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Has Mr. Obama had an Epiphany?

February 6, 2014|11:09 am

President Barack Obama:

“Today we profess the principles we know to be true,” he said. “We know that each of us is wonderfully made in the image of God. We therefore believe in the inherent dignity of every human being – dignity that no earthly power can take away. And central to that dignity is freedom of religion – the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith if they choose, or to practice no faith at all, and to do this free from persecution and fear.”

I am so thankful to hear President Obama make this statement on religious freedom! It seems that he has had an epiphany and I wonder when he will instruct his justice department to withdraw their persecution and prosecution of people of faith here who think that being forced to pay for abortions or provide services for those who promote homosexuality is a violation of their beliefs!

Obama declared:

“Promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy, and I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America.”

This should be welcome news to the countries in which his administration has insisted that they must approve abortion in order to receive aid!

Mr.Obama also said:
Some of the reasons to promote religious freedom is when they protect the religious freedom of their citizens, this, in turn, helps U.S. national security.

“History shows,” he said, “that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including freedom of religion, are ultimately more just, more peaceful and more successful. Nations that do not uphold these rights, sow the bitters seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security.”

Indeed, it does seem that Mr. Obama sees clearly here! Perhaps we will see him speaking forcefully against the persecution of Christians that is happening in the Middle East and Africa right now and we will see him meeting with members of the group’s being killed and using his meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood to call them to account for the violence that the are taking part in and promoting!

After all Mr. Obama makes that point:

“Nations that do not protect religious freedom”, he added, will not be successful: “No society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all of its peoples, including religious minorities.”

Mr. Obama also said:
“We will keep standing for religious freedom around the world. That includes, by the way, opposing blasphemy and defamation of religion measures, which are promoted sometimes as an expression of religion, but in fact, can all too often be used to suppress religious minorities.”

To this I say amen and amen!!!! Hopefully, he will inform the U.N that any rule that is aimed at preventing the blasphemy of any religion will not be approved by this country!

God works in amazing ways, and perhaps He truly has worked through Mr. Obama to make us realize what a wonderful privilege and opportunity we have in this country!!! As for the words spoken by Mr. Obama at the prayer breakfast, we will have to wait and see if they are truly an epiphany on his part and he believes them himself, or if they are just words intended to placate his detractors! After all words without action are nothing more than empty air!!

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What if Freedom Meant Exodus?

David Wilkerson said:

“Consider the plight of Israel in Egypt. God’s nation was in incredible ruin, with widespread apostasy. Satan had Israel under his heel, manipulating the political powers of the day to make laws against them and persecute them. The enemy was ridiculing and mocking God’s testimony on earth.

It was a dark hour in Israel’s history and over time the people grew discouraged. They began backsliding, indulging in the pleasures and sensuality of Egypt. Idolatry and fornication became rampant. Israel’s situation seemed hopeless and the faith of the nation was slowly dying.

What was God’s response to this rising power of darkness? Did He stir up surrounding empires to act as His rod against Egypt? Did He incite a civil war among the Egyptians? Did He send avenging angels? No– God did no such thing. He had a totally different plan and laid His hand on a single man, raising up Moses!”

Think about that for a moment! Christians in America are increasingly seeing the same thing here! With our faith being ridiculed and mocked and a government increasingly hostile to our practicing our faith. We see a rampant increase of sexual immorality and perversion along with an assault on a on our children by forcing them to accept this behavior as normal.

We pray for wisdom for our leaders and for God to intercede. But what if God has other plans? What if God were to bring a Moses forth? Would we recognise and welcome him? If he wanted to lead us to a different place, would we go?

“The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, plentous in mercy.” Psalms 103:6-8


A Wake-Up Call for Christians

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‘Complete Anarchy’: Famed Pastor Issues Major Wake-Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture

TheBlaze’s Carly Hoilman contributed to this report.

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wa., is on a mission to wake Christians up from the illusion that faith is alive and well in America.

The centerpiece of Driscoll’s new book titled, ”A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?,” is that we’re living in a “post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

Culture Is Quickly Shifting

The pastor recently told TheBlaze that he believes cultural norms are rapidly shifting in American society and that these changes come at the same time that Christianity is losing its place of prominence.

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Pastor Mark Driscoll (Image source: @PastorMark onTwitter)

“A commitment to secularism to pluralism has really come very, very rapidly, and certain issues like gay marriage have accelerated and highlighted that,” Driscoll said. “More biblical, conservative traditions…values have gone from being respected to really despised in very short order.”

Driscoll explained that 40 years ago, homosexuality was still listed in psychological manuals and textbooks as a mental disorder, and now it is considered a civil right. He added, “That’s a quick flip.”

“We are living in a post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

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He believes that there’s been a paradigm shift in society from “morality to personality.”

Rather than moral absolutes governing what’s right or wrong, Driscoll said that there’s a general view that people should be true to themselves — that they should essentially stand by their feelings and desires.

“We’ve shifted from a worldview where there is a God who makes laws, and they apply to you, to whether or not there is a God it does not matter — ‘I don’t recognize any laws external to me. The only thing that guides me is my own internal convictions,’” he said. “Authority has shifted from external to internal, from God to me. And what you end up with is not a discussion of morality but a defense of personality. And that’s the world we live in.”

Driscoll believes that there is “a culture of complete anarchy in the name of tolerance and diversity.”

“One in four women sexual assaulted, one in six men, people that are sexually addicted, sexually assaulted, sexually abused, rampant debt, broken families, suicidal,” he told TheBlaze. “The number one category of prescription medication is antidepressants. Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

One of the Big Questions Facing Christians

One of the big questions facing Christians, the pastor said, is how to peacefully exist in this context of change without compromising values and theology.

“Christians need to understand that Christians and non-Christians just disagree about a lot of things,” he said. “We disagree about where we come from, we disagree about why we’re here, we disagree about what we’re supposed to do, we disagree with what we’re supposed to do with our pots and our pans and our genitals and our wallets — we just disagree on all kinds of things.”

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Driscoll went on to say that one of the biggest threats to Christians is the assumption that compromising on what they believe will help them or serve a positive purpose for the non-believers they interact with. Doing this, he said, simply doesn’t work for anyone

With the changing cultural dynamics, Driscoll warned that Christians need to start getting better at understanding suffering and dealing with pushback, as they’re poised to receive more of it.

“In the West we’re not really familiar with suffering [and] Christendom and Christians have tended to be in a position of power, a respected position, and so all the issues surrounding suffering and criticism and such — we’re not very good at that,” he said. “And it’s something we’d better get better at pretty quickly because it’s just going to get harder to stay true to what we believe.”

Driscoll said that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to be Bible-believing — and practicing — Christians and that there are “no social perks to being a Christian” in today’s society.

Issues Facing Churches

The decreasing role and reverence for churches is also noticeable, Driscoll said. While houses or worship were once much-respected, today he believes that this dynamic has profoundly changed.

“The churches, for the most part, held a very respected place in society — and if you’re going to be a good business leader, a good citizen, a moral person, well obviously you believe in God and you’re involved in some religious community,” he said. “So what that led to was really a lot of people who weren’t committed to their religious beliefs — they didn’t really live them out — but they would sort of wave the flag because of the social benefits that came with it.”

Driscoll believes the social benefits and connotations the church once offered are decreasing. Being ostracized or marginalized for being in the pews makes it somewhat less appealing to participate in church. While he doesn’t necessarily believe that there are fewer Christians, he said “the teams have gotten very clear.”

“Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

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Fewer of those who went or go to church mainly to bask in these benefits are now doing so and for obvious reasons; the purported benefits are diminishing.

With the changing dynamics, Christians have to find a balance, Driscoll argued. What battles will they choose to fight? Which will they choose to ignore? Of these concerns, Driscoll said, ”You can’t fight over everything, and you’re not very courageous if you won’t fight for anything.”

The pastor said it’s important to decide what’s worth fighting for and then to be prepared to deal with the consequences of speaking out.

Driscoll expounds upon these themes in “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?

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Apostles Are Miraculously Freed From Prison

Acts 5:17-29

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. 21 And when they heardthat, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught.

But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, 23 saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. 24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. 25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,28 saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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What’s the future for Egypt, Syria minorities? – Historian Arnold Toynbee via American Minute

by Bill FedererHistorian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died OCTOBER 2, 1975.

Providing foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, Toynbee was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences.Educated at Oxford “almost entirely in the Greek and Latin Classics,” Toynbee taught at King’s College of London, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.


Toynbee authored many history books, including Greek Policy Since 1882(1914), and The Murderous Tyranny Of The Turks(London, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917), in which he wrote:

“Turks…from Central Asia, ruled during the first two centuries of their conquests by…unscrupulous Sultans, who subjugated the Christian populations of Asia Minor and South-Eastern Europe, compelling part of these populations to embrace Mohammedanism, 

and supporting their own power by seizing the children of the rest, forcibly converting them to Islam, and making out of them an efficient standing army, the Janizaries, by whose valour and discipline the Turkish wars of conquest were carried on from early in the 15th down into the 19th century.”


Toynbee explained:

“The Greeks were leaders of civilization in the Ancient World and in the Middle Ages, till the Greek Empire of Constantinople was conquered by the Turks in 1453…

The Armenians were the first people to make Christianity their national religion…They produced a fine literature and architecture, which Turkish conquest destroyed…

Turks have repressed all symptoms of Armenian revival by massacres…”


Tracing history, Toynbee continued:

“There are three stages in the history of Ottoman tyranny…

Osman, its founder, from whom the Osmanli Turks take their name, was the hereditary chief of a wandering band of Turkish freebooters from Central Asia…carve(d) out a principality for himself at the expense of the neighboring Christians…” 


This Ottoman dominion, which started thus in the 13th century with a few square miles of territory in North-Western Asia Minor, expanded during the next 300 years till it stretched from within a few miles of Vienna to Mecca and Baghdad. 

It destroyed the Ancient Empire of Constantinople, which had preserved Greek learning during the Middle Ages; the free Christian kingdoms of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Wallachia, Moldavia and Hungary…

Such a career of destructive conquest was a disaster to civilization, and it was only made possible by a ruthless militarism…”

Toynbee described:

“The Ottoman method of conscription was to take a tribute of children from the conquered Christians so many children from each family every so many years bring them up in barracks as fanatical Moslems and train them as professional recruits.

These ‘Janissaries,’ militarized from their youth up and divorced from every human relation except loyalty to their war-lord, were the most formidable soldiers in Europe, and each new Christian land they conquered was a new field of recruitment for their corps. 

The Ottoman Empire literally drained its victims’ blood, and its history as a Vampire-State is unparalleled in the history of the world.”


Toynbee wrote further:

“This was the first stage in Ottoman history; the second…was internal and external decay. 

The Empire was cut short by Austria, Russia and other foreign powers; the subject peoples began to win back their freedom by breaking away from under the Turkish yoke…

The Turkish…tradition of violence and cunning…tried to stave off the consequences of its own rottenness by making the subject peoples even weaker and more wretched than itself...”

Toynbee continued:

“This was the policy of Abd-ul-Hamid, who reigned from 1876 to 1908, and his method was to set one race against another. 

Kurds were encouraged to massacre the Armenians; the Turkish soldiers were ordered to join in the massacre when the Armenians put up a resistance…

Turkish troops came up and burned the village for treason against the Ottoman State. “

Toynbee described the brief euphoria when dictator Abd-ul-Hamid was deposed and they were promised democracy.

But high hopes were dashed when this Turkish ‘Spring’ was co-opted by fundamentalist Muslims who began a genocide, as Toynbee described:


“In the FIRST STAGE the subject peoples paid their tribute of children…

In the SECOND STAGE they were hounded on to destroy each other by the Machiavellian policy of Abd-ul-Hamid.


The THIRD STAGE has been introduced by the Young Turks…a government employing its resources in the murder of its own people…

When the Young Turks came into power in 1908 they announced a program of ‘Ottomanisation.’ 

Every language in the Empire but Turkish was to be driven off…Non-Turkish majority was to be assimilated to the Turkish minority by coercion…

The Turks drive forth Greeks and Bulgars destitute from their homes and possessions. The Magyars mobilize troops to terrorize Slovaks and Romanians at the elections; the Turks draft the criminals from their prisons into the Gendarmeri to exterminate the Armenian race… 

The Young Turks have pursued their nationalistic program by butchery.

The Adana massacres of1909…occurred within a year of the proclamation of the Young Turk Constitution, which assured equal rights of citizenship to all inhabitants of the Empire.  

In 1913 the Turkish Army was engaged in exterminating the Albanians because they had an un-Ottoman national spirit of their own.

This work was interrupted by the Balkan War, but the Turks revenged themselves for their defeat…by exterminating all Greeks and Slavs left in the territory they still retained…

Only a third of the two million Armenians in Turkey have survived, and that at the price of apostatizing to Islam or else of leaving all they had and fleeing across the frontier. 

The refugees saw their women and children die by the roadside, and apostasy too, for a woman, involved the living death of marriage to a Turk and inclusion in his harem. 


The other two-thirds…were marched away from their homes…with no food or clothing for the journey, in fierce heat and bitter cold, hundreds of miles over rough mountain roads. 

They were plundered and tormented by their guards, and by subsidized bands of brigands, who descended on them in the wilderness, and with whom their guards fraternized. 


Parched with thirst, they were kept away from the water with bayonets.

They died of hunger and exposure and exhaustion, and in lonely places the guards and robbers fell upon them and murdered them in batches some at the first halting place after the start, others after they had endured weeks of this agonizing journey.


About half the deportees and there was at least 1,200,000…perished thus on their journey, 

and the other half have been dying lingering deaths ever since at their journey’s end; for they have been deported to the most inhospitable regions in the Ottoman Empire:
-the malarial marshes in the Province of Konia;
-the banks of the Euphrates where, between Syria and Mesopotamia, it runs through a stony desert;
-the sultry and utterly desolate track of the Hedjaz Railway… 

The same campaign of extermination has been waged against the Nestorian Christians on the Persian frontier…

In Syria there is a reign of terror…”

 

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Toynbee added:
 
“The ‘Deportation Scheme’ was drawn up by the central government…

No State could be more completely responsible for any act within its borders than the Ottoman State is responsible for the appalling crimes it has committed against its subject peoples…”

Toynbee wrote:

“Turkish rule…is now, oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes, the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stock…Armenia and Cilicia, and Syria, where within the last two years it has been destroying its Christian subjects…

The Young Turkish gang who gained power when they had deposed Abd-ul-Hamid, have surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter of the unoffending Armenians. 


The ‘Committee of Union and Progress’ began by promising equal rights to all races and faiths…

It proceeded…to expel the Greek-speaking inhabitants of Western Asia Minor, and to exterminate the Armenians…


The Muslim peasant of Asia Minor is an honest, kindly fellow when not roused by fanaticism…

President Wilson…called upon…Allied Nations…that they…make good their words:

‘The liberation of the peoples who now lie beneath the murderous tyranny of the Turks…’”


Toynbee continued:

“Turkish tyranny…putting the clock in South-Eastern Europe a century back…to reconquer for Militarism the field which the 19th century won here for Democracy…destroying without interference a multitude of smaller and weaker peoples from Alsace to Romania and from Schleswig to Baghdad…”


Arnold Toynbee was a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).


His 12-volume Study Of History (1934-1961), described the rise, flowering, and decline of 26 cultures from Egypt, Greece and Rome to Polynesia and Peru.

After World War II, Toynbee wroteHistorians Approach To Religion (1956), and Change And Habit: The Challenge Of Our Time (1966), in which he predicted that China would become the major global power if the United States and the Soviet Union could not maintain world order.

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder,” argued Toynbee, who saw religion as a prime motivation in history.


Toynbee continued:

“When I started, religion was not a prominent feature…

In writing my study, I have been constantly surprised to find religion coming back to fill an even greater place.”


Toynbee concluded:

“So what does the universe look like?..

It looks as if everything were on the move either toward its Creator or away from Him…

The course of human history consists of a series of encounters… in which each man or woman or child…is challenged by God to make the free choice between doing God’s will and refusing to do it. 

When Man refuses, he is free to make his refusal and to take the consequences.”

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Prayer Works, an Update on my son Todd

First and foremost, thank you Lord for the healing, and thank you all for the prayers. We had a wonderful service at church last night and our Pastor prayed over my husband and I as stand in’s for Todd, as well as giving us a prayer cloth. I know that all your wonderful prayers have had an impact, and last night Todd’s kidneys started working and all the tests have come back with good results. He is still slightly dehydrated but other than that he is doing good. Never for a moment think that prayer does not work. God bless you all and remember that God has instructed us to pray for one another and if anyone ever needs prayer, do not hesitate to ask. No one can really help those who aren’t willing to ask, even the most willing!


Killing of Christians

While our government and the main stream media would rather look the other way and even go so far as to deny that the killing and persecution of Christians is happening, the truth is still getting out. It is amazing to me that in this country that was established on the law of Moses, we have a leader who claims to be a Christian who supports a religion whose tenets promote the killing of those same Christians. But then again that should not surprise me really. While our President makes the claim to Christianity, there has been little evidence to support his claim. And yes, I am judging his actions, as follower of Christ it is our responsibility to point out when leaders who claim the mantle of Christianity, lead their followers down the path of unrighteousness. And that is exactly what Mr. Obama is doing. While Mr. Obama could not be in place without God’s approval, that does not mean that he himself is favored by God. God uses ungodly men as well as godly, you only have to look at your Bible to find many instances of this. Look at Nebuchadnezzar  for one.

The culling of the Christians in the Middle East is a forerunner to the destruction of the Jews and the attempted destruction of Israel. It is naive to think that if the killing of the Christians is successful in the Middle East it will stop there. Logic alone will tell us that the efforts will be increased in Europe. The violence is spreading rapidly there as well and Islamic organizations already have established strongholds in South and Central America, as well as in Canada, where it is becoming more and more illegal to even speak against them. And for those who would rather hide their heads in the sand and say that it could never happen here in the United States, let me ask you a question, Why is our Attorney General so quick to sue cities, states, school districts and etc. to make allowances for the practice of Islam, including prayer rooms in schools, and at the same time refusing to allow the same rights to Christians?  Why are Christian principles being disallowed in the military and our service men and women being told that if they state their beliefs, they can be tried for treason? These are just a few instances of change in this country since this administration has been in power. Is it really too extreme to see a time in the near future where Christians suffer the same level of persecution that they are suffering in the Middle East?

We know that for prophecy to be fulfilled, this time must  come and if we are true followers of Christ, we must be sure that we are doing as we are instructed. As Jesus himself told us, as wise man watches the sky to see the signs. So please my friends, do not take your eyes off of heaven. Be prepared, and follow instructions. They are all there written in the Book! Please do not hide your eyes and deny the reality of what is happening in the world.

The pictures below and the article that they are from are just a small example of what is happening, please take time to read the story and ask why it is not being covered. Also ask why our President is so insistent that the very people causing this destruction, be released from prison.

Obama, EU and Arab funded Muslim Brotherhood commit genocide of Christians in Egypt under fabricated ‘Coptic plot’ propaganda |.


Why Does Satan Hate the Black Man?

Do you think that I am crazy asking this question? Consider the situation throughout history of people of African descent. No other race has endured the genocide, slavery and degradation more that blacks, except for those of Jewish descent! Is it simply coincidence?

In Africa itself the black race has been subjected to more violence than any other people in the other continents. They have suffered drought, infestations, starvation, almost constant war, enslavement by all the other races and now being converted whether they wish or not into the radical Islamic religion. Their historic cities destroyed by war or deliberately by those who want their destruction.

In all other countries of the world they are often thought of as less than human or considered second class citizens. Even here in the United States they have suffered both slavery and denigration.

But what is currently happening to the black people here in the United States is a genocide that they themselves appear to be ignorant of in most cases, and even willing partners to in others. They have allowed themselves to be suppressed by those who really want to have power over them and yet really care nothing for them.

Look at who is being aborted, jailed, unemployed, and killed in this country. Most of it is people of African descent. Those in power do not want them to really prosper, they would much rather see them continually dependent on them and yet are rarely called out by the people that they are supposed to be representing.

While many would like to blame it on those who are conservative, if you look at it objectively, you find that most of the policies that are put in place to control people happen when liberals are in power. It is amazing how even many churches are blind to the real enemy of the black man!

Can anyone of faith fail to recognize the face of evil when they see it? It is usually the one with the most beautiful face with the hand out saying let me do that for you. Then once you accept, you are tied to them and they frequently remind you of how much you owe them. The prince of lies has had eons to perfect his ploy and is extremely good at it.

But why the special emphasis on those of African descent? Am I wrong is thinking that there is a pattern here? This is not the will of God, He loves all and sacrificed His Son for all those who choose Him. If it is not the will of God, that just leaves Satan. We have the story of Job as an example, and yet Job knew that he did do anything wrong.

At the same time, it would be hard to accept that people of African descent did something so horrific that they would deserve what they have. In point of fact it is impossible, Jesus did not say that any race would be ineligible. Therefore that just leaves Satan. And I say again, why is Satan so bent on the subjection and eradication of the black man? Because that is the direction that they are headed in many parts of the world. Even here in the United States, the black on black violence is increasing every day. The failure of the schools is leading to increasing ignorance in the communities of all people. Drug use is tearing families apart and yet it is being encouraged by many of those in power. Far from our current leaders trying to help those who are unemployed find jobs, they are instead regulating the jobs out of existence and bringing in even more low skilled and unskilled to take jobs away from those most vulnerable. They are pushing for the abortion of babies at any stage of development, making healthcare substandard and less available that it was previously. They are perverting our faith and abusing our beliefs. They are even encouraging us to kill the lesser and needy in order to profit those they consider better.

Why does Satan hate the Black man?

Jesus Christ – The ONLY TRUE Friend of the Black Man!

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A 13th century book illustration produced in Baghdad by al-Wasiti showing a slave-market in the town of Zabid in Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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If I Perish via Days of Praise

“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

This is the courageous testimony of Queen Esther as she prepared to risk her own life in order to save the lives of her people. It was a capital crime for anyone to intrude into the king’s throne room unbidden, but she was willing to do so in order to do the will of God, knowing that “we ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

In the same spirit, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were willing to enter the fiery furnace rather than to worship the humanistic gods of Babylon, testifying to Nebuchadnezzar that “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king. . . . that we will not serve thy gods” (Daniel 3:17-18).

God did deliver Esther and the three Jewish youths, but there have been many through the ages who have died for their faith rather than deny their faith. All the apostles (save John) died as martyrs, for example, and so have countless others throughout the centuries. “They loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11), if it meant denying their Savior.

Believers in many nations are suffering such persecutions even today, and the time is coming when the last great God-rejecting king of the earth (called the “beast” in Scripture) will “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). If a similar choice should ever confront us, may God give us the grace to say with Paul that “Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Philippians 1:20), and with Esther: “If I perish, I perish.” HMM

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) (1863 painting by Simeon Solomon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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John McTernan’s Insights

Assad: Arab world prepared to join fight against Israel

by JohnMcTernan

                       Verse of the Day

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Commentary

Netanyahu and Putin meeting over Russian missiles to SyriaNetanyahu and Putin meeting over Russian missiles to Syria

The tension is still building for the expansion of the Syrian war into war with Israel. During the meeting between Netanyahu and Putin, it is reported that Netanyahu warned that Israel would attack the missiles in Syria. What is Russia going to do? Can Russia back down?

This reminds me of the recent escalation of war rhetoric by North Korea and then it subsided. It is possible that Russia will not let this missile system become fully operational right now. Syria at this point seems to be winning or at least holding its own. It would be foolish for Russia to go ahead with the missile transfer at this time.

Something is going to trigger the war described in Psalm 83 and many other verses including Isaiah 17. There is no doubt that Syria and Damascus are going to be obliterated in war with Israel.

The Iranian nuclear program is still going at full speed ahead, so this could trigger the war.

It is a real blessing to monitor these events day-by-day as they unfold in light of Bible prophecy.

May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Israel and the Middle East War

Air Force Expert: US-Russia Confrontation Likely If Russia Delivers Missiles to Syria 05/31/13 This civil war in Syria really does have the potential to escalate into a world war.

“If you remember the 1973 war, we started to resupply Israel. The Russians put all of their forces on alert. They were going to intervene in the Middle East, we were going to intervene in the Middle East, and this was going to spiral out of control,” Francona said.”And this has the capability of leading to that confrontation because the Russians are backing the Syrians and if we declare a no-fly zone, they may feel that they have to intervene on behalf of the Syrians. We’re approaching a very critical time in this right now.”

Assad: Arab world prepared to join fight against Israel 05/30/13 If Syria did attack Israel, it definitely would put the Arab world in a bind. Eventually all the Arab nations will join this all-out attack on Israel. The Bible is very clear they do not survive, but Israel survives.

“Syrian President Bashar Assad told Al-Manar TV on Thursday that “there is pressure by the people to open a new front on the Golan.”“Even among the Arab world there is a clear readiness to join the fight against Israel,” he added in his interview with the Hezbollah TV station.

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told The Jerusalem Post from Washington on Thursday night, “Assad would be off his rocker if he were to start a war with Israel right now and he knows it.”He also said that Hezbollah has a lot to lose if it goes to war with Israel now, because it is stretched thin as they have 3,000-4,000 fighters in Syria. Schanzer concluded, “If Israel is able to confirm that they have the S-300 on the ground, I can’t see them remaining there for more than 24 hours.”

Assad Warns Israel, Claiming a Stockpile of Russian Weapons 05/30/13

“A senior Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic constraints, said on Thursday that the S-300 missile system does not just “come in a box” and that different elements would probably be delivered in stages. It is possible, he said, that some parts have arrived in Syria, but there is no indication at this stage that the system is anywhere near operational.”

Israel says will act to prevent S-300 missile systems from becoming operational 05/29/13 It appears that Netanyahu warned Putin that Israel was going to attack if Russia placed the missiles in Syria. Will Russia back down?

“Two diplomats who were in the room during the briefing last Thursday, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was a closed event, said that Amidror stressed Israel will act “to prevent the S-300 missiles from becoming operational” on Syrian soil. This message was also conveyed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon when he said on Tuesday that if the missiles reach Syria “Israel will know what to do.”

Syria promises ‘immediate retaliation’ if Israel strikes again 05/29/13 If Syria does attack Israel, Assad’s army will be destroyed in two days. Will all the Arabs come to Syria’s aid against Israel? I believe they will, and this will trigger the all-out Israeli – Arab war that Psalm 83 describes.

“Syria‘s foreign minister warned on Wednesday that Syria “will retaliate immediately” if Israel strikes Syrian soil again. Earlier this month, Israeli warplanes allegedly struck near the Syrian capital, Damascus, targeting purported Iranian missiles intended for Bashar Assad’s ally Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia.”

Historian: Obama helping resurrect Ottoman Empire? 05/30/13 It is beyond obvious that Obama is helping to restore an Islamic Caliphate with the goal of destroying Israel. The God of Israel is using Obama to fulfill His word of the destruction of the Arab nations just prior to the Day of the Lord.

‘No One Can Rely on the U.S. Right Now’ 05/30/13 This is very true and this weakness is opening the Middle East to the Russians and Iran full speed towards war with Israel.

Showdown in Syria 05/30/13 What is Obama going to do if it appears that Israel and Russia are facing off towards war?

Hard Left Watch

California lawmakers OK a dozen gun-control measures 05/31/13 A part of this article is about the Boy Scouts and the homosexual agenda.

This is part the start of persecution in America. Once again, this is what happened in Germany. They are taking religious rights away and starting to demonize all who do not go along with the homosexual agenda. The Hard Left are very dangerous people destroying everything they touch. They rather destroy the Boy Scouts if homosexuals cannot function in it. It will not be long until the Boy Scouts will have a massive number of young boys molested just like what happened to the Catholic Church. There is a burning lust in the homosexual pedophiles that cannot be controlled. They cannot build a society but come along to destroy it.

“Senators on Wednesday voted to strip tax-exempt status from nonprofit groups, including the Boy Scouts of America, that deny participation based on sexual orientation or religion.Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he was glad the Boy Scouts’ national council recently decided to allow openly gay minors to serve as scouts. But he said it was unacceptable that the organization did not also lift its ban on gays serving as adult leaders”

We’ve given the Boy Scouts ample time to solve their discrimination problem, and they have chosen a path that still leads to discrimination,” Lara told his colleagues.”

God has given California ample time to repent of making sin a law and the church refused to repent and lead the state into repentance.

Some Churches Say They’ll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts 05/29/13 The Boy Scouts died. Many people will leave and the homosexuals will flock to the young boys just as they did in the Catholic Church. Look what one homosexual did to Penn State!

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People who oppose gay marriage are like Christians who used the Bible to support apartheid and slavery, says senior bishop 05/30/13

“Opponents of gay marriage have been likened to Christians who used the Bible to support slavery, by a senior Anglican bishop.The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, suggested it was time to ‘rethink’ attitudes towards allowing same-sex couples to marry, as Christians did with slavery and apartheid.He argued that attitudes towards homosexuality have changed ‘considerably’ over the last fifty years and that the development of gay marriage would be a ‘very strong endorsement of the institution of marriage’.”

Calif. Priest Says Gay Couples ‘Enrich’ Institution of Marriage 05/30/13 These people are a destructive force and the more they destroy, they happier they are.
UK Cops Explain Why they Handcuffed 85-Year-Old British Woman for Offending Muslims 05/30/13 This is how the Left protects Islam in Great Britain, and the way they would like to protect them in America. The Left’s love of Islam is never ending.

Gina Rinehart Calls For Sterilization of The Poor 05/28/13 This type of thinking was one the tenets of Nazism. This thinking is prevalent among the elite and will execute it if they get the chance. They are heartless and ruthless. They just look at people as a commodity rather than being created in the image and likeness of God.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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The First Ressurection

What an interesting time that we live in! Not a good time as we see more and more persecution of the followers of Christ across the world. And yet a time that must occur in order to fulfill the prophecies laid out in the Bible. And yet with the horror of seeing those who are killed, we must as well remember the promise. Always looking to God and not to man, to the future and not to relive and renew the past. What has gone before is not what He has plans for in the future and it is the future that we desire to be a part of.

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 20

Good News Translation (GNT)

Then I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given the power to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been executed because they had proclaimed the truth that Jesus revealed and the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image, nor had they received the mark of the beast on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and ruled as kings with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the first raising of the dead. Happy and greatly blessed are those who are included in this first raising of the dead. The second death has no power over them; they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they will rule with him for a thousand years.

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Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy

Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy.

“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.

Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era.

He cites Dr. James Dobson—the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family—as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”

Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.”

Floyd Lee Corkins—the first person ever convicted of domestic terrorism in federal court under the laws of Washington, D.C.—told the FBI that he chose his intended shooting spree targets from the SPLC website’s map. Corkins was arrested at the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC) after shooting a security guard in August 2012. His court documents state that Corkins intended to kill as many people as possible.

Weinstein also supports Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC’s “hate group” list are incompatible with “Army values” and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.

According to Weinstein, “We should as a nation effusively applaud Lt. Col. Rich.” He adds that the nation should “venture further” than Rich’s recommendations, saying, “We MUST vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”

Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics. The military—America’s most heroic and noble institution—includes countless people of faith, and this represents a radical departure from the U.S. military’s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks.

Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such as this Washington Post columnthat somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagon’s meeting with him. Sally Quinn’s Post column also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, “Sexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, ‘are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”

Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by the Post as adding, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.” Read the rest at: Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy.


Satan’s Final War Plan Exposed by David Wilkerson


Lawless

English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mos...

English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are living in perilous times where it is becoming apparent that those who are currently in power seem to have an almost visceral hatred of people who believe in God and follow Christ.  We see that hatred coming to the surface in so many different ways, from a disregard to the founders intentions to establish a country where freedom to practice our religion was the force and pursuit of the founding, to actually promoting the idea that government should have the right to decide who is appropriate to minister to people of faith.

We are beginning to see laws being made to trap believers into disobeying those very laws in order to both persecute them for breaking the law, and to hold them up as examples of lawbreakers. We are in a place where the laws of the country themselves are against sound doctrine. Where murder is justified, fornication is encouraged, and sodomy is promoted and if you are against any of these, you are labeled as the one who is wrong. Our leaders lie with straight faces and perjure themselves without regard to the law or the cost to the people.

If one takes time to keep up with some of the news, we find that killing of babies is okay, hurting the feelings of a homosexual is not. Using drones to kill children in foreign lands is acceptable, catching rainwater is a crime. Our schools promote all kinds of perversion and start as early as their beginning school, and yet we as parents and grandparents are told that our morals are the ones that are bad, because God is the one who leads children astray in their minds.

We are living in the same kind of time as Lot, where perversion is becoming the standard practice and children are only worth what the government can get out of them. We are selling ourselves and our children back into slavehood with the masters those who are the worst of the lawless. We have naively trusted those in power believing that they shared our values and wanted what was best for them. To our horror we have discovered that we have opened the door wide and let evil enter in.

Romans 1

King James Version (KJV)

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Our only hope lies in the Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed in order that we do not have to forever be part of this evil but instead with our acceptance of Him have the promise of a different future. Our hope lies in the return of Jesus and the judgment of the wicked and evil.

Ephesians 5:15-17

King James Version (KJV)

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 6:10-12

King James Version (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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Update on Posting

Until I can get I can get another site set up I will be posting at The Christian Gazette and A Needed Word along with posts at Grumpy’s Opinions. I hope all my loyal followers will read these, as I intend to keep my other sites up regardless of what happens with Loopyloo’s. If you haven’t checked out the other sites, please do and God bless you all! The Christian Gazette and A Needed Word are both wordpress blogs so you can just click follow and read them along with your other follows. Updates from Pastor Kerry Mauldin will be at the Christian Gazette, and is currently in India and I have a new post up for him today! Joy Among the Gypsies is his newest letter. A Needed word is simply a short daily (mostly daily) needed word. Grumpy’s Opinions is a daily news magazine and opinion digest that has many wonderful authors and is well worth your time if you have never read it. Please do check it out.


Saudi Officials Reportedly Arrest 53 Christians for Holding Prayer Meeting in a Private Home | TheBlaze.com

 

Saudi Officials Reportedly Arrest 53 Christians for Holding Prayer Meeting in a Private Home | TheBlaze.com.

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Stories about persecution seem to be dominating international headlines of late. On Tuesday, we told you about four Christian missionaries who were arrested in Benghazi, Libya, on charges that they were proselytizing. And now, Asia News reports that Saudi Arabian officials recently detained 53 Ethiopian Christians after they were caught holding a prayer meeting in a private home.

Among the 46 women and six men taken into custody were three faith leaders who are being accused of attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity — something that is forbidden in a country that only allows for religious practice and expression associated with the Islamic faith. The incident purportedly unfolded on Feb. 8 in Dammam, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Read the rest: Saudi Officials Reportedly Arrest 53 Christians for Holding Prayer Meeting in a Private Home | TheBlaze.com.


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