Hope & End Times
Though we may lose the world's fragile "freedom," we have a safe position in Christ for all eternity. Stand firm in it! See Psalm 32:7
New U.N. chief ignites another Temple Mount firestorm: ...newly installed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ...during an interview on Israel Public Radio.... “It’s clear as the sun is clear that the Temple, which was demolished by the Romans, is a Jewish temple,” Guterres answered. “No one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today.” See Jews in Holy Land? What Jews?
Emotional moment girl, 10, is saved from the clutches of barbaric ISIS fighters who murdered her dad: For three days without food or water, she had clung desperately to her mother as the terrifying battle to liberate Mosul from the clutches of the barbaric Islamic State raged outside their home. When salvation finally arrived, in the form of burly Iraqi troops, she... thanked her rescuers, offering even to kiss their feet.' See God is our refuge and strength!
Hope in Christ. Maryam: Don’t pray for persecution to end: “The persecution is getting worse...,” Maryam said. “But ...what has encouraged me, encouraged my faith, encouraged my church, encouraged everybody Christian in [the region] is that is the Church is increasing.” (That may not often be happening in America anymore. But we must continue to follow Him, no matter what!)Remember: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
Trump Does The Unthinkable: The left and the media launch these hideous kinds of attacks at Trump everyday; yet, nothing could be further from the truth about the real estate mogul. ... I’ve never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president.
In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill’s family farm.... In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care.... His grief stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment. ... Trump’s kindness knows no bounds.
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
Revelation's 6th Trumpet about to sound? (The Bible alerts us to end times, but no one knows His timing) "Christians around the country are noticing contemporary events are lining up with prophecy, especially the terrifying warning of a great war to come. Author Carl Gallups says Christians need to face the possibility that the “trumpet days” of Revelation already are here, and the sixth trumpet may be about to sound." See Americans once agreed to trust God!
Hope in Christ. Missionaries and families wiped out in Central Asia: "Dr. Mehaboob was born and brought up in a fanatic Muslim family. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior while he was doing research for the doctorate.... They had four children.... The militants asked the family of Mehaboob to stop Christian ministries and convert back to Islam.... He and his family totally refused them and boldly said that Christ is our Savior and we will stand behind His shadow till the last breath of our life..." See "In joy or pain, our course is onward still"
Scripture of the Day (Psalm 33: 18-22): "Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."
Norway [my homeland during Nazi Occupation] changes stance on Israel: "Established a few months ago, the conservative-progressive minority government in Norway has been working towards repairing ties with Israel and enhancing collaboration in a number of fields. The previous left-wing administration had a longstanding record of anti-Israel sentiment and had called for a boycott of Israeli products.
"For the first time in over a decade, the Norwegian prime minister is set to make a visit to Israel. The new policy put in place by Erna Solberg, Norway's Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader, will see improved diplomatic relations between the two countries, Norwegian and Israeli officials said." Here is a short history: Transforming the World through Violence, War, Deception & Chaos
Delight in an Ancient Promise: "Ancient scriptural writings abound, describing the downfall of those civilizations that had failed to obey the creator's behavioral laws. ...Let this be the generation of those who recognize the error of their ways and quickly resolve to do that which is 'naturally lawful and right' and also to delight in the ancient promise that such persons will 'surely live and shall not die.'" See The fall and rise of human violence (I'm sad to say that I doubt today's generation will actually "do that which is 'naturally lawful and right."
Messianic Jews, Christian Arabs Reach Out to Syrian Refugees: "The Arab and Jewish team are working together with local Christians who are doing what they can to care for the needs of the multitudes of children who have been devastated by the war. The team brought a large financial gift from the Body of Christ in Israel -- Jews and Arabs who wanted to reach out to the Syrians in a practical way." See The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
Pastor Saeed’s letter to his daugter Rebekka. A message of Hope: "My Dearest Rebekka Grace, HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY! ... I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically. Oh how I long to see you.
"I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family....
"God is in control of the whole world and everything that is happening in it is for His good purpose, for His glory, and will be worked out for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory. He is doing something inside each of us and also outside in the world.... [The] answer to all of your prayers is that God is in control, and He knows better than us what He is doing in our lives and all around the world...."
Bright Hope in Dark Days. "There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season. They have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career.... But suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded. Instead of the Land of Goshen they have to tread the sandy desert....
"Oh! say not so, thou who are walking in darkness. ...The dearest of His children must bear the cross. ...We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope."
The Hope we have in Christ: "Biblical HOPE is a gift from God -- given to those who have put their faith in Him and received His Life through His Spirit. Oswald Chambers, the beloved author of My Utmost for His Highest, explained it well:
"'To give a reason for the hope that is in you' is not at all the same things as convincing by rational argument why that hope is in us. The work of the Spirit of God in us transcends reason, but never contradicts it. And when a Christian says 'the reason I am so-and -so is because I have received the Holy Spirit,' or 'I have received from God something which has made this possible,' it doesn't contradict reason. It transcends it...
"...always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed." 1 Peter 3:15
"'Be prepared.' The motto of the venerable organization that has helped develop countless boys into men, preparedness is not only an aspiration, but a descriptor. ... Please call the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000 and tell them that you want to see the organization stand firm in its moral values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children." See Don't conform to the ways of the world
Debt Despair: UK plagued by suicides as austerity shows no mercy : "Suicide rates are soaring in the UK, with money worries pushing many over the edge. Cuts to mental health services and aggressive debt-collecting are cited by experts as major factors aggravating the situation. RT's Andrew Farmer met one mother, who lost her child over debt despair." See God's Comfort
Will the Boy Scouts stand up to bullies? "For decades, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have heroically withstood attacks from homosexual activists. Now, officials from the organization have indicated that this may be about to change. The BSA says that it is 'discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation."
Depending on Dependency[Sowell]: "When an empirical study of the actual behavior of American conservatives and liberals was published in 2006, it turned out that conservatives donated... a higher percentage of their incomes (which were slightly lower than liberal incomes) to philanthropic activities.... It was just assumed, for centuries, that the left was more compassionate....It was just assumed, for centuries, that the left was more compassionate.
"Ronald Reagan donated a higher percentage of his income to charitable activities than did either Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ted Kennedy. Being willing to donate the taxpayers' money is not the same as being willing to put your own money where your mouth is.... Milton Friedman pointed out that the heyday of free market capitalism in the 19th century was a period of an unprecedented rise in philanthropic activity."
'Struck down, but not destroyed': "Born in 1867, Amy Carmichael determined early to follow God -- no matter the cost. She brought His love to hundreds of women in the slums of Ireland then shared the gospel in Japan until her health broke down. Finally God led her to southern India....
"One hot, humid day a terrified little girl ran toward Amy and flung herself into her arms. She had been given to the local Hindu temple as a 'bride' to the Hindu gods -- a well-guarded temple prostitute taught to serve the demands of male worshippers. Her escape was truly a miracle! From that day on, Amy knew her God-given mission.
No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole! Can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?
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