring Millions of Worshipers to Temple
For the first time in approximately 2,000 years, since the time of the Second Temple, plans are being formed by the Israeli government to build an effective infrastructure for Jews to make their obligatory pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case
EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company’s dominance in searches and smartphones.

‘Reform Jews, stay in America and don’t interfere here’
Haredi MK praises PM’s decision to freeze Western Wall plan, calls on Reform Jews to stay in US – and out of Israeli politics.

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.

Kazakhstan seeks role as capital of ‘New Silk Road
Hosting major international fora, Astana is becoming an important venue for Euroasian economy.

Shin Bet chief warns of ‘real world surprises’ if cyber attackers go after Israel
Cyber attackers “can expect real world surprises” if they go after Israel, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Nadav Argaman told a Tel Aviv University cyber conference on Tuesday. In his first cyber speech since taking over the elite Israeli security agency in May 2016, Argaman said “our defense does not recognize any borders.” “We follow threats everywhere,” he said, adding “We connect the cyber and the physical world.”

Israel gears up for Jerusalem sovereignty fight in UNESCO
Israel is pushing to sway the 21 nations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to reject a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, when the committee meets in Krakow, Poland, July 2-12. The diplomatic battle comes at the same time Israel is dealing with the American Jewish community over the centrality of the Western Wall as a global Jewish symbol.

Germany: Merkel paves way for gay marriage vote
German MPs are pressing Chancellor Angela Merkel for a free vote in parliament soon on legalising same-sex marriage, after she signalled a shift in her party’s position on it. Mrs Merkel surprised the German media by saying she favoured a “decision of conscience” on gay marriage. Her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have previously opposed it – unlike unlike the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens.

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack
The US says Syria’s government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will “pay a very heavy price” if one takes place. The White House said similar activities had been seen before bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin were allegedly dropped on a rebel-held town in April. Dozens of people were killed, prompting President Donald Trump to order a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’
Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility in the Mayadin area was hit early on Monday. The activist-run Deirezzor24 website said the prisoners included civilians and Syrian rebels opposed to IS.

Biology no longer the only factor in birth certificates
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that states must list both people in a same-sex couple as a child’s parents on their birth certificate, whether or not they are the child’s biological parents. The 6-3 decision overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court’s earlier ruling, which said that “it does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths.” Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented in the Supreme Court decision.

Christian Preschoolers Banned from Saying ‘Amen’, Talking About the Bible
Children at a Christian preschool in Sweden are no longer allowed to say grace at mealtimes, “Amen”, or talk about the Bible, after a ruling by the Umeå municipality. Visiting the preschool for an inspection, supervisors…said the activities run contrary to the Education Act, which forbids educational content during school time from containing confessional elements, and states that children at must always have the choice of whether or not to participate.

Anti-Trump Leak Campaign Damaging U.S. and Allied Operations
A new wave of leaks targeting the Trump administration has actively endangered ongoing intelligence and military operations being conducted by the United States and its allies, sparking anger and concern inside and outside the White House, according to multiple conversations with senior U.S. officials intimately familiar with the situation.

Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

Fighting intensifies in Syrian Golan Heights
Fighting between government forces and opposition fighters has intensified in the Quneitra province in Syria’s south, situated in the 30 percent part of the Golan Heights under Syrian control.

Germany Tells Erdogan His Bodyguards “Not Welcome” At Next Week’s G-20 Summit
Ahead of the G-20 summit to be held in Hamburg next week where Turkey will be present, Germany has warned Turkey that members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail who were involved in a bloody melee in Washington last month “are not welcome in Germany.”

Broadway Play “1984” Is Causing Audiences To Vomit And Faint
Geroge Orwell’s legendary book, “1984“, was not in any way meant to be a prediction of our future, yet that’s exactly what appears to have happened. And now that there’s a Broadway play which follows the events in the book closely, many are finding it difficult to stomach.

OUTRAGE IN ISRAEL: New report finds that Turkey is paying Muslims in Israel over $1,250 a month to riot and terrorize Jews in Jerusalem
A Turkish organization funded partially by the Turkish government invested in a project intended to bring 500 thousand Israeli Arabs to the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to protect it against Israeli invasion and the threat of its destruction,” according to an investigation by Israel Hayom.

WATCH: Canadian Muslim Demands Pedophilia Be Legal
Canadian Muslims are happy the way Islam is going in Canada under Justin Trudeau, so far they’ve gotten all their demands met, like M-103 for example, will they earn their way to legalizing pedophilia? In Canada Bestiality is now legal, anything can happen it seems.

‘Unprecedented’ Amount of Child Porn Discovered in the Vatican 
As the Catholic Church battles to stem their continuing exposure of clerical pedophilia, detectives have uncovered an “unprecedented” amount of child pornography including images, videos and other explicit content discovered within the walls of the Vatican.

JW “Considering Legal Options” To Obtain Obama Spying Scandal Docs HIDDEN At Presidential Library
“There is no spying on Americans, we don’t have a domestic spying program,” former President Barack Obama said in 2013, and yet, that’s exactly what he did.

74,531,002 Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP
…The total Medicaid/CHIP enrollment of 74,531,002 for April was greater than the population of France, which the CIA reports was 66,836,154 as of July 2016. It was also greater than the population of the United Kingdom (64,430,428) and Italy (62,007,540).

EXPLOSIVE: Mueller Personally Conducted Transfer Of Highly Enriched Uranium To Russia
Uranium One officials donated millions to the Clinton Foundation amid the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia.  It is now common knowledge that the foundation received millions of dollars from investors as Putin took over 20 percent of U.S. uranium deposits.


Project Veritas Catches CNN Producer On Tape Admitting That Trump-Russia Narrative Is Fake

Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If this was a baseball game, we would be saying “CNN, 3 strikes your out”. As in lights out. Project Veritas strikes again in bringing us what the Liberal fake news media is really saying when they think the cameras are not rolling. The Trump-Russia hoax is officially dead, good riddance to bad rubbish. 

“I mean, it’s mostly b******t right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded.

Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:

“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.”

Bonifield also acknowledged: “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He continues:

“I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

“To report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news,” said James O’Keefe. “We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come.” source


Even The Fed’s Own National Economy Activity Index Just Collapsed In May

06-26-2017 • http://www.zerohedge.com

Lies, Damned Lies, and Fed Press Conferences. The incessant outpouring of confidence in the future of economic growth in America espoused as reasoning for raising rates (when all around them, signals are collapsing) just got another slap in the face… this time self-inflicted.

The Chicago Fed National Economic Activity Index plunged to -0.26 in May – the biggest drop since August 2016…

The index draws on 85 economic indicators, and only 32 of the 85 monthly individual indicators made positive contributions.

Of course, this should hardly be a surprise…


John Bonifield, CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative “Mostly bulls–t right now,” President Trump is Right About Witch Hunt (VIDEO)

Sometimes Project Veritas is just a tad too smug for me. But they often do excellent work. Sometimes they hit. Sometimes they miss. This video is a base hit and doesn’t appear to be overly edited. Though some of the questions are a bit leading. Judge for yourself.

If Russia is a ratings winner for CNN, if what appears to be flat out “fake news”

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The Federal Government Owns 61 Percent Of Idaho, 64 Percent Of Utah And 84 Percent Of Nevada

Did you know that the federal government owns 28 percent of all land in the United States?  Today, the feds control approximately 640 million acres of land, and after decades of very poor management, many are calling on the states to take a larger role.  This is particularly true in the 11 western states where the federal government collectively owns 47 percent of all land.  East of the Mississippi River, the feds only own 4 percent of all land, and there is no reason for such a disparity to exist.  In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government only owns 0.3 percent of all land.  Such an arrangement seems to work very well for those states, and so why can’t we dramatically reduce federal land ownership in the western states as well? (Read More…)


The Senate GOP’s Healthcare Plan Breaks Their Promises

Let’s concede two points. First, let us concede that the Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan does not repeal Obamacare. Despite years of promises, the GOP has no intention of repealing Obamacare.

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Post-MAGA, Pre-Apocalypse

Omega Letter

Events today are spinning faster and faster out of control. Unlike times past where one could point to the troubled shores of Europe and say…war is coming, today there are no safe harbors anymore. There isn’t a place on earth today that isn’t racked by violence, war, crime, depravity, or corruption. We don’t even have the luxury of pointing to some impending sign and say, “it” is coming.

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Why Teach The Second Coming? – Hal Lindsey

Jesus said to “watch” for His return. In Matthew 24:42, He said, “Be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”

That means we need to know the signs of His coming. We need to study, and see how scripture lays out God’s end-times program. We need to know the promises He has made — including His promises to Abraham. We know He will keep His word. He will fulfill every bit of it. And that means, He will come again!

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Gender-Confused Kids Need Protection, Not Exploitation

In a piece over at LifeZette, Dr. Meg Meeker warns us that the moment we stop seeing children’s problems as problems, we stop helping them. “And when we cross boundaries,” says Meeker, “and force others to see their problems as normal, we solidify craziness as the norm.”  She writes:

Once more, the media have gone over the edge and made a mockery of little children. They ran a story about a child who alerted his parents to struggles over gender dysphoria — at the tender age of three.

And shame on his parents for letting them do so. MSN recently reported on the child — named Colt at birth — who rejected his gender and insisted on being called Emma because he said he was really a girl.

OK, I get it. The child has psychic turmoil and needs help. Or he’s playing a game. It’s hard to tell — because when he declared his gender confusion, he was three. Yes, three years old.

But that’s not really the problem. The real beef I have is with adults, particularly those in the media who push their agenda with a finger in our faces, saying, “See, we told you so,” by exploiting small children like Colt/Emma.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

June 26, 2017

A Supreme Second Amendment Disgrace

SCOTUS declines to hear a critical case about bearing arms after the Ninth Circuit’s egregious self-reversal.

The Foundation

“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.” —James Madison (1820)

They Will Stop the Music When They’re Sure Trump Can’t Find a Chair

The global financial system is the shakiest it has been since 1929 – with quadrillions in incredibly leveraged debt issued by governments, the big banks, Wall Street, and central banks around the world. Long-term bonds are down 20-40% globally over the past year – a strong indicator of things to come. Almost anything could trigger that collapse (i.e., the collapse of a major bank like the German Deutsche Bank, a major debt default of a European country, etc.). Or the system could be intentionally pushed over the edge by the Establishment at “just the right time, when they are hedged to profit most from the collapse and Trump can be completely blamed.

It is a given that all financial markets around the world are completely manipulated by the powers that be for their own benefit (profit), and in the instance of the recent election, the US stock market (which is poised for a giant crash) was held up (manipulated higher) to make Obama, Hillary, and the Democrats look good. It didn’t really help since the great majority in middle America are not even invested in the stock market.

Likewise, starting the day of the election and for weeks following, the gold market was manipulated in the futures market and fell from it highs close to $1350 to around $1207 – a drop of over $140. Never underestimate the manipulation of the powers-that-be. Of course they make billions off of such manipulations. But the day is coming (probably within 12 months) when the Establishment will lose total control of the markets in an unstoppable avalanche, and the stock market crash that should have happened before the election, but for their manipulation, will happen.

The Establishment definitely wants that to happen on Trump’s watch…. At some time in 2017, when they are properly prepositioned (hedged), they will very likely intentionally trigger the collapse and the depression that will follow. You should be well positioned in gold before that time.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2016)


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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 27

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  • Senators Considering Breaking Fannie-Freddie Into Pieces, Sources Say (Read More)
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  • Republican leaders work to buoy Senate healthcare bill (Read More)
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  • This Shipping Magnate Is Calling a Bottom in the Oil Rout (Read More)
  • Half of High-Skilled EU Workers Consider Leaving UK, Study says (Read More)
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  • Bank of England Orders Banks to Boost Capital (Read More)
  • British Households Are Finding It Easier to Pay The Bills (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 6/27/2017

Sharansky warns some Diaspora Jews are rethinking Israel ties over Western Wall crisis

In first-ever direct challenge, Jewish Agency urges Israel to reinstate Western Wall deal

Fuming opposition looks to fell government over Western Wall reversal

Charging ‘betrayal’ over Western Wall, Reform leaders cancel Netanyahu meeting

Cabinet secretary slams Western Wall backlash, says critics ‘not paying attention’

Ultra-Orthodox parties look to put brakes on Saturday bus service

Latest UNESCO resolution targets Hevron, Jerusalem

Israel scrambles to quash UNESCO vote on holy sites

Trump pressure on settlements disappoints

Former anti-Semitism envoys warn of ‘terrible loss’ of post under Trump

Group of Top Ex-Israeli Security Officials Back US Legislation to Cut Funding of Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments

US, Israel set up team to combat cybersecurity threat

Gaza rocket hits open area in southern Israel, no injuries

Israel strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after rocket-fire

IDF: bullets hit UN camp in Golan Heights

After IDF retaliates for spillover, Syrian army warns Israel

Syria warns Israel of ‘dangerous repercussions for aggressive action’

Liberman: No plans to attack Syria, but we won’t ignore provocation

Top Russian and US diplomats discuss cease-fire for Syria

What’s Behind Moscow’s Latest Threats in Syria

U.S. government websites hacked with pro-ISIS rant, officials say

Over 40 Convicted Terrorists Have Used Human Rights Laws to Stay in the UK

Trump Is on a Collision Course with Iran

Key senator says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved

Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row

Trump claims victory as travel ban partially reinstated

Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect and will consider case in fall

US says it will work with travel industry to implement travel ban

Trump travel ban: GOP lawmakers want Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from case

Trump’s Indonesian business partner slapped with travel ban

Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo

Baltimore Restaurant Owner Says 30 Employees Left Due To ICE Crackdown On Immigration

New U.S. ambassador to China says North Korea a top priority

Lecturer canned for saying student ‘got what he deserved’ in North Korea

Japan on alert: Residents told to seek shelter or lie on ground in event of North Korea missile attack

Missile Threats Surging Worldwide, U.S. Defense Study Finds

Russian navy test-fires submarine-launched missile

Stalin tops Putin in Russian poll of greatest historical figures

Trump Pushes Aside Fearful Advisers, Calls For Big Showy Meeting With Putin

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin, but some advisers wary

Trump says Obama ‘colluded’ on Russia, without giving evidence

Trump blasts Obama, demands ‘apology’ over Russia probe

Trump believes Russia ‘probably’ behind election hacking

Mueller mum on much of team; members at risk of cyberintrusions from hackers they’re investigating

Three journalists quit CNN in fallout from retracted Russia story

Real-life drama in age of Trump challenges TV’s storytellers

Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds

Loretta Lynch faces possible felony if alleged DNC emails exist: Judge Napolitano

Bernie Sanders and wife hire lawyers as FBI probes $10M loan

For Sale: Puerto Rico

After Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, Worries Shift to Virgin Islands

Illinois in danger of entering financial ‘death spiral’

Great recession fears as bankers warn next global crash could arrive ‘with a vengeance’

Why Americans Feel So Good About a Mediocre Economy

Seattle’s minimum wage hike hurting low-level workers, study says

Italy forced to bail out two more banks for 5.2bn euros

UK reveals details of post-Brexit offer to EU citizens

Google Could Be a Day Away From At Least $1 Billion EU Antitrust Fine

Is Amazon getting too big?

China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

Someone made a ridiculous video about NASA finding aliens. News outlets took the bait.

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Monica, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gharm, Tajikistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Leof, Indonesia

Strong earthquake activity on Kolbeinsey ridge

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

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

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Nishinoshima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

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

Hurricane Dora Becomes the First Hurricane of the Eastern Pacific Season off Mexico’s Coast

Western fires continue raging even after scorching heatwave lets up

California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

Two Cases of Plague Confirmed in New Mexico

Pharmacy head to be sentenced in deadly meningitis outbreak

Senate Obamacare Repeal Draft Includes Planned Parenthood Defunding, Pro-Life Language

Supreme Court takes on new clash of gay rights, religion

Supreme Court to hear case of baker’s refusal to make wedding cake for gay couple

Supreme Court to decide if gay rights trump everyone else’s rights

Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates, Justices Rule

Same-Sex Marriage Support At All-Time High, Even Among Groups That Opposed It

ADL demands apology after Jewish participants kicked out of Chicago pride event

Jewish marchers say they were kicked out of a rally for inclusiveness because of their beliefs

Jewish groups blast ‘hypocritical’ ban on Jewish Pride flags at gay march

44 people detained during Istanbul’s banned LGBT pride event

US to say China among worst on human trafficking

When Evangelicals Become Useful Idiots for Islam

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 3): Vallotton claims “You are gods”

Thrive Conference Video – Cool People Becoming Effective Visionary Leaders of Influence and Stuff!!

Southern Baptist Church in Tennessee Names Female Pastor

Pastor’s drug ring: Two cops, missing money and a threat

Swedish PM to Force State Church Priests to Perform Gay Marriages

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Arkansas Must Allow Lesbian ‘Spouses’ to Be Listed on Birth Certificates

6 Christians Charged With Forced Conversions in India After Taking 72 Children to Vacation Bible School

BREAKING NEWS: Utah’s Brian Head Fire Is Now Largest Active Wildfire in U.S.

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 08:00 AM PDT

Authorities ordered more evacuations near the site of a wildfire that has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in southern Utah. The…

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Supreme Court Orders States to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 07:51 AM PDT

The United States Supreme Court has reversed a lower court that upheld an Arkansas law that treated same-sex and opposite-sex married couples differently regarding the…

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Judgment, Wrath and Deceiving Spirits: You Won’t Hear Too Many Prophecies Like This Today

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 07:39 AM PDT

(By Bert Farias)”With great judgments will I plead with the population of this country. Great darkness is coming upon the countries that have heard My…

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‘Most Blasphemous Film of the Year’ Based on the Life of a Saint

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 07:32 AM PDT

Typically, a film based on the life of a saint doesn’t involve blatant blasphemy. However, The Ornithologist has decided to break every single boundary while relating the…

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Trump Warns Assad Will ‘Pay Heavy Price’ If He’s Plotting Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 07:20 AM PDT

The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical…

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Kansas School District Stops Team Prayers After Atheist Group FFRF Files Complaint

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 07:17 AM PDT

A public school district in Kansas has assured an atheist group that an inspiring moment when its boys basketball team came together at mid-court to…

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6 Christians Charged With Forced Conversions in India

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 06:54 AM PDT

Six Christians who were arrested in May for taking 72 children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, have reportedly been…

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DEVELOPING: Ukraine struck by massive cyber attack…

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 06:45 AM PDT

Ukraine’s national bank, state power company, and largest airport are among the targets of a huge cyber attack on government infrastructure. Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy…

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EU Slaps GOOGLE With Record $2.7 Billion Fine For Manipulation Searches

Posted: 27 Jun 2017 06:41 AM PDT

Google suffered a major blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its…

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BREAKING NEWS: Israel Strikes Hamas Targets Following Gaza Rocket Attack

Posted: 26 Jun 2017 05:46 PM PDT

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Posted: 26 Jun 2017 12:38 PM PDT

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

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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