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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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       " all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:37-39  

"My refuge is in God!"

Psalm 62:7

Signs of the Times. 30,000 attend Jerusalem funeral of lone, US-born soldier: "A small, wiry, decisive Californian, Max Steinberg inspired his family... and fought to join an elite unit.... "They arrived by the thousands for Max Steinberg’s funeral. In flip-flops and tank tops, dressed in youth movement uniforms and army unit T-shirts, with yarmulkes and hats, bareheaded and with sunglasses, they filed in to the cemetery at Mount Herzl, standing in uncharacteristic silence under the hot sun to pay their respects. 'He’s a lone soldier,' said Yisrael Schwartz, another local. 'He’s part of us.' It was the sentiment voiced by everyone who spoke at the hour-and-a-half-long funeral." See Jerusalem  


War. The link to this article may not open: Islamic State “no longer a terrorist organization. It is a full-blown army: "And it will take a full-blown army to dislodge their new caliphate. But there doesn’t appear at this moment to be a full-blown army that it situated well enough and up to the task. 'ISIS now ‘full-blown army,’ officials warn....

     "Top U.S. officials warned Wednesday that a Sunni extremist group controlling parts of Syria and Iraq had grown into a threat that is 'worse than al Qaeda.' ...the group has threatened: 'We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.'

     "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, abbreviated as ISIS or ISIL, has captured major towns in both countries and threatened to move on Baghdad, leading President Obama to deploy nearly 750 troops to Iraq.... 'House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the administration had ignored the threat for too long and had rejected Iraqi requests for drone strikes as early as August 2013." See Chronology of  Persecution


Forces of Nature.  Deadly mosquito virus reported in eastern Mass.: "...our recent weather conditions have contributed to the arrival of a potentially deadly disease in the Bay State. For the first time this year mosquitoes in Massachusetts have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis.... The Massachusetts Department of Health just confirmed that a July 15th laboratory test in Plymouth County has tested positive for EEE, a dangerous virus that can cause inflammation of the brain and in one third of cases, death."


Video: Robert Spencer on the Islamic cleansing of Christians from their historic homelands in Middle East: "War on Christians."


Persecution. Jewish leaders outraged after rally featuring anti-Semitic slogans given police sound system to broadcast message of hate: "Islamist anti-Israel protesters used a police car's speakers to broadcast messages of hate during a march against Israel's defensive operation in Gaza. The rally, which took place in the center of Frankfurt on Saturday, was mainly Muslim youths and featured signs reading 'Israel kills children' and 'Allah is great', alongside more openly anti-Semitic banners such as 'You Jews are beasts!"...

     "The initial group of 300 demonstrators swelled to a crowd of roughly 2,500... with protesters hurling rocks and bottles at police, who responded with riot-control measures." See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World


Persecution. The Terrorists' Reality Show Who Has the "More Romantic Story"?'' "If a rocket succeeds in going through Israel's anti-missile defense and causing damage to Israel, Hamas is 'showing its strength,' by hitting the Jewish state. If a retaliation by Israel sadly results in the death of Arab civilians, Hamas is 'showing how inhuman Israel is'....   For Hamas and similar terror groups, therefore, the 'show' is always a win-win.... In societies where the distribution of power is the key to freedom, freedom of speech is a solid counter-power, capable of revealing corruption, denouncing a policy, and reshaping a system. The media are the real leaders of the free world." See The fall and rise of human violence


Forces of Nature. 2/3 of U.S. could be devastated: "The Yellowstone Caldera, or cauldron, sits on top of North America’s largest volcanic field. Four hundred miles under the Earth’s surface is a magma ‘hotspot’ that reaches up to just 30 miles below ground level before spreading out over an area of 300 miles across three states. Over all this sits the volcano." See The Creator of all


Terrorism, Cruelty and War. A Desperate Cry from Iraq's Christians: "The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities. But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide. On June 16th it was reported that ISIS had marked the doors of Christians in red." See Spiritual Warfare


Signs of the Times. Personal prayer said for each soldier operating in Gaza: "Israel's chief rabbis and religious leaders call on Jewish people to recite Psalms for success of ground operation and safety of IDF troops. ...A massive prayer rally was held at the Western Wall on Saturday night for the safety and successful mission of the IDF. ...thousands gathered at Judaism’s holiest site in Jerusalem." See Jews in Holy Land? What Jews?


Faith (Jews and Christians). Evangelicals and Israel: "At a time when the state of Israel lies under... threat from jihadist Islam, and under ideological and diplomatic assault in foreign ministries, international organizations, churches... and when even some Jews in the Diaspora seem to be growing disenchanted with the Zionist cause—millions of evangelical Christians unabashedly continue their outspoken, wholehearted, stalwart defense of both the Jewish state and the Jewish people...

       "To many [Jews], the prospect of an alignment with evangelicals... seems positively distasteful. Very few have attempted to penetrate the evangelical world or to understand it in any substantive way...."

       "...a growing minority inside the evangelical world views the Jewish state as at best tolerable and at worst positively immoral, a country that, instead of being supported on biblical grounds, should be opposed on those same grounds...." See Preparing for Victory


Science. Apollo astronaut says: Man-made global warming hypothesis is the 'biggest fraud in the field of science': "Climate alarmism is 'the biggest fraud in the field of science' and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical," Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings..." See Green Lies and Amazing Truths

Food & Land Control. America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water: "The scope of this mounting crisis is difficult to overstate: The High Plains of Texas are swiftly running out of groundwater supplied by one of the world’s largest aquifers – the Ogallala. ...The Ogallala Aquifer spreads across eight states, from Texas to South Dakota....  It’s the fountain of life not only for much of the Texas Panhandle, but also for the entire American Breadbasket of the Great Plains....

     “'This country became what it became largely because we had water security...' This catastrophic depletion is primarily manmade." See The UN Plan for Food and Land


Food & Land Control. Drought: CA Couple Faces Fines for not Watering Lawn Enough: "...the California letter said that they are imposing mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of a $500 penalty if they exceed a mandated limit.

     "Ironically, the city of Glendora... sent Laura and Mike a letter complaining that their lawn was too brown, and they face a potential $500 fine if they don’t make it greener within 60 days."


Population Control. Will Humanity Survive the Depopulation Agenda of the Global Elite? "Our common foe are the elite that presume that they have the God-given right to exert ownership over all of us including the right to life or death. And for 95% of us, the elite are actively engaged in systematic extermination of mankind.

     "If we were to borrow from Reagan’s wisdom, we have the potential to unite humanity against our common foe. For those who are awake, it is your duty to your creator and to fellow man to relentlessly educate humanity as to the true nature of the elite along with exposing their final solution." See Green Lies and Deceptive Science


Migration. Evidence Mounts of a Manufactured Border Crisis: "...a series of new revelations this week further demolish the administration’s narrative about whether or not this is, indeed, a manufactured crisis.... For example... we learned that the Obama administration is using organizations to find prospective foster homes for some of the unaccompanied children coming across the border, and offering to pay the foster parents more than $6,000 per month, tax free, to house them....

     "As recently as last year, President Barack Obama and then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured the American public that the border was secure..." See The North American Union & the larger plan


Migration.  Illegals 'bigger invasion than Normandy': "The numbers are astounding. The New York Times reports an estimated 290,000 illegal immigrants, including 52,000 unaccompanied children, have crossed the border illegally in the Rio Grande Valley to cities around the county, just in recent months. 'There are more people coming across the border than we sent to invade France in World War II,' marveled Stockman.”

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