President Trump has called newspapers “enemies of the people.” That assertion is part of his also calling media in general “fake news.” An analysis by Harvard of media stories found that in the last 18 months, 93% of the stories were negative toward the President. It is understandable, then, that the President feels newspapers are his enemies, if not also enemies of the people.

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So, does God in His Word have something to say about law and about education? You betcha! Unfortunately, not much is said about those two subjects in churches. Why not? Why should the church be bound to the “religion mountain,” where the world is happy for the church to stay … as long as we let them do their thing on the other six mountains? Why does the church willingly agree to not bring “religion” into the marketplace and to keep church and state separate?  

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Ah, the memories: two new pair of jeans (one green, one brown; blue jeans were still not allowed); three or four new shirts; perhaps a pair of shoes; sox and understuff … along with pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, paper, ruler, glue, pencil box … And the smell – the smell of new clothes and school paraphernalia! It marked the end of summer and the advent of a new adventure.

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In a recent letter to an editor (not the Times Examiner) the writer was asking the publication to provide more liberal cartoons in their weekly paper. I cannot remember a Trump positive cartoon ever being printed in the paper, but there are one or two Trump negative cartoons in most issues. The paper, which probably calls itself neutral is, in my strongly conservative opinion, very Progressive. I am suspecting that the letter was being written in reply to a conservative letter that was being critical of the publisher for not showing a more balanced approach, but I cannot be sure.

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Christian Death Toll Exceeds 6,000 in Six Months

According to the Christian Association of Nigeria, more than 6,000 Christians have been murdered by Islamist Jihadists since the beginning of 2018. Not many people outside Nigeria seem to care.

From June 25 to 28, Muslim terrorists attacked a dozen Nigerian villages, desecrated several Christian churches and killed 238 Christians, including a Christian pastor, his wife, and son. According to another Christian pastor, about 50 heavily armed Fulani herdsmen burned the entire community of Gidin Akwatito to the ground and killed almost every one of 100 persons in a neighboring village. Two soldiers and a policeman in the village of Nghar fled when Islamic militants arrived. There was no further intervention by government security agencies despite several distress calls. According to the Christian Association, which includes churches from several Christian denominations in Nigeria, many of these and past terrorist incidents included sexual assault and rape of women before being slaughtered. Many victims were beheaded, hacked to death, or burned to death inside homes and churches.

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For those of us who are Christians, we often use the metaphor that we are sheep.  Well, the other day I was thinking about that metaphor and I would like to extend it a bit.  In this extended metaphor most of the people in our society are sheep.  However, there are also some wolves in the community who prey on the sheep.  They look for a sheep who is isolated or who is weak and then they attack.  However, in addition to the sheep and the wolves, there are sheep dogs.  These protectors of the flock help to keep the sheep together and ward off the wolves when they get to close.

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In the late summer of 480 B.C. an event occurred that shaped the spirit of resistance to tyranny from that time to this very day.  What motivates people, when faced with insurmountable odds and the virtual certainty of their own deaths, to nevertheless take a stand against the forces of evil that they see swiftly enveloping them?  Over untold centuries, men and women have fought and died for principles, for home and country, for the survival of their loved ones, for their faith, or simply because the alternative of giving up and surrendering to the Dark Forces was unthinkable.  These people realized the eternal truth that often, and perhaps always, death is better than life as a slave who is forced to serve the enemies of freedom.

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