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10 Biblical Reasons Behind Trump's Jerusalem Decision

A WND exclusive by Rabbi Tuly Weisz notes the world's holiest city 'has shalom at its core' and provides 10 biblical reasons:

 1) Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible. 
For Zion’s sake I will not be silent and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be still. ISAIAH 62:1 (The Israel Bible)

2) “King David declared it 3,000 years ago!”
But I chose Jerusalem for My Name to be there, and I chose David to rule over My people Israel. II CHRONICLES 6:6 (The Israel Bible)

3) The Jews have never forgotten Jerusalem.
If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. PSALMS 137:5 (The Israel Bible)

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Vote With Your Dollars This Christmas With The ‘Naughty and Nice List’

Barb Wire

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Holly Meade, and BarbWire.com Founder Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

Naughty and Nice List PDF 

As part of our Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, we also have the Naughty and Nice List. You can check where these retailers are with respect to Christmas and you can shop accordingly.

We’re going to be talking about it on Faith and Freedom. I’m Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, joining me is Matt Barber, the Founder of BarbWire.com, and Holly Meade, the Director of Communications for Liberty Counsel.

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She Wanted To Join ISIS, Met Jesus Instead, And Got Delivered From Demons On Camera

Rita Chaima radiates with joy. When you see her face, you can tell she’s filled with deep happiness and contentment.

But that’s the opposite of the way she used to feel. Chaima was raised a Muslim, and from an early age she struggled with suicidal depression.

She tells her powerful story in a new documentary called “In His Footsteps” by a ministry called The Last Reformation.

“I just saw a cruel world and I didn’t want to be a part of it,” she recalls.

Chaima says she tried to kill herself three times. “I was doing drugs, I was smoking, I was smoking anything… I just wanted to destroy myself.”

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part II

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 Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory Boad
Living Rightly

This article continues the discussion started in Part I, using the areas of education, poverty, and healthcare as examples. More detail on the first two topics can be found in Collectivism and Charity: The Great Deception.

Platform Principles

Responding to all the items within the Democratic platform would create a very long article. Fortunately that’s not needed. Just a few principles underlie their plan and include;

  • More spending fixes the problem
  • Creating laws and regulations to ‘level the playing field’
  • Government management increases efficiency
  • Providing ‘free’ resources is necessary and responsible governance

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The Christian's Response to Cultural Decay: Part 2

 Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President

American Family Association

(Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android)

With a nation in near moral collapse and a church that is struggling to be salt and light, what should Bible-believing Christians do? How should they respond? Here are some helpful glimpses from Scripture. (Part one can be found here.)  

Remember that anger does not cure the disease. 

Of course, many Christians are paying attention to what is happening in America. During this period in our nation’s history when wickedness seems triumphant on every side, many in the church are taking it to heart. 

In times like these, it isn’t easy to keep our grief from turning into anger. After all, the Psalmist says, “Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law” (Psalm 119:53).  

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part I

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Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory Boad
Living Rightly

Living in the Land of Lies discussed some progressive principles, how they impact society and differ from our founding ideas. Progressive ideas are not limited to any particular political party. This article draws from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, a platform steeped in progressive ideas representing man’s enlightenment of himself. Man turned toward man, or man and man alone.

At its heart, the Democratic platform presents government solutions to all our current problems. Actions requiring government expenditures and intervention. The words invest, investing, and investment occur over 60 times in just 50 pages. Some of their stated ends I agree with, but it’s not just the ends alone that matter. The means used to achieve them are at least as important—and overlooked.

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Bible Belief Is Not Bigotry

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.

Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz trumpeter, is remembered not only for his stupendous talent but also for the way his cheeks would puff out when he blew his horn.

Writer Jim Doherty says that on one occasion Gillespie was talking with Chicago Symphony trumpeter Adolph (Bud) Herseth. Herseth, a white man, is known for turning bright red whenever he would play. Gillespie, who was Black, kidded with Herseth, “Bud,” how come your cheeks don’t puff out when you play?”

Herseth replied, “Diz, how come your face doesn’t get red when you play?”

Two great trumpeters with different styles. God has made us all unique, and the creation shows that God enjoys its diversity.

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The Greatest Man of the Second Millennium

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Bryan Fischer

Martin Luther was the greatest man of the second millennium.

Many great and influential men moved about the world stage between 1000 AD and 2000 AD - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Bismarck, and Winston Churchill to name just a few - but Luther towers above them all.

As a lowly monk, he stood alone against the mightiest political power of the day, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and against the mightiest religious power of the day, the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This wasn’t David against Goliath, this was David against an army of Goliaths. Luther took them on, and he won.

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2 States Ravaged by Opioids Show Difference Faith Makes

A large and growing body of evidence shows that not only can religion help prevent people from using illicit drugs, but it also plays a strong role in effective treatment programs. …

Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

HANOVER, N.H.—There is a strong correlation between lack of religious attendance and illicit drug use, research shows in contrasting two states hit hard by the opioid crisis.

The parallels are demonstrated by two comparative studies of New Hampshire and West Virginia.

West Virginia suffers from an ailing economy, while New Hampshire has a strong economy, noted J. Scott Moody, CEO of the Granite Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute takes its name from the fact that New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.

“It’s not just economics causing the overdose problems. There are other factors,” Moody told The Daily Signal.

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The Christian’s Response to Cultural Decay: Part 1

Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President
American Family Association

(Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android)

Sometimes it seems as if America has become like Judah during the time of Isaiah, when nothing in that culture was sound or healthy:

Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil (Isaiah 1:5-6).

Alex McFarland, author, apologetics expert, and co-host of Exploring the Word, heard weekdays on AFR, has identified the three greatest challenges facing the church, and all three are veritable giants.

They are:

  1. militant secularism,
  2. intolerant homosexuality, and
  3. radical Islam.

Especially in the case of the first two in the U.S., these giants seem everywhere ascendant.

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Out of the Las Vegas Tragedy Comes More Hope

Dan Wolf

My heart goes out to those at the recent Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. My prayers are with you, your families, the first responders, and medical personnel who assisted those who were wounded. It was truly a calamity, but as we’ll see in a bit there were also some very hopeful moments in the midst of the tragedy.

The Reality

It is unfortunate that not even a single day passed before some attempted to inject politics into the shooting. There were of course calls for more gun controls, including the bump fire stocks used by the murderer. Outlawing these devices will likely do little harm, it will only take such devices out of the hands of law abiding citizens who are unlikely to use them in the first place. However, outlawing these devices will also likely do little good. Criminals and others intent on doing evil are most likely to use such devices, and they don’t care about the law. Make the devices illegal and those intent on doing evil will buy them illegally or find a way to make them. That is the reality we face.

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The World's Rejection Of Christians

Bill Muehlenberg | BARBWIRE

One of the clearest teachings found in the New Testament is this: if you throw your lot in with Jesus Christ, commit to being his follower, and decide to proclaim him wherever you go, you will be hated on. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this one – the disciple of Christ will be rejected by the world.

You cannot read the gospel accounts, the book of Acts, the epistles, or Revelation without repeatedly noting how often Christ-followers are persecuted, attacked, abused and hated – all because of their association with Christ. And of course 2000 years of church history also demonstrates this conclusively.

But none of this should be surprising. As Jesus said, the servant is not above his master. So what the world did to Jesus is exactly what the world will do to Christians. And guess what? The world hated Jesus. The world rejected Jesus. The world crucified Jesus.

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Living in a Land of Lies: How Progressivism Impacts Society

Collectivism and Progressive Counterparts

 by Dan Wolf

This article examines our governance, specifically its guiding principles. This article is not party specific. It doesn’t matter whether you have a ‘D’, ‘I’, or ‘R’ after your name. One’s ideology and derived principles are what matter, and today’s ideological buzz word is ‘progressive.’ People holding progressive ideas exist in both major parties, and are outlined below. Later, we’ll review portions of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform for its underlying principles, not picking on that particular party—but today’s Democratic party is largely controlled by communists and socialists. Their platform provides all the evidence needed to see where they actually stand, regardless of what they say.

Collective Principles

You see, with progressive ideology the truth is relative. The ends are all that matter, and are to be achieved at any and all cost. Equality is also subjective. All are not equal, but rather some are more equal than others. Elitism is the norm, and this elitism undermines morality as man turns toward himself. He becomes arrogant in his thoughts, values, and actions. Man turns from his purpose of self-sacrifice to self-interest. He corrupts himself. This is evident by progressivism’s fruit, which include the division, envy, and hate we see all too much today.

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