Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

May 15: Small Starts

1 Chronicles 2:1–55; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Psalm 75:1–76:12

In Paul’s qualifications for overseers, he mentions a necessary trait for anyone who wants to lead in a community: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim 3:4–5).

Though Paul speaks to overseers, his words tell us something about our own witness. Living like Christ, showing grace, and acting with wisdom toward the people who are closest to us are often more difficult than serving on a larger scale. It’s more challenging to serve those who know our failings than it is to serve anyone else. By learning to be faithful in these relationships—by serving unselfishly and with dignity—we prove ourselves capable of serving others.

Paul understands that humility and love must be practiced at home before they can be adequately practiced in community. By extension, allowing ourselves to live an imbalanced or ungodly life will ultimately lessen our effectiveness elsewhere.

It’s easy to take the people closest to us for granted—to see them as facets of our own lives, helping us accomplish our own goals. Guiding these relationships takes maturity. And the fruits of those relationships will prove our ability to influence the lives of others.

Paul acknowledges that the desire to be a leader is a noble one. He isn’t trying to dissuade those who want to take on more responsibility; instead, he is trying to ensure that they’re adequately prepared and not prone to a major public meltdown. He is preparing them to succeed at an honorable task.

Think about two or three people who are closest to you. How can you better serve them?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

May 15 Speaking the Truth in Love (John)

The twelve apostles included “John” (Matt. 10:2).

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Seek to maintain a proper balance between truth and love.

Some people picture John as overly sentimental and egotistical, lying with his head on Jesus’ shoulder and constantly referring to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” But that’s not an accurate characterization of this “Son of thunder”! He loved Jesus deeply and was amazed that Jesus loved him—especially after he wanted to burn up the Samaritans and then secure a prominent place for himself in Christ’s Kingdom. Calling himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (e.g., John 21:20) was simply his way of marveling over God’s grace in his life.

As much as he loved Jesus, John never allowed his love to deteriorate into mere sentimentalism. In fact, the proper balance between truth and love is the hallmark of his ministry. In his writings we find the word love more than eighty times and witness nearly seventy times. His profound love for Christ compelled him to be a teacher of love and a witness to the truth. To him, obedience to the truth was the highest expression of love. As 1 John 2:5 says, “Whoever keeps [God’s] word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”

John’s greatest joy was to know that his spiritual children were “walking in the truth” (3 John 4). He firmly denounced anyone who attempted to divert them from that goal by denying or distorting God’s Word.

Today media talk shows and other influences have blurred the lines between opinion and truth. One man’s opinion is purported to be as good as the next, and there’s little talk about what’s right or wrong.

Truth suffers even within the church, because many Christians are willing to compromise it to avoid upsetting people. They forget that true love flourishes only in the atmosphere of Biblical truth (Phil. 1:9).

Amid such confusion, God calls you to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). The world doesn’t need another opinion—it needs God’s absolute and authoritative Word!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the gift of His love and the power of His truth. Ask Him to make you a person of ever-increasing Biblical integrity.

For Further Study: Read Revelation 2:1–7. ✧ What strengths did the church at Ephesus have? ✧ What did it lack? ✧ What did Jesus require of it?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 148). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

After Repeatedly Denying It, Twitter OFFICIALLY Admits to Shadowbanning Users — The Gateway Pundit

After repeatedly denying it, Twitter officially admitted to shadowbanning users on Tuesday, however; they didn’t elaborate in detail. Twitter has repeatedly denied they shadowban users. They even denied this practice during Senate hearings. Project Veritas previously caught many Twitter engineers and employees on camera admitting the social media giant shadowbans Trump supporters: Steven Pierre, Twitter…

via After Repeatedly Denying It, Twitter OFFICIALLY Admits to Shadowbanning Users — The Gateway Pundit

May 15, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Trump administration is considering expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate the cost of drugs by giving private payers a role in setting the price of medicines administered in hospitals and doctors’ offices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to German, French and British counterparts in recent days to discuss cooperation over Iran, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday a week after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in crucial party primaries in Pennsylvania, a state that has become central to Democrats’ hopes of retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday he is seeking to reinstate the death penalty for mass murder and killing a police officer, a move that comes when capital punishment nationwide is at lows not seen for about a quarter century.

A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, in one of the most severe rulings yet in the Gulf island kingdom.

Thirty-four Chilean bishops summoned to the Vatican over a cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy began crisis meetings with Pope Francis on Tuesday that could result in a purge of Chile’s Catholic hierarchy.

European relations with the United States have taken a knock after Washington pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on Wednesday morning on President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, a committee aide said on Monday.

U.S. retail sales increased moderately in April as rising gasoline prices cut into discretionary spending, but consumer spending appeared on track to accelerate after slowing sharply in the first quarter.

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Thousands joined funeral processions Tuesday for some of the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a mass march on the Gaza border, as Israeli faced growing diplomatic fallout from the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters.

People nixing vacations to Hawaii’s Big island has cost the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction, Kilauea volcano, keeps spewing lava.

The White House has refused to condemn Israel for shooting dead at least 55 Palestinian protesters or even call for restraint, instead seeking to put the blame on Hamas and describing the protests as a “gruesome propaganda attempt”.

President Donald Trump has fulfilled biblical prophecy by moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said over the weekend.

Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday, as Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air strikes battled to keep control, officials and residents said.

The co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday was “sucked halfway” out of the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out, media reported, citing the aircraft’s captain.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will zoom past Earth today. The asteroid, dubbed 2010 WC9, is about the size of a football field and will fly past Earth at about 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky. It will come within 126,419 miles of Earth – the closest it has come to our planet in 300 years – though it is still considered a safe passing distance.

Wildlife rangers in Colorado on Monday shot and killed a black bear suspected of attacking and trying to drag off a five-year-old girl from her yard.

Indonesia’s chief security minister said on Monday that police backed by the military would step up security across the Southeast Asian country after a series of deadly suicide attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

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US retailer Gap has apologized for selling T-shirts which it said showed an “incorrect map” of China. The design featured just the mainland and not territories that China also claims, such as Taiwan.

Six ex-employees of German gun maker Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart, accused of illegally sending guns to strife-torn parts of Mexico. The indictment focuses on 4,500 G36 assault rifles and smaller firearms sent in 16 batches.

A Chinese climber who lost his feet by frostbite after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year’s climbing season. Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents.

Reports from Nigeria say at least 80 people have been abducted by gunmen in the north-western state of Kaduna.

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Disney has stirred controversy in recent years with its depictions of homosexuality in animated features for children, and now the iconic Mickey Mouse ears are available in a gay theme.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States.

As many as a dozen Google employees quit their jobs Monday in protest over the company’s agreement to provide artificial intelligence technology to the Pentagon for use in improving weaponized drone strikes.


The Briefing — Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1) U.S. embassy in Israel officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as protests erupt in Gaza

New York Times (David Halbfinger) –
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

Wall Street Journal (Felicia Schwartz) –
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Opens to a Fraught Climate

New York Times (David Halbfinger) –
Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy

2) Supreme Court rules that states are free to authorize sports betting in constitutionally sound but morally fraught decision

3) Why it’s important to know that an asteroid’s near miss is no mere accident

California Democrats Push Communist Holiday Over President’s Day

Canada Free Press

California’s elected Democrats are pushing for a communist holiday, at the expense of a U.S. President’s Day. Remember during the Cold War when “better dead than Red?” was the thinking?

History repeats itself because evil never goes away.

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News – 5/15/2018

Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign. Monday’s violence on the border, which took place as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Italy anti-abortion posters spark outcry in Rome

“Abortion is the prime cause of femicide in the world,” declare the black-and-white posters that have appeared in several areas of Rome. But the campaign has provoked widespread anger and led to appeals to the mayor to get the posters removed. One feminist group condemned the posters as “disgraceful” while others objected to the use of a word often used for the killing of women by men.

Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

The bloc led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trailing in third place in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, according to partial results. With more than half of votes counted, a nationalist alliance between Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr and mostly secular groups is in the lead. It is followed by a bloc linked to Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries who fought the Islamic State (IS) group.

Face recognition police tools ‘staggeringly inaccurate’

Police must address concerns over the use of facial recognition systems or may face legal action, the UK’s privacy watchdog says. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the issue had become a “priority” for her office. An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch suggested the technology flagged up a “staggering” number of innocent people as suspects.

Drug target for curing the common cold

UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. This should stop any cold virus in its tracks if given early enough, lab studies suggest. Safety trials in people could start within two years.

Look at What’s Going to Happen to Sweden’s Fabled Welfare State

Sweden’s got a major supply and demand problem. Its fabled welfare state is forecast to need an extra 208,000 employees by 2025 just to keep up with growing demand. Trouble is, only 207,000 workers are projected to join the country’s entire labor force (comprising both the private and public sector) over the same period. The mismatch is one of the biggest headaches facing Sweden’s next government.

America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas

The escalating territorial disputes in the Pacific between China and America’s allies create an ever-more-urgent need for U.S. sea power. But even as China rapidly expands and modernizes its navy, the Trump administration has not proposed enough funds to maintain America’s maritime advantage. Beginning with the coming 2019 federal budget, the president and Congress must commit to funding a full, modern fleet—or risk ceding essential U.S. and allied interests.

Supreme Court puts brakes on police searches of rental cars

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of police to search rental cars driven by someone other than the person who signed the rental agreement, shoring up privacy rights behind the wheel. The nine justices unanimously threw out a lower court ruling that had approved of a search by Pennsylvania police of a Ford Fusion driven by Terrence Byrd, whose girlfriend had rented the car.

Subtropical or Tropical Development is Possible in Gulf of Mexico, But a Heavy Rain Threat to Florida and the Southeast Regardless

An area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is being monitored for subtropical or tropical development this week as it spreads heavy rainfall across Florida and other parts of the Southeast, potentially giving the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season an early start.

40 Killed in India Dust Storm, Heavy Rains

A powerful dust storm, heavy rains and thunderstorms have killed more than 40 people across northern India.

Treason: Obama Shut Down Efforts To Stop Iran’s Nuke And Bomb Smuggling Network

Obama’s Iran deal was a boost for its weapons program. So why should any of his dirty deals with the Islamic terror state not be a vital part of the same treasonous agenda.

Human Feet Are Washing Ashore In Canada

More than a dozen human feet in shoes have washed up on the shore of British Columbia and Washington over the past 11 years.

3,000 Swedes Get Microchips Put In Skin

…The chips, which are only about as small as a grain of rice, are designed to hold entry keys, credit card information, access to vending machines and printers, and technology to collect train fair while the passenger is already on-board.

Rush Limbaugh: Why Did Obama’s FBI Place An Informant Inside The Trump Campaign?

Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh discusses Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel’s report that Obama’s FBI had infiltrated the Trump campaign with a spy, and while they had that spy implanted, they were unmasking and leaking and obtaining FISA spying warrants and conducting criminal investigations on Trump advisers.

Iranian Hardliner Group Offers $100,000 to Blow Up New US Embassy in Jerusalem

A hardliner Iranian group offered $100,000 to any Islamist willing to bomb the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Shock Study: Major Depression Diagnoses Spike 33 Percent Since 2013

Major depression cases skyrocketed by 33 percent from 2013 to 2016, according to a study by health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

WATCH: US Teacher Encourages Kids to Throw Rocks at 4-Year-Old for Punishment

A day care worker in Arkansas has been accused of encouraging other kids to throw rocks at a four-year-old child for not following the teacher’s directions.

Report: Doctors caught overprescribing drugs to older people as profits overtake ethics

Aging takes a serious toll on humans, and most older people take a lot of pills for various reasons. At first, it might be concerning when family members have to start taking regular medications, but eventually it becomes a new way of life and people stop questioning doctors when they add new pills to an older person’s daily regimen.

Israel says three ‘armed terrorists’ among 52 reported dead in Gaza border clashes

At least three of the 52 Palestinians reportedly killed Monday in clashes ahead of the Jerusalem opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel were “armed terrorists” caught trying to plant a bomb near the Gaza border fence, Israel’s military said.

Bomb terror targets Christian churches in Indonesia

As the Christian minority in Indonesia celebrated Sunday services a week before Pentecost, Islamic terrorists attacked three churches with bombs, killing at least 13 and wounding scores in the worst such onslaught in 18 years.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Dear Dems: Stop Attacking the Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact aims to undo the Founders’ system by default.

European Officials Bribed Into Accepting Iran Nuke Deal?

Iran’s foreign minister threatens to expose bribe deals if Europe follows Trump’s lead.

Democrats Love Playing Sexism Games

Hillary Clinton (again) blames sexism for why she lost votes, trashing America in Australia.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“These [Gaza] demonstrations would be better described as suicide-riots.” —Weekly Standard

Tuesday Opinion

Read Tony Perkins, Cal Thomas, Stephen Moore, Bill Wager, John Sparks and more.

Tuesday Top Headlines

Senate obstructionists, DOJ trouble, China’s jobs, Facebook’s latest data leak, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“Even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 15

  • Gazans bury their dead after bloody day of protests (Read More)
  • U.S. Embassy Move, Bloodshed Add to Friction With Allies (Read More)
  • Britain calls for investigation into Gaza violence (Read More)
  • China Data Shows a Hint of Slowdown While Factories Still Hum (Read More)
  • Iran’s Zarif meets EU foreign policy chief as Europe tries to save nuclear deal (Read More)
  • Volcker Rule Rewrite Is Said to Drop Key Trading Burden on Banks (Read More)
  • North Korea Starts to Dismantle Nuclear-Test Site (Read More)
  • Safety, verification questions hang over North Korea’s plan to close nuclear site (Read More)
  • A World Apart: Charting the Gulf Between Chinese and U.S. Tariffs (Read More)
  • US, China still ‘very far apart’ on trade: ambassador Terry Branstad (Read More)
  • Investors Are Wary as Companies Ramp Up Capital Spending (Read More)
  • Thomson Reuters to move forex derivatives to Ireland from London due to Brexit (Read More)
  • How to Lease a $50,000 BMW for Less Than a Subway Pass (Read More)
  • Soros’s Foundation Quits Hungary Under Government Pressure (Read More)
  • Second Wynn Picasso Yanked From Christie’s Sale After Mishap (Read More)
  • Uber Ends Forced Arbitration for Harassment Claims (Read More)
  • Allianz making plans to wind down Iran business (Read More)
  • Forget Florida—More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia (Read More)
  • Japan’s SoftBank to open Saudi Arabian office (Read More)

Headlines – 5/15/2018

‘You have made history’: Netanyahu hails Trump at Jerusalem embassy opening

‘There’s a new sheriff in town’: U.S. officials say Jerusalem embassy move was long overdue

Pence: By recognizing Jerusalem, we chose fact over fiction

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem: ‘When Trump makes a promise, he keeps it’

Fox News Host: Trump Fulfilled Biblical Prophecy By Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

Watch: Opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem

57 nation OIC condemns US embassy move to Jerusalem

Turkey: Protesters burn flags over embassy move

European countries blast US embassy move to Jerusalem

Theresa May: UK will not move its embassy to Jerusalem

Abbas pans new US embassy as a ‘settlement outpost’ in Jerusalem

In video at Jerusalem embassy opening, Trump stresses commitment to peace

Jerusalem Embassy Is a Victory for Trump, and a Complication for Middle East Peace

Jared Kushner hails the new US Embassy in Jerusalem as hopes stall for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Jared Kushner hypes peace deal as Israel kills scores of Palestinian protesters during US embassy move to Jerusalem

Kushner: Peace deal to benefit both sides in Mideast conflict

VP Pence: US Embassy move is way to peace

Embassy move to Jerusalem will not hinder peace process: Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak

Trump Mideast envoy: Moving embassy to Jerusalem ‘necessary condition’ for peace

Senior US official: ‘Trump won’t demand anything from Israel for embassy move’ – Israel isn’t expected political ‘compensation’ for embassy move

Jewish dreams of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital go back thousands of years

‘We returned to our home and we will keep it forever’

Minister urges PM to ask for ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ to be listed on US passports

Bennett: we will never even discuss dividing Jerusalem

Israel is 70 – is hope for a two-state solution gone?

US has lost its status as mediator in Middle East peace process with embassy move: Erdogan

The dream of ‘peace in our time’ in the Middle East died on Monday

Jerusalem Embassy, Gaza Bloodshed Puts Trump’s Mideast Promise at Risk

A house divided: Gaza violence and embassy divides American lawmakers

Trump Just Made it Much More Likely the Next Democratic President Will Open an Embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem

Trump threw a match into Jerusalem with no plan to put out the fire

Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem may cause a chain reaction in the Middle East that he can’t control

Kremlin says fears US Jerusalem embassy opening to fuel M. East tensions

Kremlin urges countries to avoid action potentially destabilizing Middle East

France tells Israel to show restraint, disapproves of US Embassy move

Iranian Group Offers $100,000 to Blow Up New U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Al-Qaida leader calls for Jihad on eve of U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

Hamas calls for Intifada in Gaza, West Bank

Funerals for 60 Gazans killed expected to ratchet tensions on border

Defiance, then death: Gaza suffers most horrific day of violence for four years

Kushner: Gaza protesters ‘part of the problem’

Ivanka And Jared’s Jerusalem Visit Slammed On Twitter

‘Daddy’s Little Ghoul’: New York Daily News Rips Ivanka Trump Over Embassy Opening – first daughter was “all smiles” as protesters died in Gaza

UN rights experts slam Israel’s ‘disproportionate use of force’

Defending Gaza action, Netanyahu says Israel has obligation to secure border

Netanyahu calls Israeli actions in Gaza self-defense against Hamas

IDF calls Gaza riots ‘unprecedented,’ insists it followed rules as dozens killed

IDF has ‘enough bullets for everyone,’ senior MK says of deadly Gaza clashes

Israeli jets strike 5 Hamas targets in Gaza

Inside look: How Gaza protesters attempted to breach the border fence

Responsibility for Gaza deaths ‘squarely with Hamas,’ White House says

White House Blames Deadly Gaza Violence On Hamas ‘Propaganda’

Israel girds for second day of violence amid fears protests may spread

Sirens blare in West Bank to honor Palestinian Nakba Day

Egypt condemns Israel’s “targeting of Palestinian civilians” in Gaza

Kuwait seeks UN Security Council meeting on Gaza violence

US quashes Security Council call for probe of Gaza deaths

UN warns of more Gaza violence, condemns Israel’s use of force

UN rights chief demands end to Gaza killings, calls for justice

Justice minister plays down prospect of war crimes charges over Gaza deaths

Fmr. CIA chief: Gaza deaths result of ‘utter disregard for Palestinians’ rights’

After dozens of Gazans killed, Hamas leader says patience of armed factions ‘will not last’

Israel threatens to kill Hamas leaders if riots continue

Israel demands UN condemn Hamas’s use of children, civilians as human shields

Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation at Gaza border protest

Israel to reopen Gaza crossing after rioters burn it for 3rd time

False alarm triggered on Gaza border, amid sky-high tensions

Turkey recalls ambassadors to Israel, US over Gaza ‘genocide’

Turkey says US Embassy move encouraged “massacre” by Israeli security forces

‘My condolences to the martyrs’ killed in Gaza protests, Erdogan says

Turkey’s president blames US for returning world to ‘dark days’

Turkish PM says US and Israel partners in crime against humanity

Turkish PM: Muslim countries should review ties with Israel

South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel in wake of ‘indiscriminate’ killing in Gaza

U.S. Marines deployed to protect American embassies in the Middle East after embassy move

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to stand with Palestinian people

Two-thirds of UN Security Council upset by non-implementation of Mideast resolution

Palestinians to file war crimes complaint in Hague over settlements

Natalie Portman will receive the ‘Jewish Nobel’ even though she refuses to attend its ceremony in Israel

Hezbollah says rocket attack on Israel marks ‘new phase’ in Syrian war

Iran wants Israel off the map

Israeli, US finance chiefs meet, agree to keep coordinating on Iran sanctions

Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

Kremlin: Russia’s Putin, France’s Macron discuss Iran deal by phone

EU leaders to discuss Iran economic options on Wednesday

Pompeo reaches out to European counterparts amid Iran tensions

Trump’s Iran Decision Has Turned Allies Into Adversaries

By ending the Iran deal, Trump has put America on the path to war

US Navy chief expects Iranian behavior to enter ‘period of uncertainty’

US Navy expects ‘uncertainty’ in Gulf after Iran deal withdrawal

US concerned Iran may start harassing ships in Gulf again

Global oil supplies robust enough to cut Iran’s exports – Trump memo

UK, France, Germany to discuss ways to shield firms after US exits Iran deal

Iraq’s Sadr supporters chant ‘Iran is out’ while celebrating electoral victory

Iraq’s shock election result may be turning point for Iran

Iraq PM Abadi says ready to work with election winners

Turkish Currency Woes Put Erdogan in Tight Spot in Re-Election Bid

Bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya arrive in Egypt

North, South Korea to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16

S. Korea official: Incremental N. Korean denuclearization will be unacceptable

Trump denies going soft on Beijing amid ‘make China great again’ mockery

Soros fund quits Hungary over government’s ‘repressive’ policies

Why one-third of American working-age men could be displaced by robots

‘Lost’ asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty to buzz by Earth Tuesday

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

Kluchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano on Japan erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

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

18th fissure opens and lava bombs fly as Kilauea’s eruption shows no sign of slowing down

After a Record Hurricane Season in 2017, Forecasters Warn U.S. to Brace for More This Year

Violent storms in India kill at least 86

At least 15 killed, several injured in storm and flashfloods in Pakistan

B.C. town swamped by historic flood braces for melting snow

‘Already catastrophic’: Southern B.C. braces for second wave of flooding

‘This is the worst anybody has seen,’ uncertainty looms around BC floods

Major Depression Diagnoses Up 33 Percent Since 2013, Study Finds


ApostasyWatch Daily News

The prophecy clock has now run out for Dispensationalism

The Eternal Jerusalem Is In Heaven Above and Faith In Jesus Christ Is The Only Way In!

How To Deal With Those Who Teach False Doctrine – According to Scripture

Che Ahn: “The 1994 revival in Toronto restored the office of the apostle”.

Artificial Intelligence Summoning Demons According To Tech Genius – “No One Is Paying Attention.”

Two Beijing House Churches Investigated

New Mickey Mouse ears are stirring much controversy

Posted: 15 May 2018 10:15 AM PDT

New Mickey Mouse ears are stirring much controversyDisney has stirred controversy in recent years with its depictions of homosexuality in animated features for children, and now the iconic Mickey Mouse ears are available in a gay theme.  Exclusive to Disney World and Disneyland shops, “Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love,” selling for $17.99, can be customized with the wearer’s name in rainbow embroidery at an additional cost, according to the

website Hornet, reported Christian News.  A social-media post with a photo of the Mickey Mouse ears said: “Disney World got gay ears and I need to get them just to [vulgarity] off old religious people.” A Disney representative told the Huffington Post the company offers “a wide range of merchandise items that appeal to guests of diverse backgrounds.” Last October, the Disney Channel teen series “Andi Mack” featured a “coming out scene” for one of its main male characters, noted Christian News. READ MORE

Trump Fulfills His Promise to Support Israel in What Many See as a “Prophetic Event”

Posted: 15 May 2018 10:04 AM PDT

Trump Fulfills His Promise to Support Israel in What Many See as a “Prophetic Event”(By Steve Strang) As Israel marks its 70th anniversary as a modern nation today, most faithful evangelicals are familiar with the words of Genesis 12:3, in which God says to Abraham, the father of the Jewish race, “I will bless them who bless you and curse him who curses you, and in you all families of the earth will be blessed.”  The promise of this passage is simple enough: The nation of Israel is sacred in God’s eyes.

His blessings have preserved the Jewish people through destruction and disaster countless times over the centuries. He has blessed the nation and its people, and He has promised to bless those who uphold the Jewish nation and to curse those who harm His chosen people. Evangelical Christians believe this to be one of the most fundamental promises of Scripture. But not everyone agrees. Today’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem came with mass protests yesterday along the Israel border, casting a cloud over the event. MORE

Asteroid to buzz earth tonight, closest approach of this size in 300 years

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:57 AM PDT

Asteroid to buzz earth tonight, closest approach of this size in 300 yearsAn asteroid will narrowly miss striking the planet tonight, the closest an asteroid of this size has been to Earth in the last 300 years.  EarthSky reports the asteroid is 197 to 427 feet, or “as big across as a city block,” Dr. Erin Ryan, an asteroid expert at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, tells NBC News. Sky watchers can see the asteroid fly past at 6:05 p.m. Eastern Time with a telescope.  The Northolt

Branch Observatories in London began live streaming the asteroid last night on Facebook. “There are many close approaches from asteroids, [but] most are very small. Only very few objects of [this] size have ever been seen coming closer than the Moon,” NBO astronomer Guy Wells told Newsweek.  READ MORE

Tensions rise between Israel and Turkey over US Embassy move and Gaza violence

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:48 AM PDT

Tensions rise between Israel and Turkey over US Embassy move and Gaza violenceIsrael has told Turkey’s consul to leave the Jewish state, according to the Israeli foreign ministry. It comes after Ankara ordered Israel’s ambassador out of Turkey over the violence in Gaza. “The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry source told Reuters.

The ambassador, Eitan Naeh, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on Tuesday, according to Haaretz. He has served in the position since October 2015.  It comes after Turkey recalled its own ambassadors in Israel and the United States “for consultations” over the violence on Monday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the crackdown by Israeli forces as “genocide” and called Israel a “terrorist state,” while reaffirming his country’s commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people. READ MORE

College Orders Student to Remove Jesus From Graduation Speech

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:23 AM PDT

College Orders Student to Remove Jesus From Graduation SpeechA Colorado university was forced to backtrack after it questionably demanded a student remove Bible passages from a graduation speech she was elected to give by her classmates. Colorado Mesa University nursing student Karissa Erickson was chosen to address graduates at an event days before their commencement this month, but her speech was nearly derailed by school administrators who were concerned about the religious themes of her prepared remarks.

As the Daily Sentinel reported, Erickson was to speak at the CMU nursing program’s pinning ceremony on May 10. Prior to the ceremony, the student was asked to submit her remarks to school officials—though no formal guidelines regarding what could and could not be said were reportedly ever given—and she was soon told that she would not be able to deliver her speech as written because she cited John 16:33. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace,” the passage reads. “In the world you have tribulation, but take comfort, I have overcome the world.”  MORE

Church members claim they saw Jesus in the fire

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:20 AM PDT

Church members claim they saw Jesus in the fireMoses found God in a burning bush, and some North Dakota churchgoers believe they saw an apparition of Jesus in the form of flame at an Easter Vigil mass in March. Amateur photographer Paulette Osborne captured the photo of the burning Easter candle at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo taking the shape of the a cloaked man on March 31, and, while she is cautious about using the term “apparition,” she admits to being wowed by the image.

“You have to be careful because an apparition has to be thoroughly researched and approved by the [Catholic] Church,” she told KFGO radio station. “I mean, it’s a beautiful symbol of the evening and it was so appropriate for that Easter Vigil service. It really cannot be called an apparition.”  As Osborne explained, she began snapping pictures that the vigil mass after noticing a crowd of people gathering around the flame. MORE

Did Trump Fulfill Bible Prophecy Like King Cyrus?

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:13 AM PDT

Did Trump Fulfill Bible Prophecy Like King Cyrus?ATTENTION: The following report does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of ETH

President Donald Trump is like the Bible’s King Cyrus and fulfilling prophecy in his move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Fox News host and former judge claims.  “Donald Trump recognized history. He, like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the gods worshiped by Jews, Christians and, yes, Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish

state and that the Jewish people deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel,” Judge Jeanine Pirro argued in an op-ed in Fox News published on Sunday.  The former Westchester County Court judge and district attorney lauded Trump ahead of Monday’s official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a move which has sparked protests and condemnation throughout the Muslim world, but has been hailed by Israel and several religious leaders in America. READ MORE

Officials warn catastrophic volcanic eruption imminent in Hawaii

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:03 AM PDT

Officials warn catastrophic volcanic eruption imminent in HawaiiDEVELOPING: Officials in Hawaii are reportedly warning residents of an imminent large eruption in Hawaii. When the lava lake inside Kilauea drops,

a catastrophic explosion could launch ballistic boulders the size of cars into the air and plumes of ash could rise 20,000 feet. MORE

STDs in California reach all-time high: 300,000 cases…

Posted: 15 May 2018 08:56 AM PDT

STDs in California reach all-time high: 300,000 cases…The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday. More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago, according to data released by the California Department of

Public Health.  Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30, the report said. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.  If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can result in blindness, hearing loss and neurologic problems.  READ MORE

This Generation shall not pass….

Posted: 14 May 2018 02:27 PM PDT

This Generation shall not pass….In this special “Prophetic” message we will discuss the significance of Israel and the 70th Anniversary of their Independence. We will also show you 10 major prophecies regarding Israel that have or is coming to pass as we speak!


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Barna Update | Sharing Faith Is Increasingly Optional to Christians

In 1993, Barna partnered with Lutheran Hour Ministries to understand why people did and did not engage in intentional outreach. We asked follow-up questions 25 years later to see if faith-sharing is changing in a more digital, secular and contested culture—and found that spiritual conversations are increasingly rare.

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May 15, 2018 RenewAmerica Newsletter

May 15, 2018
ALAN KEYES — “Heritage Foundation Defends Facebook’s ‘Right’ to Censor, Will Oppose Regulation.” So read the headline of an article at Breitbart.com reporting the opinion of “the think tank’s senior research fellow for technology,” Klon Kitchen. “I think Facebook is a private company,” said Kitchen, a former national security adviser to Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. “Facebook can ultimately make decisions about what kind of speech it wants to have on its platform.”… (more)

May 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday praised President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The Hill has reported…. (more)

May 15, 2018
ART MOORE — Amid violent Palestinian protests, the U.S. officially opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, drawing effusive praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…. (more)


May 15, 2018
THE HILL — Special counsel Robert Mueller has withstood relentless political attacks, many distorting his record of distinguished government service. But there’s one episode even Mueller’s former law enforcement comrades – – and independent ethicists – – acknowledge raises legitimate legal issues and a possible conflict of interest in his overseeing the Russia election probe…. (more)


May 15, 2018
BYRON YORK — The FBI began its Trump-Russia investigation in July 2016. Special counsel Robert Mueller picked up the probe in May 2017. This summer the investigation will enter its third year…. (more)

May 15, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It was July 31, 2016. Just days earlier, the Obama administration had quietly opened an FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian cyber-espionage – – hacking attacks – – to disrupt the 2016 election. And not random, general disruption; the operating theory was that the Russians were targeting the Democratic party, for the purpose of helping Donald Trump win the presidency…. (more)

May 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — A Green Beret who supports embattled CIA nominee Gina Haspel had his pals subject him to waterboarding for nearly 45 minutes and livestreamed it in a bid to prove the notorious interrogation technique is not torture…. (more)

May 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Monday’s historic opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is a wonderful acknowledgment from the United States of our solidarity with Israel and recognizing Jerusalem as its rightful capitol. I applaud President Trump for having the courage to follow through with this American promise after so many prior administrations would not. But one of the more bizarre criticisms of the scheduled ceremonies came from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, focusing his ire on Robert Jeffress, a Baptist pastor who will speak at the event…. (more)


May 15, 2018
USA TODAY — The good news: We’ve made strides in shielding our children from secondhand smoke. The bad news: A Columbia University study suggests that an increase in parents smoking pot around their children could undo decades of effort to protect our kids…. (more)

May 15, 2018
NEW YORK POST — A gunman who targeted a group of families gathered for a Mother’s Day celebration at a school in Brazil was fatally shot by an off-duty cop. Katia Sastre was praised by local officials for her bravery and was credited with saving the day…. (more)


May 14, 2018
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, the US ambassador said. It was not immediately clear from Ambassador David Friedman’s comment, on a call with reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live videolink or a pre-recorded address…. (more)

May 14, 2018
FOX NEWS — Israel’s government prepared enthusiastically Sunday for the formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem with a gala party at its Foreign Ministry that included President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and other American VIPs…. (more)


May 14, 2018
NEWSMAX — Scientists are now questioning whether Kim Jong Un’s willingness to talk denuclearization is diplomatic progress for the Trump administration or a panacea for possible nuclear fallout in North Korea, according to Forbes…. (more)

May 14, 2018
SUN SENTINEL — The Broward school district’s repeated, emphatic – – and it turns out, false – – statements that Nikolas Cruz had not been in a controversial disciplinary program fit a pattern of an institution on the defensive and under siege…. (more)

May 14, 2018
NEWSMAX — After signing the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said there is still more work ahead, The Hill reported on Sunday…. (more)

May 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions, in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country’s state media reported on Saturday…. (more)


May 13, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — The release of three Americans held prisoner in North Korea is being hailed as a sign of increased goodwill heading into next month’s U.S.-North Korea summit, but a leading group assisting persecuted Christians is imploring the Trump administration to make human rights and religious freedom an important part of the conversation as well…. (more)

May 13, 2018
The Steele-dossier author told Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson about a ‘human source’
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Something tells me Glenn Simpson did not make a mistake. Something tells me the co-founder of Fusion GPS was dead-on accurate when he testified that Christopher Steele told him the FBI had a “human source” – – i.e., a spy – – inside the Trump campaign as the 2016 presidential race headed into its stretch run…. (more)

May 13, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A new ad from the anti-Trump group Nextgen America, funded by billionaire Tom Steyer, implores moms on Mother’s Day Sunday to talk to their child about the dangers of the Republican Party. Steyer has aired ads that have called for President Trump’s impeachment…. (more)

May 11, 2018
A current events perspective
WES VERNON — President Trump made a logical decision in pulling the U.S. out of the never signed “Iran deal.” As Ambassador Henry Cooper notes, not only is the document not signed, it is unenforceable. His claim is best illustrated by the news that the U.S. has reportedly confirmed the authenticity of documents presented by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…. (more)

May 10, 2018
CHANNELNEWSASIA — Donald Trump on Thursday (May 10) revealed his historic summit with Kim Jong Un – the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader – will take place in Singapore on Jun 12. The location and date of the landmark meeting were announced in a presidential tweet just hours after Trump welcomed to the United States three American prisoners released by Pyongyang…. (more)


May 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump welcomed home three Americans freed by North Korea early Thursday in a flag-waving ceremony before dawn, calling their release a hopeful sign that North Korea will denuclearize. “This is a special night for these three really great people,” Mr. Trump told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland shortly after 3 a.m. with the former detainees. “The true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.”… (more)


May 10, 2018
NEWSMAX — Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Wednesday the United States would work with its allies to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Stars and Stripes reported. The promise came a day after President Donald Trump pulled out of a key agreement that temporarily halted the country’s nuclear program…. (more)

May 10, 2018
NEWSMAX — Reports that former Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Iranian officials in an attempt to save the nuclear deal played a role in President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it, two White House sources told The Daily Caller on Wednesday…. (more)

May 10, 2018
NEWSMAX — John Kerry has harmed the nation’s security and ability to carry out foreign policy with his recent meetings with Iran officials, Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Monday. “He is undermining the security of the United States and I guess that’s going to be his legacy from here on,” DeLay, a Texas Republican and former House majority leader, told hosts Miranda Khan, John Cardillo, and Gina Loudon on Monday’s “America Talks Live.”… (more)

 

When Your Leaders Are Your Enemies

It is important for readers to understand the genesis of China’s “miraculous” growth from a poor, backward Third World communist country up through the 1960s to the second most powerful country in the world in 2017 – in less than 50 years. It didn’t happen by accident – the “miracle” was made in America by the same global socialist Establishment that helped to finance the rise to power of Soviet Russia and the rise of the Nazi Third Reich. It was about money, power, setting the stage for major wars like WWI and II (and some day WWIII), and eventually ushering in their one-world government.

In the early 1970s, the Establishment in America (with leaders like the Rockefellers, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Bush family, and many more) came up with the “Convergence Theory,” which formulated the strategy for moving the world toward their one-world government (which Bush Sr. and Gorbachev later labeled as the New World Order). They concluded that it would be difficult to merge the nations of the world into one giant world government with one nation (America) more powerful than all the others put together. America had to be brought down and several other nations or blocs of nations raised up to approximate equality with the US.

How would they do this? They would reach out to, build up, modernize, industrialize, and finance the rise to power of the most populous nation in the world – China. Up until the early 1970s when Nixon and Kissinger went to the PRC and launched rapprochement with that backward communist giant, China was as much a pariah state as North Korea is today. But all of that was to change as the American Establishment began to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into the country to build infrastructure and thousands (and later tens of thousands) of factories.

The Establishment goals in their buildup of China were fourfold: 1. To build China into a superpower over three or four decades – a power that could rival America; 2. To intentionally transfer tens of millions of US factory jobs to China – thus greatly weakening America, dramatically downsizing the American middle class, and moving the world’s only superpower at that time down much closer to the other power blocs; 3. To weaken America’s heretofore massively overwhelming industrial power – which enabled us to rearm and go on to defeat the Axis powers during World War Two; and 4. To put hundreds of billions in profits into the pockets of Establishment insiders.

They have used this strategy of building up our competition (or enemies) with variations over the past hundred years. We have already alluded to their buildup of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. But another classic example of this globalist strategy is the “miraculous” rise of Islam (from Medieval obscurity) from 1979 right up through the present. The modern fundamentalist Islamic revolution (like the Chinese “miracle”) has stamped on its underside – Made in America.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, September 2017)

Pastor asking SBC to vote down ‘social justice’ — OneNewsNow

A pastor is urging the Southern Baptist Convention to take a stand next month against the social justice movement and its liberal worldview.

Grady Arnold, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Cuero, Texas, has submitted a proposal to the SBC resolutions committee for the annual meeting, scheduled for June 12-13 in Dallas.

The proposals are given to the committee which can accept them and present them to the convention “messengers” that represent South Baptist congregations. View article 

— Read on onenewsnow.com/church/2018/05/15/pastor-asking-sbc-to-vote-down-social-justice

Too Wretched For Radio 05/14/2018 — Wretched

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Todd Friel – The history of Postmodernism — Wretched

– Episode 2290 – Todd Friel – The history of Postmodernism Segment 1 (00:00) – Pre-Modern and Modern Era Segment 2 (10:23) – Counter-Reformation and Post-Modern Era Segment 3 (18:57) – The past could play out today again. Wretched Surprise! (27:32) – Bible Verse, 1 Timothy 4:8 The post Todd Friel – The history of…

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