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Was ISIS Sent by God? Brace Yourselves!

by Rev. Austin Miles

The history of ancient Israel is ripe with greed, power seekers and idol worship, along with gross immorality. The situation in those days was accurately described in Judges 21:25: “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” 

Due to their rebelliousness, God used the enemies of Israel to dispense His judgment and punishment for their sins. Think of this carefully as you check out the numerous such incidents outlined in the Bible where God turned apostates over to their enemies to carry out His judgment

For example see Judges 6:1 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years” (Midian was their enemy–the original Arabs). Then there was the Assyrian Captivity for the 10 tribes of Israel from which they never returned and in Jeremiah chapters 5 to 9 and onward is the story of how the Babylonians invaded and carried away captives for 70 years. Two Chronicles chapter 36 also gives the account of defeat and surrender to the Babylonians. And they brought this all on themselves due to their sins against God.

The Jews who experienced miraculous protection from God including the parting of The Red Sea to help them escape Pharaoh’s army, had incredibly become so involved in Idol Worship that before Moses came down from the mountain with the Stone Tablets, the people had already made a golden calf to worship and were partying while engaging in sexual sin.

They had become so paganistic that Ezekiel (37) referred to them as a valley of dry bones. And Israel has become the subject of attacks and attempted invasions ever since. And this is where America is today–exactly as it was in Israel with the very same results of judgment and punishment exacted by our enemies. Think 9/11 and ISIS.

Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy clearly warned us of the Muslim attacks on the World Trade Center Buildings in New York, yes OUR shores attacked by a foreign nation–for the first time in history.

And consider that the following prophecies were written 1,451 years BEFORE Christ came. Keep that in mind as you read these Scriptures. The early part of the chapter tells the blessings and protection of those faithful to God.

Verse 10 states: “And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.”  The people who honored God lived victorious lives and kept their enemies at bay.

And that is how it was in those earlier years, but like the Israelite’s, America abandoned God as their sins multiplied to astonishing heights of depravity. Our very sins brought the fulfillment of vs. 32: “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high, and thou shalt come down very low.”

Our sins brought Muslims to be in our midst (strangers within thee), and yes, they did “…get up above thee very high,” which they were able to do since they had taken flying lessons in Florida so they could fly planes above us for their attacks on the Twin Towers and The Pentagon. A third plane on the way to crash into the Capitol was thwarted by passengers who overpowered the Muslims and crashed the plane in a field before it got to D.C.

These events were taking form as pastors began compromising the Gospel that they were commissioned to preach, even distorting the Gospel in order to water down sin.  After all, one should never be thought of as ‘narrow minded” doncha know.

We were no longer serving God joyfully, but rather just going through the motions of attending church with our minds captured by thoughts of the world.

And here is warning at the beginning at vs. 47:  “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shall thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things; and he (the enemy) shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck until he have destroyed thee.”

(49) “The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth (Arabic Nations), as swift as the eagle flieth; (The airplane had not been invented) a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand (Arabic is not a commonly known language).

(50) “A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young.”  Muslims concentrate on “soft targets.” meaning retirement homes (old people) and schools filled with young people–Muslims have no regard for either. They are referred to as soft targets since they cannot fight back and cause injury or death to the attackers. These are the new killing fields invaded by cowardly murderers.

(52) And he (the enemy) shall besiege thee in all thy gates until thy high and fenced walls come down (Twin Towers) wherein thou trustedst (That is the banking center of America we trusted) throughout all thy land; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all they land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”  And yes, they have managed to infiltrate America and are in a position to pull this off.

A sinful nation is a weak nation. Strong leaders in the movies were all depicted as men of principle. John Wayne played a ship captain who had a photo of his wife framed in his quarters. The men asked him to join them in a night on the town, meaning carousing, drinking whisky and bedding down women. John Wayne politely declined. Even the Communist movie producers knew that a moral person was a strong person which built the character he played.

We are to avoid sin and even the appearance of evil at all costs. Don’t even THINK of being unfaithful to your spouse or flirting with anyone. If you are given too much change in a restaurant, gas station or anywhere else, return it immediately. If you are already in your car on the way home, turn around and go back to make that right. Of course you never take something that is not yours. Do not lie or mislead. Be truthful in all things and always keep your word. Otherwise you have weakened your position before God, and humanity itself while at the same time placing yourself in a weak position to face your enemies and God’s judgment.

The Bible is clear of the sins to avoid so as not to sabotage your earthly life or your future life with God. The driftings and vibrations of the world can ensnare you, weaken you and blocks your life from receiving the power of God. Don’t let it happen.

Many sexual sins are listed that can result in severe judgment. Indeed a strict law was once passed that if a man took sexual advantage of a woman, promising marriage, and then after getting what he sought dumped her and moved on, the woman could bring him into a court of law and he would be punished under a law called, “Breach of Promise.” Adultery was and is forbidden.

And a Christian should never use vulgar language, slang, or listen to dirty jokes or go to movies or watch TV shows that use such degrading words. We must restore the dignity of the human being created by God. We should exhibit decorum, responsibility and ethics.

Today there is rampant sex without commitment, growing sexual perversions displayed publicly that mock God, causing havoc and unbridled immorality that has grown to the extent that a grade school in New York just had a children’s talent show that included a grown “transgender” man who declared he was a woman who demanded to perform on the show put on by children for other children and parents.

Wearing a g-string with the apparel of a woman, this freak did a bump and grind strip type routine. He is the same kind of man who demands to be allowed to use little girl’s bathrooms (toilets), shower and dressing rooms. Grade schools today now have “transgender” story time, read by a transgender.

Swishy homosexuals are allowed to be teachers (and scout masters-the list goes on). Meanwhile, The United States of America has become weaker and weaker in both mind and body and are ripe to be invaded and conquered by 7th century savages who have already made their way into our once great and powerful country.

PREACHERS WHERE ARE YOU? Most of you are settled comfortably in a church where you preach a social Gospel of inclusion–yep all are welcome no matter how they live or what they do. Sin is of no importance in too many churches where these acts against God are not only tolerated, but winked at, so that EVERYONE feels welcome.

Pastor Steve Moore of 10 Mile Christian Church in Idaho this past Sunday preached about negative influences that affect our lives (if) we are weak enough to come under its power. His message came from Galatians and spotlighted the Apostle Paul who preached a strong message against sin to the churches there that had drifted away from the true Gospel. Paul’s preaching was to the point and truthful without compromise. Paul did not under play the consequences of sin.

The biggest mistake of preachers is to try to “broaden” their viewpoint. Being thought of as ‘broad-minded’ is considered favorable to many misinformed people. I’ve seen some pastors so “broad-minded” that it is a wonder that their brains didn’t spill out.

In the book, “Learning from the Apostles” published by Gospel Publishing House in 1971, one of the earlier books I read when called to the ministry–Author Amos D. Millard wrote: “Let us make no mistake about it. The sharpest attack of Satan against Pentecostal people will be to get them to broaden their viewpoints and become more tolerant of worldly currents of thinking and practice. We used to hear from our pulpits warnings against compromise. Perhaps it is time to restore it to our vocabularies.” A big AMEN to that!

The greatest problem with our churches are the career pastors–meaning those who were not called to the ministry (which should be a prerequisite), but have CHOSEN the ministry as a career. This explains the backstabbing, competitive spirit, trying to outdo the pastor down the road, or seeking the most attention. If they had been called, they would support the pastor down the road and stop trying to make a monument of themselves.

Career pastors: Run–don’t walk–flee the ministry now before you build up even more wrath to come upon you. Do not trifle with Holy things. You do not belong there. GET OUT BEFORE YOU CAUSE EVEN MORE HARM!  Called pastors–MAN YOUR PULPITS!  Absorb the spirit of The Apostle Paul and preach forcibly, truthfully, and lovingly.

God has lifted His Hand from America due to our incredible sins including the cruel murders of millions of babies in the womb simply because they were inconvenient. If sex were used in the manner God intended, there would be no unwanted babies that would be dismembered in the womb and pulled out piece by piece. It has been documented that, THEY FEEL THE HORRIFIC PAIN as this is being done to them. All because immoral people pushed their fingers into the eye of God to simply demand to satisfy their uncontrolled sexual impulses without restraint.

astors: let’s get back to preaching the rewards of living a Holy life as God intended so he can bless us, prosper us, strengthen us and protect us. Otherwise we are in the direct path of destruction, with the career preachers leading us straight to the pits of hell.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERY PREACHER YOU KNOW OF.

Our hour of destruction by our enemies draws closer. God once, in anger, destroyed the entire earth by a flood, with the exception of one righteous family, due to the mass sins of that day. Today’s sins are far worse than in Noah’s time as will be the punishment. We are next.

God’s Hand has already been lifted from America. This is why even the weather patterns have seemingly gone crazy. There are some planetary irregularities for the first time. Our enemies have managed to attack us on our own soil, with more to come, while sexual perverts in wild makeup and costumes, some with no clothes at all, march boldly down our streets to celebrate their degeneracy in defiance of God.

Restoring our country is in the hands of the preachers, pastors, ministers and chaplains to compel people to live a life of holiness, restore morality, and to know right from wrong, even though our colleges and universities from the beginning of their semesters teach: “There are no absolutes, no rights or wrongs. What is right for one person may not be right for somebody else. What is wrong for one person may not be wrong for anyone else.” The first day I went to college, when I was 62, that was the first lesson I heard.

This is absurd thinking that Satan and his representatives’ want instilled in everyone, which makes his job easier.  Again, PREACHERS-MAN YOUR PULPITS! It is all up to you.

So what about the question in the headline? After reading the above Scriptures on the subject, Was ISIS sent by God to exact His judgment of wrath upon America? What do YOU think?

Special thanks to my anonymous retired minister friend who provided the Scripture references regarding God using Israel’s enemies to execute His judgement upon them.

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Student Not Allowed to Deliver Graduation Speech with Christian Content

A Christian student in Illinois was told he could not read his graduation address to the school because it contained Christian content.

Conservative commentator Todd Starnes reports that 13-year-old Seth Clark, the salutatorian in his class at Akin Grade School, had planned to deliver a graduation address that included mention of his Christian faith, his church, and forgiveness, but the school refused to allow him to give the speech.

“As a public school, it is our duty to educate students, regardless of how different they or their beliefs may be,” said Superintendent Kelly Clark in a statement. “While students are welcome to pray or pursue their faith without disrupting school or infringing upon the rights of others, the United States Constitution prohibits the school district from incorporating such activities as part of school-sponsored events, and when the context causes a captive audience to listen or compels other students to participate.”

Despite the school’s refusing to allow him to deliver the graduation speech at the school ceremony, Seth’s friends and family found a way for him to give it anyway.

A friend of Seth’s family owns a house across the street from the school and offered his home to Seth and anyone who wanted to come hear his speech.

“When it came time for the valedictorian and the salutatorian to deliver their speeches, they invited the audience to join them across the street at the house,” said Becky Clark, Seth’s mom. “It was not mandatory.”

“This is not an attention thing for him. He wanted to share what was on his heart about God,” she added.

A Lot Can Happen In Three Days

“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING? O GRAVE, WHERE IS THY VICTORY?”

because he lives

Because he lives, I can face tomorrow, because he lives, all fear is gone, because I know he holds the future and life is worth the living, just because he lives. — The Gaithers, Because He Lives

Not since early in our beloved country have we been free from fears of takeover by globalist one world order leftists who wish to destroy our God-Given Freedoms.  Those freedoms were written down on a piece of paper called the United States Constitution, all the way back in 1787, by 39 statesmen who were delegates to the Convention.
We have lived through turmoil and trials over and over again in the many years since our founders fought for and won independence, freedom and liberty.  Ours was a nation blessed by God and rewarded many times over for her goodness because of our Judeo-Christian founding.

The last many decades have seen the decline of this brilliantly founded nation, and a decline of her faith in the Almighty.  We have failed to hold true to the Word and the directions God gave us in His manufacturer’s handbook.

But God is still on the throne, He still hears and answers our prayers, sometimes with miracles, and He has everything in His Hands, and in His control.  Worry not, we are to rest in Him.  He gave us the entire story in His Word, and we well know, a lot can happen in three days.

The Old Testament Foretold Messiah

Isaiah 53

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Zechariah 12:10 predicts the “piercing” of the Messiah, which occurred after Jesus died on the cross.

So many more examples could be provided of Old Testament prophesies of Messiah’s birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection.

The Resurrection

John Chapter 20 tells the story of the risen Jesus.  He is risen indeed!

Mary Magdalene went to the sepulcher and saw that the Lord’s body was gone.  She wept, and when she looked into the tomb, she saw two angels sitting at the foot and head of where Jesus lay.  They asked her why she was weeping, and she said they had taken her Lord.  She turned and thought she saw the gardener; she did not recognize the Saviour and he said to her, “Why are you weeping and who are you seeking?”  She asked, “Sir, where have you taken him?”

Jesus said to her, “Mary,” and she turned to him and realized who he was and said, “Rabboni,” which means great master or teacher, the most honorable of all titles.  She then rushed to the apostles to tell them that Jesus lives!  A lot can happen in three days!

How Times Have Changed

In the early 1960s, my high school in Park Ridge, Illinois had more than 6,000 students.  As such, we had numerous choral and music classes.  Back then, we performed Handel’s Messiah with opera singers and a full orchestra.  Tickets were sold for the program on a Saturday evening in our huge auditorium, and it was packed. I still have the record, and I still remember the words so well.  This alone tells me how much our country has changed as this would not be “allowed” in our government schools today.

Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Grief to Joy

Sunday is resurrection day.  “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”  The Messiah conquered death for all of us who believe on Him. We rejoice!

Grief was turned to joy when the apostles realized that their Saviour was alive, He has risen indeed!  And because He lives, we can face anything that comes our way, knowing that our sins are forgiven, the final perfect sinless lamb of God sacrifice was made for us all.  Now when we approach the throne of God, we are washed clean, white as the driven snow because the blood shed by Messiah doesn’t just cover our sins, but has washed them away.

Revelation 1:17-18, “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

A lot can happen in just three days.  Our Christian Holy week ends with our resurrected Messiah!

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Easter Special: How Jesus Might Look Back at the Cross

By Rev. Austin Miles

(Note to Readers: In the late 1990’s a church prepared to produce an Easter Program, with several chosen to play the parts of those who had been with Jesus during the Crucifixion as they reflected on that event. When this writer was asked to “be Jesus” the answer was no,  since no-one is worthy to portray Jesus. It DID seem right to present how Jesus might give His thoughts and what He might say instead of actually pretending to BE Jesus, so the writing began. The reception of it was so strong that it was decided that it be written for publication where it also received solid approval, so much so that it became an annual Easter Feature since in publications throughout the world.)

The world today is in chaos. There are no restraints in human conduct. Absolute values have long been abolished. Good is considered evil, and evil is considered good. And never has The Cross been more offensive to society than it is today. Sin abounds. Any mention of the name Jesus Christ brings contempt and ridicule. His name is blasphemed and many public displays of Christianity have been declared illegal, while at the same time, pagan religions are readily endorsed and encouraged. Seeing all of this, would Jesus have second thoughts about Calvary? How would He look back on his sacrifice today? Think about it.

Prayerfully pondering these questions, this writer speculates what Jesus might say to us today as He looks back to the Cross:

“But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Our time reference is much different in Heaven than it is on earth. If you were to be with us in Heaven, you would see an entire life spin out from birth to death in a matter of seconds.

“This is why coming to earth to face Calvary’s Cross was the greatest challenge I have had to face during my existence. First I had to come under the earth’s time system of seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and years.

“Even more challenging was agreeing to inhabit an earthly human body with its inherited sinful nature. A body that would feel the driftings and currents of the world as well as the pain.

“And it may surprise you to learn that I had to exercise extreme faith to go through with this. Remember, I began my sacrificial life on earth as a baby… a new birth on earth. As a baby I had to be fed, bathed, and diapered like any other baby. I had to learn to take my first steps, learn to understand and speak words, and, experience the growing pains of adolescence.

“The time passes slowly for young people and soon there was such a feeling of distance between where I was at that time, and my time in Heaven with my Father, that it almost seemed a memory that may or may not have actually been.

“And while instinctively I wanted to be about my Father’s business, the Jews in the synagogues would curtly ask, “Who is this boy who asks such questions? Isn’t this Joseph the carpenter’s son?”

“I eventually faced the appointed day… a day where I would take on all the sins of mankind, a day where I would (in a human body) die a disgraceful, excruciatingly painful death while the Roman soldiers ridiculed me and religious leaders mocked in the distance.

“And yet, this was the only way that mankind could be redeemed, saved by Grace, and reconciled to God. Without this sacrifice, all would perish, which had been Satan’s plan since the Garden of Eden.

“My human body was capable of the same temptations and stress as yours. This is why that in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing what I faced the next day, I sweated great drops of blood. And yes, at one point (giving into the body I inhabited), I cried out: ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take this cup from me… nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt.’

“The reality of what I faced was now before me–the unspeakable pain–having to endure all the sins of mankind in my body… having to be taken to hell and back, to be ridiculed and to have one of my own disciples betray me… for money.

“I had to call on every ounce of faith I possessed to go through with this. But I had no choice. The world itself was at stake. And my love of mankind was such that I would have none perish.

“As my Father promised me, and, as explicitly detailed throughout the prophecies, the entire event went exactly as foretold, ending in great victory. Lucifer suffered his greatest defeat as the keys of death were snatched from his hands. Death was conquered, giving instead, to all who believe in me, everlasting life with me in Paradise.

“Looking at the world today… a world filled with violence, chaos, sin, unspeakable crimes against humanity… and even seeing those who call themselves My servants cutting down each other and distorting my Word, one could well ask, ‘Was it all worth it? If you could go back, would you go through the crucifixion again?’

“Yes I would. I would go through the whole thing for any ONE of you here. That is how much I love you. When you join me in Heaven, you will understand why I would want to share this Paradise with you. Heaven (you will see) is filled with exquisite peace and joy, and a place where you will inhabit perfect heavenly bodies… bodies free from aches, pains and disease.

“On second thought, let me clarify something. There will be one imperfect body in Heaven. And every time you see the nail holes in my hands and feet, and the scar in my side, you will be constantly reminded of how much I love you. And let me add, it was all worth it.

“So come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Amen.

Chaplains + 20,000 Christian Activists Finally Push Back

by Rev. Austin Miles

WASHINGTON, DC—4/4/17—SUCCESS! Because readers got out of their chairs and became visible by contacting representatives by phone, email and regular mail, office visits, sending letters to the editor challenging news reports, establishing a relationship with America’s leaders and standing up to be counted, a major victory astonished the enemy.

Especially significant is that Communists do respect numbers. In this case they had the military chaplains along with 20,000 Christians to deal with demanding they uphold biblical values.

The voice of this minister-columnist has consistently echoed in the wilderness that Christians must take a stand and push back against the “progressives” who have, under Satan’s instructions, tried to silence Christianity.

These leftist (Democrat-Communist) enemies of Christ had even managed to bluff authorities into making it law that military chaplains could not address sin when counseling, cannot pray for military personnel plus they can no longer say the name,  Jesus Christ or God Bless you, even at funerals!

The ‘progressives’ have not only declared war on Christianity along with its morals, but indeed, they are attacking God Himself. Not a wise thing to do.

As you know, the democrats have even mocked, ridiculed and slandered our Christian Vice President Mike Pence, and for what reason? For being faithful to his wife, respecting his marriage commitment and for taking caution to not even give the appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians:5:22

Yet the mentally deranged democrats find that very proper stand of responsibility as a husband a cause for ridicule? This clearly defines demoncrats (oops-typo) who feel they have more power by keeping the people weak by immorality. And this is what the George Soros Democrats are at war against. A moral society is a strong society.

This is the last thing Soros wants. A Christian’s mind cannot be enslaved, making it impossible to move the U.S. into the Communist ruled One World Order.

The Christians have now firmly made their presence known, giving them power by their sheer numbers.

It is exactly like the time frame of the past election, people finally had enough and voted with strength of numbers to put a man in The Oval Office who would put a stop to this anti-American, anti Christian persecution. As the people spoke then, they are really speaking now, as 20,000 Christians stood up, stood firm and contacted everybody in Congress and the Senate. Twenty thousand people cannot be ignored.

The push-back finally manifested and Congress has now taken needed action to halt this attack on Christianity, its ministers, military chaplains, and what’s more, they have gone on record to do so.

According to Charisma, a letter to Col. James P. Ryan, commanding officer of the 157th Air Refueling Wing based at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire, the bicameral group of congressmen and senators wrote of their support for this decision to maintain the chaplain’s prayers at all military ceremonies. At last! CHEERS!

Here is the content of that letter:

We write with reference to a complaint you received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) regarding invocations led by chaplains during Air National Guard ceremonies at Pease ANGB.

Established by George Washington in 1775, the office of military chaplaincy was designed to serve those in the armed services in a variety of ways, including offering a uniquely faith-based perspective on life and death issues. During consideration of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress affirmed the spiritual leadership that chaplains provide to service members and military commanders alike as well as the role that chaplains play in facilitating the free exercise of religion.

As you know, these conscience protections have been implemented by the Department of Defense through two instructions … These instructions make clear that expressions of belief are protected within the bounds of good order and discipline. Under these instructions, no service member may discriminate or take adverse personnel action on the basis of these actions by a chaplain.

We are deeply invested in protecting the mission-critical role of chaplains in the United States military. As such, we were pleased to see the following statement from the Air Force in response to the FFRF complaint:

The Air Force places a high value on the rights of its members to observe the tenets of their respective religions or to observe no religion at all. The Air Force is dedicated to maintaining an environment in which people can realize their highest potential regardless of personal religious or other beliefs. Chaplains provide, or provide for, the free exercise of religion, and we advocate its free exercise for every member of the Air Force and the joint environments.

There are no service restrictions preventing chaplains from praying according to their faith tradition. In certain circumstances, we encourage chaplains to offer inclusive prayers. Chaplains have consistently found the means to strike a balance between the tenants of their faith and the needs of the airmen they serve.

The religious guidance and service of military chaplains fills a fundamental spiritual need for our troops, promoting their operational readiness, success and overall well-being. For that reason, chaplains have played a central role in the lives of our men and women in the Armed Services for the last 240 years.

Among the most basic rights that Americans enjoy are the free exercise of religion, free speech and the freedom of association.

The Establishment Clause exists to ensure that the government cannot affirmatively impose or elevate one religion over another. However, it does not prohibit the government from referencing religion altogether, nor does it require that government officials proactively scrub all religious references from the public square. Rather, the Establishment Clause ensures both that the government does not show preference to a certain religion and that the government does not take away an individual’s ability to exercise religion. 

The Supreme Court recently stated, “It is an elemental First Amendment principle that government may not coerce its citizens to support or participate in any religion or its exercise.” … The court went on to state that “an Establishment Clause violation is not made out any time a person experiences a sense of affront from the expression of contrary views…”

The strong statement from the Air Force reinforces the policies and protections in place for service members and chaplains to freely exercise their religiously-informed beliefs, including the freedom of chaplains to adhere to the tenets of their faith as they perform and serve in all aspects of their ministry.

In today’s culture in which religious freedom is under attack, we want you to know that your positive decision has not gone unnoticed. We look forward to working with you to protect the right to religious freedom for our service members and chaplains.

The letter was the product of a joint effort by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and was signed by 15 of their colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Collins, a member of the Air Force Reserve, is the only military chaplain currently serving in Congress.

“The Air Force has again acted with courage and wisdom in affirming that our service men and women have the right to observe their respective religions or no religion at all,” he said. “Chaplains contribute to the holistic well-being of American troops, and to attack their role is to undermine the free exercise rights of all service members. I will continue to stand by Pease Air National Guard Base as it protects the freedom of the individuals who sacrifice to preserve the liberties of all Americans.”

We must be vigilant and stand ready without hesitation to speak up and make our voices heard. Ministers are also charged with ‘defending the faith.’

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Country Preacher Nails It!

by Rev. Austin Miles

MERIDIAN, ID 3/20-/17–Yesterday, while in Idaho, this columnist visited the “10 Mile Church” in Meridian. A warm welcome greeted my family and, as Joel Osteen says, “Come visit us, I promise, we’ll make you feel right at home,” and that is exactly how we were made to feel…right at home. We were comforted just by being there. THEN the pastor said something that astonished us all. Even though it was simple, we will never forget it.

Learning that the pastor, Rev. Steve Moore, was from Oklahoma struck a special chord. This writer has always loved Oklahoma folk. They are honest, reliable, good workers and most of them love God.

An unassuming man, Rev. Moore made his way to the pulpit, and gave a message from the Epistle of Paul regarding “Quenching the Spirit,” 1 Thessalonians 5:19.  Nothing complicated about his message which came right from his heart, and it hit home.

What we heard was the quiet wisdom of a down home country preacher who nailed an important point by saying we are in danger of quenching the Spirit when we allow ourselves to become distracted on the way. The result is a loss of spiritual blessings and even possible disaster.

He told of the young man who wanted to take his little brother to the county fair and had saved his money to pay for the rides his little brother would enjoy. On the way to the rides, a voice called out to him in a compelling manner from a booth, beckoning him to come over, which he did. That voice belonged to a man hawking a game that would win a prize “if you could prove your skills.”  The challenge was unfortunately accepted.

Before he knew it, the big brother had lost most of the money he had saved for the enjoyment of his little brother and walked away, without the ‘big prize,’ which was a cheap stuffed animal. This of course wrecked the entire purpose of the day at the fair. Because of the distraction, the little brother was cheated out of the enjoyment of the rides he could have taken. The pastor concluded his message with, “God bless you, and watch out for hawkers.” 

That last line stayed with everyone who heard it. There are hawkers lying in wait, everywhere, to distract us from God, our families and life itself. And what’s worse, we fall for it, almost every time, especially when they dress up the distraction in such an attractive manner, such as the Disney film, Beauty and the Beast. This film disguises its purpose in order to push the LGBT agenda by showing the attraction between two men (the stars) who then passionately kiss as normal behavior.

There were ample warnings about the purpose of this film, yet, the marks (carnival term for suckers) flocked to see it, breaking box office records for an opening weekend, ending yesterday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they took in $170 million in North America and $350 million globally. That number is climbing exponentially. A perfect example of the hawkers distracting the people.

And why is this film rated PG when it features a same-sex kiss? It should be an “R” rating if it MUST be shown. That so-called rating is another distraction to draw you in. And the purchase of a ticket makes those who distribute this trash to the world, wealthy, which encourages them to make more filth to pervert the thinking of their huge audiences.

The star, Emma Watson is making a fortune by participating in this children’s fairy tale perverted to promote degeneracy. And what does her earnings do for humanity? She donates heavily to Planned Parenthood, the most evil organization in the world that makes their fortune by brutally murdering inconvenient babies in the womb.

The killings are vicious, cruel and totally inhuman. They cut and rip the limbs off the innocent little babies, yes, dismember them, while they are fully conscious, so they can pull the pieces out one by one as the babies silently scream. Yes, it has been proven that babies in the womb CAN feel pain. And they twist in agony as this horror against them is taking place.

And THIS is what Emma Watson’s stardom contributes to the world. Indeed she works with the UN for global pro-choice murders. THAT is what your movie ticket money finances.  Movies today are indoctrination laboratories to prepare the world as Satan would have it.

It would be far better to get a library card, check out and read some of the classic books, especially any written by Irving stone, which can only be found in the library since they are no longer in print.

Yes, Satan himself is the master hawker, convincing one to commit sin, which will, he promises, be satisfying and indeed, thrilling. However, all that will come out of it is something cheap, like that stuffed animal that the young man spent his savings to “win.”  It is all a lie and a master distraction from following God and The Holy Spirit. We grieve the spirit every time we fall for the hawkers’ pitch which in turn delays and even cancels any blessing the Holy Spirit intends to extend to us. It is time to wise up.

So this column will close with the words Pastor Moore closed his thoughtful sermon with yesterday: “BEWARE OF HAWKERS!”  Yep. That stuck. He nailed it.

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

For an extraordinarily uninformed and angry section of our country, straight white men are the scourge.

In a rambling and incoherent profanity laced social media post, a Lynchburg, Virginia female school board member laid out her straight white man theory of all that is wrong with America.  Her bottom line, straight white men are the source of all evil, which if placed up front would have saved my reviewing all of her f-bomb laced and borderline psychotic offering.  If you desire, you may go read the pathetic and vulgar twaddle yourself.  If you have children in the Lynchburg school system, you may want to consider who you have in charge of educating your children.  That goes for the remainder of our country too.

I am not exactly sure what message she is communicating by disparaging “straight white men.”  But I will assure you that if the target of her rant was any group other than white men, she would be in hiding for fear of her life.  To see one group singled out in society and blamed for all that is wrong is eerily reminiscent of Nazi treatment of Jews.  As a product of their ignorance, it is these people who so readily label straight white men as Nazis.  Do they want to march us off to concentration camps?  Eradicate us from the face of the earth?  From her dissertation, it appears she would enjoy turning on the showers.  I am no angel and I have greatly disliked some people, but I have never felt the level of hatred for anyone or group that this woman expresses.  Sadly, she is not the lone ranger.  The same faux “rage” is fermenting across our media platforms and stoked by players who want to see America destroyed – straight white men and everyone else.

I am straight which means, I presume, that I align with the social and cultural norms that established the foundation of our country and which have been under constant assault for decades.  I am also Christian and white.  I live in redneck country, although I am not sure if rednecks and straight white men are the same evil.  I respect the flag of our country and the sacrifice of the men and women who, from our beginning, have kept it flying and the rest of us free.  I stand and face my flag or the music when I hear the Star Spangled Banner.  I stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.  I also stand for the Army Song.  I believe in the right to keep and bear arms and I do.  I read the Bible most days.  Might I recommend it to you?  The Founder’s Bible and The American Patriot’s Bible are laced with historical articles showing the influence of Judeo-Christian values on the founding of our country and our government.  If you are a former member of the Lynchburg School Board I also recommend this item in case while reading your head explodes.  I do not support abortion.  I do believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.  I believe the Ten Commandments are not the ten suggestions.  I believe in our Constitutional Republic.  I believe in following the law.  I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic.  The oath has no expiration date.  In some minds, I alone make up a whole basket full of deplorables.

I served much of my life in the Army.  I served with straight white men and probably some not so straight, but who chose to keep their sex lives private.  What a novelty that is these days.  I also served with straight white women, straight Black men and women, straight Hispanic men and women, straight Asian men and women, straight American Indian men and women and likely some not so straight from all of those groups,  Atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists….and probably some categories I left out.  Most of them were apolitical.  As serving members and Veterans, they comprise a tiny, tiny minority of Americans.

“’Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill.

Very few of the people I served with gave a rat’s rear end about your color, gender, sexual persuasion, religion or any other identifier of the day.  What they cared about was a common purpose and whether or not they could depend on you when it counted.  Some of them could out cuss a Lynchburg School Board member but rarely directed it at one of their brotherhood or sisterhood.   I actually lived in the tolerant and accepting utopia liberals like our school board member seem to pine for.  Maybe the brotherhood and sisterhood utopia I knew has been harmed by recent year’s social engineering intending to add the same divisions into the Armed Services, but I offer that you will not walk into any US military unit and find a mindset that says to improve we must eradicate some group or another unless they are a threat to what they vowed in their oaths to defend.  It is a mindset that continues when one leaves the service.

Our country began losing its common purpose many years ago.  Sadly, our school board member and many like her have another common purpose in mind.  To achieve it, they apparently believe they need to rid the place of straight white men.  Her spoken desire is for a society is actually the bigoted and intolerant one she professes to deplore.  She is just too filled with hatred and stupidity to realize it.

© 2016 J. D. Pendry

Quiet Woman’s Work Astonishes Observers.

by Rev. Austin Miles

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BYRON, CA 2/6/17– She is an ordinary looking woman who would not stand out in a crowd. She is unassuming, quiet and goes about her business without flair. Yet strangers who never met her will approach her on the street to reveal their innermost thoughts. Indeed they feel they MUST talk to her…a woman they had never met, nor did they even know her name.

It is not her beauty even though she is attractive, nor the way she dresses which is simple but tasteful. She does have something within her that cannot escape the attention of everyone who gets even just a glimpse of her….or even sees her in the distance.

Priscilla Martinez is a devoted Christian who carries the earned title, Chaplain. Her love of God is so resilient that it radiates from her, and like a magnet pulls people to her. Here is an extraordinary case of someone being so genuinely filled with The Holy Spirit that people MUST come to her.

There is a reason for this as explained in John 12:32:  Jesus said, “If you lift me up, I will draw all men to myself,” or as some translations say, “I will draw all people toward me.” If any individual lifts up Jesus in their lives, he will draw all people toward Him, meaning that when He resides in those who lift him up people will be drawn to that person.

That Scripture has also been interpreted to say, “If you lift me up, I will draw all men unto thee.”  In any translation this shows that people will be drawn toward those who lift up Jesus in their hearts and in their lives. And so it is with Chaplain Priscilla Martinez.

One example happened not long ago on a street in Brentwood, California. While walking down the sidewalk a woman crossed to her side of the walk and told her about a friend of hers who was at that moment dying in a hospital (Kaiser-Antioch). Her friend was in the emergency room and asked Chaplain Priscilla (the other woman did not know she was a chaplain) if she would go to see her.

Again, this woman knew nothing about her but felt compelled to go to her on that street. Chaplain Priscilla said, “I will go immediately.” And that she did. She went straight to the emergency room, went inside and could hear the woman screaming as she flailed uncontrollably in her bed. Her distressed family was in the room with her.

When Chaplain Priscilla went in they asked who she was. She told them. Then they asked her why she was there.  “To pray with your mother,” she answered.  A son in the family arrogantly got in Priscilla’s face and said, “And what is that going to do? First of all, we are atheists.” “I was asked to come,” the chaplain stated firmly. The family walked out of the room to the waiting room, leaving Chaplain Priscilla alone with their mother, who was still screaming and flailing.

As this anointed woman of God began to pray for this very ill and agitated patient, she gradually stopped screaming, came to her senses and suddenly was at peace. Chaplain Priscilla stayed only a few more minutes, then took her leave.

Going to the elevator she saw the family in the glassed in waiting room and nodded her head that she was leaving. They immediately got up to go to their mother’s room and to their astonishment, found her comfortable and peaceful.

While Chaplain Priscilla was still waiting for the elevator (God’s timing) the son rushed back out of the room and said to Priscilla, “What shot did they give her?” 

“Oh they didn’t give her any shot.”  

“Then what happened to her?”  

“She got prayed for,” Chaplain Priscilla answered calmly just as the elevator door opened, she got in, the door closed and she was on her way. This certainly gave that atheist family something to think about.

Seeing her success, some would think her life was working out for her because she was raised with privileges without any of the life struggles that most of them encounter. Indeed many non-achievers who have experienced rejection and other difficulties believe this about anyone who is successful.  How wrong they are. Chaplain Priscilla has dealt with struggles like everyone else including the worst kind of heart ache and health problems, probably more than most.

She once had been a very successful real estate agent with high-end properties and had accumulated a sizable nest egg. Her health began to decline, and then, the most heart wrenching of all, her husband committed suicide. Another member of her family had earlier been put on suicide watch. Her savings dwindled to practically nothing. She was devastated.

She began attending a church where I was on the pastoral staff and she gave herself totally to God, became very active in the church and began teaching Bible classes. Something radiated throughout her indicating that she had been set apart for God’s service.

She felt strengthened by the church and enrolled in my chaplain’s training program. After several weeks of course work and joining me on the spur of a moment to take part in crisis situations, the final exercise before being certified was to take place at a military Stand Down. Homeless veterans are bused in to a makeshift army camp set up on a fairgrounds for four days where counseling is provided by the chaplains in training.

She was loved by the veterans and especially related to the women vets. She was limping. When asked about it she fluffed it off saying she would be seeing a doctor when the Stand Down was over. That foot appeared to be very painful during that last day, yet she would go nowhere until that requirement had been fulfilled completely. Then, I would learn later, the next day after the stand down ended, she had surgery on her foot. She is a fiercely dedicated woman.

She became a chaplain for Shepherd’s Gate, a shelter for battered women. She even went to court with them when they were to confront the husband who had mistreated them. Most were terrified of having to face the brutal man they had married. Chaplain Priscilla was right there with each woman and brought such calm to the entire court room that one official stated to her, “We need more people like you in this courtroom.”

When I left California, I put her in charge of the chaplain’s training program. She became a member of His Presence Church in Brentwood (Pastor Felix Golden) where she trained her first chaplains. Her first graduating class brought us 21 new chaplains. I was there to speak and present the certificates. All of her chaplains have full-time chaplaincies. One colorful African young woman became the chaplain of…now get this…the wives and families of the Golden State Warriors. They all have been placed.

It took a long time for her to get over the unexpected death of her husband but would much later meet and marry Hector Martinez, a very good man who is so proud of her, watches her fulfill her ministry including weddings, dedications and funerals along with speaking engagements. He supports her totally and watches her in awe as she carries out her duties.

There is so much more to the story of this remarkable woman whom you will never forget from the moment you first meet her. She has expanded the chaplaincy program and added to the curriculum. She is constantly on the go to minister to those who need her. What a blessing she is to everyone she encounters. She is truly a gift from God.

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Transgender Boy Scouts of America–SERIOUSLY? Yes as of Now!

by Rev. Austin Miles

The revised Boy Scout motto today has transitioned to:

On my honor I will do my best, to pervert myself and all the rest.’

Like every youth organization, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have acted as a magnet to draw in homosexuals where they are given unlimited access to little boys, providing a setting where they can secretly fulfill their uncontrolled lusts. These pedophiles, which prefer children, are forever on the prowl.

This Christian organization-BSA- was formed to teach strong leadership skills to boys, but as usual, this concept has become vulnerable to an influx of deviants who demand that their perversions be freely expressed wherever they please. Sexual misfits slipping into this character-building youth group is really not a new thing since homosexual scoutmasters have been around since the organization was founded over 100 years ago. Back then it was hidden.

The predators in those days were not of the limp-wrist variety or swishy. They were manly and athletic in appearance, like Cub Scout Leader John Brockdorf of Cub Scout Pack 62 in 1947 Salinas, California. He is now dead, killed in prison by prisoners.

Originally, the BSA, described itself as “provider of the nation’s foremost character development and values-based leadership training, whose mission was to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

Here was the Scout Oath taken by all members who were expected to uphold all parts of this oath in their lives. (All emphasis’ mine:)

On my honor I will do my best,

to do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

to help people at all times;

to keep myself physically strong

mentally awake, and morally straight.

Get that? This Christian organization was formed for the purpose of raising young boys to become responsible moral men, husbands and fathers. However this is the last thing that Satan (yes Satan) wants. His goal is sexual perversion, deviancy, and lawlessness and to completely abolish anything that honors God.

The enemy’s specific goal is to get God out of everything, especially human thought. WAKE UP people, this is exactly what is taking place but we have all been brainwashed into being more ‘open minded’ and accepting, while being persuaded by the word, “inclusion,” a word employed by liberals–yes Democrats–to manipulate the public acceptance of anything that comes down the pike, or up from the sewer.

The homosexual scout issue gradually began to rise as more and more atheists got into scouting. Then sin became more open and the Constitution was used to declare their “rights.” They began to pressure the BSA into accepting confused ‘gay’ kids into their ranks which is a logical next step on the path to hell.

The Christian group began to cave in to political pressure. In 2013–recruiting a ‘gay’ kid to be a plaintiff–they filed a “civil rights case” and won which now allows youth who identify as “gay” to openly be members of the scouts. Bit by bit the door was being pushed open wider and wider.

The attacks against this Christian organization began early and grew from there. Here is where it started: The atheists, who, cannot simply live and let live, slithered forth demanding that they be allowed to join the scouts without believing in God; with a trend-setting case that made headlines during the 1980’s.

The case was brought by the Randall twins, Michael and William, both 10 years of age, who felt that they should be able to be a member of the scouts without having to affirm a belief in God. Indeed they refused to say the name, God, in their oath at the meetings.

Their father James Grafton Randall, an atheist lawyer, filed the complaint and won. Being an atheist would automatically violate the Scout Oath which didn’t seem to matter. The twins became members.

The case was based upon ‘religious discrimination’ that is forbidden in the Constitution. All organizations are constrained from requiring religious beliefs, or, discrimination for not having them. It was a skillful application to hammer home points that were not intended when the Constitution was written.

They won their case opening the gates for various goons to make specific cases about their lifestyles and beliefs or lack thereof. They would do anything to sabotage American ethics and morality.

The Randall case was celebrated by atheist groups–and there are many–with the Randal Twins feted as heroes at the various atheist meetings and conventions. This writer personally witnessed this at an atheist meeting in Los Angeles.

They got a lot of press and became twisted celebrities. This was the first major victory against the Boy Scouts of America, which opened the floodgates to bring in more nutty cases. Again, don’t forget that all of this came straight from the pits of hell.

After successfully winning the next case of allowing homosexual boys to become members, contrary to all stipulations of the Scout Code to live a moral life, the next case forced the BSA to lift its requirements barring scout leaders and employees who identified as homosexual. They were there all along, but now they wanted the world to know that they were sodomites, like it was a badge of honor, plus, a victory for ‘the cause.’

And how those “gay” scout masters loved those unsupervised camping trips where they had all these little boys to themselves. The molestation’s and rapes secretly began. Most of the rapes went unreported since many of the victims did not tell their parents. They were afraid they would be blamed for the assaults.

This writer was violently sexualized as an 11-year-old by the Cub Scout Master, John Brockdorf. I was another who would be automatically in the wrong for whatever happened to me so I did not tell my parents. The assault was so violent that it tore the inside of my rectum, leaving the nerves exposed; causing horrific pain that lasted for years. The pain was so severe that I would cry going to the bathroom. It had the effect of severe torture.

This left me with lifetime problems and relationship problems. From that point forward, I mistrusted anyone in uniform and all authority figures even though I did wear a uniform when serving in the U.S. Army. My entire life was affected by this LGBTQ poster guy as is the life of anyone else who is victimized by these monsters, all of whom should receive life sentences, since their victims do.

Brockdorf was eventually found out by others and run out-of-town. He re-settled in New York City where he found employment as a travel guide for…..yes…kids.

He of course sexualized a young boy who was able to tell his parents who immediately had Brockdorf arrested. He went to trial where his young victim testified against him. Brockdorf was sentenced to prison where other inmates killed him. A proper ending.

And by the way, I DID, many years later, forgive Brockdorf which is a requirement for Christians. Especially for ministers.  I did not know at the time that he had been killed, so the forgiveness was legit.

Now the latest attack on the Boy Scouts of America is a case allowing….now sit down… sexually confused transgender kids to become members of the boy scouts. This has just happened. Kids can state whatever gender they wish on their application and the BSA must recognize them as the gender they say they are no matter what their birth certificates declare. Talk about the inmates running the asylum.

This case came about through a confused little 8-year-old girl who wants to be a boy.  The parents, instead of getting her to a mental health doctor, pampered her little fantasies, brought that case to court and won.  Again, this is AN EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL. We wonder how that will work when they are all in the showers and on camping trips. Next little boys will say they are girls and join the Girl Scouts.

The organization said this in a press release regarding the admittance of transgenders to the scouting program: “The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible — all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”  How’s that again? (Emphasis mine.)

Remaining true to their core values as outlined in the Scout Oath and Law??? Who are they trying to kid? One rule for sure, deception must be accompanied by lies to make it work, which is the meaning of deception in the first place. But that last statement adds an EXTRA lie on the part of the scout leaders. Some example.

Get your children out of those hotbeds of sexual assault. Pastors, kick those bums out of your churches. Many homosexual Episcopal Churches are staffed by deviants wearing collars and of course, host boy scout meetings in their churches.

Homosexual Episcopal Churches is fact. I almost slugged one of those priests in New York City while a chaplain. How in the world can these perverts be accepted in seminaries, much less as priests and pastors? Have we all gone mad? Look what happened to the Catholic Church.

There are alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America, now the garden of fresh fruits. Check your trusted church and discuss this with your pastor. One such organization is The Royal Rangers. Another is The Trail Blazers.  Withdraw any further support for the Boy Scouts of America and notify any organizations or advertisers who sponsor this pedophile grooming group that you no longer support them.

Churches, it is up to you. Pastors, man your pulpits! Preach the Gospel truthfully and without compromise. When we were ordained, we also were charged with being “Defenders of The Faith.”

We must take that charge seriously. Whenever someone comes against our churches and Christianity let us use our pulpits to push back, putting a spotlight on the actions against the church and take charge of the problem. We can find plenty of Scriptures to back up our defenses.

People, please attend and support your churches and help strengthen them. Stand as a mighty force for God. And let us all be solid Christians who walk the walk with firmness against these satanic attacks on our children and upon us. Again Pastors--MAN YOUR PULPITS! This must be stopped.

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Idiots – Churches for Middle East Peace Praises Obama on UN Israeli Settlements Vote

Churches for Middle East Peace Praises Obama on UN Israeli Settlements Vote

Dec 30, 2016 | 1:57 PM

(Photo: Facebook)Members of the organization Churches for Middle East Peace.

Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition with representatives from 22 national Christian denominations has praised the Obama administration’s controversial abstention on a recent United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements on land held since 1967.

“Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) supports the abstention of the U.S. administration which allowed this resolution to pass. This historic action was one of the first times in recent years where the United States did not utilize its power of veto within the UNSC to block actions within the U.N. that address major global concerns about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,” wrote the organization’s executive director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon.

“We believe the call on both parties to return to the negotiating table, to mitigate conflict and incitement, and for the Israelis to end the settlement enterprise are fundamental efforts that can lead to a just peace,” she added.

Churches for Middle East Peace, established in 1984, works to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote a fair and sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its board of directors includes leaders from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant congregations in denominations such as the United Methodist Church, American Baptist Churches, USA and Presbyterian Church, USA with a reach of nearly one million.

Earlier this month, Cannon had urged the Obama administration in a letter to vote “yes” on the resolution that reaffirmed last Friday: “that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.”

“Since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993 the settler population in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has more than doubled and over 50,000 new settlement units have been built, 11,000 of them between 2009 and 2015,” Cannon had said in her letter to Obama urging him to vote “yes” on the resolution. “While you and your predecessors sought a sustainable peace agreement, Israel continued to expand old and build new settlements over the Green Line creating ongoing obstacles to peace. Currently political forces in both Israel and the United States are working relentlessly to redefine settlements as legal parts of the nation state of Israel.”

On the other hand, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, an organization “established to educate Christians about their biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel” and serves as UN special envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches wants President-elect Donald Trump to punish the UN for the vote as soon as he is sworn into office next month.

“We are calling on President-elect Donald Trump, upon his first order of business on January 21, 2017, to call upon Congress to cut all funding to the UN and to immediately begin the process of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv, to her biblical, ancient capital, Jerusalem,” Moore said according to The Jerusalem Post.

“As Christians around the world were preparing to celebrate Christmas, and our Jewish brethren were preparing for Hanukka, the United Nations, with the wide-predicted support of President Barack Obama — with a single vote, they have denied our Jewish brethren the rights to their homeland as well as threatening the very survival of Christians and our holy sites in the biblical heartland,” she explained. “It is past time for the US to send a message loud and clear that we the people will stand with our Jewish brethren and Israel in the struggle for her right to inhabit her ancient biblical and legal homeland.”

United States Secretary of State John Kerry explained on Wednesday that the decision to abstain from voting on the Security Council resolution was an effort to preserve the “viable two-state solution” to the longstanding Israel-Palestine conflict which is now in jeopardy.

The status quo in Israel he said is spurring the development of settlements in a push toward a one state solution that the public doesn’t want and which he believes will lead to more conflict.

2017 to Bring Rise in Violent Persecution of Christians Worldwide

2017 to Bring Rise in Violent Persecution of Christians Worldwide: Report

Jan 1, 2017 | 10:59 AM

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Iraqi Christians take part in a procession to erect a new cross over the Mar Korkeis church, after the original cross was destroyed by Islamic State militants, in the town of Bashiqa, Iraq, November 19, 2016.

The U.K.-based group’s annual Persecution Trends report says that apart from the rise of brutalities against Christians in the Middle East, there’s a reason to worry about the safety of Christians also in India and China.

“In India, recorded attacks from Hindu militants have increased dramatically, and in China, pressure is building on unregistered churches,” Release International says.

“Around the world Christians face an increasing array of violent persecutors. These include the brutal Islamic State in the Middle East, heavily armed militants in Nigeria and Hindu extremists in India,” says Release Chief Executive Paul Robinson, adding that the trend should serve as “a wake-up call to take our prayers and practical support for our persecuted family to a new level.”

The refugee crisis in the regions neighbouring conflict-ridden Syria and Iraq is likely to continue in 2017, the group says, noting that one focus will be Kurdistan in northern Iraq, which is now home to nearly 2 million internally displaced people, including Christians.

The Islamic State terror group, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, has tortured, sexually abused and even crucified those who refuse to renounce their faith in Syria and Iraq.

Persecution in the Shia Muslim nation of Iran is also on the rise, and the clampdown on underground churches will likely carry on, the group warns.

In Nigeria, Christian communities in north and central parts continue to face widespread violence at the hands of heavily armed Fulani militants. The military defeat the Boko Haram group is suffering has not brought down the suffering of Christians there, the group adds.

In Pakistan, Christians have been suffering accusations of blasphemy and bombings, the group notes.

In India, the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India recorded 134 attacks on Christians or churches in the first half of 2016 alone, which is close to the annual totals for both 2014 and 2015 combined, the group noted, adding that attacks on Christians will likely continue to rise in 2017.

In China, the Communist government’s 2016 draft Regulations on Religious Affairs looks set to increase the pressure on unregistered churches in particular. “China’s policy of Sinicisation to make the Church somehow more Chinese in character — looks set to bite down harder in the new year.”

On the U.N.’s International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide last month, other persecution watchdogs also said that Christians continued to be some of the most widely targeted people.

London-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide called for the “perpetrators of crimes against humanity” in North Korea and Eritrea to be held to account.

Last month, Pope Francis said the church has more martyrs today than the early church did.

“But why does the world persecute Christians?” the pontiff asked. “The world hates Christians for the same reason it hated Jesus: because He brought the light of God and the world prefers the darkness to hide its wicked works.”

THE GIFT THAT TRULY KEEPS ON GIVING

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But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. —Psalm 5:11

Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. —Psalm 105:3

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. —Matthew 2:10

Our Fallen Human Nature

There is no chicken little (the sky is falling) when you have Jesus. We rejoice because no matter our circumstances, the Lord is with us. Philippians 4:4.

As I write this, our newly elected president has not yet even taken his oath of office and people are deciding he’s not “draining the swamp” the way they expected him to do. There is no patience, no waiting on God, there is an immediate rush to judgment.

Stop it! Wait on the Lord! We believed our new president, now let’s see what he can do. Realize that he may make some mistakes! Haven’t we all!

Why is it that our fallen human nature immediately runs to negativity? Why is it that we immediately want to destroy any hope or promise God has given us? It’s our nature…that old sinful nature. And the Lord knows just exactly how we are! We so often fail to rest in HIM!

Remember Abraham and Sarah? The story starts in Genesis 11:30. The promise of God to Abraham would take twenty-five years to come to fulfillment. Of course, Abraham would never have known that it would take that long. He trusted God and knew that He would keep His word, and until then he must wait on the Lord. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to wait. Sometimes waiting for an answer to prayer is often part of the answer. We are far too impatient and want answers now, yet God in His gracious plan and purpose allows us to wait until His time.

Sadly, Abraham listened to his wife Sarah rather than waiting on God to do what He said he would do. Sarah thought she needed to help God, not understanding fully that with Him, all things are possible, and His promises are forever. Believers know the rest of this story.

Wait on the Lord, and wait on Him in prayer.

Rejoicing in Adversity

True joy comes from knowing the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and His Son, Messiah Jesus. Here is the true story of a Chinese pastor who was imprisoned for 18 years by the Communists because of his faith. Day after day, year after year, he was assigned to work in the prison camp’s cesspool.
Every morning he had to wade into that stinking hole and spend his day scooping out the human waste. He was given this job as a special punishment because he kept holding tenaciously to his faith.

The pastor was grateful for the assignment because of the solitude he had. The stench was so bad that even the guards stayed far away. So, the pastor had the freedom to pray aloud, sing hymns to the Lord, and recite Scripture. The cesspool had become a garden of communion with God. And what did he sing? In the Garden, by Charles A. Miles, a 1913 hymn.

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Out of the hardest of circumstances and worst of situations this man’s experience is a testimony of how God is in control no matter how horrible the situation might be.

If Pastor George Chen was willing to do all this to stand for his faith under such adversity; how can we even complain about the small adversities in our daily life?

Fire and Loss in East Tennessee

Drought struck our area this summer, with high temperatures and no rain. Our Smoky Mountains were timber waiting to burn. The fires started, caused from arson by two underage teens, burning 17,000 acres of the Smoky Mountains. In the tourist area of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, thousands of homes and businesses burned to the ground; the latest count is 14 dead. I’ve never seen a summer here so very hot and dry, not in the nearly 30 years we’ve lived here.

Tennessee is the Volunteer State, and rebuilding will take place, but the loss to so many is heartbreaking and devastating. The Fire Chief lost his own home while helping others. The Mayor of Gatlinburg lost his home as well as his resort which was extra income. Yet, their worries were all for their own people, and prayers for rain, which we received the next day. We rejoiced, and praised the Lord for His mercy.

Now comes the cleanup and the much-needed help. Dolly Parton is giving $1,000 a month to every family who lost their homes. This will go on for six months. She has also donated $1 million to help rebuild, and she has even bigger plans.

This is the buckle of the Bible belt, and the majority of people know the Lord, and trust in Him, even through tears and loss. One man lost his wife and two daughters, and has written a letter of forgiveness to the two teens, stating that this is what Jesus would have him do.

December is a huge tourist month for Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. They’re back open, and beautifully decorated for the season, won’t you please come!

Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie was a Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. She watched her sister, Betsy, die in Ravensbruck concentration camp.

In 1947 she had come from Holland to defeated Germany to give a talk about forgiveness. Everyone filed out in silence after her speech, and then a man walked up to her and asked her if she really meant what she said about
forgiveness. She saw the man as he had been, a guard at Ravensbruck who had watched her and her sister march by him naked as their clothes and shoes lay strewn in a pile on the floor.

She saw him and memories flashed in her mind. Her natural hatred and revulsion made her stiffen and she fumbled in her pocketbook. The former guard told her he had become a Christian and he reached out his hand to her. Corrie said that her arm felt like lead, and that she didn’t know if she could lift it.

She had told the audience of Germans, “When we confess our sins, God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever.”

“You mentioned Ravensbrück in your talk,” the man said. “I was a guard there.

But since that time,” he went on, “I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well Fräulein,”–again the hand came out– “will you forgive me?”
Corrie said she stood there, and she remembered what the Lord has said, “If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” She prayed, “Father, help me.”

Finally, her wooden arm reached up to grasp the man’s hand, and she said, “The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.”

“I forgive you, brother!” she cried. “With all my heart!” [Link]

The Birth of Our Savior

Christmas is here. The birth of our King of Glory is celebrated every year for one month of joyous preparation, and one special day reminding everyone of His gift to us. It is the season where we say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! We rejoice in the knowledge of our amazing Salvation through Christ the King who came in the simplest and humblest of wrappings.

Jesus is God’s gift to all humanity. The perfect sinless gift. The gift of eternal life. The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

Life is about what happens beyond the grave. Life is about knowing the God who made you and who gave you the greatest gift you will ever receive.
When you are shopping for gifts, when you are decorating your home, when you are baking and cooking, when you are opening those gifts from under the tree, when you are celebrating with family and friends, remember the perfect everlasting gift, the gift that truly keeps on giving, throughout our lives, and then into eternity.

Despite what we may live through, if we have the King of Glory in our lives, He is the blessed gift who holds us up in both joy and trials.

May your Christmas and your heart reflect the exultation of knowing Him and receiving His special gift. For it is by grace…

Merry Christmas! Again

By Jim O’Neill

Hark the herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn king”

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic host proclaim

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

 

Excerpt from “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” lyrics by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) and various authors

 

It is mighty nice to have Jesus back in the fold again, so to speak – just in time for His birthday too!

After many (way too many) years of American Christianity being subtly and not so subtly attacked by forces inimical to Jesus/God, it is with joyous expectation and relief that “we the people” look forward to President-Elect Donald J. Trump (and VP-Elect Mike Pence) reinstating “Merry Christmas!” while showing “Happy Holidays” the door.  We look forward to them ushering in a period of grace where Jesus and His teachings once again serve as a lodestone and compass for America to steer by.

So “Hark, and welcome back Jesus, happy birthday!”  May we as a country, and as individuals, be worthy, and act worthy, of Christ’s manifold blessings — Amen.

Merry Christmas

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 3and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:26-38 …

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. – Luke 2:1-21

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