End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough?

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End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough?

By Jan Markell/Olive Tree Ministries July 13, 2018

The malady goes by many names: End-time weariness; Rapture fatigue; Israel burn-out. The results are the same: The scoffers and skeptics are gaining too much territory and too many followers.

The fact that the King is coming is boring and just old news. What Hal Lindsey wrote in 1969 in his classic “The Late-Great Planet Earth”, in the eyes of many, did not come to pass. Thus, there is a collective so-what sigh.

Haven’t we waited long enough??

It is the tragedy of my lifetime – and I never thought I would see the day.

Late-Great Burn-Out?

Recently I read a revealing article in The Guardian recommended by Bill Koenig. It talks about the destruction of the new Christian progressiveness. This article suggests:

– “The Late-Great Planet Earth” and the “Left Behind” series prophesied a lot of things that have not yet come to pass. Haven’t we waited long enough? Isn’t it time to move on from their message?

– Those who hung onto the words of the popular 1970s Larry Norman song, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” have also waited long enough. Life has always been filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor as the song goes, but so what? Almost 45 years have passed and the world is still groaning. It’s time to move on.

– “We’ve been through all of this before” has replaced apocalyptic fervor! There is nothing new under the sun. Your words of warning are now falling on deaf ears.

– Maybe you evangelicals have sided with the wrong players. Don’t you know that hundreds of innocent Palestinians are being killed daily by apartheid Israelis?

End-time weariness. Rapture fatigue. Late-Great burn-out. The Chosen People have lost their chosenness. The article in The Guardian suggests all this and more!

The Spoilers: Date-Setters

Add to this mix that some date-setters have been wrong. Edgar Weisenhunt and Harold Camping not only set dates, but re-set dates when nothing happened the first time! Hal Lindsey never said 1988 was the date of the Rapture but that was the accusation. He suggested 40 years after 1948 was an intriguing date. That’s all.

The Bashers

Then came the bashers who are respected in some circles. Hank Hanegraaff said there was no Rapture to be found in the Bible. Who knew? Well, he’s no Bible Answer Man to me.

Lynne Hybels and World Vision teamed up to condemn Israel as almost barbaric persecutors of the Palestinians in their one-sided “Hope for the Holy Land” tours across America.

What’s in the water Frankie Schaeffer is drinking? When he, like Hanegraaf, joined the Eastern Orthodox Church, he went sideways. He now goes into tirades on MSNBC against what his parents – Francis and Edith Schaeffer – might have believed about the end-times.

He slams his “good friend” Jerry Jenkins for coming up with the “Left Behind” books that belong in the Twilight Zone category according to Schaeffer. What’s in them can only be believed by white evangelicals who support Donald Trump, says Frankie.

Internet broadcaster Rick Wiles consistently says that Dispensationalists and Christian Zionists are the root of the world’s problems and also the church’s problems. We are destroying the world.

Destructive Social Justice

If your teen or twenty-something kid goes off to a Justice Conference, they will likely hear Marxist Cornell West rather than any pro-Israel speaker. The Catalyst Conferences aren’t much better when it comes to promoting end-time theology. A persecuted Palestinian might be an honored guest so that the social justice cravings of the Millennials can be satisfied.

Social justice has gained ground over good old-fashioned evangelical support for Israel and her God-given land. The under-age-40 crowd is listening to voices that are not telling the truth. They are hearing that Israel is illustrative of a new form of apartheid; that the Palestinians had their land stolen; and don’t you know that the Church is the new Israel?

Most reject what their parents grew up on: Israel is the apple of God’s eye and the key to the end of the age.

These are just a few of many reasons why this glorious message that years ago had nearly every Christian excited that today might be the day is now a big yawn! It is now a wake-me-when-it’s-over sentiment. Add to that the fact that our churches have dropped this message!

Deja vu All Over Again!

So when stunning events take place such as the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the aligning of the nations in the Mideast that could be a part of the Gog-Magog War, and the convergence of dozens of end-time signs, there is a collective sigh. Some will say it’s déjà vu all over again. You said that 40 years ago. Nothing happened.

So the fact that things are all coming together excites only a tiny remnant who will never grow weary of keeping their eyes on the sky! If you are among them, hang in there. He is coming soon and Israel remains the apple of God’s eye!

Jan Markell is the founder of Olive Tree Ministries and will be one of the featured speakers you can livestream free this weekend – July 13/14 at the God’s Prophetic Voices To America Conference.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2400#8lmJ1T28h4PtqLgg.99

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2 Peter 3:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

“People who scoff at Christ’s coming are just another sign of His coming.”

Maranatha, Pastor Steve <><

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Josh Wilson ~ Dream Small

It occurred to me that folks will be rewarded in heaven primarily for doing the things we find in Josh Wilson’s following song and lyrics.  So many times, pastors erroneously perceive a small country church as a stepping stone to the “big time.”  The spiritual truth of the matter is that the REAL “big time” is simply serving in the center of His will, whatever and wherever it may be in our lives.  We “have arrived,” only when we sacrificially serve the King of Kings, and for His glory and not ours.  So many times we miss the joy in the journey because we are too focused on advancement tomorrow.  The spiritual truth of the matter is that the real joy is found only in the journey, and so often, the journey IS the destination.  Serving in a larger vineyard in a more public setting is not necessarily successful to the Lord.  Bigger is not better; and joy, fulfillment, and completion are found only as we obey the Lord and rest in Him.  Again, success and peace come to us only when we plod in the center of His will.  You think about that.  Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

Dream Small
Josh Wilson

Produced by Ben Glover

Dream Small Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s a momma singing songs about the Lord
It’s a daddy spending family time that the world said he cannot afford
These simple moments change the world
It’s a pastor at a tiny little Church
Forty years of loving for the broken and the hurt
These simple moments change the world

[Chorus 1]
Dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Dream small

[Verse 2]
It’s visiting the widow down the street
Or dancing on a Friday with your friend with special needs
These simple moments change the world
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with bigger dreams
Just don’t miss the minutes on your way, your bigger things
‘Cause these simple moments change the world

[Chorus 1]
But dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
So dream small

[Bridge]
Keep loving, keep serving
Keep listening, keep learning
Keep praying, keep hoping
Keep seeking, keep searching
Out of these small things and watch them grow bigger
The God who does all things makes oceans… from river

[Chorus 2]
But dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall….
Yeah, five loaves and two fish’s could feed them all
So dream small
Dream small
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“The name of Christians being extinguished”

American Renewal Project <info@usarenewalproject.com> Apr‎ ‎24 at ‎3‎:‎15‎ ‎AM  

Nothing could be further from the truth than what comes across as a contest between Democrats and Republicans. In reality, two distinct and immutable religions – Christianity and Secularism – are vying for ideological supremacy in the public square. A better labeling would read: America is smack-dab in the middle of a ‘cultural civil war’. Eventually, one worldview will triumph over the other.
This is by no means a new historical phenomenon, as Spurgeon informs us:
“A medal was struck by Diocletian, which still remains, bearing the inscription, ‘The name of Christians being extinguished’. And in Spain, [a] monumental pillar [was] raised, on which [was] written: ‘Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti, for having adopted Galerius in the east, for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ, for having extended the worship of the gods.’ As a modern writer has elegantly observed: ‘We have here a monument raised by Paganism, over the grave of its vanquished foe. But in this ‘the people imagined a vain thing’; so far from being deceased, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph, and the stone guarded a sepulcher empty as the urn that Electra washed with her tears. Neither in Spain, nor elsewhere, can be pointed out the burial place of Christianity; it is not, for the living have no tomb.’” [1]  
Modern Christendom is inclined to blame “humanists, pagans and Muslims, Marxists or other groups for the state of our culture and its idolatrous turn, but God calls His people to first take a long hard look at themselves in accounting for the decline of our social order.” [2]
America’s founders understood the basic fact that virtue and liberty are inseparably linked, and that freedom “cannot long be preserved in the absence of virtue among the people and their representatives.” [3]

Liberty depends upon virtue, and virtue depends upon Christianity.
These truths have now been stripped from government-controlled education. Christians have surrendered the ministry of civil government to secularists, who are in rebellion against God. Secularism has brought to bear its own religious, ethical, and political doctrines in America.[4]
Under the influence of pietism the scope of spiritual engagement in America has been reduced to “his or her personal life, family life, and the affairs of the church as an ecclesiastical organization.” [5] No wonder that Secularism managed to hijack the founders’ master plan.
Americans want God’s help, but not His holiness. The nation reckons that it is useful to have God on its side. To honor God, to all appearances, we attend church on Christmas and Easter, say a prayer for the right parking spot, or ask the pastor to bless a marriage or a new home. But what we really want is a God who will help us to get our own way. We call for a God to help us getting things done, as long as we can keep our own views and live our own lives. [6]
As a result, America has reached a tipping point as God is beginning to assign His time-tested veterans to the front ranks. This battle for the Soul of America will unfold over the next thirty years, and God’s plans are not transparent.
A.W. Pink describes the spirit and training of those whom God is moving to the frontlines. [7]
“It is this very loneliness of the saint that serves to make manifest the genuineness of his faith. There is nothing remarkable in one believing what all his associates believe, but to have faith when surrounded by skeptics, is something noteworthy. To stand alone, to be the solitary champion of a righteous cause when all others are federated unto evil, is a rare sight. Yet such was Rahab. There were none in Jericho with whom she could have fellowship, none there to encourage her heart and strengthen her hands by their godly counsel and example: all the more opportunity for her to prove the sufficiency of Divine grace! Scan slowly the list presented in Hebrews 11, and then recall the recorded circumstances of each. With whom did Abel, Enoch, Noah have spiritual communion? From what brethren did Joseph, Moses, Gideon receive any help along the way? Who were the ones who encouraged and emboldened Elijah, Daniel, Nehemiah? Then think it not strange that you are called to walk almost if not entirely alone, that you meet with scarcely any like-minded or any who are capable of giving you a lift along the road.”

Secularism’s destruction of America’s once biblically-based culture can be counteracted by:
• Reestablishing prayer in America’s churches, led by the senior pastor.
• Men and Women of Issachar running for local office: city councils, school boards, parks and recreation, etc.
[Please note that filing deadlines in many parts of the country take place in June. Pastors who don’t feel called to run are requested to recruit a member of their congregation.]   
Gideons and Rahabs are now moving toward the civil government frontline. “It will require courage, fortitude and unwavering biblical faithfulness to rouse the church again to her mission in a generation that has lost its way in idolatry, and where a many prophet and priest have said ‘peace peace, when there is no peace’ (Jeremiah 6:14).” [8]
David Lane
American Renewal Project
[1] The Treasury of David, Charles H. Spurgeon
[2-3] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God, A Manifesto Of Hope For Society
[4] Archie P. Jones, Forward to The Christian Life and Character Of The Civil Institutions Of The United States, Benjamin F. Morris, 1864
[5] Boot, The Mission of God
[6] Keith Krell, 1 Samuel
[7] A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua
[8] Boot, The Mission of God

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God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond What You Can Bear

Tuesday,
June 14, 2016

Our Daily Bread

God of the Ordinary

Read: Genesis 12:1–4; 17:1–2

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately.

It’s easy to think that if God showed up in astonishing ways for us like He did for Abraham, then we would be more inspired to be faithful servants of God. But then we remember that God showed up for Abraham every 12 to 14 years, and most of Abraham’s journey was rather ordinary (see Gen. 12:1–4; 15:1–6; 16:16–17:12).

God’s work is usually done behind the scenes in the ordinary things of life. As 1 Corinthians 10 says, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out.” Every day God is busy shielding us from devastating onslaughts of Satan that would otherwise leave us helplessly defeated. And when temptation hits, He is making exit ramps for us so we can escape.

When we put our head on the pillow at night, we should pause to thank God for the amazing things He has done for us that day in the midst of our ordinary lives. So, instead of longing for Him to do something spectacular for you, thank Him! He already has. Joe Stowell

Lord, help me to be constantly aware that Your power and presence are with me even in the ordinary times in my life. Thank You for Your amazing work on my behalf that I know nothing about.

God is always in control behind the scenes, even on “ordinary” days.

 

A Word For “Church Hoppers”

Oh that I knew where I might Find him!  that I might come even to his seat!   Job 23:3

Many believers move from one assembly to another in search of a place that pleases them; not knowing, that because of their own judgement they are unable to see that; “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (Genesis 28:16).  Ask the Lord to guide you to where He wants you to be, and He will lead you there.  Then commit yourself to that gathering.  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).  -Ken Gunnell

God will take care of you, be not afraid, He is your safeguard through sunshine and shade; Tenderly watching and keeping His own, He will not leave you to wander alone.  -F. Crosby

Purge Of Conservative Voices On Social Media Continues

 

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In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices.

YouTube’s war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants.

There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints, because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment.

How would you feel if you spent years creating videos and building up a subscriber base only to have all of that work wiped out in a single moment by a leftist YouTube moderator?

Sadly, that is precisely what is happening to dozens upon dozens of conservatives right now…

Writing for Polygon.com, Julia Alexander noted that, “Whenever YouTube institutes a tougher moderation stance, a common debate emerges over censorship–especially from notable conservative voices.”

Specifically, she explained, “Questions over YouTube’s moderators and the power they hold were raised this week after notable conservative pundits, gun advocates, conspiracy channels and other right-wing voices received community strikes or were locked out of their channels.

Creators who are affected by lockouts, strikes and suspensions are referring to it as the ‘YouTube Purge,’ claiming that YouTube is purging all right-wing or pro-gun content. The move follows the company’s attempt to clamp down on dangerous content following the Parkland shooting.”

One of the most disturbing examples of censorship was what happened to the Health Ranger channel.

As we reported over the weekend, YouTube terminated the entire Health Ranger video channel on Saturday, wiping out over 1,700 videos and approximately 350K+ subscribers. This was done, of course, as part of the YouTube left-wing PURGE now being carried out against non-establishment speakers who are being targeted for political reasons.

YouTube’s censorship rampage also wiped out all my videos on the donkeys I rescued, the range-free chickens I raise and even the beautiful ice crystals I captured on video over the winter. In its censorship sweep, YouTube is obliterating thousands of videos without cause, violating the civil rights of informative internet users and functioning as a criminal techno-cartel.

Of course YouTube is not the only one that is cracking down on conservative voices. Here are a few examples of what Facebook has been doing…

Young Cons: This very popular conservative news site had millions of daily readers during the recent election, and the site received nearly all its traffic from Facebook (Lesson: Never put all your marketing eggs in one basket). Facebook has been increasingly censoring Young Cons stories since 2016; now the site struggles mightily and regularly switches domains in order to maintain traffic.

SaraPalin.com: At one point the former GOP VP nominee and Alaska governor’s website was serving up stories to her four million Facebook followers, but she, too, had to begin switching domains in order to maintain traffic.

Right Wing News: This site grew to massive proportions over the past few years, in large part thanks to its meteoric popularity on Facebook. During one week in 2015, the site’s Facebook page reached 133 million people. The site was driving about the same amount of web traffic as some of the biggest newspapers in the U.S.

But since 2016 Facebook began blocking traffic to the site; its owner, John Hawkins, announced he would shut it down in January (it’s still online but the content is not regularly updated).

Independent Journal Review: This, too, was a large conservative news and information source, but because it was overly reliant on Facebook traffic, the site had to terminate a number of its employees last week, leaving the fate of the Millennial-focused site in doubt.

And Twitter has been censoring conservatives as well.

In particular, Twitter seems to really dislike pro-life activists…

Pro-life group Live Action cried foul in 2017 after Twitter demanded it delete pro-life images, such as fetal ultrasounds, from its Twitter feed and website before allowing the group to run advertisements. Live Action refused the request.

Another pro-life group, the Susan B. Anthony List, was barred in October from running a video advertisement, because it used the phrase “killing babies” to refer to abortion. “No advertiser is permitted to use the phrase ‘killing babies,'” Twitter told the group.

That same month, Twitter blocked an advertisement by Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign for Senate in Tennessee. Twitter objected to one line Blackburn said: “I’m 100% pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts -thank God.”

If you don’t stand up when you see others being censored, then please don’t complain when the social media giants censor you as well. I think that Dr. Michael Brown made this point exceedingly well in his most recent article…

First they came for Infowars, and I did not speak out–because I found them offensive.

Then they came for Geller and Spencer, and I did not speak out–because I found them obnoxious.

Then they came for Prager U, and I did not speak out–because I found them opinionated.

Then they came for a host of others, and I did not speak out–because I have my own life to live.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

If we do not fight back, this sort of oppression is only going to get worse.

In the entire history of the Internet, we have never seen this sort of a coordinated purge before.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2066#he6IsC0Z7V487IkB.99

 

The Storm

Tony Evans

The Storm
Walking in faith has more to do with your proximity to God than people’s opinion of you. Dr. Tony Evans retells the story of a faith-building occurrence that happened at Brice Stadium in South Carolina. He reminds us that the most unlikely of people can still be a hero of the faith.

This above story parallels the situation with Hurricane Irma, which entered Florida in the late summer of 2017.  This hurricane did heavy damage to Marco Island, and its northward trajectory took it to Fort Myers.  The hurricane then mysteriously broke up, taking several weakened paths, leaving the original projected path.  Folks at our church in Charlotte Harbor witnessed this miracle firsthand.  Like Paul and Silas in the jail cell, they prayed and sang songs of praise during the hurricane, and it fizzled out, losing its original power and direction.

When the body of Christ is judged in the last day, the Bible tells us that the first will be last and the last will be first.  Many preachers will stand at the Judgment Seat and receive a C+ or a B-.  Mrs. Osborn, who sits on the back row at church, is so unknown that she is not even asked to lead in silent prayer.  But she has a faith that moves mountains and she pleases the Lord, who looks on the inward heart.  Mrs. Osborn will graduate magna cum laude.

Praise The Lord, Who Performs Great Miracles When People Of Faith Call Upon Him.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

You Tube Pulls Plug On Bible Videos

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Posted with permission from WND
Videos promoting ISIS and violent jihad can be found on YouTube. So can those of the KKK, communists and antifa.
But the Bible lessons and radio interviews posted on the personal channel of Carl Gallups, a popular pastor and author, can’t.
They’ve been censored by the Internet giant. Pulled down. Dropped.

According to Gallups, the channel was terminated over Thanksgiving weekend without explanation, even though there had been no “marks” against it and he rigorously followed the rules.
It’s not the first time a faith-focused or conservative-oriented channel has been censored by YouTube. At least three other major cases developed this year, against columnists Michelle Malkin, Michael Brown and Dennis Prager, all of whom have conservative views.
Nor is it the only time there’s been a hint that the company is not fond of conservative thought. An undercover video by Project Veritas captured Earnest Pettie, the brand and diversity curation lead at YouTube, admitting he helped “push to the top” the videos of an editor for the left-leaning New York Times.
“In very rare cases, we will try to make up for the fact that something isn’t in the trending tab,” Pettie said. “We will, like, use some type of intervention … to encourage the thing to be there.”
See Carl Gallups’ library of work, in “When the Lion Roars,” “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” “Be Thou Prepared,” “The Magic Man in the Sky” and “Final Warning,” all at the WND Superstore.
He said “algorithms do control everything but sometimes you need humans to provide a check.”
Gallups told WND he tried to get an explanation from YouTube, because his channel was “in perfect standing (all green)” immediately prior to its termination.
He noted that there was no warning, and while YouTube has a “three strikes” policy, “We never even received strike 1.”
“YouTube gave no explanation at all for this termination but rather, after repeated requests for an explanation, simply referred us to their ‘Terms and Conditions’ page,” he said.
YouTube declined to respond to a WND request for comment.
Gallups said his channel ” was fully monetized,” explaining “we only used either our own material or music sanctioned by YouTube’s creator studio as suitable for use and monetizing.”
That means, he said, the channel’s termination “has caused great harm to our messaging ability and done irreparable damage to our relationships within the professional community.”

The channel contained his biblical videos and a few of his radio interviews.
He said he suspects he was targeted by a “flagging” effort by an activist group to generate complaints from those “who disagree with our views and opinions.”
WND reported last month a lawsuit was filed on behalf of WND columnist Dennis Prager in his fight with YouTube.
The complaint expressed outrage over how the online giants “use their restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU.”
Prager University, founded by Prager, is “a conservative nonprofit digital media organization that is associated with and presents the views of leading conservative experts on current and historical events.”
Liberty Counsel, which is defending Prager, explained the organization produces short videos viewed by millions that are “broadly based on Judeo-Christian values and conservative thought.”
WND commentator Michael Brown said in August that 900 of his videos were demonetized.
“Debates I had with rabbis were flagged; powerful stories, like a Muslim woman being healed by Jesus, were flagged; videos where I answered questions like, ‘Should Christians Homeschool Their Children?’ or ‘Did Jesus Claim to Be God?’ were flagged, along with videos of spiritual encouragement (like the one encouraging believers to look to the Lord in the midst of chaos),” he said. “Teaching videos were flagged (like the one explaining that the preface to the King James Version of the Bible refutes King James Onlyism), along with motivational videos (like the one where I talked about how I lost 95 lbs.). All these were flagged, along with the many videos that focused on LGBT issues or radical Islam or politics. Seriously?”
And Michelle Malkin said: “If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone. But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your video will get banned.”

In January, the YouTube account of the blog Legal Insurrection, by Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson, was ended.
Several years ago, a video on a channel to which Gallups contributed had been targeted, resulting in termination of the channel.
However, after a review, it was reinstated.
At that time, a source inside Google who asked not to be identified told Gallups a “coordinated flagging” campaign had occurred, which triggered the termination of the channel.
The targeted video was titled “A Call To Prayer.”

Videos posted on YouTube can be rated by viewers. An individual can click the “like” button (a “thumbs up” icon) or the dislike button (a “thumbs down” icon). A viewer also can click a “flag” icon to tell YouTube a video a certain video is “inappropriate.”
See Carl Gallups’ library of work, in “When the Lion Roars,” “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” “Be Thou Prepared,” “The Magic Man in the Sky” and “Final Warning,” all at the WND Superstore.

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Winston Churchill – The British Bulldog ~ “Darkest Hour”…..

…..AN EXCELLANT MOVIE

The Nazis were running roughshod over Europe, and the swastika was flying over Poland, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and as the movie commenced, the Huns were taking over France.  England was next, as Adolf Hitler was planning on attacking Great Britain via Operation Sea Lion.  The feckless and anemic Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister in England, and recently made a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler.  Bizarre circumstances catapulted Winston Churchill into the position as Prime Minister of England, replacing Neville Chamberlain.

Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax (Lord Halifax tried to negotiate peace with the Nazis-  Lord Halifax, Britain’s Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of the Second World War, secretly met with an Old Etonian who tried to broker a peace deal with the Nazis, according to newly-declassified security files) immediately attempted to wrest the position of Prime Minister away from Churchill and back into their own hands.  They nearly succeeded, and if the good Lord did not have His hand upon Churchill, they would have pulled it off.  Churchill had no help from the United States of America, as he called Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and he said his hands were tied, as the U.S.A. was not about to enter the war at that time.  (May, 1940)  The British Parliament did not support Churchill’s aggressive stance, as England had absolutely no military power to stack up against the Nazis.  The movie progresses, revealing Churchill’s lonely position.  He slept very little and fretted over the fate of England.  He ended up on the British underground subway one day and jawed with about half a dozen Brits, and they were unanimous to “NOT GIVE IN TO HITLER AND THE NAZIS.”  He wrote their names on the inside cover of a book of matches and read their names and opinions when he spoke to the British Parliament.  They changed their tune immediately and realized that there are some causes that are greater than life itself.  They did not see the swastika flying over Westminster as an option they could live with.  Winston Churchill was responsible for saving thousands of British troops from becoming surrounded and slaughtered in France, as every civilian sea going vessel available, went to Dunkirk and brought them home from France to England.  God raises great men in the darkest hours.  Abraham Lincoln rescued America in our darkest hour, and the Lord took him home immediately after the Civil War.  Winston Churchill saved England, and galvanized the allies in Europe’s darkest hour, and at the close of World War II, he was immediately ousted from office.   Blessings, Pastor Steve <>< 

Winston Churchill quotes - a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

The following is the end of a speech from the BBC, given June 18, 1940:

…What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

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Key The Following Link For Great Quotations From This Giant Of A Man:

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We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill

I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks. Winston Churchill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill

If you are going through hell, keep going.  Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.  Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.  Winston Churchill

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Winston Churchill

Times Of Completion ~ Our Daily Bread ~ December 30, 2017

The Christian life is continually full of challenges, and if you are anything like me, you may “camp out” more so on our continual battles rather than celebrate the victories.  Here is a beautiful scripture that will keep things in perspective:

 Psalm 126:5-6  King James Version (KJV)
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Take inventory about the blessings and success the Lord has already given you, and focus on further faithful service in the year to come.  At the threshold of this new year, let it be Christian Priority Check 101.  Enjoy the following year ending devotional on this theme from Our Daily Bread devotional.  Happy New Year!  Pastor Steve

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Times of Completion
December 30, 2017

Read: Acts 14:21–28
Bible in a Year: Zechariah 13–14; Revelation 21

They sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.—Acts 14:26
At the end of the year, the burden of uncompleted tasks can weigh us down. Responsibilities at home and work may seem never-ending, and those unfinished today roll into tomorrow. But there are times in our journey of faith when we should pause and celebrate God’s faithfulness and the tasks completed.
After the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas, “they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed” (Acts 14:26). While much work remained in sharing the message of Jesus with others, they took time to give thanks for what had been done. “They gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (v. 27).
What has God done through you during the past year? How has He opened the door of faith for someone you know and love? In ways we can’t imagine, He is at work through us in tasks that may seem insignificant or incomplete.
When we feel painfully aware of our unfinished tasks in serving the Lord, let’s not forget to give thanks for the ways He has worked through us. Rejoicing over what God has done by His grace sets the stage for what is to come! —David C. McCasland

Lord, as this year comes to a close, we give thanks for all You have accomplished in and through us. By Your grace, lift our eyes to see what is to come!
God is always at work in and through us.

INSIGHT: This inaugural missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas covered nearly 900 miles, much of it on foot. At first the duo met primarily with Jewish audiences. In the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch (in modern-day Turkey) Paul appealed to the Jewish heritage of his hearers. He outlined Israel’s history and clearly showed how it culminated in the coming of Jesus Christ (Acts 13:13-41). Paul’s biblical preaching so intrigued his listeners that they invited him back the following Sabbath.
So many people returned to hear him the next week that it set off a jealous reaction among some influential Jews in Antioch (v. 45). This didn’t appear to faze Paul and Barnabas, who simply turned to the Gentiles who were present and quoted Isaiah 49:6 to them: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” The church grew. The opposition Paul and Barnabas faced merely resulted in the expansion of the gospel message and contributed to the overall success of their missionary journey. Tim Gustafson