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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

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"Please pray for God's people around the world!  As you can see in the paragraphs below, cruelties and perversion is spreading in many parts of the world.  Meanwhile, Christians are tortured and killed for refusing to deny our Lord. Yet, countless Christians would rather face death than deny their beloved Lord! .

 

Faith. Franklin Graham: Christianity in 'Direct Line of Fire': "Outspoken evangelist preacher Franklin Graham says he's worried Christians are being sued into silence — blasting a $7,500 fine against a Mississippi school district that opened an optional student assembly with a prayer. 'Suing is a tactic being used to intimidate Christians and to trample on our religious freedoms — it's an epidemic,' [says] Graham." See  A reminder

 

Faith. Soldier Told Not to Read Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity in Uniform: "Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today’s military."  See Preparing for Victory
 

Deception. Iran says it will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections: "Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities. ...Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it.”

 

Obama.  Obama Has 'Shocking Sympathy to Radical Islam' (Includes a video, but I'm unfamiliar with the speakers): "They already give hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Hamas and Hezbollah, they've already given tens of thousands even 100,000 missiles to Hezbollah. There will be more, they have 80 training camps in South America of jihadists training for terrorism. They're doing terrorism in 30 countries on five continents.... As [Sen.] Ted Cruz said, 'It'll make America the biggest financier of Islamic terrorism on Earth.'"  See The fall and rise of human violence

 

Lawlessness.  Police Warn of No-Go Zones in Germany: "'There are districts where immigrant gangs are taking over entire metro trains for themselves. Native residents and business people are being intimidated and silenced....'

     "The gangs traffic in heroin and cocaine, run brothels or are active in the contraband smuggling business. The brutality with which they carry out their activities has made them very powerful, the police are afraid of them."

Lawlessness.  A Spiritually Sick Nation: "Liberals cheer as the Ten Commandments monuments are ordered to come down and the demonic Baphomet statues are erected. While I cite examples on a weekly basis of this nation’s rapid descent into depravity, perhaps this latest example is the ultimate microcosm of a severely sick nation steeped in moral decay, cultural turmoil, and spiritual bankruptcy.

    "America ... now openly celebrates evil, wickedness, lawlessness, and sin, while ridiculing righteousness, morality, traditional wholesome values, and those who live godly lives.

    "The United States was built upon a Biblical foundation, and this country has been blessed immeasurably. ...however, a rebellious nation that has defiantly turned its back on God and His eternal laws and established order should not be surprised when those blessings are removed and judgment comes upon this land." See The Nature and Tactics of Satan

 

Courage to Take a Stand!  Atlanta Fire Chief: I Was Fired Because Of My Christian Faith: "...God granted Kelvin Cochran the desires of his heart. The little boy... grew up to become the fire chief of Shreveport. He was named the Atlanta fire chief in 2008 – a position he served until 2009 when was called to serve in the Obama Administration as a fire administrator. In 2010 he returned to Atlanta where he was unanimously confirmed to once again be the city’s fire chief. But now Chief Cochran’s storied career is up in smoke – all because of a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church."

 

Persecution. Florida College Says Christian Group Can’t Have Christian Leaders: "Rollins College has determined that a Christian student organization is in violation of the school’s nondiscrimination policy because the group requires its leaders to be followers of Christ." See Preparing for Persecution

 

The Coming Persecution. University of New Hampshire: Using the Word “American” is Offensive: "Using the words 'American,' 'obese,' 'normal,' 'mothering,' 'fathering,' 'homosexual'... is offensive and should be discouraged, according to a 'Bias-Free Language Guide' posted on the University of New Hampshire website.... Calling people 'illegal aliens' is also politically incorrect....”

Courage to Take a Stand!  City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings: "Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny

Signs of the Times.  John Kerry's Staggering Admission that US will defend Iran against Israeli strike: "As bad as Iran is, Israel has a much greater enemy in the Obama administration who, obviously, is actively plotting against them. One of the clauses in the Obama Iranian Nuclear Deal is that it calls for the United States to defend Iran against any attacks from an outside country that would seek to sabotage their nuclear production....

     “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Luke 21:20

     "The audacity of Obama that he would dare work a deal in which the United States would be obligated to defend the terror-state of Iran is mind boggling."

Persecution. U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution: “This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists… I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn’t, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired” — Newt Gingrich....
    “The U.S. insists that Muslims are the primary victims of Boko Haram…. The question remains — why is the U.S. downplaying or denying the attacks against Christians?” — Emmanuel Ogebe, Nigerian human rights lawyer, Washington D.C.
    “Stop building churches. Convert to Islam, which is the true religion. Otherwise we will make a horrible example of you.” — Javed David, head of Hope for the Light Ministries, quoting a biker."
See Preparing for Persecution

Transformation.  Illegal Aliens Outnumber Unemployed Americans: "The number of illegal immigrants in the United States totaled 11.3 million in 2014, outnumbering the 9.6 million Americans who were unemployed in the same year, according to data from Pew Research Center and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). '...the 11 million illegals number should also be taken with a grain of salt, as that number has remained static for over a decade. It is more likely that that number is closer to 30 million. That still doesn't quite outnumber the Americans that have dropped out of the workforce, but it is still a sizable number to compete with the number of Americans out of the workforce."

Persecution. The Persecution of Christians is Intensifying as anti-Christian hatred sweeps the entire world: "A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians.

     "In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church?" See Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots  (I hope this won't include inappropriate pictures)

Transformation.  Residents wake up to find overnight city park has been turned into migrant camp for 2,000: "The German city which dared to stand-up to their government’s policy of accepting Islamisation and mass migration appears to have been punished for dissent by the zero-notice imposition of a migrant camp. Government employees stood by the entrance of a city park in Dresden... handing out fliers to passers-by informing them the next day the green space... was to be transformed into a ‘tent city’... Of those living in the tent city, 79.3-per-cent are men, 12.4-per-cent are women, and 8.3-per-cent are children."

Internment Camps in "Free America"?  Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps? "Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that 'disloyal Americans' be sent to internment camps for the 'duration of the conflict.' Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies.  He said: 'back then we didn’t say ‘that was freedom of speech,’ we put him in a camp.”

 

Threats, courage and wars.  IDF Looks to Bible to Prepare for Future Threats: "The Israeli Defense Forces is preparing for a possible future which includes a nuclear-developing Iran.... 

    "...the IDF must assume the worst to properly reshape the military, improve training and cut costs. ... The plan is named for the Biblical hero Gideon, who reduced his army of thousands to a mere 300 men to fight against the Midianites."

Ignoring the Constitution.  Obama sued for Iran deal that 'abrogated' Constitution: “'A president cannot lawfully override or amend a treaty simply by issuing an order, even if he calls it an executive order or some other form of international agreement...' 
     "...the Constitution empowers a president to make a treaty only if two-thirds of the U.S. Senate votes to ratify it." See
Washington's Farewell Address, 1796

 

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"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

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?
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