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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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      "... for I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."  2 Timothy 1:11-12

"My refuge is in God!"

Psalm 62:7

Changing Values. In Event of Emergency, Illegals to be Evacuated Before Citizens: "...illegal aliens occupying various shelters will be first in line to get 'to safer ground.' ...emergency managers in the Rio Grande Valley region addressed the reality that, in addition to picking up the tab for putting the immigrants up, they have also accepted responsibility for their safety. That means ensuring illegal aliens have a safe evacuation from temporary and permanent shelters during an emergency." See Re-Inventing the World

 

Signs of the Times.  In Leaked Tape, Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce: "A "senior US official" leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In it the 35-minute conversation, which took place on Sunday, the US President appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over a one-sided truce proposal which would have seen Hamas receive all its key demands, but that Israel ultimately rejected. See Media-made "Foes"

 

Law or Lawlessness.  'Jews, the End is Near', Says Graffiti in Rome: "Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas appear across Rome in the wake of Israel's operation in Gaza. Rome's mayor condemns.... Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino offered his solidarity with Rome's Jewish community and said the graffiti, which appeared near Jewish-owned businesses, was an 'offense to all Romans.'" See The fall and rise of human violence

 

Hillary's 'wiew'?  Hillary says Hamas must put Rockets in School because Gaza is very small : "I'm not a military planner but Hamas puts it's missiles, it's rockets in civilian areas. Part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated,' she said..." (No mention of Hamas' use of children as "human shields," which raises (and exaggerates) the "death count" and vilifies Israel)

 

Holocaust again?  Talk of feared new Holocaust at Knesset meeting on European anti-Semitism: "Incitement against Jews in Germany at levels not seen since 1933, says speaker at emergency session... The room was packed to capacity at the Knesset on Monday for an emergency meeting on the 'rising wave of violent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel demonstrations sweeping Europe.'...

      "Members of Knesset bemoaned the upswing in anti-Semitism since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8, and security and academic experts attempted to drive home the dire importance of concrete steps to counter and educate against the rising anti-Semitism throughout Europe....

      "Vladimir Sloutzker, head of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, said starkly, 'Never before since the Holocaust have we seen such a situation as today. We are potentially looking at the beginning of another Holocaust now.” See Critical Security Needs of Israel  (Please pray for God's people in Israel)

 

Signs of the Times. Thousands March in French City of Marseille in Support of Israel: "Some 2,000 pro-Israeli demonstrators, carrying French and Israeli flags, were separated by riot police from a few dozen pro-Palestinian protesters chanting anti-Israeli slogans.... 'We are here to show our solidarity with Israel, which has been attacked and has a right to defend itself..."

 

Education.  Global ‘Gay’ Children and Gender–Free Restrooms: NEA Teachers Union More Extreme than Ever: "The National Education Association wrapped up another radical convention early in July. The delegates in Denver focused modestly on education and a lot more on far-left issues like pushing homosexuality on kids, defending the influx of illegal immigrants, and supporting breastfeeding teachers while staunchly maintaining the organization’s advocacy to abort children." See The UN Plan for Your Mental Health

Education for a Global Workforce. US Schools Brace for Flood of Central American Immigrant Students: "At least 30,000 migrant Central American students are heading to classrooms across the country this fall, bring low levels of education that will bring down classroom averages, and overwhelm already struggling school districts.... The Obama administration announced earlier this month that some 30,340 foreign youths and children had been distributed....
      "'In many cases, such students have 'very, very limited amounts of education [and] in some cases, they cannot count to 10'.... 'They’ve never even seen a computer. Also, they, in most cases, cannot speak English or Spanish. ...there is no way they can participate in U.S. history, biology, or other high school courses without special preparation." See Molding Human Resources for the Global Workforce

Persecution. Farshid's Story: "Pastor Farshid Fathi is incarcerated in Iran’s most notorious prison, Evin. He is serving a six year sentence and has been separated from his family and loved ones for over three years. His crime is his Christian faith.... Farshid's friends invariably describe him as loving, cheerful, selfless and faithful, and always eager to help and serve others.

     "Born into a Muslim family in Iran, he became a Christian at age 17.... In his 20s he began ministering full-time and by 2010 he was leading a network of house churches in Iran. Now 34, he is married with two young children, Rosanna and Bardia. It was Christmas 2010 when he was cruelly ripped away from his family." See  Persecution Scriptures 

 

Health. As Ebola, Mers and HIV/Aids make headlines, what are the biggest risks to the world's health? "The past week has seen Ebola infecting key medical staff in Sierra Leone, a deadly Middle East virus become airborne and a whole city in China put on lock-down for fear of bubonic plague.

    "The World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN body that exists to protect and advise the international community about threats such as these, raised concerns in May about the 'striking changes in the communicable disease situation'....

     "Experts at the biennial International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia this week spoke about their frustration that efforts to defeat HIV/Aids have been going 'backwards'....

     "[Ebola] has now killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February. With a mortality rate as high as 90 per cent in some cases, it has put a terrible strain on a string of weak health systems."

 

Signs of the Times. Sewage swamps Gaza streets as Egypt tunnel closures cut off power: "Children waded through sewage submerging the streets of a central Gaza neighborhood on Thursday, a day after one of the blockaded Palestinian enclave's largest waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel. Fetid muck, which bubbles up from manholes and overflows from the idle plant when waste goes untreated, could soon spill into the homes of tens of thousands more residents in downtown Gaza City.... 'This is the start of a catastrophe...'" 

 

Avoiding Christianity.  The Military bars troops from attending Vacation Bible school honor: “'We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty,' said Pastor Hogan. 'It was more of a promotion for the military: to show the kids what the military does.' But the National Guard did not visit Bible Baptist Church on Thursday night....

      “We were told it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,' Pastor Hogan said. 'They said if the National Guard had assets on church property it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”See God's Faithful Church versus today's "Cultural Christianity"

 

Daring to Stand for Truth. Portland Child Evangelism Fellowship Under Fire for Preaching to Kids About Sin: "The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem?

       "CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior. Those who oppose the group assert that because of this, CEF does not present 'Jesus loves you' mainstream Christianity, and claim that the organization is 'hardcore evangelical fundamental.'” See The Victory of the Cross

 

Faith in the midst of War.  Revival in Iran: 'I Want to Be a Christian': "While they've suffered persecution and often fled for their lies, they still possess an infectious and joyous faith like Iranian believer Raizal.

    "'Growing up I wanted to say I grew up [with] Jesus Christ.... Every time, His name was in my mind. And the next moment I started liking Christianity.... It was really sweet to me.... So by the time I was 15, I believed in Him and I said I want to be a Christian,' he said...

     "Afshin attended the church led by American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is still languishing in an Iranian prison after nearly than two years. ... Later Afshin found himself on the run. 'As a result, I came out of Iran because day by day it was more difficult and it was more risky. ... I was sure that one day they would realize my home as an underground house church.'     

      "Despite the constant threat, danger, and risk, these believers keep the faith. Now they've found a church home and family.... 'The main church is my house, and through the Internet I connect to everybody,' Reza said. "That's why it's become like an Internet church.'"  See God's Faithful Church versus today's "Cultural Christianity"

 


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