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The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/29/2015

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Monday, May 29, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Here is one more true, Christian martyr in a long history of martyrdoms. ABNA reports a Christian woman of 80 years of age burned to death in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Islamic State accused the elderly woman of refusing to comply with Shariah law.

“And they overcame … (the dragon) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).

Scotland’s parliament rejected a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide in that country. The bill failed by a vote of 82 to 36. Colin Gunn, The World View Scotland Correspondent, says an aging population is adverse to the idea of euthanasia. “That in the U.K. they’ve had some profile cases in the media where they’ve actually televised euthanasia of people actually going through the process of dying, and they’ve actually shown that happen on British television. I think a lot of people look at that and have the proper reaction, which is fearful reaction and a negative reaction.”

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s case against Obama’s Common Core was heard in court this week. Jindal has sued the Department of Education for tying $4.35 billion in federal money to participation in Common Core.

And now New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants his state out of Common Core. Christie told the press,  “It’s now been five years since Common Core was adopted. And the truth is that it’s simply not working,” The states not participating in Common Core at this time are Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas – mostly south or southwestern states.

Put it in Guinness Book of World Records. Wycliffe Associates has announced they have translated the entire Bible into an indigenous language in just two months. The translation team piloted a new approach to translation with a small people group in Southeast Asia. And they believe they can translate the entire New Testament in just two weeks.

Former New York Governor George Pataki is in the race for president as of yesterday. Pataki advocates a “boots on the ground” military position in the Middle East, and he is generally considered left of center on social issues like abortion and homosexuality.

Will the city of Baltimore become the murder capital of the country? Since the rioting last month, Baltimore has had its deadliest month since 1999 with 38 homicides thus far. Meanwhile, police arrests are down 57 percent, which may indicate that the police are reticent to act on criminal behavior. The murder capital cities in America are Camden, New Jersey; Flint, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad” (Romans 13:2 – 3).

Mass Resistance reports on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken up in public schools across the country. Only three states do not participate: Washington, Oregon and Minnesota. The survey probes young children for their family behavior patterns, possession of guns, explicit sexual experiences, suicide and drug use. World Net Daily also reports on new funding allocations for data collection on kids in public schools, contained in the ESEA Reauthorization bill. The goal is to obtain diagnostic data on every public schooled child in America. Parents subjecting their children to the “Brave New Highly Sexualized World” should take note of Matthew 18:6: “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

A Singapore Airlines jetliner temporarily lost power in both engines in a storm Wednesday but by the mercies of God recovered and landed safely in Shanghai.

The Washington Post reports a sharp drop off in illegal immigration from south of the border. The number of illegals has dropped off from 12 million to 11 million over the last seven years. The Homeland Security officials say this is due to an increase in border patrol staffing, drones and other technological aids.

And, CNN is excited to report on some teeth and a jawbone found in Ethiopia, 22 miles from where Lucy was found in 1974. Evolutionists call it a new “species” in the family tree. It turns out that Lucy had the hands of a knuckle-walking ape, and in 2007, anthropologists from Tel Aviv University decided that Lucy was not part of the human ancestry after all.

“For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11 – 12).

According to the great missionary to Africa, C.T. Studd: “Some wish to live within the sound of church or chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” But this pro-life pregnancy center in Columbus, Georgia, is setting up shop ten feet from a local abortion clinic. They are raising support for it, according to LifeSite news. To help out, it is SenacaCFL.org.

The Pentagon admitted to accidentally shipping live anthrax spores to labs in nine states and a military base in South Korea. According to Fox News, four people are being treated for exposure to the deadly bacteria.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/28/2015

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Thursday, May 28, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Iranian Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz is having a hard time finding a lawyer who will represent him in court. The former leader of the Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church was arrested at his home last Christmas and is awaiting trial. He is accused of participating in an illegal gathering. Lawyers are hesitant to represent Christians in Iran for fear of backlash.

Ten Nigerian Christians lost their lives at the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram in the Pambula-Kwamda area earlier this week. All of them were from Church of the Brethren, according to Morning Star News. After years of relentless attacks from the Muslims, only 900 of 2,300 Brethren churches remain intact in Nigeria.

The international soccer league, FIFA, is looking more like an international criminal cartel after an investigation on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a 47-count indictment against the organization Wednesday, including charges of racketeering, money fraud and money laundering: “They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer. All of these defendants abused the U.S. financial system, and violated U.S. law, and we intend to hold them accountable.”

The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10, emphasis added).

She was court-martialed for a Bible verse? Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling posted Isaiah 54:17 on her computer, and as a result, she has been convicted at a court-martial. So far, she has lost one appeal, and Liberty Institute is appealing again under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This is not the first case of persecution for Christians in the military. According to Douglas Lee, with the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, the conditions are much tougher today for Christians in the military. “I’d be more cautious than I would be, say, ten years ago. I’ve been retired now seven years, and the military has changed in those seven years. So if a young man comes to me, we talk about the secular nature of the military these days. That did not have to be done ten years ago and past. I want to encourage a man to really think about how he would handle challenges that might come his way.”

The United States Military found this the problematic verse in the Sterling case: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

Former Senator Rick Santorum is officially in the 2016 presidential race as of Wednesday. He joins the ranks of other conservatives Senator Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Dr. Ben Carson. Santorum is calling for an increase in the minimum wage. He wants to fight radical Islam and “put an end to the IRS as we know it.”

Senator Marco Rubio told CBN that Christians are facing the “real and present danger” of their basic confessions interpreted as hate speech.

The California State Assembly has voted to force pro-life pregnancy centers to inform their clients on abortion accessibility and available subsidies. Pro-life volunteers in those centers would do well to remember the midwives during the days of the Pharaoh who ordered them to throw the Jewish boys into the river to drown. “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them” (Exodus 1:17).

The Nebraska Legislature has rejected the death penalty for murder. The Legislature overrode the governor’s veto on Wednesday to become the 19th state in America to oppose Genesis 9:6. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” And that ruling came from a higher jurisdiction.

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to control every ditch, every tributary, every impression that can hold water on every piece of property in America. That is the intent of the Waters of the United States rule soon to be released by the Obama administration. Ranchers and farmers are especially concerned. Proverbs 28:2 clarifies the real problem: “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.”

Nashville schools will offer classes in Arabic for Muslim immigrants, starting this September. The Tennessean reports the classes will be offered in junior high and senior high schools. But here is the more important question: Will they teach the United States Constitution and the Bible in Arabic?

A doctor in Canada has invented a bionic lens that he believes will provide eyesight three times better than 20/20 vision. Clinical trials are in process, and inventor Dr. Garth Webb hopes it will be available for the mass market in just two years.

An 11-year-old homeschooled boy is graduating this May from college with three degrees – in math, science and foreign language studies. Tanishq Abraham gets his diplomas from American River College in Sacramento, California.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/27/2015

sudanchristiansWednesday, May 27, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Fox News reports that the trial for two Christian pastors in Sudan has been postponed until next week. Pastors Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith from South Sudan were arrested on a visit to the North, and they both face execution. Ed Lyons from the Persecution Project told The World View that international pressures and news reports are extremely important to save Christians in these trials. “You can get angry when you read about news accounts like this, but we also need as Christians to get active for the persecuted, and we’re getting active and helping those who are being persecuted. The article mentions Meriam Ibrahim – she’s the Christian woman that was in prison last year in Khartoum – and much public outcry against her death sentence that was handed down for her really helped move the Khartoum government to release her. We’ve participated in demonstrations up in D.C. in front of the North Sudanese embassy and in front of the White House.”

After the genocides and mass murder of millions, the Muslims in Turkey have reduced the Christian population from 20 percent to 0.2 percent. Now the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is pushing to turn the last Christian icon in Turkey, the Hagia Sophia, into a Muslim mosque. Breitbart reports that the IHH led protests in the city of Istanbul to that effect. Hagia Sophia was the seat of the Eastern Church until 1453.

Do not bring your tired, your poor, your persecuted to America anymore. That is the message Assyrian Christians are getting. Breaking Christian News reports that the U.S. State Department is denying visas for Christians. The department reportedly informed Bishop Julian M. Dobbs that “There is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation.” Assyrian Archbishop Bashar Warda says that Christians have suffered the most persecution and the worst acts of genocide in all of Iraqi history. By contrast, annual Muslim immigration to America has doubled recently. National Review reports the rate at 100,000 per year.

Record temperatures and stifling heat are the reasons behind the loss of 1,100 lives in southeastern India over the last week. Temperatures reaching as high as 122 degrees put the lives of construction workers, the elderly and the homeless at risk. Meanwhile, a total of eight lives have been lost in flooding in Texas.

The first lesson from this is to fear God, for He says, “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7).

Fox News reports on a charter school in Nevada that would not allow Christian children to use Bible verses in their writing assignments. The Liberty Institute intervened and elicited an apology from Somerset Academy. Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford told Fox News, “It’s unlawful discrimination and it’s morally wrong.”

Another Las Vegas public high school has put the “kibosh” on a pro-life club seeking recognition. Life News reports that the Thomas More Law Center has sent three letters complaining of the unfair treatment of Students For Life, to no avail.

In the breakdown of the family in the Western world, Chile comes late to the game. It was the last nation in the Western world to liberalize divorce laws in 2004. Now, Chile is working on its first attempt to legalize abortion. Newly elected President Michelle Bachelet is pro-abortion, and she is pushing for a law that would allow parents to abort undesirable children. The Legislature’s health committee is still considering the legislation, while recent news reports indicate 70 percent of the nation, sadly, supports its passage.

Ireland fell to the homosexuals last week. Now, The Irish Times announced that repeal of the nation’s abortion law is “very do-able.” The government will begin with allowing abortion only for “undesirable children” with fetal abnormalities.

God provided a brief comment on these stories. “Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Romans 2:5)

Christian musician Chris Tomlin’s Love Ran Red tour has attracted 200,000 attendees and raised $700,000 for CURE International, an organization that provides surgeries for children with deformities.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40).

While nations collapse, families dissolve, and babies are killed around the world, the Zanger family has just topped 100 grandkids and great-grandkids. When this Illinois family does its Thanksgiving get-together, it is 50 pounds of ham and 10 turkeys. ABC News reports that Leo and Ruth Zanger just welcomed their 100th grandchild into the world. In Leo’s words, “The good Lord has just kept sending them. … We could start our own town.” And maybe they will.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/26/2015

150518040259-pkg-elbagir-isis-threaten-palmyra-00020624-large-169May 26th, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

ISIS has captured the city of Palmyra as it continues its rampage across Syria.   And now they are executing hundreds of citizens while most of the population has fled. ISIS now controls about half of the country.

Have the Iraqis lost the will to fight off Muslim rule under ISIS? That is the indication provided by Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq in an interview with CNN on Monday. Al-Mutlaq said that he was “surprised” to hear that their best trained units left Ramadi to the ISIS forces.

“That the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

In the providence of God, the drought in California and the floods in the Southwest continue. Hundreds of homes have washed away due to flooding in Oklahoma and Texas. At least three people are reported dead with many more missing.

Have Americans grossly overestimated the size of the homosexual force? That is what a recent Gallup poll found. On average, Americans are under the impression that 23 percent of the population call themselves homosexuals. Actually, the National Health Interview Survey puts the number between 1.5 and 3 percent.

“As … (David) talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. … All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid … And David said to the men who stood by him. … ‘who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God’” (1 Samuel 17:23 – 26)?

Muslims are pressing for the removal of crosses from a private Catholic university in Washington D.C. Top Right News reports a complaint filed with the D.C. Office of Human Rights. About 1 percent of Americans are Muslim.

Are we watching the death of liberal newspapers? The Washington Examiner reports that three media companies dumped 100 newspaper properties in the last year. Their goal was to protect their broadcast and digital divisions. Ad revenue has fallen 50 percent in the last ten years.

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away” (Psalm 37:1 – 2).

The Supreme Court will soon rule on Obamacare subsidies. The question is whether the 34 states without their own insurance marketplace are eligible for the subsidies. The average insurance cost for a family of four has risen to $16,351, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Meanwhile, Christian medical sharing plans vary between $3,000 and $5,000 per year, without any government subsidies.
In other news, government dependency has increased in this country under Obamacare. World Net Daily reports that food stamp usage is expanding in states where Medicaid expenditures have increased.

The USDA reports a total of 46.5 million participants are on food stamps at the moment, and that is up 15 percent from 2010. Economists find that pretty disappointing for an economic recovery.

Following Memorial Day 2015, we are reminded of a speech President Ronald Reagan gave on Memorial Day in 1982, “I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.”

Denying evolution violates the Constitution of the United States? That is what Bill Nye the Science Guy said in a recent Vox interview, quoting from Article I, Section 8. Perhaps Nye should stay out of constitutional law. He was referring to a section of the Constitution providing for patents for scientists with useful inventions. It has nothing to do with the hypotheses of evolutionary biologists.

Mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia died in a fatal car accident over the weekend. His life was featured in a motion picture called A Beautiful Mind. His mathematical theories are said to have contributed to evolutionary biology and economics. Nash was an atheist, but he is one no more.

The graduation ceremony at an Alabama high school was interrupted by a medical emergency over the weekend. A young graduate named Christian Crawford stepped up to the microphone and publicly prayed for the victim as the medics took her out. “We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God. We pray that you will heal it, God. We pray that you will redeem it, God. We pray that you will deliver it, God. Because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way. And in the name of Jesus, we declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Shiloh. Fix it, Jesus.” National news reports indicate that the person prayed for was healed.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/25/2015

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Monday, May 25, in the year of our Lord 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Another Western nation topples to the Homosexual agenda. Ireland voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum legalizing marriages for men who burn in their lust one toward another, men with men and women with women. The vote was 62 percent–38 percent. According to The UK Guardian, the only major opposition came from immigrant evangelical pastors while Catholic priests and nuns encouraged a yes vote. Ireland was the last conservative holdout in Western Europe in the death of the West.

Mexican Christians face more persecution in the state of Chiapas. Voice of the Martyrs reports on Christians forced out of the villages to fend for themselves in the forests. Veteran missionary to Mexico Mike Richardson told The World View that these are indications that Mexico is on the verge of revival. “This country is ripe for the harvest. Everything that is within me cries out in me and says that there’s a revival that’s waiting that’s bigger than the world has ever seen. And I believe I speak from Scripture. In Luke 10:2 it says, ‘Then he said to them, that the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest that he will send these laborers into the harvest.’ This preacher’s heart, my mind, may run wild with the deepness and fullness of the work that God has been doing and is doing in my heart and the lives of the people of here in Mexico.”

It’s official now. The Boy Scouts of America will approve homosexual scout leaders for the first time in American history. President Robert Gates made the announcement at the organization’s national meeting in Atlanta over the weekend. As defense secretary, Gates led the charge for opening the military up to homosexuals in 2010. This has led to persecution of Christian chaplains who hold to a biblical position on the issue. At this time, the Boy Scout organization has not approved of pedophilia in the troops.

But, will America be joining England’s sordid experience soon? Recent breaking news reports point to powerful political forces in England that enabled a vast network of homosexual and heterosexual child abusers over decades. According to The UK Telegraph, 1400 men are accused of historical crimes, including 76 politicians, 135 entertainment stars, and seven sports figures. Britain’s Home Secretary is quoted as saying this is only “the tip of the iceberg.” Officers working the case indicate that hundreds of schools, children’s homes, and religious institutions are implicated.

“The world passes away, and the lusts thereof” (1 John 2:17). This is what brings the nations down. Take Heart. “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44).

A dating site called Adult Friend Finder, part of the Penthouse conglomerate, has been hacked. CNN reports that “incredibly revealing and potentially damaging” data including the sexual proclivities for 3.5 million people has been released to the public. “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

TLC announced over the weekend they are yanking the reality show 19 Kids and Counting from the schedule for now. This comes in the wake of 27-year-old Josh Duggar’s admission that he inappropriately touched his sisters as a young teen. Duggar, who resigned from the Family Research Council, has issued a public apology, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 reminds us, “Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters … nor homosexuals … will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (emphasis added).

The city of Cleveland now joins Baltimore and Ferguson with more racial riots. Police report 71 people arrested over the weekend for violent assaults on bystanders. The occasion for the riots was the shooting of two black suspects during a 22-mile chase involving 100 officers. Cleveland is the city with the 12th highest illegitimacy rate in the country. Baltimore comes in at 11th place. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ will solve the problems of social unraveling and social unrest in the inner cities.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galations  6:7).

A federal judge in Alabama, Judge Callie Grenade, has struck down the statewide same-sex marriage ban. But Grenade also agreed to hold off on enforcing her own ruling until the Supreme Court issues a decision in June.

The U.S. Senate approved Obama’s fast track trade bill with a little opposition from a few Republicans, including Senator Jeff Sessions and Senator Rand Paul.  Their concern was that the bill surrenders congressional powers to the executive branch of government.

Meanwhile, Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and nine Democrats took the Senate floor to filibuster on the re-authorization of the Patriot Act. Their concerns were government surveillance of telephone communications and other private records of American citizens.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/22/2015

A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Syrian regime troops pushed Islamic State group jihadists back from the ancient desert city of Palmyra after clashes that left dozens dead in the city's north.   AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EIDJOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images

Friday, May 22,  in the year of our Lord 2015

By Mark Robinette

In what many are calling a stunning military victory, ISIS has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra and now controls over half the country. Only 1,300 of the city’s 65,000 souls were able to flee the city before it was taken. ISIS was reported going door to door pulling people from their houses. Besides the obvious threat to human life, many are deeply concerned about a valuable archaeological site and its possible destruction in Palmyra. A recent report says 63 Christian churches in Syria have been damaged badly or destroyed since the beginning of the civil war. “LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph” (Psalm 94:3)? The Syrian army is amassing outside the city for a counter-strike. May God be with them.

Not only do the jihadists seem to be targeting churches and archaeological sites, they are targeting women as well. The New York Times published a report this week with gruesome details of their ungodly, willful practices. These include systematic rape of very young girls, buying and selling them and even praying to the false Muslim God before violating them, hoping that they will get pregnant with children that will share their ideals. Christian writer, Ann Voskamp, who recently visited refugees in Northern Iraq said, “ISIS sells 9-year-old girls in slave bazaars… They are categorized. Stripped. And shipped naked. Sold and passed around like meat. (ISIS) has institutionalized sexual violence and the brutalization of women,” The UN reports one girl was “married” more than 20 times, each time forced to undergo surgery to allegedly “restore” her virginity.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity” (Psalm 94:16)?

China is doing something pretty scary. Just Wednesday, the United States Air Force reported they were warned by the Chinese navy eight times to leave an area in the middle of international waters. It seems China has built islands that are now military bases in the middle of the South China Sea. Some are calling these illegal territory grabs “gigantic unsinkable aircraft carriers.” U.S. officials said they do not recognize these man-made structures as new territory for China, and they are concerned this buildup is the beginning of worse news.

Financial news from China has locals worried too. Two mystery financial crashes have cost China’s richest man and another billionaire untold wealth. China’s richest man, Li Hejun, lost $15 billion on Wednesday when shares in his company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, plummeted. Then Thursday, Goldin Financial and Goldin Properties, owned by billionaire Pan Sutong, lost 40 percent of its value.

America’s streets have been filled with violence this year on many occasions after perceived injustices have been perpetrated by white policeman on black suspects. Racial activists have taken these opportunities to widen the divide between people of different races while church leaders battle to close it. The World View spoke to Dr. Carlton McLeod, pastor of Calvary Revival Church of Chesapeake, Virginia, to hear what he had to say about how these things have affected the church, “You would think that those who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood, been chosen by Him, and who have had the faith to believe imparted by Him, that despite our day to day practical sin, we would press towards a Holy Spirit, Scripture-driven look at the ills of the day. So the melanin content in our skin would not be the overriding factor.”

It seems we hear more about extremist Muslims every day, but seldom do we hear something that makes us laugh. Recently the U.S. military declassified documents found at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed. Among the many things found were “job applications” for perspective jihadists. Sounds like the set up for a great punch line on late night, doesn’t it? Complete with a series of questions like one would answer if getting a job at a convenience store were a few less than usual questions like, “Would you be willing to be a suicide bomber?” “How long have you been in the land of the jihadists?” The Bible says God will laugh when the calamity of these men comes upon them (Proverbs 1:26).

Not only does God laugh, but so should we. Proverbs 17:22 reminds us that “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Funny man, late-night talk show host David Letterman signed off in style early Thursday morning to end 33 years of dealing out doses of the good stuff. Whether it was jumping off a trampoline in a suit covered in Alka-Seltzer into a water tank or sticking his entire body against a wall while covered in Velcro, Letterman made people laugh night after night, year after year. Innovator of countless zany antics, he offered viewers his last “Top Ten List” with a mega-star-studded lineup. Celebrities who listed the top 10 “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave,” included Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin who all gave the long-running, late-night host a gentle ribbing.

Joy is one of God’s greatest gifts; have some today!

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 5/21/2015

150326-yemen-jhc-1402_97c37c53110a8aef5cbe063addfb40ccThursday, May 21, in the year of our Lord, 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Two Sudanese pastors are on trial in Khartoum for their Christian faith and various trumped-up charges. Yat Michael and Peter Yan, both Presbyterian Evangelical pastors, could face the death penalty. Pray.

Cuba’s improved relations with the pope and the United States are making things worse for the churches in that country. World Magazine reports at least 100 churches in property disputes with the government. The communist government is confiscating property and seeking to rent the buildings back to the churches.

But, take heart, “The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).

Saudi Arabia continues its two-month bombing campaign in Yemen that has left over 1,800 people dead. It is Sunnis killing Shiites in a country that is known as a breeding ground for terrorism. It is virtually impossible for Christians to survive there. Pastor Nate Wilson has visited the country and knows the risks that Christians take just to survive. “It’s mostly isolated individuals with a personal Christian faith and kind of struggling in the context of being ostracized for their faith. We need to pray for God’s work during this … blackout time in Yemen that when the curtain rises again, we’ll have seen the church growing rather than dying.”

The Louisiana Legislature rejected a bill that would have protected Christian business owners from legal compulsion to support homosexual weddings. Governor Bobby Jindal was disappointed, but he promised to issue an executive order to the same effect.

All new charges against creation-speaker Kent Hovind have been dismissed, and God-willing, he will be out of prison in August. Hovind served eight years in prison for structuring, or withdrawing large sums of money from his bank account. Peter Reilly from Forbes news calls the acquittal a “stunner.” One sure explanation: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

Over the weekend, the Church of Scotland voted to approve of clergy that admit to engaging in unnatural sexual relations with the same gender. This follows the American PCUSA church that did the same thing four years earlier. Pastor Gavin Beers from Ayr, Scotland says the evangelical minority is taking a strong stand against the sin of homosexuality, “There’s a boldness being given to God’s people and men are preaching the subject.  A number of years ago when the Church of Scotland first fudged this issue, I preached on the issue in my own local congregation. And just looking at the General Assembly reports that we’ve had this week, I’ve been very encouraged that we have a public questions and morals committee. They have written to the Church of Scotland committees that were dealing with this issue and pressed the claims of scripture upon them.” The Church of Scotland has lost 75% of its members over the last few decades.

Jesus Christ Himself speaks of churches that capitulate to sexual immorality in Revelation 2:20 – 23. “I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality … I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead.”

Anybody who denies global climate change is a threat to national security. That is what the president of the United States told the U.S. Coast Guard graduates on Wednesday. What the president did not say is that God is in control of climate change. “He wraps up the waters in His clouds, And the cloud does not burst under them. He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it” (Job 26:8 – 9).

The Philippines has opened their doors to the refugees from Myanmar floating at sea. The director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines is quoted in Christian Today: “It is our duty to welcome these people … they are human beings and created in the image of God.”

Thousands of spiders were falling from the sky! That is what a town in Australia experienced when young spiders carried by their webs in the wind settled into one area, the ground covered with webs and spiders as far as eye can see.  But do not worry about bites. These baby spiders are too young for that.

Have the nanny state and milquetoast pansies finally taken over the Boy Scouts? The organization’s new policy guide forbids water gun fights and nonbiodegradable water balloons. Scouts may only shoot their water guns at a target while wearing proper eye protection, you understand.

Scams in a dishonest world are to be expected. The James T. Reynolds family of Tennessee is accused of siphoning $187 million of charitable contributions into their own pockets. Telemarketers asked for money for various cancer funds, and federal regulatory officials have filed a lawsuit accusing them of spending large portions of the collections on themselves. They “devour widows’ houses and for a pretense … make long prayers. … (They) will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14).

Miracles happen! And they do so when God acts above or against normal means. An SUV in Bellevue, Washington, slammed into a house and landed in a crib where a baby was sleeping. The baby was totally uninjured! That is God working.

And that is The World View in Five Minutes.