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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

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Faith. The War Against Conservative & Religious Speech: Just this week, media researcher Brent Bozell sounded the alarm about this concerted attack. He said, "This is the emerging of the greatest censorship of free speech worldwide in the history of man. ...the left is on a jihad against conservative thought. It's happening in academia, entertainment, business, religion, everywhere."

    In short, the MRC study confirms what we knew to be true already: There is a war against conservative and religious speech. ... If pastors and leaders took their clues from the Word of God rather than from what's trending, the nation would be rocked.


Crisis.  Half Of California Supports Travel Ban, Increased Deportations: About 24 percent of the survey’s participants said it’s “very important” for the U.S. to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants, while 35 percent said it’s “somewhat important”... That viewpoint even held true in the Bay Area... And about 49 percent of Californians support temporarily banning people from Muslim-majority countries... In the Bay Area, 44 percent of residents support the ban, the least out of any region in California.


Islam.  Muslim World League Demands Europe Ban Religious Hate Speech: Chief Mohammed al-Issa of the Muslim World League (MWL) has called on European leaders to crack down on religious hate speech and do more to help the integration of other Muslims in Europe. said: We believe that European countries… need to enhance national assimilation programs and criminalize hatred and contempt for adherents of religions because this threatens the safety of the community.


Islam.  More than 90 Muslims, nearly all Democrats, running for public office across the U.S.:  9/11 was just the first notable battle in the Islamic takeover of the United States. ... Nawabi, a 31-year-old candidate for San Diego City Council, supports almost everything that Trump opposes: He is pro-affordable housing, pro-environment, pro-immigrant and pro-refugee. ... There are more than 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States, but Muslim Americans hold just two of the 535 seats in Congress. ... Without a dramatic shift, a halt to Muslim immigration, and a return of tens of thousands of so-called Muslim refugees – the demographics in America will be forever changed.


Corruption.  Facebook's (Data & More) "Kiddie Grab": ...activist judges and prosecutors (bought and paid for social engineers, mostly, ala money-bags George – the devil incarnate – Soros) manipulate its contents to the point that they no longer reflect the will of the majority public...  Could it be that their huffing and puffing (except for a few, who truly care about safeguarding the nation) has everything to do with Trump’s win...? many are aware that Facebook’s gargantuan data sweep... is so much more than what is already known, in so far that it involves the upcoming generation – from kindergarten and up!


Corruption.  Prepare for a Multi-Polar World: Since World War 2, the U.S. has successfully sustained a position of global dominance unlike anything the world’s ever seen. Virtually each and every corner of the planet has been subject to inescapable and overwhelming American influence, both culturally and economically. The root of this power didn’t just emerge from GDP strength and the USD, but from Hollywood, popular music and T shows. ...

   "...power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” ...The country’s been looted and pillaged with rapacious fervor in recent decades while a unaccountable class of people I refer to as top-tier predators operate at will with total impunity.


Corruption.  Facebook Could Face Billions in Fines over Facial Recognition Features: A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit including millions of Facebook users can proceed with their claims that the social media firm violated an Illinois law relating to the collection and storage of biometric data without users consent...

    Millions of social media users could potentially sue Facebook for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008 (BIPA) which holds a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 each time a user’s photo is used without permission. This could result in Facebook paying out billions of dollars. ... Facebook collected a “wealth of data on its users, including self-reported residency and IP addresses.”


Crisis.  California Bill Threatens Religious Freedom of Those Who Oppose Homosexuality: A bill quickly moving through the California state legislature may threaten the religious freedom of those who object to homosexuality. Jim Daly, the president of Christian ministry Focus on the Family, wrote a blog post alerting Christians to the implications of this bill...


Mocking.  NBC’s ‘Timeless’ Mocks Christians: ...‘God Doesn’t Exist’: NBC’s Sunday night sci-fi drama, Timeless has joined Hollywood’s anti-Christian crusade by mocking Christianity, demeaning the practice of prayer, and insisting that,”God doesn’t exist.”

    The series follows a group of government agents who use a time machine to track a murderous madman with his own time machine, who is bent on making major alterations in the timeline to destroy the United States both in the past and for the future. ... On Sunday, one of the heroes of the show went after Christianity.


Crisis.  The final volume of Horowitz’s magisterial "The Black Book of the American Left": "Ruling Ideas" is the ninth and final volume of "The Black Book of the American Left," a multi-volume collection of Horowitz's conservative writings that now stands as the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to define the Left and its agenda. ...

   Equality before the law is a foundational principle of American democracy...  In the real world human inequalities of talent, intelligence, physical attributes and application are immutable facts of life.


Corruption!   Mark Zuckerberg’s Ex-Speechwriter: He Declared ‘Domination!’ and ‘Companies Over Countries’ During Meetings: Kate Losse, who worked as Zuckerberg’s speechwriter and blog writer between 2009 and 2011, claimed in an article for Vox that the Facebook CEO would “raise his fist with a slight smile and say, ‘Domination!’ as a way of closing out our weekly Friday all-hands meeting.” ... “My worry began to deepen when, around this time, Zuckerberg began using the language of states to talk about Facebook’s burgeoning power...


Signs of the Times.  Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran's revolutionary guard corps in response for a strike allegedly carried out by the Jewish state against an Iranian operated airbase in Syria which killed seven IRGC soldiers: “Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria,” ... (Apparently) Iran plans to attack Israel from Syria, gaining control of the Arab state though its air force.


War?  The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel: Israel and Iran, at the exact same time, seem to be heading for a High Noon shootout in Syria over Iran’s attempts to turn Syria into a forward air base against Israel, something Israel is vowing to never let happen.

    This is not mere speculation. In the past few weeks — for the first time ever — Israel and Iran have begun quietly trading blows directly, not through proxies, in Syria. ... Israel and Iran are now a hair-trigger away from going to the next level — and if that happens, the U.S. and Russia may find it difficult to stay out.


Control.  Google's File On You Is 10 Times Bigger Than Facebook's: Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are all central players in “surveillance capitalism” and prey on our data. ... Google may actually harvest ten times as much as Facebook. ...

    It has been well-known for some time that Google silently tracks you everywhere you go and creates a map of your physical movements through its Location History feature. ... Like Facebook, Google gathers your info for sale to 3rd-party advertisers, including your name, email address, telephone number, credit card, specific ways you use Google’s services, your mode of interaction with any website that uses Google technology... and your search queries.


War?  Syria & The End Times: With all the events taking place in Syria right now, many people are asking, "What does the Bible have to say about Syria and the end times? Is this the beginning of World War III and Armageddon?"

   ...recent events in Syria have great significance when it comes to the study of bible prophecy. This doesn't mean you're guaranteed to see the immediate fulfillment of any specific bible prophecy. However, it does mean you should pay close attention. Why? Because, at the very least, these events are setting the table for the fulfillment of multiple bible prophecies.


Crisis.  California Bill Threatens Religious Freedom of Those Who Oppose Homosexuality: A bill quickly moving through the California state legislature may threaten the religious freedom of those who object to homosexuality. Jim Daly, the president of Christian ministry Focus on the Family, wrote a blog post alerting Christians to the implications of this bill...


Education.  Dumbing Down America - What has happened to education?


Crisis.  US, Britain, France Converge On Syria: President Donald Trump ordered strikes against Syria on Friday, in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians there last weekend. The last time Assad was accused of attacking civilians with chemical weapons, around the same time last year, Assad denied the allegations and I wrote about that attack.

    The Word of God tells us, “The burden of Damascus (by Isaiah). Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1.


Crisis.  UN Security Council rejects Russian condemnation of US “aggression”: The UN security voted Saturday to reject the Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria by the US and its allies. The emergency council session was called by Russia after the US, British, French missile strike Syrian chemical sites following a suspected Syrian army poison agent attack on Douma.... President Trump tweeted earlier, “Mission accomplished!”


War! (Hitler's war in Europe)  NEVER AGAIN? On Yom Hashoah, Poll Shows Two Thirds Of Millennials Don't Know What Auschwitz Was: ...fully 41 percent of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz (a deadly concentration camp) was. Approximately 22 percent of Millennials had not heard of the Holocaust, and 41 percent of Millennials thought 2 million or fewer Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. ...

      (Berit: My father was the leader in the "underground" in Oslo, Norway, back in the late nineteen forties. During the last year of Hitler's cruel war (1945) I would run out on the sidewalk with my friends and shout at the Nazi armies marching down our wide street. I was  five years old when the war ended, and we had learned to hate our enemy.)


Faith.  Rod Boggia Testimony (Video)


Faith!  Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


Faith!  Consider My Trouble. Messianic Psalms: Psalm 9 is an eschatological psalm. It describes the coming of the Lord to this earth to deliver a besieged people, Israel, surrounded by menacing enemies on the verge of destroying her. The Psalmist reveals that Israel’s enemies will be routed by the very presence of the Lord...


Praise.  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4America was established by God himself for his purposes and she was established on the Word of God. For many years, the American people maintained the Judeo-Christian ethic and was greatly blessed. There has never been a country on earth as blessed and prosperous as the US. ... But America has turned and she bites the hand that feeds her...


Hope.  Shofar Sounds Heard In Hawaiian Skies: This is very real, in fact, there are many videos of these sounds throughout the world on You Tube. ... We are told in many passages of scripture that signs and wonders will occur in the last days, and they are warnings for us to be prepared for the Lord’s return.

    “And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, famines, pestilences and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” Luke 21:11 


History.  The Story Behind ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’: It begins with the aging Paul imprisoned in Rome, awaiting the beheading that Christian tradition accords him. ...  

   In A.D. 67, when Paul met his death, historians have estimated that there were only about 2,500 Christians scattered in small communities throughout the Roman Empire. By the year 350 there were nearly 34 million of them, a majority of the empire’s population. Why did these early Christians thrive, despite being universally despised? (They trusted God!)

History.  4 in 10 millennials don't know that 6 million Jews were killed in Hitler's Nazi Holocaust: Israelis stood still on Thursday for a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the Jewish victims, as a two-minute siren wailed across the country and the nation paid respects to those systematically killed. As every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, buses and cars halted on streets and highways and Israelis stepped out of their vehicles, standing with heads bowed in solemn remembrance. ...

    On college campuses all across America today, millennials are frighteningly ignorant of the facts of the Nazi genocide that took place in the 1930’s and 40’s.


History.   Israel and Anne Frank's Jewishness:  Where did this bizarre, ahistorical view of history, which whitewashes antisemitism the chief driver of the Holocaust... come from? The co-option of Anne Frank’s legacy by intellectuals and political forces who pretended away her Jewishness may have been the first successful attempt to deny the anti-Semitic nature of the genocide of a third of the Jewish people. But it wasn’t the last one.’’ ...

    “Anne says, ‘We’re not the only Jews that had to suffer. Right down through the ages, there have been Jews and they’ve had to suffer.’ ... Dutch Nazis deported them to German death camps.


Crisis.  Special update on Syria, April 11, 2018


Crisis.  Russia threatens to forcefully confront U.S. attacks in Syria - TV7 Israel News


War?  Trump: Syria Attack "Could Take Place Very Soon Or Not So Soon At All":  Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?” — Donald J. Trump  

    While we are confident that Putin may have an objection about the "ridding the region of ISIS" part, the first part of the statement is only adding more confusion and has made Trump's initial threat even more nebulous...


Faith.  Trey Gowdy just stunned the congress with this amazing speech!


Education.  Slutty sheep: Veteran academics warn college students are going off the rails: Today’s college students are “situationally confused.” They have no room in their schedules for “intellectual curiosity.” And their sexual promiscuity is practically the only part of their lives that their colleges refuse to police.


Lawlessness.  Hillary Clinton Joins a Coven? Here’s the headline: “Last Night, The Wing Welcomed Hillary Clinton Into Their Coven.” She was on April 3rd awarded “an honorary lifetime Wing membership,” which comes... with free cosmetics. ...  She tweeted of her time at the coven that she was “inspired by [their] passion and commitment.” ... Because the URL of the application to join a once-coven-now-space is “”...


Spiritual Warfare.  Breaking: Thousands Of Foster Kids Dead In PedoGate Horror: Foster children in the for-profit care system are dying at alarming rates after being placed in the care of pedophiles. Children have been placed in homes with individuals who have been convicted of kidnapping and other serious crimes, with parents who have substance abuse problems, and in homes where caretakers have previously “failed” foster care placements.

    ...the mainstream media continues scrambling to convince the public that pedophilia is "normal".


Spiritual Warfare.  Holocaust Remembrance Day: More Relevant than Ever!  The importance of perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust cannot be underestimated. It is not about dwelling on the past for the sake of dwelling on the darkest days of Jewish history, but rather for the sake of never allowing future generations to forget these events and possibly preventing another “Catastrophe” in the future.


Lawlessness.  4/6/18 Pizzagate Update: A recent study confirmed that 33 percent of children placed in the United States foster care systems are abused. ...about 1,600 children die each year due to abuse and neglect... 

   Another crime plaguing America’s children is satanic ritual child abuse and child sacrifices reportedly throughout the world and especially here in the US. The crimes are so prevalent in the US, that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin publicly stated that many US officials are pedophiles...  America has stooped to the lowest levels of criminal activities.


Faith.  The Armor of God: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ...." (Ephesians 6:10-18)

    Every Christian needs to wear the full armor of God. God’s word tells us clearly that for every one in the body of Christ, this is the only armor that can and will protect from the evil days.


History.  This Day in History - Defiant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged - 1945: On this day in 1945, Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged at Flossenburg, only days before the American liberation of the POW camp. The last words of the brilliant and courageous 39-year-old opponent of Nazism were “This is the end–for me, the beginning of life.”

    Two days after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, lecturer at Berlin University, took to the radio and denounced the Nazi Fuhrerprinzip... a synonym for dictatorship. .... In April 1943... Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo. ... While in prison, he acted as a counselor and pastor to prisoners of all denominations. ... Among his celebrated works of theology are The Cost of Discipleship.


Faith!  Trump Can Build Wall, Despite Congress: A conservative legal expert says President Donald Trump has three legal powers to bypass the establishment’s bipartisan opposition to a border wall. ... The law... gives DHS a clear mandate to construct reinforced fencing along at least 700 miles of the 1,933-mile land border with Mexico.


Victory.  Dutch Teacher Who Saved 600 Jewish Children from Nazis Dies at 107: In 1942 and 1943, Dutch educator Johan van Hulst arranged for the transport of some very precious cargo.... The cargo wasn’t food or supplies: It was Jewish children, smuggled and saved by van Hulst and his colleagues during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. By the end of the war, van Hulst had helped spirit an estimated 600 Jewish children out of harm’s way....


Corruption.  Records Show Obama Admin Used Millions In Taxpayer Money To Fund Soros’ Left-Wing Political Activities


Religion?  Europe's Youth Abandoning Christianity: The proportion of youth (16-29) that said they do not identify with a religion was 91% in the Czech Republic. Estonia was 80% no affiliation with a religion; Sweden, 75%; France 64%; Spain, 55%; Germany 45%; and Austria 37%. (How sad!)




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