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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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"...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 2:7-10


"My refuge is in God!"

Psalm 62:7

Andy and I returned home around 1 AM this morning after two weeks in the farmlands of North Dakota!  The fields were a bit dry, but after some wonderful rain two days ago they look great!  God is so good!

Muslim Brotherhood. Muslims demand breakaway Islamic nation in Norway or another 9/11 threatened: "We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you..."     "The Norwegian news portal VG Nett is reporting that a Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna’, is threatening that if a section of the nation's capitol isn't transformed into a sharia-complaint Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon the Scandinavian nation.
     "As translated by Michael Laudahn, "If norwegian soldiers can take planes to Afghanistan, then Osama and Mohammed can also take planes to Norway, inshaAllah. Now, the government must wake up and assume responsibility, before this war spreads to Norway. Before the counterpart reacts. Before moslems take the step necessary. Do not confuse the moslems’ silence with weakness....
     "A warning that the consequences can be fatal. A warning about a 9/11 on norwegian ground, or larger attacks than the one carried out on 22 july. This is for your own good and in your own best interest.’
     "We do not want to be a part of norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland [Greenland] become ours. Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it." See Western Europe will soon be 'Judenrein' (I'm ashamed of Norway, my homeland!)

Persecution. Young Jewish Swedish Leader: ‘All My Friends Are Getting Death Threats:" Death threats, daily anti-Semitic attacks, and harassment are causing many young Swedish Jews of the shrinking 20,000-member community to say 'enough,' and seek to establish their futures elsewhere.... 'It used to be unacceptable to talk about it so openly,' he said, but added that 'today, talk of anti-Semitism has become commonplace.'
     "..the young Jewish community in Sweden took to social networks to explain the Jewish state’s position. But that message was not welcomed among tens of thousands of Muslims who have migrated to Sweden over the last decade. 'We acted on behalf of Israel on social networks, but every time I wrote something about Israel, I received death threats, about three times a week,' he said."

Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Quest For Global Dominance: "Dr. Muhammad Badi, supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: 'The Brotherhood is getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder, Imam Hassan al-Banna. This will be accomplished by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system [based on Islamic sharia], with all its institutions and associations, including a government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate and mastership of the world.” See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

Spiritual Warfare. Christian Holocaust Coming to America: "Christian men, women, and children, as well as other minorities, are LITERALLY being crucified, butchered, beheaded, raped and sold into slavery by the most grotesque, repugnant brutality unheard of in modernity. What makes this particularly atrocious is the fact that WE, and every taxpaying American, are funding it.
     " America, under Obama, the Jihadi-in-Chief, provided the 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria', aka 'ISIS', with training, arms, and equipment, including MRAPS, Hellfire missiles, Humvees, millions of rounds of ammunition, etc, to name a few. That’s what was ‘officially’ supplied to Iraq and ‘left’ for ISIS to pick up on its way to the slaughter. That list does NOT include the massive amounts of covert munitions collected in Benghazi, shipped through Turkey, and supplied directly to the so-called ‘freedom fighters’, (ISIS)." See The fall and rise of human violence

Victory!  ‘Clouds of Glory’ Protected Us, Says Givati Brigade Commander Col. Ofer Winter: "The Givati Brigade commander made claims of divine protection in an interview with the ultra-Orthodox weekly Mishpacha ["Family"] Earlier, he had met with criticism for rallying his troops with religious messages. Winter claimed he had never seen such a miraculous occurrence previously in his military career: a predawn raid had been delayed, forcing his soldiers to move in the light of the rising sun, but suddenly a heavy fog descended from out of nowhere to conceal their movements until their objective was achieved....
      "The Givati Brigade commander made claims of divine protection in an interview with the ultra-Orthodox weekly Mishpacha ["Family"] Earlier, he had met with criticism for rallying his troops with religious messages. Winter claimed he had never seen such a miraculous occurrence previously in his military career: a predawn raid had been delayed, forcing his soldiers to move in the light of the rising sun, but suddenly a heavy fog descended from out of nowhere to conceal their movements until their objective was achieved." See Victory in Christ

Global Dhimmitude?  Bat Ye’or and the Coming Universal Caliphate: " Bat Ye’or points out in her new book, Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate... the rising number of Muslims constitute only a part of the problem. Far more problematic have been the political, economic, and cultural motives that led to Europe’s fateful decision to permit this unprecedented mass immigration....
      "Bat Ye’or begins with a discussion of the concept of dhimmitude, a term she characterizes as 'concealed knowledge.' ...the term is 'unknown by the general public and taboo in academia. 'Dhimmitude, she argues, designates the civilizations 'conquered by jihad and subject to sharia law.”
      "It is her conviction that the nations of the European Union (EU) are in the process of submitting to that subordination at the present time.....A dhimmi is a non-Muslim belonging to the civilization of dhimmitude. ...with the exception of Israel, Islam’s jihad ideology of world conquest is once again flourishing in every corner of the world while the governments of most target nations are in denial concerning jihad’s existence and its global aspirations.
      "Global jihad is driven by the 56 nation Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), formerly known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Since its creation in 1969, the OIC has been dedicated to the destruction of the State of Israel and to the eventual implementation of sharia over the Western world. .... Neither the unbeliever nor the dhimmi have 'inalienable rights' nor can such 'rights' be the 'foundation, of freedom, justice, and peace of the world.'
      "In Islam, Allah is the source of human rights, all of which are conditional upon faithful obedience to his law as expressed in sharia and the hadiths. This was clearly understood by Muslim leaders at the UN in 1948....
      "...competent Western scholars have been fully aware of the history of Muslim aggression and conquest, but they have been reluctant to spell it out. It is government policy in both the EU and the United States to characterize acts of violence committed by Islamist terrorists as 'extremism,' as if there were no religious motivation involved."

Persecution. The Judenrein Port of Oakland: "Judeophobia is to be expected in Europe where growing Muslim populations have asserted their power and have become increasingly radicalized. Chants of 'Hitler was right,' 'Jews to the gas,' 'Allahuakbar” and “Heil Hitler” have become commonplace. But what was once limited to Europe and the Muslim Middle East is now crossing the Atlantic and creeping its way into the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave.
     "In Oakland, California, a motley assortment of radical leftists, anarchists, fascists and Islamists have found common ground and banded together in a scheme to prevent an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo at an Oakland port. The list of participating groups includes such lunatic outfits as “Queers Undermining Israeli Terror” and “Totally Radical Muslims.' It makes no difference that if given the chance, members of the latter group would likely behead members of the former – ISIS style – to shrieks of 'Allhuakbar.'”

Christian Churches under Islam. Christian Churches have Openly Supported Muslim Terror against Israel"...while silent about Muslim persecution of Christians -

• ISRAEL is the only country in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and free to lead normal lives.

• Christians Arabs with Israeli citizenship - although still pressured by Arab Muslims to side with their nationalist movement - are increasingly expressing allegiance to Israel.

• Recently there was a demonstration by Christian Israeli Arabs in support of their country.

• Christian Israeli Arabs are also joining the Israeli army.

• Over the years there has been a steady migration of Christians out of the Palestinian Authority, due to Muslim threats and harassment.

• Gaza Christians too are under severe pressure and harassment."

Deception. Why Everything Reported from Gaza is Crazy Twisted: "The images coming out of the Gaza Strip are heart-wrenching. They are also part of a deliberate and sophisticated distortion machine.... Autocratic regimes threaten, attack and jail reporters who write anything critical of those in power. Other reporters get the message and just don’t do it. "Bringing this element of the Gaza situation to light entails some real dangers. It’s a saga that can’t be told directly in detail. If it is, and if specific reporters can be identified here, people will be harmed. Not just the reporters, but their families, too. But if this isn’t told, you’ll be harmed. You won’t know why you don’t get the whole story...." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

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