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June 21, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Donald Trump’s office properties aren’t bringing in as much cash as banks that loaned him money had expected. That’s the biggest finding in an updated assessment of the president’s net worth, which has slipped to $2.9 billion.

The abrupt shake-up that made Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman heir to his father’s throne gives the 31-year-old extraordinary powers to push through his vision to wean the economy off oil and exert his influence in regional conflicts.

Republican Karen Handel defeated a well-funded opponent in a special election for a U.S. House seat in Georgia, a setback for Democrats who hoped President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings would help them win congressional races.

At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that’s not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less.

Romania’s governing coalition toppled its own prime minister after he clashed with the leader of the ruling party, paving the way for a new cabinet just six months after elections.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s veteran finance minister, urged the U.S. to limit Russian and Chinese influence or risk bringing about “the end of our liberal world order.”

France has lived under emergency law for 20 months now, and human-rights groups are warning that President Emmanuel Macron is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse to make the special powers permanent. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has confirmed he wants to give police enhanced powers to order searches and house arrests, arguing the terror threat isn’t about to fade any time soon.

America leads the world when it comes to access to higher education. But when it comes to health, environmental protection, and fighting discrimination, it trails many other developed countries, according to the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit.

AP Top Stories

Philippine Airlines will buy seven planes from Canada’s Bombardier as part of an effort to regain its dominance of the growing air travel market, the carrier said Tuesday.

In a late night protest, Senate Democrats decried efforts by top Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors, pledging to disrupt proceedings in the chamber over the matter.

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that Americans who are “stupid” enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame should they be harmed while there.

Venezuelans are bracing for a further escalation of violence after a 17-year-old protester was shot dead by the National Guard, and the supreme court announced charges against the country’s attorney general – one of the most senior officials to speak out against the government of Nicolás Maduro.

A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised Tuesday for a military offensive that has left the nation’s main Muslim city in ruins, but said it was needed to crush militants linked to the Islamic State group.

In a blistering reproach on Tuesday, Arizona Sen. John McCain threatened to block the approval of Pat Shanahan as deputy defense secretary. McCain was unhappy with the Boeing executive’s written answer on providing the Ukrainians with lethal defense weaponry.

US forces in southern Syria have shot down an Iranian-made armed drone in the second such incident in 12 days, in a further sign that Washington and Tehran’s agendas are colliding along the Syrian-Iraqi desert frontier.

Four conservative cardinals who publicly questioned Pope Francis’ opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics are pressing their case and arguing that the issue is dividing the Catholic Church.

BBC

A Russian jet flew within 5ft (1.5m) of a US reconnaissance plane’s wing tip over the Baltic Sea on Monday, US officials say.

Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012. The three-day course, which consists of firearms and medical training, was launched on Tuesday in Weld County. Seventeen members of staff who “would like to be considered armed first responders” have so far taken part. The pilot program will allow volunteers to enter schools with guns under US “concealed carry” laws.

Authorities in Argentina have released images of a major trove of Nazi artefacts seized during a raid on a home in Buenos Aires. The crafted objects, which include a bust of Adolf Hitler and an eagle of the Third Reich, were found in two shops and a home in the north of the country’s capital.

If you’ve been chatting about politics on social media recently, there’s a good chance you’ve been part of a conversation that was manipulated by bots, researchers say. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) has studied such discussions related to nine places – US, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Canada, China, Taiwan, Brazil and Poland – on platforms including Twitter and Facebook. It claims that in all the elections, political crises and national security-related discussions it looked at, there was not one instance where social media opinion had not been manipulated.

WND

Anxiety levels of Americans over matters such as war, terrorism, hacking and identity theft have spiked in recent years, leaving the nation near average in a global barometer of perceptions of security, a survey released Tuesday said.


The Briefing 06-21-17

London terror attack targeting Muslim community center exposes challenges Islam faces in the West

What is the role of government? The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 79

The question of legacy after Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusations and mistrial

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Top News – 6/21/2017

Europe okays project to seek alien life
Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. The multi-million-euro undertaking “could eventually even lead to the detection of extra-terrestrial life,” it added.

Thousands of Witches Will Gather Tonight to Curse Trump. Is Satanism Behind It?
At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, some 13,000 people will connect via internet in yet another attempt to cast a curse on President Donald Trump, this time on the summer solstice. Though spell-casting may seem too absurd to be taken seriously, a rabbinic authority maintains that the ‘witches’ are tapping into Satanism, a disturbing theology making a strong comeback today in the guise of atheism.

Knesset takes one more step toward de facto annexation of West Bank
The Knesset on Wednesday took one more step toward the de facto annexation of the West Bank by approving the preliminary reading of a bill that would apply a 17-year old law to Israelis living in Judea and Samaria. This is “one more step toward the normalization of the settlements in Judea and Samaria that we set as our goal at the start of this government’s term,” said the bill’s author, MK Bezalel Smotrich, in advance of the 48-39 vote.

UN envoy: Israel is defying UNSC by accelerating settler construction
Israel has failed to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which calls for a halt to settlement building and has instead accelerated such activity, UN…Nickolay Mladenov reported…“Since the 24th of March there has been a substantial increase in settlement-related announcements as compared with the previous reporting period, with plans for nearly 4,000 housing units moving forward and 2,000 tenders issued,” Mladenov told the UNSC in New York…

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’
A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US-led coalition troops on the ground, officials said. But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the action amounted to “complicity with terrorism”.

US spy satellites detect activity at North Korean nuclear test site
US spy satellites have detected new activity at North Korea’s underground nuclear test site for the first time in several weeks, two US officials told CNN. The activity appears to involve some modifications around one of the tunnel entrances to an underground test area. The officials said it is not yet clear if the activity indicates a sixth nuclear test is imminent…

Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe
Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe – with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering “banana republic” territory. Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards.

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet
An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet “rapidly,” coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft, the officials said. Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

After weeks of secrecy, U.S. Senate to unveil healthcare bill
U.S. Senate Republicans plan to unveil the text of their draft healthcare bill on Thursday as senators struggle over issues such as the future of the Medicaid program for the poor and bringing down insurance costs. Republicans in the chamber have been working for weeks behind closed doors on legislation aimed at repealing and replacing major portions of the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, popularly known as Obamacare.

Israel would go ‘all-out’ if war breaks out again with Lebanon: air force chief
Israel would use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the chief of the Israeli air force said on Wednesday, sending a firm warning a decade after their last conflict…Major-General Amir Eshel said qualitative and quantitative improvements in the air force since the 2006 Lebanon war meant it could carry out in just two or three days the same number of bombings it mounted in those 34 days of fighting.

Senators want Congress to OK military action in Syria
U.S. senators called on Congress on Tuesday to take back its authority to determine whether the country goes to war, saying recent U.S. strikes in Syria were not covered by existing authorizations for the use of military force. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has begun considering legislation that would cover military action in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and Yemen against the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other Islamist militant groups.

Russia, Iran sanctions bill hits roadblock in U.S. House
Legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran that passed the U.S. Senate nearly unanimously last week has run into a procedural problem that could prevent a quick vote in the House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Tuesday. The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, which also includes new sanctions against Russia, passed the Senate 98-2 last week, an overwhelming vote that looked like it might complicate President Donald Trump’s desire for warmer relations with Moscow.

Ground-Breaking Held for First New Judea and Samaria Settlement in 25 Years
In the community of Amichai, 100 new homes will be built for the evicted residents of Amona, a settlement outpost housing 42 families that Israel razed in February due to Palestinian land ownership claims.

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir
The Saudi monarch, who holds near absolute powers, quickly awarded his son expansive powers to the surprise of many within the royal family who are more senior and more experienced than Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS.

FBI To Announce Findings In GOP Baseball Shooting Investigation
The FBI is holding a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the results of its investigation into last week’s attempted mass assassination of Republican lawmakers and staffers, the agency announced on Tuesday. FBI officials discovered a list of Republican lawmakers in James T. Hodgkinson’s possession when he opened fire at a congressional baseball practice, wounding four people including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise. All six lawmakers on the list were members of the House Freedom Caucus — the most conservative members in the lower chamber.

There Are ‘Literally’ No Real Men in the White House Who Can Stop Trump
Ever since the election season began, the left has been going ‘literally’ apeshit over Trump’s usage of Twitter. In recent month’s they’ve been autistically screeching over it — demanding that Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, ban him. They’ve trotted out GOP deep state shills, neocons, professors, think tankfags — all trying to dissuade the President from using a platform that communicates directly to the people.

Earthquake swarm rumbles Yellowstone
An ongoing series of earthquakes measurably moving the ground east of Hebgen Lake are likely aftershocks from a devastating quake that struck the region 58 years ago. As of Monday the current swarm had shaken the west edge of Yellowstone for a week, over which time it had delivered 464 temblors ranging up to magnitude 4.4.

Conway Thanks Those Who ‘Snarkily’ Called Georgia Race a ‘Referendum’ on Trump
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway spiked the football Tuesday over the Republican victory in the Georgia sixth district special election, saying those who “snarkily” called it a “referendum” on President Donald Trump were right.

ISIS Setting Up Support Networks to Move Terrorists to Europe, Asia
“ISIS has several facilitators in place that assist the flow of fighters to Europe,” said one official who noted the group is exploiting travel networks used for large-scale human trafficking in the region. The networks include an organizational structure that has been discovered by U.S. and allied intelligence agencies to be using specific groups to help terrorists reach European soil. ISIS has assigned support personnel to the networks to facilitate the process.

North Korea threat: EU seeking role in ending regime’s nuclear program
The European Union is in discussions with South Korea and China about taking a potential role as a broker for negotiations with North Korea on ending its nuclear program, according to EU officials involved in the effort. The discussions reflect concern in Brussels, Seoul and Beijing that sanctions alone won’t persuade Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program and that negotiations are needed to avoid military conflict.

The United Nations should ditch its anti-Israel bias
This week marks six months since the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which classifies Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 line, including in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, as illegal. Visiting Jerusalem last month, the distance between the pronouncements of Turtle Bay and the realities of the Old City appeared as stark as ever. For starters, everyone knows that Israel will absorb the major settlement blocs near the ’67 line as part of any peace agreement. And no Israel government will ever surrender its access to Jerusalem.

The Russians Do It Again: Democrats Get Crushed In Georgia Election Despite 7x Spending Advantage
Despite a 7-to-1 spending advantage, Democrats just got crushed in the Georgia special election.

Christian School Told They Can’t Teach ‘Offensive’ Scripture
Evangelical Christians are under fire as an Alberta school board is demanding a Christian school stop teaching “offensive” scripture that indicts homosexuality as a sin, the National Post reports.

The “Extremism Experts” Who Used To Fear The Right, Are Now Worried About The Left
“As leftist rhetoric and actions become more violent, and as the police in urban areas fail to rein in leftist counter-protesters time and time again, it won’t be long before right-wing protesters begin to retaliate…”

Israeli Researchers Invent World’s First Anti Date Rape Straw
Two Israeli inventors want to take on a phenomena that is growing in prevalence every year. To protect women in the place they are most likely to be sexually assaulted, the Israelis have invented the Date Rape Straw, a device which allows a woman to test her drink to see if someone put some of the most common date rape drugs inside.

Texas the Latest State to Ban Sharia, Foreign Laws from Domestic Courts
With passage of a law protecting American families from imposition of foreign-law doctrines in state courts, Texas this week became the 11th state to ensure that only American laws will apply in American domestic courts.


69 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have An Adequate Emergency Fund

Do you have an emergency fund?  If you even have one penny in emergency savings, you are already ahead of about one-fourth of the country.  I write about this stuff all the time, but it always astounds me how many Americans are literally living on the edge financially.  Back in 2008 when the economy tanked and millions of people lost their jobs, large numbers of Americans suddenly couldn’t pay their bills because they were living paycheck to paycheck.  Now the stage is set for it to happen again.  Another major recession is going to happen at some point, and when it does millions of people are going to get blindsided by it. (Read More…)


No, We Don’t Want Barbie to Date a Ken with a Man Bun

Mattel has introduced a new “dolled-up toy collection with feminized figurines.” Just imagine what the toy maker has planned for kids next.  LifeZette has the story:

After introducing a new batch of Barbie dolls last year, Mattel is rebooting the Ken doll. And the most surprising version of the new male counterparts to Barbie is the one with a man bun.

Other new versions of Ken dolls include the “slim” and the “broad” variety. New hairstyles include the previously mentioned man bun — as well as cornrows. There are also six skin tones available for these dolls.

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Oregon Becomes First State to Allow Residents to Be Neither Male or Female on Driver’s License

Christian News reports:

Oregon has become the first state to allow residents to identify as neither male or female on their driver’s license and identification card.

Beginning on July 1, residents can select an “X” for their gender instead of “M” or “F.” The new policy was unanimously agreed upon by the Oregon Transportation Commission.

According to Reuters, the concept was considered after Multnomah County Judge Amy Holmes Hehn last June granted a man’s request to identify on his driver’s license as “non-binary.”

As previously reported, Jamie Shupe (pictured) was born male, served in the military and married a woman. But in 2013, as he found himself struggling with his gender identity, Shupe decided to seek treatments that would make him look and feel feminine.

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Mattis under pressure to reverse Obama administration’s approval of transgender troops

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Should the U.S. Department of Defense [taxpayers] undertake the cost of hormone treatments, surgery, and post-operative care to facilitate “gender transitioning.”?  No, say social conservatives.  According to Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times, conservatives have mounted a campaign to persuade General Mattis to suspend the Obama administration’s “transgender directive with the ultimate goal of recalling it and all of the associated manuals.” Scarborough writes:

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Defense Secretary James Mattis is facing his first significant decision in the military’s sexual revolution legacy left by the last commander in chief, Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, issued a directive last year permitting transgender troops to remain in the military and undergo sex reassignment procedures instead of facing automatic discharge.

The next step in the transgender agenda is due July 1, according to Mr. Carter’s timeline. Mr. Mattis is to decide whether the armed forces will allow transgender people to join the military.

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Dr. Tim Ball Crushes Climate Change: The Biggest Deception In History

“With a 50-year academic career focusing on Historical Climatology, Dr. Tim Ball is uniquely qualified to address man-made climate change, and he demonstrates that it is a flat-out hoax. Thinking people everywhere should get multiple copies of this book and hand them out to everyone they know.” 

In a piece over at Technocracy News, Dr. Tim Ballx informs us that:

President Trump was correct to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He could have explained that the science was premeditated and deliberately orchestrated to demonize CO2 for a political agenda. Wisely, he simply explained that it was a bad deal for the United States because it gave a competitive economic edge to other nations, especially China. A majority of Americans think he was wrong, but more would disagree if he got lost in the complexities of the science. I speak from experience having taught a Science credit course for 25 years for the student population that mirrors society with 80 percent of them being Arts students. Promoters of what is called anthropogenic global warming (AGW) knew most people do not understand the science and exploited it.

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June 19, 2017

WES VERNON — If you’re a conservative, a Republican, a Trump supporter, a dissenter from the edicts enunciated by the Marxist-tolerating establishment, you may be targeted sooner or later by the haters in the left…. (more)


June 19, 2017
ALAN KEYES — As its original Latin root literally suggests, a congressional subpoena demands compliance “subject to the penalties of law.” Nonetheless, the Constitution says plainly that the president “shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,” even including high treason…. (more)

June 19, 2017
INDEPENDENT — Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are also present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet…. (more)

June 19, 2017
PALM BEACH POST — President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proclamation declaring Sunday to be Father’s Day. Presidents historically issue proclamations for holidays, noting the importance of the day and making remarks on the holiday’s significance…. (more)

June 19, 2017
PJ MEDIA — It’s hard to determine whether some liberals are tone deaf or just downright mean. MSNBC hostess Joy-Ann Reid almost certainly falls into the latter category. Reid was on with NAACP board member Rev. William J. Barber II when the conversation turned to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was lying in a hospital bed in critical condition at the time…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Defense Secretary James Mattis is facing his first significant decision in the military’s sexual revolution legacy left by the last commander in chief, Barack Obama. Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, issued a directive last year permitting transgender troops to remain in the military and undergo sex reassignment procedures instead of facing automatic discharge…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers government to seize all your assets if you fail to comply with the new law…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump has a higher approval rating than virtually every other leader in Washington, a little reported fact that emerged in a new survey of the nation’s political officials…. (more)

June 19, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — President Donald Trump’s missteps have intensified the scandal that is consuming his administration. One is tempted to put scandal in scare quotes. Trump is somehow enmeshed in a scandal based on actions that a president is fully entitled to take – – such as dismissing the FBI director and weighing in on the merits of continuing an investigation of his former national-security adviser…. (more)

June 19, 2017

NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in serious condition after undergoing another surgery Saturday following last week’s shooting at the Congressional baseball practice where a man who was reportedly distraught over President Trump’s election shot Scalise and three others…. (more)


June 18, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Jesuit scholar with expertise in Islam is explaining why Muslims are terroristic and is warning members of his faith not to be taken in by the “liberal-left ideology” that advocates “tolerance” and “concessions.”… (more)

June 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A refugee from the Muslim Middle East thinks he has discovered Islam’s 20-point plan for conquering the United States by 2020 – – a plan revealed in the latest issue of Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

June 17, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — I am amazed by the conspiracy of silence, on the right and the left, about former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s bungling of the anthrax case. “In his years as FBI director and as a Justice Department official, Mueller gained a reputation for honesty, integrity, and being a ‘straight-shooter,'” writes Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard…. (more)

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Special counsel Robert Mueller could have a tough time making an obstruction of justice case stick against President Trump, according to legal analysts, who said he will have to overcome a number of “unique hurdles” – – not the least of which is a decades-old Justice Department ruling that a sitting president can’t be charged…. (more)


June 17, 2017

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — On March 30, 2017, by his own account, then-FBI director James Comey told President Donald Trump that Trump himself was not under investigation – – the third time he had given him that assurance. In fact, Comey told Trump that he had just assured members of Congress that Trump was not a suspect under investigation…. (more)


June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — An op-ed posted June 11 by Huffington Post contributor Jason Fuller was pulled by the website after Wednesday’s attack on congressional Republicans…. (more)


June 17, 2017

ALICIA POWE — CNN, the network famously dubbed “fake news” by President Trump, misreported an emotional moment before the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday, tweeting that it was only Democrats who knelt for prayer on the field…. (more)


June 17, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — This is a time in the history of our nation when an honest group or congressional panel with integrity could name and ostracize extremists on both the right and left. Unfortunately, the media have crowned the misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the arbiter of what’s good and right in America today. Ironically, it was the SPLC that inspired an act of terrorism on American soil, when a gay militant opened fire on the Washington office of the Family Research Council. He saw the group listed on an SPLC “hate map.”… (more)

June 17, 2017
DAILY CALLER — James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, The Daily Caller has learned…. (more)

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump announced a dramatic reversal Friday of the Obama administration’s Cuba policy, restoring restrictions on U.S. travel to the island and new prohibitions on financial transactions that benefit the communist regime’s military…. (more)


June 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially revoked President Obama’s 2014 attempt to broaden his previous deportation amnesty for Dreamers, which had been held up by federal courts for more than two years. The decision leaves in place the 2012 temporary amnesty for more than 780,000 Dreamers but officially ends immigrant rights groups’ hopes of expanding that policy to as many as 4 million more illegal immigrants…. (more)

June 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Former FBI Director James Comey has finally admitted publicly that President Donald Trump has not been under investigation, after months of deliberately leaving the impression that he was. Now the issue becomes whether Trump somehow obstructed justice in trying to save one of his subordinates, a decorated military veteran who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), from a frivolous prosecution…. (more)

June 15, 2017
LINDA GOUDSMIT — Only a left-wing liberal living in subjective reality could promote the hijab, the quintessential symbol of feminine oppression, as fashion. The idea is so spectacularly stupid that it defies description. This is yet another salvo in the attempt to Islamicize the West by making the unacceptable dictates of sharia law acceptable…. (more)

June 15, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday were left pondering whether and how to increase their own security in the wake of a gunman’s shocking attack against GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice, and it is already prompting some to start pushing for police protection at their homes and group events outside the Capitol…. (more)

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — One Republican lawmaker believes that concealed carry reciprocity for members of Congress should be considered as part of possible security upgrades after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot at practice for the congressional charity baseball game early Wednesday morning…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

June 21, 2017

Georgia ‘Deplorables’ Tossoff Ossoff

Republican Handel won the most expensive House race in history. Democrats still can’t figure out why they’re losing.

The Foundation

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 21

  • Republican Handel Wins Georgia House Seat, Dashing Democrats’ Hopes (Read More)
  • Uber CEO Kalanick Quits as Investors Revolt (Read More)
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  • After weeks of secrecy, U.S. Senate to unveil healthcare bill (Read More)
  • Latest Election-Hacking Hearings to Focus on State-Level Events (Read More)
  • Trump’s Net Worth Slips to $2.9 Billion as Towers Underperform (Read More)
  • Oil Returns to Bear Market (Read More)
  • Brexit Dominates May’s Program as Some Manifesto Pledges Ditched (Read More)
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  • China shares get MSCI nod in landmark moment for Beijing (Read More)
  • China Firms Might Need to Shape Up After Index Lays Out Red Carpet (Read More)
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  • Insurance Startup Oscar Raises Its Bet on Affordable Care Act (Read More)
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  • The Future of Drone Delivery Hinges on Predicting the Weather Block by Block (Read More)
  • Tokyo Takes Lead in Toshiba Chip-Unit Sale Over China Fears (Read More)
  • A daily conundrum in convulsed Venezuela: will my kids make it to school? (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 6/21/2017

Trump Administration Pressuring Israel to Move Ahead With Peace Deal, Senior Israeli Minister Says

Trump Envoy Greenblatt Meets With Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as US Seeks Renewal of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Jared Kushner is heading to Israel for peace negotiations

Ahead of Jared Kushner’s visit to help broker peace, Israel touts new settlement

PA slams new settlement as effort to thwart Trump’s peace drive

UN: Israel did not comply with UN call to stop settlements

Haley seeks UN resolution to punish states backing Hamas

Haley: Time to say ‘enough is enough’ to Hamas

Turning Gaza’s lights back on, Abbas’s rival Dahlan makes dramatic return to center stage

At Security Council, diplomat cites Gazan who likened Strip to ‘concentration camp’

Hamas calls for ‘day of rage’ Friday over ‘holy sites,’ Gaza siege

Plan for mixed-gender prayer at Western Wall sparks new friction

IDF: Knife-wielding Palestinian attacks Israeli troops, is shot dead

Israeli Dies as Palestinian Attackers Stage Assaults in Jerusalem

Macron meets Jordan’s king, condemns deadly Jerusalem attack

Mother of Damascus Gate assailant arrested for calls to attack Jews

Israel disputes success of Iran missile strike

IDF chief: Iran’s strike on ISIS not as impressive as they claimed

US ‘mystified’ by Gulf states’ refusal to justify Qatar boycott

Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly discuss establishing economic ties

State Department issues unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and UAE over Qatar rift

US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments

Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne

Saudi king names son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, removing counterterror czar and upending royal succession

Egyptian court blocks transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia, despite parliament’s decision

Egypt kills 12 militants in North Sinai air strike

US shoots down second Iran-made armed drone over Syria in 12 days

US signals involvement in Syria could escalate

U.N. chief hopes U.S., Russia calm tensions over Syria

Syria war: Polio paralyses 17 children in Mayadin and Raqqa

Pro-ISIS rebels storm school in Philippines, students held hostage

Explosion at Brussels train station, suspect shot

Brussels train station blast being treated as terror attack

Belgium avoided serious attack in station blast: interior minister

Car bomb in Somalia capital kills at least 15

Catholic Church: Fighting kills more than 3,000 in Congo’s Kasai region

UN: Congo-backed militia mutilates toddlers, burns villages

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet

Trump meets Ukraine’s president, U.S. adds to Russia sanctions

US sanctions to stay until Russia quits eastern Ukraine

Trump says China NKorea pressure hasn’t worked

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N.Korea

US spy satellites detect activity at North Korean nuclear test site

South Korea confirms drone discovered in June was from North Korea

After student’s death, US weighs travel ban on North Korea

US State Department presses N. Korea to release detained Americans

Venezuela dares US to ‘send in the Marines’

UN chief: US will be replaced if it disengages from world

Anti-Trump Website Calls for ‘Physical Violence’ Against Conservatives

Study supports Trump: 5.7 million noncitizens may have cast illegal votes

Message from Georgia: Hating Trump is not a platform

Dems Suddenly Worry Trump Impeachment Could Backfire

State Department probes Clinton handling of government emails, could pull her security clearance

Pass the valium: U.S. anxiety levels climb faster than rest of the world

Soros says Britain nearing tipping point, may reverse Brexit

Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

The End of Car Ownership – Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars

L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

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

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saiki, Japan

Yellowstone Supervolcano Hit by a Swarm of More Than 400 Earthquakes in One Week

Sharp earthquake activity in Katla volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

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

Poas volano in Costa Rica erupts to 11,000ft

Decades-old camera reveals forgotten images of Mount St. Helens eruption

Bret becomes earliest named storm so far south in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Cindy may bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding across Gulf Coast

Israel’s summer start dampened by freak rainfall

Tornadoes Touch Down In Delaware And Pennsylvania

The Latest: Las Vegas ties record high of 117 degrees

Portugal fire: Firefighters battle deadly blaze as temperatures soar

Highly contagious citrus disease now in Alabama

More U.S. counties are finding Zika-carrying mosquitoes

Family of teen who died from brain-eating amoeba sues water park

Cholesterol Lowering Vaccine May Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Ex-NFL Player Comes Out as Gay, Says He Considered Suicide

New York threesome gone wrong: Murder suspect arrested

Christian School Told They Can’t Teach ‘Offensive’ Scripture

The Summer Solstice Brings Out the Pagan in All of Us – and Some Christian Leaders Don’t Like It

Summer solstice 2017: Stonehenge crowds as sun rises

Michael Hall – The Untouchables

Anthony Wade – The Anatomy of a False Teaching and the Dangers Within

Noemi Breaks Free of Beth Moore

Former New Age Follower Shares Vital Information With Her Pastors and Church Leaders

Pastor Henry Lyons ousted again amid fraud accusations – previously served prison time for fraud

DEVELOPING: Explosion in tick related diseases spreading across Northeast…

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 06:14 AM PDT

Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the bloodsuckers. Much of…

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Two-month countdown begins to total solar eclipse across U.S.

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 06:03 AM PDT

Two months before the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in a century, NASA on Wednesday is expected to detail its…

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If The U.S. Continues To Creep Toward World War 3, Eventually It Is Going To Happen

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 05:58 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) After a bit of a lull for the past couple of months, the march toward war appears to be accelerating once…

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Black Eyed Peas Star Fergie Seen Attending Church in Recent Weeks

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 05:54 AM PDT

In an emotional 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Grammy-winning recording artist Fergie opened about her struggle with drug addiction and how turning to her Christian…

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These 3 Hebrew Feasts Depict Christ’s Second Coming

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 05:48 AM PDT

(By Ron Allen) June 21, the summer begins on the summer solstice.  Astronomically, the summer solstice is the day when the sun reaches its highest…

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69 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have An Adequate Emergency Fund

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 05:41 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Do you have an emergency fund?  If you even have one penny in emergency savings, you are already ahead of about…

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UPDATE: Swarm of 460 earthquakes in Yellowstone begins to spark concerns

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 05:38 AM PDT

The earthquake swarm affecting the western edge of Yellowstone National Park has included more than 460 quakes so far. The University of Utah, whose seismograph…

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Ken doll gets a makeover!

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:49 PM PDT

He’s been overshadowed by Barbie for decades, but now Ken is finally getting some attention.  Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll,…

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Europe on High Alert in Wake of Paris, London Attacks

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:39 PM PDT

The terror threat level remains elevated in France after another attack. An Islamic terrorist set off a fiery blast in Paris Monday when he drove…

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Phoenix heatwave generates record energy demand…

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:34 PM PDT

Phoenix-area residents are setting a record demand for energy as scorching temperatures roll though the valley during the week’s punishing heat wave.  Salt River Project…

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Top Fashion Mag Encourages Women to Awaken Their Inner Witch

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:26 PM PDT

Whether the #MagicalResistance or The Handmaid’s Tale, the age of the witch is upon us, top fashion magazine Vogue proclaims.  “Women across the globe are actively using the…

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DAYS OF LOT: Teachers Union Demands Mandatory LGBT Education for Children

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:18 PM PDT

Scotland’s largest teaching union has voted for children across the country to be taught about same-sex families and LGBT history.  At its annual general meeting…

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Thousands of Witches Gathering To More Cast Spells Against Trump Tonight

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 05:16 PM PDT

Thousands of witches will gather at midnight tonight to cast spells on President Donald Trump as part of a summer solstice ritual. “My thought from…

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DEVELOPING: Soldiers ‘neutralize’ suspect after small blast at Brussels Central Station

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 01:11 PM PDT

Belgian police have “neutralized” a person reportedly wearing an explosive belt at Brussels Central Station. The news comes after the station was evacuated following reports…

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Christians, We Must Wake Up to the Blinding Effects of Sin

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 12:01 PM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) “The church is physically alive, but spiritually dead.”  I recently referred to a true story. A young girl, devastated by the choice…

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After More Than 20 Years as Conservative Leader, Paul Williams Comes Out as Transwoman

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:54 AM PDT

Paul Williams, who led the conservative church planting organization Orchard Group for 20 years, has publicly come out as a transgender woman named Paula Stone Williams.  Williams began…

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CA Teacher Who Voiced Christian Views on Sexuality Resigns After Backlash, Death Threats

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:46 AM PDT

A California high school teacher has willingly resigned after receiving intense backlash over his Christian views on sexuality. Michael Stack taught special education at San…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Is End Times Prophecy Unfolding Before Our Eyes in Syria?

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:40 AM PDT

The Syrian conflict continues to escalate, with the U.S. government shooting down a Syrian jet over the weekend. It was an act that sparked a…

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Katy Perry: ‘Grace of God’ Brought Me Through Suicidal Depression

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:36 AM PDT

Pop star Katy Perry gave audiences an intimate look into her struggle with faith during a live stream therapy session with her psychiatrist last week….

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Australia halts air strikes in Syria after Russia-US tensions over downed Damascus jet

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:31 AM PDT

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has suspended flights over Syria after Russia said it halted sky incident prevention interactions with the US as of…

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Kenya Bans 6 Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon Shows for ‘Glorifying Gay Behavior’

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 11:27 AM PDT

Kenya’s government has banned six animated shows airing on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to battle what it described as attempts to “glorify homosexual behavior” and…

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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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June 20, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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China has invited President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law to visit later this year, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign of the first family’s growing influence over foreign affairs.

Ukraine’s leader will meet President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, a visit that could reveal more about the level of U.S. backing for the former Soviet republic and its efforts to repel a Russian-backed insurgency in its east.

The White House has ordered the U.S. Justice Department to jump into Texas’s battle to force its cities and elected local officials to comply with the state’s tough sanctuary-city ban, which makes it a crime to shelter some undocumented immigrants from deportation. At the same time, California was taking steps to thwart Trump’s stance, with the Legislature considering a bill that would formally declare the most populous state a sanctuary, barring local law enforcement from using resources to help federal authorities target immigrants for deportation.

Saudi Arabia said its navy captured three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard aboard a small boat laden with explosives as it headed toward an oil platform in the Gulf.

President Donald Trump on Monday denounced the death of Otto Warmbier, saying the University of Virginia student who spent more than a year imprisoned in North Korea suffered at the hands of a “brutal regime.”

Ford Motor Co. is canceling controversial plans to build the Focus small car in Mexico, saving $1 billion by ending North American production entirely and importing the model mostly from China after next year.

A wave of coders writing self-teaching algorithms has descended on the financial world, and it doesn’t look good for most of the money managers who’ve long been envied for their multimillion-­dollar bonuses.

Iran said it fired missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria in retaliation for the jihadists’ deadly attacks in Tehran last week, a rare strike signaling Iran’s willingness to escalate its use of military power in the region’s conflicts.

AP Top Stories

Jihadis attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali’s capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. More than 30 people managed to escape, though at least two people were killed, authorities said.

Syrian troops and allied militias met up with Iraqi forces at one crossing point along their shared border Sunday for the first time in years, in a step described as a major achievement by the Syrian military in their fight against the Islamic State group.

Russia gave a warning to the U.S. after a Syrian warplane was downed by the U.S. military. The Russian Defense Ministry threatened it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes over Syria as targets.

Israel revoked on Sunday the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer near Jerusalem’s Old City.

NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them, broadly hinting that we are probably not alone.

A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 63 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said Sunday.

Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.

BBC

As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled – because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes.

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The law “reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia”, the ruling said.

About 1,300 US children under the age of 17 die from gun-related injuries per year, a government study has found.

Several prominent journalists and activists in Mexico have filed a complaint accusing the government of spying on them by hacking their phones.

More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church said.

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him.”

WND

“Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” says the study’s senior author, Vadim Zipunnikov.

Boeing sees the day coming when you board a plane in New York and land two hours later in Shanghai, China. Boeing expects hypersonic jets, flying at up to Mach 5, or 3,800 mph, could serve a small but important market of travelers willing to pay a premium to reach far-flung destinations in a fraction of the time it usually takes.

New Jersey is now the only state in the U.S. where people can’t sell home-baked goods after a Wisconsin court this month invalidated that state’s ban.


The Briefing 06-20-17

Did Christians start the wedding wars? It isn’t Christianity whose definition of marriage changed.

Digital age parenting: Do we really have to be told Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ doesn’t make a good parent?

The New Yorker discovers St. Augustine: Sex and the priority of theology in Augustine’s thought

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Top News – 6/20/2017

What This Supreme Court Ruling Means for the Washington Redskins, Other Brands Deemed ‘Offensive’
Should “offensive” brand names be allowed to get a federal patent? The Supreme Court answered “yes” on Monday, handing a decisive win to Simon Tam and his band, The Slants.

Greenblatt, Kushner begin push for peace talks
Special Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt, Jared Kushner pressure Israel, Palestinian Authority to reboot negotiations, make concessions.

‘European army is inevitable’ – German defense commissioner
Speaking to the German Press Agency on Monday, Hans-Peter Bartels, the Germany Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, called on the 28-nation bloc’s militaries to unite into a single armed force.

Lieberman pushes for security cabinet polygraph test to plug leaks
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and MK Robert Ilatov of Yisrael Beytenu push for legislation requiring security cabinet members to take mandatory, annual polygraph tests to prevent leaks.

Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly discuss establishing economic ties
According to the report, the historic move, if implemented, could be the first step toward normalizing relations and would begin with Israeli businesses being allowed to operate in the Persian Gulf. The newspaper gave as one example the possibility of Israeli airline El Al being allowed to fly over Saudi airspace.

Kim Jong Un lives in fear of assassination by western ‘decapitation’ team, says report
The 33-year-old, third-generation ruler is “extremely nervous” about a clandestine plot to take him out, according to a key South Korean lawmaker who spoke to The Korea Herald.

Christian “Awakening” to Holiness of Temple Mount Draws Islamic Fury
Until now, the bloody battle for the Temple Mount has been fought between Muslims and Jews, but a new awakening among some Christians to its significance is creating a shifting pre-Messianic reality at the already volatile site. The developing status of Christians on the Temple Mount played out a few weeks ago in a Muslim-Christian confrontation that nearly ended in violence.

Iran missile struck ISIS but is also aimed at US, Saudis, Israel
That Iran would verbally threaten ISIS, Saudi Arabia, the US and Israel is not new. That it would launch six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles more than 600 kilometers into another country is. Although Iran’s ballistic missiles hit ISIS in Syria on Sunday, the audience for the strike explicitly included the US and Saudi Arabia and, implicitly, Israel.

Macron meets Jordan’s king, condemns deadly Jerusalem attack
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Jordan’s King Abdullah in Paris on Monday. Macron and King Abdullah discussed Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the French president condemned an attack on Friday by three Palestinians who killed an Israeli policewoman as well as “continuing settlement expansion.”

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations
Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, the government said, without giving details. Moscow’s warning came after the US shot down a Syrian military plane.

Portugal fire: Soaring temperatures threaten firefighting effort
Soaring temperatures threaten efforts to bring a raging forest fire in Portugal under control, officials say. The week’s highest temperatures of around 38C (100F) are expected on Tuesday and together with windy conditions could reignite fires already quelled. Civil protection officials say although 70% of the fire is under control, what remains is a source “of great concern”.

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet
Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after the US shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday. The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had bombed US-backed fighters battling so-called Islamic State in Raqqa province. Russia, the Syrian government’s main ally, also said it was halting communications with the US aimed at preventing such incidents.

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed
Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server.

It’s so hot in Phoenix, they can’t fly planes
The extreme heat forecast for Phoenix on Tuesday has caused the cancellation of 20 American Airlines flights out of Sky Harbor International Airport. According to a statement from American Airlines, the American Eagle regional flights use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. Tuesday’s forecast for Phoenix included a high of 120 degrees…

Iranian official on Syrian attack: ‘Israel understood the message, it should be worried’
An advisor to Iran’s foreign minister said…the Islamic republic’s missiles attack against ISIS in Syria also served as a message to Israel, adding “I think (Israel) understood the message… it now has to worry” about its actions…Sheikh Hussein al-Islam…adding Tehran “will not allow terrorism to determine the future of the region.” Showing his disdain…al-Islam determined “the presence of Americans in the region is illegal; the US should leave Syria sooner or later.”

EXCLUSIVE: Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Otto Warmbier Has Died, Family Blames “North Korea’s Torturous Mistreatment”
Just days after North Korea released Otto Warmbier after holding him hostage for 17 months, his family has just reported the sad news of his passing.

There Have Been 296 Earthquakes In The Vicinity Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Within The Last 7 Days
Democrats gearing up for a new round of battles against Republican efforts to do away with Barack Obama’s signature health care law are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors.

Hillary Clinton Told FBI’s Mueller To Deliver Uranium To Russians In 2009 “Secret Plane-Side Tarmac Meeting”
New Clinton-Mueller Russian uranium ties surface in the latest Wikileaks release… “We require that the transfer of this material be conducted at the airport, on the tarmac near by the plane, upon arrival of the Director’s aircraft.”

FOIA Request On Susan Rice’s Unmaskings Rejected Because “Records Were Moved To Obama Library”
“Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library.  You may send your request to the Obama Library.  However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”

Free Beacon Barred From Covering Jon Ossoff Campaign Event
The Washington Free Beacon was told by Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign that it was not welcome to cover remarks that he was scheduled to deliver to supporters on the night before Tuesday’s special election.


Anti-Trump Resistance Rhetoric Fueling ‘Raging Fever’ in Unbalanced People

Democratic strategist and public opinion pollster Pat Caddell talked with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow.  According to Marlow:

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Caddell said, “I think they are united in a narrative. And that narrative is, somebody did something wrong. It was Donald Trump and therefore, at the end of the day, he must not be president.”

“They’re still fighting the campaign that they lost,” he added, meaning the media.

“They will not put out things that disagree with their narrative,” said Caddell. “That’s when they stop being a press. They’ve become propagandists and this is really dangerous stuff. It is really scary because for many voters, they don’t know where to turn, necessarily, to get a view that gives them both sides.”

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Cities Across America Creating Rainbow Crosswalks to Celebrate ‘LGBTQ Pride’

What if tax payers don’t want their hard earned money spent on rainbow crosswalks that celebrate “diversity”? What about the citizens who find the crosswalk offensive for the reason that the rainbow has been hijacked by the LGBTQ community and some folks don’t approve of their lifestyle choices? Well, too bad for them. Christian News has the story.

Several American cities recently approved the creation of rainbow crosswalks to celebrate “LGBTQ pride,” and homosexual advocacy groups are circulating petitions to request that more cities paint their crosswalks with the “diversity” stripes.

Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. created rainbow crosswalks to coincide with their June homosexual pride events. In Atlanta, the display will be permanent.

“I believe that symbols of unity matter,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. “In recognition of the outstanding and ongoing contributions of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community to our city, I am pleased to announce today that the city will install the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street year-round.”

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Attorney for Bernie Donor Class Action Calls DNC ‘The Ultimate Ponzi Scheme’

According to Breitbart:

Backers of Bernie Sanders are suing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for fraud based on last summer’s hacks revealing systemic bias for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary campaign.

The class-action lawsuit, Wilding v. DNC Services Corp., is underway in federal court in Florida, where it is awaiting a ruling on the DNC’s motion to dismiss heard in April. The plaintiff class, Bernie donors who also gave money to the DNC under the assumption of its impartiality in the 2016 primary contest between Clinton and Sanders. The suit alleges fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and a consumer protection violation.

The claims are based on the celebrated leaked emails and memos from the “Guccifer 2.0” hacks last June. The leaks appear to show direct assistance of Secretary Clinton to the detriment of Senator Sanders. The novel legal theory is based on the donors having been duped by the DNC’s claims of impartiality.

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June 19, 2017

WES VERNON — If you’re a conservative, a Republican, a Trump supporter, a dissenter from the edicts enunciated by the Marxist-tolerating establishment, you may be targeted sooner or later by the haters in the left…. (more)


June 19, 2017
ALAN KEYES — As its original Latin root literally suggests, a congressional subpoena demands compliance “subject to the penalties of law.” Nonetheless, the Constitution says plainly that the president “shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,” even including high treason…. (more)

June 19, 2017
INDEPENDENT — Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are also present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet…. (more)

June 19, 2017
PALM BEACH POST — President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proclamation declaring Sunday to be Father’s Day. Presidents historically issue proclamations for holidays, noting the importance of the day and making remarks on the holiday’s significance…. (more)

June 19, 2017
PJ MEDIA — It’s hard to determine whether some liberals are tone deaf or just downright mean. MSNBC hostess Joy-Ann Reid almost certainly falls into the latter category. Reid was on with NAACP board member Rev. William J. Barber II when the conversation turned to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was lying in a hospital bed in critical condition at the time…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Defense Secretary James Mattis is facing his first significant decision in the military’s sexual revolution legacy left by the last commander in chief, Barack Obama. Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, issued a directive last year permitting transgender troops to remain in the military and undergo sex reassignment procedures instead of facing automatic discharge…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers government to seize all your assets if you fail to comply with the new law…. (more)

June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump has a higher approval rating than virtually every other leader in Washington, a little reported fact that emerged in a new survey of the nation’s political officials…. (more)

June 19, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — President Donald Trump’s missteps have intensified the scandal that is consuming his administration. One is tempted to put scandal in scare quotes. Trump is somehow enmeshed in a scandal based on actions that a president is fully entitled to take – – such as dismissing the FBI director and weighing in on the merits of continuing an investigation of his former national-security adviser…. (more)

June 19, 2017

NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in serious condition after undergoing another surgery Saturday following last week’s shooting at the Congressional baseball practice where a man who was reportedly distraught over President Trump’s election shot Scalise and three others…. (more)


June 18, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Jesuit scholar with expertise in Islam is explaining why Muslims are terroristic and is warning members of his faith not to be taken in by the “liberal-left ideology” that advocates “tolerance” and “concessions.”… (more)

June 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A refugee from the Muslim Middle East thinks he has discovered Islam’s 20-point plan for conquering the United States by 2020 – – a plan revealed in the latest issue of Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

June 17, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — I am amazed by the conspiracy of silence, on the right and the left, about former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s bungling of the anthrax case. “In his years as FBI director and as a Justice Department official, Mueller gained a reputation for honesty, integrity, and being a ‘straight-shooter,'” writes Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard…. (more)

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Special counsel Robert Mueller could have a tough time making an obstruction of justice case stick against President Trump, according to legal analysts, who said he will have to overcome a number of “unique hurdles” – – not the least of which is a decades-old Justice Department ruling that a sitting president can’t be charged…. (more)


June 17, 2017

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — On March 30, 2017, by his own account, then-FBI director James Comey told President Donald Trump that Trump himself was not under investigation – – the third time he had given him that assurance. In fact, Comey told Trump that he had just assured members of Congress that Trump was not a suspect under investigation…. (more)


June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — An op-ed posted June 11 by Huffington Post contributor Jason Fuller was pulled by the website after Wednesday’s attack on congressional Republicans…. (more)


June 17, 2017

ALICIA POWE — CNN, the network famously dubbed “fake news” by President Trump, misreported an emotional moment before the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday, tweeting that it was only Democrats who knelt for prayer on the field…. (more)


June 17, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — This is a time in the history of our nation when an honest group or congressional panel with integrity could name and ostracize extremists on both the right and left. Unfortunately, the media have crowned the misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the arbiter of what’s good and right in America today. Ironically, it was the SPLC that inspired an act of terrorism on American soil, when a gay militant opened fire on the Washington office of the Family Research Council. He saw the group listed on an SPLC “hate map.”… (more)

June 17, 2017
DAILY CALLER — James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, The Daily Caller has learned…. (more)

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump announced a dramatic reversal Friday of the Obama administration’s Cuba policy, restoring restrictions on U.S. travel to the island and new prohibitions on financial transactions that benefit the communist regime’s military…. (more)


June 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially revoked President Obama’s 2014 attempt to broaden his previous deportation amnesty for Dreamers, which had been held up by federal courts for more than two years. The decision leaves in place the 2012 temporary amnesty for more than 780,000 Dreamers but officially ends immigrant rights groups’ hopes of expanding that policy to as many as 4 million more illegal immigrants…. (more)

June 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Former FBI Director James Comey has finally admitted publicly that President Donald Trump has not been under investigation, after months of deliberately leaving the impression that he was. Now the issue becomes whether Trump somehow obstructed justice in trying to save one of his subordinates, a decorated military veteran who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), from a frivolous prosecution…. (more)

June 15, 2017
LINDA GOUDSMIT — Only a left-wing liberal living in subjective reality could promote the hijab, the quintessential symbol of feminine oppression, as fashion. The idea is so spectacularly stupid that it defies description. This is yet another salvo in the attempt to Islamicize the West by making the unacceptable dictates of sharia law acceptable…. (more)

June 15, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday were left pondering whether and how to increase their own security in the wake of a gunman’s shocking attack against GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice, and it is already prompting some to start pushing for police protection at their homes and group events outside the Capitol…. (more)

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — One Republican lawmaker believes that concealed carry reciprocity for members of Congress should be considered as part of possible security upgrades after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot at practice for the congressional charity baseball game early Wednesday morning…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

June 20, 2017

Impartial Investigators or Hit Squad?

Special investigator Robert Mueller has assembled a team with some hard core Democrats and Clinton connections.

The Foundation

“Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.” —Thomas Jefferson (1822)

A subtle and dangerous shift in Christianity

Back in 2010 when I wrote this article my aim was to inform professing Christians, who had convinced themselves that it’s okay to practice “Christian yoga,” that it is not okay at all.  At that point yoga, which has it’s roots in Hinduism, had taken the Christian community by storm.  As you will see in […]

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Top Headlines – 6/20/2017

Ground broken for first new West Bank settlement in 25 years

Jerusalem building freeze halting plans for 6,000 housing units

Beit El settlers slam Netanyahu: ‘He’s acting like Erdogan, lying to us’

Netanyahu assails Abbas in tweetstorm on eve of new US peace bid

Against the odds, Trump renews push on Middle East peace

Kushner heading to Mideast for peace talks

Egypt said to ease Gaza power crisis with emergency fuel supply

Can Israeli water technology save the world?

Commentary: It’s Time for Zionists to Stop Celebrating the Balfour Declaration – Israel was reclaimed as the Jewish homeland in spite of it, not because of it

Huge hidden trove of Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

The Internet Is Ruining Hebrew – The language of the Bible just got stupider, courtesy of Facebook commenters (and the Academy of the Hebrew Language)

Health Minister Litzman threatens to leave the coalition over Shabbat desecration

IDF: Dozens of soldiers lied about contracting skin disease

‘Attacks on Israel prove UNHRC’s entrenched political bias’

UNHRC holds special session on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Hamas: War with Israel unlikely, relations with Egypt improving

Experts warn ISIS could come to Israel

US experts warn Israel to take Islamic State seriously

Iran missile struck ISIS but is also aimed at US, Saudis, Israel

After Iran fires missiles at IS in Syria, Netanyahu warns it not to threaten Israel

Netanyahu to Iran: We’re watching your every move

The USS George H.W. Bush will dock at Haifa for the first time in 17 years as the ship takes part in air operations against ISIS

Evangelical Groups to Trump: Don’t Deport Iraqi Christians

Muslims face rising violence in wake of IS-claimed attacks

The UN helps Assad rebuild, as he continues the carnage

Australia suspends air strikes in Syria

US and Moscow in Delicate Talks on Syria Tensions

Russia warns US its fighter jets are now potential target in Syria

White House says retains the right to self defense in Syria

EU considers Iraq security mission after Mosul falls

Iranian and Chinese destroyers hold joint drill in Persian Gulf

Iran and Saudi Arabia offer clashing accounts of offshore confrontation

Saudis Say They Seized 3 Iranians Planning ‘Terrorist Act’ at Sea

Iran denies Saudi captured three Revolutionary Guards, says they are fishermen

Commentary: America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

Qatar says it will not negotiate unless neighbours lift ‘blockade’

Turkey troops arrive in Qatar for long-planned drills

After Spat With Turkey, Germany Moves anti-ISIS Planes to Jordan

Afghan official: Gunmen killed 8 Afghan guards of a US base

Gunmen kill 2 navy men, wound 3 in Pakistan

Philippines launches offensive in Marawi, aims to end battle by weekend

Al-Qaida-linked militants staged Mali resort attack; 5 dead

Suicide bombers kill 12 in Nigeria’s Borno state

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

London attack: ‘Aggressive’ and ‘strange’ suspect vowed to ‘do some damage’

Finsbury Park Mosque attack latest: Theresa May vows hatred and evil will never succeed as Labour warns of rise in Islamophobia

Jewish groups express solidarity with UK Muslims after attack

Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead

Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver had explosives and rifle, was flagged for extremism

French minister: Attack threat still very high

Some 126 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya

Kim Jong Un lives in fear of assassination by western ‘decapitation’ team, says report

Otto Warmbier dead: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ North Korea regime

China tour agency will stop taking Americans to North Korea

Venezuela Death Toll Climbs as Teenager is Shot Dead in Venezuela Anti-Government Protests

Cartel Wives: Women whose husbands worked for, then brought down El Chapo tell their story

Southwest border cities to use IRIS scanning technology to identify inmates, illegal immigrants

Mexico accused of spying on journalists and activists using cellphone malware

Michael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents

Jeff Sessions Defends Sentencing Memo: Violent Crime Increased Under Obama’s Policies

Judicial Watch announces major lawsuit against DOJ – and it involves James Comey

Special prosecutor to meet Senate committee leaders

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes

Bossie: Mainstream Media Trying to ‘Nullify an Election for the First Time’

Trump should give up Twitter, President Reagan’s son says

Poll: Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil

Sanders: Act in “Unprecedented” Ways, Fight Back in Every Way That You Can

Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute

Market Volatility Has Vanished Around the World

Dow and S&P 500 close at records as tech stocks surge

Dollar hits three-week high on Fed rate hike bets

Oil prices near seven-month lows on global oversupply

Fire at French nuclear reactor, safety body says no sign of radiation concerns

Tsunami hits Greenland after 4.0 earthquake, reportedly killing four

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Storm Bret becomes earliest named storm so far south in the Atlantic

Fierce storm in Chile kills four, wreaks havoc

Britain wakes up to another scorching morning as country on course for longest heatwave in 20 years

The Southwest US Is About to Get Torched by a Brutal Heat Wave

California residents to lose power during extreme heat

Phoenix and Tucson tie heat records for the date

Phoenix flights cancelled because it’s too hot for planes

Violent turbulence injures 26 on China Eastern Airlines flight

Israeli company is developing a universal flu vaccination

Air Force: As many as 135 patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis at Al Udeid clinic

Delaware Legalizes Abortion through all Nine Months

Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights

Canada takes major step in criminalizing discrimination of transgender people

Women-Only Spa Accused Of Being Transphobic For ‘No Male Genitals’ Policy

Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders

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Prophetess Patricia King Approves of Eliphaz and God Does Not Approve

Messianic Jewish Publisher Sparks Ultra-Orthodox Anger at Israeli Book Week

Pastor dies in search for famous hidden treasure

Pope Francis: Property is theft and Socialism is the answer…

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Cross in Pensacola park must come down, violates Constitution federal judge rules

BREAKING NEWS: US shoots down another pro-regime drone in Syria

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 07:22 AM PDT

A US F-15E fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone near At Tanf, Syria, on Monday, two US officials told CNN, the third downing…

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Church of England Official Suggests Transgender Christians Can Be ‘Re-Christened’ After Undergoing Sex Change

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:54 AM PDT

An official of the Church of England suggested that it may allow transgender Christians to be “re-christened” under their new names following a sex change….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

St. Louis Cardinals Refuse to Bow to LGBT Demands to Punish Christians

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:39 AM PDT

The St. Louis Cardinals have sponsored “Christian Day” for 30 years, but recently gay activists have begun to pressure the Major League Baseball team to…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Disturbing Satanic Messages Appear at Four Churches in New York

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:33 AM PDT

Four churches in Suffolk, New York, have been tagged with Satanic graffiti, setting police on a quest to find those responsible.  The latest house of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Ezekiel’s Prophesied Promise Coming to Pass in Israel in Vivid Way

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:29 AM PDT

Until I moved to Israel, the closest I got to farming was knowing where to get good produce at a farmers market. Since living in…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Syria Conflict Could Escalate Quickly!

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:21 AM PDT

The United States is inching closer to involvement in the Syrian civil war after U.S. forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday.  The…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

ON EDGE: Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet…

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:17 AM PDT

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Amazon may replace Whole Foods workers with Robots

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 06:10 AM PDT

Amazon is feared to be planning a bloodbath at Whole Foods.  The Seattle-based web giant, which recently bought the upscale grocer for £11 billion, could…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

German Defense Commissioner Claims ‘European Army is Inevitable’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:20 PM PDT

Germany’s parliamentary defense commissioner, Hans-Peter Bartels, has renewed calls for a joint EU army amid concerns about the reliability of the NATO alliance and disorganization…

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WNBA Team to Fundraise for Abortion Giant Planned Parenthood

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:12 PM PDT

A chapter of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has decided to partner with the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood by hosting a pre-game rally and…

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DAYS OF LOT: Cities Across America Creating Rainbow Crosswalks to Celebrate ‘LGBTQ Pride’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:09 PM PDT

Several American cities recently approved the creation of rainbow crosswalks to celebrate “LGBTQ pride,” and homosexual advocacy groups are circulating petitions to request that more cities paint their…

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NASA unveils 10 new worlds humans could one day call home

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:06 PM PDT

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team have identified 219 new planet candidates, ten of which could prove to be humanity’s next great hopes of life among…

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DAYS OF LOT: LGBT Groups Say Conservative Christians ‘Have No Place in Government’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:53 PM PDT

LGBT activist groups are outraged that the Trump administration’s Department of Education invited speakers from two prominent conservative Christian family organizations to participate in a…

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Expert Sets Out to Historically Prove Life and Miracles of Moses

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:47 PM PDT

“Patterns of Evidence” expert Tim Mahoney believes the Bible is losing its authority so he is setting out for a new discovery to historically prove…

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Despicable people are taking selfies at the site of the deadly London fire!

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:42 PM PDT

Residents who live near Grenfell Tower in London have expressed heartbreak and outrage after spotting visitors taking selfies at the site of last week’s deadly…

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Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:35 PM PDT

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that bars the use of commercial social networking sites, including Facebook, by registered sex offenders….

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Federal Judge Rules Cross Violates Law and Must Be Removed

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:32 PM PDT

Atheists across the fruited plain are rejoicing after a federal judge declared that a cross erected in a Florida park violated the law and must…

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Sinners must be Re-Born while Believers must be Transformed!

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 11:21 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how the sinners and unbelievers must be Re-Born in the Spirit to discern and perceive the…

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Trump Hires Prominent Christian Lawyer Jay Sekulow For Russia ‘Witch Hunt’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 11:16 AM PDT

President Donald Trump added Christian activist and lawyer Jay Sekulow to his legal defense team to assist in the Russia “witch hunt.”  According to his…

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AWAKENING? Nearly 300 Earthquakes Have Rattled Yellowstone in the Last 7 Days

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 11:11 AM PDT

Is it possible that the Yellowstone supervolcano is gearing up for a major eruption? If you follow my work on a regular basis, you already know that…

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Homosexual Teacher Posing in White House Photo With Trump Stirs Controversy

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 11:06 AM PDT

When Rhode Island’s teacher of the year took his turn in front of the camera with President Trump, he struck a pose some took as an…

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The Absolutely Terrifying History Behind the Ouija Board

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 11:01 AM PDT

For more than a century, the Ouija board has both entertained and terrified millions of people across the globe. And the board game — which…

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US Responds to Russian Threat! “We will not hesitate to Defend Ourselves”!

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 10:52 AM PDT

U.S. pilots operating over Syria won’t hesitate to defend themselves from Russian threats, a Pentagon spokesperson said Monday in the latest escalation between the two…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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June 19, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, will travel to the Middle East this week to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to a White House official.

U.K. police launched their fourth major terrorism investigation in three months after a van plowed into a crowd gathered near a mosque in one of the capital’s northern neighborhoods. One man was killed and 10 others injured all of them Muslims.

Russia warned that it may treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft over Syria as targets following the shooting down of a Syrian government warplane, in an escalation of rhetoric between the two rivals in the Middle East conflict.

The U.S. Navy has found $500 million to buy a second Littoral Combat Ship in next year’s budget after scrounging that was required because the vessel was left out of the Trump administration’s proposed budget sent to Congress last month.

Executives from many of the world’s largest technology companies will gather at the White House on Monday to meet with President Donald Trump and his senior advisers during a summit aimed at modernizing the federal government.

U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, launching a major battle for the Old City where some 150,000 civilians are believed to be trapped and risk being used as human shields by the extremists.

Russia on Sunday accused the U.S. of returning to “almost forgotten Cold War rhetoric,” after President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate some sanctions on Cuba. It could have dropped “forgotten.”

Oil traded near $45 a barrel following a fourth weekly loss as U.S. drillers continued to add rigs and Libya boosted output, blunting OPEC-led efforts to rebalance an oversupplied market.

Argentina is planning to sell its first 100-year bond a year after returning to global capital markets, as it grapples with a soaring budget deficit.

Iran said it fired missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria in retaliation for the jihadists’ deadly attacks in Tehran last week, a rare strike signaling Iran’s willingness to escalate its use of military power in the region’s conflicts.

Boeing Co. is set to receive orders and commitments worth roughly $30 billion for the stretched Max 10 upgrade of the 737 workhorse, as its first new jet in almost four years counters Airbus SE’s headstart at the largest end of the single-aisle airliner market.

AP Top Stories

The bodies of seven U.S. sailors missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan were found in flooded berthing compartments, a defense official said.

After three years at sea, the hokule’a – canoe powered by wind and waves – is returning to Hawaii after a voyage that has spanned 23 countries and territories. The crew, like its ancestors, doesn’t use any modern navigational tool: no GPS or compass.

American tourists have come in droves since Pres. Obama normalized U.S.-Cuba ties and have been a boon to the Cuban tourism industry. Some Cuban entrepreneurs told NBC News they fear the progress could be reversed under Trump’s new policy.

Seven American troops were wounded Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

American governors and mayors are stepping up to fill a leadership void on climate change after Donald Trump announced that the US will pull out of the Paris climate change accord.

Palestinian militants disputed an Islamic State claim Saturday that it was behind a deadly attack against Israel, saying it was their people who killed a female police officer on duty near Jerusalem’s Old City. Family members of the attackers said they were deeply religious men who acted on their own.

German-Turkish women’s rights activist Seyran Ates has pulled off an almost impossible task of opening the first LGBT-friendly “liberal” mosque in Berlin, Germany. Muslim men and women, irrespective of their castes, creeds, nationalities and sexual orientations, can attend the mosque to pray together.

North Korea claimed Sunday that U.S. officials forcibly seized a diplomatic package from one of their delegations at John F. Kennedy Airport, calling it an “illegal and heinous act of provocation.”

A 12-year-old girl who came out as a lesbian in front of her Mormon church congregation in Utah was told to sit down halfway through a speech in which she said she was not a “horrible sinner”.

BBC

Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights. The parade drew three million, organizers say, with the motto: “Whatever our beliefs, no religion is law.”

Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says.

WND

In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers government to seize all your assets if you fail to comply with the new law.

Security at mosques across the UK will be reviewed in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack, the Prime Minister has said.

Wheat harvests around the world are falling dangerously short, raising the possibility that the end-of-days famine prophesied in the Book of Amos as preceding the Messiah has arrived. Israel, the tiny nation that has made its deserts bloom, is poised to be a guiding light in this developing crisis, helping the world grow crops while bringing them closer to redemption.

Judicial Watch announces major lawsuit against DOJ — and it involves James Comey
In a statement, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called it a “scandal” that his organization has to sue the government in order to secure the release of the memo. “That we have to sue in federal court to get a document that was read to a reporter at The New York Times is a scandal,” Fitton said. “This Comey memo should be released forthwith and, frankly, the president can and should order its immediate release.”

Islamic Extremist Numbers Swell To Thousands In Sweden
“We have never seen anything like it before,” said Anders Thornberg, chief of SAPO, Sweden’s security force. “We would say that it has gone from hundreds to thousands now.”

Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland
Video. Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland. The western coast of Greenland has been struck with a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering a tsunami.

Marine Le Pen elected to French parliament for the first time on her FIFTH attempt
MARINE Le Pen has been elected to the French parliament for the first time as Emmanuel Macron’s party looks set to sweep to victory.

HANDSHAKE THAT STARTS BREXIT: Davis tells EU ‘there’s more that unites us than divides us’
BREXIT finally got under way in Brussels this morning with a handshake and warm words of reconciliation between Britain and its European allies.

Report: Jerusalem building freeze halting plans for 6,000 housing units
The government has ordered a de facto construction freeze for 6,000 housing units in the capital, including in the contested neighborhoods of Gilo, Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev…According to the report, 2,200 units will be halted in Gilo, several thousand Har Homa, and hundreds more Pisgat Zeev. Gallant’s announcement…followed US President Donald Trump’s February request to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington to “hold back on settlements.”

Jewish groups condemn London mosque attack, express solidarity with UK Muslims
Several Jewish groups extended their condolences and issued condemnations on Monday after a van plowed into a group of worshippers leaving a London mosque in the early hours of the day. At least 10 people were injured in the incident that British authorities were treating as a potential terrorist attack. If confirmed would make it the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

UNHRC holds special session on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The United Nations Human Rights Counsel is holding its annual discussion on Agenda Item 7, which is the mandated debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the UNHRC must hold at every session. The UNHRC meets three times a year and is now holding its 35th session.

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered
Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft. A statement from the acting president’s office added that security was being beefed up to protect the deliveries.

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort
Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released,” Salif Traore told AFP news agency. “Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese.”

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority
French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012.

Finsbury Park attack: Theresa May condemns ‘sickening’ terror attack
Prime Minister Theresa May says the terror attack near a north London mosque is “every bit as sickening” as recent attacks to hit the UK. She was speaking after a man died and 10 people were injured when a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House.

Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights
The parade drew three million, organisers say, with the motto: “Whatever our beliefs, no religion is law.” Huge crowds have taken part in this year’s Gay Pride parade in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo.

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill
Democrats gearing up for a new round of battles against Republican efforts to do away with Barack Obama’s signature health care law are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors. Senator Bernie Sanders urged Democrats on Sunday to do “everything they can” to oppose a Republican bill that for weeks has been drafted by party leaders in secret.

Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field
Saudi Arabia says it has disrupted an attack on a major offshore oilfield. A military statement published Monday on the state-run Saudi Press Agency said three boats “bearing red and white flags” raced toward its Marjan offshore oil field. The military said sailors fired warning shots and captured one of the boats while two others escaped in the assault Friday. It said the captured boat “was loaded with weapons for (a) subversive purpose.”

Report: Israel actively supporting Syrian rebels
Israel has reportedly been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near the border for years with money, food, fuel and medical equipment, according to the New York Times. According to the report published on Sunday, the goal of the covert involvement is to create a buffer zone between the two countries populated by friendly forces.

Jared Kushner Traveling to Israel to ‘Discuss’ ‘Possibility’ of Reviving Peace Talks
Senior advisers to US President Donald Trump will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to revive peace talks, a White House official confirmed on Monday. Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday, followed by Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday.

Israel, Greece, Cyprus Plan Massive Underwater Gas Pipeline
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said plans would be expedited to develop a pipeline to carry natural gas from Israeli and Cypriot reserves in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

‘An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions’
“We condemn this attack and its attempt to escalate tensions in the UK and we stand firmly besides our Muslim brothers and sisters in the aftermath of this attack.

Report: Turkey troops arrive in Qatar for long-planned drills
Turkish troops have arrived in Qatar for long-planned joint military exercises, Al Jazeera reported on Monday, a deployment made possible by legislation fast-tracked by Turkey following a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states.

Pope Francis names two rabbis to Pontifical Academy of Life in historic first
Two rabbis, one from Israel and one from Argentina, were appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members. Pope Francis appointed 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the academy, the Vatican announced last week.

Trump Attorney: The President Is Not Under Investigation
Jay Sekulow, one of the attorneys representing President Donald Trump, told several Sunday morning news shows that Trump “is not under investigation.”

Israel Hayom | New bill aims to make it harder to divide Jerusalem
Habayit Hayehudi initiative aims to ensure that only an 80-MK majority can approve changes to Jerusalem’s status, especially potential division as part of a peace deal • Party says bill aims to stand against concessions made to the Palestinians.

Jews and Christians are guests as taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin
With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

U.S-Led Coalition Shoots Down Syrian Warplane
“…The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces, warning of the serious consequences of this blatant attack on counterterrorism efforts,… and exposes the malicious intentions of the United States of America in the management and investment of terrorism to achieve its objectives in passing the American Zionist project in the region.

Van Slams Into Pedestrians Near London Mosque Leaving “Number Of Casualties”, Driver Arrested
A van plowed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters road in the Finsbury Park area in north London just after 12:20am London Time, in what the police has described a “major incident.” There are “a number of casualties being worked on at the scene,” London police said in a statement, with many injured according to initial press reports.

Deep Throat 2! It Was NOT Once! Comey Was a Serial Leaker!
President Trump’s legal team is prepared to show a long trail of leaks to the New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey, dating back to at least March.

It Was Obama’s DOJ, Not The Russians Who Tried To Influence Presidential Election
…The real evidence that has been exposed over and over again points to the scandal of Obama’s OWN administration spying on American citizens. Jeff Sessions should NOT have testified in front of Congress.  The media and Congress continue to ignore the scandals and wrongdoings of Obama’s administration, which clearly shows it was Obama’s DOJ that interfered with the election.


The Worst Financial Nightmare In Illinois History Erupts As State Comptroller Declares ‘We Are In Massive Crisis Mode’

Margaret Thatcher once said that the big problem with socialist governments is that “they always run out of other people’s money”, and unfortunately we are witnessing this play out in a major way in the state of Illinois right now.  At this point, the Illinois state government has more than 15 billion dollars of unpaid bills.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They are already 15 billion dollars behind on their bills, and they are on pace to take in 6 billion dollars less than they are scheduled to spend in 2017.  It is the worst financial crisis in the history of Illinois, and State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sounds like she is about ready to tear her hair out in frustration(Read More…)


There Have Been 296 Earthquakes In The Vicinity Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Within The Last 7 Days

Is it possible that the Yellowstone supervolcano is gearing up for a major eruption? If you follow my work on a regular basis, then you already know that I spend a lot of time documenting how the crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. Most of this shaking is taking place far away from the continental United States, and so most Americans are not too concerned about it. But we should be concerned about it, because a major seismic event could change all of our lives in a single instant. For instance, a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have the potential of being an E.L.E. (extinction level event). That is why it is so alarming that there have been 296 earthquakes in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano within the last 7 days. Scientists are trying to convince us that everything is going to be okay, but there are others that are not so sure. (Read More…)


Violent Words Have Turned To Violent Deeds: The Rise Of The Radical Left

From violent campus protests to the shooting of a congressman, the violent, radical left is rising. But this should not surprise us at all. The handwriting has been on the wall for years.

What else do you expect when those who believe a child should have a mother and a father are likened to the KKK, Nazis, the Taliban, and ISIS? What else do you expect when Christian conservatives have been branded dangerous enemies?

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Bloodshed is Coming to America

Let us explain.

In 1963, a book written by Cleon Skousen titled “The Naked Communist” was presented to Congress by Rep A.S. Herlong Jr. of Florida. In his remarks, he submitted the book’s list of goals, which revealed how revolutionaries intended to turn our nation from constitutionalism to communism without firing a single bullet. And the schoolroom provided the perfect staging ground. The full list of goals can be found in the Congressional Record – Appendix, Pages A34-A35, Jan. 10, 1963.

Here are just a few:

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Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter Right: America on Verge of Chaos and Civil Unrest

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 19

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Top Headlines – 6/19/2017

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit Israel this week in pursuit of a peace deal

Bennett submits bill to make it ‘impossible’ to divide Jerusalem

PM’s office insists mystery Qalqilya plan was approved, amid ministers’ denials

Hezbollah supporters call for Israel’s annihilation at London rally

Finsbury Park ‘terrorist attack’: One killed, eight injured as van hits worshippers at London mosque

Israel goodwill Ramadan efforts cut after Palestinian attack

Hamas: War with Israel unlikely and relations with Egypt improving

Roadside explosion in Cairo kills Egyptian policeman

More People Were Forcibly Displaced in 2016 Than Ever Before

Israel provides steady flow of cash, aid to Syrian rebels

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

US plane shoots down Syrian aircraft that attacked US-backed fighters

Russian ForMin calls on US to respect Syria’s integrity

Iran launches missile strike into Syria in response to Tehran attacks

Iran targets ‘terrorists’ in missile strike on Isis-held Syrian town

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field

Maldives, Tourist Haven, Casts Wary Eye on Growing Islamic Radicalism

Sharp Rise in Violent Islamist Extremists in Sweden After Migrant Influx

Google Says It Will Do More to Suppress Terrorist Propaganda

Most lethal drones ever designed will be touted at Paris Air Show

North Korea says US ‘mugged’ its diplomats in New York

Russia says Trump is using ‘Cold War rhetoric’ on Cuba

Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba

Trump lawyer Sekulow: President has no knowledge of being investigated

Nunes: No collusion between Trump and Russians – “stop chasing Russian ghosts around the closet”

People mad about the Trump-like ‘Julius Caesar’ are sending death threats to the wrong theater

Macron party wins massive majority in French parliament

With a weakened leader and reeling from crisis, Britain hurtles into the Brexit unknown

Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”

China sets new record for quantum entanglement en route to build new communication network

China To Send 4 More Probes Into Space Before Year 2021

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahai, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 40,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Scientists tracking earthquake swarm in northern Yellowstone Park

Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano

Hurricane center says storm ‘likely’ to develop in Gulf while another storm brews to the east

Portugal Forest Fires: 61 Dead; PM Calls Disaster a ‘Tragedy’

Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

Oroville Dam repair is huge, but so is residents’ mistrust

Trump raises alarm on ObamaCare ‘death spiral’ as insurers flee

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill

Modern family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

Canadians to Face Hate Crimes Charges, Prison for Anti-Transgender Speech

The Vatican is looking into a group of exorcists who apparently made a pact with Satan on climate change and the death of Pope Francis

Girl’s exorcism leads to mom’s arrest on attempted murder charge

Explosion in Tattooing, Piercing Tests State Regulators

Does Your Pastor Know That Yoga and Christianity are Incompatible?

Carbonated Favor from God – Apostle Melvin Thompson III

Faith and Family, in Transition – An evangelical minister reassesses his ministry when his minister father comes out as transgender woman

Plymouth Brethren – What life is like in the mysterious and powerful religious sect founded in Plymouth

Christian Family Band Member is Gunman in Murder Suicide

Christian Lesbian Rock Star Vicky Beeching Given Award by Archbishop of Canterbury

Pro-Choice Actress: Christianity and Abortion Go Together

Church of England chief backs ‘re-christenings’ after sex changes

United Arab Emirates renames mosque ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’

Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

Conservative Christians Deny That New Southern Baptist Bible Translation Is ‘Gender Neutral’

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:44 AM PDT

Conservative Christian groups and intellectuals are rejecting a recent claim that the latest version of the Christian Standard Bible has been edited to be more…

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DAYS OF LOT: Women’s Clothes Are now the new trend for Men

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:36 AM PDT

The trend of feminine and ultra-casual clothing for men has several theologians observing the influence of the “gender cult” and the decline of masculine dress,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Public Schools Must Identify Transgender Students With “Proper Pronoun” Or Else…..

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:32 AM PDT

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has issued an internal memo explaining that refusal by public schools or teachers to refer to a…

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Woman Turns From Abortion, Trusts Christ and Marries the Father of Her Child—All in One Week

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:16 AM PDT

A North Carolina woman changed her mind about obtaining an abortion last week and instead turned to Christ, quickly becoming convicted in her new life…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

RUMORS OF WAR: Iran warns ISIS of more missile strikes

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 07:09 AM PDT

Tehran has warned ISIS militants that any future attacks on the country will result in powerful strikes against the group. It comes after Iran launched…

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Russia Vows To Shoot Down ALL ‘Flying Objects’ Over Syria Including US Aircraft!

Posted: 19 Jun 2017 06:59 AM PDT

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

New Senate bill empowers feds to seize everything you own

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 07:05 PM PDT

In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers the…

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The Worst Financial Nightmare In Illinois History Erupts As State Comptroller Declares ‘We Are In Massive Crisis Mode’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:54 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Margaret Thatcher once said that the big problem with socialist governments is that “they always run out of other people’s money”, and…

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DAYS OF LOT: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:45 PM PDT

Sixteen-year-old Madison’s family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents.  The adults…

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Nuclear lab shutdown endangers US arsenal

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:41 PM PDT

An extended shutdown of the nation’s only scientific laboratory for producing and testing the plutonium cores for its nuclear weapons has taken a toll on…

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DEVELOPING: At least 61 killed in Portugal forest fires

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:37 PM PDT

A raging wildfire has ripped through central Portugal, killing 61 people and injuring dozens more in what officials there describe as the “greatest wildfire tragedy…

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Earthquake & tsunami cause major flooding in Greenland

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:30 PM PDT

The western coast of Greenland has been struck with a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering a tsunami that swept away several houses in coastal villages. At…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Atheist Activist Group Takes Issue With Alabama Police Department’s Mix of God With Government

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:21 PM PDT

A prominent professing atheist group recently sent a letter to officials with a city in Alabama to assert that its police department’s mixture of God with…

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DEVELOPING: Van mows down pedestrians in London, police dealing with ‘major incident’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:14 PM PDT

Multiple casualties are reported in London’s Finsbury Park, where a vehicle drove into pedestrians, many of whom are believed to be Muslims coming out of…

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US Military Shoots Down Syrian Warplane For the First Time!

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 06:07 PM PDT

US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near US-backed…

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Dangerous heat wave to scorch southwestern US through midweek

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:34 PM PDT

The dangerous heat baking the southwestern United States will not relent its grip on the region through much of the week. This heat wave will…

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Scholar Warns of Texas judge pushing U.S. toward ‘sanctuary nation,’

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:27 PM PDT

Are sanctuary cities becoming the law of the land in America? At least one analyst thinks so after a federal judge in Texas ruled that…

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LGBT Flag adds more colors to recognize individuals of other colors

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:23 PM PDT

When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide two years ago, the White House was illuminated with rainbow lights reminiscent of the pride flag…

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Iranian and Chinese destroyers hold joint drill in Persian Gulf

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:17 PM PDT

Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at…

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BREAKING NEWS: Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:12 PM PDT

Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18…

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Secret Catholic Exorcist Cult Making a Deal with the Devil Against Pope

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:05 PM PDT

Plinio Correa de Oliveira is almost as peculiar in death as he was in life. Dr. Plinio, as he is still known by his devout…

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Growing Wheat Famine Sparks “End of Days” Fears

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 01:01 PM PDT

Wheat harvests around the world are falling dangerously short, raising the possibility that the end-of-days famine prophesied in the Book of Amos as preceding the…

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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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June 16, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump has another growing headache on Capitol Hill: a bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee probe of his firing of FBI Director James Comey that Democrats say should look into possible obstruction of justice.

Thirty-six hours after a gunman’s attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. Members of the Republican congressional baseball team say a prayer prior to the 56th Annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at the National Park in Washington, D.C., on June 15.

While global inequality is simply accelerating, in America it’s gone into overdrive. The share of income going to the top 1 percent in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last 35 years, after dropping in the decades after World War II (when the rich were taxed at high double-digit rates).

Crypto coins’ gyrations require nerves of steel, but to an increasing number of Venezuelans, they’re the safest currency they can own.

President Donald Trump will announce a ban on Americans and U.S. companies doing business with Cuba’s military on Friday in a rollback of the Obama administration’s plan to thaw relations with the island.

The U.S. Navy has yet to figure out how to fix oxygen deprivation and cabin pressure loss in its Boeing Co. F-18 aircraft — a problem the service called “elusive” in a report released Thursday.

Qatari authorities have prosecuted five people accused by the U.S. and the United Nations of financing terrorists — and who were also named by Saudi Arabia and its allies as part of the bloc’s justification for isolating the tiny Gulf nation since last week.

Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into the supermarket business with hundreds of stores across the U.S.

An American college student who emerged from prison in North Korea in a coma has severe brain damage, but doctors don’t know what caused it, a medical team treating him in Ohio said.

Nestlé’s new chief executive officer is putting the world’s biggest food company on a diet, moving to shed its U.S. confectionery business as he seeks growth from healthier and more profitable businesses.

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The Qatar crisis has expanded to include Libya and now involves Glencore, one of the world’s largest traders of natural resources, in a conflict over export sales of crude oil.

Iraqis are being swept up in immigration raids across the US and targeted for deportation by the Trump administration, in a crackdown attorneys and advocates described as a “death sentence” for members of Iraq’s Christian minority.

Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group’s de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Russia and Iran, sending the House of Representatives a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally easing penalties against Moscow.

Scientists studying climate change say they have had to cancel part of their research because of global warming.

The United States has deployed mobile artillery rocket launchers in southern Syria, aiming to defend its At-Tanaf base where it trains anti-Islamic State forces, Pentagon officials confirmed.

Russia on Thursday accused the US-led coalition of deploying missiles against Syrian troops at a garrison in the east of the country, where rebels battling the Islamic State group are being trained.

Islamic State fighters have captured Tora Bora, a mountain cave complex in eastern Afghanistan that was once the hideout of Osama bin Laden, officials said Thursday, despite pressure on the jihadists from US-led forces.

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Vice-President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to handle his response to inquiries into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The United Nations Mission in Colombia says it has received 40% of the weapons registered by the Farc rebel group, a figure which falls short of the 60% they should have received by now. The deadline for the handover of all the 7,000 registered weapons is Tuesday.

Australia is bringing in its first national gun amnesty since 1996 because of the growing terrorism threat and an influx of illegal arms in the country. During the three-month amnesty running from 1 July, people can hand in unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution, the government says. Those caught outside that period face fines of up to $212,730or up to 14 years in prison. It is estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit guns in Australia.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organization said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumors during times of unrest.

The president of Serbia has nominated a gay woman to be his prime minister in a double first for the deeply conservative Balkan state.

WND

A new report says that in California, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,608 and to afford this level of rent and utilities – without paying more than 30 percent of income on housing – a household must earn $5,359 monthly or $64,311 annually. Assuming a 40-hour workweek, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates into an hourly “housing wage” of $30.92 an hour.


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Top News – 6/16/2017

15,000 plus sign petition against anti-Israel rally in London
An online petition calling for a ban of the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” march in London had garnered over 15,000 signatures as of Thursday, due to concerns that the rally promotes antisemitism and terrorism. The annual event, which has previously attracted controversy due to the waving of flags of terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, is scheduled to be held in the British capital on Sunday.

Palestinians to claim Tomb of Patriarchs on UN World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee is set to debate inscribing the Old City of Hebron – including its Tomb of the Patriarchs – to the “State of Palestine” when it meets from July 2 to 12 in Krakow, Poland. “This is a new front in the war over the holy places that the Palestinians are trying to ignite as part of their propaganda campaign against Israel and the history of the Jewish people,” Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama HaCohen told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Five Palestinians cities to expand into Area C
Israel notified the Palestinian Authority that five Palestinian cities – Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, Jenin and Kalkilya – would be allowed to expand from Area A into Area C, MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) told Army Radio on Thursday night. Tibi spoke prior to the anticipated return of US envoy Jason Greenblatt to the region, who was last here two weeks ago to speak with Israelis and Palestinians about US President Donald Trump’s peace efforts.

Niger floods: Nine children killed as homes collapse
At least nine children are reported to have died as houses in Niger’s capital, Niamey, collapsed following heavy rain. The rain has caused floods and extensive damage, including to one of the main markets in the city centre. Homes collapsed in several parts of the city, trapping or killing those inside, AFP reported Zourkaleini Maiga, secretary general of the local authority, as saying.

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’
Russia’s defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS). The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters on 28 May. It said the raid had targeted a meeting of the IS military council in the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria.

Russia questions US Himars missile deployment in Syria
The Russian defence ministry has raised concerns about US multiple-rocket launchers being deployed at a base in eastern Syria. It said it was not impossible the two Himars launchers being set up in al-Tanf would be used against troops fighting so-called Islamic State. The launchers were reportedly brought in from Jordan to Tanf, which is used by rebels and Western special forces.

China’s quantum satellite in big leap
The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called Micius, the satellite is the first of its kind and was launched from the Gobi desert last August.

U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions
The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia. In a move that could complicate U.S. President Donald Trump’s desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2.

What’s Triggering The Left Now? Soon You Won’t Be Allowed To Say “Patriot”
“There was a time when liberals and conservatives both agreed on one thing. They both used to love their country. Though they differed on what values and policies would be best for their homeland, they still had that shred of common ground. That’s clearly no longer the case.”

TSA begins testing biometric fingerprint screening at 2 airports 
Forget fumbling for your photo ID and boarding pass at the airport. Soon, certain passengers will be free to move through the airport and check into their flights using only their fingerprints, thanks to the TSA’s latest, more intrusive, innovation.

BOMBSHELL: Fox News EXPOSES Obama for RIGGING Election With 4 MILLION Fraudulent Votes
“Dead people are voting and it’s something [the Obama] administration does not want to do anything about. They must like it. They must like who they are voting for,” J. Christian Adams told Fox News. “Now we have four million, four million Steve, ineligible and dead voters on American voter rolls according to the Pew Charitable Trust,” he added. So THAT’S how Obama got elected twice!

Afghanistan Situation is Obama’s Fault, Says Mattis
Secretary of Defense James Mattis blamed former President Barack Obama for the ongoing disaster in Afghanistan when speaking to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday. Mattis argued that the Obama administration’s decision to pull support for Afghan forces allowed the Taliban to rebuild and refocus their efforts.

The UN Just Accused The US Of Killing 300 Civilians Since Last Week In Raqqa
“…the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced…”

Black Lives Matter Activist Tries to Make Scalise Shooting About Race
It took less than a day for a top Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, to make the shooting in Alexandria, Va., about race—complaining that the media is going too easy on the shooter, and claiming that white men should be “banned” to reduce mass shootings.

Furious Trump Lashes Out In Afternoon Tweetstorm
“Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” “Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?”


Rush Limbaugh And Ann Coulter Are Right – America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest

Things will never be the same in America from this moment forward. When 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attempted to gun down as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, he permanently shattered the notion that we could go back to the way that things used to be in this country. At one time, Republicans and Democrats may have strongly disagreed with one another over the issues, but there was always a certain code of civility that everyone understood and respected. But now that is long gone, and if our politicians and the big media outlets continue to fuel the rising hatred in this country, it won’t be too long before we are dealing with widespread chaos and civil unrest from coast to coast. (Read More…)

A Broken Culture

Liking Facebook posts replaced sitting around a table sharing a meal. The coffee conversation at the local diner got replaced with the real time Twitter feed where everyone complained about the same thing, the same way, and all targeted the same group to blame. God made the real world and we see Him reflected in it. Man made his own world and we see his reflection in it. The former is beautiful. Not so much the latter.

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America teetering on the brink of political anarchy – Todd Starnes

What I’m about to say is politically incorrect, but it needs to be said.

Our great nation is teetering on the brink of political anarchy. And the blame lies with Hollywood and public universities and left-wing activists.

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We Are Getting Very Close To An Inverted Yield Curve – And If That Happens A Recession Is Essentially Guaranteed

If something happens seven times in a row, do you think that there is a pretty good chance that it will happen the eighth time too?  Immediately prior to the last seven recessions, we have seen an inverted yield curve, and it looks like it is about to happen again for the very first time since the last financial crisis.  For those of you that are not familiar with this terminology, when we are talking about a yield curve we are typically talking about the spread between two-year and ten-year U.S. Treasury bond yields.  Normally, long-term rates are higher than short-term rates, but when investors get spooked about the economy this can reverse.  Just before every single recession since 1960 the yield curve has “inverted”, and now we are getting dangerously close to it happening again for the first time in a decade. (Read More…)


THE SWAMP FIGHTS BACK: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Hires Lawyers With Deep Ties To DNC To Investigate Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russia investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The amount of evidence showing collusion between President Trump and the Russians to influence the election stands firmly at zero. There is none anywhere. Illegal leaks at the highest levels in Washington is at an all-time high. So if you had to pick one thing to investigate, what would it be? Well, if you are a denizen of The Swamp, you ignore the actual law breakers doing the leaking, because that would only incriminate Liberals and that’s a no-no in The Swamp. What you do decide to do is investigate the President, and use a team of Liberal Democrats to do it. The Swamp is just getting started.

Robert Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who’ve represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal.

Among them are James Quarles and Jeannie Rhee, both of whom Mueller brought over from his old firm, WilmerHale. He’s also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation.

“That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let’s let him do his job,” former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News.

While only five attorneys have been identified, concerns have come up over the political leanings of Quarles, Rhee and Weissmann. They have donated overwhelmingly to Democrats, totaling more than $53,000 since 1988, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

The special counsel’s investigators are looking into questions of Russian interference in last year’s election, and plan to speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Post reported that the interviews represent a widening of the probe to include looking into whether the President obstructed justice in suggesting to his former FBI Director James Comey that Comey drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, as well as for his firing of Comey.

Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.

I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017

The interviews are some of the first indications of the efforts of Mueller’s newly assembled team. Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full-scale obstruction investigation.

Trump, however, referred to the Post’s reporting as a “phony” story in a tweet Thursday.

“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice,” the President tweeted. In another tweet, Trump called it “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!”

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence. In a statement, the National Security Agency said it “will fully cooperate with the special counsel,” but declined to comment further.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post’s reporting. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” he said. source


June 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Former FBI Director James Comey has finally admitted publicly that President Donald Trump has not been under investigation, after months of deliberately leaving the impression that he was. Now the issue becomes whether Trump somehow obstructed justice in trying to save one of his subordinates, a decorated military veteran who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), from a frivolous prosecution…. (more)

June 15, 2017
LINDA GOUDSMIT — Only a left-wing liberal living in subjective reality could promote the hijab, the quintessential symbol of feminine oppression, as fashion. The idea is so spectacularly stupid that it defies description. This is yet another salvo in the attempt to Islamicize the West by making the unacceptable dictates of sharia law acceptable…. (more)

June 15, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday were left pondering whether and how to increase their own security in the wake of a gunman’s shocking attack against GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice, and it is already prompting some to start pushing for police protection at their homes and group events outside the Capitol…. (more)

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — One Republican lawmaker believes that concealed carry reciprocity for members of Congress should be considered as part of possible security upgrades after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot at practice for the congressional charity baseball game early Wednesday morning…. (more)


June 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — America must heal its sharp divide and end the divisiveness that led to Wednesday’s bloodbath in which a President Donald Trump-hating gunman opened fire and critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, told Newsmax TV…. (more)

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Renowned feminist Camille Paglia says the Democratic Party’s leaders are in “a nationwide orgy of rage and spite” that prevents them from connecting with millions of potential voters…. (more)


June 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — The WannaCry computer worm, a ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 people in about 150 countries just weeks ago, is being blamed on North Korea. The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency has “moderate confidence” that North Korea is responsible for WannaCry, citing alleged hackers that have the sponsorship of North Korea’s spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau…. (more)

June 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — A rising number of American billionaires reportedly are stockpiling land as “apocalypse insurance,” in the event of an apocalyptic event, be it a viral epidemic, nuclear war, or cataclysmic pole shift…. (more)

June 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Longtime safety advocate Ralph Nader blasted auto companies and Silicon Valley on Wednesday, accusing them of lacking legal, ethical and policy frameworks for the testing and future deployment of driverless vehicles…. (more)

June 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — MedStar Washington Hospital Center said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition Wednesday night as the result of a gunshot wound to the hip and will require more surgery…. (more)

June 14, 2017

NBC NEWS — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among five people wounded Wednesday morning when a rifle-wielding gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia…. (more)


June 14, 2017

NEWSMAX — James T. Hodgkinson, 66, identified by law enforcement officials as the deceased gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a Virginia baseball field, was “living out of his gym bag” in Alexandria, The Washington Post reported…. (more)


June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — The rifle shots came from the fence over the third base line, shattering the June morning, wounding one congressman and several staffers, and terrifying the two dozen lawmakers and staffers who were also on the field. Then came gunshots from the other side of the field…. (more)


June 14, 2017

PAUL BREMMER — This week brought a chilling reminder of the devastating effects of leftist rage in America. A group of Republican congressmen practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game found themselves dodging a hail of bullets from a would-be assassin’s gun Wednesday…. (more)


June 14, 2017

LEO HOHMANN — The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, a 66-year-old supporter and campaign volunteer of Bernie Sanders with far-left political views…. (more)


June 14, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — There is no doubt that politics in the United States now include a level of violence not seen in recent memory. It comes as factions of the Democratic Party have proven unable to accept the fact their candidate for president, now twice-failed Hillary Clinton, lost a decisive election to the GOP candidate, Donald Trump, in 2016…. (more)

June 14, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — Imagine a candidate for the U.S. Senate who is more anti-establishment than Trump and has been proving it for more than 20 years as a judge and even chief justice of his state’s Supreme Court…. (more)

June 14, 2017

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — I have argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recusal from the so-called Russia investigation was a mistake. The attorney general’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon bolstered this conclusion…. (more)


June 14, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Washington certainly didn’t need another reason for citizens to doubt its integrity, but this one strikes at the very heart of the government’s ability to investigate and remove corruption: the Department of Justice’s appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the allegations of “collusion” by Trump team members with the Russian government…. (more)

June 14, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Over the weekend the arts community stepped a little too close to the flame of their hatred for President Trump. They got singed, and by Sunday night they were backing away, looking confused and hurt…. (more)

June 12, 2017
POLIZETTE — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparked a mini-meltdown in the media Monday with a tweet challenging the fairness of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

June 12, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — The liberals and the left have been flirting with the fantasy of an assassination of Donald Trump since the early hours of last Nov. 9. If all the rants and diatribes, which make up the conversation where snowflakes, “intellectuals” and the morally elite gather to chat and chew, can’t accomplish the elimination of the president by peaceable means, then why not by “any means necessary?”… (more)

June 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration is poised to nip the Bears Ears National Monument, beginning a rollback of one of President Obama’s most aggressive environmental moves. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an interim report Monday saying the 1.35-million-acre Utah monument that Mr. Obama established on his way out of office is far too big and needs to be carved up and cut down to size…. (more)

June 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — We have now completed a survey of the structure and powers of the executive department…which combines, as far as republican principles will admit, all the requisites to energy. The remaining inquiry is: Does it also combine the requisites to safety, in a republican sense – – a due dependence on the people, a due responsibility?…… (more)

June 12, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — The Russia-gate scandal means big ratings for the media. For the American people, it means the likelihood of more terrorist attacks. It stands to reason that all of the money, resources and personnel that are being used to investigate President Donald Trump could be used elsewhere, such as rooting out the corruption in the intelligence community that has prevented the United States from identifying and defeating the Islamic terrorist threat…. (more)


What is the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement?

Churchwatch Central has put together a summary of New Apostolic Reformation pioneers Bob Jones, Mike Bickle, C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber.

NAR false teachers “Apostle” Bill Johnson & “Prophet” Mike Bickle

We’ve already provided a simplistic overview of the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM) in the 1970s. This time we would like to turn your attention to the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement (PAM). 

Mike Bickle has done the body of Christ a massive favor by advertising the historical foundations of his iHOP movement through these sessions and resources. In the attached resources you will hear:

  1. Their experiences with the ‘Dominus’ Jesus and the ‘Don’ Jesus,
  2. How they helped pioneer the APM, with leaders such as John Wimber,
  3. How the Apostles of the Vineyard Movement worked with the Prophets of the Kansas City Prophetic Movement to further establish their governance over the visible church,
  4. Countless bizarre prophecies and experiences from Mike Bickle, Bob Jones and other false prophets and leaders.

Although Wimber and Wagner played a significant role in developing the Apostolic Movement through the Vineyard Movement (US) and New Wine Movement (UK) in the 1980s, our focus will be more on the Prophetic Movement in Kansas City, led by Bickle and Jones.

This article exists so people can hear. for themselves, Bob Jones and Mike Bickle talk about iHOP’s creepy beginnings. Back in the early 1980s, it was known as the Kansas City Fellowship (KCF). It later became the Kansas City Prophets (KCP) prophetic movement which helped bring into fruition other movements, mainly the iHOP movement. We will also include an important work of a man who helped exposed the dangers of this dangerous part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

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Dangerous Rhetoric… Dangerous Events

The tragic shooting this week in Virginia of Republican Congressmen and staffers is a sad effect of the careless, hateful rhetoric that spews out of Washington politicians and our divided nation as a whole over the past two decades. Mentally unstable people get caught up in the media sensationalism and decide that violence is the logical answer. Is our nation on the brink of a social meltdown and political anarchy fueled by careless politicians and a reckless media? I think you know the answer. We will cover this story and others in our Media watch segment this morning. We also answer your questions from this week’s shows.

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When Political Correctness Runs Rampant

This just a week after struggling comedienne, Kathy Griffin held up a severed head of President Donald Trump, days after a New York City Public Theater production of Shakespeare in the Park stabs a ‘Trump’ lookalike (Caesar) to death in a performance of ‘Julius Caesar,’ and days after Senator Bernie Sanders, in anger, suggested Christians that believe the Bible and work for public office.

Today’s guest is Elijah Abraham, is the founder and executive director of Living Oasis Ministries. Elijah’s story began in Baghdad in 1965 when he was born to an Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim family. Elijah joins us to discuss current events in light of Bible prophecy as well as the political correctness running rampant in America.

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The ‘Resistance’ Inciting Violence, Looking the Other Way

I miss the old days when disagreement and political opposition did not mean you hated the other person or party. This is now a time of sustained hostility most of us believe will not get much better in a nation that has embraced moral relativism and abandoned God.

The only thing that will alter the course we’re on is if people turn back to God because only He can change the hate-filled, hardened hearts of sinners. This is why sharing the gospel is so important. All around us, people are without hope and hurting, and incident’s like today’s is a glaring reminder of how bad it has gotten.

Abraham Lincoln was right when he called for national fasting, prayer, and repentance because the people had forgotten God. That was 1863. Healing won’t come from Washington or Hollywood; it has to start with us.

As we approach the Fourth of July and celebrate our national independence, remember our blessings and freedoms, yes, but let’s acknowledge the fact America desperately needs revival. In all the chaos and noise, people are more in need of the healing touch and salvation of Jesus Christ than ever in our history.

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A Warning Shot to Christians in Government

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders, who could have been elected President, said some very disturbing things when questioning the President’s nominee for Deputy Director of Management and Budget. Sanders did not question Russel Vought’s financial or management qualifications when grilling him; he questioned if he should be allowed to work in the government because of Vought’s Christian beliefs. Apparently, it all stemmed from a personal statement Vought made on his personal facebook page: “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.”

According to God’s Word, Vought is correct and that seemed to drive Sanders crazy. Also today in our Rightly Handling the Word segment we discuss “Seed Faith Offering” statements that television preachers often use to get people to give to their organizations. Just what does God actually promise when we give generously, compared to what is promised by these televangelists?

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Sanitized Socialism & Communist Goals

Socialism is a deception. If you look at every major area of importance in America where Christianity was once prominent and had influence, history shows truth has been replaced by lies. We will be able to raise more awareness and fight more effectively once we realize the fact that the United States of America is […]

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Doubt, Skepticism and Confusion

Satan’s bag of tricks are not all that extensive. He usually sticks to the same tactic because it works. He placed doubt about God into Eve’s mind, and the result was sin and death entering the world. These days the tactic remains the same: Get people to doubt God and His Word, and convince them that we know better than God who we are and what is good. But today Satan has a variety of institutions to reinforce the doubt he wants to spread including media, public education, Hollywood, and even sometimes naive professing Christians.

Pastor Randy White joins us to discuss the growing skepticism about God in society and within the church, and how we combat it with sound theology and method.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

June 16, 2017

NYT Recycles Fake News to Blame the Right

After a crazed leftist attacked Republicans, the Times still seeks to blame politically motivated violence on conservatives.

The Foundation

“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 16

  • Russia may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi (Read More)
  • About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan (Read More)
  • Insurers Look to Ramp Up Premiums in Health Law Exchanges (Read More)
  • U.N. envoy urges North Korea to explain why freed U.S. man is in coma (Read More)
  • Wal-Mart Offers a Refuge for Sellers Tired of Amazon  (Read More)
  • Trump to limit Cuba travel, restrict business deals with military: U.S. officials (Read More)
  • Private-Equity Firms Stand to Benefit From Court’s Curb on SEC (Read More)
  • The $31 Billion Hole in GE’s Balance Sheet That Keeps Growing (Read More)
  • Facebook Boosts A.I. to Block Terrorist Propaganda (Read More)
  • Whole Foods CEO Calls Activist Investor ‘Greedy Bastards’ (Read More)
  • Kroger Rattles Nerves in Grocery Section (Read More)
  • U.S. Exports to Mexico Fall as Uncertainty Over Nafta Lingers (Read More)
  • Funds pull back from Permian as U.S. shale oil firms go into overdrive (Read More)
  • The World’s Richest Nation Has Rarely Looked Weaker  (Read More)
  • 30 confirmed dead in London high-rise fire (Read More)
  • Big Oil Firms Are Exploring a New Frontier in Shale: Profits (Read More)
  • Facing criticism, British PM to visit London fire victims (Read More)
  • Pimco’s New Bond King Is Nothing Like Bill Gross (Read More)
  • U.S. accuses Chinese company of money-laundering for North Korea (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 6/16/2017

Marking 50 years of rule, Rivlin calls on world to recognize Golan as Israel

Rivlin: The Golan is essential to our existence

Ministers slam Israeli plan to double size of West Bank’s Qalqilya

Israel and Hamas court catastrophe in high-stakes game of chicken

US ‘concerned’ about Gaza crisis but says Hamas responsible

Russian Ambassador to Israel – Hamas, Hezbollah not terrorists at all

Palestinians to claim Tomb of Patriarchs on UN World Heritage List

US threatens to replace UN human rights body over anti-Israel stance

Israel expects change in UN voting patterns, Netanyahu says after Africa trip

Vatican, Israel closer to resolving property, tax issues – Historic accord would define relations, establish juridical rights of the Catholic Church in Israel

Iraqi Christians targeted for deportation face ‘death sentence’ in Iraq, lawyers say

London fire: First victim named as Mohammed Alhajali, a Syrian refugee

UN slams ‘staggering loss of civilian life’ in US-backed Syria airstrikes

Russia claims it has killed Islamic State leader

About 4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan

US shifts to reassure Qatar with arms sale, joint exercise

US signs deal to supply F-15 jets to Qatar after Trump terror claims

Unicef Steps In to Pay Yemen’s Doctors as War and Cholera Rage

From Tehran to Beirut: Shia militias aim to firm up Iran’s arc of influence

Senate passes Iran ‘non-nuclear’ sanctions bill

UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons may be adopted soon

Their life disrupted, South Korean grannies vow to fight THAAD till the end

Kim Jong-un nervous about assassination: NIS

Fred Warmbier: No excuse for North Korea ‘brutalizing’ our son

Doctors say US student freed by North Korea has severe brain damage

Rodman gives Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ as gift for North Korea’s Kim

Some of China’s richest and most powerful men have mysteriously vanished

Deadly blast hits students, parents at gates of kindergarten in China

Trump scraps Obama policy that protected immigrant parents from deportation

Nearly $50 million in the California state budget will go to expanded legal services for immigrants

Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In U.S.

Jared Kushner’s business dealings come under scrutiny in Russia probe

Trump, facing deepening probes, revives attacks on Clinton

Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Pence hires his own lawyer for Russia probes

News Corp. CEO: The Almighty Algorithm – “fake news” and other consequences of Google, Amazon and Facebook’s relentless focus on quantity over quality

Rage Is All the Rage, and It’s Dangerous

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Defends Public Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ CNN at Shareholders Meeting

Several shots fired at truck flying ‘Make America Great Again’ flag on I-465

Varney: Left Won’t Acknowledge ‘Climate of Violence’ They Helped Create

Talk of unity wanes as Republicans, Democrats blame each other for shooting

Democrats and Republicans show unity on baseball field to honor wounded colleague

Dems ask themselves: Has their rhetoric gone too far?

Steve Scalise shooting: Political ‘intensity’ at town halls and beyond rising for months

GOP Lawmaker Wants to Let Members of Congress Carry Guns

Terror fears prompt first Australia gun amnesty in 20 years

How a Conspiracy Theorist’s Call About a Dirty Bomb Shut Down Part of a Port

Facebook seeks to become ‘hostile place’ for terrorists

Opposing Trump, conservative bloc demands reforms to internet spy law

Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later

Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama’s detente

Eurogroup agrees 8.5 billion euro bailout distribution to Greece to cover its current needs

OPEC Took Aim at US Oil Producers, but Hurt Itself, Too

Sweet! Rare Strawberry ‘Minimoon’ Makes for Stunning Photos

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 40,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Deadly London Tower Fire Fueled By ‘Green Energy’ Rules

A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill raises alarms in both parties

Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver’s license

Serbia’s president formally nominates country’s first openly gay prime minister

Catholic Church Says Sexual Abuse by Clergy Still Unresolved With 25 New Cases: Annual Report

Denny Burk – “The Gospel according to Glennon”: What gospel?

What is the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement (PAM)? (A Summary of Jones, Bickle, Wagner and Wimber)

Bridgeport Pastor Forged Documents, Sold Church To Himself For $1

Jilted bishop launched scandal campaign against gospel artist after romance was spurned: lawsuit

Pastor Wants Revival Service for ‘Side Chicks,’ Says ‘Pray for Women Who Have No Value’

R.C. Sproul Jr. Accepts Plea Agreement for Drunk Driving With Children in Vehicle, Sentenced to Probation

Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Yellowstone followed 5 aftershocks

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 06:06 AM PDT

A Magnitude 4.5 earthquake and 5 aftershocks larger than M2.5 struck Yellowstone on June 16, 2017, while NASA is flying the world’s largest airborne observatory…

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Pray These Powerful Decrees Over Your Unsaved Loved Ones

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 06:01 AM PDT

(By Dutch Sheets) Jesus came to restore things on earth to God’s plan. He talked about this in Matthew 16 where he said, “I will build my…

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Radical Islam Growing In Sweden

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:45 AM PDT

The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousands, mainly among people with sympathies…

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DAYS OF LOT: Drag becomes front and center of American Entertainment!

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:36 AM PDT

Drag has been around since the days of Dionysus, but no ancient Greek ever sashayed nearly as statuesquely as RuPaul Charles. The world’s most famous…

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DAYS OF LOT: Serbia’s president formally nominates country’s first openly gay prime minister

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:32 AM PDT

Serbia’s president on Thursday nominated the highly conservative country’s first openly gay prime minister, a move likely to infuriate both the Christian Orthodox church and…

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DEVELOPING: Illinois may be first state to file for bankruptcy

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:28 AM PDT

Illinois residents may feel some solidarity with the likes of Puerto Rico and Detroit. A financial crunch is spiraling into a serious problem for Illinois…

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U.S. sending 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:23 AM PDT

An additional 4,000 American troops are headed for Afghanistan, a Trump administration official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The forces will join nearly 10,000…

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Oregon becomes first state to add third option to driver’s licenses

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:17 AM PDT

Oregon on Thursday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver’s licenses, a decision that…

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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi reportedly killed in Russia-led airstrike

Posted: 16 Jun 2017 05:11 AM PDT

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday it is checking on information indicating that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a…

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Is America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest?

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:37 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Things will never be the same in America from this moment forward. When 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attempted to gun down as…

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Famous scientist’s research confirmed belief in God

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:31 PM PDT

The “Father of Modern Space Flight” was Wernher von Braun. He acknowledged his debt to the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” American scientist Robert H. Goddard…

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Shots fired at truck flying ‘Make America Great Again’ flag…

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:22 PM PDT

Indiana State Police say shots were fired at a truck carrying a “Make America Great Again” flag and an American flag on eastbound I-465 Tuesday….

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The one thing we cannot afford to lose!

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 02:28 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment we will show you how the enemy is attempting to make believers in this hour become hard and their…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Convergence Of Signs Preparing The Way For “Third Temple”

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 12:13 PM PDT

For millennia, it was a scene that would have been unimaginable. Soldiers of the Jewish state, under the banner of the Star of David, crying…

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Biometric Hand Scanner Violated Coal Miner’s ‘Mark of the Beast’ Belief

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 12:08 PM PDT

An appeals court ruled Monday that a West Virginia coal mining company interfered with a worker’s religious beliefs after the evangelical Christian likened the company’s…

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Worm grows strange mutation after space visit

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 12:01 PM PDT

There are lots of strange things to discover in space, but flatworms sent to the International Space Station saved the really weird stuff for when…

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Massive Revival in Syria Keeps Getting Stronger

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:50 AM PDT

A pastor in Syria is speaking out to note that, despite the tragic mass exodus of Christians in the Middle East, there’s a sizable number of Muslims…

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Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ May Have Just Found a New Home

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:40 AM PDT

ABC caused a bit of an uproar recently when it made the surprise announcement in May that it would no longer carry Tim Allen’s popular…

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Rep. Bill Johnson Claims Shooter’s Aim Being Off Was an ‘Act of God’

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:31 AM PDT

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) is calling it an “act of God” that the shooter who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in…

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Pastor Wants Revival Service for ‘Side Chicks,’

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:25 AM PDT

In a crusade against women who sleep with men in committed relationships, known in popular culture as “side chicks,” a pastor in Dallas, Texas, has…

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Christian School Fears Bible Verses Will Be Banned Under Canada’s New Human Rights Code

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:15 AM PDT

Administrators at a Christian school located southeast of Edmonton, Alberta, are concerned that parts of the Bible, specifically those that deal with sexual ethics, could…

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Government Leader Demands Christians Must Convert, Pay Taxes or Be Killed

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:10 AM PDT

A video showing a call for jihad from a senior Iraqi Shi’ite cleric has caused anger among Iraqi Christians. The undated footage shows Sheikh Alaa Al-Mousawi, head…

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Tensions rise as Hawaii removes scores from homeless camps…

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 11:00 AM PDT

After years of complaints, city crews dismantled two of the most volatile homeless camps on Oahu on Tuesday. Business owners in Kapalama and Iwilei say…

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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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June 15, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remained in critical condition Wednesday night after he and four others were wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, near the nation’s capital.

Tunisian Prime Minister Yousef El-Shahed is targeting the foreign-currency black market as his government bids to boost state coffers and promote growth, after the slumping economy triggered some of the biggest protests since the Arab Spring.

President Donald Trump has delegated authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Pentagon chief told lawmakers.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government passed controversial legislation that gives prosecutors the power to monitor and arrest people in the planning stages of crimes.

The U.S. Treasury Department wants to include China among a proposed group of hostile nations whose companies would undergo extra scrutiny for national security risks if they seek to buy stakes in American corporations, according to an administration official.

Nike Inc. is cutting about 2 percent of its workforce as the athletic brand revamps global operations, part of a bid to move faster and ward off competition from Adidas AG and Under Armour Inc. Nike had more than 70,000 jobs at the end of fiscal 2016, suggesting that the cuts could affect about 1,400 workers.

The U.S. job market continues to show signs of strength, as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a three-week low, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. Initial jobless claims fell by 8k to 237k (forecast was 241k); close to 43-year-low of 227k.

The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act prohibits local governments or civic groups from removing historical monuments from public property if the monuments have been in place for at least 40 years.

Federal Reserve officials forged ahead with an interest-rate increase and additional plans to tighten monetary policy despite growing concerns over weak inflation. Wednesday’s decision brings the Fed’s target for the federal funds rate, which covers overnight loans between banks, to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent.

The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land. While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe turned the conversation to gun control during a press conference with law enforcement officers following the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday.

An Iranian navy vessel conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional” interaction with US ships by pointing a laser at an accompanying Marine Corps helicopter, the US Navy said Wednesday.

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit western Guatemala early on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing power outages, as well as damage to some buildings, officials said.

Facing sharp criticisms from impatient senators, Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday agreed that “we are not winning in Afghanistan” and promised a new strategy by mid-July. Mattis also said that even victory in America’s longest war would likely mean a long-term U.S. troop presence.

A Russian cyber-attack on the US electoral system affected almost 40 states during the 2016 election, sources have revealed. The cyber-attack – which targeted software used by poll workers on election day – hit 39 states, sources familiar with the US investigation into the matter told Bloomberg. That number, if accurate, represents a far larger attack than previously reported.

U.S. factory output fell 0.4 percent unexpectedly in May on a broad decline in production, including the manufacturing of cars, casting a shadow over the economy’s rebound from sluggishness at the start of the year.

BBC

The Wannacry worm that infected organisations in 150 countries in May has been blamed on North Korea by the US’s National Security Agency (NSA).

The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building program goes ahead, scientists said. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction.

The Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s access to artificial-intelligence-based technology developed in the US, according to Reuters. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organizations being able to invest in some start-ups.

Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US.

WND

Senators are seriously considering keeping in place some ObamaCare taxes for longer than the House-passed bill would as they seek to draft healthcare legislation that can pass their chamber with a simple majority.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards boasted in a television interview of all the options women who contact her abortion-business outlets are counseled to consider. There’s abortion. And abortion. And abortion. Even though it may not be what Richards said in so many words, it’s what investigators for Live Action found in their research of Planned Parenthood clinics.

Federal and state authorities investigated the possibility there was a “dirty bomb” on a ship at a local terminal, but later gave the all-clear, reports CBS Charleston, S.C. station WCSC-TV.


The Briefing 06-15-17

Congressional baseball shooting leaves 4 wounded, including Rep. Steve Scalise with critical injuries

After finding new fossils, scientists are rewriting the origin story of humanity—again.

SBC adopts resolution condemning alt-right white supremacy, affirming biblical unity of humanity

How many Jenner’s? The sad confusion when Jenner refers to “Bruce” in the past tense

What’s in a board game? It turns out a lot more history, culture, and worldview than you might think

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Top News – 6/15/2017

Mainstream Media Incitement of Violence Against Republicans Leads to Shooting of U.S. Congressman
The madman who opened fire and shot a sitting U.S. congressman (and majority whip) and others today is a liberal who wanted to “kill as many Republicans as possible”, who was a member of a group called “Terminate the Republican Party”, and who had recently written: It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co. And at least some liberals expressed pleasure that the congressman was shot.

Rachel Maddow Denies Show Had Contact With VA Shooter; Segment Does Not Re-Air on Show Repeat
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow reacted to news that James Hodgkinson, the now-deceased alleged shooter in an incident that has resulted in five people hospitalized, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), was a fan of her program.

Scientists Discover the Bloody Fountain of Youth, But Does it Threaten Messiah?
A new treatment involving transfusing the blood of young donors into older recipients is being lauded not only as a cure for disease but also as a possible treatment for reversing the effects of aging. But the unusual treatment, which evokes Biblical villains and dredges up medieval nightmares, has rabbis divided: is this a blessing or is it a curse?

‘1 down, 216 to go’: GOP congresswoman receives threatening email after Virginia shooting
“One down, 216 to go,” reads the email sent to freshman Republican Claudia Tenney. The subject line apparently referred to the number of House seats required to have a majority in a vote, according to Politico.

US threatens to replace UN human rights body over anti-Israel stance
The United States has threatened to replace the United Nations Human Rights Council with an alternative group of nations, unless the 47-member body halted its anti-Israel bias and underwent a series of reforms. “We are either going to reform this thing and make it reflect what it should be reflecting or we will withdraw our support for it,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday in Washington.

WATCH: Russian Ambassador to Israel – Hamas, Hezbollah not terrorists at all
The Russian Ambassador to Israel, Alexander Shein, refused to call Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations but rather “radical organizations which sometimes adhere to extremist political views” in an interview on Israeli TV last week (June 9). In an interview with Channel 9, the Russian-language Israeli TV channel, the Russian envoy stated that “we do not consider these organizations to be terrorists.”

Somalia: Suicide car bomber targets Mogadishu restaurant
A combined suicide bomb and gun attack at a hotel and restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 18 people. The attack started on Wednesday evening, as Muslims were breaking their daily fast during Ramadan. A chef at the Pizza House restaurant, a modern venue popular with young Somalis, was among the victims.

Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy law
Japan’s lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to target terror conspiracies. PM Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc pushed it through the upper house early on Thursday, despite vocal opposition. The government argues the law is needed to improve security ahead of the 2020 Olympics, and to comply with a UN agreement Japan has signed.

Qatar buys F-15 fighter planes in billion-dollar US deal
Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US. The sale was finalised at a meeting in Washington between US defence chief Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart. It comes days after US President Donald Trump accused Qatar – a major US ally – of funding terrorism “at a very high level” – a charge Qatar denies.

Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball field
A gunman who sprayed bullets at Republican lawmakers during baseball practice in a Washington DC suburb has died, US President Donald Trump said. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise was one of five injured in the early morning ambush at a park in Alexandria, Virginia. The attacker, identified as Illinois native James T Hodgkinson, 66, was killed after a firefight with police.

Swedish commuters raise concerns over security and privacy by using microchips to pay for their journey
The days of having to remember to grab your travel card on your way out of the house could soon be a thing of the past. SJ Rail, a Swedish rail operator, claims that up to 100 of its customers are embedding microchip implants into their hands to pay for their journey. The creepy technology raises security and privacy issues, as the data generated could be used to track people.

Fed raises rates, unveils balance sheet cuts in sign of confidence
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months and said it would begin cutting its holdings of bonds and other securities this year…In lifting its benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to a target range of 1.00 percent to 1.25 percent and forecasting one more hike this year, the Fed seemed to largely brush off a recent run of mixed economic data.

Officers To Be Put On 12-Hour Shifts, As City Violence Increases
Baltimore sees multiple deadly shootings in just a matter of hours. It was a burst of violence that forced the commissioner to make a drastic move today. All uniformed officers will be on mandatory 12-hour shifts, as the city hustles to control the crime.

BOMBSHELL: Indiana joins Idaho in claiming Obama’s DHS tried to hack their election systems
Indiana is the newest state to accuse the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of trying to hack its state electoral system. The state’s IT team claimed that a DHS IP address repeatedly scanned Indiana’s system. The attempted hacks occurred tens of thousands of times over a period of 46 days, beginning while Vice President Mike Pence was still the governor of Indiana.

Obamacare-repeal promises fizzle before America’s eyes
Senate Republican leaders are not offering any specifics on their health-care reform bill, but reports of critical concessions in at least three major areas leave skeptical conservatives worried that years worth of Obamacare-repeal promises are wilting before our eyes.

Trump accepts ‘dumb deal’ to take Australia’s rejected Muslim ‘refugees’
According to a new report, President Trump is moving forward with a deal made by the Obama administration to resettle illegal-immigrant boat people whom Australia will not accept as “refugees” even though they have been classified as such by the United Nations.

Comey Colluded with Obama on Radical Islamic Murder of US Marines
In July 2015 Islamist Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot up two military offices in Chattanooga leaving four U.S. Marines dead.

REPORT: Obama Had His Own ‘Back Channel’ To Moscow
The Obama administration had a “back channel” to communicate with Russian officials, according to a new report detailing Moscow’s efforts to delegitimize the U.S. presidential election results.

School Children Now Have Involuntary Weekly Doctor Visits: Drugging Without Consent
In the Australian state of Victoria, a state program kicked in at the beginning of 2017 to mandate that children as young as 12 should see a doctor in school at least once a week, to receive drugs and medical treatment without parental consent.


The Left Refuses To Tone Down Their Inflammatory Language, And As A Result We Now Have War In The Streets

What in the world did the left think would happen?  When Kathy Griffin posed for a photo with “Trump’s bloody head”, that sent a message.  And the twisted version of “Julius Caesar” that is currently being put on by a New York theater group in which a character meant to closely resemble Donald Trump is brutally assassinated sends a message.  At any time of the day, you can find leftist radicals openly discussing violence against Trump and Republicans on Facebook and Twitter, and groups like Antifa have been employing extremely violent tactics ever since the Inauguration.  So it is not much of a surprise that a huge Bernie Sanders supporter decided that it would be a good idea to try to mow down Republican members of Congress as they were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game on Wednesday.  66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson was simply the product of a political movement that is absolutely seething with hate. (Read More…)


Lucifer’s Architects of Anarchy and the End of America

In the last 8 years, President Obama, the mainstream media and the Secular Left have sought every opportunity to transform, undermine, eradicate, rewrite, slander, bulldoze, and undo what is left of our sacred Constitution, our Judeo/Christian heritage, our national security, our free markets, liberties and republic ideals and have successfully won the day!

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Mark Steyn: ‘The Left Wants To Denormalize And Dehumanize Its Political Opposition’

Conservative author Mark Steyn tied Wednesday’s attempted assassinations of Republican congressmen to the preference of many on the left to “dehumanize” their political opponents, instead of engaging in honest debate with them.

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Death Threats Mount for GOP Lawmakers ‘Outspoken Against the Left’

According to LifeZette, Republican House members and their staff are claiming that alarming messages have steadily increased since 2016 election. Kathryn Blackhurst has the story:

The same day that a gunman shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) during a Republican baseball practice, a GOP congresswoman from New York received an ominous email with the subject line, “One down, 216 to go…”

Gunman James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on the group of lawmakers and staffers gathering at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning while practicing for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, set for Thursday. Scalise was critically injured during the fray, and two Capitol Police officers and a congressional staffer were also injured.

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Targeting Conservatives – Literally

In a genuine act of political terrorism and an actual despicable hate crime, a leftwing Trump-hater has just recently gone on a shooting spree, targeting Republican politicians practicing for a bi-partisan baseball game. As you know, five people have been injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who is now in critical condition.

The shooter had first asked if these were Republicans or Democrats. When told they were Republicans he soon thereafter opened fire. Thankfully he was killed by security forces before this turned into a full-scale massacre. The assailant was Illinois resident James T. Hodgkinson.

scaliseHe was an out and proud leftist. His FB page (now taken down) was full of anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts. He campaigned for socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He also railed about the rich and the need to tax them out of existence.

Of course we will learn more about him in the days to come. But this is a clear case of political violence, and sensible voices are rightly asking how much the inflamed hate speech and rhetoric of the Left has contributed to this. We see this intolerant, violence-provoking mindset on full display on many American college campuses. Indeed, we have even had college professors calling for Republicans to be “lined up and shot”.

And the falsely-called antifa (anti-fascist) movement is one of the most fascist groups going. These leftist militants engage in violent demonstrations and seek to shut down any appearances or speaking engagements of conservatives. One write up about the group in a left-wing magazine puts it this way:

Anti-fascist, or antifa, doesn’t only delineate that which opposes fascism. It is a set of tactics and practices that have developed since the early 20th century (and the rise of fascism in Italy) as a confrontational response to fascist groups, rooted in militant left-wing and anarchist politics. As organizers from anti-fascist research and news site Antifa NYC told The Nation: “Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics, revulsion at racists, sexists, homophobes, anti-Semites, and Islamophobes, with the international anti-fascist culture of taking the streets and physically confronting the brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.” As with fascisms, not all anti-fascisms are the same, but the essential feature is that anti-fascism does not tolerate fascism; it would give it no platform for debate.

Exactly. The radical left does not want debate. It wants to shut down all debate. It does not want any differing voices to be given a chance to be heard and make their case. It will resort to whatever means are necessary to shut down debate and force conservatives to shut up. Hmmm, sounds exactly like fascism to me.

Indeed, how often do we find in the mainstream media and elsewhere the Left happily joking about all this, using all sorts of violence-filled “humour” and rhetoric to make their anti-Trump and anti-conservativism points? We have heard and seen far too many graphic examples of this of late.

The leftist comedian Kathy Griffin had her Trump severed head photoshoot explode on her thankfully. But she actually thought that this was so cute and funny, until all the negative feedback started to pour in. And we also had the taxpayer funded public theatre, the New York City “Shakespeare in the Park” group, with a rendition of Julius Caesar depicting Donald Trump being stabbed to death.

All sorts of lefty celebs have been frothing at the mouth, spewing out diabolical things against Trump and conservatives. Madonna for example said in an impassioned speech: “Yes I am angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Leftist America rapper Snoop Dogg actually shoots a mock President Trump in his recent video “Lavender.” And another rapper, Everlast, shared these tolerant and loving lyrics with us: “F*ck that dude. I’ll smack that f*cker’s comb-over right off his f*cking scalp. Like, for real, if I met Donald Trump, I’d punch him in his f*cking face. And that’s not a joke.”

Lefty actor Charlie Sheen tweeted “Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please!” just hours after it was announced that Debbie Reynolds had died.

Just a day before the ballpark shooting David Simon of HBO quite openly urged anti-Trump lefties to commit actual violence, as he told them to “pick up a goddamn brick” if things don’t go their way. Hard-core left militant Dan Savage put it this way: “I wish [the Republicans] were all f*cking dead!” And just after the shooting took place a House Republican lawmaker, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New York, received an email with this subject line: “One down, 216 to go…”

There are just too many examples of this to recount here. Thankfully a new article offers twenty examples of leftist calls for violence in the Trump-era: http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/20-times-violence-threatened-used-in-wake-of-dems-political-collapse/

And another author has done a very similar list, also offering twenty cases of liberals calling for violence against conservatives: townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2017/06/15/20-liberal-calls-for-violence-against-conservatives-in-quotes-n2341401

Looking at the leftist MSM website articles on this shooting is most revealing: many comments beneath the articles are praising the attack, with many ‘likes’ going their way. As just one example, this comment was found at the Huff Post: “What’s more harmful: Putting millions already on the margins more at-risk via draconian policies, or shooting a racist lawmaker in the hip?”

Um, might there be a connection between all this hate, rage, and calls to violence, and the actual violence we now see taking place? Only leftist political ideologues will claim there is no connection between the two. The left is fomenting a culture of hate and violence. This shooting is the bitter fruit of their bitter hatred.

Now, can conservatives at times engage in provocative and reckless rhetoric, even at times calling for violence against opponents on the left? Yes that can happen. But just bear this in mind: during eight years of Obama’s inflammatory reign, millions of American conservatives were routinely offended, vilified and outraged.

Yet I am not aware of any responsible conservatives seeking to assassinate Democrats or bump off Obama. I am not aware of any conservatives going on a shooting rampage, targeting Democrat politicians. I am not aware of conservatives regularly speaking about the need to engage in violence against lefties during those eight years.

Indeed, imagine all the MSM outrage if conservatives did. But because this was a leftist shooting, we hear nothing about hate crimes and political violence. The MSM is reading off the same song sheet here: this was a lone wolf, and he has nothing to do with leftism, and there was no leftist provocation for all this.

Yeah right. I am not buying it for a moment. When the Left as a whole screams hate and calls for violence against conservatives on a daily basis, month in and month out, then of course we’re going to see militant leftists taking their advice and actually doing what so many of them would like to do as well, but don’t have the guts to carry out.

America right now is in a real bad way. With leftists freely and proudly spewing hate-filled rhetoric on a daily basis – including calls to violence – things will only get worse. God have mercy on America. Keep the country in your prayers please – it sure needs it.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

June 15, 2017

Further Reflections: DemoMSM Rhetoric and the Attempted Murder of Republicans

What to make of overheated political rhetoric in America today. Who’s to blame for yesterday’s atrocity?

The Foundation

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” —Justice Joseph Story (1833)

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Top Headlines – 6/15/2017

Israeli and international groups warn of looming Gaza disaster

Palestinians say Netanyahu, not Abbas, to blame for Gaza crisis

Hamas could easily solve Gaza’s electricity crisis, but prefers to finance tunnels and rockets

Palestinian Authority attacks Hamas, calls Gaza ‘the second Nakba’

Israel rejects US claim Palestinians stopping payouts to terrorists

Tillerson waters down statement that Palestinians ‘changed policy’ of terror payments

Tillerson retreats from pledge to fill anti-Semitism envoy post

Tillerson: Israel embassy move both ‘if’ and ‘when’

The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East: reduce building in Judea, Samaria, use Jordan and Gulf states to help with Israel’s security.

Israel advancing 14,000 Palestinian homes in Area C, right-wing warns

New Zealand says it stands behind anti-settlement UN motion

Over 200 IDF soldiers contract mysterious skin disease on southern base

Despite Public Outcry, Egypt to Transfer Islands to Saudi Arabia

Senate votes to support Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Iranian boat shines laser at US aircraft in Strait of Hormuz

UN’s Zeid warns Gulf states to respect rights in Qatar row

Amid Gulf crisis, US and Qatar agree on F-15 fighter sale

Human cost of the Qatar crisis: ‘families are being torn apart’

How BAE sold cyber-surveillance tools to Arab states

U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Syria Killed Hundreds of Civilians, U.N. Panel Says

ISIS drones are attacking U.S. troops and disrupting airstrikes in Raqqa, officials say

ISIS Using Hollywood Movies in Recruiting Propaganda

Afghan official: ISIS moves to seize Osama bin Laden’s hideout

US military dismisses chance of massive troop surge in Afghanistan

Suicide car bomber detonates outside Somalia restaurant

Somalia restaurant siege: 17 dead as gunmen take hostages in Mogadishu

US official: 12 Turkish agents to be charged for DC clashes

Japan accused of stifling freedom with new terror law

US shipping terminal evacuated after ‘dirty bomb’ threat

Power outage hits Brussels airport, causing many delays

Visits From Nations on Trump’s Travel-Ban List Fall Sharply

Trump resets clock on extreme vetting travel ban procedures

No apologies: ICE chief says illegal immigrants should live in fear of deportation

Mayor of Rome seeks to ban immigantion

Congressman Scalise, Others Shot; Gunman Is Dead

GOP House Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition after shooting at baseball practice

Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Latest In Pattern Of Violence Against Republicans

Members of Congress receive threats, consider security following shooting

Steve Scalise shooting: ‘Political rhetorical terrorism’ contributed to attack, rep says

Carlson: Political Violence ‘Threatens the Basic Stability of Our Country’

Trump sits by bedside of congressman wounded in shooting

Scalise shooter: Dead gunman ID’d as Trump-hating building inspector from Illinois

Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election

Suspect blasted GOP for favoring ‘super rich’ in letters to local newspaper

‘This Isn’t a Gun Issue’: Loesch Rips McAuliffe For Gun Control Rhetoric After Shooting

Rep. Chris Collins After Scalise Shooting: I’ll Be Carrying Concealed at Next Game

Four killed in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility, including gunman

Officers To Be Put On 12-Hour Shifts, As City Violence Increases

London Fire: High-Rise Apartment Blaze Kills at Least 12, Injures 78

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

Krauthammer: Sessions ‘Exposed the Absurdity’ of Trump-Russia Case

Trump Sued Over Foreign Business Dealings by Democrat Lawmakers

Advertisers are in the hot seat as activists both for and against Trump call for boycotts

Fed hikes interest rates despite declining inflation, sets plan for balance sheet reduction

May inches toward deal to stay in power as battle rages over Brexit

Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations

Swedish railway uses microchip implants

The Internet is mauling America’s malls. Is your favorite retailer closing its doors?

‘Retail Apocalypse’ Moves North As Sears Canada Admits Its Future Is In “Serious Doubt”

Billionaires are stockpiling land that could be used in the apocalypse – here’s where they’re going

Facebook gives bots ability to negotiate, compromise

The Pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes

Massive earthquake triggers landslides in Guatemala

5 dead in magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Escondido, Mexico

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Champerico, Guatemala

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Uyugan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 40,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Ex-UN chief says Trump must rethink on climate

Satellites forewarn of locust plagues

Scientists design laser to kill weeds

CRISPR pioneer Doudna envisions a world of woolly mammoths and unicorns

DR Congo polio outbreak ‘from poor vaccine coverage’

GOP Senators May Fund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal Bill

Ireland’s first gay prime minister enters office

Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible

Will Trump’s Tax Reforms Reduce Giving to Churches?

Mike Ratliff – Religious Christians who are not in Christ

Discernment Ministries Not Needed? Would the Apostle Paul Agree?

Potters House Gives T.D. Jakes Classic Restored Trans Am for His Birthday

Does Andy Stanley Understand God, Scripture or the Gospel?

Dr Brown’s lack of discernment exposed by a discerning former AOG Pastor

Colombia’s first THREE-man marriage between a ‘polyamorous family’ is legally recognised

Sri Lanka: over 20 attacks on Christians this year

Southern Baptists Go ‘Gender-Inclusive’ On Bible

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Much of the division…

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Greg Laurie Warns, What Could Happen If There’s No Spiritual Awakening in America

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:39 AM PDT

The United States is “overdue” for another spiritual awakening and Christian revival or else it could run the risk of becoming a post-Christian state like…

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Porn Addiction Is Eroding Teenagers “Humanity”

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:20 AM PDT

Pornography addiction is the “primary erosion of humanity” that the modern generation must actively fight against, says Chris Bruno, a licensed counselor and president of…

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Powerful eruption of Russian volcano sends ash to nearly 40,000 feet

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:13 AM PDT

A major eruption started at Russia’s Sheveluch volcano at 16:20 UTC on June 14, 2017. KVERT reports a plume of ash reached a height of…

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Pop Star Katy Perry’s Christian Evangelist Dad Has a Message for Those Tempted to Judge His Daughter

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:10 AM PDT

Pop star Katy Perry’s parents — well-known Christian evangelists — are imploring the public to pray for their daughter rather than rebuke her. “I want you to…

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‘Crash Override’ malware heightens fears for US electric grid

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 06:04 AM PDT

The identification of malware tied to a cyber attack on Ukraine last year is putting a renewed focus on threats to America’s electric grid. Security…

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DAYS OF LOT: Colombia officially recognizes ‘polyamorous’ marriage of 3 gay men

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 05:51 AM PDT

A marriage between three gay men has been legally recognized in Colombia’s first official “polyamorous” union.  The the union of actor Victor Hugo Prada, teacher…

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DEVELOPING: 7 dead, 59 injured after explosion strikes kindergarten in eastern China

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 05:45 AM PDT

Seven people have died following an explosion at a kindergarten in Fengxian in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, Chinese state media reports. Police have yet to…

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Billionaires are stockpiling land that could be used in the apocalypse

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 06:39 PM PDT

A rising number of American billionaires are channeling their inner Bear Grylls — some in preparation for an apocalyptic event, be it a viral epidemic,…

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Landslides and floods kill 156 in Bangladesh, Death toll could rise

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Heavy rains have triggered a series of landslides and floods in Bangladesh and neighboring northeast India, killing at least 156 people over two days, and…

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DEVELOPING: Lockdown at Air Force base in CA over ‘real world security incident’

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 04:53 PM PDT

The Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, California, is asking the public to stay away, as emergency crews respond to a “real world security…

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Deadly sandstorm changes day into night across Punjab, Pakistan killing 7

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 04:41 PM PDT

On June 10, 2017, a deadly dust storm disrupted life in the entire Punjab province with powerful winds reaching 195 km/h (121 mph). The apocalyptic…

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North Korean drone photographed US missile defense site

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 04:36 PM PDT

A suspected North Korean drone photographed a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea before it crashed near the border where it was found last…

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DEVELOPING: UK set for Hottest Summer on Record

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 04:33 PM PDT

Britain is about to roast in a 30C (86F) blazing heatwave ahead of what’s being tipped as the hottest summer on record. Temperatures are poised…

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What you need to know about 4 stages of the Locusts

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 04:29 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will show you 4 stages of the locusts mentioned in the book of Joel and how the enemy…

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Vandals Spray-Paint Church With Upside-Down Crosses, Words ‘Devil, Witch Spells’

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:56 PM PDT

Vandals have spray-painted a Long Island church with upside-down crosses and the words “devil” and “witch spells,” reports state. “It’s just a coincidence that Sunday…

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BREAKING NEWS: Senate Passes Sanctions Against Russia for Alleged Election Interference

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:52 PM PDT

The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of…

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Iranian vessel in ‘unsafe’ encounter with U.S. warships…

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:39 PM PDT

U.S. officials told CBS News on Wednesday that an Iranian warship had shined a spotlight and laser at an American military helicopter accompanying two U.S….

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Fishermen discover world’s first two-headed porpoise…

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:36 PM PDT

A group of fishermen accidentally discovered the world’s first two-headed porpoise, but tossed it back into the sea for fear of getting into trouble.  The bizarre…

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Germany to fingerprint 6yo asylum-seekers & monitor messenger apps over terrorism fears

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 11:14 AM PDT

The interior ministers of German states agreed that it may be necessary to fingerprint the children of asylum-seekers even as young as six, to combat…

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Discovery of Mass Grave of Egyptian Child Slaves Unmistakably Echoes Israelite Exodus

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 11:08 AM PDT

An archaeologist in Egypt has discovered a cemetery full of child slaves from the time of the pharaohs, a chilling find which echoes the Biblical…

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Here’s How God ‘Smacked’ Jordin Sparks Back Into Gear After She Strayed

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 11:05 AM PDT

Pop star Jordin Sparks revealed the dramatic moment that has reignited her Christian faith, sharing the details with tens of thousands of people assembled for Harvest America at the University of…

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Leo Varadkar to Be Ireland’s First Openly-Homosexual Prime Minister

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 11:02 AM PDT

He is just 38. He is gay. He is the son of an Indian immigrant.  And he’s a sign of how much the Republic of…

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Millions of Christians are Gearing Up for June 25th

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:55 AM PDT

Millions of Christians across the globe are gearing up for the second annual “Global Hymn Sing,” a large-scale effort that will bring together thousands of…

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Baltimore Cops On Mandatory 12-Hour Shifts As Violence Grows…

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:49 AM PDT

Baltimore sees multiple deadly shootings in just a matter of hours. It was a burst of violence that forced the commissioner to make a drastic move…

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Gunman Targets GOP Members in Virginia – Multiple Injuries

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:44 AM PDT

A gunman believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday…

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DEVELOPING: Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility…

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:40 AM PDT

Multiple people have been injured after a shooting at a UPS facility in the area of 17th Street and San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco,…

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High School Grad Fights Back After School Forces Her to Ax Prayer From Commencement Speech

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:36 AM PDT

A conservative legal firm is accusing a Pennsylvania school district of “forcing a student to alter her personal graduation remarks to remove any religious viewpoint” —…

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Ready for a Suntan in a pill? New tanning drug for the pale-skinned

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:33 AM PDT

After 10 years of research, scientists have come up with a drug that could help people tan without exposure to the sun, potentially reducing the…

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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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June 14, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the third-highest ranked U.S. House Republican, and at least four others were injured Wednesday morning in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice field in an Alexandria, Virginia.

A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, police said. Witnesses reported seeing residents throw babies and small children from high windows to people on the sidewalk in a desperate effort to save them from the flames.

A group of almost 200 Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit challenging profits that President Donald Trump’s global businesses have taken in from foreign entities.

After more than 70 days of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s bitter political standoff has burned down to a fiery core. Anti-government demonstrations once drew turnouts of over a million, but weeks of tear gas and water-cannon blasts have dissuaded casual protesters. Those who remain are more strident, more disruptive and more willing to confront security forces, who intensify their response in turn. The result is that the mounting pressure has created a sense of bedlam on Venezuela’s streets as opposition leaders vow protests will drag on.

Qatar said it is under an “illegal siege” by the Saudi-led alliance, which raised the stakes in the diplomatic crisis by encouraging the U.S. to move a key military base from the tiny Gulf state.

Senate Republican leaders drafting a measure to revamp U.S. health-care policy appear to be following the same path as their House counterparts — writing a bill behind closed doors before springing it on other lawmakers and the public close to a vote.

A greater-than-expected deceleration in U.S. consumer-price inflation in May could give some pause to Federal Reserve officials as they consider further interest-rate increases.

U.S. retail sales fell in May by the most since the start of 2016, reflecting broad declines in categories including motor vehicles and electronics, Commerce Department figures showed.

AP Top Stories

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea is the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security in the world. Mattis tells a congressional panel that Pyongyang’s “continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them has increased in pace and scope.” He calls the country’s programs to build weapons of mass destruction “a clear and present danger to all.”

Islamic State group jihadists waged fierce battles Tuesday, June 13 in their Syrian stronghold Raqqa in a bid to repel US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.

Women wearing long red cloaks and white bonnets have become an increasingly common sight in government buildings around the country in recent months. Women filed into the statehouse on Tuesday to protest Senate Bill 145, a proposed ban on the most common method for second-trimester abortions.

Senior ministers in Britain’s Conservative government and members of the main opposition Labour Party have held secret talks to ensure a soft Brexit.

A lottery computer programmer will tell Wisconsin investigators how he was able to use his position to rig state jackpots for years and he and his brother will repay $3 million in prizes they improperly claimed, under a plea agreement released Monday.

US troops are on the ground helping local soldiers battle Islamist militants in a Philippine city, a Filipino military spokesman said Wednesday, giving the most detailed account of their role.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed off her best moves Saturday at Boston’s Pride Parade. The LGBTQ community had the chance to party with the Massachusetts senator at the event, where she took selfies and delivered hugs

Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called for a special session aimed at imposing more abortion restrictions and undoing a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination over abortion and pregnancies.

BBC

Leo Varadkar has been elected as the Republic of Ireland’s new taoiseach (prime minister). A parliamentary vote confirmed the 38-year-old as the country’s youngest, and first gay, leader, by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

Troops in northern Niger have rescued 92 migrants who were on the brink of death in the Sahara Desert, an army statement has said. Traffickers abandoned the group, which included women and children, without water and food, it added.

Colombia’s Farc rebels have handed over a further 30% of its weapons to United Nations inspectors as part of last year’s historic peace accord.The Farc have now decommissioned 60% of the weapons they had registered with the UN.

Venezuela’s interior ministry has taken control of the police force in the opposition-controlled state of Miranda. The ministry accused Miranda’s police of human rights violations and involvement in criminal networks.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the US student who is in a coma after being freed this week by North Korea, say he was “brutalized” by a “pariah regime”. The 22-year-old is now being treated in hospital after the flight carrying him landed in Ohio on Tuesday.

The US is considering sanctions on countries that do illegal business with North Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned.

The mayor of Rome, who is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has asked Italy’s government not to send more migrants to the city.

WND

France – A woman in her seventies has been raped by an intruder who broke into her home, Friday morning, in the Mare Rouge neighborhood of Atlantic coastal city Le Havre, local media are reporting. After stealing a small amount of cash, the perpetrator proceeded to rape his elderly victim, reportedly stating that he was acting in the name of Islam before fleeing the scene.


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BREAKING: Scalise Shooter Identified – James T. Hodgkinson – Bernie Supporter – TRUMP HATER

Shooter James T. Hodgkinson – A Bernie Supporter and Trump hater

Republican Representative Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and his aides were shot during baseball practice on Wednesday morning.

Scalise was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself off the field after he was shot.

The shooter was identified:
The Washington Post reported:

The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business.

Hodgkinson is from Belleville, Illinois across the river from St. Louis.

He is a Bernie supporter:

Facebook page of alleged shooter James Hodgkinson’s shows he was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter.


Hodgkinson is a TRUMP HATER!

Trump basher from way back—
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UPDATE— Here’s an exclusive shot of news media outside of Hodgkinson’s home in Belleville.
Hodgkinson lives south of Belleville West High School.

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Top News – 6/13-14/2017

Gunman at GOP ballgame: ‘Are you Democrats or Republicans?’
The suspect is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson is described as a “passionate progressive” who campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential election, according to a report in the Washington Post. A congressional staffer told WND that the gunman approached the game and asked Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.: “Are you Democrats or Republicans?”

CRISPR pioneer Doudna envisions a world of woolly mammoths and unicorns
We are “on the cusp of a new age in genetic engineering and biological mastery,” she and Sternberg write, dangling the prospect of “life-changing treatments” and “lifesaving cures.” She says she is “not kidding” that CRISPR could bring about “woolly mammoths, winged lizards, and unicorns. … It won’t be long before CRISPR allows us to bend nature to our will.”

The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East
Among the items mentioned in the US proposal were: slowing building in Judea and Samaria, creating security arrangements in partnership with Jordan and the Gulf states, and normalizing Israel’s relations with the Arab countries.

Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders Feast Together for Interfaith Ramadan Break-Fast in Istanbul
Last Thursday, a delegation of rabbis joined Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish Muslim cleric, at the Çırağan Palace Ballroom in Istanbul for his traditional iftar feast ending a day of fasting during Ramadan. More than 750 people from different religions and nationalities, including Jewish and Christian clergy and lay leaders, joined Oktar for the annual event hosted by Oktar’s organization, the Movement for the Culture of Peace and Reconciliation.

“Aravrit” Joins Together Hebrew and Arabic in Brand-New Writing System
“And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.” (Genesis, 11:1) A new Hebrew-Arabic writing system called “Aravrit” has been invented which can easily be read by native speakers of both Hebrew and Arabic. Liron Lavi Turkenich, an Israeli typeface designer and researcher, started working on Aravrit in 2012 as her final project for her Visual Communications degree from Ramat Gan’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Though it took several years, the project has finally been completed.

New Zealand denies apologizing to Israel over controversial UN motion
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee…characterized a letter his country sent to Israel stemming from Wellington’s sponsorship of an anti-settlement UN resolution as a “clarification,” not an “apology.” …an interviewer…asked whether the letter did not amount to “pandering” to Israel, Brownlee said that the letter “indicated that New Zealand wanted to resume diplomatic relations with Israel and regretted that there had been fall-out from the co-sponsorship of the resolution.”

US places onus on Hamas for Gaza crisis
Hamas is responsible for the humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration said as 2 million Palestinian in Gaza struggle to live on four hours a day of electricity. “We do remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation there,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

DR Congo polio outbreak hits global eradication goal
Two outbreaks of polio have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a blow to the goal of wiping out the disease from the world. The World Health Organization said there was a high risk the disease would spread. Polio is a potentially deadly infection mainly affecting young people and can result in permanent paralysis.

London fire: Six killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed
Six people have been confirmed dead after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. Firefighters rescued “large numbers”, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “a lot” of people were unaccounted for.

Raqqa battle: ‘Staggering’ civilian toll from US-led air strikes
UN war crimes investigators say US-led coalition air strikes on Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa are causing “staggering loss of life”. Coalition warplanes are supporting an offensive on the IS stronghold that was launched last week by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Since then, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken territory to the west, east and north of the city.

Turkey’s Erdogan decries Qatar’s ‘inhumane’ isolation
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the isolation of Qatar by several Arab states, describing it as “inhumane and against Islamic values”. Last week’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to sever all ties was like a “death penalty”, Mr Erdogan said…Mr Erdogan vowed to help Qatar overcome the effects of the crisis, which he said Saudi Arabia needed to resolve.

UK’s May faces calls to soften Brexit as political limbo drags on
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party resumed talks on a deal to prop up her minority government on Wednesday as she faced a battle over her Brexit strategy just days before EU divorce talks are due to begin. As Britain entered a sixth day of political turmoil, May’s team continued talks with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure their support in parliament after May failed to win a majority in Thursday’s election.

Philippines says U.S. troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting
U.S. troops are on the ground near Marawi City in the southern Philippines, but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants who have held parts of the city for more than three weeks, a Philippines military spokesman said on Wednesday. The Philippines military has previously said the United States was providing technical assistance to end the occupation of parts of Marawi City by fighters allied to the Islamic State group, but it had no boots on the ground.

The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East
Among the items mentioned in the US proposal were: slowing building in Judea and Samaria, creating security arrangements in partnership with Jordan and the Gulf states, and normalizing Israel’s relations with the Arab countries. According to the plan, negotiations will begin in September, following the meeting between US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Washington, D.C..

PA still paying terrorists, despite US claims
The Palestinian Authority is still providing stipends to terrorists sitting in Israeli jails, despite claims by US officials that the PA was reversing its policy, a senior Israeli official said. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed that the PA had “changed that policy” following pressure from the Trump administration.

Krauthammer: Sessions ‘Exposed the Absurdity’ of Trump-Russia Case
Charles Krauthammer said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony “exposed the absurdity of the whole exercise”. Krauthammer said that by Sessions stating for the record that he had no nefarious contact with the Russians, he continued the unraveling of Democrats’ case against Trump.

Massive earthquake triggers landslides in Guatemala
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at least one person early Wednesday, officials said.

Southern Baptists Go ‘Gender-Inclusive’ On Bible
The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Much of the division centers on politics – and at the center of the firestorm is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Moore spent last year waging a long and bitter war against President Donald Trump and his supporters, including penning frequent attacks on the then-candidate in the pages of leftist media outlets like the New York Times.

‘Retail Apocalypse’ Moves North As Sears Canada Admits Its Future Is In “Serious Doubt”
“The company continues to face a very challenging environment with recurring operating losses and negative cash flows from operating activities in the last five fiscal years, with net losses beginning in 2014”

Lee Camp Explains How The New York Times Manufactures “Hit Piece Propaganda”
“…I’m actually grateful it was written about me because now I can see with my own eyes exactly how the glorious chicanery is done. “

Top Dem Calls for Investigation into Clinton FBI Interference
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wants an investigation into whether or not Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, interfered with the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Pat Buchanan Asks “Are We Nearing Civil War?”
“President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down… We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.”

Advertisers are in the hot seat as activists both for and against Trump call for boycotts
It has come to feel like a weekly, even daily occurrence. Following a media firestorm, usually related in some way to President Trump, advertisers face calls to sever ties with the company at the center of the outrage du jour, or else suffer a publicity crisis.

Prophecy by the Numbers, Chapter and Verse
Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students at the Diaspora Yeshiva and a noted lecturer, recently revealed an amazing method of prophecy that can be accessed by simply reading the Bible. … every year has a corresponding verse in the Torah. According to Rabbi Sprecher, all that is required to find the verse that describes a particular year, whether it is in the past or the future, is to count verses from the beginning of Genesis until the number of verses equals the Hebrew calendar year.

Three EU countries say ‘no’ to Muslims
EU mulling legal cases against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic over their refusal to take in Muslim asylum-seekers.

Tropical Storm “Calvin” dumping heavy rain on Mexico, flash floods and mudslides expected
Tropical Depression 03E, located near the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, has intensified into a tropical storm, receiving the name Calvin at 21:00 UTC on June 12, 2017. Calvin is expected to cause flash floods and mudslides in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz through midweek. This is the third tropical storm of the 2017 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season; average to date is 1.2

Tidal waves drive 1,500 out of Ketu-South homes
(GHANA) ..at Blekusu in the Ketu South district, the waves started sweeping through the community around 6:00 am on Sunday. She said a good number of the residents there have been left homeless with women and children worst affected. Over 242 houses were submerged and properties destroyed,

Turkey earthquake: Magnitude 6.3 seismic shock strikes western coast and large Greek island
A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake off the western coast of Turkey and between the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chinos shook buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital of Athens.

Israel Prepares for Massive Earthquake
“I hope there will not be an earthquake in 2017. There are enough earthquakes around us in all senses of the word, but we live adjacent to the Syrian-African rift, and an earthquake can hit at any moment,” Netanyahu said at Sunday’s Israeli cabinet meeting.

Egypt offers Gaza electricity in exchange for crackdown on security at border
Egypt extended an offer to Hamas to provide power to the Gaza Strip in exchange for security changes at the border, Ashraq Al-Awsat, the international Arab newspaper based in London, reported Tuesday morning. According to the report, Cairo said it was willing to ease up restrictions at the Rafah crossing and provide additional humanitarian aid to the Strip if a list of security demands that was passed on to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar will be met.

Nairobi building collapse: People missing as residents join search
Several people are reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed on Monday night in an eastern suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The Kenya Red Cross tweeted that response teams were at the scene, in the Kware Pipeline Embakasi area. The Star newspaper said dozens of people had been evacuated moments before the collapse.

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China
Panama has cut long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China, in a diplomatic coup for Beijing. The Panamanian government said it recognised there was “only one China” and considered Taiwan part of it. Taiwan expressed “anger and regret”, and accused Panama of “bullying”.

Bangladesh: Dozens killed as rain triggers landslides
Heavy monsoon rain has triggered landslides in south-east Bangladesh, with officials reporting at least 61 people died, including five soldiers. Hills collapsed in three districts in Chittagong after some of the heaviest rain in recent years. Rescue operations are being hampered by bad weather and officials told the BBC they feared the death toll would rise.

Greece earthquake hits Lesbos: Tremors felt in Istanbul and Athens
A strong earthquake has struck off the Aegean coast of western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, with tremors felt in Istanbul and Athens. The epicentre of the 6.3 magnitude quake was 5km (3 miles) south of Plomari, a town on the coast of Lesbos, the US Geological Survey said. Several buildings were damaged but the village of Vrisa was worst hit with 10 people taken to hospital.

Migrant influx shifting but no let-up: Frontex
The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy. A criminal industry has flourished, while the European Union has beefed up its border agency Frontex to try to check the mass migration.

Islamic State calls for Ramadan attacks in US, Europe
The Islamic State group is calling on supporters to carry out attacks in the United States and Europe during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that began two weeks ago. In an audiotape circulated online Monday, spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajer praised last week’s attacks in Iran’s capital, saying the country is “weaker than a spider’s web” and calling for more assaults.

Jerusalem’s Western Wall ‘Can Never Be For Non-Muslims,’ Top Palestinian Official Claims
While giving a sermon on Friday, Mahmoud al-Habash, supreme Sharia judge and top religious advisor to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Abbas, said that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City is an “Islamic endowment that can never be for non-Muslims.”

Shale Production Will Hit An All Time High Next Month… And That’s Just The Beginning
According to the latest EIA Daily Prodctivity Report forecast released today, in July the total shale basin output is expected to hit 5.475 mmb/d, surpassing the previous production record of 5.46 mmb/d reached in March 2015. And that’s just the beginning.

UN places Jerusalem in the ‘State of Palestine’
Aside from several postings for employment opportunities in “Occupied Palestinian territory,” referring to locations in Judea and Samaria, most recently the UN posted an opening for a position in “Jerusalem, Palestine.”

BREAKING: US Immigration Begins Deporting Christians to Face Genocide #NotOnMy
The United States has started mass deportations of Iraqi Christians. The Christians will be sent to an area with an active war zone, many have been told they will be sent to Mosul, a location with an active ISIS presence. They will be murdered if their religious affiliation is discovered.

Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children
Since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope has been offering the storytime for children, bringing in various drag queens to read children’s books about homosexuality, gender identity and “non-conformity,” and “general youth discomfort.”

Poll: 73 Percent of Americans Support Euthanasia
Nearly three out of four Americans support euthanasia, a new Gallup poll revealed.

Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization.

Gingrich Questions Special Counsel’s Impartiality – “Republicans Are Delusional…Look Who He Is Hiring”
“Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.”


June 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — We have now completed a survey of the structure and powers of the executive department…which combines, as far as republican principles will admit, all the requisites to energy. The remaining inquiry is: Does it also combine the requisites to safety, in a republican sense – – a due dependence on the people, a due responsibility?…… (more)

June 12, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — The Russia-gate scandal means big ratings for the media. For the American people, it means the likelihood of more terrorist attacks. It stands to reason that all of the money, resources and personnel that are being used to investigate President Donald Trump could be used elsewhere, such as rooting out the corruption in the intelligence community that has prevented the United States from identifying and defeating the Islamic terrorist threat…. (more)


June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the “deep state” resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside…. (more)


June 12, 2017

NEWSMAX — Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Newsmax TV on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony was “quite clear” that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice regarding the Michael Flynn investigation…. (more)


June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Mike Lee said Sunday that he hasn’t seen any evidence from former FBI Director James B. Comey of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, or obstruction of justice, so “it’s time to wrap this thing up and it’s time to move on.”… (more)


June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

NEWSMAX — Melania Trump and 11-year-old son Barron have officially moved into the White House. The two were living in New York during the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency as 11-year-old Barron finished out the school year. Amalija and Victor Knavs, Melania Trump’s parents, were with the family Sunday evening and are expected to visit Washington often. They currently live in the Trump Tower penthouse in New York City…. (more)


June 12, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — When I first heard about Donald Trump’s solar-powered border wall, I really thought it was a joke. Question: “So how did Trump sell the idea of a border wall to ‘progressives’?” Answer: “By covering the wall with solar panels.” But it turns out it’s no joke…. (more)

June 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Conservative activists are expressing disappointment that the Trump administration is continuing President Obama’s sexual revolution agenda for the military by, among other moves, hosting an LGBT pride celebration on Monday at the Pentagon…. (more)

June 11, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said eliminating Obamacare remains the chief priority for the administration, as it works with congressional Republicans to replace the law before the summer is over. Mr. Pence said Congress has no choice but to scrap the 2010 Affordable Care Act, as insurers pull out of the marketplace and request double-digit premium increases…. (more)

June 11, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — He believed that the FBI director misled the public to think that the president was under investigation. At last, at least for your humble correspondent, this week’s big hearing brought clarity. I now believe President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey because he believes Comey intentionally misled the public into believing Trump was under investigation by the FBI. There is enough support for this theory that, had the president been forthright in explaining it when he dismissed Comey on May 9, there might have been considerably less uproar. Instead, Trump dissembled, as he seems hardwired to do. He thus bought himself a debilitating special-counsel investigation, despite its being increasingly patent that there is no crime to investigate…. (more)

June 11, 2017
BYRON YORK — The danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter has changed dramatically in recent weeks. If you’re a Republican and you still believe the critical question is whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election – – if you still think that, you’re behind the times. So now, a few notes on where the Trump affair is today:… (more)

June 11, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Sharia law, which is taken from the Muslim holy book of the Koran as well as from the Hadith – – traditions and sayings handed down from Muhammad that have become enshrined in Islam as law – – is incompatible with the West, with the Constitution and with America…. (more)

June 11, 2017
NEWSMAX — Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly said he knew a month before the 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would lose the race, The New York Post reported Saturday…. (more)

June 10, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s personal attorney plans to file a complaint against fired FBI Director James B. Comey with the Justice Department over his leaking of memos on his conversations with the president, a source close to the president’s legal team said Friday…. (more)


June 10, 2017
ART MOORE — In less than three hours Thursday morning, “it all came apart,” according to Chris Matthews. The left-leaning MSNBC host was referring to the allegation consuming Capitol Hill that the Trump team colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election…. (more)

June 10, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — Are you still trying to sort out the purpose of testimony by former FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill this week? After everyone else in the world has had his or her say, allow me to bottom-line this for you:… (more)

June 10, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — When Democrats blame James Comey for costing Hillary Clinton the election, they refer to the Oct. 28 letter he sent to members of Congress informing them that the FBI had found new emails of Hillary Clinton’s – – they were on the computer of Democratic former congressman Anthony Weiner, husband of Clinton confidant Huma Abedin…. (more)

June 10, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pulling the plug on a Justice Department policy instituted during the Obama years that effectively forced corporations to settle lawsuits by, in part, funding Obama’s favorite leftist political organizations, a practice many critics considered a liberal slush fund…. (more)

June 10, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Citing his links to Planned Parenthood, a motion has been filed in U.S. District Court for Northern California asking that Judge William H. Orrick III be removed from a case involving undercover videos revealing the U.S. abortion industry’s trade in unborn-baby body parts…. (more)

June 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who led a two-year investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, is set to take over leadership of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee…. (more)

June 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says the “big story” to come from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on Capitol Hill is the unraveling of Trump-Russia collusion theories. The host of “Hardball” told his peers on Thursday that President Donald Trump can rest easy on one issue favored by his critics – – the idea that his presidential campaign worked with Russian state actors to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He said such theories “came apart,” even if other criticisms of the president remain…. (more)

June 9, 2017

NATIONAL REVIEW — In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey revealed that a February New York Times article, which asserted that Trump associates and campaign members had “repeated contacts with Russian intelligence” was mostly false…. (more)


June 9, 2017
BYRON YORK — At about the moment fired FBI Director James Comey was sitting down to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Steve Scheffler, a well-known Iowa social conservative activist, was waiting in a Washington hotel to hear President Trump speak to a crowd of about 700 at the annual meeting of the Faith & Freedom Coalition…. (more)

June 8, 2017

GARTH KANT — Testifying under oath before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday morning, James Comey submitted remarks confirming the key assertion made repeatedly by President Trump that he had not pressured the former FBI director to drop the Russia investigation…. (more)

 Comey admits Trump not explicit on ending Flynn inquiry(Washington Times) Again, pressure is not obstruction (Andrew C. McCarthy)


Congressional Shooter James T. Hodgkinson Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter Who Wrote ‘It’s Time To Destroy Trump & Co’

The gunman James T. Hodgkinson who opened fire this morning on Republican congressmen and staffers recently declared in a Facebook post that, “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

It is no coincidence that the shooter choose to attack not only on Flag Day, to show his hate for America, but on President Trump’s birthday, to show his hate for our president. You can visit his Facebook page here. The greatest threat America faces internally is from incensed Liberals and Democrats who will do anything to take down Trump, even if it means shooting innocent people in the process.

FROM THE SMOKING GUN: The accused shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, posted a link to a Change.org petition in late March that included the notation that, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

Hodgkinson’s Facebook page includes numerous photos of Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Hodgkinson appears to have supported during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. In posts last August, Hodgkinson wrote, “I want Bernie to Win the White House” and “Bernie is a Progressive, while Hillary is Republican Lite.”

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois resident, has worked as a home inspector. source


Shooter Identified As Never-Trumper James Hodgkinson: “Mr. President You Are Biggest Asshole Ever”

Update 2:

Bernie Sanders has just issued the following statement after learning that this morning’s shooter “is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign.”

 

Update 1:

President Trump has just confirmed that Hodgkinson has died from wounds incurred during his shootout with the Capitol Police this morning.

* * *

This morning’s Alexandria, VA shooter has been identified as 66-year-old, never-Trumper and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials.  As we reported earlier this morning, Hodgkinson allegedly asked Rep. Jeff Duncan whether it was Republicans or Democrats on the practice field before opening fire.  We’ve covered all of the key developments throughout the morning here.

 

According to press reports, Hodgkinson apparently owns a home inspection business though his license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed.

Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Clair County, Illinois. The charges were dismissed, records show.

According to The Week, restaurant owner Charles Orear knows Hodgkinson through work they did together in Iowa on Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.  Orear described Hodgkinson as “more on the really progressive side of things,” as well as being “a quiet guy” and “very mellow, very reserved.”

While police have refused to confirm whether the attack was politically motivated, Hodgkinson’s Facebook page seems to indicate he was a Bernie fan and didn’t particularly care for Donald Trump, to put it mildly.

“I want to say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.”

 

Apparently Hodgkinson was convinced that Trump was guilty of treason even though we still haven’t seen any evidence of such allegations after 6 months of intensive investigations….

“Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason.”

 

 

… oh, and he thought he was “mean” as well.

“Trump is a Mean, Disgusting Person.”

 

He also publicly offered up his opinions on the Georgia special election that is still underway:

“Republican Bitch Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go!  Vote Blue, It’s Right for You!”

 

So, where did Hodgkinson draw inspiration for his “progressive” political beliefs?  Well, according to a letter to the editor published in the Belleville News-Democrat in July 2012, Hodgkinson’s favorite TV show was MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddown Show.”

“One of my favorite TV shows is “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.”

Meanwhile, after Virginia Governor, and 2020 hopeful, Terry McAuliffe used this morning’s tragedy to call for more gun controls we would note that it’s somewhat ironic that Hodgkinson hailed from the great state of Illinois which has perhaps the strictest gun laws in the entire country.


MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JUNE 14, 2017

DemoMSM Rhetoric Prompts Attempted Murder of Republicans

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot this morning. All of them are recovering.

THE FOUNDATION

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.” —James Madison (1788)

Katy Perry Mocks Her Christian Upbringing While Receiving Homosexual Advocacy Award

Pop star Katheryn Hudson, who goes by the stage name Katy Perry, mocked her Christian upbringing on Saturday as she received an award from a prominent homosexual advocacy organization.

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2017 Is Going To Be The Worst Retail Apocalypse In U.S. History – More Than 300 Retailers Have Already Filed For Bankruptcy

Not even during the worst parts of the last recession did things ever get this bad for the U.S. retail industry.  As you will see in this article, more than 300 retailers have already filed for bankruptcy in 2017, and it is being projected that a staggering 8,640 stores will close in America by the end of this calendar year.  That would shatter the old record by more than 20 percent.  Sadly, our ongoing retail apocalypse appears to only be in the early chapters.  One report recently estimated that up to 25 percent of all shopping malls in the country could shut down by 2022 due to the current woes of the retail industry.  And if the new financial crisis that is already hitting Europe starts spreading over here, the numbers that I just shared with you could ultimately turn out to be a whole lot worse. (Read More…)


The Next Financial Crisis Has Already Arrived In Europe, And People Are Starting To Freak Out

Did you know that the sixth largest bank in Spain failed in spectacular fashion just a few days ago?  Many are comparing the sudden implosion of Banco Popular to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and EU regulators hastily arranged a sale of the failed bank to Santander in order to avoid a full scale financial panic.  Sadly, most Americans have no idea that a new financial crisis is starting to play out over in Europe, because most Americans only care about what is going on in America.  But we should be paying attention, because the EU is the second largest economy on the entire planet, and the euro is the second most used currency on the entire planet.  The U.S. financial system is already teetering on the brink of disaster, and this new financial crisis in Europe could turn out to be enough to push us over the edge. (Read More…)


Trinity Broadcasting Network on hook for entire $2 million judgment awarded to Jan Crouch’s granddaughter, judge says

According to Orange County Register:

Trinity Broadcasting Network, which preaches the “prosperity gospel,” is on the hook for the entire $2 million in damages that a jury awarded to the aggrieved granddaughter of Trinity’s founders, a judge decided.

Later in the story we learn that,

The $2 million awarded by the jury last week was carved up so that Trinity was only responsible for paying 45 percent of it – $900,000. The other $1.1 million was the responsibility of Crouch’s mother and the man involved, the jury decided – even though neither was named in the suit.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson up-ended that formula with an order made public on Monday. The jury found that Crouch is entitled to $2 million, Wilson said, and ordered Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, TBN’s corporate parent, to pay the entire sum, with interest accruing at 10 percent per year until it’s paid.

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Hey Bill Johnson and Bethel Church, God Put Himself in a Box Called “Bible”

Conservative evangelicals are often accused by charismatics of having a tendency to box God up.  One charismatic whose mission it is to un-box God is New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “Super Apostle” Bill Johnson, senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Anthony Wood of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA quotes Johnson as saying that […]

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Saddleback and its Meulenberg dilemma

It’s always heartbreaking when we hear of Christian leaders being charged with sexual abuse, as in the recent arrest of Saddleback youth worker Ruben Meulenberg. He was charged with 5 felonies: Three felony counts of lewd acts on a child Two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14-year-old We urge our readers […]

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We Need Discernment Ministries? Yes Absolutely!

I stumbled upon this gem over at Apprising Ministries that was penned in 2005 by G. Richard Fisher of Personal Freedom Outreach. Ken Silva ran across Fisher’s piece and posted it on AM in 2011. In it Fisher presents his view of why discernment ministries are necessary. For example, discernment ministries like AM and PFO (and Berean […]

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Parents: If your church is “Turning Orange…”

Has your church “turned Orange?” If your children’s ministry leaders have suddenly put your children’s discipleship in the hands of Andy Stanley’s “Orange Strategy,” you’re going to want to investigate what this program is – and more importantly what it is NOT. After publishing my article on Naomi’s Table this week, I received this letter, […]

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Leaving the NAR Church: Lizzy’s story (Part 2)

“We were about to encounter the greatest exposure to what we know now as the New Apostolic Reformation. This church had a female as the Senior Pastor , and she quoted Bill Johnson more than Scripture.  I had observed how many of the husbands in the congregation were either non-believers or spiritually “weak” men; it […]

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Leaving the NAR Church: Lizzy’s story (Part 1)

“One time I was flat out on my back at the altar and a female prophetess stretched herself on top of me like Elijah had done in the book of Kings to the dead boy. We also headed over to Lakeland to meet and be a part of the Rodney Howard Brown meetings and would […]

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The Tyranny of Decadence

Society is experiencing the same sort of moral anarchy that occurred when the Weimar Republic ruled Germany and liberal ideas and pleasure seeking became the norm. Dr. Peter Jones is the Executive Director of truthXchange and one of the world’s foremost experts on paganism.  According to Dr. Jones, there has been a pagan transformation of the West, […]

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Leaving the NAR Church: Alicia’s story

“Tithing was required to serve in any ministry. If you don´t regularly tithe you would not be entered into the yearly church anniversary raffle for a TV, Beats headphones or Visa gift cards. I couldn’t believe my ears, this was cause for the tables to be flipped over in disgust for the obvious disregard for […]

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Leaving the NAR Church: Pam’s story

“At our ladies group the leader would say, “let us just open our minds to Jesus and let Him love on us,” and then everyone would just sit there praying, swaying, and sighing that Jesus was “holding them.” Everyone had smiles on their faces as I just sat there not feeling a thing. Of course […]

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Predictions from December – Accurate, Unfortunately

The grassroots pushback against the globalist Establishment began with Brexit last June in the UK. Similar sentiment is now spreading across Europe – and is even further energized by the Trump victory. Then another grassroots pushback occurred in the Philippines, where an anti-Establishment outsider (Rodrigo Duterte) won the presidency by a landslide. And now, with the election of Donald Trump, the globalists, (with their plans for wars, planned chaos, people control on a worldwide basis, and ultimately a global dictatorship that they run) were dealt still another severe setback (or at least a delay) in their agenda for world government.

But, the election of Donald Trump (which they opposed with the most vicious, all-encompassing tactics in history) was only a setback or a delay in their plans for a one world socialist government. Yes, there is a grassroots awakening in Europe, America, and other parts of the world – a realization that these wealthy elite global socialists (who are closely allied with the communists and the far political left, and are using and manipulating radical Islam) are destroying the foundations of everything that was good or great in America (and Europe).

But, be assured, the global socialist Establishment will fight back with everything they have: massive attacks on Trump via their wholly owned media – that are continuing to this moment – and opposition to everything Trump tries to get through Congress via their assets high up in the Republican Party (think Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for starters).

They will definitely suck up to Trump and try to get as many of their people appointed to high positions in his administration as possible. (This is now beginning to look very possible.) They probably will trigger a financial collapse (one that has been artificially held back until after the election) in 2017 and blame it on Trump.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2016)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 14

  • Federal Reserve Expected to Deliver Rate Increase (Read More)
  • Fire engulfs London tower block, at least six dead, more than 50 injured (Read More)
  • Children lost, baby thrown to safety (Read More)
  • Democrats Accuse Sessions of ‘Stonewalling’ (Read More)
  • World stocks march on as Fed rate hike looms, dollar steady (Read More)
  • Trump’s Long-Time Lawyer Is Just Like His Boss (Read More)
  • The Global Economy Is Rebounding, But There’s One Big Problem (Read More)
  • David Bonderman Resigns From Uber Board After Sexist Remark (Read More)
  • Uber CEO Takes a Break as Scandals Roil Company (Read More)
  • Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels: U.S. official (Read More)
  • Britain could stay in EU, but only on poorer terms – Verhofstadt (Read More)
  • Anbang Chairman’s Mysterious Absence Caps Months of Intrigue (Read More)
  • Elliott: BHP Board Presided Over Destruction of Market Value (Read More)
  • Biggest Online Lenders Don’t Always Check Key Borrower Details (Read More)
  • Egypt’s parliament to vote on Red Sea islands transfer (Read More)
  • Fiat Chrysler Looks to Bring Muscle Back to Motor City (Read More)
  • Southern Ports Break Records as Panama Canal Anniversary Nears (Read More)
  • May faces calls to soften Brexit as political limbo drags on (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 6/13-14/2017

UN job posting lists location as Jerusalem, State of Palestine

Haley slams UN human rights report for ‘singling out Israel’

Why Won’t Abbas Accept ‘Two States for Two Peoples’?

Israel said to be in talks with Egypt, EU in bid to head off Gaza electricity crisis

With Gaza ailing, PA accused of slashing medical aid by nearly 90%

Tillerson: PA has ‘changed policy,’ will stop paying terrorists’ families

Palestinians paid terrorists $1b in past 4 years, Knesset panel hears

St. Louis man pleads guilty to dozens of JCC bomb threats

Trump calls Romanian Holocaust remembrance a ‘vital cause’

Israel to test fire anti-missile system…. in Alaska

US ‘not winning’ in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary tells Congress

Trump Gives Mattis Authority to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

Senate Narrowly Backs Trump Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

Raising Tensions, Iranians Again Link Saudis to Terror Attacks in Tehran

How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

Saudi Arabia says Qatar airspace closure to protect citizens from threats

US defense chief: Blockade of Qatar a ‘very complex situation’

US says ‘worst behind us’ in Qatar crisis

US ambassador to Qatar quits amid diplomatic spat

Turkey’s Erdogan decries isolation of Qatar as ‘inhumane,’ against Islamic values

Morocco says will send food to Qatar after Gulf states cut ties

Plan to airlift 4,000 cows to isolated Qatar to maintain milk supplies

Ramadan prayers at Catholic site spark controversy in Granada

Hundreds at Iraq refugee camp ill from contaminated food

France launches probe into cement maker’s ‘funding of IS’

UN agency seeks access to civilians in ISIS-held Syrian city

ISIS Kills 2 Chinese Missionaries Accused of Violating Visa Rules in Pakistan by Sharing the Gospel

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to join forces against ISIS

Islamic State cells in nearly all Indonesian provinces

Police arrests illegal Guinean migrant suspected of sexually assaulting girlfriend, giving her HIV

EU takes action against eastern states for refusing to take refugees

Visitor numbers fall at UK attractions after terrorist attacks

Trump says travel ban ruling comes at ‘dangerous time’

Supreme Court gives Trump more time to file travel ban briefs

Oculus VR co-founder aims to build virtual US-Mexico border wall

Who’s afraid of George Soros? Both loaded and loathed, Jewish philanthropist accused by detractors of backing coup, sponsoring protests, manufacturing migration crisis

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

US lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts

Tillerson warns against steps that could freeze out Russia

US senators reach deal on Russia sanctions

Jeff Sessions testifies: Refuses to say whether he spoke to Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation

Jeff Sessions denies Russia collusion, defends Comey firing

Sessions calls suggestion he colluded with Russia a ‘detestable lie’

Gingrich Questions Special Counsel’s Impartiality – “Republicans Are Delusional…Look Who He Is Hiring”

Tucker: ‘Strategic Leaks’ Are ‘An Utter Perversion of Our Gov’t System’

Dem leaders: Cool it on impeachment

House Democrats battle behind the scenes over impeachment

NY Dem: ‘Every Racist in America Voted for Donald Trump’

Newt Gingrich: The media and elites still don’t understand Trump

Controversial ‘Julius Caesar’ Play Opens to Standing Ovation in Central Park

Buchanan: Are We Nearing Civil War?

UK could stay in EU despite Brexit vote, Macron says

Taiwan reacts defiantly as Panama switches diplomatic ties to China

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, said to be in a coma, released from North Korea

Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea to ‘try and open a door’ to Pyongyang

S.Korea officials: Suspected N.Korea drone spied on US anti-missile system

Future of humanity under threat from AI-controlled propaganda – Assange

Iraq to Triple Its Oil Refining Capacity

Shale Production Will Hit An All Time High Next Month… And That’s Just The Beginning

Signs of past California ‘mega-quakes’ show danger of the Big One on San Andreas fault

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,500ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Bangladesh: Rain triggers landslides and leaves 107 dead

From 122 degrees in Death Valley to 100 in Sacramento, heat wave to plague California this week

Good news for redheads: a tanning drug for the pale-skinned

Defibrillator drones to boost cardiac arrest survival

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Yemen hospitals in constant code black amid cholera spike as one patient dies every hour

The FDA takes a stand against an opioid that fueled an epidemic

Poll: 73 Percent of Americans Support Euthanasia

Trump raises alarm on ObamaCare ‘death spiral’ as insurers flee

Trump calls House health care bill ‘mean’

Target’s dangerous policy of allowing men into women’s dressing rooms has claimed another innocent victim of sexual voyeurism

School: You may not recite prayer in the name of Jesus Christ

Laurence M. Vance – So, Your Daughter Joined the Military

Jesus To The Jews: “If God Were Your Father You Would Love Me”

Trinity Broadcasting Network on hook for entire $2 million judgment awarded to Jan Crouch’s granddaughter, judge says

Jeff Jansen Receives Supernatural 50 Carat Ruby from Angel

The Roman Catholic Church Says I’m Anathema, What About You?

‘Handmaid’s tale’ protest at US Ohio abortion bill

An Australian Anglican church hosts the local Muslim community for Ramadan

US Prepares to Deport Hundreds of Iraqi Christians

Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church, God Put Himself in a Box Called “Bible”

How creation of the universe and man began according to William Branham

Man Up? First Grace Church Hosts Disgraced Evangelist Clayton Jennings for Father’s Day Service

Lifeway Indoctrinating Children with Modalist View of the Trinity at VBS 2017

William Paul Young’s Christless “Shack”

‘God Cannot Be God Without Man,’ Pope Francis Says

Atheist Activist Group Seeks Removal of City’s ‘Churches Welcome You’ Signs

North Carolina County Approves Resolution Recognizing ‘Month of Ramadan’

Palestinian delegation expected to meet Trump administration officials in DC

Liberman: Israel-Arab normalization first, then Israel-Palestinian peace

Poll: Impossible for Israel to reach peace deal with PA

US official: Israeli, Palestinian spoilers want to derail peace talks

Commentary: The only solution to the ‘right of return’

UN human rights chief: Israel, Palestinians fail to probe war crimes

US ‘strongly condemns’ Hamas tunnel found under UNRWA schools in Gaza

Netanyahu calls to disband UNRWA and to stop foreign-funded NGOs

UN head backs Palestinian aid agency after Netanyahu urges shutdown

Israel cuts Gaza electricity after Palestinian president says he will no longer pay the bill for Hamas

Gaza Electricity Company: Egypt announced that it would cut off electricity to the Gaza Strip

Hamas warns cutting electricity to Gaza would be ‘catastrophic’

Anti-Semitic messages found at historic Romanian synagogue

Angela Merkel to Buenos Aires’ Oldest Congregation: ‘We Must Fight Anti-Semitism’

Warren Buffett is trying to raise $200 million in Israel Bonds

Congress bill to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge

Report: Trump leaked to Russia that Israel infiltrated ISIS computers

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

IS chemical weapons capability degraded, analysts say

Islamic State calls for Ramadan attacks in US, Europe

Ramadan toll shows Islamic State in pitched recruiting race

Booby-traps… but no Baghdadi: the men cleaning up after Isis in northern Iraq

Syrian army and allies step up bombing of rebels in Deraa city

State media: Iran kills 4 ISIS-linked gunmen

Iran’s Khamenei blames U.S. for regional instability, creation of Islamic State

Iran says Trump administration will end up abiding by nuclear deal

‘They said girls don’t ride bikes’: Iranian women defy the cycling fatwa

How Two Gulf Rivals Helped Inflame the Middle East

Mattis says options on Afghanistan to be presented to Trump ‘very soon’

Report: U.S.-Backed Afghan Government Funding Taliban Schools, Hospitals

Manchester attacker Salman Abedi likely built bomb himself

Bratton thinks Europe-like terror attacks are headed for the US

Islamic State calls for attacks in West, Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan

4 Syrians face terrorism charges in Germany

Three EU countries say ‘no’ to Muslims

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

US Prepares to Deport Hundreds of Iraqi Christians

Alan Dershowitz says he’s trying ‘to help end’ female genital mutilation

Trump moves to accept hundreds of refugees from Iran under Obama deal

Trump travel ban dealt another blow, faces high court next

Court finds no proven terrorist link to 6 countries, uses Trump’s words against him on travel ban

Russian opposition leader gets 30 days in jail amid mass demonstrations

Russian police may use force to break up illegal Moscow rally

Arrow missile system to be tested in Alaska

North Korea ‘most urgent’ threat to security: Mattis

Cabo San Lucas beheadings: Cartel killings traumatize resort town as heads found in cooler

The New York Times vows to stand by theater despite Trump – “Julius Caesar” controversy

Fareed Zakaria: ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park ‘brilliantly interpreted for the Trump era’

Trump impeachment rally set for Philly next month

Judge Napolitano: Sessions Will Be Testifying As A Witness; Dangerous Position, He Should Not Testify

Secret Service says it has no audio, transcripts of Trump ‘tapes’

Sean Spicer: Donald Trump To Reveal If He Taped James Comey When He’s Good And Ready

Comey admitted single Trump leak, but were there others?

Comey facing ‘three-pronged legal attack’ after Kasowitz’s detailed investigation

Gregg Jarrett: Are Mueller and Comey ‘colluding’ against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?

‘What the H*** Are We Investigating?’: GOP Rep Slams Mueller Inquiry

Gregg Jarrett: Are Mueller and Comey ‘colluding’ against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?

Trump considering firing special counsel Mueller, friend says

Feinstein: “Congress Should Investigate If Lynch Pressured Comey To Cover For Hillary Clinton”

Robert Mueller Stocks Staff with Democrat Donors

Tory and Labour MPs plot secret deal to ensure soft Brexit

‘Silver splitters’ – are over-60s divorcees creating a new generation rent?

Cash-strapped Houston sells off $2M worth of city streets

Cyber extortion gang hits again, striking ABC, clinics across U.S.

Dem rep introduces ‘COVFEFE Act’ to preserve Trump tweets

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Plomarion, Greece

Quake kills woman, guts houses on Greek island of Lesbos

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tilichiki, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saparua, Indonesia

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 25,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Tropical Storm Calvin forms off southern Mexico in Pacific

Minnesota hailstorm brings out snowplows in June

A contagious dog flu is on the rise in the US

Will 2017 Be the ‘Year of the Trans Candidate’?

Southern Baptists Embrace Gender – Inclusive Language in the Bible

Food Review Website Suggests Patrons Avoid Chick-fil-A Due to ‘Unpalatable Baggage’ of Christian values

NFL Star Ben Watson: Bernie Sanders ‘UnAmerican’ for Questioning Trump Nominee’s Evangelical Beliefs

In Major Smackdown, Pope Francis Threatens Renegade African Priests, Demanding ‘Total Obedience’

Pope Francis Threatens to Fire Priests Who Don’t Obey Him, Says Rebellion Is Destructive

Massive 6.9 Earthquake triggers landslides in Guatemala

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 06:55 AM PDT

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at…

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Is 2017 Going To Be The Worst Retail Apocalypse In U.S. History? – More Than 300 Retailers Have Already Filed For Bankruptcy

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 06:51 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Not even during the worst parts of the last recession did things ever get this bad for the U.S. retail industry. …

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DAYS OF LOT: Millennials OK with Ontario LGBT Law that Takes Kids from Parents

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 06:47 AM PDT

Almost half of Millennials surveyed indicated they could be open to the idea of government removing children from their home if parents refuse to support their…

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Katy Perry’s family pleading for prayers for their daughter

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 06:45 AM PDT

The record-breaking pop artist Katy Perry is a far cry from the Jesus-loving preacher’s kid she once was in her teens.  While her parents, Keith…

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Prophetic Countdown to Messiah Reveals Hidden Connection Between Bible Verses, Hebrew Year

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:59 PM PDT

ATTENTION: This report does not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, or beliefs of End Time Headlines A numeric method of matching Bible verses to Hebrew…

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DEVELOPING: Massive Fire engulfs 27-story building in London

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:52 PM PDT

Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno engulfs a tower block in west…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Israel Prepares for Massive Earthquake

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:47 PM PDT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the launch of a drill this week to improve Israel’s preparedness for major earthquakes.  “I hope there will not be…

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DAYS OF LOT: Gay Media Promotes 8-Year-Old Drag Queen

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:41 PM PDT

The new rising star in the gay community is an eight-year-old drag queen named Lactatia.  Backed by his parents, Lactatia, whose real name is Nemis…

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Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders Feast Together for Interfaith Ramadan Break-Fast in Istanbul

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:35 PM PDT

Last Thursday, a delegation of rabbis joined Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish Muslim cleric, at the Çırağan Palace Ballroom in Istanbul for his traditional iftar…

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US could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases…

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:28 PM PDT

Alzheimer’s disease begins destroying the brain years before mental deterioration is detected, a new study suggests. This finding means there could be twice the number…

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Daily aspirin behind more than 3,000 deaths a year…

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:21 PM PDT

Taking a daily aspirin is far more dangerous than was thought, causing more than 3,000 deaths a year, a major study suggests.  Millions of pensioners should…

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From 122 degrees in Death Valley to 100 in Sacramento, heat wave to plague California this week

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:17 PM PDT

Sweltering heat will plague much of California this week and increase snowmelt along the Sierra Nevada, forecasters said. Starting Thursday, a heat wave will grip…

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Popular Boy Band Star: I ‘Dabbled in the Occult,’ ‘Danced With the Devil’

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 01:02 PM PDT

A popular boy band star recently opened up about his history with the occult and devil worship before he came to Christ. “I dabbled in…

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Signs of past ‘mega-quakes’ show danger of Big One on San Andreas fault…

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 09:16 AM PDT

As Interstate 10 snakes through the mountains and toward the golf courses, housing tracts and resorts of the Coachella Valley, it crosses the dusty slopes…

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North Korea threatens to strike New York in response to 5-month-old Trump tweet

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 09:09 AM PDT

Pyongyang says its nuclear weapons can hit New York, and that such a strike “might be proven in practice.” It’s a much-delayed response to a…

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Ramadan prayers at site of Virgin Mary statue trigger outrage in Spain

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 09:07 AM PDT

A Muslim prayer gathering at the site of a Virgin Mary statue has sparked outrage among politicians in the Spanish city of Granada, with a…

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Katy Perry Breaks Down in Therapy; Talks God Saving Her From Suicide, Christian Upbringing

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:13 AM PDT

ATTENTION: The following report does not reflect the personal opinions, views or expressions of End Time Headlines.  Singer Katy Perry launched a marathon weekend of…

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Official Warns Presbyterians Must ‘Tread Lightly in Criticizing Prosperity Gospel,’

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 07:06 AM PDT

An official with the Presbyterian Church (USA) has cautioned that Presbyterians should “tread lightly when criticizing the prosperity gospel.”  Preached in some megachurches and televangelist…

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Children of 21 Martyred Fathers Showed What It Means to Die for Christ

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:49 AM PDT

The children of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in Libya back in February 2015 have said that they are…

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Putin deploys ‘kill-all’ anti-missile system in warning shot to North Korea

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:37 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin is deploying his new state-of-the-art Buk-M3 missile defense system in eastern Siberia in response to concerns over war breaking out in North Korea….

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Mayor Removes Trump Portrait: “We Do Not Live in a Dictatorship”

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:23 AM PDT

The folks who run the Town Hall in Jackson, Wyoming proudly displayed a portrait of President Obama during his terms in office. But they won’t…

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SHOCK CLAIM – Russia ‘Hacked’ 39 states to influence election…

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:19 AM PDT

Russia’s alleged cyber attack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter…

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Read the Powerful Journal Entry a Missionary Teen Wrote Moments Before Dying in a Tragic Bus Crash

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:42 PM PDT

17-Year-Old Sarah Harmening wasn’t exactly feeling it while riding on a bus en route to a short term mission trip in Africa last week.  “I…

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Atheists Demand Town Remove These Decades-Old ‘Welcome’ Signs

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:37 PM PDT

A battle is brewing over two signs that are posted in the city of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin after an atheist activist group demanded their removal and an opposing legal…

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Massive hailstorm strikes gathering in Bangladesh – People flee for their lives

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:31 PM PDT

According to reports coming out of Bangladesh, a massive hailstorm pummeled a gathering in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, that forced people to flee for their lives…  Check…

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Iran blames U.S. for regional instability and creation of Islamic State

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:22 PM PDT

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington’s fight against the Islamic…

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Bomb Threats Shut Down 3 Los Angeles Synagogues on Sabbath

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:16 PM PDT

A series of “online bomb threats” closed down three synagogues in Los Angeles on Shabbat morning, according to a report by the Jewish Journal. The…

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Youth Pastors Issue Dire Warning About ‘Child of the Devil’ Infiltrating Homes

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:11 PM PDT

More than a dozen church leaders signed a letter warning parents that the “child of the devil” may be entering their households. “Kind Van De…

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DAYS OF LOT: 2017 May Be the ‘Year of the Transgender Candidate’

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:04 PM PDT

Virginia native Danica Roem is running for a seat in her state’s House of Delegates. Should she emerge victorious from the June 13 Democratic primary,…

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Astronomer claims Alien life will be discovered in 10 to 15 years

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 07:00 PM PDT

Alien life could be discovered within the next two decades – but, these lifeforms will be far from intelligent beings, one expert claims. According to…

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ISIS Calls For Ramadan Attacks In US and Europe

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 06:55 PM PDT