July 13, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades.

Saudi Arabia’s religious police are hiring people to study unveiled women and people who don’t pray.

China is buying less from North Korea as it implements United Nations sanctions aimed at reining in the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un, according to a customs official. Imports fell 13.2 percent to $880 million in the six months to June 30 from the same period a year earlier.

It typically takes years for presidents to kill federal regulations they dislike, but Donald Trump has found a shortcut: He’s just putting them on long-term hold. The Trump administration has stalled more than two dozen Obama-era rules, a legally questionable tactic that sidesteps the cumbersome rulemaking process.

The gain in U.S. wholesale prices reflected higher food and services costs, signaling modest inflation, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. Almost 80 percent of the increase in wholesale prices was due to a 0.2 percent gain in services as goods costs edged up 0.1 percent.

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The US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed, killing all 16 troops aboard, plummeted to the ground after “something went wrong” while at cruising altitude, a general said Wednesday.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the KC-130 air tanker plummeted to the ground in rural Mississippi on Monday afternoon. The servicemen on board the plane, all of whom were killed, were mostly members of an elite Marine special operations unit on their way to training in Arizona.

A Department of Education official apologized after saying that “90%” of sexual assault accusations on college campuses “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,'” during an interview as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prepares to meet Thursday with a range of advocacy groups to discuss the issue.

A cyber security firm says information for at least 14 million Verizon Wireless customers was found on an unsecured web server, allowing anyone on the Internet to access it. Verizon says that figure was closer to six million customer records.

Oklahoma Democrats, who have taken routine beatings from the GOP over the last decade, unexpectedly snatched two state legislative seats from Republicans in special elections this week and are now hoping to carry momentum into grabbing bigger prizes in 2018, including congressional seats and the governor’s mansion.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month and producer prices unexpectedly rose in June, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track for a third interest rate increase this year. Persistently low layoffs point to a buoyant labor market that is sustaining economic growth, while the uptick in producer prices suggests a recent moderation in inflation was likely temporary. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 247,000 for the week ended July 8.

Poland’s prime minister has met with Chinese parliamentary leader Zhang Dejiang to discuss developing ties, including business and trade. Poland, a central European nation, wants to play a key role in China’s drive to increase business with Europe. The Polish government is seeking new partners and investments for the economy as it develops quickly.

The head of the European Commission is calling on Ukraine to step up its efforts against endemic corruption.

The Iraqi government has said it is investigating video seemingly showing troops killing suspected Islamic State militants detained in the Mosul area. In the footage, men wearing uniform throw an unarmed man over a cliff. They then shoot his motionless body.

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When Becky Turney’s fiancé, Kelly, halted their wedding for a very special gift, she was left speechless. Her late son, Triston, was not physically present at the Alaska ceremony on Friday, but his heart was. Her groom had organized the surprise, giving Becky the chance to meet Jacob Kilby, the young man carrying her son’s heart, for the very first time.

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position.

The staunchly Catholic island of Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

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A jealous Muslim husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife’s fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission. One of his relatives then threw Ms. Akhter’s fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them.

MI – Jeff Sieting, the Kalkaska village president who’s been sharply criticized for what some are calling racist and hateful social media posts, said this week he does not owe anyone an apology for what he’s putting online, according to The Associated Press. Some of Sieting’s Facebook posts have denounced Islam and called for the killing of “every last Muslim.”

One Fort Lauderdale police officer is facing disciplinary action after he “mis-gendered” a transgender person on a reckless driving ticket issued in late January.

Christians who lay down their life to save others, “following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus”, will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis has said. Beatification is the first step on the path toward sainthood and has in the past been reserved for three categories of people: martyrs, those who have lived a life of heroic values and others with a clear saintly reputation. Candidates for beatification under the new pathway could include Christians who tended to sick people with the plague who later died because of the disease.


Top News – 7/13/2017

Bill Blain: “I Have A Feeling The Much Anticipated October Crash Is Just Not Going To Happen”
The last few weeks confirm global central bank policy in now on a hawkish tack – it’s about ending extraordinary monetary experimentation, normalisation and higher rates. So bond prices have fallen and yields are higher. Get over it.

Scalise released from ICU after contracting infection
Rep. Steve Scalise was moved out of intensive care Wednesday after surgery to fight an infection he contracted after being shot during a practice for the annual congressional baseball game. Though he is no longer in intensive care, Scalise is still listed in “serious” condition and doctors said the infection will need to be fully cured before they can consider moving him to an in-patient rehabilitation center to begin the next phase of his recovery.

Archaeologist Uncovers Clues Pointing Towards Evidence of Naboth’s Vineyard
“As an archaeologist, I cannot say that there was definitely a specific man named Naboth who had a particular vineyard,” Dr Franklin told Breaking Israel News. “The story is very old but from what I have found, I can say that the story as described in the Bible quite probably could have occurred here in the Jezreel.”

‘Death panels’ break pink-slip news to N.Y. Times editors
While buyout talks continue, it currently looks like the number of editors who will be given pink slips at the New York Times will be around 60, sources tell Media Ink.

Muslim infiltrates church to spy on, report Somali Christians
A Somalian woman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Qamar Cleasson, spies on families in who converted to Christianity and shares the information with Muslims abroad, reports Pamela Geller.

There may be hope for Sweden, after all
‘Time for international community to acknowledge Six-Day War is over and that Jerusalem is, has been, will always remain capital of Jews.’

Trump envoy Greenblatt facilitates historic Israeli-Palestinian water deal
US envoy Jason Greenblatt announced agreement Thursday of the long discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal that includes the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water to the Palestinian Authority… Greenblatt…said this agreement and the accord signed on Monday between Israel and the PA that will significantly increase the power supply to Jenin are examples of how the two sides can cooperate to improve Palestinian living conditions.

Netanyahu convenes emergency meeting of allies
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned to his office Thursday afternoon ministers and Knesset members who are considered allies in the Likud for what they were told would be a briefing of the events of past week. Issues expected to be discussed include the submarine scandal, the Bezeq brouhaha and the victory of Avi Gabai in the Labor party race.

Israel could lose UN General Assembly voting rights if doesn’t pay bill
Israel could lose its voting rights in the United Nations General Assembly within two years if it makes good on its pledge not to pay its annual $10.7 million bill as a protest gesture. Out of the UN’s 192 member states, only Libya has no voting rights at the General Assembly for financial reasons, according to the UN website.

Qatar-US terrorism funding deal insufficient, Saudi-led bloc says
The four Arab states leading a boycott of Qatar say it will continue despite a deal between Washington and Doha to combat the financing of terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt said the deal brokered by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday was “not enough”. Qatar’s government “cannot be trusted”, they added, citing previous agreements.

Belle Plaine Allows Satanic Monument In City Park
A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park. The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.

IDF raids Hamas TV station in Hebron
IDF soldiers confiscated equipment belonging to the Hamas satellite channel station ‘Al-Quds TV’ in Hebron in a raid overnight Wednesday after suspicions arose that it was disseminating hateful information. A simultaneous raid was also carried out on media company in Hebron that supplies information to another Hamas broadcasting channel, Al-Aqsa TV.

Evangelical pastor prays over Donald Trump in Oval Office
This is the moment evangelical leaders laid their hands on Donald Trump‘s back as they prayed over him in the Oval Office. Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne led a prayer circle alongside his wife Adonica in the White House and then shared the image on Facebook.

Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News?
Skepticism toward the media is most often associated with conservatives in Middle America, some of whom eat something other than artisanal sandwiches. But this week brings more evidence that investors worldwide have become very reluctant to buy what many established news organizations are selling. How else to explain the collective shrug of the shoulders in financial markets to the latest breathless media reports about alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia?

‘Message’ Bible Creator Eugene Peterson Changes Mind on Homosexuality; Would Perform A Same Sex Marriage If Asked
Eugene Peterson, the man behind The Message translation of the Bible, says he would perform a same-sex marriage ceremony if asked. In an interview with Jonathan Merritt on Religion News, Peterson describes how his views on homosexuality have changed over his career.

The Wealthy Are Buying Multi-Million Dollar Bunkers With “Highest Level Of Military Grade Security”
“There are so many things that happen every day all around the world and people are just hoping it doesn’t happen to them. But what if it does?”

The Media Says The US Just Liberated Mosul: Here’s What Really Happened
The mainstream media is largely using the word “liberation,” which indicates the people of Mosul have been freed from a monstrous force by a friendly, benevolent one. In reality, the “liberation” of Mosul paints a dark, horrifying picture of America’s foreign policy when one realizes how ISIS took hold of Mosul in the first place.

Catholics Rally Against Satanist Statue
Catholics in Minnesota will gather to ask for God’s protection and to pray against the nation’s first Satanic monument approved for display on public land.

Climate change scientists launch geoengineering experiment that may accidentally cause global famine
Climate change “mad scientists” from Harvard have been given the green light to pursue a geoengineering experiment that will expel aerosols into the atmosphere to block out the sun in a deranged effort to halt so-called “global warming.”

 IT BEGINS!! 7 Subpoenas Issued for Obama Unmasking Scandal: Congress: This is TREASON
Seven subpoenas have been issued by the House Intelligence Committee regarding meddling in the 2016 presidential election. According to a WSJ report, three of the seven subpoenas are regarding reports that members of the “Trump team” were identified “in foreign surveillance reports, and had their names ‘unmasked’”. The three subpoenas were served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency, and all three explicitly referenced “unmasking”.


The Most Unusual (And Significant?) Solar Eclipse In U.S. History Will Happen Next Month On August 21

August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else. And this will be the first total solar eclipse to cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years. So for those that love astronomy, this is bigger than the Super Bowl. (Read More…)


Is This The Generation That Is Going To Financially Destroy America?

Did you know that the federal government is going to spend more than 4 trillion dollars this year?  To put that into perspective, U.S. GDP for the entire year of 2017 is going to be somewhere between 18 and 19 trillion dollars.  So when you are talking about 4 trillion dollars you are talking about a huge chunk of our economy.  But of course the federal government doesn’t bring in 4 trillion dollars a year.  At the beginning of Barack Obama’s first term, we were 10.6 trillion dollars in debt, and now we are nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt.  That means that we have been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt.  When you break that down, that means that we have essentially been stealing more than a hundred million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day to pay for our debt-fueled lifestyle.  Even Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is warning that this is not sustainable, and yet we just keep on doing it. (Read More…)


Environmental Nightmare! Dozens Of Highly Toxic Substances Have Been Found In Tap Water All Over America

After reading this article, you will never look at tap water the same way again.  Most Americans have generally assumed that the water coming out of our taps is perfectly safe, but the Flint water crisis and other similar incidents are starting to help people to understand that there are some very dangerous substances in our water.  In particular, I am talking about things like arsenic, lead, atrazine, perchlorate and a whole host of pharmaceutical drugs.  According to an absolutely stunning NRDC report, close to 77 million Americans received their water from systems “that violated federal protections” in 2015.  And even if you get your water from a system that meets federal standards, that still does not mean that it is safe. (Read More…)


These Days Young Men In America Are Working A Lot Less And Playing Video Games A Lot More

If you could stay home and play video games all day, would you do it?  According to a brand new report that was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research on Monday, American men from the ages of 21 to 30 are working a lot less these days.  In fact, on average men in this age group worked 203 fewer hours per year in 2015 than they did in 2000.  So what did they do with all of that extra time?  According to the study, a large portion of the time that young men used to spend working is now being spent playing video games. (Read More…)


Dying Middle Class: The Number Of Americans That Can’t Afford Their Own Homes Has More Than Doubled

Have you lost your spot in the middle class yet?  For years I have been documenting all of the numbers that show that the middle class in America has been steadily shrinking, and we just got another one.  According to a report that was produced by researchers at Harvard University, the number of Americans that spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing has more than doubled.  In 2001, nearly 16 million Americans couldn’t afford the homes that they were currently living in, but by 2015 that figure had jumped to 38 million. (Read More…)


July 11, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Earlier this week, I wrote a column questioning why our contemporary political discourse makes so little reference to the common good. The United States was the first nation in human history that acknowledged humanity itself to be the formal premise for the common identity of the people who comprised it…. (more)

July 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Friday hit back at Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer for labeling his latest health proposal a “hoax,” saying Democrats made a series of promises about their signature health program that have fallen flat…. (more)

July 10, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Unless you went to some lengths to access President Trump’s stunning address in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday instead of relying on media coverage, you missed a remarkable event. Garnering repeated applause and even chants of “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” the president declared his and America’s admiration for the Polish people, made a commitment to ensure their liberty, and promised to eradicate terrorism and preserve the West…. (more)

July 10, 2017

RICH LOWRY — magine that President Donald Trump gave a speech praising a strong Europe. Imagine that he called forthrightly on Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine and join the community of responsible nations. Imagine that he embraced the mutual defense commitment, so-called Article 5, of NATO…. (more)


July 10, 2017
BYRON YORK — President Trump’s performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader…. (more)

July 10, 2017

THE HILL — More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents…. (more)


July 10, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s legal team suggested the meeting that took place between Donald Trump, Jr., and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin may have been set up by opposition forces to try to create the appearance of impropriety, Circa reported…. (more)


July 10, 2017
NEWSMAX — There is evidence to suggest North Korea’s burgeoning intercontinental ballistic missile program, supposedly hampered by sanctions and the lack of an open market for weapons, might be aided by Russia, if not smugglers on the black market, The Washington Post reported…. (more)

July 10, 2017
TOM COTTON & MIKE LEE — Last week, drone industry executives told President Trump they needed more regulation, not less, before they could expand further – – a man-bites-dog story if ever there was one. But the answer isn’t to keep waiting on Washington. It’s to make use of one of our nation’s founding principles: federalism…. (more)

July 9, 2017

NEWSMAX — The parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy, Charlie Gard, on Sunday delivered a petition of over 350,000 signatures demanding they be allowed to take him to the United States from treatment…. (more)


July 9, 2017
NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS — It was supposed to just be a quick trip to the beach, but the Saturday afternoon diversion to the water almost ended in unspeakable tragedy for Roberta Ursrey and her family. Ursrey and her husband, mother, nephews and sons were enjoying the sun and yellow-flag conditions near the M.B. Miller County Pier. Ursrey herself had just left the water, but when she turned around to look for her sons, she noticed they were much farther from shore than she remembered. Concerned, she started walking down the beach. And then she heard their screams…. (more)

July 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — Arkansas will re-install a Ten Commandments monument after the original was destroyed in late June, The Hill reported. The 6-foot granite statue will go up on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock. The original was destroyed one day after it was installed when Michael T. Reed II smashed a car into the stone…. (more)

July 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — Former Sen. Bob Dole on Saturday praised President Donald Trump’s European trip, calling his speech in Poland “one for the ages” and saying that the nation “should be proud of the strong American leadership being restored by President Trump.”… (more)

July 9, 2017
MICHAEL BARONE — Some observations on what Matthew Continetti rightly calls Donald Trump’s “remarkable” speech in Warsaw, Poland. (1) This was a speech filled with remarkably apt references to Polish history, a subject surely few people suspected the president came to office familiar with. There were multiple references to Pulaski and Kosciusko, the Poles who crossed the Atlantic to fight for American independence, and to the Miracle of Vistula in 1920, when the Polish army under General Pilsudski repelled a Soviet invasion…. (more)

July 9, 2017
CHIP MCLEAN — So a private citizen “doctors up” a ten year old video of a scripted WWF event where Donald Trump takes down Vince McMahon. Instead of seeing McMahon’s face, we see a CNN logo superimposed over McMahon’s face, giving us an illusion of Trump taking down CNN…. (more)

July 9, 2017
JOE WILSON — Even as President Trump’s administration tries to crack down on Muslim terrorism, public officials from both sides of the aisle remain blind to the threat of Islam, contends the man who infiltrated a top Muslim organization in the U.S…. (more)

July 8, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — New research via the National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. fertility rate is at a record low. With the exception of the over-30 crowd, fewer women across almost all age groups and ethnicities are having babies. While putting off having babies until later has been a growing trend for some time, women would do well, if it’s at all possible, to have babies first and focus on their career either simultaneously, or later…. (more)

July 8, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A new scientific paper contends the entire foundation of the man-made global-warming theory – – the assumption that greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere by trapping heat – – is wrong. If confirmed, the study’s findings would crush the entire “climate change” movement to restrict CO2 emissions, the authors assert Some experts contacted by WND criticized the paper, while others advised caution…. (more)

July 8, 2017

DAILY MAIL — After spending two and a half hours speaking to President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin had dinner seated beside the American leader’s wife, Melania. The Trumps both met Putin for the first time on Friday, as the world’s top leaders gathered in Hamburg, Germany at the G20…. (more)


July 8, 2017
FOX NEWS — As Melania Trump settles into her new role as first lady, a Fox News Poll shows a jump in her popularity. Fifty-one percent of voters view Melania Trump favorably. That’s up 14 points since December and up 16 points from the first time the Fox News Poll asked about her last summer…. (more)

July 8, 2017
FOX NEWS — Sarah Palin’s decision to sue the New York Times over an utterly irresponsible editorial underscores an unfortunate reality: This has been a truly awful stretch for the mainstream media…. (more)

July 8, 2017
YAHOO NEWS — In a meeting that ran longer than either side had planned, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election on Friday but agreed to focus on better ties rather than litigating the past…. (more)

July 7, 2017
WES VERNON — News and entertainment media, to say nothing of the history books, have inundated Americans with their own political versions of our nation’s founding and the political officials and other alert Americans who followed, including our 45 presidents (for whatever the proficiency of their efforts as “keepers of the flame” may have been). By no means, however, are those who made great strides in their contributions to the nation’s direction confined to our elected or officially appointed public servants. In fact, some of those “outside the Washington bubble” had an impact that was much more than simply “noteworthy.”… (more)

July 7, 2017

ART MOORE — Ten years ago, Warsaw hosted an international conference warning of a “demographic winter” that posed an existential threat to Europe as the rejection of the “natural family” was leading to plunging birthrates and the consequent importation of millions of workers from countries with historic colonial ties who spurn Western values and refuse to assimilate…. (more)


July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there’s some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But they also are applauding Mrs. Trump’s demeanor and diplomatic skills during her second overseas tour…. (more)

Yet Another One –An Undiscerning Believer– Is Being Deceived!

Lois Putnam of Learn to Discern Granny has a quote from Roger Oakland women should heed: “In fact, in many churches … books replace the Bible altogether.  Rather than teach verse-by-verse … the leader of the women’s study teaches page-by-page through a book that is very appealing to the flesh and provides additional revelation to the […]

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Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism

Once again Mike Riccardi of The Cripplegate tackles the ecumenical movement. In an earlier piece, he revealed what happens when Bible believing Christians and theological liberals unite to show strength in numbers. Berean Research has done its part in “outing” Christian Right pro-family groups for joining forces with Progressive Christians, Mormons, Catholics, Word of Faith prosperity […]

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Mid-Day Snapshot

July 13, 2017

Trump’s FBI Nominee: Russia Investigation Isn’t a ‘Witch Hunt’

What else would he say? Christopher Wray insisted that he is committed to the Constitution, Rule of Law and impartiality.

The Foundation

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.” —Thomas Jefferson (1782)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 13

  • Feuding U.S. Senate Republicans to get revised healthcare bill (Read More)
  • Draghi May Address Future of ECB Stimulus at Jackson Hole (Read More)
  • BOJ seeks to tamp down speculation on tapering (Read More)
  • Iran’s Stature Grows as Rivals Quarrel (Read More)
  • China June Trade Data Buoyed by Robust Demand at Home and Abroad (Read More)
  • Germany summons Daimler to address diesel allegations (Read More)
  • French Court Tosses Google’s $1.3 Billion Tax Bill (Read More)
  • First tech, now financing: U.S. shale firms get creative to pump more oil (Read More)
  • Latest Wave of 401(k) Suits Yields Big Wins, and Big Losses, for Plaintiffs (Read More)
  • EU gives Hungary a month to revise education law or face court (Read More)
  • China’s Booming Housing Market Proves Impossible to Tame (Read More)
  • Off the Map: The Rough Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars in China (Read More)
  • Behind China’s Boldest Dealmaker, Billions in Pledged Shares (Read More)
  • Despite U.S. Ban, Kalashnikov Finds Markets in Asia, Africa (Read More)
  • Trump’s FBI pick vows independence, says Russia probe no ‘witch hunt’ (Read More)
  • Why You Should Look to China for the Future of Retail (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs relaxes dress code for techs in fight for talent (Read More)
  • Bonfire of the Retail Stocks Brings Traders Running (Read More)
  • House Conservatives Hold Budget Hostage Over Tax Plan Details (Read More)

Top Headlines – 7/13/2017

Netanyahu meets Greenblatt amid Trump envoy’s latest peace push

US envoy Friedman, trusted by Trump, joins Mideast peace team

Bennett holds ‘successful meeting’ with Trump envoys

What Occupation? Most Israelis Say This Land is Ours

Palestinians demand Patriarch’s ouster over Jerusalem land sales

Fears of instability chip away at support for US bill cutting PA funding

Ahead of cabinet debate, Liberman defends plan to expand Palestinian city

Top UN official warns Gaza electricity crisis will haunt Israel

Two Code Red sirens sounded near Gaza border false alarms

IDF holds two-day exercise in Gaza border area

Palestinians warn ending payouts to jailed attackers could trigger crisis

IDF troops come under attack in Jenin; kill Palestinian terrorist, wound another in return fire

Terrorists take advantage of Israel’s postal system

High Court to revisit ruling that lets some Tel Aviv stores open on Shabbat

Come to the Bimah and Read From the Torah! But First, What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?

Ya’alon pulls no punches – Netanyahu ‘absolutely’ will be indicted

Hungary to pull ‘anti-Semitic’ Soros campaign ahead of Netanyahu visit

Israel Seeking Saudi Flight Deal to Bring Pilgrims to Mecca

Turkish minister to visit Israel to discuss gas pipeline

100,000 and Counting: No Letup in Turkey Coup Purges a Year On

Media crackdown silencing criticism of Turkish government

Erdogan says lifting emergency rule currently out of question

President Erdogan tells BBC: EU wastes Turkey’s time

Turkish police kill five in raid on Islamic State cell in Konya

Report: Egypt kills over 20 terrorists in Sinai airstrike

US soldier supported Islamic State but remained in military

Syria opposition says government won’t negotiate

Refugees return to Syria from Lebanon in Hezbollah-mediated deal

Suicide bomber kills and injures scores in Syria’s Idlib province

Amid divisions with Macron, Trump to travel to Paris to discuss Syria, terrorism

Tillerson, Saudi king make no progress on Qatar

Iranian cancer researcher sent home after being denied entry in Boston

Activists: Yemeni policewomen beat up female rally in south

19 killed in Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria city

UN identifies 38 more mass graves in Congo’s Kasai region

Kim Jong Un and his wife host banquet for ICBM developers

Trump seeks talks to overhaul South Korean trade deal

Will Trump Ban Russian Anti-Virus Software Giant Kaspersky Labs Over Alleged Kremlin Ties?

FBI pick says Russia probe not a “witch hunt”

Russia’s Lavrov: show me at least one fact Moscow meddled in US election

DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team

Kremlin denies link to lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

Trump says he learned of son’s meeting recently

Trump says on Twitter that son Donald Trump Jr. is ‘open, transparent and innocent’ in Russia case

Trump unloads on Hillary over double standard, amid reports Dems also got foreign help

White House goes on offense, slams DNC, Clintons for ‘collusion’

Trump: Putin wanted Hillary to win election to weaken America

California Democrat launches longshot bid to impeach Trump

Democrats aim to block funding for Trump’s election commission

Gingrich: Media ‘Rushes Past a Bank Robbery to Grab GOP for Jaywalking’

Rush Limbaugh on Russia Coverage: ‘I’m Watching People Lose Their Minds’

Evangelical Leaders Pray Over Trump in Oval Office

Trump jets off to Paris as Russia crisis plagues Washington

In Paris, Trump is Bastille Day guest of city he derided

Yellen comments stir anxiety about inflation data due out this week

Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News? Global investors seem nearly as skeptical as Trump partisans.

Google, Twitter and dozens of other sites are taking a ‘net neutrality day of action.’ Here’s what that means.

Net neutrality and the Left – not ‘neutral’ when it comes to hate speech

Cloud Leak: How A Verizon Partner Exposed Millions of Customer Accounts

Apple to Build China Data Center to Meet New Cybersecurity Law

Judge: Pacemaker data can be used in Middletown arson trial

West Sacramento Considering Driverless Shuttle Buses

Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show

US laptop ban lifted in Egypt, Morocco

Bomb threat at UCLA prompts evacuations of residence halls

A massive atmospheric experiment is planned for August solar eclipse

Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits North Korea in the Sea of Japan

Earthquake off North Korea not result of nuclear test: Pentagon

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Constitucion, Chile

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,500ft

Karymsky volcano in Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Storm Fernanda Forms Off Mexico in Pacific

Midwest Storms Trigger Deadly Flash Flooding

One of the biggest icebergs in recorded history just broke loose from Antarctica

Scientists to UN: ‘Make new rules’ to save the oceans

F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment

Missouri woman dies after contracting rare tick-borne Bourbon virus

Malta lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage

Teen Vogue’s Sex Instruction Guide for Girls Is ‘Horrific,’ Women’s Rights Advocates Say

Message’ Bible Creator Eugene Peterson Changes Mind on Homosexuality; Would Perform a Same-Sex Marriage if Asked

Belle Plaine, Minnesota Allows Satanic Monument In City Park

Mike Ratliff – The Pilgrims Heart part 1      part 2      part 3

Amy Spreeman – Eugene Peterson’s error isn’t about gay weddings

Rodney Howard Browne & Other “Evangelical” Pastors Pray Over Trump in the Oval Office – and then of course they publish the pic on Facebook

Crazy Charisma Prophecies – Bill Yount Claims Publishing Angels Being Released to Unknown Authors and Artists

44% of liberal Democrats claim churches bad for U.S.

Keith Giles – Did Jesus and Paul Preach Different Gospels

Joel McDurmon – God’s Favorite Bible Verse

Getting wasted with the Holy Spirit at Bethel Redding

Youth pastor charged with assault 5 years later

ISIS Told Christians to Renounce Jesus in Egypt Bus Slaughter but Women Refused: Survivor

Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions

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Mom’s Forgiveness for Man Who Killed Her Daughter Moves Judge to Issue Surprising Order

Posted: 13 Jul 2017 05:50 AM PDT

A Georgia judge has ordered a man who killed a teenager in a tragic car crash last year to carry around a photo of the…

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Why the Modern Church Holds Tragically Inaccurate Views of Prophecy

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(By Dave Williams)The daily headlines seem to scream in unison, “It won’t be long now.” Something is going to happen that will shake the nations….

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Military Creating Super Soldiers Through Bio Science…

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Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones…

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Razor blade sabotage found on Walmart shopping cart in Missouri

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Chinese warships conduct live-fire drills in Mediterranean

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In a demonstration of the Chinese navy’s expanding global reach, the country’s latest-generation warships conducted live-firing drills in the Mediterranean Sea this week while en…

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Razor blades found embedded in slide at Texas park

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Razor blades have been discovered in slides in at least one park in the city of Huntsville, Texas, according to a release on the city’s website. The…

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‘The Devil Has No power When You Know the LIVING God’ says Justin Bieber

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Don’t Run if God Has Called You to Speak

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(By J.Lee Grady) This past Sunday I stood in a pulpit, looked out over a congregation of mostly strangers, cleared the lump in my throat…

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Austrian City Bans Pork in Kindergartens to Accommodate Muslim Children

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Salzburg has banned pork in city-run kindergartens in what local officials have defended saying it meets the needs of Muslim children. The ban was not…

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Verizon data from 6 million users leaked online

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Atheist Activist Group Seeks Removal of Roadside Cross Memorializing Mother Who Died in Crash

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Florida Police Officer to Receive Letter of Reprimand for Marking ‘Transgender’ as Male on Citation

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A Citizens Police Review Board has decided that a Florida police officer should receive a letter of reprimand for marking “male” on a traffic ticket…

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Nevada Governor Declares State of Emergency As Marijuana Supply Dwindles

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Less than 10 days after Nevada officially legalized recreational marijuana, the state has issued a state of emergency because the supply is running low. Gov. Brian Sandoval,…

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Minnesota City Approves Satanic Monument To Be Built In Veterans Memorial Park…

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DEVELOPING: 75,000-mile-wide Hole appears on the sun – experts warn of blackouts on Earth

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French Archbishop Warns France Will Be Theirs One Day

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Pastor Says Facebook Removed Live Video After Calling Pride Rainbow Mark of the Beast

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea warns it will turn America into ‘pile of ash’…

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Evangelical leader shares image of prayer circle laying hands on Trump’s back in Oval Office

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11 Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Off in Antarctica

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‘Message’ Bible Creator Eugene Peterson Changes Mind on Homosexuality; Would Perform a Same-Sex Marriage if Asked

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New York Mosque Calls Jesus Painting Placed on Property a Criminal Offense

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A New York mosque that had an unknown person leave a painting of Jesus on their property called in police to investigate the action as…

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Woman Walks 190,000 Miles For Water

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China sends ships, troops to 1st overseas military base in Horn of Africa

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Mennonite Church USA Votes to Boycott Israel

Posted: 12 Jul 2017 04:40 AM PDT

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The Most Unusual (And Significant?) Solar Eclipse In U.S. History Will Happen Next Month On August 21

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Canadian Landlord Fined $12G for Wearing Shoes in Muslim Tenant’s Home

Posted: 11 Jul 2017 06:13 PM PDT

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Voice-Activated ‘Alexa’ Device Calls Cops on Man Suspected of Beating His Girlfriend

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Porn Star Accepts Jesus and Immediately Quits the Industry

Posted: 11 Jul 2017 05:54 PM PDT

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Minnesota Has spent $1.5 Million in past year on Measles and TB From Refugees

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Ghoulish online game urges young people to end their lives…

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Russia’s Lavrov threatens US over seized diplomatic mansions

Posted: 11 Jul 2017 05:32 PM PDT

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U.S. Soldier Arrested for Supporting the Islamic State

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WAR DRUMS: Pentagon says test of THAAD missile defense system in Alaska hits target…

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DEVELOPING: Explosive device set off at Oklahoma recruiting center

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Number of UK Children Sent to Gender Clinics Quadruples, Forced to ‘Unlearn’ Boy-Girl Differences

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DAYS OF LOT: When the Church Celebrates Sex-Change Surgery

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North Korea’s new nukes capable of destroying US naval base 6,000 miles away in California

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New Zealand Rocked by Powerful 6.4 magnitude Earthquake

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A Year After Author’s Death, Filmmakers Announce Entire ‘Left Behind’ Series Finally Coming to Screens

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Russian submarine activity monitored in Arctic…

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Franklin Graham Issues Urgent Prayer Alert Over ‘Unfathomable’ Event

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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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