…these are headlines over the last couple of days only.
The birth pains are growing and Christ’s church and our Jewish brothers and sisters are under full-out attack. The graphic images out of the middle east from ISIS advances are sobering.
Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!
Maranatha, Lord come quickly!
Iraq crisis: My night on the mountain of hell with dying Yazidi refugees
The lights of their towns, controlled by jihadists, twinkle beneath them in the moonlight. The people of the mountain can see their towns and villages, and the headlights of the jihadi patrols snaking through the streets they have abandoned, and know they cannot return.
Obama says Iraq took ‘promising step’ nominating new PM
US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate is a “promising step forward”. He acknowledged that Iraq had been through “difficult days”, and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq’s president asked Mr Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.
Islamic State Stones 2 Women to Death for Adultery
Two women were stoned to death by Islamic State militants within a 24-hour period last month, the AP reports. Their alleged crime: adultery. “People were shocked and couldn’t understand what was going on,” says an activist witness to one of the stonings in northern Syria.
Obama vows to smash Isis caliphate
Obama yesterday announced a prolonged bombing campaign to prevent the creation of a terrorist “caliphate” in the Middle East — warning that the militants posed a direct threat to western countries, The Sunday Times writes.
EU ambassadors to meet Tuesday on Iraq crisis: EU source
European Union envoys were to meet Tuesday for an emergency meeting over the deepening crisis in Iraq, an EU diplomatic source said, as cited by AFP.
David Gregory Slams Obama: ‘Big, Expansive Terrorist Threat Amassed On His Watch’
NBC’s David Gregory had some unpredictably harsh words for the White House during an interview with Senator Dick Durbin on Sunday, noting that “a big, expansive terrorist threat that has amassed” under President Obama’s watch.
Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria’s east
Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, a monitoring group said on Monday. The insurgents, who are also making rapid advances in Iraq, are tightening their grip in Syria, of which they now controls roughly a third, mostly rural areas in the north and east.
IS militants: Our message to the entire world is that we are the soldiers of the Caliphate state and we are coming
armed militants of the Islamic State group stand by a tank, holding weapons as one declares to the camera: “Our message to the entire world is that we are the soldiers of the Caliphate state and we are coming.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey
Outgoing PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his victory in Turkey’s first direct presidential election as a new era for the country. He told thousands of supporters from the balcony of his AK Party’s HQ in Ankara his victory was for all Turks, not just those who had voted for him. Mr Erdogan secured about 52% of the vote, to avoid any run-off.
Central African Republic crisis: Muslim PM Kamoun appointed
The interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR) has chosen a Muslim prime minister to head a transitional government. It comes in the wake of an agreement signed last month between rival militias aimed at ending more than a year of religious conflict. Mahamat Kamoun, an economist, is the first Muslim prime minister in the Christian-dominated country.
Newspaper: Terrorist’s son poses in gruesome photo
An Australian newspaper on Monday published a photograph of a child it said was the son of an Australian convicted terrorist holding aloft the severed head of a Syrian soldier.
US launches five more airstrikes Sunday, destroying four Islamic State armored vehicles
The United States launched another round of air strikes Sunday against Islamic militants in Iraq, destroying several armed vehicles, according to the Defense Department. The five attacks by U.S. fighter jets and drones destroyed four armed Islamic State vehicles — starting with one that was firing on Kurdish forces near the city of Irbil.
Fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates to join Islamic State, U.S. officials say
U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria… The movements are seen…as a worrisome indication of the expanding appeal of a group known as the Islamic State that has overwhelmed military forces in the region and may now see itself in direct conflict with the United States.
Nasrallah: Islamic State is a monster coming to devour region
In the second part of an interview to Al-Akhbar, the Hezbollah leader called the group and “uncontrollable monster conducting horrible massacres,” and said “They have no reservations: Not ideological, not moral, not religious and not human.”
Growing number of atheist churches’ in Bible Belt
‘People hear about it and email saying, ‘I’ve been waiting for this my entire life”
Allen West Declares Obama An Islamist
Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States.
Bibles are back in Navy Lodges, for now
The Navy has decided to put Bibles back in Navy Lodge rooms while leaders review policy on keeping donated Bibles in Navy Lodge guest rooms. The Aug. 14 announcement followed a widespread backlash from religious, conservative and veterans organizations after officials with Navy Exchange Service Command ordered the Bibles removed in June.
Watch: ‘CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK’ On Fox News
Tonight, Franklin Graham will appear with Greta Van Susteren on CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK, a special that will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox News Channel.
Report: US halted weapons transfer to Israel during Gaza offensive
Amid diplomatic tensions between US President Barack Obama’s administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the US halted a shipment of air-to-ground missiles to Israel last month during Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Obama blames others for abandoning Iraq
The current crisis in Iraq that has caused Barack Obama to flee Washington and responsibility for Martha’s Vineyard in search of a perfect tee-time . There are many causes for the current mess, most of them can inevitably be traced back to Obama.
Iraq crisis: UK says situation ‘still desperate’
The plight of Iraqis trapped on Mount Sinjar by Islamist fighters remains “desperate” but a rescue is now “less likely”, the UK has said. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the latest US inspection found fewer Yazidi refugees than expected and those remaining were in a better condition than feared.
5-day truce appears to hold despite shaky start after rocket attacks and IAF strikes
Israeli jets struck rocket launch sites and a terrorist base in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning shortly after midnight as a response to rocket attacks on southern Israel on Wednesday night. The exchange of fire did not stop an apparent cease-fire extension from coming into effect on Thursday at 12:00 a.m, which both sides accepted…
Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided
Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.
Why is Turkey supporting Islamic State fighters in Iraq?
Now that U.S. forces are engaged in combat operations against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, the Obama administration must press ISIS on all fronts, targeting its financing, logistics, and weapons providers. Turkey — America’s ally and NATO member — is allegedly involved. Clarifying Turkey’s role would serve U.S.-Turkey relations.
In North Korea, a church renovated, missionaries jailed
Tucked between trees and paddy fields in a quiet suburb in the west of Pyongyang, Chilgol Church is one of four state-operated churches in the capital of a country that espouses freedom of religion but effectively bans it.
Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team
Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive. Related Stories Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline AFP Clooney’s fiancee opts not to join UN Gaza probe team AFP Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP Israel Ready To Continue Gaza War After Tunnels Razed: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Huffington Post Israel has the right to defend itself. What about the Palestinians? The Week (RSS) Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.
Islamic State Funds Caliphate With Mosul Dam as Terror Spreads
Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. …Islamic State’s rampage through northern Iraq has inspired terror as stories spread of beheadings and crucifixions. At the same time, its fighters are capturing the strategic assets needed to fund the Islamic caliphate…and strengthen its grip on the territory already captured.
Glass doors vandalized at House of Israel
Glass doors were shattered by rocks at a cottage that showcases Israeli history and culture in San Diego, a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday. The damage was first discovered Saturday morning at the House of Israel in Balboa Park, according to Tammy Gillies of the Anti-Defamation League. She said there was no message left behind and nothing else to indicate the reasoning behind the actions.
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.