..;..Franklin Graham: No President in My Lifetime Has Defended the Christian Faith Like Trump    -CNS News
In reference to remarks made by President Donald Trump at the lighting of the national Christmas tree, Rev. Franklin Graham said no president in his lifetime had taken such a "strong, outspoken stand for the Christian faith" than President Trump and that he needs our prayers.  In a Dec. 1 post on Facebook, the day the tree was lit, Rev. Graham said, "Never in my lifetime have we had a president willing to take a strong, outspoken stand for the Christian faith like President Donald J. Trump has." "Whether you are Protestant, evangelical, Orthodox, Catholic -- all Christians need to get behind him with our prayers," said Graham. At the lighting event on Dec. 1, President Trump, in part said, “For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of ..."
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Weekend, December 9th-10th, 2017
..;..The Strategic Timing Of Trumps Move To Recognize Jerusalem    -Dovid Efune
US President Donald Trump has faced a virtual torrent of criticism since recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday. He should pay the critics no heed. The move is not only morally the right thing to do, it's also a political masterstroke. Let me explain. 
.;..Are Earthlings Alone? Half of Humans Believe In Alien Life     -Yahoo News
Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened. On the eve of the release of "The Last Jedi", researchers published findings that 47 percent of more than 26,000 respondents believe "in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe". An even greater 61 percent said "yes" when asked if they believe in "some form of life on other planets". Roughly a quarter said they do not believe intelligent life exists beyond Earth, researchers at Glocalities said. Among those who believe we are not alone in the universe, 60 percent said we should try to seek contact with alien civilizations, it found. It was not the first survey to collect views on extraterrestrial beings -- questionnaires in Germany and....
..;..Palestinians Hold Violent 'Day of Rage' Protests Across West Bank, Gaza Over Trump's Jerusalem Proclamation    -Times of Israel
An estimated 5,000 Palestinian protesters held demonstrations and clashed with Israeli security forces at some 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday after midday prayers, in a show of anger over US President Donald Trump’s declared recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Israeli army said it was braced for more protests on Saturday, and it stepped up the deployment of troops at West Bank settlements to try to thwart any attempted terror attacks. It said the 5,000 demonstrators on Friday marked a lower number than anticipated, but expected protests to continue for several more days, Hadashot news reported on Friday night. Palestinian officials said two demonstrators were killed.....
.;..Americans Say Government is America’s Biggest Problem, Gallup Poll Finds     -Intellectual Takeout
For generations, Gallup has been asking Americans what they see as the nation’s primary problems. Answers change from year to year, but in its most recent poll Gallup received a startling answer. The biggest problem wasn't health care or race relations, though Americans have concerns with these issues. It wasn't the economy, which scored very well in the poll.  “It’s the government,” said Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones.
..;.Less Than Half of US Evangelicals 'Strongly Agree' With Core Evangelical Beliefs: LifeWay    -Christian Post
A new survey has found that less than half of Americans who identify as evangelicals actually "strongly agree" with the core evangelical beliefs, while almost one-third of Americans who hold evangelical beliefs don't identify as "evangelical."
.;..Putin Vows to Rebuild Christian Syria, Restoring Churches and Bringing Refugees Home  -Newsweek
Russia will help rebuild Christian churches in Syria and establish peace in historically Christian regions of the war-torn country, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Monday during a meeting with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church.
..;.The Biblical Significance of Jerusalem to Jews and Christians   -Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
As all eyes are focused on Jerusalem once again because of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
.;..Universities Strive for ‘Christmas’-Free Campuses    -Infowars
As another Christmas quickly approaches, colleges across the country are issuing their annual guidelines on how to make the season as inclusive as possible.  At the University of California, Irvine, for instance, individual departments are encouraged to “focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday,” suggesting that they have a “year-end celebration” or celebrate “seasonal themes such as fall, winter, or spring.”
..;.Avoiding the Christmas Spending Trap    -Chuck Bentley
The commercialization of Christmas feels like a big financial trap! My husband and I want to show love to our kids and family but the pressure to spend and borrow just to put a bunch of packages under the tree seems ridiculous.
.;..European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation's Civil Law    -CBN News
Can Islamic religious sharia law override a country's domestic law in Europe? That's a question the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is weighing. The Court heard a case this week that involves applying sharia law to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.
..;.Algeria Closing Protestant Church In Crackdown    -BosNewsLife
Several Protestant Christians in northwestern Algeria were without a place to worship Sunday, December 3, after authorities closed their church as part of a crackdown on evangelism, BosNewsLife learned. Security forces sealed off the building of the Protestant Church of Algeria congregation (EPA) in the northwestern town of Aïn Turk, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) outside Oran city, Christians said.
.;..Turkey Confiscating Christian Property, Prohibiting Christians From Worshiping    -aina.org
The government of Turkey is now confiscating Christian property and prohibiting Christians worshipping in their churches, which have also been confiscated. This is happening in certain areas of Turkey, but soon it will be widespread. 
..;.FBI Investigates Planned Parenthood Over Aborted Baby Body Parts Scandal    -Christian Post
The FBI is opening an investigation into the nation's largest abortion provider and its harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts to companies and universities interested in purchasing the organs for research.
.;..Pakistan Christians Flee Homes After Blasphemy Accusations    -BosNewsLife
Five Christian families have been forced to leave their village in Pakistan's Punjab province after a Christian teenager was accused of “blasphemy” against Islam on social media, Christians told BosNewsLife.  Sonu Arshad, an 18-year-old from the village of Sukheki, was accused on a Facebook website page designed to resemble a news channel, Christians said. The page displayed a picture of Arshad and urged local Muslims to “burn his church and give him the death penalty.”  On November 10, after news of the “blasphemy” accusation spread, an angry Muslim mob reportedly gathered....
..;.Geologists See 2018 As Year Of Monster Quakes    -Prophecy News Watch
Geophysicists who studied seismic activity over the past 117 years report 2018 could be shaping up as a year of monster earthquakes – especially around the equator.  Why?  The signal that causes the alarm from a historical pattern, they say, is the slowing of the Earth's rotation.
.;..Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise   -Breitbart
Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.  The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen). But after the evidence had been adjusted by tidal records gatekeepers at the global databank Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) it suddenly showed a sharp and dramatic rise. The whistle was blown by two Australian scientists....
..;..No Matter Who Takes the Cake, What Christians Should Do Next Is Clear     -Christianity Today
.....The fact is, after the Court rules, we are still going to have to find a way to live together, and many in our culture are going to have to find a path to address those who dissent from the current view of, for example, same-sex marriage. In other words, we are going to have to make accommodation for the dissenters— and Jack Phillips is one of the dissenters. The complexities of these cases are a flashing signal to Christians that we need to......
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Friday, December 8th, 2017
..;..Most Western Europeans No Longer Believe in Heaven and Hell, Survey Finds  -Christian Post
A global survey on the perception of people around the world has found that in a number of Western countries, relatively small portions of the population believe in Heaven and Hell, though more believe in God. "Some countries significantly overestimate belief in Heaven: Japan guessed that 42 percent of people believe in Heaven when the actual figure is just 19 percent. In South Africa, the pattern is the opposite; their average guess is that 67 percent believe in Heaven, but actual survey results show belief in Heaven is 84 percent," reported Ipsos' "Perils of Perception" survey, which was published on Wednesday.  "Guesses on how many people believe in Hell follow a similar pattern of big errors in both directions. 
..;.Five Things to Know About Trump's Move to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital  -Christian Post
.....The decision has sparked various reactions from major world leaders, with many concerned that it will hinder peace efforts in the Middle East, though a number of U.S. evangelicals have hailed Trump for keeping his campaign promise. Here are five important things to know about the controversy behind the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and the challenges ahead for moving the U.S. embassy.
.;..Hamas Calls for Palestinian Uprising Against Israel   -Reuters
The powerful Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called on Thursday for a new uprising against Israel after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
..;.Arabs, Europe, U.N. Reject Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital  -Yahoo News
Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
.;..Religion in the Crosshairs? Conservative Leaders Sound Alarm on Latest Attack   -CBN News
National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) President Jerry Johnson issued a sobering warning Thursday regarding what he and other conservative leaders view as the latest attack on religious speech. "Free speech is under assault in America – especially for those who espouse Christian and conservative viewpoints," Johnson told those gathered at a Washington event aimed at fighting internet censorshi
..;..A Month After Church Massacre, Faith and Healing In Sutherland Springs   -My San Antonio
.....Four weeks after the church massacre, time stretches and snaps for people in this town of 600 south of San Antonio, shifting from fast to slow to fast again. One moment, it’s as if their loved ones were just there with them. The next, there’s a gaping hole, a monumental loss.  “The days run together. It’s like being on an island where you lose track of days,” Pomeroy said Thursday at his church office.  It was the first night the church reopened its community meal and Bible study session, which was held every Thursday until the massacre. Faith in God permeates life in Sutherland Springs, a belief that has helped families cope with the tragedy as they envision their loved ones in a better place. And they cope by staying busy, visiting the wounded still recovering at the hospital and staying close to relatives to soothe the pain.
.;..Are You Addicted? Survey Finds 40 Percent Of Smartphone Use Is Compulsive   -Study Finds
Do you find yourself reaching for your smartphone and turning it on for no apparent reason? A new survey found that British consumers admit to doing this thousands of times per year — accounting for about 40 percent of the times they unlocked their phones. 
..;.Salvation Army Worker Shot Dead With Bible in Hand, Preaching the Gospel to His Killer in Ohio
A 21-year-old Salvation Army worker in Cleveland, Ohio, was shot dead in the head Saturday morning with his Bible in hand, while preaching the Gospel. Those who knew Jared Plesec say that he was devoted to his faith, and lived to teach others about God.
.;..Christians Donate Less to Their Religion Each Year Than Muslims and Jews, Study Finds
A new online survey has found that Jews and Muslims in the United States, on average, claim to spend twice as much money each year participating in and donating to their respective religions than Christians but are more likely to distance themselves from their religions because of it.
..;.Teach Your Children the Virtue of Waiting    -Scott James
In busy households, managing expectations for parents and children can be both a trial and a joy. But the season of Advent—the weeks encompassing the four Sundays leading up to Christmas—represents a wonderful opportunity to teach our children, and ourselves, about waiting, a vital but neglected virtue of the Christian life.
.;..On Being a Lifelong Learner    -Nicholas T. Batzig
Over the years, I have heard many professing Christians say that they don’t read very much. This has to be one of the most discouraging things that a pastor can hear a Christian admit....Why wouldn’t we want to know as much as possible about the living and true God–both from His word and from those he has appointed to teach us the riches of His word? Why wouldn’t we want to be a careful as we can in handling truth.
..;.Learning to Follow Wherever God Leads     -Sarah Walton 
At some point in life, many of us find ourselves on a path that we would have never chosen. Once on that path, we are always faced with a choice. We can frantically search for a way out, or embrace the path God has chosen for us. 
.;..What About Christians Who Live Like The World?     -Jack Wellman
Does the idea that some are “carnal Christians” mean that they are saved, especially if they live like the world?
Carnal Christians I have a friend who many years ago said he was saved while listening to a sermon on the radio, but what troubled me was that there was no difference in the way that he lived. When I came over to visit him and invite him to church, he wasn’t interested at all. In fact, he was....
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