Thursday, July 27th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Jonathan Clark
Muslim Extremist Comes to Christ in Syria
As millions of Christians have fled Syria and Iraq because of ISIS, there is one pastor who has stayed. Emily Fuentes of Open Doors told The World View about what happened when a Muslim extremist man visited the pastor’s church.
“One of the pastors was hosting a church event within the community with a few other pastors. They were passing out clothing and food items and all sorts of things that neighbors needed. They saw a man who they could tell was a Muslim extremist with a beard and no moustache. They talked to the other pastors and said, ‘We need to watch this guy. He could be trying to do us harm. But we also don’t want to turn him away from hearing the gospel.’
“They invited him in, gave him some food, and had him listen to the sermon while keeping a close eye on him. And he was the first to get up and give his life to Christ after hearing the invitation to know Christ!”
Fuentes testified that stories like this remind us why God has preserved a remnant there in Syria.
Queensland Moves to Ban Sharing One’s Faith at School
Australia’s’ Queensland government is moving to ban references to Christianity and Jesus in schoolyards, according to The Australian. The unofficial policy targets even Christmas cards and bracelets intended to “share the good news about Jesus.”
The Queensland Department of Education released a report earlier this year saying that schools are responsible “to take appropriate action if aware that students participating in religious instruction are evangelizing to students who do not.”
But Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Says Hungary is a Christian Country
Last Saturday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the 28th Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp. In his speech, Orbán spoke of Hungary and Eastern European nations as “the future of Europe.”
Orbán also noted that there is “a clear link between the ideals of the Reformation and our political work” and that “as long as we have a decision in the matter, Hungary will always be a Christian country.”
Group of Conservative English Clergy Threatens Break from Anglican Church
The Queen’s former chaplain, Gavin Ashenden, is leading a group of conservative clergy, threatening to break away from the Church of England if it does not embrace the “authority of the Bible” on the issue of so-called homosexual marriage.
In a letter published Tuesday, the group said a “declaration of independence” from the Church of England may be in order. “There are times, particularly in the face of social disintegration, when it is the duty of the Church to be counter-cultural.”
2 Corinthians 6:17 declares, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
President Trump Bans Transgenders from the Military
President Donald Trump announced yesterday on Twitter that individuals who wish to appear as the opposite of their God-given gender would be banned from the US military.
Trump cited advice from his generals and military experts as well as the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” involved with transgenders in the military.
Senate Votes Against ObamaCare Repeal Bill
The US Senate voted 55 to 45 yesterday against Sen. Rand Paul’s “straight repeal” amendment on the ObamaCare program. The seven Republicans who voted against the repeal include Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Shelley Capito of West Virginia; Susan Collins of Maine; Dean Heller of Nevada.; John McCain of Arizona; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Rob Portman of Ohio.
The law would have given legislators two years to replace the current health law.
President Trump warned on Tuesday that senators who voted against repeal and replace are “telling America that they are fine with the ObamaCare nightmare.”
Planned Parenthood Abortion Mill Shut Down in Indiana
An Indiana Planned Parenthood murder mill was forced to stop doing abortions recently because the abortion doctor lost his admitting privileges with local hospitals.
The Indiana Department of Health issued a letter last week to the Merrillville facility, prohibiting all abortions without a physician who holds hospital admitting privileges.
Small Church in Georgia Helps over a Hundred Thousand People in the Community
Christianity Today reports a small church near Atlanta, Georgia has made a big impact through their ministry in the community.
The 124 members of Hillside Presbyterian Church have given out around 800,000 pounds of food to almost 145,000 people in the last 20 years! The church assists the community in many other practical ways when it comes to clothing, transportation, employment, housing, and even counselling.
The Lord reminds us that, “When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:3)
And that’s The World View in Five Minutes.
What kind of worldview do your children get? The vast majority of teens from Christian families are abandoning a biblical worldview, according to the Barna Group. Sadly, many parents do not realize that the curriculum they have chosen for their children actually conveys the wrong worldview of history, science, life’s purpose, and truth. Pass on the faith to your children with a distinctively Christian education.
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