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Today's  News  ~  April 24, 2015

Most of the news items below illustrate the challenges Christians will face in a world that's growing increasingly hostile to Biblical values. We hope the information will encourage you to stand firm in God's Truth -- no matter how great the pressure to compromise.

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  "...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve....  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.' So the people answered and said: 'Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods....'"  Joshua 24:15-16

"Please pray for God's people around the world!  As in Europe,  Christian faith is  fading in America, while persecution is spreading in many other parts of the world. Countless Christians would rather face death than deny their beloved Lord!

Persecution. Turkey’s Jihad on Christian Churches: “Even though Christians are a tiny minority in Turkey today, Christianity has a long history in Asia Minor, the birthplace of many Christian Apostles and Saints, including Paul of Tarsus, Timothy, Nicholas of Myra, and Polycarp of Smyrna....  Today, Turkey has less Christians as a percentage of its population than any of its neighbors — less than Syria, Iraq and Iran....Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and reportedly a candidate for membership in the European Union, has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Persecution Scripture

Mind Control.  Common Core's real goal? 'Dumbing down people': "Declining SAT scores. Falling literacy rates. Reduced critical thinking ability. ...

     “The schools are actually doing exactly what they were designed to do: dumb down the American people,' declared international journalist and teacher Alex Newman. Newman, coauthor of the newly released book 'Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,' says education bureaucrats in Washington are not sincere when they claim to possess solutions to America’s education problems. 'In response to the very real crisis in what passes for government-run ‘education’ in America today, the educational establishment is rolling out various so-called ‘solutions’ that will only make the problems worse...”  See Yuri Bezmenov on De-Moralization

 

War.  US General Tells Senate North Korea Can Hit US With Nuclear ICBM: "The U.S. commander in South Korea said Thursday that he believes North Korea has the ability to fit a nuclear warhead to a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. ... 'At the Pentagon last week, Gortney said: 'Our assessment is that they have the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a KN-08 and shoot it at the homeland. We assess that it's operational today...." We need to pray for our country!

 

War.  Pakistan develops Drone for its War on … Pakistan! "The Pakistani military-political leadership has developed its own missile-firing drone, which is being deployed against its own citizens! This dirty work was originally entrusted to American drones and American drone operators, operating under the guise of the so-called 'War on Terror'. But now The Powers That Be have such faith in the Pakistani leadership’s ability to wage war against its own citizens that this task is being entrusted with them." See Merging the Americas in a New Global Order

 

Faith.  Christians Accept Execution Rather Than Renounce Christ for Islam: "The Islamic State (IS) has just released another video where it executes more Christians, this time for not paying jizya—extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to Koran 9:29....

   "The first scene consists of a group of Christian Ethiopians dressed all in black, on their knees, with their arms tied behind their backs. Masked IS members stand behind the Ethiopians with rifles aimed at their heads. The Christian captives are called 'Worshippers of the cross' belonging to the hostile Ethiopian Church.”

 

War.  Obama to Open Mega Mosque w/State Sponsor of ISIS: "Erdogan, formerly the liberal ideal model for Muslim democracy, now a tyrant who basically made himself leader for life in a billion dollar palace, started his career with a controversial poem. 'The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army,' was the poem he read. It helped earn him a stay in prison.

     "But like Hitler, he didn’t stay there. Instead with the support of the EU, he took over Turkey. These days Turkey is a not-so covert state sponsor of ISIS and is back in the genocide game."

 

Signs of the Times.  The Rising Global Anti-Semitism: "Yom Ha’shoah or Holocaust Day, marked this year on Thursday, April 16, will commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II, and the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The horrific toll anti-Semitism and Nazi racial hatred exacted on humanity in general and Jews in particular can never be overemphasized. The dwindling numbers of survivors carry the pain of losing loved ones, and the brutality of the Nazis and their helpers in Eastern and elsewhere in Europe. Six million innocent Jews were murdered, including 1.5 million children.'" See Jerusalem

 

Taking a Stand.  Usama Dakdok Freedom or Surrender: A video worth watching.

 

War.  Is the U.S. enabling a Middle East apocalypse? "Instead of the U.S. throwing a bucket of water on Middle East embers, the Obama administration continues to pack the powder keg through its many failed strategies.... From the endorsement of the Arab Spring and rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to the devastating blunders in Benghazi, U.S. passiveness in Syria, and the untimely and wrongly handled withdraws of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House has increased U.S. disdain and Muslim extremism." Reminder: Washington's Farewell Address

 

War. Iran Celebrates Army Day with Chants of 'Death to Israel, America': "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday with a scathing condemnation of Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran at a time when the Islamic Republic is becoming emboldened in its anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric....

     “'Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran,' Netanyahu said, 'especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel.'..

      "Despite the president’s words, a television announcer proclaimed during the broadcast, 'If Israel makes a mistake, those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.  Chants of 'Death to Israel' and 'Death to America' could be heard throughout the parade." See  Spiritual Warfare

 

Transformation.  Inside the ISIS-U.S. Border Scare: "While U.S. government agencies have strongly denied a Judicial Watch report claiming there are ISIS camps near the U.S. border with Mexico, lawmakers have expressed fears the global jihadist organization is linking up with deadly Mexican drug cartels. Such a partnership would not only help to facilitate the smuggling of jihadists into the U.S. but could ultimately translate into a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, such as an Electro Magnetic Pulse, or EMP, catastrophe..."

 

Globalism.  GOP helps Obama advance global-integration agenda: "With the assistance of Republican leadership in Congress, the Obama administration took a major step toward systematically putting into place a two-ocean globalist plan that will dwarf all prior trade agreements, including NAFTA..." See The Emerging New World Order

 

Persecution.  Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction: "'One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches.... The message conveyed... is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.'...

     "The physical devastation of the Christian Armenians was followed by a cultural devastation. Countless Christian churches and schools have been destroyed or turned into mosques, storehouses or stables.... Turkey... has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Genocide

 

Faith.  Egypt files suit against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for conspiring with Muslim Brotherhood: (Very long page) "People – we ARE the frogs in the pot of water, which is heated very slowly as we happily hop around. The water get a tiny bit hotter little by little....

    "America has turned her back on God, and is so immersed in gross, unspeakable sin, that God’s judgment IS Barack Obama, and possibly Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. Those of us who belong to God must pray for America....

    "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us..." Romans 8:35, 37

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"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

When enemy forces threatened to attack God's people, [King] Jehoshaphat simply turned His eyes and heart to His faithful Lord and expressed his faith:

“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
     ...we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU." 2 Chronicles 20:6, 12

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