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May 2017

Public School Employee Claims District Banned Her from Saying ‘I Will Pray For You’ to Co-Workers: Toni Richardson, who works as an educational technician at Cony High School... was told by superiors not to tell co-workers during private conversations that she would pray for them and to refrain from saying things like, “You were in my prayers.” ... She wants the school district to... let officials know that it is permissible to discuss faith in private discussion. "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

German judges sanction Jew hatred: On November 10, 1938, 16-year-old Gertrude Rothschild was recruited by her rabbi to hurriedly enter the ruins of their synagogue in Konstanz am Bodensee to help gather up and bury the burned remains of their Torah scrolls, all that remained after the infamous night of violence, Kristallnacht. (Important history)

 

Who we should really thank for our freedoms: Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday in May. ... President Richard Nixon remarked on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 1973...: “Men and women who wear the uniform of our country are supposed to salute the Commander in Chief … but on this day, I... salute you, each and every American who serves in our Army, our Navy, our Air Force, our Marine Corps, and our Coast Guard. … We owe you … a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay… See Taking a Stand!

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we do not look at the things which are seen -- but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary--but the things which are not seen are eternal!" 2 Corinthians 4:17-18     

Soldiers Fighting ISIS Say That God Intervened - Watch The Sky: ... when one group of Israeli soldiers got a brief break from the constant warfare, they had no one else to thank but God. ...in a place called Golan Heights, a strange weather phenomenon appeared. The clouds let loose a wall of clouds that blocked ISIS militants from attacking the Israeli soldiers. ... "This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel." See "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

 

Teacher Allegedly Banned Students From Wearing Crosses: A high school teacher in Tampa, Fla., has allegedly banned at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces... See  A reminder

 

Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing 'Jesus Loves You': A Taiwanese Christian pastor was detained for singing the worship song "Jesus Love You" in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials there have branded as an "illegal religious activity."  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 

The history and Biblical Themes of Hymns of the Church: Featherstone wrote the hymn My Jesus, I Love Thee when he was 16 years old, likely at the time of his conversion. He sent a copy to his aunt in California, and it was she who suggested he have it published. Reportedly, his descendants still treasure the original manuscript of the hymn. (So do I!)

German judges sanction Jew hatred: On November 10, 1938, 16-year-old Gertrude Rothschild was recruited by her rabbi to hurriedly enter the ruins of their synagogue in Konstanz am Bodensee to help gather up and bury the burned remains of their Torah scrolls, all that remained after the infamous night of violence, Kristallnacht. (Important history)

The Bible says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7.14)

     But where is the Church, and where are her leaders calling us to pray? We now have the example set by South African Christians who responded to such a call by travelling hundreds of miles across the country to join an estimated 1.7 million people petitioning the God of Israel to intervene in their nation’s desperate problems with corruption at government level spiraling out of control. See Our God reigns!

The suffering Christian! "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we do not look at the things which are seen -- but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary--but the things which are not seen are eternal!" 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
      ...the apostle Paul writes thus about his affliction: Paul's afflictions were not, in themselves, light. ...It was only when he compared his present affliction with the glory that was so soon to follow--that it seemed to him light and short. Then he could say, "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment."

German judges sanction Jew hatred: On November 10, 1938, 16-year-old Gertrude Rothschild was recruited by her rabbi to hurriedly enter the ruins of their synagogue in Konstanz am Bodensee to help gather up and bury the burned remains of their Torah scrolls, all that remained after the infamous night of violence, Kristallnacht. (Important history)

April 2017

Midnight Approaches: “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3) The world today seems to be spiraling out of control. Amidst the ever-increasing carnage and chaos there does not seem to be any one person, group, country or international body with the ability restore calm, or even basic common sense.

 

Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable: ...Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Mark’s Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city. ... the guard had redirected a suicide bomber through the perimeter metal detector, where the terrorist detonated. Likely the first to die in the blast, Faheem saved the lives of dozens inside the church.

     “I’m not angry at the one who did this,” said his wife, children by her side. “I’m telling him, ‘May God forgive you, and we also forgive you. Believe me, we forgive you.’ “How great is this forgiveness you have!”  "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

‘Spit on the Cross or Die!’: A Christian doctor who forfeited the chance to escape his Syrian village after ISIS had captured it because he wanted to stay and help the sick and needy... was kidnapped by the Muslim terrorists and ordered to renounce Christ for Muhammad. When he refused, they publicly slaughtered him.

    Similarly, after ISIS ordered another Christian youth in Syria to embrace Islam, he too refused and was slaughtered for it. His mother—who was prevented from burying her martyred son’s body—recalled that when ISIS first invaded their village, he reminded her of Jesus’ assertion in the New Testament: “If you deny me before men I will deny you before the Father.”

    ...ISIS raided the home of Zarefa... “They forced me to spit on the Cross,” she recalled. “I told them that it was not appropriate, that it was a sin.... I said to myself, ‘Oh, the Cross! I am weak, I will spit on you. But Lord, I ask you to take revenge for me. I cannot escape from this.’” See Trusting God as Freedom Fades  

The history and Biblical Themes of Hymns of the Church: Featherstone wrote the hymn My Jesus, I Love Thee when he was 16 years old, likely at the time of his conversion. He sent a copy to his aunt in California, and it was she who suggested he have it published. Reportedly, his descendants still treasure the original manuscript of the hymn. (So do I!)

Easter 2017, Christians ‘Most Persecuted Group in the World’: In many parts of the world, Christians gathering to celebrate Christ’s resurrection do so with the knowledge that any day their faith could cost them their lives as it has for thousands of their brothers and sisters. On Palm Sunday, twin bombings by jihadists at two Egyptian churches killed at least 45 worshippers and wounded more than 100 others. ...this was “an attack on Christians simply because they are Christians.” See Persecution

U.S. church not ready for what's coming: “Following Christ is not an easy road,” said McCandless. “It’s a blessed road, but it’s not an easy road.... In America, he said, “because we are blessed to worship with such freedom and to really walk with Christ, there’s no gateway at the beginning where you say, ‘I’m going to be persecuted if I follow Christ.'” “But in other parts of the world...you know you’re going to face persecution right off the bat,” he said. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

Jew and Sikh rally around Christian Marine who posted Bible verse: "...the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services affirmed the dismissal of former Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who posted the Bible verse No weapons formed against me shall prosper at her work station ... She was then court-martialed. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline: In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry... came to the center stage at “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” ... Perry quoted from the Bible and preached about the need for salvation that comes from Jesus. (Keep reading)

Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches: Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims.... A soaring number of Muslims... are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches.... See Our God reigns!

Appeal for woman stopped from praying… in her own home: Religious liberty in America, assured by the Constitution, became a battleground under President Obama when he ... insisted America wasn’t really a Christian nation and fined Christians for practicing their faith. President Trump has vowed to restore and protect religious rights... See God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 

The Journals of Jim Elliot: On October 28, 1949, [Jim] Elliot wrote these prophetic words in his journal: "One of the great blessings of heaven is the appreciation of heaven on earth. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Six years later... at age of twenty-eight, Jim Elliot and four missionary comrades were martyred by Auca Indians ... "The Journals of Jim Elliot" ... a man in whom the Word of God permeated every thought. Not a decision was made that did not resound with the counsel of God's Word. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

The Slow-Motion Genocide of Egypt's Christians: “They are burning us alive! They seek to exterminate Christians altogether! ...they kill our children, they kill our women...!  Our children are terrified to go to schools....

    Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

March 2017

Appeal for woman stopped from praying… in her own home: Religious liberty in America, assured by the Constitution, became a battleground under President Obama when he ... insisted America wasn’t really a Christian nation and fined Christians for practicing their faith. President Trump has vowed to restore and protect religious rights... See God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 

The Journals of Jim Elliot: On October 28, 1949, [Jim] Elliot wrote these prophetic words in his journal: "One of the great blessings of heaven is the appreciation of heaven on earth. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Six years later... at age of twenty-eight, Jim Elliot and four missionary comrades were martyred by Auca Indians ... "The Journals of Jim Elliot" ... a man in whom the Word of God permeated every thought. Not a decision was made that did not resound with the counsel of God's Word. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

The Slow-Motion Genocide of Egypt's Christians: “They are burning us alive! They seek to exterminate Christians altogether! ...they kill our children, they kill our women...!  Our children are terrified to go to schools....

    Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

Sudan Fears Muslims Will Be Led to Jesus, 'Declares War Against Christians':  A Christian pastor in Sudan says the government has "declared war against Christians" because it's fearful Muslims will be led to Jesus Christ, which is the reason why pastors are being imprisoned and churches are being demolished...

 

How Many Americans Have a Biblical Worldview?  Millions of Americans call themselves Christians, but how does their faith shape their worldview? ...just one out of every 10 were able to answer basic questions about the Bible and the faith.

Rider in a storm: Teen rides horse through snowstorm to help stranded truck driver: Eileen Eagle Bears, 18, and her horse, Mr. Smudge, made multiple hour-long outings in the middle of a snowstorm Tuesday to bring food to a truck driver stranded in his truck. (See Video)

Walking Four Miles Every Day for Water: One of their sons was seriously ill when they requested a visiting pastor to pray for him. God answered in a wonderful way and healed the boy completely. This miracle led the boy’s grateful parents to put their trust in Jesus! However, villagers stopped talking to them.... The believers then had no choice but to walk two miles—one way to a hand pump... and carry water back to their homes in large pots every single day.  Read the rest!

Former Secret Service Agent Warns Trump 'Not Secure' in the White House: A former Secret Service agent who served in the security details of both Presidents Bush and Obama warned on Saturday that President Donald Trump “is not secure in the White House right now as it stands.”  See Victory in Christ

21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS Honored for Refusing to Deny Christ: Relatives of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in the infamous "A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross" video are sharing the pain of losing their loved ones. ... One wife said that her husband "kept the faith, and was martyred in the name of Christ." See "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

Jew and Sikh rally around Christian Marine who posted Bible verse: "...the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services affirmed the dismissal of former Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who posted the Bible verse No weapons formed against me shall prosper at her work station ... She was then court-martialed... (Please read the rest!) See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

Is the Demise of Christianity part of a Plan?  Throughout the Middle East, in most of Europe, and even here in the United States, the future of Christianity is becoming bleak. ... Christianity is the only major religion that is faith-based on the individual and not the collective faith of many others. ...over 200 million Christians in the world at risk of assault, imprisonment and torture. See Victory in Christ

 

Christian Oregon Bakers Lost Everything Before Even Going to Court, Now Their Voice Is Heard: They had ...been fined more than $135,000 and told they can't share their faith, all for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.... I couldn't participate in a ceremony that violates my beliefs," she continued... (But it ended well!) "Blessed are those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

February 2017

Virginia Police Attach "In God We Trust" To All Their Vehicles: The Bristol Virginia Police Department is declaring its Christian faith in a bold way. The officers are adding decals of the official U.S. motto, “In God We Trust,” to the back bumper or trunk of all 50 vehicles in the dept. ...“We just wanted to let these guys know we’re praying for them.”  See Our God reigns!

 "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose," wrote Jim [Elliot] in his journal shortly before his death.  Jim Elliot, along with four other missionaries, was butchered to death by the Auca, a remote Amazonian tribe in 1956. ... The tribe... killed the five missionaries... (But the courageous daughter stayed with her mother and told the tribe about their Savior's love!)

 

 

Trump's New CIA Director (said) "Jesus Christ Is The Only Solution For Our World": Mike Pompeo has now been officially confirmed as President Trump's new CIA director. ... An evangelical Christian, Pompeo is a well-respected figure in the national security community.”

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose," wrote Jim [Elliot] in his journal shortly before his death.  Jim Elliot, along with four other missionaries, was butchered to death by the Auca, a remote Amazonian tribe in 1956. ... The tribe... killed the five missionaries... (But the courageous daughter stayed with her mother and told the tribe about their Savior's love!)

 

Why Melania Trump Leading The Public In The Lord’s Prayer At A Rally In Florida Was A Historic Event: ...Melania stunned the entire world by slowly but carefully leading the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer..." See "God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

Prayer That Affected American History: On Sept. 7, 1774, Rev. Jacob Duché, Jr., arrived at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia and read the 35th Psalm...: “Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me... Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation....  John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail: "...I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. See Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

Netanyahu Asks Rabbis to Pray for Trump: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the leaders of one of Israel’s most influential ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects last week, and asked them to pray for the success of US President Donald Trump.

Trump pledges to prioritize Christians as he freezes US refugee program: ...Trump pledged Friday to prioritize Christian refugees in the Middle East as he used his executive power to suspend the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program.... "We are going to help them. They’ve been horribly treated,” the president responded. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

January 2017

Trump's New Executive Cabinet, Filled with Born-Again Christians: "Trump's inner circle should be a group of statesmen focused on prayer, faith, and a servant's heart. ...that's exactly what's happening."

Alert America! The Truth About Massive Network of ISIS Sleeper Cells IN Every State In America! 

Meet the Jews in Trump's administration: A total of 11 Jews have been appointed to President Trump's new administration. Most prominent among these are son-in-law Jared Kushner and ...contributor David Friedman. Trump won 24 percent of the Jewish vote.... See Jerusalem

Jews explaining why they believe Jesus is the Messiah...  Jews are suddenly searching for answers to the deepest and most important questions concerning life and death and God.... For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...” (Romans 1:16) See Praise God!

 

Prayer That Affected American History: On Sept. 7, 1774, Rev. Jacob Duché, Jr., arrived at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia and read the 35th Psalm...: “Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me... Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation....  John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail: "...I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. See Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

 

Trump's New CIA Director: "Jesus Christ Is The Only Solution For Our World": Mike Pompeo has now been officially confirmed as President Trump's new CIA director. The US senate voted Monday, with an outcome of 66-32 in favor of Mr. Pompeo... An evangelical Christian, Pompeo is a well-respected figure in the national security community. See Victory

 

Radical Buddhists Destroy Sri Lankan Church but Christians Refuse to Stop Worshiping Jesus: ...the 12 Buddhist attackers, led by a monk, have been freed on bail after they destroyed the Kithu Sevana (House of Christ) in Paharaiya on Jan. 5, which was used by over 15 families and 20 other worshipers as a place to come together and pray. "No attack can stop us. We shall continue to love God..." ...the Christians have no desire to seek revenge.... Judgment belongs only to God..." See Victory in Christ

 

From Donald Trump's inauguration remarks: "So to all Americans... hear these words: Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, we will make America strong again.... And yes, together, we will make America great again." See Praise God!

Alert America! The Truth About Massive Network of ISIS Sleeper Cells IN Every State In America!  We must all come together to surround President-elect Trump, his family, and his Team with support and protection.

 

Radical Buddhists Destroy Sri Lankan Church but Christians Refuse to Stop Worshiping Jesus and Gather Under a Tree: ...the 12 Buddhist attackers, led by a monk, have been freed on bail after they destroyed the Kithu Sevana (House of Christ) in Paharaiya on Jan. 5, which was used by over 15 families and 20 other worshipers as a place to come together and pray. "No attack can stop us. We shall continue to love God and pray under a tree," said Kamal Wasantha. ...the Christians have no desire to seek revenge.... Judgment belongs only to God..." See Victory in Christ

 

On Inauguration Day some thoughts on Obama's disastrous legacy, the Trump-Pence approach towards Israel & the Arab world, and prayers: ‘Let us pray the Lord shows great mercy to the American people by granting wisdom and discernment to the new President and Vice President and their families and team....

     A great turnaround is needed spiritually, politically, economically, and militarily. Americans, and the world, need this new administration to get the country back on track, to steer in the right direction, to stand tall with our allies and confront our enemies. ...Mike Pence will be taking the oath of office on President Ronald Reagan’s Bible.... the Bible will be open to 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” said the Lord.

 

Evangelist Franklin Graham is saying... they failed to understand the hand of God at work: "Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying.  See God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 

 

Trump's inaugural pastor getting blasted by 'very strong' hate: A Christian pastor who will be among the faith leaders at Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the next president is being flooded with messages of “very strong” hate....

     “Some are very, very strong in their emotions about me doing this,” (said) Bishop Wayne T. Jackson... “My job is a job to represent...the Bible... and the teachings of Jesus Christ." See Preparing for Persecution

A Call on All Christians to Defend The Birthplace and the Homeland of the Jewish People: We need ensure that the Old City of Jerusalem, the heart of Judaism for more than 3,000 years and the seat of Christianity for 2,000 years, will not be allowed to be Islamic...and very likely a terrorist one. In such a state, all polls show that the next vote will be to install Hamas...

December 2016

Jesus is alive! The tomb is empty! | Behold Israel: This Christmas we've seen an unprecedented uptick in persecution. Pastors, whose only "crime" is their Christian faith, face grave danger. American Pastor Andrew Brunson - a U.S. citizen - has been imprisoned in Turkey because of his Christian faith.  See  A reminder

 

A Christmas Prayer: "During this Christmas season, may we be mindful of our Lord's abiding love and presence with us, His desire to minister to the needs of His suffering people, and His heart of mercy towards those who are spiritually lost and perishing."  See Praise God!

 

The Old Cross and The New:  "Unannounced and mostly undetected there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles.... From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique -- a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching...."

     “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)  His “goings forth” had been “from everlasting.”

ACLU Sues Indiana Town over Cross on Top of Christmas Tree: The ACLU of Indianapolis is suing the town of Knightstown over a Christmas tree because it includes a lighted cross at the top of the tree...

41 Former Muslims Received Baptism: They all accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior and Lord. ... So they wanted to be purified in the Spirit and the Water to get ready to meet Jesus Christ – the Bridegroom... See Praise God!

School Orders Staffer to Remove 'Charlie Brown Christmas' Poster: ...Linus stands on a stage and recites a passage from the holy Bible describing the Christmas story: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord."

Muslim IDF Soldier: I Love Israel!  A growing number of young Arabs are volunteering to serve in Israel’s army. See Jerusalem

Will Trump and Netanyahu Make the America-Israel Relationship Great Again? ... it’s impossible to imagine an American White House more attuned to Israel’s concerns than Trump’s. One senior Israeli official likened Trump’s picks to a “dream team” of pro-Israel U.S. policymakers—a .... lineup that presents Israel with an opportunity to make strategic gains.” See Critical Security Needs of Israel

 

Cleanse Christianity From Classroom. (The end of Christianity in America?) An appeals court ...instructed a teacher to cleanse Christianity from her classroom under threat of termination.... One poster ... included a quote from former President Ronald Reagan: “Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience.”

November 2016

Evangelist Franklin Graham is saying... they failed to understand the hand of God at work: "Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying.  See God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 

The Christian Vote: Irrelevant or Powerful?  Christians do not escape moral responsibility by doing nothing: Obadiah rebuked the people of Edom for doing nothing when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem: “On the day… foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem...” (Obadiah 1:11)

Christian missionaries in Aleppo crucified and beheaded: “...11 indigenous Christian workers near Aleppo, Syria, had the option to leave the area and live. The 12-year-old son of a ministry team leader also could have spared his life by denying Christ…. They stayed because they believed they were called to share Christ with those caught in the crossfire, he said. “Every time we talked to them,” the director said, “they were always saying, We want to stay here – this is what God has told us to do."

October 2016

Egypt's Coptic Christians are being slandered, humiliated and murdered: “They burnt the house and went in and dragged me out, threw me in front of the house and ripped my clothes,” recounted 70-year-old Souad Thabet....  She was paraded naked through the streets by a mob in Menia, Egypt.... "Egypt’s courageous Coptic Christians have been persecuted for two millennia. They take up their crosses daily with dignity, humility and grace. And they go on forgiving their persecutors.... See God is our refuge and strength!

People Who Know Their God: Eternal choices are being made right now. People are choosing either to side with this present evil world and its “god” or with the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. The darkness that is spreading across our planet will make those choices evident. It is no time to sleep but rather a time to get to know our God, to experience His faithfulness in all kinds of circumstances.

Words of Encouragement: "Passing through life’s shadowed valley, Fresh springs of His love arise, There we learn that many sorrows are His blessings in disguise. So we’ll follow where He leads us, Let the path be dark or bright, For we’ve know that...God brings comfort, His dear presence in the night." See A Reminder

Son of Hamas Founder (now a Christian) Comes Forward, Reveals What Obama Is Doing for Terrorists: President Barack Obama has been criticized throughout his time in office for his refusal to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” even after a brutal terror attack has occurred....  Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of Hamas, agreed with those accusations, stating that Obama’s insistence that Islam is a religion of peace creates the perfect breeding ground for terror."

Millions of Muslims Tasting Love of Jesus and Embracing Christianity: Nobody can deny the fact that Millions of Muslims converting to Christianity around the world these years.... They feel no fear, but [are] experiencing real freedom in Jesus Christ. ...there are above 350 million people live their outward lives as Muslims, on the surface, but have secretly embracing Christianity. ...over 6 million Muslims in Africa alone converting to Christianity every single year. See Victory

September 2016

 Italy: ‘Muslims, Atheists’ Blast Christian TV News Anchor for Wearing Crucifix: An Italian television news anchor has ignited a firestorm of criticism by wearing a crucifix around her neck while reporting the news, drawing the ire of “Muslims, atheists and many viewers”... Marina Nalesso, a well-known news anchor ... wore a crucifix around her neck several times last week while on the air, a choice that ...a leftist politician and vocal atheist, has described as “arrogance.” See (But) God is our refuge and strength!

Is America just 1 crisis away from dictatorship?  Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims’ ship, Mayflower... Their 66-day journey of 2,750 miles encountered storms so rough the beam supporting the main mast cracked and was propped back in place with “a great iron screw.” Of the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, Governor William Bradford wrote: “...they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof...”

Mike Pence: "I'm Pro-Life And I Don't Apologize For It."  On abortion, “Mike Pence has a 100 percent Concerned Women for America voting record." ... “Mike was a leader in Congress before most people knew Planned Parenthood was the abortion mafia,” she said. See A reminder

Wearing a cross is 'un-Christian,' says Church of Sweden official: "Leaders of the Church of Sweden, the official government-endorsed religious body, say that wearing a cross necklace is “un-Christian.”...  Jesus has been reduced from being the son of God, to an activist fighting for multiculturalism and open borders.” (But we stand with the eternal Jesus, our Lord!) See In joy or pain, our course is onward still

Untold Story of Unburnt Bible at 9 11 Crash Site Is a Message From God: A few weeks after the massacres of 9/11, a listener faxed a copy of a story from The Tribune-Democrat, a local paper which serves that community. ... They were shocked to find an unburnt Bible among the smoldering and disintegrated wreckage. ... This happened. The first responders indeed did find, unscathed among the smoldering wreckage, an open Bible.’ See Victory in Christ

Rebuild the Nigerian Church: For over six years Nigeria has been fighting a vicious radical Islamic insurgency.... Boko Haram is known for kidnapping women and young girls, forcing their conversion, and forcibly ‘marrying’ them to terrorists. The insurgency group has bombed and burned many churches.... Nigeria is home to over one hundred million Christians, over half of the nation’s population. 1000 Churches have been destroyed in the past four years. Since 2013, Boko Haram has killed nearly 7,000 people. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

Rising Islamist militancy across Sahel belt threatens African Christianity: As the world focuses on potential military advances against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it risks overlooking another vast region where militant Islam is a growing threat to the Church - in the continent where the Church is growing fastest: Africa. See Spiritual Warfare

“Shut it down!" Reuters orders cameraman to Kill Positive Trump Footage: A shock example of anti-Trump media censorship was caught on tape when Reuters ordered its cameraman to cut live footage of Trump receiving praise from African-American Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. ...a voice is heard off-camera saying, “I’m shooting this, I don’t care what they say….I’ll take a demotion for this.” See Victory

Major Business Owner once Anti-Trump is now supporter: David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, said he would not endorse Donald Trump.... However, that has now all changed. Green is officially endorsing Trump. ...the vacancy left by Justice Scalia and the subsequent appointment to fill his seat makes this presidential election one of the most significant in modern times.

Muslims in Lebanon turn to Jesus Christ as they minister to Syrian refugees: Many Muslims in Lebanon turned to Christ as they discovered His presence despite the dangers that face them. ...A female ministry worker started five prayer groups for women.... "She doesn't cease to share the love of Christ with those that she encounters, and we know the only explanation for how she can do all this is the Holy Spirit."  See Standing Firm!

August 2016

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1: As I have watched these waters bring extreme difficulty, I have been reminded that God's light shines brightest in the midst of darkness. While overfilled rivers and bayous are retreating... churches, and faith-based relief groups are... rushing toward identified needs... See Victory

Christians, Jews Band Together to Fight BDS: ...the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has become the latest American church body to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.... [But] "Israel's safety and well-being are the responsibility of every Jew and every Christian who loves Israel..." See Spiritual Warfare

Extreme Penalty: "On a cold English morning in 1428, men traipsed irreverently through the graveyard. One of them, finely dressed in religious robes, said, “Here it is. Dig it up. Let’s get this over with.”... “But, sir, he’s been in there fifty years!” replied one of the diggers. “There can’t be much left!” The religious leader shuddered....    "Why dig up the man’s body fifty years after his death to ceremoniously burn him as a heretic?"

     Around 1376, John Wycliffe had published the doctrine of “dominion as founded in grace.” This highly controversial message states, “The gospel alone is sufficient to rule the lives of Christians everywhere.” Wycliffe had also begun translating the Latin Vulgate Bible into English and distributing it secretly in pamphlets and books.  See A reminder

July 2016

7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country’s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. ... • Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a “work permit” from Russian authorities.... • Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable...  See Standing Firm!

 

Christian youth choir likened to Nazis, ISIS: Commentators in Scotland are aghast that a youth choir from a Christian church in America was allowed to perform at a shopping center in Edinburgh, comparing the young people from Texas to Nazis and ISIS. “What message does it send when a shopping center welcomes this kind of musical Trojan horse into a Scottish city.... "The thing that drives our church is still and forever will be the Great Commission." See A reminder

Russia puts lid on Christians sharing faith: "A new law in Russia that had prompted Christian groups to call for a day of prayer and fasting before its final adoption has been signed into law and now will restrict even the most innocuous conversations about faith." See  The Power and Perversions of Law

 

A ‘Declaration of Dependence’ on God: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity,” observed John Adams, our second U.S. President.”  See A reminder

 

The Real Reason for Today: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

    –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government... See Standing Firm!

 

California church frees 4500 Christian slaves in Pakistan, sees two Muslim leaders come to Jesus: "Nestled in the coastal foothills of Southern California a church of 400 people undertook a big project – to build a school in Pakistan. But one thing led to another and on their fourth mission trip to the turbulent nation in South Asia, two church members negotiated with a Taliban leader to free 4500 Christian slaves working at a dozen brick factories.... They also participated in an evangelistic outreach that saw two Muslim clerics and several hundred others receive Christ. ...the man taking the lead on this trip was an unassuming 73-year-old retired barber...”

What showing God's love can do: 200,000 Tibetans, including 62 Buddhist monks, decide to follow Jesus: Something wonderful... is happening in Tibet, a region in China considered as the highest in the world and the home of Mount Everest.... Last year, one Tibetan Buddhist priest embraced Jesus Christ and became a Christian pastor after seeing the love of Christ shown by a group of Christians...  who helped out and provided relief goods.... 62 other Buddhist monks ...are now following Christ... See Victory

Taking Kids to Church Violates Their Human Rights, Says UN: A highly controversial new report by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child expresses "concern" that pupils in the U.K. are legally required to take part in a daily act of collective worship, which is "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character." See Hope, Hate & Human Nature 

Courts say living by Christian faith illegal: Bakers, photographers and marriage-venue owners were penalized, and government officials publicly vilified their Christian faith....  Now two rulings have cemented the American court system’s determination that Christians must not be allowed to express their faith in public life. See From Freedom to Servitude

Airline boots Christian for 'prayer' on phone: A Christian business analyst was booted from a flight from the United Kingdom to Amsterdam when his seatmate, reading on the man’s smartphone as he typed messages, apparently saw the word “prayer” and reported him to authorities as a possible security threat. ... Opebiyi, 40, of London, was forced to give up his telephone and his password to authorities, who ordered him off the flight. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

June 2016

7th-grader told to kill herself for not denying God: ...a seventh-grader from Katy, Texas, was made to state “God is a myth” by her middle-school teacher. ...when 12-year-old Jordan Wooley’s teacher assigned a quiz at West Memorial Junior High School asking students to label statements as “fact, assertion, or opinion.” Statements included “America is the most free country on Earth,” and “there is a God.”... Jordan labeled the latter as “fact,” and her teacher told her to mark it otherwise, or face an “F” grade. ... Wooley says her seventh-grade reading teacher said both her answers were wrong and that she had to admit God wasn’t real. See Victory

 

Glaring Truths Most Americans Will Ignore Even After Orlando: I’d like to submit five items in this category for your prayerful consideration. 1. God’s Law is binding upon all of His creation, including even 2016 America.  2. God has spoken with crystal clarity as to the illegality... of openly allowing the worship of false gods.... By mocking God’s clear, loving commands on the subject of religious pluralism, we have begged for the proliferation of Muslims, satanists, witches and the like. See A reminder

 

Missionaries of “Bibles for Mideast” abducted in the Middle East: Evangelist James was in a critical condition. All three were converted from Islam to Christianity. ... On the way they met somebody on the road and talked to him about Jesus Christ under a street light by holding Bibles.... At once the extremists jumped out on the missionaries ...and brutally beat them with iron pipes... Bus travelers themselves took the pastors and evangelist and admitted them into the hospital. See Victory

 

What is Freedom of Speech?  "Ye shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) "Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Cor. 3:17)

     America and England have been havens of political liberty as have the rest of the English speaking world, because of the line of thought that flowed from the Tyndales, Wycliffes, the Reformation, and the Puritans.... Today freedom of speech is fast eroding.... Ultimately freedom is the gift of God, our the Creator, even political freedom....

 

Norway to Return Seized Children to Christian Parents After Int'l Pressure: The Christian parents of five children, who were seized by Norwegian child services seven months ago to "prevent" them from being "indoctrinated" with Christianity, will soon be reunited as the authorities have agreed to return the custody of the remaining four kids to the family.
"We thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and active participation in the reunification of this family. May God richly bless you and repay you for all you have done to bring this family back together," says... Marius and Ruth Bodnariu..."

 

Solzhenitsyn... He Tried to Warn Us.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a Nobel Prize winning author, Soviet dissident and a survivor of an eight year sentence in the brutal Soviet Gulag system, passed away yesterday in Russia. He had been exiled from his homeland for his writings, in 1974, and lived in Vermont until 1994 when he was able to return to Russia.... His non-fiction expose, “The Gulag Archipilago" had to be smuggled out of the USSR.... Solzhenitsyn used the occasion of a Harvard Laureate Award in 1978 to offer a warning to the West that was both stinging and timely... See The fall and rise of human violence

 

Please pray for the future of our country; Evangelical, Conservative and Catholic Leaders Meeting June 21 with Donald Trump: "Former presidential candidate Ben Carson is working with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and Bill Dallas, who leads United in Purpose, to plan a closed-door session for about 400 social conservative leaders to meet with Trump in New York City. A steering group of about 20 people includes American Values president Gary Bauer, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, and Family Leader president Bob Vander Plaats. “The main thing here is this is to have a conversation,” Perkins says. He described the meeting as “a starting point for many.”

 

UCLA shooting victim was Westmont grad, strong Christian: "Engineering Professor William Klug, 39, killed at UCLA on Wednesday by a disgruntled former student was a strong Christian, an avid surfer, and Little League coach who leaves behind a wife and two young children. In a feature for Westmont College’s magazine, Klug spoke about his faith and his career saying: “Knowing there is a God responsible for the world makes a big difference in my motivation to understand it better. I developed a habit of relying on God for what I felt was beyond my ability to control or what I couldn’t do for myself.” See Victory

 

UCLA shooting victim was Westmont grad, strong Christian: "Engineering Professor William Klug, 39, killed at UCLA on Wednesday by a disgruntled former student was a strong Christian, an avid surfer, and Little League coach who leaves behind a wife and two young children. In a feature for Westmont College’s magazine, Klug spoke about his faith and his career saying: “Knowing there is a God responsible for the world makes a big difference in my motivation to understand it better. I developed a habit of relying on God for what I felt was beyond my ability to control or what I couldn’t do for myself.” See Victory

May 2016

Just A Common Soldier

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

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

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?

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

Which country hosts one of the world's fastest growing Christian communities? Clue: Mount Everest: "The landlocked South Asia country of 31 million people has now become one of the fastest-growing Christian communities in the world. Christians in the Hindu-majority nation now number more than 300,000, and the numbers are still rising.... Nepalese are turning to Christianity because of the love shown to them by Christians.'" See What it means to be a Christian

Hundreds Of Muslim Refugees In Germany Convert To Christianity: (I apologize for the inappropriate pictures) "More than 80 men and women from Iran and Afghanistan converted to Christianity Thursday during a mass baptism in Hamburg, Germany. ... 'The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam,' Babajan told German magazine Stern."  See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

Thousands Flock to Grave of Biblical Joshua on Anniversary of His Death:   "The closest disciple of Moses, Joshua never wavered from his master’s side throughout the Israelites’ 40-year journey in the desert. After Moses died, Joshua was annointed as his successor, guiding the people as they crossed over the Jordan river into the Land of Israel. After years of waging war against the nations that were living there, Joshua led his troops to victory, ultimately conquering the land as God had instructed.
      "Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt cause this people to inherit the land which I swore unto their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left..." (Joshua 1:6-7)

Hundreds Of Muslim Refugees In Germany Convert To Christianity: (I apologize for the inappropriate pictures) "More than 80 men and women from Iran and Afghanistan converted to Christianity Thursday during a mass baptism in Hamburg, Germany. ... 'The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam,' Babajan told German magazine Stern."  See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

National Prayer [more on May 5]: "Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world.

     "The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today." See Americans once agreed to trust & follow God!

 

Thousands leave the Church of Norway: "...less than half of the 3.8 million baptized members of the Church of Norway consider themselves Christian. ...for the first time ever there are more in Norway who say they don’t believe in God than those who say they do." See A reminder

April 2016

How Islam Erased Christianity from History: "While Christianity continues to be physically erased from the Middle East, lesser known is that its historical role and presence is also being expunged from memory. Last month a video emerged showing Islamic State members tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks, many of them emblazoned with crosses, into a large bonfire. As one report put it, ISIS was 'burning Christian textbooks in an attempt to erase all traces of” Christianity from the ancient region of Mosul, where Christianity once thrived for centuries before the rise of Islam."

Dr. Ben Carson sends stark warning to media: ‘The American people are waking up to your game’: "...Dr. Carson also questioned Obama’s attendance at Columbia University, his connection with Bill Ayers and others. ...Carson asked the press point blank: 'Can somebody tell me why [Barrack Obama’s records are sealed]?' The press fought and dodged the question at all costs." (See video) See The Power Elite behind the New World Order  

 Pastor pays price to see Germany's Spiritual Revival: "...much of Germany today is covered by a profound spiritual darkness, as are most Western nations. ... Bremen Pastor Olaf Latzel knows full well that there is a cost for speaking out boldly... where traditional Christian teaching is viewed by many as bigoted, hateful, and even 'un-Christian.'" See Victory

Expert: Government schools 'destroying belief' in Christianity: "There’s a slow erosion of Christianity in America and it flows from the nation’s public education system.... '...I think it’s important to say we don’t mean the average teacher in the classroom; we’re talking about the education establishment – but what we looked at was how the government schools were systematically destroying children’s belief in biblical religion, in Christianity...” 

Religious groups unite to fight military Bible removal: "A band of religious groups has united to fight off what they see is a steadfast creeping of atheist voices into the nation’s military that has led to blanket removal of Bibles from several U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics. ... But now religious groups are stepping in and fighting back." See The School of Joyful Endurance

 

How Long Will It Be Before the Bible is Banned and Religious Freedom Is Lost? "...it wasn't even acceptable for this chaplain to use God's Word during a chapel service - a completely voluntary service where those attending would expect to hear from God's Word.'"

March 2016

Richard Dawkins' hatred for Christianity: The state needs to ‘protect’ children from religion…and their parents: "The government needs to protect children from the religious views of their own parents, according to popular atheist writer Richard Dawkins. ...last week, Dawkins told the media that parents have too much influence in their children's education, especially when it comes to religion. ... He added, 'You have to write off those people' who value the Bible over science." See The fall and rise of human violence

Muslims converting to Christianity in Nigeria: "Muslims are converting to Christianity in northern Nigeria amid rapidly rising levels of Christian persecution, which has seen more than ten thousand Christians killed in five years.... 11,500 Christians in northern Nigeria were killed in five years between 2006-2014, and 13,000 churches were destroyed, forcing 1.3 million Christians to flee to safer areas of the country....
      "Crushed but not defeated, the impact of persistent violence on the Church in Northern Nigeria, by Open Doors and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) reveals a horrific degree of violence against Christians, but also glimmers of hope from a Church that is determined to remain strong." 

Muslim doctor became Christian, planting churches: "Living in one of the most unreached places in the world, devout Muslim house surgeon, Sanjay, his whole life changed when he was healed from cancer. Growing up as a devout Muslim, Sanjay gave his life to Jesus and now, despite persecution, shares the gospel with everyone he meets." See Americans once agreed to trust God!

February 2016

Top Five Dangerous Trends in American Churches: "Kenneth Ham, renowned scientist and CEO for Answers in Genesis has listed five dangerous trends in today’s church.... 1. Watering Down of God’s Word: Churches are accommodating the world’s lies rather than preaching God’s inerrant truth. While congregations are hearing about love and tolerance, what they are really getting is tolerance of sin and death. 2. "More churches are caving to the world’s standards on marriage, gender, and sexuality. Rather than respecting these values as eternal gifts from God, more churches are accepting the modern view that these institutions and traits can be changed.  3. "Ham urged church leaders and pastors not to stop the fight for life at all stages. 4. "More young people are leaving the church and embracing the worldly culture.... 5. "Increase in Liberal Pastors: ...Many church-goers no longer approach issues from a Biblical perspective."

     "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2,9

 

Bible verse too hot for school, killing fundraiser: "Michael Lucas, who played defensive nose tackle for the school... made a $2,500 donation and requested 'Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9.' But the message was rejected by the school, the ADF lawsuit explained, because one of the Bible verses includes the word 'Lord.'

     "CSM officials objected because... nameplate quotes could not include the words ‘Lord,’ ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ or make reference to Bible verses that contain those words.... However, the lawyers argued that the First Amendment actually protects such speech." See Victory

 

Student punished for refusing to recite Islamic profession of faith: "A Maryland high school punished a student for refusing to profess faith in Islam, gave her failing grades for a series of assignments that violated her Christian beliefs then threatened her father with arrest for complaining, a federal lawsuit charges." See Preparing for Victory

 

Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings: "An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court's ruling that the Rowan County Commissioner's practice of opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity was 'unconstitutionality coercive.'"

January 2016

Saeed Abedini now safely in Germany, along with two others, after prisoner-swap: "I woke up my kids at 7:30 in the morning our time and told them that ‘Daddy was coming home!'...  Saeed Abedini is among the four Americans Iran released on Saturday. The 35-year-old convert from Islam to Christianity had been in prison since July 2012 for conducting Christian activity. Naghmeh said she and her kids were in total shock. 'They got out of bed and just started jumping up and down, rejoicing.'” See Encouragement from Him  

Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas: "More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold. 'Jesus brought a double goodness to the world,' declare the group of well-known rabbis....
      "
...refusal by Jews to accept Jesus is slowly, but surely, coming to an end, as growing numbers of prestigious Orthodox rabbis welcome Jesus back.... 'This call by these distinguished rabbis to embrace Christians as 'brothers and sisters' is no less a miracle.'"

Millions of Muslims are leaving Islam as they watch the extremism of Iranian & ISIS leaders, says a top Iranian Christian leader: "The violent, fanatical... rhetoric of the Iranian regime and the leadership of the Islamic State are causing millions of Muslims to rethink whether they want to be part of such a religion, and many of them are turning to faith in Jesus Christ....  Yes, the Iranian regime and ISIS are engaged in horrific evil. But Hormoz told me he sees unintended consequences of the cruelty of the Iranian and ISIS leaders..." See Preparing for Victory
 
School stops saying 'God Bless America' after ACLU threat: "For more than a decade boys and girls at Glenview Elementary School would start the day by gathering on the playground to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The children... would conclude their patriotic service by saying 'God bless America.' It was a tradition birthed by two kindergarten teachers in the aftermath of the Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.... But that tradition ended Monday – thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.’”

     Remember, "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

(Slow to open) US Christian Churches under constant attacks: "A survey of local media for a random period of a month between Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and Christmas ... found that there were reports of at least 45 attacks on Christian churches, ranging from beheading or removal of sacred statues to shooting at churches. Except for five, none of these made it into the major national media. "“Much of the bias is a function of political correctness: there is more sensitivity in the media to anti-Muslim bigotry than there is to anti-Christian bigotry. This is also the fruit of multiculturalism in the schools where Islam is elevated and Christianity is denigrated.” See Victory 

Supernatural Dreams Open Doors for Jesus in Iran: "When the world sees the barbaric acts of ISIS, there tends to be talk of either war or hopelessness.... Despite the evil, some Christians say God is at work in areas where darkness seems to reign. 'As ISIS conquered parts of northern Iraq and persecuted Christian minorities, the Gospel actually began to spread. ...we're seeing the rise of the presence of God, worship, prayer, experiencing Jesus and people being open to the Gospel and being open to follow Him, even from Muslim background." See The Fall and Rise of Human Violence

 

Fear for religious freedom soaring in U.S.: "Many Americans no longer regard Christian persecution and diminishing religious freedom as problems that only exist beyond the borders of the United States.... Those with sincerely held religious beliefs were found to fear the loss of religious freedom more than any other population group in America. Barna describes this group as Evangelicals who are 'self-identified Christians who have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ... as their Savior.'” See Encouragement from Him  

December 2015

Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas: "More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. ...these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold. 'Jesus brought a double goodness to the world,' declare the group of well-known rabbis.

     "What we are now witnessing is the undoing of 2,000 years of Jewish rejection and animosity towards Jesus, a miracle by any estimation. For the out-and-out refusal by Jews to accept Jesus is slowly, but surely, coming to an end, as growing numbers of prestigious Orthodox rabbis welcome Jesus back....

    "Two thousand years of Christian Anti-Semitism, Crusades, Inquisitions and a Holocaust can not keep the Star of Bethlehem from rising again in Israel. This call by these distinguished rabbis to embrace Christians as 'brothers and sisters' is no less a miracle. ... 'Perhaps Jesus will not quite be at home this Christmas in Israel, or Jewish homes around the world, but he is certainly knocking on the door."

 

Vicar of Baghdad to America: Receive persecuted Christians: "More than 1,200 people who once worshipped with him have been killed in recent years, including four boys who were beheaded because they refused to convert to Islam. Now in exile from his Baghdad congregation, the England-born vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, is focused on caring for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians who have fled a relentless ISIS army that has brutally carved out an Islamic-law governed 'caliphate' in large swaths of Syria and Iraq. 

      "As a Christian – particularly one who has been kidnapped by jihadists and has an ISIS bounty on his head – he was asked how the biblical call to care for outcasts should be reconciled with the responsibility to protect loved ones. 'I think our first priority as Christians is to care for our family: We have to care for the Christians,' he said." See  "In joy or pain, our course is onward still"

 

Divided We Stand: In Defense of the Faith: "I heard the phrase again the other day when listening to The Berean Call's T.A. McMahon speaking on the rise of the abuses of prophetic scripture. Namely, the 'Blood Moon' and 'Shemitah' crazes that recently came and went.... Men like Jonathan Cahn, John Hagee, and Mark Biltz, and others, bilked all these supposed coincidences for all they were worth and are now doing their obligatory excuse tours on every media outlet that will allow them to explain why nothing of any apocalyptic consequence occurred last September.

     "... even sound teachers, broadcasters, and preachers were getting on board with Jonathan Cahn promoting his views on the Harbinger and the Shemitah. I for one quit getting excited back in 2011 with every new and passing fad that was making its rounds in the prophetic circles." See Encouragement from Him

 

 "Christian mothers stay on their KNEES interceding for their children": "Our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion. (1 Peter 5:8) ...It’s only when the body of believers surround our young people with prayer, solid biblical teaching, and strong examples of faith that they will be able to evade the enemy’s attack." See Lonely, But Never Alone

7 Things the President Didn’t Say about Terrorism and Your Family: "The terrorists want us to fear. But 'God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind' (2 Timothy 1:7). Our culture may be dominated by fear right now, but Christians are a counter-culture… a people who have: Love, peace, joy , hope.... Despite circumstances. Even in times of terrorism.... Resist the calls to violate the U.S. Constitution by making security more important than freedom. Liberals and progressives call for gun control, violating our 2nd Amendment rights and ignoring the reality that gun control will do nothing to stop Islamic terrorism. It will only make it easier to kill." See A reminder

Go and Do Likewise: "These holy and chaste women are rescuing victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes in order to enter brothels and free children from the bondage of sex slavery. There are now more than a 1,000 sisters spread out across roughly 80 countries that have been doing this work since 2004 in the darkest pits of Hell. ...one enslaved prostitute was locked up for a week without food...." See In joy or pain, our course is onward still

November 2015

"While people are saying, 'There is peace and security,' then sudden destruction will come upon them... and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness.... For you are all children of light . . . So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:2.

 

300,000 Britons demand: Close UK borders now: "More than 300,000 Britons have signed a government petition calling for an immediate halt to all immigration into the UK until the so-called Islamic State is defeated.... By Saturday morning, around 40,000 people had signed but that number has now risen seven times over in the space of just 24 hours."

 

How Many More Wake-up Calls?  "Terror is on our very doorstep. Dozens have been arrested this year alone in the United States, accused of plotting terror attacks as Islamists or in sympathy with Islamist groups overseas. ... Sure there is an argument that says ISIS if far too small to do so – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t millions around the world who buy into ISIS’ vision. And it doesn’t take millions to instill fear in our cities. Just eight terrorists did that to all of Europe on Friday. 128 dead – a number that is rising with dozens critically wounded."

Thousands of Muslims In Northern Iraq Converting to Christianity After Witnessing ISIS Horror: "More and more Kurdish Muslims living in Iraq are turning to Christ after witnessing the brutality of extremist groups like ISIS, who carry out horrific acts in the name of Allah.... A ministry leader in the Kurdish Region of Iraq told the Christian Aid Mission that his organization can barely keep up with the desire of refugees to learn about Christ and the Bible, which has grown increasingly strong since ISIS overtook many parts of the region." See Victory

Thousands of Muslims In Northern Iraq Converting to Christianity After Witnessing ISIS Horror: "More and more Kurdish Muslims living in Iraq are turning to Christ after witnessing the brutality of extremist groups like ISIS, who carry out horrific acts in the name of Allah.... A ministry leader in the Kurdish Region of Iraq told the Christian Aid Mission that his organization can barely keep up with the desire of refugees to learn about Christ and the Bible, which has grown increasingly strong since ISIS overtook many parts of the region.... As terrifying and horrifying as ISIS is, they did us a great favor because they came and have shown them all the killing, saying that it's all in the Koran verses."

 

Satanic Temple members who sought to pray on football field met with ‘Jesus’ Chants: "Members of the Satanic Temple of Seattle were met with chants of 'Jesus' by students and others after they were spotted last night outside of a football game.... The move was in response to the controversy over Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy, who prayed at the 50-yard line last Friday despite instructions from the school district that he could not allow students to join him in his personal prayers....

    "The Liberty Institute, which is providing free legal representation for the coach, believes that Kennedy’s religious rights are being violated. No reasonable observer could conclude that a football coach who waits until the game is over and the players have left the field and then walks to mid-field to say a short, private, personal prayer is speaking on behalf of the state,' the group wrote in a letter to the district....

    "In fact, any attempt by Bremerton School District to ban or prohibit Coach Kennedy... from praying violates the First Amendment.”

 

A number of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations jointly organized the rally, which brought together Jewish oligarchs and MPs: "Around a thousand Ukrainians held a solidarity rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Kiev on Wednesday, waving flags and banners proclaiming 'No to terrorism' and, 'The Christians of Ukraine for Israel.'

     “Peaceful people are dying on the streets of Israel from the knife murderers and terrorists,' declared Rabinovich....“We know what it is to lose our homes. We know what it is, when people are dying. 'You see today the shared representatives of different faiths..." See Victory

October 2015

 Crowd Joins Christian Coach on Field for Prayer After District Bans Student Participation: "A Washington football coach was surrounded by members of his football team, the opposing team and scores of supporters throughout his community on Friday as he knelt briefly to thank God at the conclusion of his school’s homecoming game.... Joe Kennedy... the head coach for the junior varsity team, had been prohibited by the district from allowing students to join him in his seven-year prayer practice....

    "'All of a sudden I feel all these bodies around me and I’m hoping they’re not kids,' he told reporters... But it was—along with many others who had come off the bleachers to join him as he gave thanks to God."

 

Gospel ‘wildfire’ burning like no other time in history: "The gospel is going forward in an unprecedented fashion — especially in the most restricted countries — driven by prayer, boldness, persecution, and the Holy Spirit... 'What if you’re going into a hostile village?' 'If we think it’s going to be a really hostile area, we set aside seven days to fast and pray...” 

Such faith is sadly lacking in other parts of the world:  A World with No Christians? Report Shows Disturbing Trend: "Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions.... In large part, this migration is the product of an ethnic cleansing motivated by religious hatred,' the report says. As a result of the persecution against Christians, a massive exodus is happening in parts of the Middle East, notably Syria and Iraq.
     "ACN's report says Christians are now the most persecuted faith group in the world, citing the International Society for Human Rights 2012 report, which estimates that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination were against Christians." See  Important Reminder

 

Gospel ‘wildfire’ burning like no other time in history: "The gospel is going forward in an unprecedented fashion — especially in the most restricted countries — driven by prayer, boldness, persecution, and the Holy Spirit, according to a recent report. “What we are seeing around the world is really a gospel wildfire,” says Brother Jonathan, a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) international ministries worker.... 'On Fridays we all come together and we fast and we pray – every Friday, all day.'

     “'What if you’re going into a hostile village?' 'If we think it’s going to be a really hostile area, we set aside seven days to fast and pray. When that’s over we go and let the chips fall where they may.”  See In joy or pain, our course is onward still

 

The School of Joyful Endurance: "Over a century ago in Scotland, a blind preacher in 'deep mental anguish' penned a hymn that would long outlive his own challenging life here on earth. As he wrote the words that God brought to mind, peace filled his heart. Perhaps you know that song and love its message as much as I do."

 

How Obama Ushered in the New Age of Christian Martyrdom: "Everywhere that U.S. leadership helped Islamic jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of 'democracy and freedom,' indigenous Christian minorities are forced either to convert to Islam or die. Many are accepting death.

     "Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for saying they 'would never renounce Christ' for Muhammad. The jihadis took one group in front of a large crowd.

    "They cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy, who steadfastly refused to submit to Islam. They 'severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam.' He refused, so they 'also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion."

School district fights ACLU, vows to keep saying ‘God bless you: "The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High School after the principal wrote the words, 'May God Bless You All' in a message posted on the school’s website. 'The Future Starts Today – May God Bless You All,' wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September.

Bibles for soldiers: Finding comfort in difficult times: "During World War I, the thousands to American soldiers heading to France and Belgium were given pocket Bibles with the forward written by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917: 'The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read it ... – not little snatches here and there... and the more you read the more it will become plain to you what things are worth while and what are not, what things make men happy, – loyalty, right dealing, speaking the truth, readiness to give everything for what they think their duty, and, most of all, the wish that they may have the approval of the Christ, who gave everything for them– (signed) Woodrow Wilson.” See  Jesus, our Shepherd

September 2015

Europe May Survive -- If She Mounts Effective Defense of the Christian Faith: "Europe does not have a coherent belief system – at least not one strong enough to combat enemies or to resist invasion. The lack of her formerly pronounced and strong Christian worldview is due to the fact that Europe embraced the tenets of multiculturalism decades ago.
    "...peoples whose worldviews are radically opposed to Judaism and Christianity were invited in without aforethought as to what damage to European mores and institutions would ensue. Even those who adamantly and fearlessly declared their purpose at all times and in all places was to annihilate Jews and Christians in Europe and America were allowed in; not only allowed, but invited." See Victory

Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to 'Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men': "An atheist group is demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from 'converting football fields into mission fields. The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill Christianity in vulnerable young men,' the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled "Pray to Play."

August 2015

This world celebrates the lives of the wicked and vilifies the lives of the righteous: "Before students order their books and fill their backpacks, they need to think about preparing their most valuable back-to-school tool yet: knowledge of their religious liberty rights. The number of religious liberty attacks increases each year, and yet, many students don’t know that there’s anything they can do about it....

    "1. Students have the right to First Amendment protections in public schools. The First Amendment protects students’ freedom of speech and freedom to express their religious beliefs. ... 2. Students have the right to read their Bibles at school during free reading times."

 

School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art': "There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order."

 

Maryam Revisited: God Speaks Through A Child: "...she declared that she had no desire to retaliate against ISIS for destroying her world ... 'I won't do anything to them,' Myriam asserted. 'I will only ask God to forgive them.'...
     "I was left wondering how we American Christians would react if faced with sudden removal from our homes and unprecedented persecution. Now, just a mere six months later, although we are not experiencing the level of violence that is being perpetuated against Middle Eastern Christians, we are certainly seeing an abandonment and an excoriation of true Christian values in our culture... and sadly, in the Church!"

 

Federal Judge Rules North Carolina Commissioners Can’t Present Prayers Only in Jesus’ Name: "...the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ... had filed suit against the Rowan County commissioners in March 2013, complaining that their invocations have asserted that 'there is only one way to salvation, and that is Jesus Christ'.”

     “'I want my local government to be open and welcoming to people of all beliefs,' Nan Lund, a local resident who is among three plaintiffs named in the suit.... But when officials begin a public meeting with prayers that are specific to only one religious viewpoint, I feel unwelcome and excluded.” See An Important Reminder

 

Muslim Imam Converts to Christianity, Now Preaches Jesus to Islamists: "'In school I only learned about Islam,' he stated. 'Parts of our teaching were about destroying Christianity.'.... 'Tofik was selected to receive continuing studies in Islam.... He then became an imam and worked to extinguish Christian evangelism in his African village, forbidding anyone from preaching Christ within its borders. But in 2002, his life changed forever. 'There was an incident where I had a vision from the Lord early in the morning around 3 a.m.,' Tofik explained. 'In the vision I saw Jesus very clearly telling me to follow him....'” See Victory

 

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

July 2015

Library Removes Christian-themed Books: "It was nothing short of a Christian purging.... They allege the school removed any book from its library that was either written by a Christian author or had a Christian message.

    “'It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,' said Brad Dacus....

     "A parent... was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company.'" See Victory

 

God redacted from high school graduation speech: "Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech. But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks’ graduation speech were 'inappropriate' and violated 'prevailing legal standards.'

     "School officials rejected three versions of the young man’s graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker... So the 18-year-old Christian did what any red-blooded, Constitution-loving American would do – he defied school officials and thanked God anyway.

     "'I didn’t want to compromise my faith,' Brooks told me. 'I wasn’t interested in removing every trace of God or Jesus.” See "In joy or pain, our course is onward still."

 

School: We have a right to ban God: "Attorneys representing the Brawley Union High School District have written a 10-page letter defending the school’s right not only to censor graduation speeches, but also to ban any speech that references God or Jesus. ...a public school salutatorian has no constitutional right to lead a prayer or include sectarian or proselytizing content in his/her graduation speech.”

 

Mississippi School District Fined Over $7,500 for 'Proselytizing Christianity' After Minister Prays at Event: "A U.S. Federal District Court has fined Mississippi's third largest public school district $7,500 after a minister opened up a district wide honors assembly with a prayer invocation, an act that violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop 'proselytizing Christianity.'" See An Important Reminder

The President Of France Wants Eurozone Members To Transfer Their Sovereignty To A United States Of Europe: "On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government. In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe.” See Reinventing the World: The Mind-Changing Process

Sweet Cakes by Melissa raises more than $200,000 to cover fine by Oregon Gaystapo: "The State of Oregon has failed in its attempt to bankrupt Aaron and Melissa Klein for the crime of declining to bake a cake - as the preposterous $135,000 fine it levied was no match for the willingness of good people to help out the Kleins and their now exclusively online business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Through a campaign via Continue to Give, people who still respect both faith and freedom have responded to the following appeal by contributing more than $200,000." See Victory

June 2015

Obama refuse to call beheaded copts “Christians”: "Despite religious leaders and critics condemning ISIS for purportedly beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, the White House has failed to mention the faith of the victims. Pope Francis denounced the beheadings Monday stating that 'they were assassinated just for being Christian.

     "A statement released Sunday from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest condemned the beheadings, but didn’t refer to the hostages as Christians. Instead, Earnest labeled them as 'Egyptian citizens' and 'innocents,' even though they were Coptic Christians...." See Victory

 

'Viciously' Beaten: Saeed Attacked by Fellow Inmates: "American Pastor Saeed Abedini was 'viciously' beaten last week by fellow prisoners in Iran.... The June 3 attack took place as he was attempting to leave his cell. ... Both eyes were beaten black and blue, but no bones were broken. His attackers also destroyed a small table he used to study and read. Prison guards did not intervene when he called for help. 'It's time to get Saeed home before it's too late,' his wife wrote. Saeed has been beaten multiple times in the past, including by prison guards."

 

Michele Bachmann offers timely advice to The King's College graduates: "...grads: Don’t wait around for the perfect job; be the perfect employee. Work hard and be excellent at what you do.... Of all the college degrees out there, a King’s College degree is a degree worth having because King’s understands that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge is His reward. The only task more important than parenting is the care of your eternal soul. Which is why I urge you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and might...." See Jesus, our Shepherd

 

SIS Fighter Stops Beheading Christians After Meeting Jesus In A Vision: "An Islamic State militant who said he enjoyed beheading Christians has converted after Jesus came to him in a vision and told him to stop the killing. The ISIS militant reached out to a Christian missionary after having dreams of a man dressed in white who said he was Jesus....

     "...the ISIS fighter made contact with a YWAM missionary after he began having visions of a man dressed in white. He told the YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, 'You are killing my people.' This story sounds a lot like that of the Apostle Paul, who was originally named Saul of Tarsus, and participated in killing Christians for blasphemy before Jesus came to him in a vision." See "In joy or pain, our course is onward still"

 

Freedom of Religion? To display a Bible verse is surely free exercise of religion: "Despite immense cultural pressure on Christians to keep their faith hidden from sight, many Christians continue to obey Christ’s command to 'make disciples of all nations,' and to 'hold fast' to their testimony.

     "Recently, a young marine was court-martialed, because she refused to remove from her work area a piece of paper on which was written a Bible verse. The court-martial apparently based its decision on the findings of hearing that determined that a command to remove the verse from her workspace was a lawful command that she refused to obey.... The verse said, 'No weapon formed against me shall prosper,' and was copied from Isaiah 54:17. The strip of paper contained only the words... not the reference.

    "...the court chose to focus on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or RFRA) as the basis for deciding the future of the young Marine who stood firm on her right to display this verse as the exercise of her faith, a right protected by the US Constitution.... She received an unlawful order, because the order required her to give up her right to exercise her religion freely.... '

    "...she exercised her faith and showed that she lived according to the teaching in the Bible that 'whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. (1 Corinthians 10:31)". The First Amendment to the Constitution protects her right to do exactly that." See  Important Reminder

 

May 2015

"Over a century ago in Scotland, a blind preacher in 'deep mental anguish' penned a hymn that would long outlive his own challenging life here on earth. As he wrote the words that God brought to mind, peace filled his heart. Perhaps you know that song and love its message as much as I do:

        

O Love that wilt not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow may richer,  fuller be.

 

Limbaugh: American Left Has Made Christianity Its No. 1 Enemy: "I think mainstream Christianity is the target.... Christianity has been the biggest enemy of the American left.... Christianity is the number one enemy of these people.' ...“...they’ve made friends with militant Islam,' Rush went on.

     “The left will not stand for any criticism of Islam, right? You start drawing cartoons of the prophet, they’re the first to jump on your case, right? Democrats and the left, they're out condemning any criticism of Islam.' ... In their mind, their enemy is Christianity.”

 

The Decline of Christian America: "'This is a Christian nation,' said the Supreme Court in 1892. 'America was born a Christian nation,' echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: 'This is a Christian nation.' But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: 'We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation'....

     "Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics or nonbelievers has risen to 23.... 'Those in the mainline Protestant churches — Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians — have plummeted from 50 percent of the U.S. population in 1958 to 14 percent today....

     "The decline in Christian identity is greatest among the young. While 85 percent of Americans born before 1945 still call themselves Christians, only 57 percent of those born after 1980 do." (I wonder how many of those who call themselves Christians today really understand what that means.)

 

Florida professor bullies student for refusing to condemn Christian faith: "...Lance 'Lj' Russum, a humanities professor at Polk State College, allegedly failed a student after she refused to condemn her own Christian faith. According to Campus Reform, the 16-year-old student identified only as 'G.L.,' was failed after she refused to 'concede that Jesus is a ‘myth’ or that Christianity oppresses women....

    "...the student received a 'zero' on four separate papers because she did not 'conform to his personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality.' ...G.L. is not the first student to be subjected to the professor’s viewpoint discrimination. His college email signature line includes a quote from a Marxist who praises Lenin, Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and Adolf Hitler."

 

Marxist Professor fails student for not denouncing Christian faith in support of feminism: "Biased exam questions painted Christianity as false, violent and oppressive to women. A humanities professor reportedly failed a Christian student for not denouncing her faith in support of Marxism, atheism and feminism.”  See Deceit, Delusion & Destruction of America

 

'If there is no God, everything is permitted': J. Edgar Hoover stated: "The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation.... We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of Secularism on our Christian way of life. ... A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of ‘God-centered’ deeds and thoughts. ... When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God.'

     "Noah Webster wrote in his 'History of the United States,' 1832: 'All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” See A Reminder

 

There Are Not Two Sides': Atheists Seek to Stop Teacher from Presenting Alternative to Evolution: "Two prominent atheist organizations are urging an investigation into a Christian science teacher [Pettenger] for teaching 'both sides of the argument' surrounding evolution, as they believe that he should not be permitted to do so.

     "The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Washington, D.C.-based Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) recently sent a letter to the Lucia Mar Unified School District to complain.... 'I understand that you might be worried I am teaching religion in a public school science class, which is not the case,' he wrote. 'There is debate within the scientific community about how to answer the question where did life come from. I feel it would be a disservice to my students not to present both sides of the argument.'"

April 2015

Atheists Seek Investigation Into Christian’s ‘Presence’ in Debate Class to Speak on Critical Thinking: "In late March, Eric Hovind, the president of the Florida-based ministry Creation Today, addressed a debate class.... But as Hovind had engaged in a debate with a local humanist two days prior... and since he is a born-again Christian who is known to speak against evolution, atheists became upset with school officials for allowing Hovind to address students...." (What about Islam in schools? Why are they free to speak and enforce their beliefs?) See Victory

 

Nepal Pastor's Last Words: God Will Grant Power to Continue Ministry: "It was about two minutes before noon when the quake hit. Sixty-two Christians were gathered on the fourth floor of a building for their Saturday morning worship service. The ground started shaking; the fourth floor collapsed on top of the other floors below it, killing 17 Christians, including the Senior Pastor Elija Gahle....

      "'He [Pastor Elija Gahle] ... planted 60 churches in western Nepal. And four years ago he started Vision Salvation Church in Kathmandu. 'Santi Oli was among the 44 church members who survived the earthquake. Her 16-year-old daughter, Manisha, did not... 'She was a servant of God, always encouraging and helping others....

      "When he met the 23-year-old at the hospital, he said he was buried beneath a pile of bricks, trapped beside Pastor Elija. He said, 'Death is near for me, but you will be rescued and the Holy Spirit will give you power to continue your ministry,' Vikram said.

      "And with Pastor Elija's passing, Pastor Jacob will now lead the church in its goal of planting 777 churches in the Hindu nation. 'I hope that because of this incident, because of this great disaster, God will do miraculous things in this land of Nepal,' he said."  See Victory

 

Killed for his Faith.  A Pakistani Christian boy who was set on fire by young Muslims after he professed his faith in Jesus Christ has died of his injuries: 'Nauman Masih, 13, was attacked Friday, April 10, at a market in Lahore's Gulshan Ravi area, where he reportedly got into a conversation about Christianity with two men on a motorbike, whose faces were covered. 'They poured kerosene oil on him and set him on fire...”  See The fall and rise of human violence

 

From the Synagogue To the Saviour (An amazing testimony): "Turning towards me, he said, 'Now, doctor, I'm ready, and I promise I will not scream while you take off my arm and leg.' I didn't have the courage to take the knife in my hand, without first taking a quick gulp of brandy to nerve myself to perform my sad duty.
     "While cutting through the flesh, Charlie Colson didn’t even groan. But when I took the saw to separate the bone, the lad through clenched teeth uttered, 'O Jesus, blessed Jesus! Stand by me now.' He kept his promise. He never screamed.

     "I couldn't sleep that night. Despite the constant moans and weeping of the wounded, all I could see was Charlie’s soft blue eyes. Even his words, 'Blessed Jesus, stand by me now,' kept ringing in my ears. His condition had worsened.

     "Asking me to take his hand, he said, 'Doctor, I love you because you are Jewish; the best friend I have found in this world was also Jewish.' I asked him who that was, and he answered, 'Jesus the Christ, and I want to introduce you to Him before I die. Will you promise me, Doctor, that what I am about to say to you, you will never forget?' I promised, and he said, 'Five days ago, while you operated on me, I prayed to the Lord to save you.” See  Jesus, our Shepherd

 

Ben Carson on America: 'As We Abandon God, You Can See That We're Spiraling Downward': "America's Judeo-Christian values are what made this country exceptional in such a short period of time,' said Dr. Ben Carson.... 'It was our Judeo-Christian values that allowed this to be an exceptional country.... And as we abandon God, you can see we’re spiraling downward just as quickly.”

 

Christians Accept Execution Rather Than Renounce Christ for Islam: "The Islamic State (IS) has just released another video where it executes more Christians, this time for not paying jizya—extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to Koran 9:29..."

 

Egypt files suit against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for conspiring with Muslim Brotherhood: (Very long page) "People – we ARE the frogs in the pot of water, which is heated very slowly as we happily hop around. The water get a tiny bit hotter little by little....

    "America has turned her back on God, and is so immersed in gross, unspeakable sin, that God’s judgment IS Barack Obama, and possibly Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. Those of us who belong to God must pray for America....

    "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

 

Movie Director Comes to Christ While Filming South Korean Pastor Who Saves Abandoned Babies: "Brian Ivie, 24, is the director of the film 'he Drop Box,' a documentary that tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died after being left on the streets by their mothers....  He now operates an orphanage at his home, where he cares for 20 abandoned children, and has made himself available to help save as many babies as he can. Ivie had read about Jong-rak and decided to create a short film about his work. But that the time, he wasn’t a Christian, although he thought he was." See "In joy or pain, our course is onward still"

 

Clayton Christensen on Religious Freedom.  (Transcribed from video. Sorry about the initial ad) "Sometime ago I ago I had a conversation with a Marxist economist from China. He was coming to the end of a Fulbright fellowship here in Boston, and I asked him if he had learned anything that was surprising or unexpected. And without any hesitation, he said,
    "'Yeah, I had no idea how critical religion is to the functioning of democracy. The reason why democracy works,' he said, 'is not because the government was designed to oversee what everybody does, but rather democracy works because most people most of the time choose to to obey the law. And in her past, most Americans attended a church or synagogue every week, and they were taught there by people who they respected."

    "My friend went on to say that Americans followed these rules because they had come to believe that they were not just accountable to society, they were accountable to God."
    "...as religion looses its influence over the lives of Americans, what will happen to our democracy? Where are the institutions that are going to teach the next generation of Americans that they too need to voluntarily choose to obey the laws. Because if you take away religion you can't hire enough police."

 

Ben Carson says 'Rights of Christians' get short shrift in America: "Dr. Ben Carson is calling for more attention to be given to Christians and their rights, suggesting that they are being passed over in favor of other concerns, such as gender identity and sexual orientation. 'I would like to see as much emphasis on the rights of Christians and people who are members of the faith community as there is for some of the other groups,' he tells CNN’s 'New Day.'" See  A reminder

 

‘We Love Jesus!’ Iraqi Children Proclaim Love for Christ in Face of Islamic Beheading: "Four Iraqi children firmly declared their love for Jesus in the face of death when Muslims in the country recently demanded that they convert to Islam. Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, relayed the story in a recent video as he shared both about the persecution that Christians face in the country and the bravery of the children in standing up for their faith despite the consequences....

     “The children, all under 15, four of them, said, ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus). We have always loved Yesua. We have always followed Yesua. Yesua has always been with us.'”...

     "The men then decapitated the children. 'How do you respond to that?' he asked. “You just cry." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Ben Carson says 'Rights of Christians' get short shrift in America: "Dr. Ben Carson is calling for more attention to be given to Christians and their rights, suggesting that they are being passed over in favor of other concerns, such as gender identity and sexual orientation. 'I would like to see as much emphasis on the rights of Christians and people who are members of the faith community..." See "In joy or pain, our course is onward still"

 

Online campaign raises over $638,000 for Christian pizzeria: "Christie O’Connor, co-owner of Memories Pizza, was forced to close her business following threats from same-sex marriage advocates.

    "The Christian, family owned pizzeria in Indiana forced to close after it received death threats from the 'gay marriage' movement has raised more than $638,000 in less than two days through an online GoFundMe account. It took the account set up for business owners Kevin and Christie O’Connor of Memories Pizza only 20 hours to eclipse its goal of $200,000.

    "The O’Connors, who were asked by a reporter how they would respond to the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said: 'We would serve gay individuals at the restaurant, but due to religious beliefs, would decline to cater a same-sex wedding.'

    "That was enough to bring an avalanche of pressure crashing down on the small-town pizzeria owners, including threats to harm or kill the family. Jess Dooley, a female golf coach at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, threatened in a tweet to burn the family’s restaurant down, saying: 'Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down Memories Pizza...?'

    "The school suspended Dooley for making the threatening tweet but thus far no charges have been filed against her...' 'Fearing for their safety, the O’Connors shut their doors.'" See Victory

March 2015

The Left’s Antics Protected, While the Lord Is Held Suspect: "When massive protests come to a state capitol, in an effort to protect the protesters from any opposition, the capital police rope off areas where protests should occur, as if the antics of shrieking banshees and ludicrous, aping and immature philistines hold a vaunted place in the long history of this great nation.

      "Yet a handful of people saying the Lord’s Prayer outside the office of the Speaker of the House are rushed upon and told to cease because they are breaking the law....The Declaration of Independence, signed by men who knew their actions would be considered treasonous, mentions God four times. The left’s riot-hungry protestors would never have the guts to do what they did, nor would they consider praying, for they are godless."

 

Christians face 'backlash' for religious-freedom bill: "Indiana has become the target of a widespread boycott by left-wing campaigners and major corporations after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101, the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act,' designed to protect business owners who would have to violate their own faith to accommodate some customers’ demands.

     "Two well-known examples are the Washington state florist who declined to endorse same-sex 'marriage' with skills and the Colorado baker who made the same decision regarding his cake artistry. Both are being punished by their states now." See An important reminder