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Today's  News  ~  August 31, 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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"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid." James 1:2-4~

"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! .

 

Migration. Ambassador says Pope Francis will urge U.S. to ‘open doors’ for immigrants: "The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said that during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States next month, he expects the Pope will urge the U.S. to embrace its history of welcoming immigrants.” See The emerging New World Order

 

Signs of the Times. The New Racists: Christians Who Hate Israel: "When the Vatican recognized a self-proclaimed 'State of Palestine' on June 22, 2015, it not only defied international law -- there is no such state to recognize -- it acted immorally in religious terms. In July, the Holy See praised the controversial nuclear deal between Iran and several Western states and said it viewed the agreement in 'a positive light.' ...

     'Bishop Oscar Cantu of New Mexico stated, applying a logic that defies understanding, that 'Iran's hostility to its neighbors in the Middle East is all the more reason for the international agreement on its nuclear program.' The agreement will allow Iran to acquire as many nuclear bombs as it likes after ten years, or sooner, plus the intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver them to America." See  Jews in Holy Land? What Jews? 

 

Signs of the Times.  Frightening Terror Trend Unfolding in the Old City of Jerusalem: "The area known as 'the Old City basin' includes the quarters inside the city’s ancient walls, the Mount of Olives, the Silwan (Shiloah) neighborhood and the City of David. Within this region alone, 580 attacks on civilians and security forces were recorded over the course of two months. This amounts to an average of nearly ten attacks per day." See Christian Palestinianism - Video

 

Persecution.  Iranian Pastor Returned to Prison: "Although Iranian house church Pastor Benham Irani has returned to prison, he remains a free man--free in Christ. Benham is free to share his Christian faith with prison guards and inmates in prison, but not without a cost. He may be beaten, deprived of food or sleep. His prison sentence may be extended as a result. But Benham Irani is no stranger to suffering. He knows the cost of following Christ and for sharing Him with Muslims in the Islamic Republic.

     "Last month--perhaps because of the Iran nuclear negotiations--Benham was allowed to leave prison to spend time with his family. Now, after one month on the outside, the government has returned Benham to prison." See Persecution Stories for Children

 

The Christian Conscience. School Library Removes Books Suspected of Being Too Christian: "Pacific Justice Institute is warning a charter school in Southern California that it is violating the First Amendment by removing library books based on their perceived Christian content. A parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter Schools was recently shocked to see some of the books being targeted for removal, including the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place.

     "The parent contacted PJI after library personnel explained to her that they had been directed to remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers." See Who shapes our conscience?  (Re-posted for those who missed this important message earlier. We are fast losing our freedom!)

 

Corrupting Children. Pope praising gay children’s book: "In her book Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg), Francesca Pardi is promoting a pro-homosexuality gender theory. In the book, the an egg encounters a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully bringing up a family.... The book, however, was met with disapproval by Venice’s new mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, who in June banned Piccolo Uovo and about 50 other titles from schools....

    "Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter in Pope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work: 'His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values.” See Depravity?

 

Islam. Muslims Are Buying Up Christian Churches Across The United States: "Muslims are exponentially buying up Christian churches and converting them into mosques, which indicates Islam could be a dominant U.S. religion by the 22nd century. The former Catholic Church of St. John in St. Paul, Minn., which operated from 1886 to 2013, is now known as the Darul-Uloom Islamic Center and experiences heavy attendance every week. ...the crosses were cut from the church spires on the outside, and 10,000 crosses were painted over on the inside.... The wood from the pews has been repurposed to fix the floor, which is where Muslims sit to pray.”

 

Whose Faith?  ‘Uncomfortable’ students call for ban on Bibles: "A poll conducted by the students’ union claims that more than half of students felt that having the Bibles in university accommodation... was 'uncomfortable' or 'unacceptable'. ... The Gideons have been supplying Bibles free of charge for over a century now, providing support and encouragement for Christians and non-Christians alike." See A reminder

Migration. Mass Immigration and the Undoing of Europe: "With the European Union surrendering its immigration policy to people smugglers, the immigration crisis in Europe keeps reaching staggering new heights. ... From Morocco to Turkey, people smuggling has turned into an irresistibly big business.... The recent wave of migration would push those figures to record heights." See Global Migration

 

Education.  Warning to NH parents: Schools Will Now Mentally Evaluate Your Children: "We know that our schools are administering psychometric assessments without parental permission and currently ignoring the APA code of ethics.... Should our public schools now become the hub for social services? Or should they go back to focusing on educating our children?

    "We understand that there are going to be children who need social services who may not have access to needed treatment. Schools can certainly guide families to those services if needed. However changing the make-up of public education in such a radical way will only further dilute the academic foundation our children need and deserve." See The UN Seizure of Parental Rights

 

No Conscience?  Slain Christian's head allegedly bashed by Muslim 'refugees': "Freddy Akoa, a 49-year-old healthcare worker, was killed in his apartment, allegedly by three Somali-Americans whose families came to the United States through the United Nations-U.S. State Department refugee resettlement program. ...He was the victim of a savage attack that took place over several hours. According to the autopsy report, he had cuts and bruises all over his body.... Akoa’s blood-splattered Bible was found lying next to his head." See Who shapes our conscience?

 

Aborting Babies.  Famous Food Companies Caught Using Aborted Babies For Flavor Additives: "Famous food companies have been exposed by Natural News using tissue from aborted babies to make flavor additives in processed foods. Kraft, PepsiCo, Nestle, work with Semonyx, a California-based that uses aborted embryonic cells to test fake flavoring chemicals. The aborted human fetal cell line is known as 'HEK-293,' and it is used to see how the human palate will react to synthetic flavors. Since most of today’s processed food lacks flavor, companies like Semonyx are hired to develop flavors on their own." See Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood clinics put in black neighborhoods to 'control that population'

 

Corrupting America.  Hillary Clinton Compares Pro-Lifers to Terrorists: “We expect that from some of the terrorist groups.' 'We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, yet they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st-century America. We’re going forward. We’re not going back.”

 

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. ... Would you risk your life to go to church?

     "In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith.... In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution...." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Refugee Camps.  Situation in Refugee Camps Dire as Millions of Christians: "There may be sixty million refugees and 'internally displaced people' in all, primarily from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Congo.... Some now live in refugee camps in Jordan, Israel... Lebanon, Iraq, and on the Syrian-Turkish border. Half are children. Many children are also starving....

    'Unlucky' Christian and Yazidi girls and women are being kidnapped and used as sex slaves by ISIS.... President Obama’s 'international community,' beginning with the United Nations, has not taken responsibility for any of this."

 

Signs of the Times.  Iran to arm West Bank Palestinians for new Eastern Front to 'efface' Israel: "...acting on the orders of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week set up a new Iranian command to fight Israel.... It has been dubbed the Eastern Command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The Al Qods Brigades, which are the external terrorist arm of the Guards, are organized according to sectors..." See  Jews in Holy Land? What Jews?  Please pray for the safety of Israel!

 

Faith. 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." See In joy or pain, our course is onward still

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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?
     ...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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