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

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 

Matthew 5:16

"My refuge is in God!"

Psalm 62:7


Faith.  America is Great Because America Is Good! It was 1835. French Diplomat Alexis DeToquiville traveled throughout the former American colonies to try and figure out what made America tick. ...

    His famous quote, “America is great because she is good and if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great.”

    He traveled throughout the country and experienced firsthand the blessing of what the Gospel had done from Churches to outreaches to all in between and was stunned in the face of the cold and arrogant European culture he had been used to, how stunningly good it was.

    In spite of all America’s failures and mistakes, it sends nearly 140,000 Missionaries throughout the world, has built the majority of hospitals, schools and more throughout the world and the continues “goodness” of America can be seen in those from throughout the world wanting to come. See Taking a Stand


Corruption.  Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday during a House Judiciary hearing about the Robert Mueller Russia investigation.


Corruption.  Judicial Watch President: "Forget Mueller," The Real Question Is "Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI?"


Education. (I hope this warning doesn't apply to most college campuses!) Vampires, Zombies And ‘Hooking Up’: 37 Examples Of Real College Courses That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe: You just can’t make this stuff up. All over America we push our young people to get good grades so that they can get “a college education”, but then once they get through college many of our young people are completely unequipped to deal with the real world.

    Personally, I spent eight years at public universities, and I can tell you that the quality of education that our college students are receiving is a complete joke. Especially on the undergraduate level, almost all testing consists of either true/false, multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. ... I am about to share with you a list of 37 of the most ridiculous courses that are currently being offered at major U.S. colleges and universities today. See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny


Islam?  UK Church Under Fire for Celebrating Islamic Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Ahead of Christmas’: A Church of England church in London is being criticized for holding a service to mark the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and "looking forward to the birthday of Jesus." The service included an Islamic prayer and the cutting of a birthday cake. See Islamic Villages (in America)


Crisis.  Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular: Volunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organisation looks to become more secular. The Belgian branches of the international aid organisation received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes. ... We used to say ‘Christmas holidays’, now it’s ‘winter holidays’. The Christmas market in Brussels has become the ‘Winter Pleasures’.” See Very sad!


Conspiracy.  Iran calls on Muslim nations to step up efforts against Trump's decision: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians against Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. ... Rouhani said the Muslim countries should resolve their internal disputes through dialog and called for unity against Israel. Rouhani said Israel had planted seeds of tension in the crisis-hit region. See See Trusting God as Freedom Fades


Corruption.  Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In 'Deep State' Intelligence War On Trump: An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump ... has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didn't "fully think through".

    In a surprisingly frank interview, the CIA's Michael Morell - who was longtime Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the nation's most powerful intelligence agency - said that it wasn't a great idea to leak against and bash a new president.


Crisis.  100,000 Still Stranded Amid California Fires; Giant Thomas Fire Only 20% Contained: ...a "red flag warning" for Los Angeles and Ventura counties has been extended into Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service said. And even as some evacuation orders were lifted, nearly 100,000 people in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties couldn’t return to their homes. See Trusting God as Freedom Fades


Crisis.  ICE confirms that deadly California fires were set by illegal alien... : The acting director of ICE has confirmed that not only is the individual responsible for setting many of the fires consuming California an illegal alien, he has been arrested by local Sonoma County police at least five times. See Taking a Stand


Religion?  Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular: Volunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organization looks to become more secular. ... André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, said: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross”, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief.


Faith.  Incredible Little Boy and Girl sing "You Raise Me Up"


Occult.  Ancient pagan 'gods' reappearing around U.S., world: “...pagan values and traditions have never left us. Even Jews and Christians are impacted by them. And they are not innocent because the gods of paganism are actually demons, according to the Bible.  ...

     “Why would the United Nations be involved in resurrecting these occult images and icons of the past? ... The same group that recreated the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal is now honoring another pagan deity. The United Arab Emirates, the Italian mission to the United Nations and the Institute for Digital Archeology have re-created a statue of the goddess Athena...

     Though Athena was venerated as a goddess of reason, she was also known as “Athena Promachos,” a war goddess...  It’s another move by globalist organizations to honor pagan deities....

     Most people today don’t realize how much of a hold ancient pagan beliefs, practices and images still have on their lives,” said Joseph Farah.... “In fact, pagan values and traditions have never left us. Even Jews and Christians are impacted by them. And they are not innocent because the gods of paganism are actually demons, according to the Bible. It’s not something to be played with. See Sorcery & Occultism Through the Ages


Faith. Some have found the answer in one name, Jesus, or as we call Him, Jeshua!


War?  Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Pushing His Country To The Brink. Will It Hold Together?  Saudi Arabia in free fall would make the other crises in the Middle East look puny. The hugely wealthy kingdom is key to U.S. efforts to combat America’s most urgent threats. It has stockpiled thousands of ready-to-launch missiles, tens of thousands of bombs, uncounted reserves of small arms, hundreds of tanks and fighter jets and some of the most aggressive spyware available in the world. wields vast power over the oil production that fuels global trade. ...

      And its population of nearly 30 million is largely young and often vulnerable to terrorist recruitment.... Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old Saudi king-to-be, has spent close to three years pushing the kingdom to change in unprecedented ways — to forcefully intervene abroad, as it has to brutal effect in neighboring Yemen, to open up its state-dominated economy to entrepreneurs and foreign capital, and above all, to embrace rule by one near-omnipotent leader. See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny


Praise. Trump Gives a Special ‘Present’ to Obama, Bush and Clinton – But They Won’t Like it One Bit: In 1995, Congress passed a provision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something that Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama had refused to move on. ... Trump promised during his campaign that he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and ... he followed through with a public announcement to the world. ...

     Trump took a shot at former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama when he tweeted a video montage of all three former presidents making promises to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city followed by a clip of him delivering. Trump tweeted, “I fulfilled my campaign promise – others didn’t!” (See video)


Praise.  U.S. Still Won't List Jerusalem as Israel's Capital on Official Docs, Passports, Maps: ‘Despite Trump's declaration, which was formally codified on Wednesday into U.S. policy, the State Department is taking a more nuanced position on the matter, drawing some ire in Congress among pro-Israel lawmakers who accuse the State Department of undermining Trump's efforts. ... A State Department official ... made clear that the United States now "recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its seat of government." See Our God reigns!


Faith.  'Wake-up Call for Christians': A Call to Prayer for Major Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case.


Faith.  My Jesus, I Love Thee: The lyrics of this hymn were written by Featherson when he was only 16 years old. It is likely that Featherson wrote this hymn to celebrate his conversion to Christ. He sent it to his aunt in California and it was somehow published as an anonymous hymn in a British hymnal in 1864.


Science.  Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the 'Fountains of the Deep.' ...scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as “the fountains of the deep.” In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth’s crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible’s description of the Earth and its natural properties are indeed accurate. See Archeological and historical evidence of Biblical accuracy


Faith.  Why does Jesus say to 'shake the dust off your feet'? The instruction by the Son of God to “shake the dust” off our feet has had countless believers wondering what He was really talking about. ... Now, a brand-new book championing the truth of the Bible and surprising readers with stunning statements in Scripture is proffering a clear explanation...

    “It’s important to read the Bible, and by that I mean the ENTIRE Bible...” The command about shaking the dust off of feet is found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and comes as Jesus is dispatching His disciples to spread the Good News about the kingdom of God to other locations. See  In joy or pain, our course is onward still



Victory!  ‘It is Time to Officially Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel,’ Trump Declares: “Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times,” Trump said. “Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government.” ... This is nothing more than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” he stated. “That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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

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

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