The Tide of Our Times
Parade Magazine [...] featured an article entitled The Worlds 10 Worst Dictators, by David Wallechinsky. While the persecution of Christians was not specifically addressed in the article, for sure, these countries with these dictators are where the worst persecution takes place. Pray for the Believers in these countries, and pray for the dictators themselves as well as their henchmen.
Countries 11-20 are as follows: Libya, Swaziland, Eritrea, Belarus, Cuba, Syria, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Laos, and Vietnam.
Good news in Canada! [...] The new Prime Minister is an evangelical Christian, and there are several others in the new government. One of the most exciting turn of events was the immediate announcement of the new Prime Minister that relations with Israel will be restored and business with Israel will become a major commitment of the new government!
The pursuit of gratification [...] Frank Furedi, a British sociologist, says society sends a message that the pursuit of happiness is more important than work ethic, and that creates problems. Happiness has become the buzz word of our times [...].
John Stuart Mill famously observed that happiness is the wrong goal: Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. A sense of entitlement is a little like happinessand unearned emotionwhich is why it often coincides with the breakdown of the work ethic. Happiness is more easily achieved through hard work. The opposite of hard work is sloth, and lazybones cant be happy because he spends so much time trying to avoid what he doesnt want to do. Instant gratification is an addiction, casting the seeker of instant gratification in the thrall of demanding more, more, more.
The Middle East conflict is difficult to solve, but it is among the simplest conflicts in history to understand.
The Arab and other Muslim enemies of Israel ([...]this does not mean every Arab or every Muslim) want Israel destroyed. That is why there is a Middle East conflict. Everything else is commentary.
Those who deny this and ascribe the conflict to other reasons, such as Israeli occupation, Jewish settlements, a cycle of violence, the Zionist lobby and the like, do so despite the fact that Israels enemies regularly announce the reason for the conflict. The Iranian regime, Hizbollah, Hamas and the Palestinians [...]as well as their Muslim supporters around the world, all want the Jewish state annihilated.
Up, Up, and Away!Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (Rev. 3:10).
The language of this verse makes it clear that the church will not go into the Tribulation. This hour of trial will be a time when Gods wrath will be poured out upon the world. Several things verify this fact.
The Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 15 establishes Israels title deed to the promised land [...]. In the words of John Hagee, Israel is the only nation created by a sovereign act of God. It is an unconditional covenant that will be fulfilled literally through the preservation, conversion and restoration of Israel.
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