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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JANUARY 1st-10th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Joseph Klein: Terrorist Attack Kills Four IDF Soldiers As Palestinians Celebrate 
 A Palestinian terrorist rammed a flatbed truck into a group of Israeli soldiers who had just disembarked from a bus adjacent to a popular promenade in southern Jerusalem on Sunday. They were on a sightseeing tour at the time. The massacre, a copy of the vehicular terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin last year, resulted in the deaths of four Israelis, including three women, and the wounding of at least fifteen others. The terrorist driver was shot dead before he could inflict even more mayhem. Even so, his attack was one of the deadliest in Israel over the last year. The terrorist, identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, was believed to have lived in an Arab area of east Jerusalem. He had previously served time in an Israeli jail, but nevertheless reportedly managed to buy the truck he used as a killing machine, which even carried Israeli license plates. ..
Trump to Focus on Supreme Court Nominee, Other Judicial Vacancies After Inauguration
President-elect Donald Trump may use his list of 21 judges for potential Supreme Court nominee picks as a guide for appellate judges as well, according to Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer.....
Christian Today: 'God Moving in a Powerful Way' in China As Even Government-Controlled Churches See Unprecedented Growth
A Christian revival is shaking up China, causing dramatic, unprecedented changes. CBN News made the startling revelation after it sent a team to Asia's communist giant. The team collected never-before-seen images from inside the country's communist-controlled churches and heard local evangelists who all spoke the same good tidings: the rise of Christianity in China.   In Fujian Province, southeast China, the Christian news team found a large gathering of men and women... ..
Michael Brown: The Sickening Nature of Anti-Israel Hatred
When is a cold-blooded murderer hailed as an international hero? When he’s a radical Islamic terrorist who slaughters Jews.  It is gut-wrenching to watch the video footage of a truck ramming into a crowd of Israelis in East Jerusalem, killing four of them and injuring at least 15 more. Three of the victims were female......
Police In Israel Actively Preparing for Messiah's Arrival
No one knows the day or the hour, but the Israeli police seem to believe the Messiah is coming soon. The Israeli commissioner of police, Roni Alsheikh, stated at a recent Jewish celebration that his department is preparing for the arrival of the Messiah. “When the Messiah comes, everyone will want to [approach] him so it will get very crowded,” Alsheikh was quoted as saying in Breaking Israel News. “That will be a time when we will have to be very strong in respecting our fellow.”..
Hamas Calls Jerusalem Truck Attack 'Heroic,' Calls Other Palestinians to Follow Suit
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is calling the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem that killed four Israelis over the weekend "heroic." Jerusalem, meanwhile, is on heightened security following what police are calling the worst terror attack in the city in more than a year. ...
Five Potential Major Developments In US-Israel Relations In 2017
The new year and new administration bring intrigue and unanswered questions on a number of major storylines that could shape the complexion of American-Israeli ties both this year and for years to come. JNS.org presents five potential major developments to watch for this year.....
Chinese Pastor Tortured Into Confessing to Spying Charges, Sentenced to 2.5 Years Prison
A prominent house church pastor in southwest China's Guizhou province has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being tortured into "confessing" charges related to "divulging state secrets."....
Some Upset After Indiana Pizza Delivery Man Gives Customers Gospel Tracts 
Dozens have expressed outrage after an Indiana employee of Domino’s Pizza reportedly gave customers gospel tracts along with their pizza orders.....
Bethany Blankley: God’s Favor2017 & Beyond
While many factors brought about Trump's victory, they offer only a glimpse of a much larger phenomenon that will be publicly emphasized during the January 20, 2017, Inaugural ceremonies — and the January 21, 2017 National Prayer Service. They represent, in part, the culmination of the single most important factor that impacted every recent crisis in America: prayer.....
SBC Voices: Things To Watch In the Southern Baptist Convention in 2017 ..
It’s A Retail Apocalypse: Sears, Macy’s And The Limited Are All Closing Stores
It has only been two weeks since Christmas, and already we are witnessing a stunning bloodbath of store closings.  Macy’s shocked the retail industry by announcing that they will be closing about 100 stores.  The downward spiral of Sears hit another landmark when it was announced that another 150 Sears and Kmart stores would be shutting down.  And we have just learned that The Limited is immediately closing all stores nationwide.....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, January 9th, 2017
Will the GOP Unite to Defund Planned Parenthood?
GOP leadership plans to ax Planned Parenthood funding with an Obamacare repeal package, but the measure may lack support to cross the finish line.  With Republicans set to control both chambers of Congress and the White House, lawmakers have been gearing up for the first big fight of 2017 over healthcare. Conservatives hope gutting Obamacare will facilitate a laundry list of goals this year, including defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed Jan. 5 that defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting money to community health centers would be part of the GOP’s proposal to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “[This] is a victory for women’s healthcare,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Community health centers provide far more services than Planned Parenthood and outnumber them 20-to-1 nationwide. We commend Speaker Paul Ryan on his continued resolve to fund women’s health care, not abortion.” Ryan’s announcement sparked outrage from Democrats and pro-abortion groups......
UK Daily Mail: ISIS-Style Truck Attack Kills Four In Jerusalem
A Palestinian has rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at least 15 people, in a shocking copycat of the Berlin and Nice terror massacres.  Shocking video from the scene shows the driver reversing back over the soldiers, trapping ten under his wheels, during the sickening attack on Sunday.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged the attacker 'supported' the Islamic State group, though he provided no details on what led to the finding. ...
Family of Chicago Teen in Facebook Responds to Attack with a Special Request
The family of the 18-year-old man with special needs, who was bound, gagged and beaten in an attack that was broadcast on social media, has finally spoken out and asked for prayer.....
Al-Aqsa Imam Threatens War If Donald Trump Moves U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem
In yet another act of aggression towards Jews and Israel, Al-Aqsa imam and Supreme Muslim Council Head Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri has threatened that there will be war if President Elect Donald Trump moves the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem....
Christian News Net: ‘Heretic’ Prosperity Preacher Paula White Issues Defense After Selection for Trump Inauguration Criticized 
Prosperity preacher Paula White, who was invited by President-elect Donald Trump to deliver the invocation at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, has released a statement in defense of herself as some Christians have expressed concern over Trump’s selection of the female preacher for the event.....
Ellen Sends Strong Warning Message To Christians On Her Latest Show
What happens when you say what the Bible says? Well, if it pertains to homosexuality, you get uninvited to the party. Worse, you get accused of committing a "hate crime," the worst sin in America today.   ....
Egypt's Christians Observe Somber Christmas After Church Bombing..  .
Millions of Coptic Christians marked Christmas amid tightened security across Egypt this weekend while still mourning the more than two dozen victims of last month's suicide bombing during a Sunday mass in Cairo..
Jerry Newcombe: Is Truth Still True If You Don't Accept It?
Oxford Dictionaries has named "post-truth" its word of the year for 2016. How fitting. In the last two months we have witnessed the inability of many to cope with truths they do not want to accept....
Turbans and Beards Coming to US Army  ...
Raymond Ibrahim: Muslim Persecution of Christians
Muslim attacks on Christian churches are on the rise all around the world -- including in America. The worst occurred last month when a bomb exploded in Egypt’s St. Peter’s Cathedral, killing 28, mostly women and children. Preliminary investigations had indicated that a woman entered the church, sat in the......
William M Briggs: When Marriage Can Be Anything, Marriage Can Be Anything
....Yes. Two women have married, not each other, which would not be unusual these days, but each has married a roller coaster. Not the same roller coaster, of course; that would be absurd; different roller coasters....
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, January 7th-8th, 2017
Gladstone Institute: In Europe, Christian Clergy Welcomes Islam Into the Church, Then Bows To It
There is a disturbing and growing trend in Italy and Europe.  For the first time in more than 700 years, Islamic songs resonated in Florence's Cathedral, the Church Santa Maria del Fiore.  Under the famous Dome of Brunelleschi, Islamic melodies accompanied Christian ones. The "interfaith initiative" was promoted a week after the barbaric massacre by Islamist terrorists in Paris at the magazine Charlie Hebdo, and included "Koran is Justice" and other such "hymns". A priest in the south of Italy then enraged parishioners by dressing the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church's Christmas nativity scene.  The pastor of the parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Potenza, Father Franco Corbo, said that he had the special crèche constructed "in the name of dialogue among religions".  These interfaith initiatives are based on the gradual elimination of the Western-Christian heritage in favor of Islam....
Nepal: Persecuted Christians See Bodies of Dead Loved Ones Dug Up, Dumped on Streets
A Christian group in Nepal lobbying the government to establish rights for believers says Christians face major hardships in the Hindu-majority nation, such as not being allowed to share the Gospel and even being barred from burying their dead.....
Babies Left to Die: UNM Abortion Doctors Not Trained to Deal With Babies Born Alive
“Imagine an infant in an abortion clinic without food, without care, defenseless, confused, crying and grasping for life — being left alone to die on its own.” That was the response of........
Christian Today: Nashville Megachurch Pastor Who Resigned Now Facing Divorce....
The Rest of the Story: What Obama Won’t Tell You About His Legacy
President Barack Obama is not going quietly into the night...When he isn’t making mischief for his successor, Obama is busy drafting his legacy...there are a handful of things he would prefer  we forget...
Prophecy News Watch: Five Potential Major Developments In US-Israel Relations In 2017
The new year and new administration bring intrigue and unanswered questions on a number of major storylines that could shape the complexion of American-Israeli ties for years to come.....
John Stonestreet: Obama's Parting Gift to Planned Parenthood
The Obama administration, in the final days of 2016 and of its existence, gave a Christmas gift to Planned Parenthood. Let's talk about how to take it back.....
Prophecy News Watch: Financial Lockdown - What Will You Do When The ATMs Go Dry?....
Trump Will Have His Hands Full Fixing LGBT Extremism in the State Department
It may be a new year, but there’s nothing new about the concerns surrounding the State Department’s liberal activism. ....
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Speaker Paul Ryan Pledges to Defund Planned Parenthood
“Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” Paul Ryan said. ....
Nathan Beacom: How Political Correctness Points A Society Towards Tyranny And War
If Americans lose the virtues that make an open society possible, they open the way to tyranny. That virtue includes settling differences through argument, not force.....
Christian Today: Evangelical Pastor Sentenced To Over Two Years In Prison In China
House church pastor Yang Hua, also known as Li Guozhi, was sentenced in Guizhou province on a charge of "divulging state secrets", according to persecution watchdog China Aid.....
Wendy Wilson: Christians Need To Stop Being So Naive About Muslim Immigration
Many Christians have been lulled into a childish view of the world and think that deep down Muslims are not too different from them....
CBN News: Sudanese Pastors Imprisoned For Their Faith Receive Different Rulings...
North Carolina-Style Transgender Bathroom Bill Introduced in Texas....
Russell Moore Supported Mosque...But Not Israel?...
Why did a Baptist leader go out of his way to support a religion that spreads Sharia law and is slaughtering Christians in the Middle East?
OneNews Now: Courts Have Effectively Muddied Parental Rights, Says Group
Parental rights are in disarray in some states but one organization is seeking a permanent fix.....
Trans Woman Sues To Force Catholic Hospital To Remove Her Healthy Uterus
Transgender totalitarian is coming to a hospital near you.....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, January 6th, 2017
Solar Eclipse In 2017 Will Usher in Tribulation and  Second Coming, According to Doomsday Theorists
Biblical end-time doomsday theorists have lately intensified end-of-the-world fear-mongering with a claim that a solar eclipse expected to occur in August of this year will usher in the end-time Tribulation and the end of the world. According to the theorists, for several reasons, the solar eclipse that will plunge a large swathe of North America into total darkness on August 21, 2017, is a unique generational event that signals God’s impending judgment on sinful humanity.  The Tribulation, the second coming of Jesus and the apocalyptic battle of Armageddon will come after the solar eclipse, end-time prophecy believers claim.According to the doomsday theorist, the severity of the judgment of God  will follow the solar eclipse in August of 2017.... The solar eclipse in August has special prophetic significance because it will be the first in more than a century to pass from the U.S. east coast to the west. The total eclipse will plunge much of the U.S. into darkness. The Book of Revelation talks about it where it......
At Joshua’s Tomb: 10 Jews Come to Pray, Arabs Stone Them, Jews Get Arrested
Ten Jews who came to pray Wednesday night at the tomb of Biblical Joshua in the village of Kifl Haris, were attacked by stone throwing local Arabs – but when they called security forces for help they were promptly arrested, the Honenu legal aid society reported. ....
Rockettes Given Choice Over Trump While Christians Forced to Serve Gay Weddings: FRC's Tony Perkins
The Family Research Council has spoken out on the controversy surrounding the Rockettes dance troop performing at President-elect Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration, by pointing out that the dancers have been given a choice, while conservative Christians are forced to cater to gay weddings.....
Baptist Missionary Fighting Russia Anti-Evangelism Law
A longtime Baptist missionary convicted under Russia's anti-evangelism law has returned briefly to his Illinois home as lawyers appeal his conviction and challenge the law's constitutionality. Donald Ossewaarde was compelled to end his ministry months ago after his arrest under the July 2016 law. He hopes other Baptists might find ways to.......
Illinois School District Bars Students From Announcing Prayer Gatherings on Facebook....
Planned Parenthood, Abortion Clinics Overbilled Taxpayers by Over $130M, Report Finds....
Pediatrician Group Slams National Geographic Cover of 9-Year-Old Transgender....
Kyle Borg: If Church Isn’t Necessary, Let’s Quit
Here’s a proposition for the new year. I propose that if church isn’t necessary, we quit. I mean it. If it’s not necessary let’s cancel all of our services, board up the windows, lock the doors, and send everyone on their merry way. Sure, Christians have been gathering together to hear the Word read and preached, to sing with grace in their hearts, and observe the sacraments for over two thousand years. But if it’s not necessary let’s be the first generation to finally end the practice...
CBN News: Radical Revival Falls on China's State-Controlled Churches
You're about to hear first-hand testimony of an unprecedented Christian revival happening in parts of China. What is unique about this story is how God is moving among communist-controlled government churches.....
CBN News:Paul Ryan Says Defunding Planned Parenthood Is a 'Priority'
Republican leader and House Speaker Paul Ryan says defunding Planned Parenthood will be a top priority for the GOP majority Congress...
Republican Senators Launch Bill To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem As Trump Promised
"Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that's where America's embassy belongs," Rubio said in a joint statement announcing the bill. ....
U.N. Labeled 'Anti-Christian,' In U.S. Push To Exit
Religious leaders and politicians alike are calling for the United States government to leave the United Nations (U.N.), with some insisting that the international agency merely exists to breed “globalist and radical Islamic agendas.”....
Federal Court Protects Children and Doctors From Harmful Transgender Regulation
A judge halts a regulation that would have forced doctors to perform gender transition procedures—even on children.....
New Film Lauding Margaret Sanger Being Challenged
The recent attempt made by Hollywood to hail Margaret Sanger as an American hero and icon is not going unanswered....
Global Debt Hits 325% Of World GDP, Rises To a Record $217 Trillion....
BBC: Gospel Star Kim Burrell Defends 'Homophobic' Comments....
Don Johnson Responds To Kevin Bauder on Separation
...I’ve been told there were three keys to the New Evangelicalism, Billy Graham, Christianity Today, and Fuller Seminary. They were not coming out of those who “stayed in” the mainline denominations, they were coming out of those who separated from the.......
 Nathan Finn: Why You Should Consider Living Near Your Church
It’s ideal to have your church’s primary mission field around you all the time. ....
Rachel Watson: Sharing Heaven with Serial Killers
One day I might sing 'Holy, Holy, Holy' beside Jeffrey Dahmer. This excites me for three reasons.....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Obama Administration Set for One Last Strike at Israel
....The Obama administration’s stepped-up diplomatic and verbal assault on Israel in the last weeks of its tenure has not gone unnoticed, sparking bitter criticism even from Democratic lawmakers and mainstream American Jewish organizations that are far from any right-wing agenda. But the extent to which the administration listens to such protests, or can be budged from its wholesale endorsement of Palestinian claims regarding the West Bank and Jerusalem, can be gauged from the fact that the Obama-Kerry team has still more in store for Israel. t’s set to take place in Paris on January 15, under the aegis of the Hollande government, and it’s expected that some 70 countries will be attending.  The ostensible subject: “Middle East peace.” The translation: more invalidation of any and all Israeli claims to land captured from Jordan (not the Palestinians) in a defensive war in 1967, and more support for what—under present circumstances—would almost certainly be a Palestinian terror state in that territory.  American Jewish leaders have demanded that France call off........
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies. -The Editor
President Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal
President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service....
10 Ways That Donald Trump Could Try To Reverse the Curse That Obama Has Put On America
When Barack Obama betrayed Israel at the United Nations, that put a curse on our nation.  But that doesn’t mean that we have to stay cursed.  In the coming days, the new Trump administration should immediately start taking steps to reverse the curse that we are under as a result of what Obama has done. ....
Obama and Israel, From 2008 to 2016A Story of Betrayal and Reversal
In June, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a stirring speech to AIPAC, making strong commitments to the Jewish people and Israel. In December, 2016, President Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an important policy speech that directly contradicted some of candidate Obama’s words. The contrast is striking, unnerving, and downright hypocritical....
An Ex-US Presidential Candidate and a Christian Zionist Wants Israel To Be Great Again
“I think Israel has title deed to Judea and Samaria,” said Huckabee, using the Biblical terms for the West Bank. “There are certain words I refuse to use. There is no such thing as a West Bank. It’s Judea and Samaria. There’s no such thing as a settlement. They’re communities, they’re neighborhoods, they’re cities.”....
Couples Who Stay Married Think Differently From Those Who Choose Divorce....
Stream: The Growing Irrelevance of Liberal Journalism
This is maddening to conservatives; the bias of the “mainstream” media has led to coverage that ranges from inadequate to offensively unfair.  However, this bias should not cause conservatives nearly the upset it once did.  Why? Because of the growing insignificance of.......
U.S. Debt Grows by a Trillion Dollars in 2016....
Christian Today: Eight Vital Truths About Forgiveness
We all know that forgiveness is important – but what does it actually look like in practice? If we're honest, it's sometimes extraordinarily difficult. Yet forgiveness is commanded by Jesus....
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Mark H. Creech:Barack Obama Is No Friend of Jews or Christians
....There is something fearfully wrong about President Obama. He has an affinity for those who despise the children of Abraham, as well as spiritual Israel, the church of Jesus Christ. Why is this?...
Evangelicals Should Be Troubled by Trump’s Attempt To Mainstream Heresy....
Rainer: Ten Major Trends for Churches in 2017
So what are the ten major trends for 2017? It’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news.....
Constitution Daily: Timing of Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Could Be Historic....
Jerold Auerbach: Unfree Speech on the Temple Mount
But once censorship becomes legitimate, there is no end to the ensuing folly — or consequent danger to freedom of thought, no less than speech.ABut once censorship becomes legitimate, there is no end to the ensuing folly — or consequent danger to freedom of thought, no less than speech.....
Christian Post: 12 Worst Christian Persecution Nations; US Makes List for First Time
The United States has for the first time been named among the top 12 nations where Christians are targeted for their faith by a persecution watchdog group in its "Hall of Shame" report for 2016.....
Mormon Growth Slowing In U.S., Researcher Reports
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints logged one of its smallest increases in the number of U.S. wards and branches last year......
CBN News: Inauguration ControversyPaula White Answers Critics
Of the six clergy members selected by President-elect Donald Trump to deliver prayers at his swearing-in ceremony, pastor and televangelist Paula White has faced the fiercest critics.  ....
Dawn of the New World Order: 2017 Will Be the Year Everything Changes
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will trigger a revolution across Europe. Fredrik Wesslau, from the European Council of Foreign Relations, predicted the “unthinkable is now thinkable” after Trump was swept into the White House.  ...
R.C. Sproul: Avoiding Theological Anarchy
In our day, there has been a strong antipathy emerging against confessions of any stripe or any degree. ....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Fox News: A Christian Pastor In Turkey's Prisons
Andrew Brunson was elated when Turkey’s Interior Ministry summoned him on Oct. 7 in the coastal city of Izmir. The ministry, the American pastor imagined, was granting him and his wife, Norine, permanent-resident status after they’d spent more than two decades preaching the gospel in Turkey. Instead they were arrested and detained for unspecified reasons. So began a Turkish nightmare the couple is living to this day. Turkish immigration authorities informed the Brunsons that they would be detained pending deportation from the country. Norine was released after two weeks, but her husband was held in the immigration-detention facility for another two months, including two days in solitary confinement. He was initially denied access to legal counsel, and two U.S. consular visits didn’t take place until after he’d already spent a month in the facility...
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies.-The Editor
Netanyahu: ‘Signs’ UN May Attempt Another Anti-Israel Resolution Within Weeks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday there are “signs” the United Nations Security Council may attempt another resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the coming few weeks – meaning before President Obama leaves office this month.....
LGBT Activist Attacks Christians for Using Rainbow in Christmas Display
This story may be the must bemusing and illogical of 2016, and it happened as the year came to a close.....
The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse And Junk Science
Cross-dressing a young boy is emotional and psychological child abuse and should be stopped, not celebrated on the cover of magazines like National Geographic.....
Washington Examiner: Lawsuits Pile Up Against New Obama Transgender Care Rule
Lawsuits are mounting against the Obama administration's new require- ments for transgender care, but the issue might turn in challengers' favor under the incoming Trump administration.....
This Ancient Hebrew Discovery Is About To Rewrite History as We Know It....
Why America's NATO Ally Is Persecuting Christians
Many experts say religious persecution isn't just "a" problem, rather it's "the" problem in the world. One example is the Christians in Turkey who face ongoing persecution.  ....
Christian Post: Pro-Life Women Not Invited to 'Women's March on Washington'
Pro-Life women leaders are expressing opposition to the Women's March on Washington, noting they were not invited and the march will attack pro-life initiatives.....
Breitbart News: Liberals Panic as Trump Could Flip Left-Leaning Ninth Circuit
Liberals are panicking about the fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be able to fill four vacancies on the historically left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when he takes office later this month....
National Review: Democrats Won’t Fix Their Religion Problem Any Time Soon....
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ISIS Claims Istanbul Terror Attack Targeted Christians Celebrating 'Their Pagan Feast'
The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the first terrorist attack of the year, saying that Sunday's atrocity at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, was an attack on "Christians" celebrating an "apostate holiday."....
Prophecy News Watch: New Year, Same Issues, Eternal HopeLooking Forward To 2017
Many people are glad 2016 is behind us, and I understand why. But of course, the issues that made last year a struggle are not behind us. Let me explain.....
Gallup: U.S. Conservatives Outnumber Liberals by Narrowing Margin
Many more Americans have considered themselves politically conservative than liberal since the early 1990s. That remained the case in 2016, when an average of 36% of U.S. adults throughout the year identified themselves as conservative and 25% as liberal...
Jeff Robinson: Bringing the Bible to America’s Capital—and to the World 
Museum of the Bible opens its doors this year in Washington, D.C. Their hope is that visitors will come to learn about the Bible and be changed by history’s most famous and influential book.....
Why Obama’s Betrayal Of Israel Hurts Americans
By participating in the UN Resolution 2334, despite ties to Israel, the U.S. signaled that it is an unreliable ally. Who will trust us now?..
Don Boys: John Kerry Doesn’t KnowPalestinians Don’t Exist!
The “Palestinian people” don’t exist as an historical group but they do exist as a political ploy used by the PLO and other Muslim extremists for their own selfish purposes.....
Breitbart News: U.S. Population Growth Hits Slowest Rate Since Great Depression
Stephen Mihm reports in Bloomberg that according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the United States is at the lowest rate of growth since the Great Depression.....
Man Saves Girl from Burning Car 'In Jesus Name'
A man saves a girl from her burning car, and says that three words from God helped him get her out. ...
'Three Parent Baby' Treatment Poses Severe Health Risks, Research Finds....
Bloomberg: High Noon For the Religious Left
The once-explosive growth of conservative evangelicals has stalled. Yet the religious left doesn't appear to be benefiting much.....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Obama Administration Set for One Last Strike at Israel
....The Obama administration’s stepped-up diplomatic and verbal assault on Israel in the last weeks of its tenure has not gone unnoticed, sparking bitter criticism even from Democratic lawmakers and mainstream American Jewish organizations that are far from any right-wing agenda. But the extent to which the administration listens to such protests, or can be budged from its wholesale endorsement of Palestinian claims regarding the West Bank and Jerusalem, can be gauged from the fact that the Obama-Kerry team has still more in store for Israel. t’s set to take place in Paris on January 15, under the aegis of the Hollande government, and it’s expected that some 70 countries will be attending.  The ostensible subject: “Middle East peace.” The translation: more invalidation of any and all Israeli claims to land captured from Jordan (not the Palestinians) in a defensive war in 1967, and more support for what—under present circumstances—would almost certainly be a Palestinian terror state in that territory.  American Jewish leaders have demanded that France call off........
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies.-The Editor
President Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal
President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service....
10 Ways That Donald Trump Could Try To Reverse the Curse That Obama Has Put On America
When Barack Obama betrayed Israel at the United Nations, that put a curse on our nation.  But that doesn’t mean that we have to stay cursed.  In the coming days, the new Trump administration should immediately start taking steps to reverse the curse that we are under as a result of what Obama has done. ....
Obama and Israel, From 2008 to 2016A Story of Betrayal and Reversal
In June, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a stirring speech to AIPAC, making strong commitments to the Jewish people and Israel. In December, 2016, President Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an important policy speech that directly contradicted some of candidate Obama’s words. The contrast is striking, unnerving, and downright hypocritical....
An Ex-US Presidential Candidate and a Christian Zionist Wants Israel To Be Great Again
“I think Israel has title deed to Judea and Samaria,” said Huckabee, using the Biblical terms for the West Bank. “There are certain words I refuse to use. There is no such thing as a West Bank. It’s Judea and Samaria. There’s no such thing as a settlement. They’re communities, they’re neighborhoods, they’re cities.”....
Couples Who Stay Married Think Differently From Those Who Choose Divorce....
Stream: The Growing Irrelevance of Liberal Journalism
This is maddening to conservatives; the bias of the “mainstream” media has led to coverage that ranges from inadequate to offensively unfair.  However, this bias should not cause conservatives nearly the upset it once did.  Why? Because of the growing insignificance of.......
U.S. Debt Grows by a Trillion Dollars in 2016....
Christian Today: Eight Vital Truths About Forgiveness
We all know that forgiveness is important – but what does it actually look like in practice? If we're honest, it's sometimes extraordinarily difficult. Yet forgiveness is commanded by Jesus....
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Mark H. Creech:Barack Obama Is No Friend of Jews or Christians
....There is something fearfully wrong about President Obama. He has an affinity for those who despise the children of Abraham, as well as spiritual Israel, the church of Jesus Christ. Why is this?...
Evangelicals Should Be Troubled by Trump’s Attempt To Mainstream Heresy....
Rainer: Ten Major Trends for Churches in 2017
So what are the ten major trends for 2017? It’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news.....
Constitution Daily: Timing of Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Could Be Historic....
Jerold Auerbach: Unfree Speech on the Temple Mount
But once censorship becomes legitimate, there is no end to the ensuing folly — or consequent danger to freedom of thought, no less than speech.ABut once censorship becomes legitimate, there is no end to the ensuing folly — or consequent danger to freedom of thought, no less than speech.....
Christian Post: 12 Worst Christian Persecution Nations; US Makes List for First Time
The United States has for the first time been named among the top 12 nations where Christians are targeted for their faith by a persecution watchdog group in its "Hall of Shame" report for 2016.....
Mormon Growth Slowing In U.S., Researcher Reports
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints logged one of its smallest increases in the number of U.S. wards and branches last year......
CBN News: Inauguration ControversyPaula White Answers Critics
Of the six clergy members selected by President-elect Donald Trump to deliver prayers at his swearing-in ceremony, pastor and televangelist Paula White has faced the fiercest critics.  ....
Dawn of the New World Order: 2017 Will Be the Year Everything Changes
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will trigger a revolution across Europe. Fredrik Wesslau, from the European Council of Foreign Relations, predicted the “unthinkable is now thinkable” after Trump was swept into the White House.  ...
R.C. Sproul: Avoiding Theological Anarchy
In our day, there has been a strong antipathy emerging against confessions of any stripe or any degree. ....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Fox News: A Christian Pastor In Turkey's Prisons
Andrew Brunson was elated when Turkey’s Interior Ministry summoned him on Oct. 7 in the coastal city of Izmir. The ministry, the American pastor imagined, was granting him and his wife, Norine, permanent-resident status after they’d spent more than two decades preaching the gospel in Turkey. Instead they were arrested and detained for unspecified reasons. So began a Turkish nightmare the couple is living to this day. Turkish immigration authorities informed the Brunsons that they would be detained pending deportation from the country. Norine was released after two weeks, but her husband was held in the immigration-detention facility for another two months, including two days in solitary confinement. He was initially denied access to legal counsel, and two U.S. consular visits didn’t take place until after he’d already spent a month in the facility...
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies.-The Editor
Netanyahu: ‘Signs’ UN May Attempt Another Anti-Israel Resolution Within Weeks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday there are “signs” the United Nations Security Council may attempt another resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the coming few weeks – meaning before President Obama leaves office this month.....
LGBT Activist Attacks Christians for Using Rainbow in Christmas Display
This story may be the must bemusing and illogical of 2016, and it happened as the year came to a close.....
The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse And Junk Science
Cross-dressing a young boy is emotional and psychological child abuse and should be stopped, not celebrated on the cover of magazines like National Geographic.....
Washington Examiner: Lawsuits Pile Up Against New Obama Transgender Care Rule
Lawsuits are mounting against the Obama administration's new require- ments for transgender care, but the issue might turn in challengers' favor under the incoming Trump administration.....
This Ancient Hebrew Discovery Is About To Rewrite History as We Know It....
Why America's NATO Ally Is Persecuting Christians
Many experts say religious persecution isn't just "a" problem, rather it's "the" problem in the world. One example is the Christians in Turkey who face ongoing persecution.  ....
Christian Post: Pro-Life Women Not Invited to 'Women's March on Washington'
Pro-Life women leaders are expressing opposition to the Women's March on Washington, noting they were not invited and the march will attack pro-life initiatives.....
Breitbart News: Liberals Panic as Trump Could Flip Left-Leaning Ninth Circuit
Liberals are panicking about the fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be able to fill four vacancies on the historically left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when he takes office later this month....
National Review: Democrats Won’t Fix Their Religion Problem Any Time Soon....
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ISIS Claims Istanbul Terror Attack Targeted Christians Celebrating 'Their Pagan Feast'
The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the first terrorist attack of the year, saying that Sunday's atrocity at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, was an attack on "Christians" celebrating an "apostate holiday."....
Prophecy News Watch: New Year, Same Issues, Eternal HopeLooking Forward To 2017
Many people are glad 2016 is behind us, and I understand why. But of course, the issues that made last year a struggle are not behind us. Let me explain.....
Gallup: U.S. Conservatives Outnumber Liberals by Narrowing Margin
Many more Americans have considered themselves politically conservative than liberal since the early 1990s. That remained the case in 2016, when an average of 36% of U.S. adults throughout the year identified themselves as conservative and 25% as liberal...
Jeff Robinson: Bringing the Bible to America’s Capital—and to the World 
Museum of the Bible opens its doors this year in Washington, D.C. Their hope is that visitors will come to learn about the Bible and be changed by history’s most famous and influential book.....
Why Obama’s Betrayal Of Israel Hurts Americans
By participating in the UN Resolution 2334, despite ties to Israel, the U.S. signaled that it is an unreliable ally. Who will trust us now?..
Don Boys: John Kerry Doesn’t KnowPalestinians Don’t Exist!
The “Palestinian people” don’t exist as an historical group but they do exist as a political ploy used by the PLO and other Muslim extremists for their own selfish purposes.....
Breitbart News: U.S. Population Growth Hits Slowest Rate Since Great Depression
Stephen Mihm reports in Bloomberg that according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the United States is at the lowest rate of growth since the Great Depression.....
Man Saves Girl from Burning Car 'In Jesus Name'
A man saves a girl from her burning car, and says that three words from God helped him get her out. ...
'Three Parent Baby' Treatment Poses Severe Health Risks, Research Finds....
Bloomberg: High Noon For the Religious Left
The once-explosive growth of conservative evangelicals has stalled. Yet the religious left doesn't appear to be benefiting much.....
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Answers In Genesis: 2016—The Year Truth Was Irrelevant
....What exactly is a post-truth culture? It’s a culture where truth is no longer an objective reality. It has become subjective. It’s what’s true for me—my beliefs, my opinions, determine my truth....So when a Bible-believing Christian says, “Homosexuality is wrong,” our post-truth culture hears, “I don’t like gays.” Since objective truth doesn’t exist in their minds, “Homosexuality is wrong” isn’t an objective truth claim. It’s personal belief, opinion, or truth—and an intolerant, oppressive one in their view—that’s based on emotion. So it translates in their minds to “I hate gays.” So in our post-truth culture, man determines truth. Man makes himself the ultimate authority. This starting point, which rejects God’s Word and the idea of moral absolutes, makes truth subjective. Does this work? Let’s think about this. If my truth is different from your truth, then you can’t tell me what to do any more than I can tell you what to do. If I believe homosexuality is wrong, who are you to tell me it isn’t? I have my opinion, and you have yours. For that matter, if stealing your wallet is right for me, you can’t tell me.......
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies.-The Editor
Pope Francis’ Urges the World,  ‘Let Us Entrust the New Year to Mary’ 
The leader of Roman Catholicism, Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” observed the feast of “the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God” on New Year’s Day, urging followers to “entrust the new year to Mary.”....
Former Obama Staffer Says Democrats Don’t Understand Religion
.... “Another reason why they haven’t reached out to evangelicals in 2016 is that we have a politics right now that is based on making enemies, and making people afraid. “It’s much easier to make people scared of evangelicals, and to make evangelicals the enemy, than trying to make an appeal to them,” he said.....
George Yancey: Christianophobia Cost Clinton the Campaign   How a thrice-married known adulterer with relatively little Bible knowledge received the largest percentage of the white evangelical vote in history.....
Christian Headlines: Girlfriend Personalizes Entire Bible for Boyfriend’s Christmas Gift
 When Reagan Lee found out that her boyfriend, 18-year-old Garrett Chisum, wanted a Bible for Christmas, she had an idea.....
San Diego Twins Born In Two Different Years
 One of the first babies born in 2017 did not come into the world alone, her twin sister was born four minutes earlier in 2016.....
The Atlantic: The Year In Religion and Politics
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016—from religious-liberty bills to Donald Trump's polarizing effect on evangelicals.....
Christianity Today: The 12 Most-Read Stories of the Persecuted Church
Russia bans evangelism, Pakistan's bloody Easter Sunday, Muslims pledge to protect Christians, and more....
Christianity Today: The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016
The bigger story behind Jen Hatmaker, visiting Ken Ham's giant ark, and Andy Stanley's 'stinkin selfish' parents comment.....
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Daniel Darling:Four Ways to Approach the New Year With Jesus 
For many, New Year’s is just another holiday. For others, it’s a time of deep reflection...For followers of Jesus, New Year’s has no unique significance...But this doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t pause and reflect on the turning of the calendar. ....
Alabama Supreme Court Rules ‘Unborn Children … Are Human Beings’ Entitled to Protections of Law 
The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that a woman’s wrongful death lawsuit against an OB/GYN accused of contributing to the death of her unborn child may proceed. It declared that unborn children are human beings whether or not at the point of viability and therefore are entitled to legal protection..... 
Atheists Seek Removal of Pennsylvania Bench That Features ‘God’ Quote From State Founder
An atheist group in New Jersey is seeking the removal of a bench at a Pennsylvania park that is meant to honor veterans due to an inscription of a quote attributed to the state’s founder that mentions God...
Wsh Post: More On Paula White & the Trump Inauguration
...To many believers, the prosperity gospel offers hope and promise. But to others, it’s heretical; and to some, prosperity gospel preachers’ motives are suspect, especially when they seem to be enriching themselves by asking for money from their followers.....
Michael Brown: From Demigod to ‘Political Corpse’: The Rise and Fall of Barack Obama....
Cutillo: Trust In God More Than Medical Technology
....That God remains an active agent in the world and is able to incorporate even the things we assume bad into a greater plan that can be good has the possibility to drastically change the way we pursue health and face sickness.....
How the Obama Administration Helped Create ISIS and Draw Russia Into Syria
New evidence reveals a major to-do list item for the incoming Trump administration: a formal inquiry on the process by which the U.S. handled the “Syrian rebels” who turned into ISIS.....
American Thinker: New Study of Elitists Reveals How Out of Touch They Are
A fascinating survey has created a data-based measure of the social isolation of the urban elites, the people who run the country who have no contact at all with the lives of most people.....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Trump 'Spiritual Advisor' Paula White Facing Jeremiah Wright-Style Backlash Ahead of Inauguration Invocation
Pastor Paula White is attracting attention again; this time for the wrong reasons, and Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day 2017 ceremony continues to be clouded in controversy.  White, 50, is the head of New Destiny Christian Center, a non-denominational place of worship located in Apopka, Florida. Multiple news outlets are reporting a public backlash over the president-elect’s choice for the invocation; Pastor White, Trump’s spiritual adviser, was tapped to lead the event in prayer.  Erick Erickson is the editor of The Resurgent and a Fox News contributor. In a blog post on Thursday, he criticized Trump for choosing an “open heretic,” whom he accuses of rejecting the “eternality off Jesus Christ and the trinity itself.” Furthermore, the WSB radio host is comparing Trump’s pick to Barack Obama’s past association with Jeremiah Wright during his presidential campaign.....
Due to some problems with our site that are out of our control, updates may be shortened or sporadic for a few days.  Please accept our apologies.-The Editor
Report: Christians Were the Most Persecuted Group of People In 2016
According to the Center for Studies on New Religions, which plans to release its full report next month, a Christian was martyred about once every six minutes in 2016, making them the most persecuted religious group in the world....
Persecution 'Wake-Up Call': 2017 May Be Worse for Christians
A new warning has been issued about persecution of Christians around the world in 2017. A ministry called Release International warns that violent attacks on Christians are expected to increase, based on the trends from 2016.....
CBS News: Texas Judge Halts Federal Transgender Health Protections
A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs.  ....
Christian Post: Catholic Diocese Files Lawsuit Against Obama's Transgender Healthcare Mandate
An organization representing over 60 Catholic archdioceses has filed a claim in federal court against a new Obamacare regulation that will force religious hospitals, religious orders and faith-based employers to perform or insure sex reassignment procedures and abortion...
An Ominous Announcement for Chinese Catholics
One of China's top leaders has told Chinese Catholics that they need to promote socialism and patriotism through religion and operate "independently" of non-Chinese authorities.....
Bill Federer: 'Separation of Church, State' Doesn't Mean What Atheists Want It To Mean
...Groups used Jefferson’s phrase “separation of church and state” to remove national acknowledgments of God, despite Jefferson’s warning against that very thing.....
Turkish Court Rejects Appeal of American Pastor Jailed on 'Terror' Charges for Christian Faith
A Turkish court has denied the appeal of a Christian pastor from North Carolina, who was imprisoned last month in Turkey on a false terrorism charge because of his Christian faith, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.....
wnd.com:Christians 'Face Ruin' from Government Gender-ID Mandates
ozens of prominent Christian leaders have signed onto a campaign protesting the Obama administration’s special protections for alternative sexual lifestyles. The new letter, online at the Colson Center, warns that the laws are a “serious threat” to the “fundamental freedoms guaranteed to every person.”...
CBN News: Why One Pastor Says Obama and Kerry on the 'Wrong Side' of God
Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has accused President Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry of putting America on the "wrong side of God" after the U.S. failed to veto an anti-Israel resolution that condemned Israeli settlements. ....
TStar-Tribune: In Eastern Germany, the Land of Luther, Church Pews Are Mostly Empty
On the streets where Martin Luther preached, about 85 percent of residents have no religion, 40-plus years after Soviet rule ingrained a deep skepticism of God and religion. ....
Biblical Sites Reveal Major Historical Truths About Jesus
People are amazed when they visit the biblical sites in Jerusalem, especially the new tour called, the "Cradle of Christianity" that enhances stories in the Bible. ....
Sanhedrin Blasts United Nations, Blames Obama for Worldwide Terror....
Israel Today: Israel Chief RabbiWe Don't Need America, We Have God
Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, gave a divine response to the Obama Administration’s gross betrayal of the Jewish state last week. “We mustn’t forget that the hearts of kings and captains are in the hands of the Lord, and we can count on no one but (the Lord)...”...
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Drops Atheism and Doubts For...?
The founder and creator of Facebook has made a public declaration that he has found religion, according to the Washington Post. ....
Obama's Anti-Trump Quest To Crush America...
Most Americans Think It's 'Good' for Couples to Live Together Before Marriage
Nearly two-thirds of American adults believe it's a good idea to live with one's significant other before they get married as they see it as a rite of passage, according to a new report by The Barna Group.....
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