Biggest Creditors Dump Treasuries In Warning to Trump
In the age
of Trump, America’s biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second
thoughts about financing the U.S. government. In Japan, the largest holder
of Treasuries, investors culled their stakes in December by the most in
almost four years, the Ministry of Finance’s most recent figures show.
What’s striking is the selling has persisted at a time when going abroad
has rarely been so attractive. And it’s not just the Japanese. Across the
world, foreigners are pulling back from U.S. debt like never before.....
to Washington for Big Meeting with Trump
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to strengthen the alliance between the US and
Israel on Monday afternoon before taking off to Washington for his first
meeting with President Donald Trump since he entered the White House in
of Ark’s Journey Revealed as Excavation Begins at Site of Ark of Covenant
archaeologists will begin the first-ever excavation of the major Biblical
site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades before King
David conveyed it to Jerusalem. The site, known in Hebrew as Kiryat Ye’arim
and often transliterated at Kiriath Jearim, is mentioned over a dozen times
in the Bible as a Judean town near Jerusalem during the period of Biblical
history associated with the judges and King David. Today, it remains one
of the last such Biblical landmarks unstudied.....
|Hindu Radicals Battle
Christian Compassion and Conversion
India is the
world's largest democracy and also the most populous Hindu nation. With
the media focus given to the numerous atrocities of Islamic extremists,
most people forget that Hindu nationalists and radicals are also engaged
in a large-scale campaign to persecute Christians across India. ...
Indonesian Church Told It Can Reopen— If It
Shares Land With A Mosque
Indonesian Christian Church was shut down by the mayor of Bogor, West Java
nine years ago, due to vocal opposition from local Muslims. Last week the
church accepted a compromise offer from the mayor to reopen their old grounds,
and have a Muslim mosque share the land, as UCAN reports.....
Christians Be Protected From Lynchings, Forced Conversions Under New Law?
A new bill
passed by the Pakistani Parliament earlier this week seeks to protect religious
minorities, including Christians, from being killed in mob lynchings or
endure forced conversions to Islam and forced marriages to Muslim husbands.....
Noble Confession— I Have a Difficult Time Believing Jesus Loves
warned that sometimes in religious circles people start believing that
Jesus loves only "good" people, but argued that it's not so. "Jesus
loves difficult people," he reiterated. But despite taking all that into
account, Noble, who has struggled with alcohol- ism, admitted that he has
"a really hard time believing that Jesus loves me."...
Time To Stop Living On The Internet
of one’s stance on partisan issues, the past several days have been frustrating.
This isn’t about Trump’s executive order, its goodness or badness. This
is about the way we’ve responded to it, and the way our feelings have prompted
us to act toward each other....Many have felt a sense of depression and
lowness....it’s tempting to just get off Facebook and leave the drama behind.
It’s tempting to leave the news alone, turn off the computer, and do something
Ways to Promote Unity Amid Political Disagreement
our culture looks to government to solve our problems and be our savior,
the higher the culture-war stakes will become on both sides. Certainly,
our church on Capitol Hill has felt its share of political tensions. Here
are 16 things the pastors or elders try to do to help maintain unity. ....
Makes Christianity Different
of forgiveness transcends personal relationships. Think of the reaction
to the Amish forgiving the man who killed ten young girls back in 2007.
There was a power at work there that even the most hardened skeptic could
Watch: Germany's Muslim Demographic Future
If most of
the new migrants arriving in Germany for the next four decades are from
the Islamic world, the Muslim population of Germany could jump to well
over 20 million and account for more than 25% of the overall German population
|George Stiekes: Cry
Aloud! Revive Us Again!
will be no revival without prayer. Every believer should recognize that
there are millions and millions of people who are going to a fiery, eternal,
tormented hell. Can you imagine what our church prayer meetings would be
like if every church member believed this truth. The meetings in Wales
were typical where genuine revival has occurred. A period of extraordinary
prayer preceded the meetings. ....
A pastor understands
the meaning and significance of the word “solitude”. If he doesn’t, he
soon will...Some witty observer of the ministry once said that the ministry
would be great if it weren’t for people. Yet even though people are the
reason for the ministry, those in the ministry must make time away
from people if we are to have a ministry to people. Christ’s
attempts to find times and places of solitude are well-known.....
the Reformation Recovered Preaching
preaching—unlike the printing press—was not a new invention of the Reformation
era. Far from it. Think of Augustine and Chrysostom in the early church,
Bernard of Clairvaux, John Hus, and the many mendicant friars who fanned
out across Europe in the Middle Ages.....The Protestant reformers knew
this tradition and built on it, but they also transformed it in two important
Man Among The Myrtle Trees…Zechariah pt 2
remember a time in my own lifetime, when Islamic terrorism was Israel’s
problem to solve, not the rest of the modern world. Europe, the USA, The
UN and Russia didn’t have to deal with it, just the Jews. Everyone had
a lot of council for the Jews, as to how best to solve this problem, such
as “the two State Solution”, “Land for Peace” and endless negotiations
were urged as if the only Democratic and free state in the........
preacher makes decisions about the church and ministry based on what “works”
to produce a desired goal as opposed to making decisions based strictly
on Bible truth, though he will give lip service to the latter. The pragmatic
preacher will not be faithful to the whole counsel of God because he has
other objectives that are more prominent and pressing.....
Is Poisoning Your Happiness
all heard about the dangers of pride. We know arrogance, self-centeredness,
and self-exaltation are unbecoming of a Christian. If you haven’t heard
it explicitly, you know it intuitively: we must steer clear of pride. Yet,
for some reason, people like me far too often struggle with pride and arrogance.
|The FAQs: Federal
Courts Block Donald Trump’s Refugee Ban
4, the Trump administration appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Five days later, a three-judge panel of
the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump administration’s request to prevent
the restraining order from taking effect...The next highest court of appeals
after the Ninth Circuit is the U.S. Supreme Court...Trump would need five
justices to side with him against the Ninth Circuit’s decision. If the
court votes 4-4, then the lower court decision stands and the temporary
restraining order would remain in place.......
|In the Face of Rising
Health Care Costs, Christians Turn to Biblical Alternative
tangles over health insurance, many Americans are taking matters into their
own hands. "I wanted something that wasn't going to be the same sort of
trap that I had been in," said Stephen Strosnider. Strosnider is an attorney
at a small law firm in Waynesboro, Virginia. His wife, Jennifer, is a stay-at-home
mom and they have three young boys and a baby on the way....
Withdraws Obama-Era Request for Stay of Block on 'Transgender' Restroom
In what appears
to some as being a signal that the Trump administration is not going to
defend the Obama administration’s directives requiring public schools to
allow male students who identify as female—and vice versa—to use the restroom
that correlates with their “internal sense of gender,” the U.S. Department
of Justice has withdrawn the previous administration’s request for a stay
of an injunction against the Obama-era restroom policy. The filing, submitted
on Friday, notifies the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that it desires to
withdraw the motion, as well as the oral argument scheduled over the matter,
which would have.......
Antidote To Evolution
has important lessons to teach us in Genesis 1 about the nature and character
of God, and the methods by which He has worked and still works. Chief among
these is that God the Creator has a perfect, predetermined, plan, which,
aiming at His own glory, led to the regular, systematic, detailed, unfolding
of the events of ‘Creation Week.’ Far superior, infinitely
more detailed, than for example the Blueprints for the Hoover Dam or Brooklyn
Bridge or Empire State Building – taking every detail of this process into
Houston Daycare Sign Is Right. Parents, Get Off Your Phones
of the sign indicates that large numbers of parents were idling about on
their phones all the time. If you live in twenty-first-century America,
and have taken a recent quick look around, you can instantly confirm this.
Go to the park, and you’ll see parents zoned to their phones, eyes glazed,
ignoring their kids. Go to a restaurant, and you’ll see whole families
tapping away on their iTools. I’ve seen parents on the phone at the aquarium,
the amuse- ment park, and at movies, while their kids either stare into
space or tug at their hand. That daycare sign is right: It is appalling.
It’s also sad.....
Puritans Believed Marital Love Must Be Sexual
had a rich understanding of Christian marriage. I'd like to show
that they also believed marital love must be sexual. Both marital partners
should give themselves fully to each other with joy and exuberance in a
healthy sexual relationship marked by fidelity.....
Time To Laugh
is so much sorrow and heartache in the world, we should use every opportunity
we have to laugh.” -Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary Don’t
always be negative; don’t throw cold water on everything. Don’t
take yourself too seriously. Some people can brighten up a
room just by leaving! Lighten up. Laughter is good for
the Youth Worship Phenomenon
....If a church
has the monetary resources to recreate the rock concert experience every
week, they may be able to attract a certain number of youth. Maybe. If
the word gets out that a good time can be had, then yes, they might be
able to attract a crowd. But that crowd would leave without any understanding
of the real nature of worship. And there would be no lasting bond forged
between them and the church....