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May 24, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday. Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study.

President Trump proposed selling off more than half of the U.S. emergency oil stockpile, potentially putting more crude on the global market and undermining OPEC’s efforts.

OPEC and its allies came one step closer to agreeing to extend their oil supply deal after a ministerial committee recommended another nine months of cuts.

Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on China’s debt for the first time since 1989, challenging the view that the nation’s leadership will be able to rein in leverage while maintaining the pace of economic growth.

China, Canada and the EU are joining forces to advance the Paris Agreement while President Trump is still deciding whether the U.S. should stick with the landmark deal on climate change.

Republicans and Democrats welcomed a scaled-back vision of one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises: a “big, beautiful wall” on the 1,933-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

While U.S. President Donald Trump may have doubts about the NATO, Americans and Europeans increasingly support the security alliance, according to a new survey.

Saudi Arabia blocked access to several Qatari news websites after they carried fake articles about Gulf efforts to isolate Iran, stories Qatari officials said were the result of a hack.

Soldiers guarded the U.K. Parliament and Prime Minister May’s office, as authorities rolled out the biggest homeland deployment of troops in decades to prevent an “imminent” terrorist attack.

Morgan Stanley said it will cut back on using recruitment bonuses to poach established financial advisers as a new rule throws the industry’s traditional hiring practices into doubt.

The renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by the solar photovoltaic business, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s annual report on the industry.

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Chinese tourist numbers to South Korea plunged by two-thirds in April after Beijing banned tour groups over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile defence system, official statistics showed.

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state’s wettest winters in decades.

Donald Trump’s proposal to reduce spending by $3.6tn, mostly by slashing antipoverty programs that provide social safety nets for the poor, ran into bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill, where a number of Republican lawmakers rejected the cuts as “draconian” and “nonstarters”.

China and Russia on Monday launched an ambitious project to jointly develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus, just two weeks after the successful test flight of the first made-in-China large passenger plane.

A British minister said Wednesday it was “irritating” that details about the Manchester concert bombing had been leaked to US media before being released in Britain, saying she had spoken to US authorities.

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Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favor of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao Island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants.

Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team sent to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died on the mountain on Sunday.

At least 30 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coastguard said. The overcrowded boat was carrying about 500 migrants when it suddenly listed, sending about 200 people into the water

Romania has been criticized over its lack of commitment to tackling domestic violence in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

The death toll from Tuesday’s raid by Bahraini police on the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric has risen to five. The interior ministry said 286 people were also arrested after officers came “under attack by members of a terrorist cell” in the village of Diraz.

Qatar has blamed hackers for a story on its state news agency website that quoted the emir as criticizing US “hostility” towards Iran.

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Living with your parents is one thing, but hitting them up for weekly financial support when you’re a grown adult? It might sound extreme, but that’s what Gen Y-ers in Spain have been doing for years – and resorting to legal action when their cash-strapped folks say no. While the 2014 case of American teen Rachel Canning suing her parents was considered an anomaly, in Spain it is far more common for young people to expect handouts to continue into their 20s and even their 30s.

More than four in five (81 percent) now rate the state of moral values in the U.S. as only fair or poor.

Teenagers who live in large cities could be at greater risk of having psychotic experiences, according to research examining the impact of urban life on mental health.


The Briefing 05-24-17

Manchester bombing and the nature of terrorism: How terror assaults a society’s stability and security

Why Christians must uphold together the biblical teaching of chastity and the sanctity of human life

Confirming a lie: An entire moral revolution in the new term “gender conformation surgery”

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Top News – 5/24/2017

ObamaCare on federal exchanges increased by average 105% since ’13: report
The cost of an individual ObamaCare policy has increased by an average 105 percent from 2013 to 2017 in all 39 states that have used the federal exchange, the Trump administration said Tuesday. The average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017, according to the report. The HHS official said the cost doubled in 20 of the states and tripled in three of them.

Brennan: ‘I Don’t Know’ If There Was Collusion
“I saw interaction,” Brennan said. “But I don’t know. I don’t have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion.”

CME TO SIDESWIPE EARTH THIS WEEK
On Tuesday, May 23rd, the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed a CME leaving the sun: movie. NOAA analysts say the plasma-filled cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field midday on May 26th

Scientists now able to ‘SEE through walls’ using Wi-Fi
…an undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), told Business Insider: “It can basically scan a room with someone’s Wi-Fi transmission. “If there’s a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn’t see the shape. “But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that’s more than four centimetres in size.”

Putin vows to PUNISH ISIS after Manchester bombing as he vows ACTION and backs Britain
VLADIMIR Putin has vowed to crush barbaric Islamic State (ISIS) and stated they will not go unpunished following the massacre at Manchester Arena by a suicide bomber which left 22 people dead.

Trump leaves Israel with no mention of Palestinian state, settlements or embassy
Trump, who flew from Tel Aviv to Rome on the third leg of his first trip abroad as president, made no mention in seven public appearances in Israel of a Palestinian state, a two-state solution or settlements, something one senior government official said was a refreshing break from Trump’s predecessor. On the other hand, the president also made no mention of his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Six Day War – Salvation and Miracle
PM Netanyahu says Six Day War was ‘a salvation and miracle,’ promises Temple Mount will always remain in Jewish hands. “We will not go back to a situation in which we can look at the Western Wall, but cannot approach it,” Netanyahu said. “The desire to pound Israel is not something which is based on facts.” “Again and again, they try to erase our roots, to deny our historical connection to Jerusalem, and to destroy our sovereignty over it.

North Korea threat: US official warns ‘inevitable’ regime develops ICBM
North Korea’s testing over the last year indicates Kim Jong Un is intent on proving the isolated regime’s capability. The North’s public claims suggest it could conduct its first flight of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year.

Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting
Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America, as well as the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.”

Ancient Pools in Jerusalem Succored Jewish Pilgrims to Temple 2,000 Years Ago
Jerusalem contains a large number of these ancient pools. A massive cistern named the Pool of Israel—more than 360 feet long, 111 feet wide and 78 feet deep—is situated next to the Temple Mount. The Pool of Hezekiah lies among the houses of the Christian Quarter.

Israel’s next security concern: A Middle East arms race
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he was concerned by a Middle East arms race following the signing of an enormous arms deal between US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia last week. “I’m not at peace with the arms race in the Middle East. The arms sales in the region have reached $215 billion and this is no small sum,”…pointing to other countries in the region such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Iran who have made some “non-negligible” arms purchases in the Middle East.

Trump meets Pope in Vatican after stops in Israel, Saudi Arabia
US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message during their half-hour discussion. Trump and the pope have expressed opposing views on issues such as immigration and climate change and the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage
Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. It gave parliament two years to amend existing laws or pass new ones.

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating
China’s credit rating has been cut over fears that growth in the world’s second-biggest economy will slow in the coming years. Moody’s, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3. It was the first time the agency has downgraded the country since 1989.

Jerusalem celebrates 50 years to its unification
Jerusalem Day celebrations began on Tuesday in the capital with various events and concerts well into the night and continue in full force on Wednesday as the city marks 50 years to its unification. The President’s Residence hosted a musical event on Tuesday evening titled “Singing for you Jerusalem,” which featured a variety of artists and songs about the city. At Safra Square, the Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra performed with Israeli singers Miri Mesika, David D’Or and Kobi Aflalo.

Syrian army says Islamic State’s ‘minister of war’ killed
The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State’s “minister of war” among other senior figures in the group in operations east of the northern city of Aleppo. A Syrian military source cited by Syrian state media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior Islamic State figures killed in Syrian army operations east of Aleppo, including men identified as Saudi and Iraqi nationals.

Mindanao: Churchgoers ‘taken hostage’ amid Marawi siege
A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in Marawi city, on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines, as thousands of residents fled ongoing unrest that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the region. The violence erupted on Tuesday after the army raided the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIL.

Europe’s denial of Islamic terrorism threat perplexes security specialists
The Manchester massacre underscores complaints from counterterrorism analysts that Europe has fallen into denial about the threat of Islamic terrorism. For instance, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on record as saying terrorism is “part and parcel” of urban life.

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A US attack on North Korea is imminent 
The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman — setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

UK Deploys Army As Terror Threat Raised To Highest, May Warns “More Attacks Imminent”
In response to the Monday terrorist attack, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK’s terror alert to the highest “critical” level, resulting in the deployment of armed forces on the street of Britain, and warning that “not only an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent.”

Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage
Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.

US Journalism’s New “Golden Age”?
The mainstream U.S. media is congratulating itself on its courageous defiance of President Trump and its hard-hitting condemnations of Russia, but the press seems to have forgotten that its proper role within the U.S. democratic structure is not to slant stories one way or another but to provide objective information for the American people.

Congressional Aides Fear Suspects In IT Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data
“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests…”there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

Exclusive — Rand Paul Explains Move to Force Vote Opposing Saudi Weapons Deal
…Paul previously used this exact tactic—forcing a Senate vote on a Saudi weapons deal—toward the end of the Obama administration to limited success. While only a quarter of the Senate backed him up, in the end the Obama administration changed part of the deal.

CONFIRMED: Leaked Classified Docs Show Obama Intel Agency Illegally Spied on Americans For Years
A new bombshell report from Circa News via leaked classified documents confirms what we have suspected to be true about the Obama administration. Obama’s Intel agency conducted illegal searches on Americans for years.


At The Vatican Today Pope Francis Gave President Trump The Gospel…Of Climate Change

Pope Francis gave President Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJV)

If Pope Francis was a Bible believing Christian, he would have spoke to President Trump about his soul and his eternal destiny. If Pope Francis was a Bible believing Christian, he would have given him the gospel of the grace of God as first preached by the apostle Paul. But Pope Francis is neither a Bible believer nor a Christian, so what is he? He is a king over the country of Vatican City, and when the president arrived he did what any other worldly king would do. He talked politics, and the gospel of Climate Change in particular.

Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday

Pope Francis gave President Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study.

Francis’s choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord, which is the cornerstone of global efforts to limit climate change. The Vatican said in a statement that the talks focused on international affairs and the promotion of peace, with particular emphasis on health care, education and immigration.

The king of Vatican City receives the President of the United States:

Here is the Whore of Babylon in all her devilish pomposity. Enjoy!

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vatican

The Vatican and Vatican City are many things to many people, but God has a rather unique name for it. The Bible calls the Roman Catholic Vatican system the “Whore of Babylon”, and describes her in graphic detail in Revelation 17 and 18 in your King James Bible.

So here are 10 fun facts that you should know about the “mother of harlots” that is the Vatican.

  • 1. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem. One government function it lacks: taxation. Museum admission fees, stamp and souvenir sales, and contributions generate the Vatican’s revenue.
  • 2. St. Peter’s Basilica sits atop a city of the dead, including its namesake’s tomb. A Roman necropolis stood on Vatican Hill in pagan times. When a great fire leveled much of Rome in A.D. 64, Emperor Nero, seeking to shift blame from himself, accused the Christians of starting the blaze. He executed them by burning them at the stake, tearing them apart with wild beasts and crucifying them. Among those crucified was St. Peter—disciple of Jesus Christ, leader of the Apostles and the first bishop of Rome—who was supposedly buried in a shallow grave on Vatican Hill. By the fourth century and official recognition of the Christian religion in Rome, Emperor Constantine began construction of the original basilica atop the ancient burial ground with what was believed to be the tomb of St. Peter at its center. The present basilica, built starting in the 1500s, sits over a maze of catacombs and St. Peter’s suspected grave.
  • 3. Caligula captured the obelisk that stands in St. Peter’s Square. Roman Emperor Caligula built a small circus in his mother’s gardens at the base of Vatican Hill where charioteers trained and where Nero is thought to have martyred the Christians. To crown the center of the amphitheater, Caligula had his forces transport from Egypt a pylon that had originally stood in Heliopolis. The obelisk, made of a single piece of red granite weighing more than 350 tons, was erected for an Egyptian pharaoh more than 3,000 years ago. In 1586 it was moved to its present location in St. Peter’s Square, where it does double duty as a giant sundial.
  • 4. For nearly 60 years in the 1800s and 1900s, popes refused to leave the Vatican. Popes ruled over a collection of sovereign Papal States throughout central Italy until the country was unified in 1870. The new secular government had seized all the land of the Papal States with the exception of the small patch of the Vatican, and a cold war of sorts then broke out between the church and the Italian government. Popes refused to recognize the authority of the Kingdom of Italy, and the Vatican remained beyond Italian national control. Pope Pius IX proclaimed himself a “prisoner of the Vatican,” and for almost 60 years popes refused to leave the Vatican and submit to the authority of the Italian government. When Italian troops were present in St. Peter’s Square, popes even refused to give blessings or appear from the balcony overlooking the public space.
  • 5. Benito Mussolini signed Vatican City into existence. The dispute between the Italian government and the Catholic Church ended in 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Pacts, which allowed the Vatican to exist as its own sovereign state and compensated the church $92 million (more than $1 billion in today’s money) for the Papal States. The Vatican used the payment as seed money to re-grow its coffers. Mussolini, the head of the Italian government, signed the treaty on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III.
  • 6. Popes did not live at the Vatican until the 14th century. Even after the construction of the original St. Peter’s Basilica, popes lived principally at the Lateran Palace across Rome. They even left the city altogether in 1309 when the papal court moved to Avignon, France, after King Philip IV arranged for a French cardinal to be elected pope. Seven popes, all French, ruled from Avignon, and the papacy did not return to Rome until 1377, by which time the Lateran Palace had burned and the Vatican started to be used as a papal residence. Much repair work needed to be done, however, because the Vatican had fallen into such disrepair that wolves dug for bodies in the cemetery and cows even wandered the basilica.
  • 7. The Swiss Guard was hired as a mercenary force. The Swiss Guard, recognizable by its armor and colorful Renaissance-era uniforms, has been protecting the pontiff since 1506. That’s when Pope Julius II, following in the footsteps of many European courts of the time, hired one of the Swiss mercenary forces for his personal protection. The Swiss Guard’s role in Vatican City is strictly to protect the safety of the pope. Although the world’s smallest standing army appears to be strictly ceremonial, its soldiers are extensively trained and highly skilled marksmen. And, yes, the force is entirely comprised of Swiss citizens.
  • 8. At several times during the Vatican’s history, popes escaped through a secret passageway. In 1277, a half-mile-long elevated covered passageway, the Passetto di Borgo, was constructed to link the Vatican with the fortified Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber River. It served as an escape route for popes, most notably in 1527 when it likely saved the life of Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome. As the forces of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V rampaged through the city and murdered priests and nuns, the Swiss Guard held back the enemy long enough to allow Clement to safely reach the Castel Sant’Angelo, although 147 of the pope’s forces lost their lives in the battle.
  • 9. The majority of Vatican City’s 600 citizens live abroad. As of 2011, the number of people with Vatican citizenship totaled 594. That number included 71 cardinals, 109 members of the Swiss Guard, 51 members of the clergy and one nun inside the Vatican walls. The largest group of citizens, however, was the 307 members of the clergy in diplomatic positions around the world. With Benedict XVI residing as a pope emeritus in the Vatican, the population will increase by one when a new pope is named.
  • 10. The Vatican Observatory owns a telescope in Arizona. As Rome expanded, light pollution from the city made it increasingly difficult for astronomers at the Vatican Observatory—located 15 miles from the city at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo—to view the night skies, so in 1981 the observatory opened a second research center in Tucson, Arizona. The Vatican conducts astronomical research with a state-of-the-art telescope that sits atop Mount Graham in southeast Arizona.

Who are Family Research Council’s ‘Watchmen on the Wall’?

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research tells us who these people are and exposes their agenda:

Wouldn’t it be great if men and women who are dead in their sins would just stop being wicked and start respecting  professing Christians? At first blush, the idea of transforming America’s ever-sickening, vile culture sounds like a great plan. And giving pastors a support network of Watchmen on the Wall to help them fight the culture wars would be a really good thing, right?

In Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, The Family Research Council is hosting a Watchman on the Wall National Briefing for pastors to transform America. FRC President Tony Perkins says this is not a political event, but a spiritual one. He’s invited dozens of guest speakers, including Harbinger and Shemitah author Jonathan Cahn, Bishop Larry Jackson (part of Apostle Rick Joyner’s MorningStar TV Network), Word of Faith prosperity preacher Jentezen Franklin, David Barton, Circle Maker author and pastor Mark Batterson, and radio host Dr. Michael Brown.  Click on the image for the full list of speakers:

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Don’t Judge Me!

According to David Hutchison, Christians must identify certain behaviors as sinful and we must judge in at least three other senses which includes evaluating the teachings of those who claim to speak in the name of the Lord. He reminds us that “There are contexts in which Christians must judge, but we must judge justly.” Now to his piece over at Theology Matters:

Standing for biblical truth elicits many negative responses from those outside the church as well as from some within. This is not surprising since Jesus told His disciples that they would be hated on account of Him (John 15:18-19, 1 John 3:13). While we may simply shrug this off as part of the reality of life, what is more challenging to navigate is the suggestion that by using the word “sin” for certain activities, we violate Jesus’ command not to judge. In popular sentiment, “do not judge” means that one cannot say any behavior is wrong. This understanding is pervasive, but it is severely flawed.[1]

There are pitfalls of judging that we must avoid, but doing so does not mean we cannot call sin what God has called sin. In fact, if we refuse to do so, we act as God’s judge, claiming that our perspective on the situation trumps His own. Similar to the rejection of God’s testimony in 1 John 1:10 and 5:10, this is tantamount to calling God a liar. We must call sin, sin, but we must also remember that God knows all of the details of the situation. We never will, and we often lack key information. As John 7:24 notes, we must not judge by mere appearances but must make a just judgment. If we wish to do so, we are wise to listen well and listen long, remembering the folly of giving an answer too quickly (Proverbs 18:13).

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‘We Can Use Peace’: Trump and Pope Francis Meet

News Max reports:

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President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. The president, accompanied by his wife and several aides, arrived at the Vatican just after 8 a.m. local time. The president greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace.

Upon completing their meeting, the pope gave the president a medal featuring an olive branch, a symbol of peace, among other gifts.

“We can use peace,” the president responded.

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The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals (Part 2) – Eric Barger

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Can America endure its snowflakes, demons and Democrats?

It is hard not to join those who have concluded that it is the last days promised outpouring of demons issued from the pits of hell to prepare a dying world for its satanically induced final benediction.

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They Are Killing Small Business: The Number Of Self-Employed Americans Is Lower Than It Was In 1990

After eight long, bitter years under Obama, will things go better for entrepreneurs and small businesses now that Donald Trump is in the White House?  Once upon a time, America was the best place in the world for those that wanted to work for themselves.  Our free market capitalist system created an environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses greatly thrived, but today they are being absolutely eviscerated by the control freak bureaucrats that dominate our political system.  Year after year, leftist politicians just keep piling on more rules, more regulations, more red tape and more taxes.  As a result, the number of self-employed Americans is now lower than it was in 1990(Read More…)


Winning the Battle is Different than Winning the War

This writer has been getting questions from friends and subscribers as to whether the financial crisis that we have been writing about is now past – if a tough, successful Republican businessman turned President can solve these problems in short order. Is the strength in the US stock market and present weakness in gold telling us that the financial storm has passed? Should they sell their gold, buy more stocks, and sit back and enjoy life? Have the good times finally returned to America? This writer would answer these questions in the strongest terms possible – no, no, no, and no!

The truth is, the strength in the economy was lied about and completely fabricated by Obama and the establishment to help Hillary get elected. The truth is, the unemployment rate in the US is about 24% – not the official 5%. The truth is, the world is saddled with the biggest debt bubble in world history (in the quadrillions of dollars) and that bubble is very close to imploding. The truth is, the US stock market has been propped up (manipulated) the past two years by the Fed, Wall Street, and the powers-that-be right up through the election to aid Hillary and the Democrats in the election – and would have long since collapsed without that support.

The truth is, much of Europe and a major part of the European banking system is on the verge of collapse. The truth is, that (in spite of the US dollar’s present strength) much of the world is about to move away from petrodollars, and global oil transactions will be denominated in Chinese renminbi, Russian rubles, and other currencies – which will greatly weaken the US dollar. The truth is, much of the world’s real estate market is in a huge bubble, and real estate is already declining in many parts of the world and will be very soon in the US, where home ownership is declining sharply.

The truth is, the global Establishment powers-that-be in America and Europe know that they are about to lose control of this gargantuan, highly leveraged quadrillion dollar debt pyramid that they have been building since Bretton Woods in 1944 – a debt pyramid that greatly enriched the wealthy elites of America and Europe at the expense of the middle class and many smaller nations. The truth is, all of this is why they have been pushing the world toward the brink of war: with Russia in Eastern Europe, in the Middle East, and with China in the South China Sea. That is how they ended the Great Depression – with WWII.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2016)

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 24, 2017

MSM: Trump Robs the Poor

According to the Leftmedia telling, he’s hurting the very people who supported him by cutting their benefits.

The Foundation

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general.” —James Madison (1794)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 24

  • Trump Meets With Pope Francis After Policy Clashes (Read More)
  • Fed Minutes to Offer Clues on Debate Over Path of Rate Increases (Read More)
  • Manchester bomber had ‘proven’ links to Islamic State (Read More)
  • U.K. Chides U.S. for Leaking Manchester Bombing Probe Details (Read More)
  • Manchester Bomber, Salman Abedi, Is Thought to Have Traveled to Syria (Read More)
  • ‘No defeat, no pity’: Manchester unites (Read More)
  • China Handed First Moody’s Downgrade Since 1989 on Debt Risk (Read More)
  • Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrest (Read More)
  • OPEC Boss Embraces Shift to Top Diplomat (Read More)
  • Trump’s Budgets Will Suffer a Double Whammy Thanks to Fed Policy (Read More)
  • Icahn Guides Trump’s Policy and Scores $60 Million (Read More)
  • Why Little Alaska Airlines Has the Happiest Customers in the Skies (Read More)
  • In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too (Read More)
  • Bahrain protester ‘killed in raid on sit-in’ near Shia cleric’s home  (Read More)
  • SpaceX Technician Says Concerns About Tests Got Him Fired  (Read More)
  • FCC Won’t Take Action Against Stephen Colbert Over Trump Jokes (Read More)
  • Tiffany Tumbles After Jeweler Reports Surprise Sales Decline (Read More)
  • At least 20 migrants die at sea, rescues ongoing: Italy Coast Guard (Read More)
  • Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm (Read More)

A La Carte (May 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of deals. We will hope for more tomorrow.

What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most

Christianity Today reports on a new study showing the rise of shame over guilt as what people fear the most. The implications for our presentation of the gospel are profound. Thankfully, the gospel addresses shame just as much as it addresses guilt.

Towards a Theology of Place

Dan DeWitt: “Why pray if God knows everything? Why do anything if God is sovereign? I know, I know. Some of you are right now judging me for not more strongly affirming a reformed understanding of sovereignty. To be clear, I do affirm God’s sovereignty. That doesn’t mean I understand it. I don’t pretend to.”

Is Your Church an Institution?

Ray Orlund: To call anything an ‘institution’ today can be its death sentence, including a church. Should we be ashamed of the institutional aspects of our churches?”

Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion

This is very true: “The truth is finding your passion is most often the product a lot of faithful work that is pursued to the glory of God because it is your duty.”

What Is This Thing Called Church?

Darren Carlson, president of Training Leaders International, recently observed, “The greatest problem in missions right now is disagreement over what constitutes a local church.” That’s not a small statement.

Disentangling Privilege

Every day we read about privilege—who has it and who doesn’t. This article engages with the idea in helpful ways.

Can Self-Forgetfulness Make Us Happier?

Randy Alcorn looks at a concept I find very helpful to consider.

Flashback: The Hardest Sins to Talk About

The hardest sins to talk about are those we see someone commit, but we receive no invitation to speak.

Until you see the cross as that which is done by you, you will never appreciate that it is done for you. —John Stott


Top Headlines – 5/24/2017

‘We can use peace’: Trump and Pope Francis meet

Donald Trump receives frosty reception in first meeting with Pope Francis at Vatican

Donald Trump hails Vatican meeting with Pope Francis as ‘an honour’

Trump envoy expected back next week in Israel as US seeks to ‘move fast’ on peace

Report: Trump to present peace initiative within a month

In Bethlehem, Abbas and Trump speak of Mideast peace prospects

Abbas tells Trump he’s ‘ready to begin negotiating immediately’ with Israel

Why can’t Abbas stop paying families of ‘martyrs’?

Hamas against Trump’s speech in Jerusalem: ‘Encourages hatred towards the Palestinian people’

Hamas: Trump ‘encouraging apartheid’

Aggressive Surge in Israeli Settlement Activity Under Netanyahu Imperils Trump Peace Push

Trump ‘to do everything’ for Middle East peace

Trump on Mideast peace: ‘It’s a tough deal, but we will get there’

Trump’s success is not being Obama, but he still really wants peace

‘Trump made no mention of two-state solution’

Trump Leaves Israel With Hope for Peace, but No Plan for It

With boundless optimism but few specifics, Trump lays out Mideast peace vision

Trump seeks ‘common sets of principles’ to build momentum for peace, official says

Trump: Holocaust was most savage crime against God and his children

7 awkward moments from Trump’s Israel trip

Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success – and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

Iran extends hand to new Hamas leader Haniyeh

At Western Wall, Rivlin opens Jerusalem Day jubilee

Deputy FM calls on Jews to ascend Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

New Six Day War artifacts hint at a battle on the Temple Mount

The Czech parliament adopts a resolution condemning UNESCO’s politicization and the decisions against Israel

BDS fail: Canadian university rejects Israel boycott

Qatar says state news website hacked, fake article published

Qatar news agency claims it was hacked after Emir quoted saying ties with Israel ‘good’

Turkish police say seeking 144 people over links to failed coup, 35 detained

Assad retakes Homs, capital of the Syrian revolution

Car bomb explodes in Syria’s Homs, army destroys another near Damascus

Philippines’ Duterte declares martial law in region besieged by ISIS-linked extremists

Manchester bomber ‘likely’ had accomplices, UK minister says

British prime minister raises nation’s threat level, saying another attack ‘may be imminent’

Britain raises terror threat level to ‘critical,’ deploys army

Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response

Manchester terror attack ignites security fears ahead of summer event season

Manchester attack: Nations around the world must stop appeasing the Islamists

Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber – native to Manchester… radicalised in Lybia… returned a few days ago

Fox uses Manchester terror attack by UK native to justify Trump’s Muslim ban

Europe’s denial of Islamic terrorism threat perplexes security specialists

The World Is Too Comfortable with Terror

In Manchester, Jews have been preparing for an attack for years

Manchester attack: Social media calls for travel ban after UK tragedy

Trump calls Manchester attack perpetrators ‘evil losers’

Trump calls on allies to ‘obliterate this evil ideology’ after Manchester bombing

Greg Laurie on Manchester Terror Attack: ‘There Is a Spiritual Element in Play Here’

Gates: Manchester Bombing Is a ‘Harbinger’ of More Terror Attacks in the West

‘Wake Up America’: TX Sheriff Rants On Terror After UK Attack

Manchester Attack Changes the Conversation for Trump’s Trip

Manchester attack opens the door for Trump’s anti-terrorism message at NATO

NATO, no longer obsolete, braces for Hurricane Trump

Brussels-bound Trump armed with demands for NATO

Iranian president ‘hopeful’ Europe won’t follow Trump’s lead on Iran

US envoy tells UN forum North Korea is “a pariah and an outlier”

North Korean diplomat tells UN that United States is real aggressor

Los Angeles Times Publishes Op-Ed on Performing Witchcraft Against Trump

Monica Lewinsky writes obituary for Roger Ailes’ era of ‘gutter’ journalism

Sean Hannity Still Shilling DNC Staffer Murder Story As Fox News Retracts

Clinton deputy Podesta blames Russia, fake news and FBI probes for 2016 loss

Comey ‘ready’ to talk to special counsel in Russia probe

Ex-CIA chief: Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia

Senate Intelligence Committee issues new subpoenas to Flynn’s businesses

Ex-Trump adviser Page rips Obama-era ‘surveillance,’ wants to testify in public

NYC’s De Blasio: ‘Children Will Die’ Because of Trump’s Budget

Greece fails to secure fresh bailout funds

Moody’s downgrades China rating to A1 from Aa3, citing concerns over a slowing economy and growing debt

Proposed Rules Would Allow US to Track and Destroy Drones

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision for city on the moon, complete with robots

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Akutan, Alaska

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan Erupts to 14,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Massive rockslide buries stretch of iconic California highway

Record rain for parts of eastern Australia

South Africa’s Western Cape declares drought disaster

Merkel vows to convince climate change ‘doubters’

Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios island

S. Korean military court convicts gay soldier over sex

Loss of Faith Among Top 4 Reasons Young Adults Are Committing Suicide: Family Policy Institute

Mike Ratliff – God’s truth is absolute truth

“Harsh Words,” “Put Downs,” and “Divisive Things” that Jesus Said

Ergun Caner – from Jihad to Jesus?

‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ Gets Two-Hour Special

Americans Who Believe the Bible Is the Literal Word of God Are Not in Decline, Says Expert

Woman Dies Trying to Remove Uterus in Quest to Become a Man

Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities

6 Statistics That Show How Much America Has Changed in a Half-Century

Posted: 24 May 2017 08:19 AM PDT

(By John Miltimore) Since the political scientist Charles Murray will be speaking at Intellectual Takeout’s upcoming gala, I thought it fitting to read his best-selling…

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Jesus Christ Excluded From Facebook Bullying ‘Protection List:’

Posted: 24 May 2017 08:09 AM PDT

While Facebook has recently been tightening its anti-bullying policies and banning users for posting offensive photos, one name that is not receiving protection from the…

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4 in custody, military deployed as May warns next attack could be ‘imminent’

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:59 AM PDT

Four people are in custody in connection with Monday’s deadly concert bombing, as British authorities continue to conduct “extensive” searches while investigating the “network” behind…

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Is This a Harbinger of Things to Come in the Middle East?

Posted: 24 May 2017 07:51 AM PDT

Climate change will worsen food and water shortages in the Middle East and north Africa, and risk triggering more conflict and mass migration, with serious…

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France to extend state of emergency, vows new security laws

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:10 AM PDT

French President Emmanuel Macron has requested that parliament extend the state of emergency until November 1. The president also called for the introduction of legislation…

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President Trump’s Speeches in Israel Ended With No Talks On a Two-State Solution

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:05 AM PDT

During his meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday and in speeches throughout the day, President Donald Trump notably omitted any mention of…

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UPDATE: The Entire Country Of Philippines May Be Placed Under Martial Law

Posted: 24 May 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he wouldn’t rule out placing the entire country under martial law if the threat of Islamic State spreads….

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NJ accidentally activates nuclear warning alert system on TVs…Causes Mass Panic

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:56 AM PDT

A false alarm that went out to some people’s television sets Tuesday might have scared some in New Jersey.  A nuclear power plant warning issued…

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Pope Gives Trump Book on Protecting Environment…

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:53 AM PDT

Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday.  Francis gave the U.S….

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DEVELOPING: Gunmen take priest, churchgoers hostage in Philippines, vow to kill captives

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Militants stormed a cathedral in the Philippines, taking a priest and several parishioners hostage and are vowing to kill the captives “if government forces unleashed…

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Trump Proposes Selling Off Half Of U.S. Emergency Oil Reserve

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:34 AM PDT

The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile and the entire backup gasoline supply,…

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More than 700 Confederate Monuments across US Aren’t budging!

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:29 AM PDT

After the church shooting in South Carolina, the old granite Confederate Memorial Fountain that had sat for a century in Hill Park became a flash point….

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Tourist with measles rode Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:25 AM PDT

A tourist from India who visited Niagara Falls and went for a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist tour boat this month has…

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Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

Posted: 24 May 2017 05:20 AM PDT

Taiwan’s constitutional court declared on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists…

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The Number Of Self-Employed Americans Is Lower Than It Was In 1990

Posted: 23 May 2017 07:47 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) After eight long, bitter years under Obama, will things go better for entrepreneurs and small businesses now that Donald Trump is…

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North Korea attack drones carrying biological, chemical weapons can strike Seoul within 1 hour

Posted: 23 May 2017 07:37 PM PDT

North Korea’s military has 300 to 400 attack drones capable of carrying biological and chemical weapons that could reach the South Korean capital of Seoul…

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This Scientist’s Doomsday Earthquake Scenarios Will Terrify You

Posted: 23 May 2017 07:34 PM PDT

It’s 102 degrees, just north of Palm Springs. White wind turbines, two stories high, dot the desert landscape all of the way to the base…

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Texas Democrat Crafting ‘Articles of Impeachment’ Against Trump

Posted: 23 May 2017 06:44 PM PDT

The Democrat who took to the House floor to call for President Trump’s impeachment said he is moving forward in the process.  Congressman Al Green…

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Trump Says He Prayed for Wisdom From God While Touching Western Wall

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:51 PM PDT

President Donald Trump reportedly prayed to have God’s wisdom as he touched the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday.  Johnnie Moore, a…

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Philippines President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao island

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:45 PM PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law for 60 days on the island of Mindanao, after clashes between the army and militants linked to…

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‘Superbug’ Fungus Is Spreading Across the United States

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:40 PM PDT

Over the past nine months, the number of US cases of an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus has ballooned from 7 to more than 122. What’s…

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Pope Francis and Donald Trump Set to Meet this Wednesday

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:36 PM PDT

When President Donald Trump visits Pope Francis on Wednesday, at the halfway point of a trip the White House has cast as a pilgrimage of…

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5,000 Troops Deployed Into Streets Of Britain

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:31 PM PDT

Troops are to be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’.  Theresa May announced the move this evening, less…

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UK Terror Threat Level Raised to Critical – More Attacks May Be Imminent

Posted: 23 May 2017 03:27 PM PDT

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical”, meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.  The…

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5 Reasons Why Trump’s Israel Trip Has Many Christians Cheering

Posted: 23 May 2017 12:40 PM PDT

President Trump’s historic trip to the Middle East has many on social media praising his decision to visit Israel on his first foreign trip as…

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Heroic Homeless Man Rushed in to Help While Others Fled After Manchester Bombing

Posted: 23 May 2017 12:34 PM PDT

Sometimes, we look at our predicaments in life and wonder how in the world God could possibly use us to be a light in the world….

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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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May 23, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to combat the “ideology” behind Britain’s worst terrorist attack in 12 years after a suicide bombing killed 22 people at a Grande’s pop concert. At least 59 people were wounded and taken to eight hospitals in the city, some with life-threatening injuries. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers.

The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile, part of a broad series of changes proposed by President Donald Trump to the federal government’s role in energy markets.

The hearing on the proposed border-adjustment tax that has split corporate America for months is finally happening, but the measure may be further than ever from reality.

South Korea’s military fired warning shots across the military demarcation line at an unidentified object flying on Tuesday afternoon, as tensions remained high on the peninsula days after another North Korea missile test.

Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month’s WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.

On July 1, as India rolls out its landmark national sales tax, businesses that make less than 100 million rupees — which the government refers to as micro, small and medium enterprises — will all have to digitize. The firms, often accused of conducting business mostly in cash and evading taxes by under-reporting income, will for the first time have to report every transaction, creating an online trail for the tax office.

A firm hired by the U.S. to distribute $4 billion to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has racked up $38.8 million in billings over four years. The investors are still waiting for their first checks, though.

In the past 30 days, about 40 percent of the Midwest got twice the amount of normal rainfall, with soils saturated from Arkansas to Ohio, according to MDA Weather Services. While spring showers usually benefit crops, the precipitation has come fast enough to flood some corn and rice fields and trigger quality concerns about maturing wheat.

AP Top Stories

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly had to order his cabinet to meet visiting US President Donald Trump at a welcoming reception after several ministers refused to attend.

An American physician died over the weekend while attempting to summit Earth’s highest peak. Dr. Roland Yearwood was nearing the peak of Mount Everest when he died Sunday in the so-called “death zone” where air becomes perilously thin.

Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh.

Donald Trump made by history by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the sacred Western Wall, vowing to try and secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The President wore a traditional yarmulke as he pressed his right hand against the wall, highly sacred to Jews, and closed his eyes. Later, he said it had been a “great honor”.

India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbor.

Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported.

North Korea successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile Sunday, the reclusive country said Monday in a statement, also indicating advances in its ambitions to attack the United States. However, South Korea’s military also said Monday that the missile – called the Pukguksong-2 – which was fired the previous day, is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) with a range of up to 1,500 miles.

BBC

Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane.

A 22-year-old woman from Mexico’s Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 31 mile ultramarathon wearing sandals. She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tire rubber.

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have announced they will give $298m to charity. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the donation was “the biggest single philanthropic gift” in the nation’s history, and the largest by a living Australian.

South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years.

Munich police say they have broken up a huge burglary clan which they estimate may have been responsible for a fifth of German break-ins. The three young women originally arrested attracted attention for the skill and speed with which they were carrying out a burglary in the Munich area of Lehe. Police went on to arrest another 20 young women in Munich, whom they dubbed “worker bees”, along with two alleged gang “middle managers” in western Germany and two alleged leaders in Croatia.

WND

A government expert predicts there will be some 9,000 new commercial satellites alone launched over the next 10 years, enabling access to massive new databases of imagery, weather information, communications, missile monitoring and more. Over the last 10 years, there have been fewer than 1,500 such projects launched.


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Top News – 5/23/2017

EU SUPERSTATE: Brussels ‘to force EVERY member state to adopt euro by 2025’
BRUSSELS officials want every European Union country to be using the euro by 2025, a bombshell new report has claimed. The move, revealed by German publication Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, who obtained a leaked copy of a Comission report, is likely to be fiercely opposed by Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic’s eurosceptic governments.

China ‘demands North Korea curbs aggression & submits to UN sanctions’ after missile test
In a statement, Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi said: “We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate UN Security Council resolutions. “At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident…

North Korea ‘highly likely to be involved in WannaCry cyber attack that rocked the NHS’
Symantec Corp, a cyber security company, claim their researchers found multiple instances of code that had been used in both the early versions of WannaCry and a hacking group associated with North Korea.

North Korea nuclear attack: Japan to enhance missile defences
RAYTHEON Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are working with Japanese companies on rival projects to develop new radars that will enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike….As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defence system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, other sources had said earlier.

Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 22
The explosion struck near the exit around 10:30 p.m. Monday as Grande was ending the concert, part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. More than 400 officers were deployed.

Trump on Mideast peace: ‘It’s a tough deal, but we will get there’
One small sign of that progress was Trump flying directly from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, in what is widely believed to be the first public flight between the two cities. After two days of talks in Saudi Arabia with Saudi King Salman and other Arab and Muslim leaders, Trump said that “tremendous progress has been made” in relations between Israel and the Saudis

‘Trump made no mention of two-state solution’
“The president didn’t mention two-states in his Bethlehem statements, just peace,” said Revivi, who also serves as the Mayor of the city of Efrat. “We hope this means that we have moved on from this failed policy and will now work together to build true and lasting peace from the ground-up.”

Vietnam, Indonesia vessels clash in South China Sea
Indonesia’s Maritime and Fisheries Ministry said Tuesday that Vietnam is holding an Indonesian fisheries officer, who was aboard one of the Vietnamese vessels, and Indonesia has 11 Vietnamese crew members in its custody.

Assad retakes Homs, capital of the Syrian revolution
After more than five year of fighting, Syrian rebels leave last opposition district in Homs, completing a deal that brought the whole besieged city back under President Bashar Assad’s control for the first time since the start of the civil war.

Trump Insider Hints on “Historic” Visit: “There Are Always Surprises”
“He is setting history and breaking precedents for the better wherever he goes,” Zell said. “His speech in Riyadh was extraordinary: a courageous speech I can’t imagine any other president making. He returned America to the world stage as a superpower.”

Mystic Rabbis Explain Hidden Spiritual Truth of Trump’s Momentous Visit to Israel
“Just as a foundation establishes what will follow, for good or bad, the real nature of Trump’s visit will not become clear for some time,” Rabbi Glazerson said. “This could be the setting of the foundation for the Temple, but what will actually come out of it depends on Israel’s attachment to Torah and mitzvoth (commandments).

In Bethlehem, Abbas and Trump speak of Mideast peace prospects
Speaking alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he wants to achieve a conflict-ending deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Trump told a press conference at the PA headquarters in Bethlehem, without mentioning the possibility of Palestinian statehood. “I intend to do everything I can to help [Abbas and Netanyahu] achieve that goal.”

ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester blast as leaders condemn attack
Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a terror attack that killed at least 22 people Monday night outside an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester. According to Israeli media, ISIS said in a video they posted online that “This is just the beginning.” Meanwhile, world leaders condemned the deadly attack and extended their condolences to the victims and their families.

South Africa’s Western Cape declares drought disaster
South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years. Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like hospitals in Cape Town. The alert will last for three months but could be extended if the crisis persists, she said in a statement. Southern African nations are reeling from a two-year drought.

US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon
US forces have carried out a raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the US military says. They were killed “through a combination of small arms fire and precision air strikes” in the Marib governorate, east of Sanaa, on Tuesday morning. The primary objective of the operation was to gather intelligence.

Greece fails to secure fresh bailout funds
Greece has failed to secure a deal to unlock the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout after talks with eurozone finance ministers broke down. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said there was still a gap “between what could be done and what some of us had expected should be done”. Nonetheless, he said they were “very close” to an agreement.

Terror in Manchester: 3,500 potential terrorists & 400 ISIS fighters back from Syria in UK
THE number of potential terrorists being watched in the UK at the time of the Manchester bombing has swelled to nearly 3,500 – but our security services are using powers to monitor them LESS than they did a year ago…Latest figures show the 3,000 potential terrorists monitored since 2015 has grown after the return of UK-born people who left to fight with ISIS. About 400 ISIS-trained fighters are believed to have returned from war zones in Syria and Iraq.

Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government
President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers. Trump’s proposal, to be released Tuesday, claims to balance the budget within a decade. But it relies on a tax plan for which the administration has provided precious little detail, the elimination of programs backed by many Republican lawmakers, and heavy use of accounting gimmicks.

An historic day at the Western Wall
US President Donald Trump stood alone in a rare moment of solitude before the Western Wall on Monday. He wore a black kippa and placed one hand on the ancient weathered stones, standing there in that pose for half a minute. When the contemplative moment was over, he placed a note in one of the Wall’s crevices and then walked backward for a few steps.

Exclusive: U.S., Japanese firms collaborating on new missile defense radars – sources
Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are working with Japanese partners on rival projects to develop new radars that will enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike, government and defense industry sources in Tokyo told Reuters. As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defense system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, other sources had said earlier.

Podesta Received 35 Million from Russia Advising Clinton-Obama
John Podesta, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national campaign chairman, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Mark Zuckerberg: We Need a ‘Global Superstructure to Advance Humanity’
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated his belief that the world is in need of a “global superstructure” in a recent article from the New York Times Magazine.

Trump Officially Removes Obama’s Gun Ban from Social Security Administration Federal Code 
The insane ban allowed the SSA to strip recipients of their Second Amendment Rights without due process. It allowed the SSA to investigate those who required help managing finances. These recipients were subject to a broad mental health analysis. It included treatable and temporary issues “like anxiety and depression to major issues like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”

CNN: “Obama Was the Next Best Thing to Jesus”
Last month, CNN’s political commentator Angela Rye compared former President Barack Obama to Jesus Christ. Yes, the Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, performed miracles, and rose from the dead. “Barack Obama had to be the next best thing to Jesus and here we are, just two months in and some change, there is issue after issue.”

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free
How odd: During the eight years of one of America’s shadiest presidencies, not one Obama administration official went to prison. Or was convicted of a crime. Or even indicted. Sure, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held plenty of hearings. But while they called countless press conferences, not one Democrat ever was held accountable for the numerous crimes exposed by this and other Republican-controlled congressional panels.

WATCH: Your Child ‘Belongs to the State’: Lawmakers Claim the State Owns Your Child
Legislators in Texas have been working toward passing a host of laws to reform the state’s Child Protective Services agency. New legislation has been crafted to improve the agency which has seen multiple dilemmas resulting in detrimental safety problems for children in the state. There have been several bills introduced this year aimed at improving the agency. One bill, in particular, House Bill 39, seeks in part to require medical exams to be performed more quickly on children who have been newly placed into the foster care system.


It Is Time To Put The ‘Limited’ Back In Limited Government – And Abolishing The EPA Is A Good Place To Start

The constitutional republic that our founders intended to create has become a monster, and it is time to tame that monster and restore the federal government to its proper size and scope. The left loves big government, because it allows them to impose their progressive vision of how the world should work on all the rest of us. This is why so many control freaks are drawn to liberal politics like moths to a flame. Power and control are very addicting drugs, and those that crave these things on the left are never satisfied. That is one of the reasons why the federal government just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. If our constitutional republic is going to survive, we have got to start putting the “limited” back in limited government. (Read More…)


Over The Last 10 Years The U.S. Economy Has Grown At EXACTLY The Same Rate As It Did During The 1930s

Even though I write about our ongoing long-term economic collapse every day, I didn’t realize that things were this bad.  In this article, I am going to show you that the average rate of growth for the U.S. economy over the past 10 years is exactly equal to the average rate that the U.S. economy grew during the 1930s.  Perhaps this fact shouldn’t be that surprising, because we already knew that Barack Obama was the only president in the entire history of the United States not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent.  Of course the mainstream media continues to push the perception that the U.S. economy is in “recovery mode”, but the truth is that this current era has far more in common with the Great Depression than it does with times of great economic prosperity. (Read More…)


Shock As President Trump In Israel Blows Off Promise To Move Embassy To Jerusalem Saying ‘That’s A Good One’

Shortly after landing in Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, President Trump shook hands with members of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

While most cabinet members made do with a simple “Hello, Mr. President”, “Welcome to Israel”, or other pleasantries, Bennett took the opportunity to make a personal, if brief, appeal to the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.

“Welcome to Israel. It’s Jerusalem’s birthday, you know – 50 years,” Bennett told the president. “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.”

Trump responded to Bennett saying, “That’s a good one…” before moving on. You can read the rest of the story here on the  IsraeliNationalNews.com website.

Hmm, interesting comment for the president to make, “that’s a good one”. Out of all the comments he could have said, that is the one comment, that in my mind, comes as close to “I’ve decided not to keep my campaign promise to move the embassy” as you can possibly get. True, you never know what Trump will do as we witnessed in the Comey firing, but as far as ominous signs go, this one bodes not well.

It is a far cry from his oft-repeated campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the same as the capital city of Israel, as we see here below:

Not only that, not once during his two day stay in the Holy Land have I heard President Trump utter a single sentence of support for Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel. If you have a link to a story or video showing him vocalizing support for Jerusalem and Israel, please post it in the comments section below.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995

For those of you who don’t know The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was sponsored by Sen. Bob Dole, signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton, and became enacted on November 8, 1995. The act stipulates that Jerusalem “should remain an undivided city” and “should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.”

The law further states that the above should occur no later than May 31, 1999 – but adds the famous “presidential waiver” clause allowing the president to suspend the law’s implementation for six months “if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.”

All three presidents since then – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – have availed themselves of this privilege, and the embassy has remained in Tel Aviv. Donald Trump campaigned hard on the promise that he would be the president who would finally buck the status quo and actually move the Embassy to Jerusalem. And this is where things get interesting.

On June 1, the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 will automatically take effect unless President Trump moves to stop it

As of the time of this writing, President Trump is physically in the nation of Israel, visiting Jerusalem. Is it possible he will make the announcement to move the Embassy to Jerusalem? Yes, it is possible though not likely probable. As previously stated, he has yet to utter word one regarding Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israel”.

But in exactly 9 days from today, on June 1st, the move to finally authorize the switch to Jerusalem will automatically be triggered. All Trump has to do is nothing, just let it happen. This is something that all presidents over the past 22 years did not have the guts to do. At the last second, they all signed the waiver to delay it for another 6 months.

In exactly 9 days from today, the world will know if Donald Trump is the true “agent of change” he promised to be, by allowing the waiver stopping the Embassy transfer to expire. But if he signs a new waiver, then you may rightly expect he will never authorize the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

If President Trump doesn’t fulfill the very promise that allowed him to win against all odds, if America refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then you would have to ask a very serious and sobering question. And that very simply is this.

What does God need America for anyway, and why should He continue to preserve us, if we cannot acknowledge that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel?


May 23, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Like most people inexperienced in the conduct of governmental affairs, President Donald Trump has not yet developed the frame of mind required to govern his use of words so that his statements take account of the complex responsibilities of his office…. (more)

May 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The Washington Post, a mouthpiece for Obama holdovers in the CIA and other agencies, reports that “sources” say a current White House official is under investigation as “a significant person of interest” in Russia-gate, but that the sources “would not further identify the official.” This is a case of anonymous officials talking about an anonymous official…. (more)

May 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — One of the side effects of the anti-Trump liberal media propaganda is that many conservatives automatically jump to the President’s defense, even as he continues on a suicidal course, such as a scheduled Thursday meeting with news anchors. This is like a bleeding man jumping into the water with sharks, enticing them to engage in a feeding frenzy…. (more)

May 22, 2017
GARTH KANT — The formula for a de facto coup against President Trump is pretty simple and it’s happening before our very eyes, according to one of the nation’s top scholars and most esteemed political analysts. And evidence for that theory is backed up by equally renowned political observers…. (more)

May 21, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s speech garnered wide-ranging praise Sunday for a speech urging Islam to “drive out” terrorists – – including comparisons to former President Ronald Reagan’s iconic speech to “tear down that wall” in Berlin…. (more)


May 21, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants the Justice Department to grant an ethics rule waiver to allow former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign…. (more)


May 21, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Republicans in Washington, D.C., are fiercely lining up behind Sen. Luther Strange in this year’s special election to finish the U.S. Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the nation’s best known state judge says he is ready to battle big GOP dollars in the primary and defend the Constitution in Washington…. (more)

May 21, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A manager of the Washington, D.C., bar where Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich was last spotted hours before he was shot and killed last summer told WND that D.C. police officers never interviewed the bar’s staff or requested any evidence from the bar, including the bar’s surveillance video from that night, as part of an investigation into Rich’s murder…. (more)

May 20, 2017

CNBC — The Senate Intelligence Committee said ousted FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session. The committee said in a late Friday statement that it plans to schedule the hearing for after Memorial Day. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and any possible links between Moscow and the Trump campaign…. (more)


May 20, 2017

BOB UNRUH — The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is challenging the judgment of Robert Mueller, the former FBI chief who just this week was picked to head up a special investigation into alleged collusion by the Trump campaign with the Russian government in the 2016 presidential race…. (more)


May 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — If Robert Mueller ignores the political rhetoric that’s been spewed by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and focuses strictly on the law and his mandate, then several members of President Obama’s administration could ultimately be targeted in this inquiry…. (more)

May 20, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — According to a portion of a memorandum the New York Times has reported on but not seen, President Trump told then – -FBI director James Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go” – – an apparent reference to the FBI’s criminal investigation of retired general Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national-security adviser. The president is said to have made this remark in a private meeting with Comey at the White House on February 14 – – the day after Flynn resigned under pressure…. (more)

May 20, 2017

BYRON YORK — How negative was press coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office? Far more than that of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or Bill Clinton, according to a new report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy…. (more)


May 20, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — White House aides organized an official Twitter invention a few weeks ago in an attempt to explain to President Trump why his all-around-the-clock and sometimes baseless tweets are working against him, according to a report published late Friday…. (more)

May 20, 2017

CBS NEW YORK — From congressman to confessed felon, Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace hit rock bottom on Friday. In a surprise turn of events, Weiner admitted to a federal sex crime. As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, his estranged wife Huma Abedin put even further distance between them…. (more)


May 20, 2017

THE HACKER NEWS — If your PC has been infected by WannaCry – – the ransomware that wreaked havoc across the world last Friday – – you might be lucky to get your locked files back without paying the ransom of $300 to the cyber criminals. Adrien Guinet, a French security researcher from Quarkslab, has discovered a way to retrieve the secret encryption keys used by the WannaCry ransomware for free, which works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems…. (more)


May 19, 2017

NEWSMAX — The U.S. military carried out an airstrike Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, U.S. officials told Reuters…. (more)


May 19, 2017
ART MOORE — Under the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security invited the Council on American-Islamic Relations to help develop its counter-terrorism policy, even though the Justice Department had implicated CAIR in a plot to finance the terrorist organization Hamas…. (more)

May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Now anything goes. All restraints are loosened, all self-discipline trashed. There’s no cure or even treatment for Trump Derangement Syndrome, a disease as wild and as swiftly lethal as anything imported from the Ebola River valley of the dark continent. The rules and taboos that once guided even the sleaziest excuse for a newspaper no longer apply…. (more)

May 19, 2017
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — In an interview with Sean Hannity, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said the “deep state” within the bureaucracy is trying to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency. “The political process of the United States of America being under attack by intelligence agencies and individuals in those agencies,” said Wednesday night…. (more)

May 19, 2017
GARTH KANT — The leak of the infamous Comey memo to the press might severely boomerang on the former FBI director, according to legal experts. Democrats are hoping newly appointed special prosecutor Robert Mueller will find President Trump committed obstruction of justice by allegedly telling former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn…. (more)

May 19, 2017
GARTH KANT — Lost in all the hubbub and furor over President Trump’s firing of James Comey is that the former FBI director never complied with key a request from the House Intelligence Committee…. (more)

May 19, 2017
NEW YORK POST — Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has died, according to reports Thursday morning. He was 77. His wife Elizabeth issued a statement announcing his death, which was confirmed by Fox News…. (more)

May 19, 2017
NEWSMAX — Chelsea Manning has posted the first photo of herself on social media a day after leaving prison, where she served seven years for releasing 75,000 documents to WikiLeaks…. (more)

May 18, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Years ago, I agreed to be interviewed for a film which was included in an exhibit for the national museum in Washington, D.C. known as the Newseum. It was on the use of anonymous sources. In the film, which is still playing, I cautioned about their use, saying that they can be inaccurate or even non-existent, and that they reduce trust in the news media…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 23, 2017

Trump’s First Visit to Israel Brings Hope

Tragically, as he was rallying for unity in fighting terror, jihadis struck again in Britain, killing 22 in a bombing attack.

The Foundation

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 23

  • Children Among 22 Dead in Bomb Attack During U.K. Campaign (Read More)
  • ‘Please retweet’: Parents go online to find their children (Read More)
  • Stars from Manchester and beyond express shock at bomb attack (Read More)
  • Trump’s Budget Seeks Cuts to Taxes, Social Programs (Read More)
  • Trump Proposes Selling Off Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve (Read More)
  • Trump calls Nazi Holocaust ‘history’s darkest hour’ (Read More)
  • If Kushner has a Mideast peace plan, it’s a secret so far (Read More)
  • The Rise of the Amateur Oil Sleuths (Read More)
  • Trump Says U.S. Committed to Israeli and Palestinian Peace (Read More)
  • The Case That Could Doom Elizabeth Warren’s Wall Street Watchdog (Read More)
  • German Fin Min sees deal for Greece in three weeks ‘if all goes well’ (Read More)
  • Greece says lenders have moral, political, legal duty to meet obligations (Read More)
  • Only Robots Can Tally What Large U.S. Pension Fund Pays in Fees (Read More)
  • Big Brother Comes for Foreign Firms in China (Read More)
  • WannaCry Malware Has Strong Links to Group Tied to North Korea, Symantec Says (Read More)
  • The Future of Whole Foods Isn’t About Groceries (Read More)

Featured Blogs


Pastor talks to ‘God’ on the phone during church service

“I actually have a direct line which I can call Him on and get instructions on how to proceed,” claims the man who goes by the name of Pastor Talent. “I got this when I was praying and I heard a voice telling me to call direct.” So now he calls God direct and they chat on the phone.  The Citizen has a video of this guy that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the story:

Pastor Paul Sanyangore of Victory World International has claimed to have a direct phone number to heaven, after a video of him talking on the phone during a church service emerged.

In the video, the pastor can be seen holding his cellphone and responding to God’s questions, he claims.

He calls a woman from the crowd, and as she kneels down, he then starts receiving instructions from “heaven”.

“Hello, is this heaven? I have a woman here, what do you have to say about her? Oh … I should ask her who is Sibo,” he asks “heaven”. The woman then responds telling him who the said person is.

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What does the Bible teach about abortion?

Jesse Johnson of The Cripplegate offers eight biblical truths about abortion.  He writes:

1. The Bible teaches that a baby in the womb is alive, and is a person whom God is making. Those I know who have had an abortion all say this is the most critical issue for them. If they believed their fetus was a real person which an abortion would murder, then they would not have done it. But they all believed that at that point of development, what was inside of them doesn’t qualify as a person by their arbitrary standard.

First, it is important to note that a fetus is a human life. It is alive, and it is human, so there is really no other way to describe it (here is a graphic and info on a fetus at 12-weeks from a secular website, and it’s obviously a person). At 12 weeks, a baby has arms, fingers, eyes, and toes. He makes fists, faces, and all his organs are working, albeit still developing.

But the Bible says that before that point a fetus is a person. For example, King David declared:

My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them (Psalm 139:15–16).

Before ultrasounds, David looked inside the womb and saw God at work. Before his frame was finished, God was at work, making him. God counted David as a person, with his days numbered, before he ever saw daylight.

This truth is not limited to David. Back when God introduced himself to Moses, who wrote the first book of the Bible, God asked: “Who has made man’s mouth? Is it not I?” (Exodus 4:11).

The mouth, by the way, is formed in week 6 of a baby’s life.

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Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd.

Boyce College professor Denny Burk has a word of advice for pastors: A wise and courageous pastor will always remember the wisdom of Solomon when exhorting his people: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov.12:18). A good pastor is not going […]

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Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan’s story

“Not really knowing better, I let them do a deliverance session on me. Basically, you sit in a chair, they command the demons to come up and speak, and then they get bound and cast out.” Morgan was immersed in a so-called “Deliverance Ministry,” in which he was introduced to the demons who dwelled within […]

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The extreme teaching of Jennifer LeClaire

In a piece entitled “LeClaire spills ink over ‘sneaky squid spirit’ attack?” Churchwatch Central (CWC) begins by telling us that their article will show that Pentecostalism and charismaticism are enemies of each other.  CWC points out that the Pentecostal AOG in America condemned the New Order of the Latter Rain, an early charismatic movement, for […]

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Brian Brodersen Now Promoting Contemplative Mysticism?

A new report says Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor Brian Brodersen is an active promoter of contemplative mysticism. Last November Brodersen led the Calvary Chapel split, quit his leadership position at the Calvary Chapel Association, and  announced he is establishing a new Calvary Chapel Global Network. Today a new EmergentWatch news article reports that Brodersen is […]

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Dr. Michael Brown Ruins His Credibility on His Own Facebook Wall, Then Deletes All the Evidence

Steven Kozar claims that Dr. Michael Brown lost all credibility on his Facebook wall by choosing to become a “cheerleader” for false teachers. Sadly, Dr. Brown, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar and host of The Line of Fire, has declined to compare the teaching of those who teach doctrines of devils (1 Tim […]

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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

According to Steve McCranie of Leaving Laodicea, hidden sleeper cells have found a home in the visible Church. “These certain men have crept (pareisdúō) into the church unnoticed, or by stealth.  The word means to ‘enter in craftily, under cover of darkness, like a thief,’” says McCranie. “They, like a terrorist sleeper cell, blend in […]

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A La Carte (May 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of classics and a couple of modern-day books worth reading.

Do Catholics and Protestants believe in the same Trinity?

“Many people are happy to say that Muslims and Christians believe in different gods based on what they think about Jesus. … Are the differences between Catholics and Protestants so stark that we could conclude that we believe in different gods?”

Worldliness: A Rich Person’s Problem?

“Is worldliness a problem for the rich or for the poor? For those with many possessions or few? For people who live in a western society or a developing country?”

3 Ways to Exhort the Aging

“Aging people experience progressive losses: parents, friends, colleagues, career, driver’s license, and perfect health. Then life-threatening health challenges are encountered, usually heart disease or cancer. And finally, there is the certainty of death. In these realities, though, there are implicit spiritual incentives to grow. Here are three ways to encourage and exhort the aging.”

What If I Can’t Find the Perfect Church?

I hear this question too, all the time: “Often I run across people at conferences or through e-mail who stop attending church because they can’t find the perfect church.  What if you don’t have the perfect church in your community—what should you do?”

Don’t Be a Jerk, Be a Shepherd

The heart of it: “even if the pastor must bring a confrontation, he must do it in a way that respects the person he is talking to.”

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

This is worth considering: “Could one of the lessons of Anthony Weiner’s fall be that we should take our digital technology more seriously as a potential stumbling block?”

The Age of Accountability

Barry York takes a look at the idea of an age of accountability at which children become morally responsible for their sin.

Flashback: 3 Priorities for Christian Parents

We know that God tells us to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord—we get that. But what does that actually look like? The priorities Paul offers to this first-century Christian church can be helpful to twenty-first century Christian parents.

The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we can become. —Phil Jenkins


Top Headlines – 5/23/2017

Rabbis for Peace urge Trump to abandon the “land for peace” policy

Trump declares ‘rare opportunity’ for peace as overseas tour stops in Israel

Trump Comes to Israel Citing a Palestinian Deal as Crucial

Donald Trump Says Peace In The Middle East Is ‘One Of The Toughest Deals’

Trump to Muslim World: If Three Faiths Join, Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is Possible

Netanyahu: I will discuss ‘ways to advance peace’ with Trump

Bereft of meat, Trump declarations leave Israel with much to chew on

Full text of Netanyahu, Trump remarks in Jerusalem

Trump Isn’t the President Israel Was Hoping For

Israeli leaders boast of ‘unbreakable bond’ upon Trump’s arrival

In Israel, Trump urges new Middle East harmony but faces old suspicions

Short on time, Yad Vashem packing emotion into Trump visit

With Trump in town, right-wing leader pushes for Jerusalem recognition

Bennett’s mid-handshake message to Trump: Recognize Jerusalem

White House live feed says ‘Jerusalem, Israel’

On second day of visit, Trump to go to PA, give key address

Mix of hope and skepticism as Trump meets Abbas in Bethlehem

Israel in rare overture to Palestinians ‘at Trump request’

On plane, Tillerson says heading to ‘Tel Aviv, home of Judaism,’ sidestepping questions on whether the Western Wall is part of Israel

Commentary: Thanks for visiting, Donald. Now show us your real intentions

As Trump visits, rocket shot from Sinai at southern Israel

Israeli ‘Skylark’ drone slams into Lebanese territory

Trump says Iran threat bringing Arab nations closer to Israel

Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons

Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

Rouhani dismisses Trump warning over Iran ‘threat’

Iran accuses U.S. of ‘Iranophobia’, arming ‘dangerous terrorists’

Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran

Rouhani says Iran’s ballistic missile programme will continue

Tensions deepen between Saudi, Iran, US after Trump visit

Iranian president calls US relations ‘a curvy road’

Iran’s President Mocks Trump’s Saudi Arabia Trip as ‘Just a Show

Trump’s visit to Saudi a ‘turning point’: King Salman

Trump’s encounter with glowing orb sets alight social media

Here’s The Deal With That Glowing Orb Trump Touched In Saudi Arabia

American oil companies deepen Saudi ties, despite rivalry

Turkey condemns U.S. over ‘aggressive’ acts against its bodyguards during Erdogan’s visit to D.C.

Turkish NBA star calls Erdogan ‘Hitler of our century’

US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs

US-led coalition attacks Syrian army, Iranian-backed militia

Armageddon in Iraq? US Pastor Details ISIS Destruction of Christian City

Isis tests chemical weapons on ‘human guinea pigs’, secret documents reveal

British Jihadi brides return home after being widowed or sent back by husbands preparing last Isil stand

US pop star’s concert in Manchester ends in blood, horror

1 man likely carried out suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 59: Police

Ariana Grande concert blast: Manchester Arena was packed with her young fans

Nigel Farage: UK ‘Direct Attack on Children Marks a New Low’

Ariana Grande concert ‘has the workings of jihadist terrorism’: former US law enforcement officials

Islamic State supporters celebrate Manchester attack online, no official claim

Krauthammer: Even If UK Explosion Not Terror, ISIS Succeeded In Instilling Fear

Sekulow: Anyone Want to Argue Against Trump Travel Ban After UK Attack?

Staggering number of visa overstays now biggest problem in illegal immigration

US: Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed visas last year

Lawmaker: Hugo Chavez’s childhood home burned by protesters

More Puerto Rico Agencies Enter Bankruptcy

Bill Introduced Allowing Cancellation Of Over $1 Trillion In Student Debt Through Bankruptcy

Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government

‘Senators united on reining in the UN’

‘F*** Trump’ chant led by California Democratic Party Leader: What’s next?

Trump asked two intel chiefs to push back against FBI’s Russia probe – report

Trump seems to confirm Israel as source of intelligence shared with Russia

Flynn cites ‘public frenzy’ in refusal to comply with subpoena: report

U.N. agency’s dealings with North Korea on nerve gas chemical spark more concern

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

China urges North Korea not to violate UN resolutions

Symantec says ‘highly likely’ North Korea group behind ransomware attacks

Chinese paper applauds anti-spy efforts after report CIA sources killed

Scientists Have Found A Way To Photograph People In 3D Through Walls Using Wi-Fi

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

Mark Zuckerberg: We Need a ‘Global Superstructure to Advance Humanity’

After years of planning, California is likely to roll out its earthquake warning system next year

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Shikotan, Russia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,200ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms May Lead to Flooding in Parts of the South Through Midweek

Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules

Gore says Trump can’t stop climate movement

First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

Australian man tests positive to HIV while taking preventative drug

In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

Catholics challenge St. Louis’ ‘abortion sanctuary’ law

Gender-confirmation surgeries increase after social changes

Gay couple claim Southwest denied them family boarding privileges

Taiwan activists hope same-sex marriage ruling will be trailblazer in Asia

Indonesian police make mass arrests over ‘gay sex party’

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

Facebook flooded with ‘sextortion’ and revenge porn, files reveal

Festivals to allow revellers to test drugs before they take them

Police: Mother shot kids to ‘save them from the evils of the world’

Tampa man arrested for allegedly killing ‘neo-Nazi’ roommates who ‘disrespected’ his Muslim faith

China, Once Officially Atheist, Now Booming with Religion

False Teacher of the Day: Guillermo Maldonado

Author, Blogger Warren B. Smith Suffers Heart Attack – Please Pray for Him

Tami Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony

Chris Rosebrough reviews Jurgen Matthesius’ ad hominem attack against ChurchWatch.

Chris Rosebrough reviews Jurgen Matthesius’ ad hominem attack against ChurchWatch – part 2

African Pastor talks to ‘God’ on the phone during church service

Greeter Shot in Head After Gunman Opens Fire in Church

Turkey Accuses Imprisoned American Pastor of Giving ‘Special’ Sermons to Kurds, Report Says

 


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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May 22, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump landed in Israel on a groundbreaking direct flight Monday from Saudi Arabia and expanded a core theme of his Sunday speech in Riyadh: the U.S. will stand with Arab nations and Israel against the threats they all agree are posed by Iran.

North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test on Sunday, ratcheting up tensions in the region as Kim Jong Un persists with his nuclear program.

A rise in U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood will help drive an increase in lumber exports to China and other Asian markets, Canada’s top trade official said.

Saudi Arabia signed billions of dollars of deals with U.S. companies during President Trump’s visit to Riyadh. Estimates of their total value vary from $300 billion to close to $400 billion.

China’s President Xi Jinping wasn’t trying to bully the Philippines at a recent meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the Southeast Asian nation’s top diplomat. In a speech last Friday, Duterte said Xi had threatened to go to war with the Philippines after Duterte expressed an intention to drill for oil in the disputed South China Sea.

New Zealand’s top trade official said his country wouldn’t gain much from major changes to a Pacific trade pact, highlighting obstacles to finalizing the deal without the U.S. after Malaysia called for more negotiations.

After finding common ground among India’s 29 states, the finance ministry on Friday released detailed rates for the incoming goods and services tax, slotting more than 1,200 items — from sugar to steel pipes and motorcycles — into five tax brackets between zero and 28 percent. With that done, India is almost ready to implement a tax code that unifies more than a dozen separate levies, effectively creating a single market with a population greater than the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan combined.

President Donald Trump plans to propose $1.7 trillion in cuts to a category of spending that includes major social and entitlement programs for lower-income Americans, as part of an effort to balance the budget within a decade.

Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities.

AP Top Stories

With an astounding voter turnout of 74%, moderate Hassan Rouhani beat hard-liner Ibrahim Raisi by nearly 8 million votes. “The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world.”

The “totally unprovoked” murder of a young black soldier was committed by a white man who was a member of a “despicable” Facebook group, police have said.

Norway is repairing the entrance of a “doomsday” seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world’s food supplies.

A fast-moving wildfire has forced several hundred campers to flee a campground south of San Diego and is threatening homes in a nearby community.

Egypt referred 48 people to the country’s military judiciary on Sunday for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.

The Swiss voted Sunday in favor of a massive overhaul of the country’s energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

State lawmakers are reviving Texas’ version of a North Carolina-style transgender “bathroom bill,” moving to ensure it will at least apply to public schools by adding hotly debated language to otherwise unrelated legislation involving classroom safety.

China’s Hainan Airlines, which has poured billions of dollars into overseas acquisitions, announced plans Monday to buy 19 Boeing aircraft for $4.2 billion to help meet skyrocketing travel demand by Chinese consumers.

Authorities in Mexico City have ordered cars off the streets and warned people about exercising outdoors as sprawling metropolis chokes in its worst smog for nearly two decades.

BBC

The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in wildlife.

Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting alight a government supporter in Caracas on the 50th day of protests.

A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.

More than 20 people have been injured in a small bomb blast at a military hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen, according to charity Save the Children. Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, with hundreds of suspected cases being reported every day.

WND

Facebook is refusing to delete videos and images of “violent death”, abortion and self-harm because the web giant does not want to censor its users, it has emerged.

In 1910, Christians made up 13.6 percent of the Mideast’s population. A hundred years later, in 2010, that number had declined to 4.2 percent. By 2025, Christians are expected to represent just over 3 percent of the Middle East’s population.


The Briefing 05-22-17

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Top News – 5/22/2017

Saudis Rejoice Over ‘Death’ of Obama’s Policies
Israel was not the only country in the Middle East happy to see Barack Obama out of the White House. President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend served as a very public slap in the face of his predecessor. And it was the Saudis, not Trump, who delivered the blow.

Some On The Left Are Getting Sick Of DC Dems’ Russia Obsession
It’s not just Democratic strategists who are getting the message that voters don’t care as much about Russia as Washington media does. Some progressives and other writers are seemingly skeptical of the nefarious Russia narrative, too. Many see it as a distraction or a dodge from championing legitimate progressive causes.

US-led coalition attacks Syrian army, Iranian-backed militia
Coalition jets bomb a convoy advancing against a Pentagon-backed rebel group in southern Syria; the US intervention will help the rebels hold their ground against any future incursions by the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militias.

Jewish Mystics Hope Trump’s Israel Visit Might ‘Raise The Temple’
Donald Trump’s transformation from real estate mogul and reality TV star to president reads like a strange American fairytale. Dogged by controversy, with no political experience, Trump is now the most powerful person in the world. To some, his triumph was so unlikely that there was only one way to explain in — God played a part. “President Trump can choose to be a part of a process to bring the Messiah,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss told Breaking Israel News, a religious website in Israel.

Bennett’s mid-handshake message to Trump: Recognize Jerusalem
While most cabinet members made do with a simple “Hello, Mr. President”, “Welcome to Israel”, or other pleasantries, Bennett took the opportunity to make a personal, if brief, appeal to the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. “Welcome to Israel. It’s Jerusalem’s birthday, you know – 50 years,” Bennett told the president. “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.”

Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants
The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

‘We love Israel, we respect Israel, we are with you’
President Donald Trump calls Israel ‘one of the world’s great civilizations, pledges American support for the Jewish state.

‘Senators united on reining in the UN’
And while the Republicans and Democrats might fight about a lot of things, what we are 100% united on – which means we have a hundred senators in the United States Senate who are committed to reining in the United Nations and the abuses that we have seen there.

Trump, Israeli leaders boast of ‘unbreakable bond’ upon president’s arrival
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday, where they were greeted by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After Trump and Rivlin reviewed the Honor Guard, Trump’s welcome ceremony began. Rivlin spoke first, lauding the American leader’s trip as a symbol of the “unbreakable bond between Israel and America.”…Trump reaffirmed the “unbreakable bond between Israel and the State of Israel”…

Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear power
Switzerland has voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. More than 58% backed the move towards greener power sources in a referendum on Sunday. Switzerland has five ageing nuclear power plants, which provide a third of the country’s energy needs. There is no date yet to decommission the facilities, but the country will now aim to increase reliance on sources like solar, wind and hydro power.

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs
The Syrian government says its forces have regained total control of the central city of Homs after rebels left the last district under their control. About 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated on buses from al-Wair district, government officials say. “The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants,” provincial governor Talal Barazi said.

Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence
Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant. The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

Isis tests chemical weapons
Isis are conducting chemical weapons experiments on “human guinea pigs” before launching attacks on Western targets, according to secret documents. The extremist group has reportedly poisoned prisoners by spiking their food and water with compounds used in pesticides that are easy to obtain. Security forces now fear the terror network may hatch a twisted plot to contaminate Western food supplies with formulas that quickly dissolve in liquid.

North Korea fires off ‘unspecified missile’ into Sea of Japan as South condemns “irresponsible and reckless behaviour”
North Korea has fired an ‘unspecified missile’ in a latest act of aggression, according to military sources. A South Korean news agency are claiming that the projectile took off from a location near Pukchang. However, NHK News, a Japanese new agency, claims the missile ‘fell into the Sea of Japan’. South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the projectile was launched on Sunday afternoon (local time).

Iran accuses U.S. of ‘Iranophobia’, arming ‘dangerous terrorists’
Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said…

Disagreements surface over China-backed trade deal
Disagreements between Asian countries over a China-backed free trade deal surfaced at talks on Monday, raising questions over a target for concluding negotiations by the end of the year. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would create a free trade area of more than 3.5 billion people, bringing together China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand as well as Southeast Asian nations.

Three sentenced to death over Hamas commander assassination
A court in the Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced three men to death over the assassination of a Hamas military commander that the Islamist movement accused Israel of masterminding.

CNN Reports Comey’s 86-Year-Old Dad Thinks Trump’s A Nut Job Too, So There
“Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day…I think the man should be in a home quite honestly, he’s crazy as a hoot.”

Angela Merkel declares “Islam is not the source of terrorism” but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of “Islamophobia”
Angela Merkel’s speech that shocked the German people “Europe must take MORE Muslim refugees, ISLAM is a peaceful religion”.

Bill Introduced Allowing Cancellation Of Over $1 Trillion In Student Debt Through Bankruptcy
And since the government owns most of the student loans, it would basically be yet another taxpayers bailout for those who loaded up on debt and now are unable to repay it. Meanwhile, if massive amounts of debt were erased, it would be another bubble bursting, which would send the U.S. into a fresh round of economic instability.

Obama Holdouts In Trump Administration Hiding Hillary Emails
Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton is astounded: The Trump officials he finds working on Freedom of Information cases he files are still, typically, Obama holdovers.

The Obama Administration Repeatedly Leaked Intel To Spite Israel
Much of the media’s attention this week has been dedicated to fanning the flames on an anonymously sourced report that President Trump revealed national security secrets to Russian officials during  a meeting at the White House earlier this month….let’s take a minute to remember all the times the Obama administration leaked secrets in order to spurn Israel, a longtime ally.

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

“There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective.”

Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven?

There is a difference between failing to confess a sin and refusing to confess a sin.

What Is a Tarnation? (Video)

“We have the word ‘tarnation’ thanks to societal taboos against saying certain words–instead substituting in other words that often mean the exact same thing, but for some reason we find it acceptable to say the one rather than the other…”

The Pastor Must Fall On His Sword Before He Wields It

“You think of a pastor and a Bible, and you think of a book. But maybe our imaginations ought first to run to a different image: a pastor carrying around a sword. This is the pastor’s weapon.”

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins

There are Christians who “carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.”

Should I Send or Should I Go?

“Whenever missionaries speak at our church my heart leaps in my chest. Their PowerPoint slides get my spiritual adrenaline pumping. There is something undeniably compelling about the thought of being on the front lines of the Great Commission. And yet, the reality is that we cannot all go. Some need to stay in order to send.”

An Elephant-Sized Problem

“Identifying animals is much harder than you might think. Indeed, it touches on one of the most fundamental questions of biology. This difficulty actually has a name: “the species problem.’”

Flashback: 5 Ways Every Christian Grows

Here are five things that are true of fruit trees and, therefore, true of the fruit of the Spirit.

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 22, 2017

Trump Impresses and Presses in Speech to Top Muslim Leaders

“This region should not be a place from which refugees flee,” the president said, “but to which newcomers flock.”

The Foundation

“I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.” —George Washington (1795)

The Tens Of Millions Of Forgotten Americans That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

The evidence that the middle class in America is dying continues to mount.  As you will see below, nearly half the country would be unable “to cover an unexpected $400 expense”, and about two-thirds of the population lives paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.  Of course the economy has not been doing that well overall in recent years.  Barack Obama was the only president in all of U.S. history not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and U.S. GDP growth during the first quarter of 2017 was an anemic 0.7 percent.  During the Obama era, it is true that wealthy enclaves in New York, northern California and Washington D.C. did thrive, but meanwhile most of the rest of the country has been left behind. (Read More…)


CA Dem Chair: ‘All Together Now: F*ck Donald Trump!’ as Crowd Holds Up Two Middle Fingers (VIDEO)

The Democrats appear to have lost their minds.

They believe the propaganda while creating it. It’s a big government snake eating its own tail.

Consider if the chair of the Texas GOP got up in front of the state convention and got the crowd to chant “F–k Barack Obama!” The media would have flipped out. But, because the old media is on board, very little will be heard of this. A 1 day story at best.

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95% of Fed Gov Employees who gave gave to Clinton, Department of Justice 97%, State Department 99% (This is the deep state and they are comfy – right now)

Image: The Hill

(From FOX News)

The constant, anonymous leaks from disgruntled federal bureaucrats aim to provide ammunition for the propaganda news media to press the attack.

The Left’s dance of destruction is stunningly choreographed.

I have been overseas for the last three days, and it has been sickening to see so many foreigners terrified because they unknowingly believe the news media’s false reports and vicious attacks. The only version of President Trump they know is the one portrayed in the 24-hour cesspool of CNN and the daily acrimony of the New York Times.

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The Growing Civil War in America

By Bill Wilson

While these remarks seem incredulous, they are indicative of a growing civil war fomented by Marxists (progressives and liberals) to overthrow America.

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A Guide to Understanding the Trump-Saudi Deal – Joseph Farah

Exclusive: Joseph Farah answers America’s pressing questions in wake of big agreement

Question: Why did the Saudis treat President Trump so graciously?

Answer: They’re scared. Even though the Saudis are as responsible as any party for radicalizing Sunni Islam, they did so believing it would make them safe.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress: Trump Has Done More to Reach Out to Evangelicals

In an interview with The Christian Post, Jeffress, who is a member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, argued that the Trump campaign and administration has an unprecedented evangelical outreach.

“There’s been no American president in history who has reached out to evangelicals to the extent that President Trump has done,” said Jeffress.

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Mark Steyn: Congressional Republicans ‘Sending a Dangerous Message’ Saying ‘Elections Don’t Matter’

Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn opined on the “dysfunctional” state of the federal government. By not taking action that reflected the sentiment of the voter, Steyn said congressional Republicans were sending a dangerous message.

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Facebook Founder Calls For Creation Of New World Order ‘Global Superstructure’ To Control Humanity

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated his belief that the world is in need of a ‘global superstructure’ in a recent article from the New York Times Magazine.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJV)

We have gotten to used to communicating on Facebook that we no longer see it for the prophetical fulfillment it truly is. As of this writing, Facebook has 1,860,000,000 daily users posting and reading content around the globe, and is growing at a rate of 17% each year. Is short, it is the single greatest communication device ever conceived by mankind, second only to the Internet itself.

In an article titled “Can Facebook Fix It’s Own Worst Bug?” author Farhad Manjoo poses the question, “Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped start. But is the most powerful tool for connection in human history capable of adapting to the world it created?”

Facebook and Oculus Want Your Head and Hands in Virtual Space

Zuckerberg highlighted Facebook’s “safety check” feature which allows users to publicly acknowledge that they’re safe during dangerous events. Zuckerberg later expanded on this, describing a “global superstructure to advance humanity.” Zuckerberg stated, “we’re getting to a point where the biggest opportunities I think in the world … problems like preventing pandemics from spreading or ending terrorism, all these things, they require a level of coordination and connection that I don’t think can only be solved by the current systems that we have.”

The author of the article states, “What’s needed, he argues, is some global superstructure to advance humanity.”

The prophet Daniel states that “knowledge will increase” in the end times, and people will “run to and fro”. In Facebook, nearly one-third of all humanity “visit” with each other every day. Without leaving your computer,  you can virtually travel to and spend time with anyone on your friends list. You can see their photos, watch their videos, and then tap to open Messenger and call them all without ever leaving Facebook. Soon, Virtual Reality devices developed by Facebook will let you interact in 3-D.

And now the person that created the single-largest communication device in human history is calling for a One World Government. Living in the end times is a lot like living in a city with a lot of smog. When I lived in Los Angeles, I could not see the smog no matter how thick it got because I was in the middle of it. But on my way back from the beach, and viewing LA from a distance, I could clearly see the ring of smog choking the city.

And so it is with Bible prophecy. Viewed from a distance you have clarity, but when you live in a time where it’s being fulfilled it is much harder to discern what’s happening. But God’s people know what’s going on.

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (KJV)


Piers Morgan Stirs Controversy for Asking ‘Non-Binary’ Couple If He Could Identify as Black Woman, Elephant

Christian News reports:

Talk show host Piers Morgan is under fire for asking a couple who say they identify neither as male or female if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant.

“Can I be an elephant? Can I literally say I’m now an elephant and do I get afforded elephant rights?” he inquired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning Britain.” “Can I go to London Zoo and demand to be put in an elephant compound because I have decided I’m an elephant?”

During the conversation with the couple who go by the names “Fox and Owl,” Fox explained that she was born a female, but later decided to present herself as male, and now doesn’t want to self-identify as either sex. She said that while her “gender expression” is male, her “gender identity” is non-binary.

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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 22

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  • Huntsman, Clariant Agree to Merge, Creating $14 Billion Chemicals Giant  (Read More)
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  • Solar-Energy Giant Manipulated Sales Data, Say Former Managers (Read More)
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  • Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles (Read More)
  • Seth Klarman Scores Preakness Win (Read More)
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  • Why Millennials Are (Partly) to Blame for the Housing Shortage (Read More)
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  • China Seeks More Private Money for Its Massive State-Owned Energy Companies (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 5/22/2017

Jerusalem jubilee festivities begin

Netanyahu celebrates 50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem: ‘We did not conquer – we liberated’

Western Wall will always be Israeli, PM says ahead of Trump visit

Netanyahu cancels party leaders meeting after discovering not all of them will attend Trump’s welcome ceremony

Netanyahu orders reluctant Israeli ministers to greet Trump at airport

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll talk security and peace with Trump’

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of ‘ultimate deal’

Pollard to Netanyahu: Don’t forget me in talks with Trump

Ex-Arab League chief: Only settlement freeze can thaw ties with Israel

Ministers okay economic package for Palestinians ahead of Trump visit

Goodwill gestures to Palestinians came at Trump’s request, says PMO

Israelis worry Trump’s changing stands look more and more like Obama’s

A weakened president on an impossible mission

Egyptian president: Trump ‘capable of the impossible’

‘How can it hurt?’ Why Israel says it’s not worried by Trump’s huge Saudi arms deal

Ignoring Israel, Trump misses chance to push for peace where it counts

Israel, barely mentioned by Trump, can only hope his focus on tackling terror yields results

Gaza-Hamas rejects Trump’s description of the group as a terror organization, says it shows his ‘complete bias’ towards Israel

US, Gulf States, sign deal to end financing for terror

Contradictions add up during Trump’s Saudi visit

Trump says fight against terrorism is not a battle between different faiths, but between ‘good and evil.’

Trump Softens Tone on Islam but Calls for Purge of ‘Foot Soldiers of Evil’

Trump says US seeks ‘coalition of nations’ in Middle East with aim of ‘stamping out extremism’

Trump visits new Saudi terrorism-monitoring center

Gen. Keane: Trump Creating ‘Framework of an Arab NATO’ to Combat Terror

Donald Trump should worry about another 9/11 rather than making claims about Iran, says Tehran

Saudi king says Iran at forefront of global terrorism

Trump says Syria’s Assad has committed ‘unspeakable crimes’ with Iran’s support

Suicide attack in Syria’s insurgent stronghold kills 5

Erdogan extends Turkey’s state of emergency

Erdogan Says He Will Extend His Sweeping Rule Over Turkey

Taliban attacks kill at least 25 Afghan police

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

North Korea missile passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuclear programme

Tillerson calls North Korea nuclear testing ‘disappointing, disturbing’

The cyber warfare cell that worries the West – North Korea’s Unit 180

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Sen. McCain Softens ‘Watergate’ Statement on Trump Administration Turmoil

Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount

Notre Dame graduates walk out on Pence as he touts free speech

Facebook will not delete videos of violent death, abortion and self-harm, leaked guidelines show

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump

Dollar hovers near 6-month lows amid U.S. political uncertainty

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sixth year anniversary of deadly Joplin, Missouri tornado

Record-breaking heat poised to bake the West Coast

Ebola Virus in DR Congo: CDC Not Ready to Issue Travel Advisory

Cholera outbreak spreading at ‘unprecedented’ speed kills 315 in Yemen

Texas revives transgender ‘bathroom bill’ for public schools

Here We Go Again! – Trump becomes first president to pray at Western Wall

Selling the Apocalypse – The Second Coming Of Televangelist Jim Bakker

Morris Cerullo Previews Legacy International Center to Area Pastors

Word of Faith Fellowship leader tries to get case moved out of Rutherford County

HB Charles Will Be First Black SBC Pastors’ Conference President in 172 Years

Boy Scouts, church leaders accused of covering up admitted rapist for decades

A Secular Biography of George Washington – Washington was not an outspoken devout Christian but wasn’t a secular stoic either. 

Churches, Synagogues Openly Defy Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

Pro-Life Doctor Purchased an Abortion Clinic and Kicked Out the Abortion Doctor

Students Demand Apology Over Superintendent’s Christian Speech, Prayer at Graduation

Houston Area Pastor and Family Attacked, Beaten. Home Invader Shot & Killed by Son in Law

Australian Christian Group ‘Threatened, Harassed’ by Homosexual Activists

Christian Pastor’s Home, Church Burned Down in Southern India

North Korea now ready to ‘Mass Produce’ War-Ready Nukes which can strike US targets

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

North Korea boasts it’s now ready to deploy and start mass-producing new medium-range nuclear missiles capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases.  The…

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Distant Star In Space Begins Flashing Again Leaving Scientists Baffled

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:52 AM PDT

A Distant star has begun exhibiting the same strange behavior which led astronomers to suggest an “alien megastructure” is orbiting it.  Tabby’s Star first attracted…

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Trump: ‘We love Israel, we respect Israel, we are with you’

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, marking the beginning of President Donald Trump’s first state visit to Israel.  The president…

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Is the American Church Vulnerable to Fake Revival?

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:37 AM PDT

(By Eddie Hyatt) There have been great revivals without great preaching. There have been great revivals without great singing. But there has never been a…

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800 Churches and Synagogues Defy Immigration Crackdown…

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:33 AM PDT

There is a peaceful rebellion growing against federal immigration law and the interpretation of that law by the Trump administration. More than 800 houses of…

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‘World’s first Robocop’ hits the streets…

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:30 AM PDT

The “world’s first operational Robocop” has been unveiled in Dubai as part of the emirate’s planned robot police force. Robocop started work on Sunday and…

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Exotic Animals Could Go Extinct Within Months.

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

Some of the world’s most exotic animals could be extinct within months, conservationists have warned, with future generations growing up in a world without many…

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Christian Pastor’s Home, Church Burned Down in Southern India

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:31 PM PDT

Hindu nationalists in southern India burned down a church and the home of its pastor after some high “caste” Hindus converted to Christianity and joined…

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The Tens Of Millions Of Forgotten Americans That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:23 PM PDT

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New Evidence Reveals ISIS Performed ‘Nazi-style’ Experiments

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:19 PM PDT

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Posted: 21 May 2017 05:11 PM PDT

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Next Stop For Trump Is Israel, In Pursuit Of ‘ULTIMATE DEAL’

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:00 PM PDT

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BREAKING NEWS: Kim Jong-Un Approves Deployment of New Missile for Action

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:54 PM PDT

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Posted: 21 May 2017 01:49 PM PDT

A superstar on and off the big screen known for freely sharing his love for Jesus Christ, Chris Pratt took a very public stand for…

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ALERT: Palestinian Factions Call For ‘Day Of Rage’ During Trump Visit

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:36 PM PDT

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Scientists Report Largest Wave Ever Recorded in the Southern Ocean – Higher Waves Could Follow

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:26 PM PDT

A giant wave south of New Zealand earlier this weekend was the biggest ever recorded by a buoy in the Southern Hemisphere – and scientists…

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DEVELOPING: Ongoing Earthquake swarm continues shaking near Bremerton

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:20 PM PDT

Scientists say hundreds of tiny earthquakes have rumbled through the Bremerton area since the start of May— most too weak for humans to feel.  How…

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Twitter co-founder apologizes for helping elect Trump

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:07 PM PDT

The co-founder of Twitter apologized Saturday for the social media platform’s role in Donald Trump’s rise to the White House.  In an interview with the…

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HOUSE DIVIDED: New Barna Study Examines Which Christians Fight Online

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:02 PM PDT

Verbal fights on the Internet are common, be it comment sections or social media posts. Do Christians also fight online? Does one denomination argue more…

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Are Trump’s Promises to Israel Foretold in the Bible?

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:31 AM PDT

(By Tzippe Barrow) Donald and Melania Trump’s first stop on their premier international tour benefitted royalty. That’s how it was planned and that’s how it’s being…

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Trump pulled into Saudi Arabia and Iran conflict that could cause World War 3

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:22 AM PDT

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North Korea missile passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuclear program

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:12 AM PDT

The ballistic missile launched by North Korea on May 14 successfully re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, according to analysts, a significant breakthrough for Pyongyang’s missile program.  Defence…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Trump Says Mideast Peace Possible When All 3 Religions Unite

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:06 AM PDT

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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Weekend Snapshot

May 20, 2017
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“It is not breaking news that an adversary of the United States — Russia — tried to cause trouble for us by meddling in our elections. What is new and dangerous is that there are partisans in our intelligence agencies who are trying to destroy the duly elected president. They and their big media allies are doing far more to damage the U.S. than the Russians could have ever dreamed of.” —Gary Bauer

Top News – 5/20-21/2017

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll talk security and peace with Trump’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would discuss regional security and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Israel on Monday for a two day trip. “This is President Trump’s first visit outside the US, and the honor is ours that he has chosen to come to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and – of course – to the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu orders reluctant Israeli ministers to greet Trump at airport
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered all Israeli government ministers to attend a reception ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport for US President Donald Trump when he arrives here on Monday. Netanyahu’s order came after he stopped short a meeting of the heads of the coalition on Sunday, after most ministers refused to come to the airport. The ministers allegedly did not want to attend the greeting event at the airport due to the long hours they would have to wait on the tarmac in the sun.

North Korea in new missile test, South says
North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea’s military has said. The White House said the medium-range missile had a shorter range than those used in North Korea’s last three tests. It comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump
Asia-Pacific trade ministers have agreed to resuscitate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, despite US President Donald Trump abandoning it. Mr Trump signalled in January he would block the passage of the 12-nation pact in order to protect American jobs. Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries have met in Vietnam to get the deal back on track.

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations
The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause.

Ebola Spreading: Infections Up 800% In Last Week: Officials Race To Track Down
Last week three suspected Ebola infections were detected in a remote region of the Congo. Since then, World Health Organization officials have been scrambling to contain the virus.

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God
A new Gallup poll shows that only 24% of Americans believe the Bible is the “literal word” of God, which is a decline from the 1970s, but the survey also shows that the number of Americans who think the Bible is the “inspired word” of God, 47%, has stayed pretty steady over the last 40 years.

At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials
At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in Taliban ambushes in south central Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, as security forces sought to dislodge insurgents in multiple districts.

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash
According to the Fed’s latest annual “household well-being” report, 23% of US adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full while 44% of respondents said they wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense like a car repair or medical bill.

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?
“Trump should be urging the Saudis to shift course by abiding by the laws of war and holding those responsible for past abuses to account. Instead he will effectively be telling them to continue as before and not to worry – the flow of US weapons will not stop. Trump will also be putting Americans at risk.”

CNN Reports Comey Has Changed His Mind, Now Believes Trump Tried To Influence Him
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says…

Jubilee Call To Temple Mount Echoes Six-Day War Victory Cry
A call by Knesset members and major rabbis is expected to bring record crowds to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem’s Jubilee next week. The United Temple Movements called the gathering as a joyous echo of the original declaration made by Israeli soldiers 50 years ago when they announced in victory, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”

Israel Braces for its Latest Battlefront: The Sea
The new reality for Israel’s navy is that Hezbollah and Hamas are more than terrorist organizations—they represent new kinds of armies, and in Hezbollah’s case, an army with advanced state-level weaponry.

WannaCry ransomware decryption tool released
All victims have to do is download WanaKiwi tool from Github and run it on their affected Windows computer using the command line (cmd). WanaKiwi works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, confirmed Matt Suiche from security firm Comae Technologies, who has also provided some demonstrations showing how to use WanaKiwi to decrypt your files.

North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear program as US increases pressure
North Korea’s deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the country will continue to strengthen its nuclear program as a necessary measure needed to counter U.S. aggression.

Saudi King: Trump visit enhances global security, stability
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Saturday the visit of US.President Donald Trump to the kingdom would strengthen cooperation between the two countries and help enhance global security.

Rouhani re-elected in Iranian Presidential elections
Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli announced Rouhani’s victory on Saturday on state television. Rouhani secured 57 percent of the vote in Friday’s election…

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase
Reports suggest as many as 140 people, including civilians, may have died in an attack on an airbase in Libya. It was originally thought 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to take over the Brak al-Shati base on Thursday. The UN-backed government’s defence minister and the commander of the militia have both been suspended pending an investigation.

Trump peace initiative: Direct negotiations without stopping construction
US President Donald Trump will soon announced a political initiative that will bring Israelis and Palestinians back to direct negotiations between a year and a year and four months without stopping settlement construction, but with curtailing it. The report was published by London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat on Saturday uponspeaking to Western diplomats on the matter.

Syrian rebels begin to leave last opposition-held Homs district
Syrian rebels started leaving the last opposition-held district of Homs city on Saturday in the final phase of an evacuation deal that will see President Bashar al-Assad’s government take back the area in the seventh year of the country’s war. At least one bus left al-Waer carrying fighters and their families, and dozens more were expected to follow to bring some 2,500 people out of the district long besieged by government forces and their allies.

Assad Regime: U.S. Airstrikes on Infringing Syrian Militia Are ‘Government Terrorism’
“We discussed the massacre that the U.S. aggressor committed yesterday in our country,” Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari said…referring to the U.S. action as “government terrorism.” “At every meeting, we would like to remind the attendees that state terrorism is being practiced against our country,” al-Ja’afari alleged, tacitly referencing the isolated American military action…

ISIS Savages Dismember Children, Behead Women in Rampage in Central Syria
As many as 82 people have been killed in a wave of slaughter carried out by the Islamic State terror group in central Hama province in Syria, with reports that women and children have been beheaded and dismembered. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights provided the latest update on the slaughter on Friday…in what is the most violent single attack on the countryside of Salamiyah city in more than two years.

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent Of Anti-Trump Media Bias
They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations…

LIMBAUGH TICKED- ‘WAIT! Obama Actually Did What The Left Is ACCUSING Trump Of Doing!
What if you learned that Obama actually did exactly what President Trump is being accused of doing now? Would that surprise you? I doubt it, because it’s Obama, there is nothing he wouldn’t do if the results would benefit him. BUT, I bet you are hard-pressed to remember what and what it was right? I mean, after all you might not even have thought about it on your own because there was not big media uproar when Obama did it. NOTHING like it is now that the spotlight is on President Trump.

Turkish Passenger On American Airlines Flight Subdued After Trying To Breach Cockpit
An American Airlines crew and off-duty Honolulu police officer subdued a man Friday on board a Honolulu-bound flight after he tried to break into the cockpit, ABC and local news report. The flight, which took off from Los Angeles, landed safely about 11:35 a.m. with a military escort. Bloomberg adds that a laptop computer was placed near the cockpit door.

Russian Embassy Implicates Hillary In Tweet Asking: “Who Killed Seth Rich?”
“#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice.”

FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules 
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to advance a Republican plan to reverse the Obama administration’s 2015 “net neutrality” order.

Last Year, Obama Offered to Share U.S. Intelligence With Russia, and the Mainstream Media Was Fine With It
Russia-Gate remains in full swing, and the latest bout of hysteria is related to President Trump’s alleged sharing of intelligence with Russia. The original report about the supposed leak came from The Washington Post.

Here Are 12 Times Liberal Democrats Refused To Impeach Barack Obama After He Broke The Law EDITOR’S NOTE: The very same Liberals, Democrats and fake news media pretend journalists who are now calling for President Trump’s impeachment, were strangely silent during the 8 long years of absolutely jaw-dropping scandals and egregious lawbreaking done by the Obama administration. Have you forgotten the 4 dead Americans directly killed in Benghazi by Obama’s “leadership”, and then how he lied about a “video” being the cause? So in case you have somehow forgotten just how illegal and subversive Barack Hussein Obama and his minions really were, here are some stellar and actionable offenses in no particular order to help jog your memory.


95% of Fed Gov Employees who gave gave to Clinton, Department of Justice 97%, State Department 99% (This is the deep state and they are comfy – right now)

Image: The Hill

(From FOX News)

The constant, anonymous leaks from disgruntled federal bureaucrats aim to provide ammunition for the propaganda news media to press the attack.

The Left’s dance of destruction is stunningly choreographed.

I have been overseas for the last three days, and it has been sickening to see so many foreigners terrified because they unknowingly believe the news media’s false reports and vicious attacks. The only version of President Trump they know is the one portrayed in the 24-hour cesspool of CNN and the daily acrimony of the New York Times.

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Mark Steyn: Congressional Republicans ‘Sending a Dangerous Message’ Saying ‘Elections Don’t Matter’

Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn opined on the “dysfunctional” state of the federal government. By not taking action that reflected the sentiment of the voter, Steyn said congressional Republicans were sending a dangerous message.

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Rush Limbaugh: ‘We Are Watching a Silent Coup Here to Oust a Duly Elected President’

Limbaugh said despite the lack of evidence of such ties, there are these investigations underway and that it goes beyond incompetence, which he called a “silent coup.”

Limbaugh went on to criticize former FBI Director James Comey, who he suggested exhibited odd behavior regarding his interactions with Trump.

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NYC, San Francisco Public Libraries Host Monthly ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Kids

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?”

The Associated Press released video footage from inside a Brooklyn public library as it hosts Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, something that has been scheduled every month since last fall.

The children sit around as a man who calls his alter-ego Lil’ Miss Hot Mess reads them stories and leads them in sing-alongs about drag queens.

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Surrender or fight – our country is at stake

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich urges American’s not to surrender to the Left.  Following is an excerpt from a recent column he wrote:

We are today in a one-sided cultural civil war. The Left has picked the battlefield and defined the terms of engagement. If conservatives respond to this aggressive, sometimes violent hostility from the Left with confusion, uncertainty, and appeasement, we are guaranteed to lose the struggle to drain the swamp and reform Washington.

Further, surrendering will destroy America as we know it. Far from making America great again, we will have yielded our country to left-wing thugs, liars, and intimidators.

Now to his column:

Republicans, in particular the Trump administration, are approaching a historic decision that will shape America for generations to come.

The endless hostility of the Left, exemplified by violent fascists on college campuses, thugs in the streets, determined disrupters at town hall meetings, and the dishonest elite media are all part of their efforts to defeat the reforms and changes that President Trump was elected to implement.

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Research Claiming Sex-Change Benefits Is Based On Junk Science

According to former transgender Walt Heyer, who says he has a passion to help trans people, “Research about transgender people is biased toward reporting success.” This is because LGBTQ studies “purposefully exclude anything that would reflect badly on their overblown trans agenda,” says Heyer. He writes:

Caitlyn Jenner has perfected the art of cashing in on each step of gender transition. A few short weeks before the release of his new book, Jenner acknowledges the boys are now gone. Adios to his life-long companions in gender reassignment surgery (known as bottom surgery).

Jenner is wealthy and can cash in on celebrity, but a large portion of the transgender population remains lost and unaccounted for. Did they die, detransition, or commit suicide?  All we know is the attempted suicide rate for transgender people has remained above 40 percent for many years.

Doctors jam trans kids with puberty blockers and trans adults with cross-gender hormones, then recommend irreversible genital surgery, all without having long-term systematic studies of the effectiveness of such invasive treatment. Parents of trans kids don’t have the benefit of trustworthy information on the probable outcomes of up to 90 percent of gender changers.

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The Truth Behind The ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbors’ Propaganda Campaign Promoted By The Radical Left

How to Prepare for a ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbors’ Event

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors,” “Ask A Muslim,” “Coffee, Cake, and Islam.” These are some of the welcoming names for these events you may have seen advertised recently, events at which local imams and other Muslims promise to tell visitors “the truth about our faith.”

These events are highly scripted — and highly predictable. What they actually deliver: a well-practiced lecture that sanitizes Islam, confirming the rose-colored, politically correct concept of the religion that dominates the political Left.

The event ordinarily begins with a fulsome welcome. The Muslim hosts mention being thrilled that so many have come out to “meet your Muslim neighbors” because “so many of you, I know, want to learn more about our faith.” Most importantly, “you are probably confused by all the stories in the media, so we thought we’d try to set the record straight. For there can be no better way to learn about Islam than by meeting Muslims themselves to tell you what it’s all about.” Then a short lecture is given, with a Q and A afterwards. And — an important part of the charm offensive — generally some amazing Middle Eastern food is laid out to end the evening, leaving everyone sated and content.

The lecture generally begins with the declaration by the hosts that “Islam means peace,” and this is flatly false. Any Arabic speaker would know that Islam means “submission.”

But who would be impolite enough to take issue with a welcoming Muslim telling you that he believes Islam means peace? Probably, some guests may think there’s room for doubt in translation, but in any case, why would they cause a fuss already when they are all trying to get along?

Then it’s on to the Five Pillars of Islam, which are always given pride of place: the Shahada (profession of faith); Salat (the five canonical prayers); Zakat (the required charitable giving); Sawm (the fasting at Ramadan); and Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca that a believer should make, if he can afford it, at least once in his life).

The list is winningly exotic, great fun for the guests to take notes on — oh, but there’s no need, they’ve been given a sheet that lists all five and their supposedly authoritative definitions — and memorize. The Five Pillars may seem comforting, too, because they do sound familiar to Judeo-Christian guests: a profession of faith, prayers, fasting, charitable giving, pilgrimage.

Yet these presentations never inform the audience that the Five Pillars are not shared elements of the Abrahamic religions, but in fact radical departures.

For example: Salat, the five daily prayers, include the repeated recitation — 17 times a day — of a phrase condemning Jews and Christians from the Fatiha, the first sura of the Qur’an. The last two verses of the Fatiha ask Allah:

Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn thine anger nor of those who go astray.

According to virtually all Muslim Qur’anic commentary, including that deemed most authoritative both today and throughout Islamic history, those who “earn thine anger” are the Jews, and those who “go astray” are the Christians. These descriptions of the Jews and Christians appear elsewhere throughout the Qur’an, removing any doubt. In both cases they are to be avoided by Muslims; they are cursed people.

But what Muslim host will admit “we curse the infidels 17 times a day”? And what infidel guest who attends such an event will know enough about the Fatiha to ask about the matter?

Brigitte Gabriel tells you the truth about Islam:

Similarly, Zakat is described as the charitable giving required of Muslims, and this certainly puts Muslims in a good light. But what will not be explained is that charity is to be given only to fellow Muslims. These may include recent converts to Islam who may be wavering, and need a kind of bribe, in the form of zakat, to guarantee their continued allegiance. The infidel guests at these events will not be told any of this, and again, likely would not know to ask.

Then it’s on to the Qu’ran. The hosts will explain that “Muslims believe the Qur’an is the immutable word of God.” The “suras,” these are “our chapters,” and some of the titles of the 114 suras will be given — “The Cow,” “The Bee, “The Ornaments of Gold,” “The Small Kindness” — to amuse the infidel guests. It’s all so new and exotic! The Muslim hosts may mention that “just as you have Bible competitions, we have Qur’an competitions to see who has memorized all of the Qur’an; we call such a person a hafiz. We have contests to see who can recite the Qur’an most beautifully.” Continuing in this insubstantial vein, they may explain why Muslims treat the physical Qur’an with such respect. And why Muslims should ideally read the Qur’an in Arabic; how beautiful it sounds to those who know the language.

A lot of time is being used up, and the guests are under the illusion they are learning something of substance. They are not.

On to the Qur’an itself: Whatever other verses the Muslim hosts may choose to discuss, two that are almost certain to be mentioned are 2:256 and 5:32. Qur’an 2:256 states:

There is no compulsion in religion.

This seems unambiguous. But if we know just a little about Islam, which our Muslim hosts hope we do not, we may be aware that the penalty for apostasy in Islam is death. Could there be a more severe kind of “compulsion in religion”?

If we also know about the treatment of the dhimmi — a word that will never be brought up by the Muslim hosts — we will have a still more skeptical view of 2:256. An unbeliever has only three choices in a Muslim state, according to the Qur’an: to convert to Islam, to be killed, or to endure life as a dhimmi by paying a heavy tax called the jizyah and submitting to many other humiliations. This is, of course, as severe as “compulsion” gets. But most infidels would simply take Qur’an 2:256 at face value during these events.

The second verse that is certain to be quoted is 5:32:

[W]hoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

Well, that sounds like proof the “real,” peaceful Islam we’ve all been hearing about. But the Muslim hosts never get around to reading the very next sentence, 5:33, because all of this hinges on the word “innocent”:

The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after  corruption in the land  will be  that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.

Who “makes war upon Allah and His messenger”? Why, the infidels, of course. But who among the guests at these Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor nights will know enough to question this deceptive matter of quoting 5:32 without 5:33?

Just as there are a handful of verses sure to be quoted, there will be others left carefully alone. No Muslim at these Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor affairs wants you to know about Qur’an 9:29:

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (the Jews), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Nor will they want you to know about Qur’an 9:5:

Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

There are more than 100 other Jihad verses, similarly blood-curdling, including several that command believers to “strike terror” into the hearts of non-believers, which will also be left carefully unremarked.

And that’s not all that will be left out. What about Muhammad, the Perfect Man? What Muslim at these affairs will willingly discuss little Aisha, whom Muhammad married (and consummated the marriage) when she was nine and he was in his 50s? What Muslim will talk about how Muhammad had certain people who had mocked him assassinated (Asma bint Marwan, Abu ‘Afak, Ka’b ibn al-Ashraf)? What Muslim will want to talk about Muhammad as a slave-owner?

  • What Muslim will discuss Muhammad’s ordering and participating in the slaughter of 600-900 prisoners of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe?
  • What Muslim will talk about Muhammad’s raid on the Khaybar oasis, where he seized Safiyya after having killed her husband, father, and other relatives, and “married” her?
  • What Muslim will want to discuss Kinana, a Jewish man from Khaybar, tortured gruesomely on Muhammad’s express orders just to extract information about hidden treasure?
  • What Muslim would want to explain, given all that, that Muslims consider Muhammad to be “the Perfect Man” (al-insan al-kamil) and the “Model of Conduct” (uswa hasana)?

By all means, go to these events. Shunning them simply leaves the floor wide open for Muslim apologists and propagandists. You have a duty to inform your fellow infidels about all these misrepresentations and evasions.

Go prepared: learn about the Fatiha’s kuffar-cursing, about zakat, about the two Qur’anic verses you will definitely be force-fed, and about the “Jihad” verses that will be deliberately kept from you. Bring a dozen of the most disturbing verses on notecards, ready to be rattled off. Know the more piquant details of Muhammad’s life, beginning with little Aisha, that suggest Muhammad was not a “Model of Conduct.” Ask your host to comment on Aisha, or Asma bint Marwan, or the Banu Qurayza. Ask, as innocently as you can, why Qur’an 98:6 describes infidels as ‘the vilest of creatures.”

You can help undermine the meretricious farce of these Meet-Your-Muslim affairs. Even a little learning about the Qur’an and Muhammad can be, if you are rightly guided, a dangerous thing for your hosts and a service for your community. source


Lawsuit Threatens To Destroy The DNC For Election Rigging — “MSM Blackout” Ensues

05-21-2017 • DC Clothesline

“This seems like an important case,” attorney Cullin O’Brien implored the apathetic American corporate press, discussing a class-action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee with LifeZette this week, “as important as you can get.”

If you aren’t familiar with the lawsuit in question, blame the mainstream presstitutes — and the corporations responsible for their organizations — who are apparently otherwise preoccupied regurgitating unconfirmed, flimsy ‘reports’ from unnamed ‘officials’ declaring President Trump a de facto Enemy of the State for sharing classified information on Daesh with the Russians, just as his predecessor did, last year.

But the mainstream press has effected a “total blackout.”

To wit, Jared Beck, lead attorney in the case, lamented the “mainstream media blackout,” and told Redacted Tonight‘s Lee Camp the same outlets plastered headlines during the cases of OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, and George Zimmerman — a logical comparison, given the potential for suit to shred the Democrat establishment.

Attorneys for supporters of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election brought the class-action suit against former DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC over allegations of fraud — a case strongly supported in communications between the campaign of Hillary Clinton and officials with the Democrat organization.

Schultz stands accused, per the complaint, of “intentional, willful, wanton, and malicious” conduct for violating the DNC charter, whose Article 5, Section 4 states, the chair must “exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns.”

Fraud is only one example of the misbehaviors 150 donors to the DNC and Sanders campaign allege occurred throughout the election season — and attorneys say all the evidence necessary can be found in authenticated documents published by Wikileaks.

“We are bringing fraud claims on behalf of those who paid money to the Bernie Sanders campaign, believing that they were participating in a fair and impartial political process,” Beck told Camp. “And that turned out not to be the case as WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 documents show us beyond dispute.”

But the DNC bit back, pompously arguing its charter does not hold the weight of contractual obligation — thus, the organization remains unbeholden to follow its own rules.

“It’s not a situation where a promise has been made that is an enforceable promise,” contended Bruce Spiva, lawyer for the DNC, according to transcripts of court proceedings. “We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.'”

Spiva and other defense counsel justifying the astonishing scale of unethical behavior by Schultz and the DNC as adhering to the rules dismiss the gargantuan elephant in the room — legality in no way equates morality. Nor does proffering such an argument do anything to mend the deep and bitter ravine cleaved by the DNC for cold-shouldering millions of Bernie Sanders supporters when it instead proved obstinate fidelity to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

But the law might not stand with the DNC.

Parties to the lawsuit, LifeZette reports, “also accuse the DNC and its chairwoman, Wasserman Schultz, of negligent misrepresentation, violation of a local District of Columbia law, unjust enrichment, breachof fiduciary duty, and negligence for failing ‘to use and exercise reasonable and due care in obtaining, retaining and securing the personal and financial information provided to them’ by people who donated to the committee.”

On April 25, DNC attorneys filed a second motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is currently pending and is the last obstacle before the discovery process — when evidence, primarily from the private communications in documents and emails, will be presented.

Beck told the Redacted Tonight host, “There can be no reconciliation between the victim and the defendant — the perpetrator of frauds — until there has been justice. Honestly, if the Democratic party is seeking unity in a bona fide manner, then it also needs — I believe as part of that mission — has to come to terms with the fact that the people that we represent demand and need justice for what happened.”

Support, however, could be difficult to garner under the oppressive silence on the lawsuit — particularly as it extends well beyond traditional media.


John Podesta Received $35 Million from Russia While Advising Clinton and Obama

05-21-2017 • DC Closthesline

JOHN PODESTA, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON’S 2016 NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, MAY HAVE VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE THE RECEIPT OF 75,000 SHARES OF STOCK FROM A KREMLIN-FINANCED COMPANY WHEN HE JOINED THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE IN 2014.

The outlet also states that Podesta appears to be linked to a $35 million transaction between a Kremlin-funded company and a company he sat on the board of.

Making these claims is none other than Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer – the author of “Clinton Cash.”

Speaking on Fox & Friends, Schweizer said the following:

In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts. About two months after he joins the board of a Russian entity called Rusnano, puts a billion rubles which is about 35-million-dollars into John Podesta’s company.

Now, what is Rusnano? It’s not a private company. It is directly funded by the Kremlin. In fact, the Russian science minister called Rusnano Putin’s child.

So, you have the Russian government investing in one John Podesta’s business in 2011, while he is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

It gets deeper.

Schweizer went on to point out that Podesta went to the White House in 2013 “to be a special counselor to Barack Obama.”

He said:

That requires that you have financial disclosures every year. In his financial disclosure form in 2013, [Podesta] not only fails to disclose these 75,000 shares of stock that he has in Joule Energy which is funded in part by the Russian government.


Weekly Watchman for 05/19/2017

The Truth about American Christianity & Islam

Today’s guest is Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries. We discuss the president’s visit to the Middle East and what’s on the table as he meets with Israeli leaders as well and Palestinian Authority leaders. Will America still defend Israel if they are attacked? What about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? Does the Trump administration still oppose a two-state solution?

Where Christians and the American church are concerned, too many churches and leaders have backed away from preaching the hard truths of Scripture while many of us struggle with conforming to this world. Since the average believer has not been well equipped to do ministry and accurately handle God’s Word, what are some of the steps we can take to be more disciplined in prayer and Bible study so we can be effective and fruitful witnesses for Jesus Christ?

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National Security, Religious Freedom, and Biased Media

With terrorism on the rise, many Americans are naturally concerned with safety, wanting the federal government to inform us about hateful ideologies and protect us from terrorist organizations like ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. But safety usually comes with a potentially severe price: Freedom. It is a difficult balance to maintain maximum safety without government intrusion into privacy, freedom of speech, or other liberties our Constitution guarantees us as citizens.

Also, there is a potentially dangerous trend within our National Security Agencies to become political as we are witnessing holdover members of the Obama Administration leaking damaging innuendo or facts about the Trump Administration to the press. Few would argue the media doesn’t want to undermine the President’s agenda and see him fail.

Ryan Mauro is a national security expert withe The Clarion Project and a Shillman Fellow. He joins us to discuss President Trump’s trip to the Middle East this weekend, as well as the growth of terrorism and what can be legally done about it.

Next, David Fiorazo presents another Media Watch segment concerning what he calls hypocritical, irresponsible, malignant media bias, and we discuss the increasing discrimination against Christians and conservatives in America.

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God’s Perfect Timing in Christ, the Beginning and the End

If you have ever been disappointed with God, His answer to your prayers or His timing, then welcome to the overcrowded club! Maybe we can all learn something from these experiences. Slow down and trust in Jesus; love God and love your neighbor, submit to God’s sovereignty. Obey His commandments and walk by faith (not by sight) a day at a time.

While we were still sinners, Christ redeemed us at just the right time, forgave our sins, and will return to deliver us eternally. He’s got us covered past, present, and future!

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)

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Bright Light in the Midst of Great Darkness

Though you may not hear this in the news, Christians continue to be the most persecuted group around the world according to recent studies. Nearly 600 million believers were prevented from practicing their faith openly in 2016. Many are imprisoned or killed for their profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Are you and I prepared for increased discrimination and persecution here?

Today we are joined by Pastor Tom Doyle, who has spent 15 years as a Christian Missionary, and is VP and Middle East Director for e3 Partners based in Dallas, Texas. Tom has authored four books including his latest, Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times. Tom joins us to discuss how the gospel is being spread in the most dangerous places in the world.

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Does North Korea fit in Biblical Prophecy?

Understandably when most Christians consider biblical prophecy we look to Israel and the growing tension in the Middle East. And while many events in the Middle East seem to be lining up prophetically, are we over looking a tiny nation in Asia with nuclear weapons who is threatening to destroy America and plunge the world into global war? We’re talking of course about North Korea. At least one pastor and student of biblical prophecy thinks it is a mistake to discount North Korea’s influence on end times prophecy.

Pastor Carl Gallups, a best-selling author and radio show host joins us to take a world-wide view of biblical prophecy and the increasing tension in the world.

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Discrimination… to Persecution… to Martyrdom

First, a reality check. As Christians living in America, with the exception of a little discrimination, we are quite comfortable and surely not undergoing persecution (at least as many in the world are experiencing). What we see is increasing ridicule and hostility toward the gospel and true believers. But this mockery and discrimination has an historic pattern of leading to persecution and even martyrdom. We saw it in the early formation of The Soviet Empire and Communist China, where hundreds of thousands of Christians were murdered in the name of Communism. Biblical Christianity stands in direct contradiction to socialism, (the modern definition of) liberalism, Communism and totalitarian rule.

William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition joins us today as we look at several news stories of persecution of Christians around the world. We also look at stories here in the U.S. where ridicule and growing discrimination of Christians might well be leading our beloved nation to one day join the list of nations where Christians risk their lives for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Are Today’s Charismatic Manifestations of The Gifts Real?

In less than two minutes, this video demolishes the modern claims of manifestations of supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. Enjoy.

Which Bible Translation Is Most Accurate? (Video)

Todd Friel asks James White the question.


Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
5 signs your church might be heading toward progressive Christianity.
Don’t compromise creationism with any hint of secular science ideology.
Who are the real Pharisees?
What does the Bible teach about abortion?
The Bad:
Beth Moore continues her false teaching joining hands with other false teachers and heretics.  She has absolutely NO credibility.  And if that isn’t enough, she has another new book with more false teaching.
Another Catholic institution favors the LBGTQ crowd over true Christians.
The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel is a charismatic denomination founded by Aimee Semple McPherson, a woman of not only questionable doctrines but also of questionable character.  Perhaps members of this groups should think about whether they should be a part of such a church.  I’ve known members who are quite off base with some of their charismatic ideas.
The Ugly:
An example of all that is wrong with Michael Brown as a theologian/Christian teacher.  But it gets even worse.  Then his dishonesty raises up to protect himself from exposure.
Benny Hinn is NOT a real Christian, rather he is a wolf who has led millions of people astray.  This article is a good summation of why no one should be promoting him, appearing with him, following him in any way.
Steven Furtick has gone full-blown New Apostolic Reformation, joining lots of NAR heretics.

This Week in Calvinism – May 19, 2017

  • Mark Peterson takes issue with what he calls “careless Calvinism” in health care.
  • Chuck McKnight continues discussing the acronym WHEAT, which “parallels the TULIP of Calvinism, the DAISY of Arminianism, and the ROSES of Molinism.”
  • Limited (or definite) atonement is beautiful.
  • According to D. G. Hart, “At some point, even evangelicals will leave evangelicalism. [David] Gushee is only the most recent indication of evangelicalism’s hollow identity.”
  • D. A. Carson on why God demands worship.
  • Enter to win the The Gospel for Life book series.

Top Headlines – 5/20-21/2017

Palestinians protest throughout territories in ‘day of rage’

The six-day war: why Israel is still divided over its legacy 50 years on

Old City bathed in blue and white ahead of Jerusalem Day

Israel’s demographic future: Crowded and very religious

Bennett’s demands for peace negotiations

Trump peace initiative: Direct negotiations without stopping construction

Saudi King Tells Trump: Convinced You Can Make Progress Toward Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Warmth and scale of Trump-Saudi embrace could spell trouble for Netanyahu

Escaping troubles in DC, Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome

Trump receives Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor

‘Trump, servant of Allah’: How Saudis are viewing his visit

Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

Saudi King: Trump visit enhances global security, stability

US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 years

After Saudi arms deal, ministers fret about Israel’s military edge

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?

‘Drain The Swamp’: Saudi Foreign Minister Borrows Trump Slogan

In Saudi Arabia, Tillerson argues Iran is Trump’s top Gulf region concern

Iran’s President Rouhani secures second term in decisive win

After Rouhani re-election, expect hardliners to ‘settle scores’

Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West

Hezbollah leader praises ‘greatness’ of Iranians

NBA player claims passport revoked for criticizing Turkish president

Iraq’s special forces declare their Mosul mission complete

Two suicide car bombs kill 10 at Baghdad checkpoint – police, medics

Iraq: Suicide attack near oil-rich Basra kills at least 8

US pitches plan to Russia to avoid armed conflict in Syria

Assad Regime: U.S. Airstrikes on Infringing Syrian Militia Are ‘Government Terrorism’

ISIS Savages Dismember Children, Behead Women in Rampage in Central Syria

Bin Laden’s son poised to become Al Qaeda leader, letters seized in raid reportedly reveal

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase

North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear program as US increases pressure

Wives of Imprisoned Chinese Rights Activists Detail Their Husbands’ Torture, Persecution to Congress

China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say

As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff

Rogue Agent Scandal Clouds Efforts to Expand Border Patrol

Twitter leader laments role in Trump’s election

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash

Venezuela anti-government unrest marks 50th day with huge marches

Could microchip tagging help in daily life?

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Drought affects 1.4 million in Angola: UNICEF

This isn’t a cicada year, so why are they now showing up across the Mid-Atlantic?

1,000 in Romanian gay pride march amid moves to limit rights

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God

Embassy decision coming ‘after Trump visit,’ US official says

Top Fatah official: Time for two embassies in Jerusalem

Trump faces diplomatic hurdles during 28 hours in the Holy Land

What has changed that Israel went from ecstasy over Trump to near-mourning?

Settler leaders to greet Trump at airport, say settlements don’t block peace

Settler attacked by Palestinian rioters opens fire, kills 1 man, injures journalist

US Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Greater Oversight on European Antisemitism

Netanyahu Seeks ‘Dirty Harry’ Moment With Iran as Trump Arrives

Iran: Hassan Rouhani set for landslide in huge victory for reformists

Saudis eye Iran and ignore Trump’s temperament as red carpet rolled out

Trump lands in Saudi Arabia, opening first presidential trip abroad

Trump to tell Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists

UN counterterror chief: Europe faces return of ‘dangerous’ IS fighters

Turkish Passenger On American Airlines Flight Subdued After Trying To Breach Cockpit

Military jets scramble to escort Honolulu-bound American Airlines flight after cockpit incident

Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented

As Syria war enters new phase, U.S. looks to expand communications with Russia

Syrian peace talks break up after making only ‘incremental progress’

US jets attack Iran-backed militiamen in south-eastern Syria

Pentagon plans to ‘annihilate’ IS fighters

Attack on Libyan airbase by troops loyal to UN-backed faction kills 141

Opening First Foreign Trip, Donald Trump Tries to Leave Crisis Behind

Jeb Bush: I predicted Trump would be a ‘chaos president’

Networks: The White House Leaks We’re Receiving Are Aimed at Undermining the President

Donald Trump told Russian officials that firing ‘nut job’ Comey ‘eased pressure from investigation’

Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources

White House legal team said to be researching impeachment

Intel officials scoff at hype over Trump’s reported sharing of information with Russians

Russian officials ‘boasted of their ability to influence Trump through Flynn’

Rush Limbaugh says like Donald Trump, Barack Obama also meddled in an FBI investigation

Here Are 12 Times Liberal Democrats Refused To Impeach Barack Obama After He Broke The Law

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent Of Anti-Trump Media Bias

Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’

George Soros boosts another DA candidate, in Philadelphia race

Venezuela general orders snipers to prepare for clash with protesters

Venezuela: The incredible legacy of an experiment with socialism

Venezuelan president slams Trump after new sanctions

Venezuelan president to Trump: “Get your pig hands out of here”

‘The war has just begun’: Julian Assange defiant after Swedes drop investigation

Ecuador government asks UK to give Assange safe passage

North Korea says linking cyber attacks to Pyongyang is ‘ridiculous’

Victims Call Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Nears

AI can doctor videos to put words in the mouths of speakers

Court strikes down rule forcing toy drone users to register with govt

Worker’s Clothing Exposed to Radioactive Contamination at Hanford Nuclear Site

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Loay, Philippines

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near San Patricio, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bobon, Philippines

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,500ft

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Single mosquito bite might be enough to transmit multiple viruses, study finds

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children

Doctors worry as Texas lawmakers OK vaccine restrictions

CO man accused of removing a transgender woman’s testicles

‘I Have A Sickness:’ Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Teen Girl

Trump Signs $110 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

Posted: 20 May 2017 07:34 AM PDT

President Trump in Saudi Arabia on Saturday signed a nearly $110 billion arms deal to help the Persian Gulf ally with its military-defense system. “The…

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Barack Obama Talked Directly with Mark Zuckerberg About Facebook Concerns

Posted: 20 May 2017 07:29 AM PDT

Former president Barack Obama spoke directly with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the latter’s drafting of a 5,700-word manifesto outlining the company’s future goals. Obama…

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Tornado rips through Toluca, Mexico, damaging at least 25 homes

Posted: 20 May 2017 06:07 AM PDT

A damaging tornado ripped through northern parts of the city of Toluca, Mexico during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Toluca Mayor, Fernando…

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Actor Val Kilmer Says Faith in Love of Jesus Healed Him of Cancer

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Devout Christian Scientist and actor Val Kilmer is attributing his recent recovery from oral cancer to his faith in the love of Jesus.  Responding to…

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Grove City College Students and Faculty Furious Over Pending Mike Pence Visit

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:50 AM PDT

Days after Grove City College in Pennsylvania announced that Vice President Mike Pence would deliver the keynote address at their annual commencement to the largest graduating…

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Worker’s Clothing Exposed to Radioactive Contamination at Nuclear Site…

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:45 AM PDT

A worker’s clothing was exposed to radioactive contamination at a former nuclear-weapons production site in Washington state late Thursday, in what Gov. Jay Inslee called an…

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Instagram deemed worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal…

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White House Omits Golan, Judea and Samaria From Israel Map – Later Removed with no Explanation

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:33 AM PDT

The White House on Friday released a video detailing President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to the Middle East, but which omitted the Golan Heights, Judea…

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Students ‘Intimidated’ by ‘Masculine’ Wood Paneling in Academic Buildings

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:28 AM PDT

Students at the prestigious University of Michigan are claiming to be “intimidated” by the “masculine” wood paneling on the walls of academic buildings on campus….

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‘Kissing bug’ Disease More Deadly Than Previously Thought

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:24 AM PDT

The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs. Their name stems from the fact that they like biting…

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Out of the Tomb but still in the Grave Clothes

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:11 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how as believers we are raised from the dead by being born again through the Lord…

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Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

Posted: 19 May 2017 04:59 PM PDT

The Senate Intelligence Committee said ousted FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session. The committee said in a late Friday…

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UNRAVELING: Trump Officials Accuse President Of Looking More and More Like a Complete Moron’

Posted: 19 May 2017 04:56 PM PDT

Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI director James Comey in…

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School Suddenly Finds Itself Covered In Dead Fish In Middle Of The Day – And No One Knows Why

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:30 PM PDT

Something fishy happened this week at Stanford Avenue Elementary School in Oroville.  A typical Tuesday took a turn for the weird just before noon when…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US Warns Kim Jong-Un Military Conflict Would Be Devastating

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:16 PM PDT

North Korea has been warned US military intervention would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” amid fears of WW3. As tensions escalate on the Korean…

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These 12 Teachings Are Poison to the Body of Christ

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:08 PM PDT

(By Joseph Mattera) I have heard it said “balance is the key to life.” I agree with that statement, as I have found that any…

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NYT Reports Trump Bragged to Russians about firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:52 PM PDT

ATTENTION: The following report is from the New York Times and is not a personal reflection or opinion of ETH President Donald Trump bragged to…

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5-year-old Walks Two Blocks in Dark to Save Parents Lives After Overdose

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:44 PM PDT

Ohio police are crediting a five-year-old boy with saving his parent’s lives after they overdosed on heroin. On Thursday, the brave child walked about two…

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Russia attempted to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:36 PM PDT

Russia tried to gain access to the Twitter accounts of Defense Department officials using messages carrying malware, according to Time magazine.  Russia is said to have sent…

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Sheriff ordered to remove “Blessed are the Peacemakers” decals

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:30 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) The peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia. The sheriff was ordered on May 17 to remove…

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LIVE Prayer Session

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:25 PM PDT

In this segment, we take the time to thank many of our Ministry partners and supporters as well as Pray for many of the needs…

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Massive sandstorm shuts down airport and streets in Eilat, Israel

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:20 PM PDT

A huge and unexpected sandstorm engulfed Eilat, shutting down the airport on May 18, 2017.  The main roads leading into Red Sea resort also closed…

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Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:16 PM PDT

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation. Next up could be jobs at your local stores. Between 6 million to 7.5…

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Alaskan Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Criminalize Abortion as Murder

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:12 PM PDT

An Alaskan lawmaker has proposed a bill that would abolish abortion in the state and criminalize the act as murder.  Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, recently…

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Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:07 PM PDT

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” That’s the question a man dressed as a woman recently asked children attending “Drag…

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ICE Agents Caught Staking Out Church During Services…

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:01 PM PDT

Fears of deportation have placed a cloud over a Sacramento church.  The Del Paso church  La Vida serves as a sanctuary for the local Hispanic…

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Alarming Number of Churches Could Face Extinction Under ‘Mafia State’

Posted: 19 May 2017 11:58 AM PDT

The influential South African Council of Churches has warned corruption is turning South Africa into a “mafia state” under a government that intimidates whistleblowers, local media…

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NYT Warns Of Global Warming Floods Of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:37 AM PDT

The New York Times has taken warnings about global warming to a whole new level, publishing a three-part series suggesting a “potential apocalypse” from melting…

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Secular Group Forces Michigan School District to End Students’ Off Campus Bible Study

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:23 AM PDT

A school district in Michigan has canceled a Bible course offered at a church during students’ lunchtime hour, prompting outcry from local parents.  Fremont Public…

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Foreign-born workers now account for 17 percent of U.S. labor force

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:19 AM PDT

Immigrants represent a steadily growing share of the American workforce, a trend that could be interrupted by U.S. efforts to overhaul immigration policy. The number…

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Russia is Buying up more of America’s Debt.

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:15 AM PDT

In March, the country bought $13.5 billion of US government bonds — better known as “Treasury securities.” Russia’s total holdings of US debt have now…

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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea fires Ballistic Missile

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:11 AM PDT

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from an area near Pukchang, according to the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The missile flew…

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Single mosquito bite might be enough to transmit multiple viruses

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:39 PM PDT

Mosquito bites aren’t just a nuisance but can be a serious public health threat as seen during the mosquito-borne Zika outbreak that spread through much…

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Texas Pastors Getting ‘Sermon Protection Act’

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:07 PM PDT

Three years ago, Christian pastors in Houston were in a pitched battle with their mayor, lesbian Annise Parker, who had forced her “open bathrooms” agenda…

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One Thousand in “Gay Pride” March In Romanian capital of Bucharest

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:02 PM PDT

Some 1,000 people joined a gay pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest Saturday, demanding greater rights amid government moves they say will curtail…

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Number of young girls admitted to hospital for self-harming quadruples in last five years

Posted: 20 May 2017 04:11 PM PDT

The number of girls aged 12 and below hospitalized for self-harming has increased almost fourfold in the last five years – with cases of cutting…

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Planned Parenthood Clinics Closing Rapidly

Posted: 20 May 2017 04:04 PM PDT

Despite increases in taxpayer funding and donations from celebrities, Planned Parenthood facilities are closing rapidly throughout the country due to financial problems. Three of the…

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Trump shakes hands with Saudi leader, Doesn’t bow as Obama appeared to do

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:55 PM PDT

President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President Barack Obama appeared to do — a…

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3 Warning Signs You’re Under Fiendish Spiritual Attack

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:41 PM PDT

(By Dr. Carol Peters Tanksley) Do you ever find yourself trudging along as if in a fog? Something’s off and you can’t nail it down….

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Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded After Permafrost Melts

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:28 PM PDT

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But…

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‘I Can’t Take Christ Off Like a Sweater,’ Says Christian Woman Penalized for Religious Beliefs

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:21 PM PDT

A number of American Christian business owners and professionals have spoken out about their need for religious freedom and to be protected from LGBT discrimination…

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Is Trump About to Unveil a New Mideast Peace Plan?

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:13 PM PDT

US President Donald Trump will soon announce a political initiative that will have Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) conducting direct negotiations for a period…

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Christian Astrophysicist Discovers New Planet Size of Seven Earths Using Kepler Spacecraft Data

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:54 PM PDT

Using data from the Kepler spacecraft, a Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet the size of seven Earths orbiting the star KPLR 7826659. Dr….

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Quarter Of Americans Can’t Pay Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400…

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:48 PM PDT

There was some good news and some not so good news in the Fed’s latest annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households.  First…

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Trump Orders Pentagon to “Annihilate” the Islamic State

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:42 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to “annihilate” the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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

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Donald Trump departs Friday for his first foreign trip as president with his White House engulfed in crisis and little prospect for a break from the drama disrupting his agenda. His eight-day odyssey across the Mideast and Europe is packed with crucial sit-downs with key allies. Saudi King Salman. Pope Francis. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron. Yet each of those meetings will be shadowed by Trump’s firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

Iranians began voting Friday in a presidential election that will either hand Hassan Rouhani a second term to pursue his engagement with the world economy, or see control of the nation’s top elected office lurch back to conservatives whose antagonism to the West left Iran isolated.

President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator came out of the gate sounding like he wants to fine-tune the North American Free Trade Agreement, not blow it up as some feared.

President Donald Trump labeled Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic turmoil “a disgrace to humanity,” as the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on members of the crisis-torn country’s Supreme Court.

Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets intercepted an American military aircraft over the East China Sea on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Air Force. “The interaction was considered unprofessional due to the maneuvers of the Chinese pilots and the speed.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said breaking up the biggest banks would be a “huge mistake,” easing concerns that the Trump administration plans a major revamp of Wall Street.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange moved closer to freedom Friday after Swedish prosecutors moved to drop a rape investigation against him, leaving the door open for him to emerge from his self-imposed exile in a London embassy.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting an auction record for American artists and providing a windfall for the daughter of two collectors who purchased it for $19,000 in 1984.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government who had moved against U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. According to multiple reports, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman has emerged as the leading candidate for the position.

Special counsels like the one named Wednesday to oversee the probe into Russia’s alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular American investigators. This time it is former FBI director Robert Mueller who will take over the probe into the meddling as well as whether President Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow to tilt the election his way. The stakes are huge.

After increasing for 11 straight quarters, aggregate household debt toppled the previous peak in 2008, reaching a total of $12.73 trillion in the first three months of 2017. But a report also harbored a real cause for concern, specifically for millennials. While aggregate student loan debt only made up 11 percent of the total – compared to mortgages, with 68 percent of household debt – the average delinquency rate for student loans has shot above all other forms of debt in recent years, and stayed there, according to the Fed report.

The Guardian reported worker conditions at Tesla factories are so bad people have reportedly passed out to meet production demands while others received life-changing injuries.

After a seemingly healthy 16-year-old South Carolina boy died from drinking a series of caffeinated beverages last month, parents are being warned about the dangers of drinking excessive amounts of caffeine in popular coffee beverages and energy drinks.

Mobs looted shops and fought security forces overnight in Venezuela’s restive western region, where three soldiers were being charged on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a man who was buying diapers for his baby, witnesses said.

Carson Huey-You graduated high school at the young age of 10, started attending Texas Christian University when he was 11, and received his bachelor’s degree in physics on May 6. Carson became the youngest person ever to graduate from the university.

Two research teams have managed to create blood stem cells in the lab, with each using different techniques. Both papers detailing these efforts were published in the journal Nature.

The type of hackers who recently hijacked 300,000 computers in 150 countries with the so-called WannaCry ransomware have an inherent advantage against law enforcement agencies. “The bad guys have no rules to be governed by. The good guys have to follow a process while conducting these investigations, so [the hackers] tend to be a little ahead.”

BBC

Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help.

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply. Methane hydrates, also called “flammable ice”, hold vast reserves of natural gas.

Japan’s government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate. But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.

WND

Federal and local law enforcement officers conducted 50 simultaneous raids in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, taking down almost two dozen “high-ranking” suspected leaders of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, along with numerous Mexican Mafia leaders, in what is being described as the “largest gang raid in Los Angeles history.”

Hebrew University will not play Israel’s national anthem at a graduation ceremony, saying it does not want to offend the university’s Arab students.


The Briefing 05-19-17

Political game changer? DOJ appoints former FBI Dir. Robert Mueller as special counsel in Russia probe

Roger Ailes, Fox News founder who toppled the liberal media monopoly, dies at 77

Lay off the avocado toast: Why is financial prudence a controversial message these days?

Friday Book Recommendation: “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” by Peter Frankopan

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Top News – 5/19/2017

Major Demographic Shifts Indicate Israel Will Soon Redivide Into 12 Tribes
As Israel’s population increases, manifesting God’s promise to Abraham, the scales are tipping and very soon the majority of the world’s Jews will be living in Israel. Not only does this in itself fulfill prophecy, it will bring about the conditions that Jewish law states are the prophesied Third Inheritance of Israel, creating a new, end-of-days reality in the Holy Land.

French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files
French researchers said on Friday they have found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers first infected a week ago.

Saudi Arabia ‘Strongly Supports’ Trump Policy on PA Peace, Iran Deterrence, ISIS
Prince Al-Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom supports the role of Washington in the fight against ISIS, and noted his country’s satisfaction that “President Trump was clear in calling for Iran to comply with UN resolutions.”

Feinstein Says There’s Still No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Camp and Russia
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she had seen no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Israeli President: Christians Are Our brothers
Israel President Reuven Rivlin said during a meeting with church leaders in Jerusalem that Christians and Jews are “brothers.” Rivlin invited the heads of the various churches in Jerusalem to his official residence on the occasion of Easter.

White House map of Israel nixes post-67 lines
The White House on Friday published a map of Israel at the pre-1967 lines in the latest in a series of mishaps that has marred US President Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel. The 54 second video called “Photos Abroad” promotes Trump’s five stop trip in eight day. A red line set to upbeat music shows how Trump will travel from Washington to Saudi Arabia and on to Israel.

Iran’s re-engagement with the world at stake in Friday presidential vote
Iranians vote for president Friday in a contest likely to determine whether Tehran’s re-engagement with the world stalls or quickens, although whatever the outcome no change is expected to its revolutionary system of conservative clerical rule. Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, remains the narrow favorite, but hardline rivals have hammered him over his failure to boost an economy weakened by decades of sanctions.

Embassy decision coming ‘after Trump visit,’ US official says
US President Donald Trump will decide whether to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after visiting the region next week, and based in part on what he learns on the ground, a US official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The official spoke on the matter one day after Bloomberg reported that Trump had already decided against the move.

UN counterterror chief: Europe faces return of ‘dangerous’ IS fighters
Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism agency said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters following meetings with EU officials, Jean-Paul Laborde said several European countries estimate that the rates of fighters returning from conflict zones has increased by one-third over the past year.

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says
Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a mission to detect radiation in international airspace over the East China Sea.

Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces
Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf.

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic State, was “definitely” supporting the YPG in Syria and the separatist PKK. The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules
The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a “net neutrality” order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment.

House May Need to Vote Again on GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill
House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects.

US aircraft strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria
A U.S. aircraft conducted an airstrike Thursday on a pro-Assad regime militia convoy that appeared to be moving on a U.S. coalition training base in southeastern Syria, according to a U.S. official. A tank and several other vehicles were destroyed in the airstrike after the convoy ignored repeated warnings.

Net Neutrality Supporters Want to ‘Ban Drudge’
Alt-left advocates for net neutrality, who say they want a “free and open internet,” want to ban the Drudge Report.Members of the alt-left who have been tied to violent protests in the past picketed outside the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday in protest of Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse net neutrality rules. The FCC will vote to undue the Obama era Title II rule that classified Internet service providers as utilities, subjecting them to more federal regulation.

25 ‘impeachable’ Obama scandals far more serious than Comey firing
Ex-president racked up BIG LIST of outrageous abuses of executive power

HAPPENING NOW! LGBT Curriculum And Gender Neutral Uniforms Already ADOPTED By 120 Schools Is this what we can expect to be happening in America soon? There was a time when one would think this could never come to pass….well it has, and it’s catching fire. Already now, 120 school has adopted this program. You’re not going to believe what it all entails either…

Democrats Want To Make It Harder To Remove Regulations
Trump has repealed 14 Obama regulations, and that’s too fast for Dems

Trump Under Siege: More than 60 Percent of NSC Employees Placed by Obama
A White House source estimates more than 60 percent of employees at the National Security Council are not Trump administration appointees, but career officials who were appointed to the White House from other agencies under the Obama administration. The source said there are “whole departments” at the NSC with only one Trump appointee.

We Asked These Dems Why Obama Offering Intel To Russia Was OK
House Democrats had no concerns about President Barack Obama offering to share intelligence about Syria with Russia last June because that decision “was made as a product of consultation between the president and the intelligence community,” a top Democrat said Wednesday.


NYC, San Francisco Public Libraries Host Monthly ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Kids

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?”

The Associated Press released video footage from inside a Brooklyn public library as it hosts Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, something that has been scheduled every month since last fall.

The children sit around as a man who calls his alter-ego Lil’ Miss Hot Mess reads them stories and leads them in sing-alongs about drag queens.

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West Coast Seismic Alert: 2 Alaskan Volcanoes Erupt As Earthquake Swarms At Mount St. Helens Raise Concerns

Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that runs down the west coast of the United States, and all of the seismic activity that has been taking place in the region has many concerned about what may happen next.  Earlier this month, I wrote about how 45 earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater hit Alaska in just one 24 hour period.  This week, it is volcanic activity that is raising concerns.  The earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens are making headlines all over the globe, and on Tuesday two major volcanoes in Alaska suddenly erupted on the exact same day(Read More…)



May 18, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Years ago, I agreed to be interviewed for a film which was included in an exhibit for the national museum in Washington, D.C. known as the Newseum. It was on the use of anonymous sources. In the film, which is still playing, I cautioned about their use, saying that they can be inaccurate or even non-existent, and that they reduce trust in the news media…. (more)

May 18, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A recent National Review article asked, “How Do You Keep False Information Away from the President?” Unfortunately, another article on the same site by editor Rich Lowry, a Fox News commentator, began by quoting from the Washington Post, but added the qualifier, “if true.”… (more)

May 18, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations that Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election, giving Mueller sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered in the probe…. (more)


May 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last year to clear Hillary Clinton of gross negligence in handling classified information was met with so much frustration within the FBI that Comey felt compelled to put out a bureau-wide memo to employees defending his actions…. (more)

May 18, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Democrats, media figures and even some Republicans suggest President Trump’s alleged request for former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn amounts to obstruction of justice, but a former federal prosecutor says what we know thus far does not rise to that level and is no different than Barack Obama’s efforts to exonerate Hillary Clinton…. (more)


May 18, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Mueller will investigate ‘any links and/or coordination’ between Russia and Donald Trump. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as “special counsel” for purposes of the so-called Russia investigation underscores a point I have made through the years, whenever the subject of special prosecutors or independent counsels rears its head…. (more)


May 18, 2017
BYRON YORK — Ten months into the FBI’s investigation of the Trump-Russia affair, and four months into a bipartisan probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has decided to appoint a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to investigate the case. Here are several reasons why it is a bad move:… (more)

May 18, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Republicans are withholding their judgment on whether President Trump sought to obstruct justice by firing FBI Director James Comey until they hear directly from Comey, and are most ignoring efforts by Democrats to label Trump “guilty” until then…. (more)

May 18, 2017
BOB UNRUH — WND reported last month when Dr. James Dobson, the pioneering radio voice of Christian and family values for tens of millions through Focus on the Family and now Family Talk, called for his supporters to flood the telephones lines of two U.S. lawmakers and the secretary of defense to protest plans to impose the military draft on women…. (more)

May 17, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Only a day after the White House was put on the defensive by a Washington Post report based on a leak from an unnamed source, the New York Times joined the chorus. The Times reported Tuesday that Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to “let go” of the investigation of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn…. (more)


May 17, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, threatened to use his subpoena power to obtain a memo from former FBI Director James Comey that said President Trump pressured him to drop a probe into ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn…. (more)

May 17, 2017
GARTH KANT — It’s the story no one want to touch because it is so potentially explosive. And it’s the murder mystery that could throw a wrench into the narrative that Russia hacked the Democratic Party’s emails during the 2016 presidential election in order to influence the presidential election. WND made numerous inquiries to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, to the White House, Washington police and others, but received scant comment…. (more)

May 17, 2017
ALICIA POWE — A top Democratic National Committee official has contacted Washington, D.C., police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich demanding to know why a homicide detective is examining the unsolved case, a private investigator told WND Tuesday…. (more)

May 17, 2017
GARTH KANT — On the heels of a bombshell revelation that indicated it might have been a Democratic staffer rather than the Russians who hacked the party’s emails, a top investigative reporter is even more puzzled by the FBI’s curious lack of curiosity in perhaps the prime piece of evidence…. (more)

May 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox Business Monday that the late Justice Antonin Scalia told him “that he often thought that the court was being surveilled” roughly four or five years ago…. (more)


May 16, 2017
FOX5 DC — It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now. Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC…. (more)


May 15, 2017
ART MOORE — Robert Spencer, known for his exposure of the role of Islamic theology in global jihad, says he was poisoned by a leftist in Iceland who recognized him at a restaurant after he had given a speech in the island nation’s capital…. (more)


May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration announced a massive expansion Monday of the pro-life Mexico City Policy, issuing guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion. Originally a ban covering roughly $600 million in family planning money, the Trump policy now applies to all international health care aid doled out by the U.S. government – – nearly $9 billion…. (more)


May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Obamacare’s small business outreach has been such a flop that the Trump administration announced Monday it was nixing part of the federal HealthCare.gov website aimed at helping those companies enroll in the health law. The companies will still be able to get tax credits to help offer plans to their employees, but won’t be able to use the website to enroll their employees…. (more)

May 15, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — If you’re a Democrat, lost in a restoration fantasy of taking over the Congress next year, now is the time to dream big. Reality, with its talent for smashing the fanciful, will arrive soon enough. Democratic pundits, trying to cheer up a home team that needs a lot of cheering up, have begun talking up “the wave,” a mysterious gathering storm of public opinion that sweeps everything before it into the Sea of Oblivion. Waves don’t happen often; the last one swept dozens of Democratic incumbents and others out to sea in 2010, when the Republicans gained a stunning 63 seats…. (more)

May 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Petitions and boycotts against ABC are building after the network unexpectedly canceled its hit “Last Man Standing,” a move critics believe was prompted by star Tim Allen’s outspoken conservative politics and support for President Trump…. (more)

May 15, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who was confirmed by a 96 to 4 vote in the Senate on April 25, wrote the letter recommending that Comey should be fired: ‘The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,’ wrote Rosenstein.”… (more)


May 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Changing academia has been much more difficult than changing the media. However, there is hope: President Donald Trump has asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to head a White House task force on reforming the U.S. higher education system…. (more)

May 15, 2017
BYRON YORK — Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump affair have multiplied in the days since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Almost invariably, Democrats and others calling for a prosecutor say such a step is needed to “get to the bottom” of the matter…. (more)


May 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 19, 2017

Impeachment: Delusional Dems Don’t Have a Case

Democrats have tried for a long time to destroy Donald Trump, and rumblings of impeachment are just the latest proof.

The Foundation

“[M]an is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 19

  • Dollar remains weak as beating eases for global stocks (Read More); Global Stocks Edge Higher as Commodity Prices Rise (Read More)
  • Trump Mideast Trip Aims to Bolster Ties, Shift U.S. Spotlight (Read More)
  • Trump Heads Abroad With White House in Crisis (Read More)
  • Russia Probe Heats Up as Trump Tries to Limit Damage (Read More)
  • Iranians queue up to vote in fiercely-contested presidential election (Read More)
  • Iran’s Presidential Election Exposes Family Divides (Read More)
  • Saudis Turn to Trump for Cash (Read More)
  • Kremlin Grows Anxious Over Trump White House (Read More)
  • Oil heads for second week of gains as output cut extension expected (Read More)
  • Trump Aims to Balance Budget With Deep Cuts, Bullish Forecasts (Read More)
  • Full tanks and tankers: a stubborn oil glut despite OPEC cuts (Read More)
  • Uber Threatens to Fire Self-Driving Car Executive (Read More)
  • Chaffetz Will Resign, Raising Doubts About Trump Probe (Read More)
  • U.S. air strike in Syria hit ‘military point’, caused deaths: Syrian military source on state media (Read More)
  • As Allegations Swirl Around SoftBank, It Calls Them ‘Sabotage’ (Read More)
  • BofA opens debate on lowering mortgage down payments (Read More)
  • Risky and Complex U.S. Loan Wagers Are Hot in Low-Yield Asia (Read More)
  • The Giddy Messages Citi Traders Sent While Lehman Died (Read More)
  • French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files (Read More)
  • Supermarkets and large chain retailers in NYC will soon be required to post calorie counts for prepared foods (Read More)
  • Americans Die When They Have to Work at Being Healthy (Read More)
  • China issues draft rules cleaning up property sales and rental market (Read More)

 This ‘n’ That

  • Hey, that’s the same way I would answer that question!
  • I used to work at J.Crew. Now you know.
  • No, just…no. Seriously, no. Never. Don’t. Men, please…don’t. I mean it. No.
  • Disciples are made and strengthened through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
  • I wrote this research article about contemplative prayer back in 2012, but I think it’s still a helpful resource today.
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress, and I think I may pick it up again. This looks like an interesting version, but realistically, you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.
  • I had spaghetti for dinner last night and, as often happens, I thought of this.
  • The Church and her message:

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Top Headlines – 5/19/2017

Trump told Abbas he’ll be able to reach a deal within a year, says Palestinian minister

White House official: No Trump-Netanyahu-Abbas meeting planned for visit

Egypt’s Sisi: Trump vital to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Pro-Israel US right starting to feel unease with Trump

White house twitter video showing Trumps Middle East tour shows map of Israel without the Golan Heights, the West Bank, or Gaza

Religious Zionists of America: ‘If there’s anything that unites, it’s Jerusalem’

Palestinians to ask Trump for economic stimulus package

Israeli Fires on Palestinian Protesters in the West Bank, Killing One

Gazan woman charged with smuggling explosives as cancer medicine

NY court drops suit against Facebook over Palestinian incitement

ADL survey: Anti-Semitism down in France, UK, Germany

Ukraine urged to act against general who threatened to ‘destroy Jews’

Like Israeli counterparts, US spymasters ‘frustrated’ by Trump leak

Saudis Have a Red Carpet Ready for Trump, and a Steep Wish-List

US aircraft strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

U.S. Airstrikes Hit Syrian Military Vehicles for Violating ‘De-Confliction Zone’

ISIS Video Shows New Weapons, ‘American’ Urging Attacks in U.S.

With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

Polls open in first Iran presidential vote since atomic deal

Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

Flashback: Special Counsel Mueller Conspired With Radical Islamic Groups During FBI Tenure

Trump erupts on Twitter, blasts special counsel probe as outrageous ‘witch hunt’

Trump denies Comey allegations, collusion with Russia

Trump: special counsel appointment ‘hurts our country terribly’

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump

We Asked These Dems Why Obama Offering Intel To Russia Was OK

25 ‘impeachable’ Obama scandals far more serious than Comey firing

Joe Lieberman emerges as Trump’s top choice for FBI director

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency

FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules

One Dead and 22 Injured as Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Times Square

Suspect in Deadly Times Square Crash Said Voices Told Him to Hurt People, Sources Say

Declassified Nuclear Data Links Space Weather To Human Activity

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amukta Island, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Punta, Argentina

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 29,000ft

Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Euador erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Decades after catastrophic 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens is ‘recharging’

Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is beginning to turn green

Lyme Disease on Rise Amid Diagnosis, Treatment Controversy

House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill

Ex-Secret Service Officer Gets 20 Years for Sexting Teens From White House

Franklin Graham: Christians under attack, should engage in politics

New Study Suggests Over 25% of Americans May Be Atheists

Mike Ratliff – Deception is rooted in unbelief

Demonic Yeast Infections – Katie Souza received a revelation that playing slot machines and video games could cause you to contract a demonic yeast infection

Calvary Chapel Pastor Brian Brodersen Now Promoting Contemplative Mysticism?

Hillsong cult announces a second church take-over in Norway

Crosspoint Church pastor suffers life-threatening injuries in hit-and-run

Actor Val Kilmer Credits Faith in Jesus, Christian Science Beliefs For Healing From Cancer

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

US prepares for drills with TWO giant aircraft carriers on Kim Jong-un’s doorstep

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:24 AM PDT

US forces have deployed another massive aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula to front up against tyrant Kim Jong-un. USS Ronald Reagan, which holds 4,500…

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Christian Station “Pure Flix” Makes Offer for “Last Man Standing”

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:14 AM PDT

There’s a petition going around to ‘save’ Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ program on ABC.  So far, there are a whopping 355,000 names on the list of…

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CANCER FREE! Christian Musician and Actor Carman Gets a Good Report

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:07 AM PDT

Carman Licciardello’s prayers, and those of his fans, have been answered!  The famed Christian musician’s biopsy for a recently developed tumor was benign. “Yes it…

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Did We Just Witness Dwayne Johnson’s ( The Rock) 2020 Presidential Campaign Launched On Tonight Show?

Posted: 19 May 2017 06:03 AM PDT

Sure, Dwayne Johnson was on The Tonight Show last night to promote the upcoming and deeply necessary Baywatch movie, but everyone in attendance knew why…

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Russia’s ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

A trio of mysterious Russian government satellites startled space experts when, shortly after blasting into low orbit between 2013 and 2015, they began dramatically changing…

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New Orleans To Remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:51 AM PDT

The city of New Orleans is set to remove its fourth and final Confederate-era monument. Unlike the first three statues, the monument to Gen. Robert…

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Ransomware Is Tip Of The Iceberg: America’s Infrastructure At Risk

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

The Ransomware that began spreading across the globe on Friday is still going with more computers reportedly being affected today by new variants of the…

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DECLINE OF AMERICA: Number of Atheists in US Rising at Alarming Rate

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:37 AM PDT

After signing an executive order earlier this month that seeks to relax restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt churches, President Trump said the order…

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Russian Foreign Ministry Deems US-led coalition strike against Syrian forces ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:29 AM PDT

The US-led coalition strike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov…

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Activists Organizing Nationwide Impeachment Marches

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:22 AM PDT

Liberal activists are ramping up the pressure on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.  The increased pressure comes as the White House has been hit with a series of…

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West Coast Seismic Activity Raise Concerns Of Larger Event

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:15 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that…

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Judge allows first transgender person to sue under disability law…

Posted: 18 May 2017 08:00 PM PDT

A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that a transgender woman could move forward with a sex discrimination lawsuit against her employer under the Americans with…

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Two Chinese military aircraft intercept U.S. plane…

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:56 PM PDT

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. “sniffer” plane over the East China Sea, two U.S. military officials told NBC News on Thursday. The WC-135…

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New Orleans Mayor: Another Civil War Monument Removal Helps ‘Stand Up to Hate’

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:51 PM PDT

Upon taking down the third Civil War-era monument, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the process of removing four historical was necessary to “stand up…

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5 Critical Steps to Safely Handling a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:57 PM PDT

(By Anna M. Aquino) Fairly recently I dealt with a wolf in sheep’s clothing issue that was complicated and difficult. It amazes me that as…

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Routine Police Check In Minnesota Results In Men Caught with ‘Bomb-Making Devices’

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:51 PM PDT

A routine police check in Minnesota resulted in the arrest of two Muslim men on charges they were driving around with an arsenal of weapons…

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UPDATE: Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:45 PM PDT

A Cuban pastor has been sentenced to one year in prison for homeschooling his children, and his wife has been ordered to spend a year…

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ISIS Video Shows New Weapons, ‘American’ Urging Attacks in U.S.

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

ISIS has released a new video featuring a purportedly American fighter calling for attacks in the U.S. and footage of new weapons the terrorists have…

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2 Alaska Volcanoes Erupt Hours Apart

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:35 PM PDT

An eruption at Bogoslof volcano – one of two to erupt in the Aleutian Islands Tuesday – is its first after more than two months…

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UPDATE: Missouri school superintendent apologizes after commencement prayer spurs backlash

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:27 PM PDT

A Missouri schools superintendent has apologized after a prayer he recited during a commencement speech Saturday sparked criticism.  “If my behavior was offensive to anyone…

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Trump claims he will strengthen America’s alliance with Israel

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:21 PM PDT

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized the US media’s handling of his visit to Israel next week.  “There is no politician in history ……

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The One-World Marxist Government Is on the Rise

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:15 PM PDT

If the Marxist one-world government eliminates President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence is next in line. But the enemy hates him, Lt. Gen. Jerry…

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Net Neutrality Supporters Want To ‘Ban DRUDGE’…

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Alt-left advocates for net neutrality, who say they want a “free and open internet,” want to ban the Drudge Report. Members of the alt-left who…

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Rubio Sponsors Senate Bill Affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Posted: 18 May 2017 12:01 PM PDT

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and three other Republican senators sponsored a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Rubio, who introduced the Jerusalem Embassy…

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U.S. military launches fresh air strikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria

Posted: 18 May 2017 11:17 AM PDT

The U.S. military launched fresh air strikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria, officials told Fox News Thursday. The American strikes were the first against Assad…

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New Zealand in store for Mega-Quake as fault lines collide

Posted: 18 May 2017 11:13 AM PDT

New Zealand could be in store for a devastating earthquake in the coming years with two fault zones set to collide.  The Oceanic country is…

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DEVELOPING: Major severe weather outbreak across parts of the southern and central Plains

Posted: 18 May 2017 11:06 AM PDT

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across parts of the southern and central Plains Thursday afternoon (local time, May 18, 2017) and Thursday evening…

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Trump Cancels Visit to Ancient Masada Site after Israel Refuses Helicopter Landing

Posted: 18 May 2017 11:02 AM PDT

President Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit and speech at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel after authorities told him that he…

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Is James Comey is Trying to ‘Take Down’ President Trump?

Posted: 18 May 2017 10:57 AM PDT

There is a perception, particularly in Washington, D.C., that former FBI Director James Comey was a man whose moral and ethical compasses were beyond reproach….

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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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May 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Roger Ailes, a former U.S. presidential adviser who started the Fox News Channel to promote a Republican agenda and built it into the most-watched U.S. cable news network before resigning amid sexual harassment allegations, has died. He was 77.

The U.S. Trade Representative office has indicated to lawmakers that it will officially inform Congress on Thursday about its intention to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, according two people familiar with the plans.

Brazil was plunged back into a political crisis reminiscent of last year’s impeachment saga following reports that President Michel Temer was embroiled in an alleged cover-up scheme involving the jailed former speaker of the lower house of Congress.

The United Nations Security Council held consultations on the political turmoil in Venezuela that has left at least 43 dead as U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the global body to focus on the crisis before it escalates further.

U.S. anti-terrorism officials met for four hours Wednesday in Brussels with their European counterparts who are resisting a proposed expansion of a laptop ban in airline passenger cabins. U.S. officials called the threat critical but stopped short of any new action.

Turkey called on President Donald Trump to get rid of Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to counter Islamic State, over his backing for Kurdish groups it views as its top national security threat.

The U.S. imposed new measures aimed at punishing Iran for developing ballistic missiles while continuing to suspend sanctions linked to its nuclear program, in a reflection of the Trump administration’s difficult balancing act toward the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia is putting on a show for Donald Trump on his first overseas trip as U.S. president. Muslim leaders will assemble in Riyadh, and there’ll be an exhibition of classic American cars as well as sports matches and concerts. An online clock counts down the seconds until the big day.

The world’s richest people lost $35 billion Wednesday when global equity markets were rocked by political turmoil in the U.S., according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The U.K. may have to pay as little as $6.5 billion or no more than 30 billion pounds to leave the European Union, according to a study by the country’s chartered accountancy industry that’s sure to thrill Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

AP Top Stories

In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order outlining U.S. immigration enforcement priorities, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested nearly 40 percent more undocumented immigrants than during the same period a year ago – whether or not they had criminal records, immigration officials said Wednesday.

The former head of Mossad’s intelligence directorate has contradicted Donald Trump’s claim that he has the “absolute right” to share secret information with foreign officials. Israel is believed to be the source of classified intelligence on Isis allegedly passed by the President to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a closed-door meeting last week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programs it says are needed to counter U.S. aggression.

Russia’s GDP grew 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the state statistics agency said Wednesday, as the country’s economy slowly recovers from a crippling crisis.

The Japanese emperor’s granddaughter, 25-year old Princess Mako, is set to marry a commoner – specifically, “an ocean-loving legal assistant who can ski, play the violin and cook.” Once Mako marries Kei Komuro, the legal assistant in question, she’ll become a mere commoner, as female royals must after getting married in Japan. Conservatives fear that changing the law to allow women to remain royal after marriage might lead the Japanese down the slippery slope toward allowing women to inherit the throne (there actually have been Japanese empresses, but conservatives argue their reigns were temporary and not a reason to allow a woman on the throne, as was made official in the 1889 Imperial House Law).

On May 19, Endangered Species Day, the National Geographic Society and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the national trade association for the out of home (OOH) advertising industry, launched a groundbreaking OOH campaign aimed at saving species at risk in the wild.

BBC

More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped the main prison in Democratic Republic of Congo. The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked the prison on Wednesday.

A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India.

A schoolgirl who was abducted by Nigeria’s militant Islamists in 2014 has escaped from captivity. The girl was found by government troops while she was escaping, .

Turkey has opened a vast center dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cozy, home environment.

WND

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday.

Employees increasingly are testing positive for marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines at work, driving the rates of positive drug tests in the United States to the highest level in 12 years.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Wednesday he would leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


The Briefing 05-18-17

What we know, what we don’t know, and why both matter: Crisis of credibility at the White House

Is refusing to print gay pride t-shirts discrimination? KY appeals court says no; but will it stand?

How many Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God? Parsing data from a new Gallup poll

No man will do: Why secular economists are alarmed at the recent decline in marriages

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Top News – 5/18/2017

The Real News Coming Out Of Washington Is That President Trump Is The Target Of A Political Coup
The bottom line is that we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don’t like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn’t going to be any better than what they’re doing now.

Former DOJ Spox: Comey Is Trying To Take Down Trump
Miller agreed with the president that Comey is a “showboat,” which is another reason he believes Comey may be coming after Trump. “You just look at his [Comey’s] actions in the [Hillary] Clinton case, where he made himself the central player when there was no reason for him to be the central player,” Miller said. “That aside, his entire history shows that he likes to be at the center of attention.”

WannaCry XXL? 2nd even bigger global cyber attack already underway
As the world reels from the WannaCry ransomware attack, it’s now emerged that a second, potentially larger attack, is already under way. It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime.

Jerusalem mayor: Move US embassy, regardless of possible violence
“For violence to occur there could be any reason or no reason and if we – God forbid – because of fear of violence wouldn’t do the right things there would never be Israel, there would never be a reunited city,” Barkat said at a meeting with journalists at Jerusalem City Hall

Egypt’s Sisi: Trump vital to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Egyptian president to Israel: “The Arabs and Palestinians are ready for peace.”

SOLAR WIND STORM PREDICTED
The solar wind around Earth is about to speed up. NOAA forecasters expect velocities to top 700 km/s on May 19th when a stream of gaseous material flowing from a big hole in the sun’s atmosphere reaches our planet.

Report: Jordanians claim leaked intel was theirs, not Israel’s
Intelligence about ISIS that US President Donald Trump allegedly leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last Wednesday was sourced by Jordanian spies, not Israelis, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday morning. According to the report, “veteran Jordanian intelligence officials” claimed that the numerous media reports that the information Trump disclosed to the Russians originally came from Israel are false.

Ukraine urged to act against general who threatened to ‘destroy Jews’
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday joined calls on the Ukrainian government to take action against retired Security Service General Vasily Vovk in the wake of a recent Facebook post in which he threatened to “destroy” the country’s Jews. Vovk, who still holds a senior reserve rank with the Security Service of Ukraine, posted on Facebook: “I am completely against Jews,” and “You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you…

US complains to Turkey over embassy violence
The US has made a complaint to Turkey after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington, DC. Two people were arrested and 11 were injured in protests outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit. Video footage of the clash on Tuesday showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters.

U.S. conducts military drill to counter N. Korea’s WMDs
U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have recently conducted an exercise aimed at destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by practicing a ship-to-shore air assault from a South Korean warship, the infantry division said Thursday. The U.S. Army forces carried out the exercise, called “Warrior Strike 7” at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul, and the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex near the inter-Korean border, it said.

N.K preparing for cruise missile strikes: RFA
The North Korean army is repairing protective walls for gallery positions to brace for possible cruise missile strikes after witnessing such U.S. attacks on Syria last month, a U.S. broadcaster said Thursday. The North’s armed forces ministry ordered the army to take steps to protect gallery strongholds from air raids in mid-April, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said, citing the Osaka-based North Korea specialist news organ Asia Press.

New Israeli naval launcher: ‘8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers’
IMI Systems is currently exhibiting at the Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Singapore the Stingray—a rocket launcher for the naval arena that will be able to operate from battleships and drilling rigs, and is intended for offensive activities of the naval force alongside multi-arm operations. The launcher was sold to two foreign customers but has yet to be purchased by the IDF.

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency
A bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would require the U.S. National Security Agency to inform representatives of other government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed last week’s “ransomware” attacks. Under former President Barack Obama, the government created a similar inter-agency review, but it was not required by law and was administered by the NSA itself.

Franklin Graham: Christians under attack, should engage in politics
Evangelist Franklin Graham said he believes Christianity has been attacked and marginalized by “anti-Christ” media and a liberal government and that it is time for Christians to become more active in politics.

Rouhani warns Revolutionary Guards not to meddle in Iran election
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia under its control not to meddle in Friday’s presidential election, in a rare warning that underscored rising political tensions.

Carmageddon: All 3 Major Auto Markets Contract YoY For The First Time Since January 2009
For the first time since January 2009, sales of cars declined year-over-year in all three of the world’s largest auto markets of Western Europe (-6.8%), China (-1.8%) and the United States (-3.7%).  Combined, these three markets account for roughly 70% of the world’s auto sales.

JPMorgan: “A Trump Impeachment Is Very, Very Unlikely”
“Trump impeachment is very, very unlikely… the impeachment bar is very, very high. The daily scandals obviously don’t help Trump’s political capital but market expectations for legislative action are already very low.”

Mosque Takes Over Pentecostal Church as Pastor Prays to Allah
Christian clergy helped a Muslim mosque open in a Pentecostal church. “It’s open faith; we’re brothers,” Ali Mohammad, an organizer of the mosque, tells North Carolina’s News & Observer.  The Muslims are stripping the church of its Christian roots, including removing any crosses and handing them over to pastors in the area.

“Trump Doesn’t Matter”? European Stocks Slump Most In 8 Months
Again and again we were told that this rally was all about fun-durr-mentals and that anything Trump did was gravy and not priced into markets… so how do you explain the biggest plunge in European stocks since September today… on zero fundamental catalysts?

US Household Debt Surpasses 2008 High, Hits Record $12.7 Trillion
“Almost nine years later, household debt has finally exceeded its 2008 peak. This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm. But it does provide an opportune moment to consider debt performance,” said Donghoon Lee, Research Officer at the New York Fed.


David Gushee: Our ‘differences are unbridgeable’

Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, makes the case that evangelicalism is facing a crisis over the issue of sexual immorality. “We are about to find out who is for real and who isn’t,” says Burk.  He writes:

David Gushee has a column at Religion News Service about Jonathan Merritt, Jen Hatmaker, and LGBT “inclusion” within the church. Gushee says that he exited evangelicalism 30 months ago, and since then he has concluded this:

I now believe that incommensurable differences in understanding the very meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the interpretation of the Bible, and the sources and methods of moral discernment, separate many of us from our former brethren — and that it is best to name these differences clearly and without acrimony, on the way out the door.

I also believe that attempting to keep the dialogue going is mainly fruitless. The differences are unbridgeable. They are articulated daily in endless social media loops.  View article →

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 18, 2017

Trump Calling Dems’ Bluff?

Appointing Mueller to investigate the Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy may have been unavoidable, but it’s not necessarily bad.

The Foundation

“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 18

  • FBI’s Russia Probe Gains Credibility With Mueller In Charge (Read More)
  • Trump storm hits stocks again but dollar steadies (Read More)
  • Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent (Read More)
  • Kremlin declines to comment on probe of Trump ties with Russia (Read More)
  • Trump To Announce $350bn Saudi Arabia Arms Deal – One Of Largest Ever (Read More)
  • Brazilian Markets Tumble After Country Plunges Back Into Political Crisis (Read More)
  • Fed’s Kashkari says don’t use rate hikes to fight bubbles (Read More)
  • Rebellion in Venezuela: 43 Dead in 44 Days of Relentless Protest (Read More)
  • Turkey wants U.S. envoy on Islamic State removed over Kurdish policy (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 5/18/2017

For now, Trump rules out moving embassy to Jerusalem

Top US official: Trump will not announce US Embassy’s move to Jerusalem while in Israel

Unfazed by Western Wall row, Jerusalem mayor still expects Trump to move US embassy

US organizations pressure Trump to move Embassy

Netanyahu to unveil economic incentives for Palestinians on eve of Trump visit

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks

Sissi urges Israelis to ‘seize opportunity’ of Trump’s peace push

Aide behind travel ban said penning Trump speeches to Middle east

Gravestones toppled at a second Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

14-year-old arrested in arson of New York synagogue

Venezuela leader says officials treated like Jews under Nazis

US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria

IS conflict: US-led coalition denies bombing civilians in Syrian town

ISIS Reportedly on Brink of Defeat in Mosul

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

Turkish President’s Bodyguards Accused of Beating Protesters Outside DC Embassy

Trump presses Turkey’s Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

Israel’s public enemy No. 1 may be Iran – and tensions are escalating

Iran election: why next president could steer country’s future for a generation

Iranian Democracy Advocates Dismiss Presidential Election as ‘Puppet Show’ as Rouhani Faces Off With Conservative Challenger Raisi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Warns of Possible Election Fraud

Rouhani warns Revolutionary Guards not to meddle in Iran election

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Iran Nuclear Deal Will Remain, for Now, White House Signals

US extends Iran nuke sanctions relief, adds other sanctions

South Korea’s Moon says ‘high possibility’ of conflict with North

North Korea’s closest major US city, Seattle, wants to plan for possible nuclear attack

Flynn reportedly told Trump team he was under investigation before inauguration

Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel – report

Putin Accuses U.S. Of ‘Political Schizophrenia’ Over Trump And Secrets

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

Putin ‘ready to provide recording’ of Trump-Lavrov meeting

Erick Erickson: Mueller returns to run an independent investigation and Republicans should rejoice

The Special Counsel Mistake – Rosenstein bends to political pressure, and here we go again.

As special counsel named, Trump says probe will show no links to Russia

Russia probe a scandal Trump can’t tweet his way out of

US officials: Trump’s intel leak endangered life of spy placed inside ISIS by Israel

Loose Lips Sink Presidencies – The Russian intel story shows the price of Trump’s lost credibility

Turmoil over recent Trump controversies triggers the Dow’s biggest loss since September

Dow falls 350 points; stocks wipe out monthly gains as Trump fears send shivers down Wall Street

“Trump Doesn’t Matter”? European Stocks Slump Most In 8 Months

Jack Welch: Impeachment of Trump would ‘blow the market away’

Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment

GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence

Comey cracks Republican wall: GOP pols voice concerns on Trump ‘drama’

Sean Hannity: Trump faces alliance of haters

Trump: No politician in history has been treated worse

Right pushes Trump to make staff, press changes

New Orleans crews remove statue of Confederate general

Immigration arrests up 38% nationwide under Trump

Dozens of MS-13 gang members nabbed in 50 Los Angeles raids

Riot Police on Venezuela’s Front Lines Seek a Way Out

Macron and Merkel signal new move to strengthen eurozone

U.S. Household Debts Hit Record High in First Quarter

Another large-scale cyberattack underway: experts

A Robot Copilot Just Flew—and Landed—a 737 Sim

Reports claim UFO whizzes past International Space Station

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Guerrero, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Pair of Earthquakes Rattle Santa Barbara Area in California

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Scientists get closer to making personalized blood cells by using patients’ own stem cells

Chelsea Manning: from antisecrecy activist to transgender idol

Telling women not to drink during pregnancy ‘sexist’

Tel Aviv therapist sells the healing power of sex with a stranger

Cyclops goat born with one eye is worshipped by villagers in India

Christian Ministry to Hold Bible Study, Discipleship Camps in Russia Despite Crackdown on Evangelism

Thomas DiLorenzo – The Fascist Pope

Denny Burk – Our “differences are unbridgeable”

Five Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity

Beloved Megachurch Pastor, Televangelist RJ Washington Dies From Cancer

Maine School Employee Reprimanded for Telling Churchgoing Coworker ‘I Will Pray for You’

Trump presses Turkey’s Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

Fugitive Agape cultist Rocco Leo fails to front court as ordered, $9 million lawsuit splits further as former parishioners lose faith

Pakistan Medical Superintendent ‘Orders Christian Staff to Recite Quran’

DEVELOPING: Mount St. Helens is ‘Recharging’ after 37 Years

Posted: 18 May 2017 08:05 AM PDT

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 after two months of increasing volcanic activity. That event is widely considered the most disastrous volcanic eruption…

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Russia plans to boost Baltic fleet with new fearsome missile ships and fighter jets to face Nato

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:59 AM PDT

Russia will beef up its Baltic fleet with new warships and fighter jets — positioned within MILES of Britain’s Nato allies. Strongman president Vladimir Putin…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

3 Malicious Lies the Devil Tells You About God

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:55 AM PDT

(By Kyle Winkler) I’ve said it plenty of times, but it always bears repeating: The devil’s warfare isn’t aimed merely to cause pain and grief…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Atheist Sparks Debate After Painting Bible Verse About Women on His Truck

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:42 AM PDT

A Bible verse that is strangely plastered on the back of a Virginia pick-up truck has inspired quite a bit of frustration, anger and concern in recent…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christians in India Under Pressure to Convert to Hinduism, Can’t Talk About Jesus, Heaven or Hell

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:33 AM PDT

Hindu nationalists in India continue to punish Christians and pressure them to abandon their faith, say Christian charity workers serving persecuted Christians in the country….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Trump Says Russia Probe is “Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician in US History”

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:14 AM PDT

US President Donald Trump says he is the victim of the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,” in an apparent reference…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

US-Israel Alliance Tops Global Impact of ’67 War

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:01 AM PDT

In the 50 years since the Six-Day War, the world has seen the Iron Curtain fall and global terrorism rise. It has also witnessed the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Analyst Predicts Markets Will ‘Be Hit’ by Triple Collapse ‘Worse’ than 2008 Crisis

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:53 AM PDT

The next financial crisis will be worse than the collapse seen in 2008, and investors should seek shelter from the storm in precious metals and…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Pastor John Hagee Claims President Trump Will Soon Face a ‘Truman Moment’

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:46 AM PDT

Pastor John Hagee, in his capacity as founder and chairman of Christians United For Israel, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump that…

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Do You Have a Jeremiah 23 False Prophet in Your Pulpit?

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:43 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) Many today argue that we can’t preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: North Korea Preparing for cruise missile strikes

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:37 AM PDT

The North Korean army is repairing protective walls for gallery positions to brace for possible cruise missile strikes after witnessing such U.S. attacks on Syria…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

US Conducts Military Drill to Counter North Korea’s WMDs…

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:31 AM PDT

U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have recently conducted an exercise aimed at destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by practicing a ship-to-shore…

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Jordanians Claim Leaked Intel Was Theirs, Not Israel’s

Posted: 18 May 2017 06:27 AM PDT

Intelligence about ISIS that US President Donald Trump allegedly leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Tim Allen ‘stunned and blindsided’ by ABC’s cancellation of ‘Last Man Standing’

Posted: 17 May 2017 07:48 PM PDT

Tim Allen is no longer the “Last Man Standing.” The sitcom starring the Michigan actor is among a handful of shows cancelled by ABC last…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Cyclops goat born with one eye is worshipped by villagers in India

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:46 PM PDT

A baby goat has been born with one eye in what has been hailed a ‘miracle’. Some villagers believe the goat, that was born in…

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5 Ways We Quench the Holy Spirit

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:25 PM PDT

(By J.Lee Grady) How would we respond today if God wanted to repeat the miracle of Pentecost in one of our carefully scripted Sunday meetings?…

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Donald Trump will have just 10 Minutes to react if North Korea fires nuclear missile

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:18 PM PDT

Donald Trump will have just ten minutes to react if North Korea fires a long-range missile towards the US mainland, experts have warned. Scientists insist…

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Pastor Framed, Thrown Behind Bars for Conspicuous Text Messages

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:05 PM PDT

A 51-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly sending out blasphemous texts in Pakistan. Christian NGO’s up and down the country…

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Twitter Freaks Out Over Marco Rubio Posting Bible Quotes

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:00 PM PDT

Former Republican presidential hopeful and current U.S. Senator Marco Rubio garnered many hostile reactions on Twitter for writing two posts in which he quoted the…

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Dow loses 370 points; wipes out monthly gains on Trump fears

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:50 PM PDT

U.S. equities closed sharply lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over the latest news coming out of Washington. “This is clearly Washington-driven,” said Michael Shaoul,…

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Google training computers to predict when you might get sick…

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:46 PM PDT

Google is building tools to predict when you’ll get sick. The company is applying its machine learning expertise, which it originally developed for consumer products…

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Trump Considering Joe Lieberman for FBI Director

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

President Donald Trump is considering former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to lead the FBI, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday. Trump will…

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Comey kept memos from his phone conversations with Trump

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:37 PM PDT

Ahead of discussions with President Donald Trump, Former FBI Director James Comey prepped with his team on ways to respond to anticipated questions so that…

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Former FBI Chief to oversee Russia election investigation as special counsel

Posted: 17 May 2017 05:32 PM PDT

The Justice Department announced Wednesday it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into the probe…

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Trump Requested Reporters Who Published Classified Information to Be Arrested

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:55 PM PDT

Journalists are accustomed to President Trump’s contempt for the press by this point, but his apparent desire to jail reporters who publish classified information still…

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Are These Irreversible End-Times Signs Converging Right Now?

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:42 PM PDT

(By Dave Williams) We live in the very first generation to see all the end-time signs converging. No other generation has witnessed such a massive…

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Chicago Church Takes on Gang Epidemic with Massive Prayer Gathering

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:33 PM PDT

New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLC) will make a valiant effort to fight the gang epidemic in Chicago’s South Side by holding a prayer gathering…

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‘Voice’ Worship Leader Snags Finale Spot With Spirit-Filled Praise

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:23 PM PDT

Chris Blue, a worship leader from Knoxville, snagged a spot on The Voice‘s finale with the incredible praise song, “Take Me to the King.”  “Big thanks…

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Shadow Brokers launches monthly subscription service offering nuclear, banking secrets

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:17 PM PDT

The Shadow Brokers hacking group is pushing a monthly subscription service offering members top secret information including “compromised network data” from the nuclear and ballistic…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Impeachment of Trump would Crush Stock Market!

Posted: 17 May 2017 01:06 PM PDT

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric who has President Donald Trump‘s ear, told CNBC on Wednesday that an impeachment would crush the stock…

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DEVELOPING: Second Global Cyber Attack Underway – Could Dwarf Recent Attack in Impact

Posted: 17 May 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a cyber security firm has claimed. The new…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christian Ministry to Hold Bible Study, Discipleship Camps in Russia Despite Crackdown on Evangelism

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:51 AM PDT

One U.S.-based Christian ministry has said that it will continue its outreach in Russia, offering Bible study and discipleship programs for youths this summer, despite…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Reveals Tumors Have Spread Throughout His Body

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:46 AM PDT

Christian radio host Hank Hanegraaff has shared an update on his battle with cancer.  Hanegraaff, also known as the “Bible Answer Man,” shared in a…

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Says U.S. Embassy Should Be Moved to Jerusalem

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:38 AM PDT

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says it’s her belief that the United States Embassy should…

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Pakistan medical superintendent ‘Orders Christian staff to recite Quran’

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:34 AM PDT

The medical superintendent of a hospital in Pakistan has been accused of forcing its Christian staff to memorise Quranic verses. Article 20 of the Pakistan…

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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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May 17, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to give a transcript of White House talks between his foreign minister and Donald Trump to Congress to prove that the U.S. president didn’t give away secrets.

Mexican authorities have zeroed in on seven banks, including three from the U.S., as part of a widening investigation into price manipulation in the nation’s bond market, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The United Nations said it plans to deploy more peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic diamond-mining town of Bangassou to stem a recent wave of violence.

Apple Inc. plans to announce an update to its laptop lineup at an annual conference for app developers in early June, a move that could help offset new competition from Microsoft Corp. as well as declining iPad sales.

Amazon.com Inc. updated its least-expensive tablets, continuing to produce new and updated hardware as a way to attract consumers to its more profitable services.

Sotheby’s set the record auction price for a pair of earrings, selling a duo of blue and pink diamond jewels for $57 million in Geneva.

For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate.

AP Top Stories

Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from a military prison Wednesday after seven years behind bars.

In the latest wave of journalist killings in Mexico, Javier Valdez Cárdenas, an award-winning reporter who specialized in writing about drug trafficking and organized crime was killed Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, officials said. He was among the six journalists who have reportedly been murdered in Mexico this year.

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a Georgia death row inmate’s motion that his scheduled Tuesday execution by lethal injection be halted and that he be put to death instead by a firing squad, which his lawyers said would be less painful for him.

Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system.

The United States Supreme Court has quelled an attempt by Republicans in North Carolina to reinstate a controversial voter-identification law that a lower court said targeted African American voters with an “almost surgical precision”.

An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponized”.

Employees at a Lowe’s hardware store in Christiansburg, Virginia, recently channeled Ellen Ripley in the 1986 movie “Aliens,” as they donned mechanical exoskeletons to help them lift and move heavy objects.

Tesla is pairing up with a Vermont utility provider to offer subsidized Powerwall battery packs to bolster its power grid and give customers a chance to harness its energy when other lights go out.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly refused to allow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him to one of the holiest Jewish sites in the region during a visit next week.

A Syrian monitoring group says twin explosions have gone off in a makeshift camp near Syria’s the border with Jordan, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven, including rebel fighters.

Amazon is hiring a business lead to figure out how the company can break into the multibillion-dollar pharmacy market.

BBC

President Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 new ministerial posts taken by women.

A Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex. The men were found guilty of violating strict Islamic laws in conservative Aceh and will receive 85 lashes each.

Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman said.

At least six people and all four IS gunmen have been killed in a battle at the Afghan state television building in the city of Jalalabad, officials said.

China is building a vast DNA database with no appropriate privacy protection, human rights activists warn.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s official website has been hit by an “organized” cyber-attack from Russia, his administration has said.

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One of China’s top universities has installed facial recognition in a female dormitory to ensure the building is off limits to non-residents.

A medical report confirms prominent Islam expert Robert Spencer’s claim that he was drugged by an Icelander in the island nation’s capital after giving a speech on Islam and the future of European culture.

McDonald’s on Tuesday pulled a British television ad that was accused of using child bereavement to sell fast food.


The Briefing 05-17-17

Christian governor jailed on charges of blasphemy in predominately Muslim Indonesia

When religious liberty is a matter of life and death: Record number of Christians fleeing Middle East

Evacuating the center: Labour Party releases radically left-wing manifesto ahead of Britain’s election

What’s in a name? American culture through the lens of baby name trends

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Top News – 5/17/2017

Merkel, Macron: the new power couple to shake up the EU
Macron on the campaign trail made the case that a reformed France would go hand in hand with a reformed EU, made more responsive to the concerns of citizens who may have missed the benefits of globalisation.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Officially Declare Abortion to be Murder
In a resolution that will have little to no effect on actual legal policy in the state, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution last week that officially declared abortion to be the murder of an innocent human being. In the resolution, lawmakers in the body – made up of 74 Republicans and 26 Democrats – made it state clear that “all human life is protected by God’s law and the highest laws of the land.”

Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Top 25 US Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Derivatives Exposure
apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent to the gross domestic product of the United States times twelve.

Putin: Claims Trump Gave Lavrov Secret Info Show ‘Political Schizophrenia’ in US
He said that it seems that “political schizophrenia” is developing in the US amid such media claims. The situation in the US is being in turmoil under anti-Russian slogans, Putin said, adding that Trump is not being allowed to work properly.

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks
Days after arriving in Israel, America’s new envoy reportedly says the US is also not making the demand.

How Do We Know God Truly Loves Israel?
To most readers of Israel Today, it’s a given that God never stopped loving Israel – even after the nation rejected their Messiah. “For they are beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Rom. 11:28). Unfortunately, too many Christians still do not share that belief. And sadly, and understandably, many Jews are extremely skeptical of His love, also.

EU SHOCK: Austria to hold emergency snap election as support for eurosceptics SURGE
The countries main parties have agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on October 15, Chancellor Christian Kern said on Tuesday. Fears are now growing among the political elite that the far-right Freedom Party could make it into government. The election will be the latest threat to the European Union’s spreading ideology and push for uniformity among member states.

Mary’s Providential Bridge to Islam
As a matter of historical importance, Fatima was the favorite daughter of Muhammad — a woman considered of the highest dignity in Islam, save for only one person: the Virgin Mary. Indeed, after Fatima’s death at around the age of 26, her father wrote to his dead daughter: “Thou shalt be the most blessed of women in Paradise after Mary.”

US organizations pressure Trump to move Embassy
Group of 60 US organizations pressures Trump to move Embassy to Jerusalem with no delays or preconditions.

Pair of Earthquakes Rattle Santa Barbara Area
A pair of earthquakes shook the Santa Barbara area Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck first, according to USGS.

Hostilities between the Koreas very likely, S. Korean president says
…there is a “high possibility” of clashes between the North and the South on land or at sea, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday. While visiting the Defense Ministry…

BIN Conference Speaker Kade Hawkins, Founder of Prophecy News Watch, Is “Reporting Prophecy As it Unfolds”
“It amazes me how Bible prophecy can be hidden in plain sight,” Hawkins told Breaking Israel News. “People intuitively believe that seeing is a matter only of opening one’s eyes. Frequently, people fail to perceive very major things happening right in front of our eyes, a phenomenon known ‘perceptual blindness’.

Official Trump Itinerary Confirmed: Western Wall Yes, Masada No
The White House officially confirmed US President Donald Trump’s itinerary for his first official visit to Israel on May 22-23, including a visit to the Western Wall.

Haley: ‘I Believe the Western Wall Is Part of Israel’
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Western Wall is part of Israel, something other Trump administration officials would not unequivocally state the same day.

US officials: Trump’s intel leak endangered life of spy placed inside ISIS by Israel
US President Donald Trump’s alleged intelligence disclosure to Russia has endangered the life of a spy who was placed inside ISIS by Israel…The spy in question, whose life now hangs on the line after Trump reportedly revealed classified information in a meeting with Russian officials last week, was tracking an ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet on its way to the US with a bomb hidden in a laptop…Trump took to Twitter earlier Tuesday, defending having shared “facts” with senior Russian officials…

Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks
The United States has not asked for a settlement freeze and the Palestinians have dropped that demand as a precondition for talks with Israel, America’s new Ambassador David Friedman told the Hebrew daily Yisrael HaYom. “We have no demands for a settlement freeze and [Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen wants to meet [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu without any preconditions,” Friedman said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Haley: Western Wall part of Israel, US embassy should move to Jerusalem
The Western Wall is part of Israel, US Ambassador to the UN Nikkey Haley said on Tuesday as she took a number of stands that appears to differ from the Trump Administration. “The Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we have always seen it and that is how we should pursue it,” Haley told the Christian Broadcasting Network in a video interview.

Greeks walk out in general strike over cuts
Hospitals, transport services and government offices across Greece have been severely affected by a general strike over new austerity measures. Industrial action began on Tuesday but has now been ramped up nationally by members of the big trade unions. Ferry services stopped and buses and trains were limited. Flights were also being hit for several hours. MPs are set to vote on controversial reforms on Thursday that will cut pensions and end tax breaks.

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. “There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region,” he said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump. He was referring to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, following a US decision earlier this month to arm the group.

Donald Trump Plans ‘Direct’ Speech to Muslims About Radical Islamic Terror
President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia during his first multi-national trip overseas, meeting with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries. Trump will deliver “an inspiring, yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology,” according to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who briefed reporters on the president’s trip. He added that Trump would talk about his hopes “for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.”

Rash of media murders highlights deadly threats in Mexico
A journalist is shot dead as she pulls out of her garage in the morning with her young son. Gunmen ambush another journalist while he lazes in a car wash hammock. An award-winning reporter is hauled out of his vehicle and gunned down a block from his office.

Chaffetz Demands FBI Hand Over All Comey’s Notes, Memos, & Recordings Related To Trump
“GOP oversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.”

South Korea says it wants to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis
South Korea said on Wednesday it wanted to reopen communications with North Korea as new President Moon Jae-in seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue with its reclusive neighbor to rein in its nuclear and missile programs.

Manufacturing Resistance – The American Public Is Being Manipulated Into Irrelevance
“The reason the ‘elites’ are elites is because they know how to corral and manipulate the sheep. 2017 is the perfect manifestation of it…”

US Nears Record $100 Billion Arms Deal For Saudi Arabia
White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems.

Kim Jong-un could soon have long-range weapons capable of reaching Alaska and Hawaii
Careful analysis of North Korean tests sites, using images from Planet, reveal the regime has gradually been building up the size of its missiles. Scorch marks in the ground show that it may now be testing the Hwasong-12 rocket – capable of flying 4,500miles.


Impeachment Fever

Democrats and their media allies are whipping themselves into a frenzy in their quest to impeach the duly elected 45th president of the United States and drive him from office.

It is part of the Left’s collective mental breakdown.

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Ransomware Is Tip Of The Iceberg: America’s Infrastructure At Risk

The Ransomware that began spreading across the globe on Friday is still going with more computers reportedly being affected today by new variants of the virus.

What we’ve learned is that the attack hasn’t just taken down personal computers, but core government and business networks affecting everything from health care systems and transportation in Europe, to ATM withdrawals in China.

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Donald Trump, Seth Rich And The Gangster Culture That Permeates Washington

Politics has become a very dirty game in America, and if you don’t know how to play the game, the game is going to play you. Donald Trump and Seth Rich are both victims of this cold, hard reality, and hopefully what has happened to them will help the American people understand what is really going on in Washington. Contrary to what many may believe, politics is not an easy road to fame, wealth and glory. For every Obama or Clinton that makes it big, there are thousands of others that have had their careers shattered, their reputations ruined and their futures destroyed by the game. And those such as Seth Rich that cross the wrong people at the wrong time end up dead. (Read More…)


The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Eric Barger

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More say Bible is ‘book of fables’ than ‘word of God’

According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of those polled believe the Bible is a book of myths and fables.  “This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism.”  Paul Bedard of Washington Examinerhas the story:

A record low percentage of Americans believe that the Bible is “actual word of God,” with more calling it a “book of fables,” similar to Aesop’s, according to a new survey.

Gallup reports that just 24 percent believe the Bible should be taken “literally, word for word.”

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The Real News Coming Out Of Washington Is That President Trump Is The Target Of A Political Coup

Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump’s discussions with Russian officials. That’s potentially a serious crime. And, this wasn’t the first time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: By now it has become obvious to even the casual observer that our president is under dire, direct and sustained attack. There is a very powerful and organized behind-the-scenes campaign to destroy his presidency. All signs point to the Obama Shadow Government whose HQ id mere blocks from the White House. The fake news media has been relentless with their made-up reporting of half-truths while completely ignoring the real issues. The Far Left will stop at nothing to take down Trump, even if it includes a trip to the grassy knoll. 

There is, indeed, a bombshell of a story coming out of the news that President Donald Trump revealed sensitive information during his White House meeting with Russian officials last week. But it’s not that President Trump committed any crime. The really alarming news is that the duly-elected President of the United States appears to be the target of a political coup.

First, let’s be clear: President Trump has been sloppy, arrogant, and just plain misguided plenty of times during his short tenure in office — including the way he handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the hiring and firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And if he did unnecessarily compromise the source of the sensitive information he shared with the Russians, shame on him.

But a president cannot be removed from office for arrogance and sloppiness. The Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment. They are “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” To be impeached and removed from office, the House and Senate must find that the official committed one of these acts.

Hannity: 5 major forces are aligning to take down Trump

Here’s what I think is the bigger scandal: Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump’s discussions with Russian officials. That’s potentially a serious crime. And, this wasn’t the first time.

What all of the leaked stories have in common is that they were immediately beset with multiple leaks from highly placed officials meant to deeply defame President Trump. Once again, it’s important to note that a good deal of these leaks may, indeed, be illegal. The Espionage Act bans transmitting or communicating information “relating to the national defense” if the leaker believes the information could be used to harm the United States or aid a foreign nation. And it’s hard to see how these many leaks aren’t helping our enemies.

Hillary commands her followers to resist the Trump administration:

Where are these leaks coming from? When we look at the most likely sources, we find no real comfort. The first possibility is that someone close to President Trump himself is essentially acting like a mole in the White House. Remember that when the story broke Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell were all in the room with President Trump and the Russians last week and they all flatly denied the news reports. If one of them is saying one thing publicly and something else to contacts in the news media, that is certainly not encouraging.

Then-candidate Donald Trump indeed insulted the intelligence community during the election, and many have concluded that this is their plotted revenge.

Almost as bad is the possibility that someone on one of the congressional intelligence committees is the source of this and other leaks. It’s one thing to use domestic policy or even overt foreign policy information to oppose a sitting president. It’s another to compromise knowledge of intelligence briefing materials to do so.

Obama creating a ‘shadow government?’

Here’s the kicker: None of this is actually working where it counts. Again, we have not one piece of evidence of any impeachable act. And it’s not even truly working in the polls. President Trump’s approval ratings may be lower than any modern president this early in his tenure, but they’re still higher than they were throughout the election. If anything, these constant attacks coming from this obviously angry and potentially illegal place are only strengthening the resolve of Trump’s base of supporters. They elected a guy they believed was truly the enemy of the established political class. And right on cue, the established political class is stopping at nothing to prove them right.

For all the things President Trump has said that have dragged down the level of our American political discourse, this sustained takedown effort is worse. And it’s not clear how this is going to end. Unlike President Trump, the leakers remain anonymous and thus unaccountable. They can presumably go on forever. And President Trump doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop fighting back or irritating and threatening his political opponents.

But don’t fool yourself into thinking this is OK or even tolerable. The bottom line is that we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don’t like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn’t going to be any better than what they’re doing now.

Luckily the American people remain wisely circumspect about all of this. President Trump’s polls aside, the voters are still giving him a decent shot to govern. And unaccountable people in Washington shouldn’t be trying to make that decision for us. source

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

MAY 17, 2017

Don’t Believe the Hype

The MSM is waging a smear campaign against Trump designed to derail his agenda with the hope of eventually bringing him down.

THE FOUNDATION

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 17

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