Violence Attends Black Friday Sales, Obama and Trump Speak to Fidel Castro’s Legacy, New York City’s Churches Growing

Monday, November 28th, in the year of our Lord 2016

By Adam McManus

Violence on Black Friday

Violence broke out in three separate cities during Black Friday sales.  In a southern New Jersey mall, two people were shot — one fatally.

In Reno, Nevada, police are looking for a suspect in a deadly road rage incident they say is all over a Walmart parking spot.  The incident happened on Thanksgiving night as they started their Black Friday sale.

​And in Memphis Tennessee, one person was shot outside Wolfchase Galleria Mall at 11:15 p.m.Thursday night.

Among the things that the Lord hates in Proverbs 6, Solomon includes “hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Chinese Christians At Risk for Organ Harvesting 

The Communist Chinese continue to target Christians for forced organ harvesting, reports Evangelical Focus. Between 60,000 and 100,000 organ transplants have been carried out in China since 2000, most of which were harvested from Christians as well as Tibetan Buddhists and practitioners of the Falun Gong religion. The barbaric practice is the largest source of revenue for Chinese hospitals and the government.

Green Party Pays for Vote Recounts  

The 36-point font headline on the Drudge Report was startling. “She’s alive! Hillary challenges election results.” Fox News reports that Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, is demanding and willing to pay up to $7 million for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where Trump was declared the victor. The Clinton campaign joined the effort, despite Clinton having already conceded the race.

Trump said, “The people have spoken and the election is over. We must accept this result and then look to the future.”

Reactions to Fidel Castro’s Death  

President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that the death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro “marks the passing of ​a ​ brutal dictator,” while President Obama argued that ‘history’ will be Castro’s final ‘judge.’

The difference between the worldview of Trump and Obama was palpable.

Trump said, “Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. It is my hope that. . . today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long. . .” By contrast, Obama said, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”  The president took great pains to sound neutral or even affirming of Fidel Castro.

49’ers q​uarterback Colin Kaepernick had some good things to say about Castro’s socialist legacy over the weekend. . .and he was jeered and booed as he entered the field to play the Miami Dolphins for Sunday’s ​g​ame.

Mike Huckabee Calls Romney to Apologize to Trump

​Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on “Fox and Friends” to say  that the only way President-elect Trump should consider Mitt Romney for any position in his cabinet is if Romney offers a very public apology after questioning Trump’s character.

​“I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump. He didn’t just go after him from a point of saying, ‘I disagree with his policy on immigration, I disagree with his policy on taxes.’ He attacked him on a personal level about his character and integrity, his honor. When you go after the person who is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters, then you’re savaging the voters — you’re not just savaging Donald Trump.” ​

FBI Suspects Arson at Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

The FBI is investigating whether a hate crime occurred when a suspected arsonist set fire to a pro-life pregnancy center last Wednesday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports KRQE News 13. The Project Defending Life’s office located across the street from a Planned Parenthood abortion mill​, sustained extensive damage. Dominique Davis, director of client services for Project Defending Life, told LifeNews, “While this intentional evil act was meant to scare us and inhibit us from doing our work, those who committed this crime can be assured it has not.”

London Landmarks Lit for Religious Freedom  

Iconic London landmarks were floodlit in red on November 23rd to raise awareness of people who suffer injustice because of their religion.

The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Catholic Cathedral were floodlit to mark Red Wednesday, an initiative by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need to highlight deteriorating religious freedom in many parts of the world.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors, said persecution against Christians is worse than it has ever been in history.

Is New York City Undergoing a Revival?

New York City is undergoing a transformation. In 1989, less than one percent of New Yorkers attended church. That number has since grown to 5 percent, reports CBN News. Millennials and minorities make up the fastest-growing segments of the church-going population. At this rate, New York City could be a majority Christian city by the year 2026.

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Florida Boy Invites Police for Thanksgiving Dinner

While his mother was preparing the Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen, a 5-year-old Florida boy named Billy Nolin called 911 to invite law enforcement officers over for the holiday meal in Defuniak Springs, Florida. The Associated Press reports that after Nolin had made the call on an old cell phone, his grandfather chastised Billy for making the 911 call, leading to tears.  

While Deputy Dannon Byrd thanked the boy for his kind invitation, he reminded Billy that he should only use 911 for emergencies. However, the Florida party planner got a sheriff’s badge out of the deal.

28,000 Young Kenyans Reached with the Gospel

Sponsorship through Compassion International not assures that the child is fed, clothed, and educated, but that they come to know Jesus Christ as Savior. That’s why Compassion has partnered with the Alpha Course, a step-by-step discipleship guide that is designed to introduce young believers to Christianity and give them a well-designed orientation to the beliefs and doctrines of Christianity based on the word of God.

Thanks to this partnership, 28,000 young people have been reached with the Gospel in Kenya, reports Christian Today. Most of the youth who have done the course are serving as praise and worship leaders in their churches, intercessors and even evangelists.

Former Muslim Turned Christian Evangelist Healing From Cancer

On this Monday following Thanksgiving, we can thank God for answered prayer. Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi says truly “remarkable” progress has been made in his battle against stage-four stomach cancer. He believes God is in the midst of a two-step healing process.

Qureshi, a former Muslim-turned-Christian and author of the book, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, said the cancerous lymph nodes that were near his stomach are no longer problematic, Qureshi said there is one “concerning” lymph node that is still considered “actively cancerous.” Qureshi said that he believes God is in the middle of a two-step healing process, just like how Jesus healed the blind man in Mark 8:22.

“The first verse that came to my mind when I saw the scan results, that is the section starting in Mark 8:22, which talks about a blind man who is brought to Jesus and Jesus spits on his eyes and says, ‘Can you seen anything?’ And the blind man says, ‘I see people, like trees, walking around,'” Qureshi recited. “Then Jesus finishes his healing after laying hands on him and the man looks around and he is able to see everything clearly… I think I am in the middle of a two-step healing right now.”

And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes.