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Faith. 5 Ways God Showed up the Day Steve Scalise Was Shot: Before a crowd of nearly 4,000 people at the Washington Hilton hotel and millions more on television and social media, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, listed what he called the many "little miracles" that happened in the wake of an ambush attack last summer.

    ...on June 14, 2017, police in Alexandria, Virginia received a report of a shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. A lone gunman opened fire on Republicans who had been practicing for a charity congressional baseball game. Scalise, who serves as the House Republican Whip, has had multiple surgeries on his long road to recovery and told the audience, "There were so many things that were rooted in faith that not only started that day, but carried me throughout the recovery that I'm still engaged in."


Signs of the Times. US troops arrive for drill simulating massive missile attack on Israel: US forces are deploying in Israel ahead of a large-scale joint Israel-US military exercise, due to start next week, which will simulate a major conflict in which Israel is attacked with thousands of missiles. ... The Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which seeks Israel’s destruction, has reportedly been threatening to open fire at IDF soldiers if Israel does not halt the construction of a barrier it is building along the Israel-Lebanon border.’ Please pray for victory!


Crisis. David versus Monsanto


Faith. President Trump Remarks During National Prayer Breakfast: It’s an honor to be with so many faith leaders, members of Congress, and dignitaries from all around the world as we continue this extraordinary tradition. I’m very glad to be joined by many members of my Cabinet. You’re doing a terrific job. ... America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer. This morning, our hearts are full of gratitude as we come together for the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast.


Corruption. Explosion over the Washington Swamp: President Trump declassified the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee of the House. This document was originally marked "Top Secret." Of course, there is nothing new for the inquisitive reader in this memo. ...the chain of events associated with the case of Trump's "criminal collusion with Putin" looks like this: Trump's political opponents during the primaries hired the firm Fusion GPS, which specializes in opposition research, to dig up some dirt on Trump. .... The new customers of the dirt on Trump become the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC... (Keep reading)


Lawlessness.  Former CIA Official Threatens Trump: “You’ve Been Around 13 Months – We’ve Been Around Since 1908. We’re Going to Win!” (Video): Former CIA counterterrorism official Phil Mudd threatened President Donald Trump after the release of the explosive House Intelligence FISA memo. Mudd said the FBI is “ticked” over the FISA memo’s release and warned the bureaucracy is determined to get rid of President Trump. ... “I know how this game is going to be played. We’re going to win.” (Please pray with me for President Trump!)


Corruption.  Gingrich: Schiff trying to cover up a 'terrible situation'


Crisis.  Flu vaccine BOMBSHELL:  A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air, compared to non-vaccinated individuals. In effect, this finding documents evidence that flu vaccines spread the flu, and that so-called “herd immunity” is a medical hoax because “the herd” is actually transformed into carriers and spreaders of influenza.


Rage. ‘Death Squad of Allah’: Terror Suspect Teacher Showed Islamic State Video to Children, Blamed ‘Fascists’: A Muslim teacher on trial for allegedly plotting attacks on London showed children Islamic State videos and claimed to be part of “a death squad sent by Allah”.... The terror suspect also argued that lying and jihad were part of his religion and blamed “fascists” and police. He also claimed, however, that his seemingly pro-terror comments did not represent his views.


Lawlessness.  Warning: East Germany's Stasi is Back: The Stasi, the East German secret police agency, was one of the most reviled and feared institutions of the East German communist government. And it’s back, at least in spirit.... The law “requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government.”


Corruption. Obama, Holder Conspire Against Republicans in Battleground States: An organization founded by former President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged to pour millions of dollars into key races in several battleground states as part of a plan to erode Republican control over the critical redistricting process. (Watch the video at the bottom of the page.)


Criminalization.  Google Patents Reveal Plan For Total Big Brother Home Surveillance: Newly unearthed patents reveal how Google plans to spy on children and families in the home and then issue verbal instructions on how they can improve their behavior. ...Google imagines how it can “take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children”.


Occult. Artificial Intelligence - Summoning Up Demons: The first troubling headline I saw stated, “Ex-Google Executive Anthony Levandowski is Founding a Church Where People Worship an Artificial Intelligence God.” The second headline read, “Why Humans Will Happily Follow a Robot Messiah. ... Developers of these robots say someday they will solve society’s problems. Such men also believe that it is possible for artificial intelligence to be a billion times smarter than humans. Try to process that!


Criminalization.  Apple Joins the Tech Race to wire your house with 'Homepod' listening device with 6 high-end microphones: Apple is preparing to lock horns with arch-competitors Amazon and Google by releasing a microphone-equipped smart speaker. Its 'homepod' will go on sale in a matter of weeks....

    “And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads...” Revelation 13:16,17

War. China Moves 300,000 Troops And Missile Defense Batteries To Border As North Korea Tensions Increase’: ...China’s state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported that Beijing was also investing in establishing nuclear monitoring stations throughout the world, but especially near North Korea, to more rapidly gather information about a potential airstrike. ...the newspaper noted that the planned 11 nuclear monitoring stations “are responsible for detecting nuclear activities in neighboring countries, including North Korea.”

Transformation.  Europe: Judeo-Christian Symbols Vanish, Islam Rises: The British housing market is now dealing with a new special entry: former Christian churches. A former Methodist church in Surrey was recently put on sale for the first time in its 154-year history. ...a church in London and went on the market -- converted into apartments.

    Religious symbols are an integral part of a civilization. When old symbols vanish, new ones -- with their own identities -- take their place. ... Now we find ourselves living through not only further assaults on the habitually besieged Jews and their faith, but a massive de-Christianization, as well.


Abortion.  40 Percent Of Kids Now Born To Single Moms—Up 700 Percent Since 1960: ...the American family is disintegrating, fast. Fully 40 percent of mothers are currently unmarried. This is bad news, because good families depend on good marriages. s.”


War.  North Korea crisis in 300 words: The North Korean stand-off is a crisis that, at worst, threatens nuclear war... The Korean peninsula was divided after World War Two and the communist North developed into a Stalinesque dictatorship. ...its leaders say nuclear capabilities are its only deterrent against an outside world seeking to destroy it. ... North Korea has claimed it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb - many times more powerful than an atomic bomb...


War.  Chinese President Xi Jinping orders army to prepare for WAR in chilling footage: ...more than 7,000 Chinese servicemen await Xi's New Year orders. As the camera pans through the crowd, it gives an insight into how regimented the world’s largest army is. Speaking in front of thousands of troops and over 300 perfectly organized military vehicles, Xi – the Communist Party's General Secretary – ordered his forces to prepare for the event of war. ... It was also reported that China's Communist Party had adopted an undercover mission in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased weapon aid.


Deception.  The Quiet Intrusion of the False Gospel: When the gospel message is preached in it’s untouched, unaltered, and undiluted beauty, it has the power to transform people from enemies of God into his children.

    The opposite of personal transformation happens when the false gospel quietly intrudes into churches and masquerades as the truth. Instead of hearing the gospel that leads to heart transformation, they receive confirmation they really aren’t that bad after all....

    Colossians 2:8: See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.


Persecution.  Get Ready for Persecution in the West: In the past few weeks… Franklin Graham, Todd Starnes, and others have been warning us about the coming persecution. Look at the trend in recent years: Florists, bakers, photographers... being fined and made to attend sensitivity or diversity training as a result of standing firm in their faith. Then there is the squelching of the faith our children have in Jesus.’’  John 15:18

     “...because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you."


Lawlessness. Trump has only ONE response to the ongoing soft coup being run by rogue elements within the U.S. Intelligence Community: “President Trump is facing a full-blown coup d’état, sooner or later. The treasonous co-conspirators are setting up the country so as to spring into action on several fronts. ... They really don’t want to overthrow Trump violently, but will eventually feel the absolute necessity to do so. This will be their only way to stay out of prison. ... Should Trump act prematurely, his success will be put in jeopardy. Should he act too late, his administration will be in grave danger.”


Faith.  1 of the most famous hymns in America: Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” published Feb. 1, 1862. It became Lincoln’s favorite song and the Union’s theme song. Her name was Julia Ward Howe, the daughter of a Wall Street banker...

    Julia Ward Howe wrote: “...I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind. Having thought out all the stanzas, I said to myself, ‘I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep again....

      Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:

       He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

       He has loosed the fateful lighting of His terrible swift sword:

       His truth is marching on. ... Glory, glory, hallelujah!...


Religion?  Elgin faith leaders call out U46 school board member for critique of religion assignment: ... [Jeanette] Ward shared via social media an assignment her sixth-grade daughter brought home. The assignment featured an article in which the author argues that despite differences among Christianity, Judaism and Islam, they all worship the same God. ...Ward took offense to the assignment, saying the article was "utterly incorrect..." She said her daughter would not complete the assignment. "Do you know what your children are being taught: Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews?"


Faith. Trump Divides Americans and Un-Americans: ‘’There are two stories of America... On one side there are pilgrims settling a new land and on the other colonists ethnically cleansing the native population. ... We saw American elected officials stand for the flag, for the anthem, for veterans, for Jerusalem and for In God We Trust. And we saw the un-American officials selected by corrupt urban machine politics stay seated.

      President Trump’s State of the Union address was more than a great speech. ...  It was the living soul of America soaring once again.

Choose you this day whom Ye will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Joshua 24:15




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