The Lord of Hosts in on your side

Chinese Christian Pastor John Cao
Chinese Christian Pastor John Cao

John Cao may not be having what most people would consider a Merry Christmas right now. John Cao has been in a Chinese prison for more than two years, and on July 25, a Chinese court upheld a 7-year sentence against him. He was originally convicted in March after over two years in detention without trial. Cao is a 60-year-old Chinese Christian pastor, but he is also a permanent U.S. resident with a family in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has lost 50 pounds while in prison and is in failing health. He is not allowed to see or talk to anyone except his lawyers.

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The Challenge to America’s Churches

George Soros
George Soros

George Soros was born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, to a nominally Jewish family and was educated at the London School of Economics, where he received BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees.  He became an American citizen in 1961 and celebrated his 89th birthday in August of this year. Before he donated $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations (OSF) in 2018, he was the 19th richest person in the world.  His major breakthrough to immense wealth came in 1992, when he shorted the British currency in a financial crisis, netting himself over $1.0 billion, and nearly breaking the Bank of England in its support for the European Union. Soros claims to have a system of identifying undervalued and overvalued bubbles in various markets. 

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Essential Knowledge for Western Survival

Mosque in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
Mosque in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

Is Islam a religion of peace? That is not Islamic doctrine, but many Western leaders have brought their countries to the edge of social and cultural chaos and possible extinction in that belief. As the Prophet Hosea said:

“My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge…”--Hosea 4:6a.

The main problem, and the cause of many problems, is that Western leaders have rejected the Biblical wisdom that once strengthened Western culture and understanding.  A second problem, which this article, addresses, is that they have a shallow and mistaken knowledge of Islam. They have put multiculturalist political correctness and virtue signaling above both Biblical Wisdom and common sense reasoning. Hence we have little discernment of danger and are open to deception. We in fact cling to our deceptions and are unlikely to look beyond the surface of language and events.

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Tragedy, War, Poverty, and Corruption

Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Kiev, Ukraine. Original completion circa 1031
Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Kiev, Ukraine. Original completion circa 1031

Ukraine has a population of 42.4 million excluding the territories of Crimea and Sevastopol with another 2.3 million people. The Russian Federation occupied and annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014. Ukraine has a 1,426 mile border to its north and east with the Russian Federation. The original meaning of “Ukraine” was “borderlands.” It also borders Belarus to its north; and Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west. Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea border it to the south. It is the largest country in Europe excluding the Russian Federation, being slightly larger than France. It is also the second poorest country in Europe, despite its vast farmlands that were once the breadbasket of Eastern Europe. Since February 2014, the Ukraine and Russia have been in a state of on-and- off military actions, often referred to as the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey since 2014.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey since 2014.

Is the Ottoman Empire Rising Again?

Perhaps the Turkish Ottoman Empire did not receive fatal blows with their defeat by Allied Powers in World War I in 1919 and the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Moreover, Western Civilization seems enamored with multiculturalist suicide.

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