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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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"...count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:2-4

"My Goal is God Himself. . . At any cost, dear Lord, by any road."


Faith in End Times.  Will there be boots on the ground in the U.S.? (Video included): "Think on this: 'Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

    "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains... " (Matthew 24:2-8; Revelation 22:20)

    "Pray on this: Gracious Heavenly Father, grant grace and courage to remain true to you during the days of intense difficulty that are coming. Grant us strength to stand firm in our faith when the faith of most will grow cold...."  See Victory


Disease.  82% of Ebola patients are being turned away from hospitals to die at home, spreading infections to family members: "A lack of available hospital beds in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries at the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, is leaving many families with nowhere to take their sick and dying. More than 80 percent of Ebola patients, in fact, are being turned away from hospitals and sent back home, where they continue to spread the disease to family members, friends and others in the community."


War. Netanyahu at UN warns “militant Islam is on the march,” from Hamas to ISIS, but greatest threat is a nuclear armed Iran. Watch video: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the opening Fall session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday by noting that 'militant Islam is on the march' and warning the leaders of the world that 'to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war.'...

     "Netanyahu said he sees a new alignment of interests between Israel and moderate Arab nations in the region, and suggested such a realignment — involving common threats from ISIS, Hamas and an Iranian nuclear power — could help lead to a sustainable peace deal with the Palestinians.

     “'I want peace because I want to create a better future for my people,' Netanyahu told his fellow presidents and prime ministers.... 'To defeat ISIS & leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle & lose the war.'

     • “ISIS & Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. They share the same fanatical creed.”

     • “The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith.”

     • “ISIS & Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree." A Spreading Sickness


Radical Islam.  Iran's "Hanging Machine" to Execute Reyhaneh Jabbari: "While the West is focused on an Iran nuclear deal and defeating ISIS terrorists, the executioner-regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran continues violating human rights. The regime has just transferred Reyhaneh Jabbari to Rajai-Shahr Prison in Tehran and, as she is transferred to be executed, told her to say goodbye to her mother and family. The Petition to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari from being hanged has been signed by over 188,000 people, but as usual has been ignored by the Iranian regime. Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution may carried out by tomorrow."


Mandatory vaccinations.  Experimental Ebola vaccine to be injected into humans en masse beginning this January: WHO: "The United Nations isn't letting a good crisis go to waste, having recently endorsed the use of untested, experimental Ebola vaccines being rushed to market as this is typed. Agence France-Presse reports that the vaccines, which are bypassing the normal testing and approval process, should be ready in bulk by early 2015 for use in West Africa." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades


Mind Control.  Government Plan to Stop School Shootings: Monitor Homeschoolers: "The SHAC’s 'chief recommendation' — which is for 'tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers” — would only apply to home-educated students labeled with “emotional, social, or behavioral problems.'

     "But observers worry this will be used as a pretext for gratuitous state intrusion into homeschooling families, as those with 'problem' children 'would have to file progress reports prepared by [government] special education program teams'.... Of special concern is the matter of who will determine what constitutes 'emotional, social, or behavioral problems.'” See The UN Plan for Your Mental Health


Like Internment Camps?  Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket: "High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect until Ebola is eradicated. This essentially means that millions of people are now under a state of military quarantine until they either become immune to Ebola or die from it."


We Believe!  The Hope We Have in Christ: ''To give a reason for the hope that is in you' is not at all the same things as convincing by rational argument why that hope is in us. The work of the Spirit of God in us transcends reason, but never contradicts it.

     "And when a Christian says 'the reason I am so-and -so is because I have received the Holy Spirit,' or 'I have received from God something which has made this possible,' it doesn't contradict reason. It transcends it, and is an answer concerning the hope that is in you. The line we are continually apt to be caught by is that of argumentative reasoning out why we are what we are. We can never do that, but we can always say why the hope is in us....

    "Paul's words 'It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me' are the expression of the only worthy rationalism.... The exercise of man's essential reason is drawing on God as the Source of life."


War.  ISIS plan to destroy 10 million uncovered: "An ISIS call to Muslims worldwide to kill as many as 10 million Americans 'in any manner or way however it may be' is supported by an Islamic decree by a Saudi theologian, which was discovered among documents seized from an ISIS base in Syria....

     "The fatwa, which calls for the complete annihilation of the U.S., comes from Saudi theologian Nasr Al-Fahd. Shoebat, a former Muslim terror operative who renounced his ways, reviewed the 26-page fatwa, which... has never been translated by the U.S. government for public scrutiny. The fatwa, said Shoebat, a native Arabic speaker, gave ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani ash-Shami the justification to call on Muslims to kill Westerners."


War.  ISIS Terrorist: We'll Attack NYC Soon: "An Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist has said that the extremist Islamic group has planned an imminent attack on New York City and that his jihadist 'brothers are in the process of finalizing a plan.'...Farah Shirdon, also known as Abu Usamah Somali, told VICE News 'A lot of brothers there are mobilizing right now… Mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend."


Rage. Denmark: Christians flee Muslim-dominated areas, “They tell me I ought to be stoned to death.”  "Christians with Middle Eastern backgrounds in Denmark experience harassment, verbal attacks and in some cases direct violence from Muslims.... 'Jojo was born in Denmark of Lebanese parents....

     "Seven young people with Arab background surrounded the car. One of them put his foot up on the hood and stared at her.... 'Then he noticed the cross around her neck. 'Well, you have a cross on — then you are also a Christian... whore. Do you know what we do to people like you? Do you know what we do to people like you? You get stoned,' he screamed."


Migration & Regionalism. DHS secret revealed: Tens of thousands of illegals released during the border crisis didn’t show up for their immigration hearings: "An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments..... "Since only a few hundred families have already been returned to their home countries and limited U.S. detention facilities can house only about 1,200 family members, the 70 percent figure suggests the government released roughly 41,000 members of immigrant families who subsequently failed to appear at federal immigration offices."


Taking a Stand. Thomas Sowell on 'Greed': "No amount of taxation is ever described by the anointed as 'greed' on the part of government.... Families who wish to be independent financially and to make their own decisions about their lives are of little interest or use to those who are seeking to impose their superior wisdom and virtue on other people."  See Don't conform to the ways of the world


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When enemy forces threatened to attack God's people, [King] Jehoshaphat simply turned His eyes and heart to His faithful Lord and expressed his faith:

“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? ...we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU." 2 Chronicles 20:6, 12

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