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Today's  News  ~  July 29, 2015

Most of the news items below illustrate the challenges Christians will face in a world that's growing increasingly hostile to Biblical values. We hope the information will encourage you to stand firm in God's Truth -- no matter how great the pressure to compromise.

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     "...we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed... perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed — always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Ignoring the Constitution.  Obama sued for Iran deal that 'abrogated' Constitution: “'A president cannot lawfully override or amend a treaty simply by issuing an order, even if he calls it an executive order or some other form of international agreement...'  Klayman....alleges that the federal officials 'acted in disregard of their obligations to uphold the U.S. Constitution' in support of a bill through which the Iranian deal – which could give Tehran hundreds of billions of dollars and allow it to pursue its nuclear program – is being ratified....
     "...the Constitution empowers a president to make a treaty only if two-thirds of the U.S. Senate votes to ratify it." See
Washington's Farewell Address, 1796

Globalism.  Landmark UN Resolution Urges States to Monitor and Regulate Private Education Providers: [This Global agenda is likely to further the demands for silencing Christians, banning homeschooling, close private schools.... and embracing immorality] "The HRC is the leading global inter-governmental political body dealing with human rights. In the resolution adopted by consensus of its 47 members, the HRC has, for the first time, responded to the growing phenomenon of privatisation ...'the rapid, unregulated growth of private providers of education...."
    "This is a very welcome reminder of States’ obligations under international law to regulate private education providers... See
Merging the Americas in a New Global Order

Spiritual Warfare. Troops Told to Refrain From Eating, Drinking in Front of Muslims: "Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University..." See The Muslim Brotherhood

The Occult.  Group To Unveil Satan Statue In Detroit During ‘Largest Public Satanic Ceremony In History’: "A group is planning to unveil an 8-foot-tall bronze statue featuring a goat-headed Satan in Detroit during a gathering that’s being billed as the 'largest public satanic ceremony in history.' The Satanic Temple has said Saturday’s private event will be open only to people with tickets, $25 each. Invitations to “The Unveiling” summoned guests to prepare for 'a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery… Come dance with the Devil...." See Spiritual Warfare: Reviving Witchcraft

Taking a Stand.  Judge Orders School District to Stop Promoting Christianity, Fines Officials $7500 for Contempt: "A federal judge in Mississippi has ordered a school district in the Bible Belt to stop promoting Christianity during school events.... The two individuals featured in the film explained that they were able to overcome their struggles through the power of Jesus Christ. The presenter also spoke to students about the hope that is found in Christ, and led students in prayer." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny

Managing Change. [May be slow to open] Authorities ignore US mosques at center of Islamic terror attacks: "Property records show the mosque attended by the terrorist who killed US soldiers at a base in Chattanooga, Tenn., is affiliated with the same Islamic group as the mosques patronized by the Boston marathon bombers and the 9/11 hijackers who attacked the Pentagon. Yet federal investigators have dismissed any possibility that the Tennessee mosque was a source of radicalization.... The trustee of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, like the Boston and Virginia mosques attended by other terrorists, is the North American Islamic Trust." See The emerging New World Order

 

Faith. 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... discovered the library purging last month. 'She 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

 

Faith. 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"  

 

Faith. 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. It is well established in the Ninth Circuit and California that a public school salutatorian has no constitutional right to lead a prayer or include sectarian or proselytizing content in his/her graduation speech.”

Persecution. Christians 'Most Persecuted Group in World': "ISIS issued a directive: citing the Islamic concept of 'dhimma', [which] requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety. It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches.... Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives...." See Persecution Scriptures

Persecution. U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution: "This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists ... I hope... that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn't, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired' — Newt Gingrich, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives."

Moral Corruption. Tom DeLay Knows Of Secret DOJ Memo To Legalize '12 New Perversions': "Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay... dropped the mother of all bombshells as he asserts that he has found a secret Department of Justice memo that plans to legalize '12 new perversions,' including bestiality and pedophilia." See Deceit, Delusion and the Destruction of America

Faith.  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

 

What happened to the Christian Conscience? Stone Cold Proof That America Deserves Judgment: "What should be done to a nation that has killed more than 56 million babies and doesn’t even feel bad about it? And why is the U.S. government giving hundreds of millions of dollars each year to an organization that murders hundreds of thousands of babies, harvests their organs, and then sells them to medical researchers?” See Who shapes our conscience?

 

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

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

“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
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