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Posted 7/7/17 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis

New York Times claims Iran and Hezbollah are fighting terror

Iran and Hezbollah were held responsible for the Khobar Tower bombing that killed American servicemen

By Mark Ellis

The New York Times has produced a video that bends over backward to present a sympathetic portrait of Iran’s supposed fight against terrorism, especially in their opposition to ISIS.

The video: “How Iran fights — and aligns with — terrorists” was posted on YouTube by the Times on July 3rd. The narrator of the video begins by stating that “Iran has long been accused of exporting terrorism, but the country itself has been the target of attacks for decades.”

Others disagree with the sympathetic portrayal. “The New York Times paints Iran as a victim of terror attacks for decades, setting Iran up as our partner – on par with the West – because of its elaborate counter-terrorism strategy,” says Meira Svirsky, editor of the Clarion Project.

Iran was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States in 1984. “It remains one of the world’s greatest offenders today, yet the New York Times would have us believe that for the most part Iran is a victim of terrorism,” Svirsky says. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Serious allegation: Google alters search engine to punish pro-life group

By Mark Ellis

A prominent pro-life group, Operation Rescue, alleges that Google’s search engine has been manipulated to dramatically reduce exposure to a page containing critical information about abortion on their website.

Until mid-May, the fact page, Abortions in America, was their most visited page. It previously appeared in the top five when searching “abortions in US.”

But mysteriously, the link to their page disappeared from the first page of search results and reappeared in the 25th spot on page two.

Links to the Guttmacher Institute, NPR, CNN and the New York Times appear prominently on the first page of results.

“We noticed that our web stats were a lot lower than normal,” says Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice-president of the organization. “We decided to do some investigation and that’s when I discovered that Google had been burying our most popular page.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:52 PM | Mark Ellis

Islamic preacher on Temple Mount calls for slaughter of all Americans, Europeans

Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim”

By Mark Ellis

In a fiery sermon delivered at the Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim,” condemned the Saudi and Qatari regimes for their collaboration with the U.S. and the British.

Then he prayed to Allah to “enable us to slaughter” all the Americans and Europeans and the “criminal and treacherous” Arab rulers, according to the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI).

His vicious tirade was answered by cries of “Amen” from his audience. The video was posted on YouTube on June 18.

“Do not think that some of the collaborators are right and some are wrong,” Siam bellowed in his sermon. “They are all equally collaborators. Just as the Saudi regime is a lackey of the Americans, and is immersed in collaboration with them, the Qatari regime is a lackey of the English, and is immersed in collaboration with them. FULL POST

Posted 7/5/17 at 6:15 PM | Karen Kramer

Digital Assassination

We know the power of words. Now we’ve weaponized them through the power of social media. ~karen

True, it was just a local Facebook group—nothing of interest to anyone beyond the city limits.

But when someone posted an angry complaint about a business it quickly escalated to a collective rant. I read the original complaint and then kept scrolling down as each new gripe was added.

It was like passing the scene of a car accident—knowing it didn’t help to look, but unable to stop gaping.

In social media land, bad reviews are a target over the heart of a business. And these arrows hit their mark. The business owner had been thoroughly humiliated.

In the old days, pre-Twitter (#badreview) and Facebook, a customer would ask to speak to a manager, call customer service, or maybe write a letter to the company.

Now all that’s needed is a hastily written post where people can heap on their own garbage. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:28 PM | Mark Ellis

Three-year-old Assyrian Christian girl kidnapped by ISIS reunited with her mother

Assyrian Intl News Agency
Christina and mom after being re-united

By Mark Ellis

Christina Khader Ebada, the three-year-old Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago, has been reunited with her family in northern Iraq.

ISIS abducted the child from her family in August, 2014, as she and her parents fled Qaraqosh, the largest Assyrian city in Iraq, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

She was last seen by her mother crying and sobbing after a heavily bearded man seized her from her mother’s arms and carried her away.

“She will die if she does not see me,” her mother told AINA following the abduction.

The Iraqi Army, fighting for the liberation of Mosul, contacted Allen Kakony, a photojournalist, and told him “a six-year-old Christian girl had been liberated” from ISIS.

Her parents where contacted and told to report to a designated location in Mosul where she would be returned to them. FULL POST

Posted 6/21/17 at 10:40 PM | Carrie Stoelting

America's Future and Perpetual Adolescence

As the then-president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, Senator Ben Sasse recently recalled when he felt shocked by a sudden revelation as he served. What had alarmed him at the university? Well, we'll let him answer in his own words:

"What shocked me about the experience of arriving at the school is that overwhelmingly the incoming students had never worked before. They'd never done any hard labor. They just never really had to do any work of any kind," Sasse said.

As millennials, we raise our eyebrows and cannot deny his words: Many of our peers have not had to work in comparison to other generations (i.e. the Greatest Generation). Societal restructuring (and just plain sin) carved a sharp change in the base curve of America's work ethic.

Fact: Work and responsibility assist in character development. Many of today's young adults have been cheated by other generations who enabled them to play yet not learn about the value of hard work. That's right: Many millennials have a resulting deficit in knowing the innate values of work, discipline, and responsibility. Hence, we see a lack of character as well.

Of course, we know there are exceptions. And we thank God for that! However, our fellow millennials need to discover what is good for them. It's scary that most 18-24 year old young men spend most of their waking hours playing video games. In essence, millennials have been taught a lie that people can play now and pay later. But the reality is that everyone needs to pay now and play later. FULL POST

Posted 6/21/17 at 6:53 AM | Michael Bresciani

Love, Not Hate, is the Reason We Resist LGBT Tyranny

Being labeled and dismissed as a “homophobe” may be all it takes for some to turn their back on the biblical message about homosexuality and other immorality. But true disciples and conservative Bible believers will go to the end of time without yielding one iota for today’s social engineering plotters who have decided that anything goes should be legalized, streamlined and put up in our faces.

If we try to explain the difference between pre, mid and post exilic prophecies of ancient Israel, or if we try to elucidate the powerful differences between Messianic and pre-millennial prophecies having to do with Christ, some will understand – most will not.

We have to treat society like a child in order to provoke a ripple of recognition among them – only the most general prophecies can hope to speak to the subject of the promised last days plunge into worldwide immorality and reprobation. FULL POST

Posted 6/12/17 at 6:08 PM | Michael Bresciani

Is God Calling America – The Last Revival

Some would argue that revival is for the church and renewal is for the nation, semantics notwithstanding, it is clear that a new strong message is being issued across our nation for a return to our foundations, and the faith of our fathers.

It is being issued through the preachers, messengers, writers and musicians with a renewed fervor, boldness and a sense of purpose not seen in this last generation. It is the very fulfillment of God’s promise to pour himself out just before he intervenes once again in the affairs of men.

It is a guarantee given to all messengers many years before these days.

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3: 7-8)

It is a call to all people to be issued in the very last days.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2: 28-29) FULL POST

Posted 5/31/17 at 10:53 AM | George Smith

Should Other Countries Get Involved In Disputes Between China and Japan?

japan china island dispute

In the middle of this month, the leaders of Japan and China came together for talks of provocations by North Korea and the future bilateral cooperation. Reaching common ground is more important than ever, as both countries have big stakes in one another.

In fact, China is Japan’s biggest trading partner and accounts for the majority of its foreign visitors. On the other hand, Japan offers a major source of foreign investment for China. These ties have become strained by many issues, most notably a territory dispute over a chain of uninhabited islands. Located in the East China Sea, the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in the China make up eight islands devoid of all inhabitants. While they may seem insignificant, these islands are strategically located near trade routes, fishing grounds and oil and gas reserves. They remain at the center of the dispute that has continued for many years.

Japan claims that the islands were first incorporated into their territory in 1895, after having carefully ascertained that there had been no trace of control over the Senkaku Islands by another state prior to that period. After being renounced and taken under U.S. ownership after WWII, the territory was returned to the Japanese. The Japanese government points out that China did not contest their ownership until the discovery of oil reserves in the area. However, China maintains that the territory has been under their control since ancient times. Overseen by Taiwan, China argues that the islands should have been properly returned to them in the WWII agreement. FULL POST

Posted 5/29/17 at 12:28 PM | Carrie Stoelting

Honor Heroes and Gold Star Families

Reminder: It's Memorial Day, which means we remember the fallen heroes of our great land. On Memorial Day, it's not too late to take time to reflect and honor those gave their lives so that we may live and live in freedom.

We're speechless. It's so powerful no one can fully grasp what that really means. We enjoy freedom because they shed their blood for us.
When we share on media to help veterans and their families, we always try to share the powerful quote from John 15:13 which says, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."

On another note, many of our heroes exemplify the trait of being humble: They don't think they deserve a lot of attention. Yet this only verifies that they deserve the attention. Many living heroes state simply that the ones who didn't come back are the real heroes. We agree, but with one revision: The ones who came back are heroes, too. We believe that their fallen comrades would want them to be thanked, too.

Remember the fallen heroes and the heroic families who also incalculably sacrificed. To our Gold Star families, we have a message from our hearts: We honor your fallen heroes and we honor you, our Gold Star families, this Memorial Day. We do not forget what your son, daughter, mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, brother, and sister did. No words express how we feel. We honor your loved ones who gave all, and we honor you, too, because you still feel the pain of the sacrifice. You are loved. Your fallen heroes are not forgotten. We honor them today. May our Lord Jesus give you comfort, love, and hope on this day. FULL POST

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