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Today's  News  ~  May 24, 2016

     Note from Berit:  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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"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything!" (James 1:2-4)

Jesus said: "I AM the Way the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

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War?  Threat from Russian and Chinese warplanes mounts: "Chinese and Russian warplanes have been increasingly aggressive intercepting U.S. military aircraft and patrolling near America’s West Coast, prompting the Air Force’s top combat officer to label their provocations one of his top worries. ...“Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” Carlisle said." See Signs of the Times


War?  China says it's ready if US 'stirs up any conflict' in South China Sea: ...a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation." See The fall and rise of human violence


Corruption.  Christian Publishing Full of Rotten Fruit: Checking out Christian retailing online the other day was a real downer. Among the top-selling books/authors making their rounds through evangelical circles: “Jesus Calling,” “The Power of I Am” (Joel Osteen), Thom Rainer, Rick Warren.... Among the product created around the “Jesus Calling” publishing phenomenon: “Jesus Calling Deluxe Edition,” “Jesus Today,” “Jesus Calling Women’s Edition” and “Jesus Calling Large Print Deluxe Edition.”


Migration. Record 499 Syrian Refugees Admitted to US So Far in May Includes No Christians: The Obama administration has admitted 499 Syrian refugees so far this month, with no Christians among them. Of the 499 admitted in May, 495 are Sunni Muslims and the remaining four are described simply as “Moslem”... a total of 2,235 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States...”

Persecution.  'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons: "Since March 2011, at least 60,000 people lost their lives to torture or to horrible conditions, notably the lack of medication or food, in regime detention centres," Abdel Rahman told AFP. He said the highest number of deaths had been recorded in the infamous Saydnaya prison.... Rights groups have accused Syria's government of systematically using torture and inhumane practices in its detention centres." See Please pray for Christians in Syrian prisons

Tyranny.  Backlash in Europe: ‘Far Right’ Seethes Over Migrant Crisis: 2. Wahhabism has taken root in Kosovo, just 17 years after America and its allies stepped in to free Muslims and prevent a total genocide at the hands of the Serbians.... Saudi money and influence have transformed this once-tolerant Muslim society at the hem of Europe into a font of Islamic extremism and a pipeline for jihadists. "...over the past two years, per capita, more Muslims from Kosovo, have left to join the Islamic State, including suicide bombers, women and children." See The fall and rise of human violence

The Occult.  Ex-Witch Reveals How the Occult Is Affecting Your Life Every Day: Hidden magic, astrology, supernatural powers or agencies, also known as the occult, has slithered its way into society with little fanfare. ...ex-witch Beth gave a rundown of some of these items, including horoscopes, fortune telling, contacting the dead, speaking to the dead, Ouija boards, chakras, channeling energy, yoga and incantations.... "...each time they do witchcraft they are inviting in demon spirits..." See Spiritual Warfare: Reviving Witchcraft

Marketing. Facebook Discriminates Against Conservatives and Christians: Facebook has enormous power. ... And now proof of bias and distortion of objectivity has been finally publicly proven on their “trending topics” and newsfeed.... Facebook president, Mark Zuckerberg used Facebook to help President Obama’s presidential campaign and will do so with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Faith!  What is it like as a Jewish Christian in the Israeli Army?  "When I joined the army I decided to not be ashamed of what I believe in because that’s part of me, and if those people around me are my new family then they should accept me the way I am. If not, it’s not my problem, it’s for God to work in them using me. But happily every soldier that has heard that I’m a Christian accepted me. They had a lot of questions, like why do I wake up earlier than the set time and read my bible (in the army sleeping hours are gold)..."  See "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

False Religion.  Pope shocker: Promotes socialism, likens Jesus to ISIS:  Pope Francis, in an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, suggested a likeness between ISIS and Jesus by explaining that while “the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” it was quite possible to interpret certain passages of the Gospels, particularly in Matthews, as a call for Christians to go forth with this “same idea of conquest” in their discipleship...” What a foolish and confused Pope!!!


Taking a Stand.  Pastor Jeffress offers Christian insight on transgender issue (See the Video:

Faith!  Please pray for Ebrahim Firouzi: Christian convert from Islam: "...though he was due to be released in January 2015, authorities instead retried him and extended his sentence by five years. ... On July 13, 2013, a court sentenced him to one year in prison following two years of exile for the crimes of: • propagating against the Islamic regime of Iran, • organizing evangelistic activities; • contact with foreigners and anti-Islamic revolutionary networks outside the county; • administering a Christian website." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

Moral Corruption.  Norway Set To Launch Website Where 6-Year-Olds Can Change Legal Gender: "The bill is expected to pass with few objections when it goes to a vote this summer. Norwegians would just have to go online and simply “tick a box” to change their legal gender. ...If one parent objects, authorities will decide what’s "in the child’s best interest." See Depravity

Rage.  Hillary horror! 'Get those f-ing retards out of here': Those are said to be the infamous words of Hillary Clinton – also known as Arkansas’ “Mother of the Year” in 1984 – when Hillary reportedly grew frustrated that handicapped children weren’t collecting their Easter eggs quickly enough on the lawn of the Arkansas governor’s mansion.... “Hillary had enough."  See Hope, Hate & Human Nature

Unbiblical Religion.  Pope Francis likens Jesus to ISIS, says Muslims must breed with Europeans: "In a shocking interview, Pope Francis likened Jesus Christ to ISIS and said Muslim migrants must breed with Europeans to counter declining birth rates.”

Islam and Isis?  Christian girl burnt alive by Isil tells her mother before dying in her arms: Forgive them: As she lay dying in her mother's arms having been burnt by Isil fighters who set the family home on fire, a child told her parent: "forgive them."...
The child, believed to be 12-years-old, had been in the shower when her mother was asked to pay jizya, a religious charge levied on minorities such as Christians, Shia and Alawite Muslims. The mother offered to pay but asked the militants from Islamic State of Iraq of the Levant (Isil) to wait under her daughter came out of the shower. But the fighters would not wait and set the bathroom that the girl was inside on fire. ...her daughter died in her arms. The last thing her daughter said: "Forgive them."

Faith?  Want To Talk About Jesus? You Will Need A Permit For That: If you are a student now at North Carolina State University and want to talk about the Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ, you have to get a Jesus permit, believe it or not....  The folk who lean left think Jesus was a liberal, at least those who still believe in Jesus in some form....  Would Jesus be happy that a well-known university would require a permit to talk about Him?

Faith.  Clarence Thomas: 'Don't hide faith' in world 'gone mad':  "When I think of Justice Scalia, I think of the good man I could instinctively trust during my first days on the court,” he said, "and those were challenging days. He was a man of character.” He further appealed to graduates to speak loud in the face of wickedness. “Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket..." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

Occult.  Welcome to a Bernie Sanders Wiccan ritual: Participants were "smudged," meaning the smoke from the sweetgrass was wafted over them before they could enter the sacred circle and begin a Wiccan ritual to support Sanders ahead of Oregon’s primary on Tuesday. See Spiritual Warfare: Reviving Witchcraft

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Revolution.  Barack Obama flashes two fingers - Illuminati Salute at Nuclear Security Summit in Washington: "During a group photo of world leaders, Obama flashed a narrow-eyed grimace as he held up two fingers in a salute used by countless popes and Nazi leaders. A symbol that stands, not for peace, but for world domination and global conquest." See Plots to Rule an Islamic World 

Corrupting Religion. Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are Paths To Same God (Notice the lies:) "...Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be 'seeking God or meeting God in different ways' that it is important to keep in mind that 'we are all children of God. ...he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion."

Corrupting the Church. (Warning) Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism: "It’s an experiment called The Practice, and it’s the brainchild of Pastor Bill Hybels’ son-in-law, Aaron Niequist. Niequist is also the Worship Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, and he calls a Jesuit priest his spiritual director." See Practice Tribe

Rules for Radicals.  Behind the anti-Trump Disruptors, the Fine Hands of Alinsky and Obama: "In Saul Alinsky’s 1971 book Rules for Radicals, the late author could have been describing Obama’s last seven years in office when he wrote that an efficacious organizer should be 'an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community. ...Alinsky’s star pupil, Barack Obama, has successfully managed to whip up global chaos."

Global Change.  Building a North American Community (US, Canada & Mexico): "Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations...."

The Occult. Bush, Beliefs & Elusive Bonesmen  (John Kerry - also a member of Skull & Bones): "I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe.' President George W. Bush.... 'There is a power in these prayers [to various gods].... Skull & Bones has trained three generations of the Bush family: Prescott Bush [How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power], his son George W. H. Bush, and his grandson George W. Bush.... The story begins at Yale, where three threads of American social history -- espionage, drug smuggling and secret societies..." ("..the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." 1 John 5:19)

Obama's Mentor.  Zbigniew Brzezinski: The man behind Obama’s foreign policy (founder of the Trilateral Comission.... Obama admitted... that he had no foreign policy experience whatsoever - except being a Muslim. But ...foreign policy guru Zbigniew Brzezinsky became Barack Obama's 'new brain.'" See Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Articles and Videos you might want to see:                    

A sobering message:  Obama and Pope Francis Will Bring Biblical End Times  

Carly Fiorina: Islamic Civilization was Greatest in the World (What a cruel lie!)       

Video:  With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide of European Nations


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