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The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/27/2015

china_3368174bThursday, August 27th, in the year of our Lord, 2015

By Kevin Swanson

Finally, Iraq’s government is addressing Christian persecution for the first time. Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi has organized a committee intended to provide some relief to Christians who lost homes and property to illegal seizure. Thus far, the committee has interviewed Christian leaders in the state, and has started collecting data on the recent persecutions, according to the Fides news agency.

Whether or not men will seek justice, “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.” (Psalm. 140:11-12)

By God’s order, China’s stock market dropped for the fifth day in a row. . . another 1.3% decline. Meanwhile the U.S. stock market regained some ground yesterday. And commodity prices are sinking fast, with oil at $39 a barrel and silver brushed $14.00 yesterday. That’s a six year low.

Ohio Right to Life has endorsed a bill in the state legislature that would stop some abortions conducted for eugenic reasons. It would halt abortions conducted for the sole reason that the child was conceived with Down syndrome. The president of Ohio Right to Life, Michael Gonidakis told Fox News, “Someday we are going to find a genetic marker for autism. Are we going to have a 90% abortion rate for people with autism? I hope not.” Gonidakis told The World View he’s hopeful the bill will pass, and that Governor John Kasich will sign it.

“In two weeks when the Ohio House comes back, we are going to have it voted out of the House of Representatives. Then it will move to the Ohio Senate; we think it will be fast-tracked. Then we believe it to get it on our great governor’s desk John Kasich, on or around Thanksgiving of 2015. John Kasich is the most pro-life governor in the history of Ohio. He signed every single pro-life bill we put on his desk and we are 100% certain that he will sign this one.”

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Evan Rodriguez and his wife Olivia have announced that they will not abort their baby girl who is due this December. Life News reports that the child was diagnosed with Anencephaly, a condition that is usually fatal.

A man, claiming discrimination against him for his homosexuality and African American background, gunned down two journalists working for WDBJ in Virginia on Wednesday morning during a live shot. The suspect killed himself, while police were making the arrest later in the afternoon. Reporter Allison Parker’s last words were, “Oh my God.”  Sobering…It is appointed once for man to die…and after that the judgment.

No sword for evildoers in Colorado. The Colorado Theater killer James Holmes will get 12 life sentences in prison without parole plus 3,318 years. After hearing testimony from survivors and first responders for two more days, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. officially sentenced mass murderer James Holmes to life in prison without parole on Wednesday.

“But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil.” (Rom. 13:4)

Republican Presidential Candidate and Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz has sent letters to 100,000 U.S. pastors encouraging them to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Cruz wrote, “I am urging you to confront this evil in our nation by praying and preaching with an unbridled passion until funding for Planned Parenthood ends, and this barbaric practice is purged from the land.”

The Defund Planned Parenthood vote lost in the Senate several weeks ago by 53 to 46.  And Life Action News reports that every Senator voting no, except one received campaign donations from Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider receives over $500 million a year from the Federal Government. The total campaign contributions amounted to about $1.5 million.

“‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’  (Deut. 27:25-26)

Is Christian Contemporary Music petering out?  The Week reports that album sales have dropped from 50 million a year in its heyday to 17 million last year. That may reflect what is happening in the popular music industry, with album sales cut in half in just the last ten years.

No genetically modified seeds for German farms. A spokesman for the German Agriculture Ministry told Bloomberg they are seeking a nationwide cultivation ban on GMO seeds. Scotland did the same thing earlier this month.

Last week, a 14-year-old boy defended his two younger siblings from a couple of thugs that invaded their Las Vegas home. When the two men entered the room where the kids were hiding, they found themselves staring down the wrong end of a 22 LR rifle. According to Fox News, the boys’ father, Kiewa Mason had made it a practice to train his son in the responsible use of guns at the Clark County Shooting Range.

And the most popular baby names in America this year for girls are…Emma, Olivia, and Sophia. For boys…Noah, Liam, and Mason.

And That’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/26/2015

biden_obamaWednesday, August 26, in the year of our Lord, 2015

By Mark Robinette

Just when Hillary Clinton might have thought her bid to be the next U.S. President couldn’t get any more difficult, President Barack Obama reportedly gave his blessing to Vice President Joe Biden to put his hat in the ring. According to a CNN report, a senior Democrat said the two met Monday to discuss the topic.

As Donald Trump continues to drive the political debate about immigration by calling for the end of birthright citizenship, a look at the raw statistics has people alarmed. According to National Review, 71% of illegal aliens are receiving welfare and there are nearly 400,000 new births among them each year. The fact that as many as 60,000 foreigners give birth while visiting the U.S. causes some to see birthright citizenship as being exploited.

The State of Ohio may find itself at the center of a new pro-life battle as lawmakers consider a controversial law that would ban abortions on Down syndrome babies. The bill would ban doctors from aborting children solely because a test says they have Down syndrome and would hold the doctor-not the woman seeking the procedure, accountable for violating the law. North Dakota passed a similar measure in 2013 banning abortions motivated by the sex of the baby and potential genetic abnormalities. May the Lord use this to protect these precious little ones from certain destruction. 90% of those who learn their babies have Down syndrome tragically have them aborted.

Tuesday looked as if it would be a positive day on Wall Street after Monday’s China troubles. But the final thirty minutes of trading saw a sell-off that caused the largest six-day point decline since October, 2008. Wealth is a wonderful gift from God, but remember the warnings of Proverbs 11:28: “Whosoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.”

Artillery fire killed several civilians over the weekend as someone broke the cease fire between Ukrainians and Russian-backed separatists. Now, there is danger of a return to all-out war as each side blames the other. The latest fighting occurred in the Ukrainian-held city of Mariupol and the separatist-held town of Horlivka. The World View spoke to Annie Cotton of Christian Aid Mission about the dangerous work missionaries are doing to help those affected.

“These ministries are coming alongside these people and trying to bring food to those that are stuck in this eastern region, and also, to the soldiers, where they are fighting. As well, as to find homes and food for those who have fled the east to the west.”

A safari guide was mauled to death in the same Zimbabwean national park where Cecil the Lion lived. 40-year-old Quinn Swales was taking a group of tourists on a walking safari in Hwange National Park on Monday morning when a lion suddenly attacked. Although Quinn did his job, bravely losing his life by putting himself between the lion and the tourists, his heroic death will get little media coverage. Little that is, compared to the coverage of the trophy-hunting dentist and Cecil the Lion. Quinn, in laying down his life for others, showed what Jesus called the “greatest” form of love a man can show to another.

A retired German post office worker was able to deliver a 108-year-old postcard after she discovered what may be the oldest message-in-a-bottle ever found. Marianne Winkler was walking along a beach on Germany’s Amrum Island in the North Sea when she spotted the bottle in the sand. Through the glass, she and her husband could read a note telling them to break the bottle. Inside they found an un-dated postcard from a British scientist named George Parker telling them to mail it back to the Marine Biological Association. Parker, former Marine president, had dropped more than 1,000 bottles like it in the North Sea around 1904 to help track deep-sea currents as part of an experiment.

According to the report by the Telegraph, the British group had not received one of these replies in so many years. No one there remembered they were still out there. The postcard also promised the reward of an English shilling for anyone returning it. They made good on their promise by buying a shilling, phased out of currency in 1971, on Ebay and sending it to the Winklers.

The work of George Parker reminds us how God’s inspired word contains truths men are still learning about today. Nearly 3,000 years ago, the Psalmist wrote about the greatness of God in giving man dominion over all things including those things that travel the “paths of the sea.”

“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:6-9)

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/25/2015

Wall-Street_1007053cTuesday, August 25th, in the year of our Lord, 2015

By Kevin Swanson

It was Black Monday in China. . . and Blue Monday for the U.S.  The Dow Jones fell 1,000 points in the first six minutes of trading on Monday, correcting a little by the end of the day. The blue chips settled at 15,871, the lowest point in 18 months. . . and a 2,000 point drop in August. China’s Market fell 8.6% and Japan’s Nikkei fell 4.6%. China’s composites are off 40% in two months, and some economists are saying “this one may be the start of the world’s next financial crisis.”

God’s wisdom reminds us that “whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.” (Proverbs 11:28)

Over 70 Nigerian churches were burned to the ground over the last two days by radical Muslims. That’s not discouraging the Christians however. One pastor told Samaritan’s Purse that persecution provides fertilizer for the faith.

WORLD Magazine reports on a burgeoning Christian School movement in China. So far there are a couple hundred small schools, each with less than sixty students.  It’s a new beginning for a nation that had some 6,000 Christian schools a hundred years ago before the Communists took over.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. . . For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:6, 9)

A Pakistani pastor and three other Christians are being held on blasphemy charges for using the word “apostle” in the wrong context. One of the men arrested told Christian News he believes the charges stem from the business success of some of the members. Pray for Pastor Aftab Gill.

Pastor John Piper acknowledged God the Creator before a crowd of 4,000 that had gathered in front of a St. Paul Planned Parenthood abortion mill. He prayed that Planned Parenthood would stop helping parents kill their own children.

Strange bedfellows. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed the Iran Nuclear deal, and conservative Pundit Pat Buchanan defended the deal on a Sunday morning talk show. But, Matthew Clark from American Center for Law and Justice says the bigger issue is the Americans left in Iranian prisons, like Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Suicides, divorces, law suits, lost reputations and lost jobs.  That’s the fallout from the Ashley Madison adultery site hack last week. The San Antonio, Texas Police Captain Michael Gorhum killed himself after his name appeared on the list, according to International Business Times. And a Canadian Law Firm is suing the website for $578 million on behalf of Canadian clients.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal. 6:7-8)

It’s a bad year for wildfires in the Northwest thanks largely to drought conditions. So far, almost 600,000 acres burned up in Washington State, and California has commandeered 12,000 firefighters to fight 17 wildfires in the state. And Idaho is fighting 17 large fires of their own.

Back in 2012, Chicago’s City Council stalled a Chick-Fil-A opening for more than a year. And now the Denver City Council is stalling on a lease for Chick-Fil-A at the Denver International Airport. An openly homosexual member of the council, Robin Kniech, said she didn’t want Chick-Fil-A generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.” For now DIA travelers will have to settle for the Gay Whopper from Burger King.

When the three young Americans saw the terrorist enter their train car armed with the AK47, they immediately leaped into action. One tackled the bad guy, and the other two incapacitated him. The three were life-long friends traveling through France. One of the young man was a pastor’s kid from Sacramento, California. His father, Anthony Sadler spoke of his son to Reuters, and said they were “very, very thankful to God that he was not hurt or killed.”

A Chariots of Fire sequel is soon to hit the theaters. The film entitled “Absolute Surrender” will cover Eric Liddell’s Christian mission work in China. When he died in a Japanese internment camp, his last words were “It is complete surrender.”

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/24/2015

Planned-Parenthood-protest-Getty-640x480Monday, August 24, in the year of our Lord, 2015.

By Mark Robinette

The DOW Industrial Average fell over 500 points on Friday, now 10% off the 2015 high. The two factors giving investors the jitters are China’s weakened economic growth, and the Federal Reserve’s impending interest rate hike. Investors will be watching the markets closely today for signs of the bear.

An estimated 50,000-75,000 pro-lifers protested Planned Parenthoods in 350 cities around the country on Saturday. Nearly 1,000 pro-lifers showed up at the Glendale, Arizona abortion mill alone, and 800 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Senator Ted Cruz appeared before a crowd of 2,500 at a Religious Liberties Rally in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend, featuring persecuted Christians from around the United States. Cruz told the crowd, “There is a war on faith in America.”

Former President Jimmy Carter told reporters Thursday he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Carter, speaking with his characteristic broad smile and soft Southern accent, said he was at ease because of his deep faith in God, adding, “It is in the hands of the God.” Sadly, the former president does not agree with the God whom he worships on homosexual behavior, claiming that Jesus would approve of homosexual marriage.​

There may be 100 million Christians in China now as Christianity continues a solid 7% annual growth. Turning from atheism and traditional temple religions like Buddhism, there is a particular revival among the more educated class of Chinese. Baylor University Professor Rodney Stark says he sees modern scientific technology as a key part of the spread of the Gospel. Stark says the better educated are experiencing a “cultural incongruity” between traditional Asian culture and industrial-technological modernity, which results in a spiritual deprivation, which Christianity is able to answer.

This should be no surprise since Habakkuk 2:14 promises, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

China’s intellectuals, Stark said, are “very convinced they’ve got to turn West to understand the world they live in … and they’re convinced…Eastern religions don’t fit the modern world they’re engaged in. It’s quite amazing”

North and South Korean officials met at a town on the heavily guarded border between the two countries Saturday. This came after a volley of cross-border artillery fire put both countries’ armed forces on high alert. Annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which drew threats of nuclear war from North Korea if not stopped, continued despite the threats.

Four high-ranking officials, two from North Korea and two from South Korea, met at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday evening, according to local media. North Korea has a standing army of 1 million and nuclear capabilities. It has also said it has weapons no one has ever seen that could destroy its enemies. For now, it seems, the crisis was averted.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-6)

It seemed like a good idea at the time. The City of Los Angeles spent $34.5 million buying 96 million little black balls and filled their 175-acre reservoir with them, to stop evaporation. Now, some are saying they have created a potential disaster. Apparently they picked the wrong color. Now they may have increased the evaporation level and created a bacteria-breeding cesspool.

According to a Fox News report, the U.S. Army is giving the boot to a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating his mother when she reported the incident. Bronze Star recipient, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, described by several as the “finest soldier they have ever served alongside,” said his decision to try to help the boy and his mother was a “moral decision.”

According to reports, Martland responded aggressively toward the Afghan police commander when the police commander admitted he raped the boy, then laughed about it. Martland grabbed the man by the neck and forced him to the ground. The case now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision.

“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter. Casey, a former Green Beret teammate who would only use his first name since he is now a member of a federal counterterrorism team, told Fox News, “If I was a commander, I would have given him an award. They saved that kid’s life.”

The psalmist prayed God would, “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.”

Thank you Sgt. Martland for your service.

A Rockaway Township New Jersey family was surprised to discover a Momma bear and her five cubs had tried out their pool and found it just right. Tim Basso, his wife, and two kids watched a reverse Goldilocks’ story play out in their own back yard last week. More than 1.3 million watched the video the Basso’s made of the event, featuring cubs sliding down their slide, busting their floaty toys and ended when the momma bear grabbed an electrical cord and filter and pulled it into the pool. No animals were hurt in the filming of the video.

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/21/2015

Korea_DMZ_sentryFriday, August 20th, in the year of our Lord, 2015.

By Mark Robinette

Good news for the two pastors who faced trial in Khartoum, Sudan for their Christian faith! They have arrived safely in Juba, South Sudan without further incident, according to Morning Star News. Both pastors lead congregations in South Sudan.

Border skirmishes between North Korea and South Korea have heated up some more. Fox News reports North Korea lobbed a rocket into a South Korean town, precipitating artillery fire from the South Korean forces.

And, revelations that Iran may perform some of its own inspections of its nuclear facilities, has raised more opposition from political opponents to the Secretary of State John Kerry’s nuclear agreement.

Billy Graham’s son-in-law, Danny Lotz, died this week after suffering an accident in the family pool. He was married to Anne Graham Lotz for almost 50 years. The family issued a statement in which they said, “He moved to our Father’s House on August 19, 2015, and received the accolade of his Savior, Lord, and King who presented him with the Crown of Righteousness.”

Slovakia has announced they will welcome migrants fleeing conflict in the Middle East, with one stipulation. No Muslims allowed. Only Christians. No word yet from the U.S. State Department, whether Christian refugees are welcome here.

More anarchy on the streets of Saint Louis this week.  At least nine people were arrested, one car was torched, and one man was killed in a police confrontation.

Dozens of Catholic Colleges have long standing relationships with Planned Parenthood, according to an extensive study conducted by The Cardinal Newman Society. The organization called these associations a “scandal” violating “the mission of Catholic higher education.”

The latest video on Planned Parenthood harvesting of fetal organs is being described as the most gruesome. The Center for Medical Progress called it “absolute barbarism.” While hearts beat and arms are moving, they harvest the organs of these children. The Executive Director of Novogenix Laboratories admitted in the film that “there are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating.” CNN, Fox News, and the Boston Herald continue to carry the story. Colorado Right to Life Board Director Bob Enyart said America is running out of excuses when it comes to abortion, with these exposes.

Enyart stated, “The abortion clinic says they are merely removing tissue. But tissue does not have a heart, lungs, arms, and legs. Planned Parenthood is killing babies. Everyone knows that. Videos #4 and #5 from the Center for Medical Progress included Denver abortionist Dr. Savita Ginde from Planned Parenthood.. And she actually says that it is a baby.”

Planned Parenthood recognized a number of media organizations for their support of abortion on Tuesday night. These included Cosmopolitan, Salon, MSNBC, and Esquire Magazine.

The Gospel is not popular in England anymore. At least if you talk about Jesus Christ saving us from immoral sins. A British City Council member in Manchester, says, preachers can speak about Jesus, but they cannot “talk about morality.” The Christian Institute reports that street preachers have been subjected to fines as large as $20,000 for using Bible verses relating to homosexuality.

More revelations of hypocrisy and sexual infidelity come by way of the AshleyMadison.com site hack. Josh Duggar’s personal information on the site has been made public, and he has publicly admitted to infidelity and a pornography addiction. Duggar admits he has been the “biggest hypocrite ever.”

“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” (Luke 12:1-3)

Internationally known Bible teacher Jim Staley was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to 11 counts of financial wire fraud. Staley, pastor of Passion for Truth Ministries of St. Charles, Missouri, worked as advisor before becoming a full-time minister. His actions caused the loss of more than $3 million of investments. Church members remained supportive and overflowed the courtroom at his sentencing.

In the providence of God, fires have destroyed 1.1 million acres in the West and taken three lives of those fighting the fires. According to NBC News, the fatalities near Winthrop, Washington, occurred when the winds shifted suddenly catching a fire crew unexpectedly.

“Let us serve God while we are on earth with reverence and godly fear, for He is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:28-29)

It’s a boy. Early Thursday morning, 1000 miles east of the Caribbean Islands, the Atlantic Ocean brought forth its first hurricane of 2015. They’ve named the smaller-than-usual tiny tempest, Danny. He could reach the Leeward Islands by Monday.

“Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling His word.” (Psalm 148:7-8)

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/20/2015

cuba biblesThursday, August 20th, in the year of our Lord, 2015

By Kevin Swanson

And it gets worse! The seventh video on Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby parts was released yesterday. The segment features a Stem Express employee claiming to have harvested a child’s body parts while the heart was still beating. Click here to watch the video.

“So I hear her call my name, ‘hey come over and I want you to see something kind of cool ad neat.’ And so I’m over here, and the moment I see it, I am just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby I’ve seen. And she’s like ‘okay I’m going to show you something’. She just taps the heart and it starts beating.”

The technician interviewed, Holly O’Donnell, said this was the moment she realized she that could not continue in her job as an employee of Stem Express. Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?” (Prov. 24:11-12).

Iranian police raided a house church in Karaj, beat up the Christians gathered there, and confiscated their Bibles. The National Council of Resistance of Iran reports that at least eight Christians are missing in the raid, presumably under arrest. Iran is also holding a thousand teachers in prisons, for unknown reasons.

“Now, O Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your Word!” (Acts 4:29)

Breitbart reports a politician from Denmark gets a 750-pound fine for comparing Muslims with Adolf Hitler. Mogens Camre told the court he would have nuanced his comment a bit more, if Twitter had given him more than 140 characters.

The American Bible Society has added another shipment of 60,000 Bibles to Cuba, in addition to the 80,000 just sent by the International Missions Board. The plan is to provide a million Bibles by 2016. This is just another indication of the hunger for the Gospel found in Cuba, and the opportunities made available as political restrictions ease a bit. In 1973, Voice of the Martyrs floated tracts from boats off of the coast of Cuba. However, persecution remains as authorities bulldozed a church building in Santiago de Cuba a year ago.

Cuban expert, Luis Fleischman from the Center for Security Policy, says this is the right time for Christians to push for more religious freedom in the nation. “The question is what kind of role the church is willing to play in the transition to democracy. All that we have seen is a very active Catholic church that votes against the push for more liberty. I’m not sure that the Cuban church is moving in the same direction. But I believe it should aspire to move in that direction.”

The United States is taking issue with Russia for moving ahead on the sale of an S-300 missile system to Iran. The missiles are designed to destroy enemy aircraft.

The biblical maxim, “be sure your sins will find you out,” applies to adulterers who use the web. Hackers who broke into a website dedicated to promoting marital infidelity have released the information to the public. The security compromise is affecting 32 million users for the AshleyMadison.com website. Editorials on the leak point out that the information will permanently damage reputations. The information does not go away. No doubt the leak will change the way the public handles the internet.

More hotels are cleaning up their act. Hilton announced they will be pulling pornography on-demand from their hotel rooms, joining other companies like Marriott, Drury, and Omni. Hilton properties include Double Tree and Embassy Suites.

The Denver Christian baker who lost his business to homosexual legal assaults is asking for support from brothers and sisters in Christ. Jack Phillips is 10% there on a $200,000 campaign with continuetogive.com. He also continues to receive death threats from the men of Sodom.

One family in New York is taking advantage of public housing with an income of $500,000 per year. Redistributing the wealth to the wealthy? Now that’s just not good Marxism.

Four members of a black gang in Atlanta shot a Christian man in the legs, while invading his home over the weekend. His prayer for them as he was loaded into the ambulance was a direct quote from Luke 23:34-the words of Christ at the crucifixion: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” According to a report from World Net Daily, Michael Lash’s wife and two small children were thankfully not harmed in the attack.

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.

The World View in 5 Minutes – 8/19/2015

church-of-england_1591704cWednesday, August 19, 2015, A.D.

By Mark Robinette

The entire country of Iraq has only one Christian radio station, and today, Pastor Maher Fouad, the pastor who runs it, is giving thanks for God’s hand of protection. For ten dangerous years Pastor Fouad has made it his daily mission to reach more than eight million Iraqis through the airwaves with the Gospel. A few weeks ago, he narrowly escaped certain death again. Pastor Fouad and a deacon from his church were leaving a garage that didn’t have the part they needed for their church bus, when a bomb exploded. Several were killed, including the driver of the car just behind them, and the shock from the blast blew all their windows out. But, by God’s providence, he and the deacon were unharmed.

Pastor Fouad said the radio station 102.9 FM, he founded a decade ago, was a “pioneering project,” adding “No one ever applied for a radio station in the history of Iraq, especially a Christian radio station.” CBN interviewed Pastor Fouad about the program. This is the testimony of faith that he shared.

“During the time, violence was a major problem in Baghdad with the sounds of explosions and car bombs. And out of all these radio stations that broadcasted violence and negative news, our radio station appeared broadcasting the gospel and the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Apparently, it is God’s will that he keep up the good work. He has “passed through the fire and it has not hurt him.” (Isaiah 43:2)

International humanitarian organizations are rallying around a 19-year-old Sudanese girl sentenced to 20 lashes for the crime of “indecent dress.” Fardos al-Toum is one of twelve Christian women arrested in Khartoum, on June 25 on their way home from church, for wearing skirts and pants instead of traditional Muslim dress. The women were stripped of their clothes, held for 24 hours and fined 500 pounds. Human rights activists have asserted Sudan’s constitution exempts religious minorities from being held accountable to this aspect of Sharia law. Sudan’s President, Omar al Bashir, has declared that there is no room for Christianity in this Sharia-dominated country.

110-year-old Emma Didlake of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died Tuesday. She was believed to be America’s oldest veteran. Less than a month ago she was able to travel to the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

A 24-year-old man, doing his best to save another man from jumping to his death, was killed when he fell fourteen stories from the University of Hawaii dormitory. The 19-year-old he was trying to save, survived the fall and is in critical condition.

“Greater love has no man than this,” Jesus said, “that a man would lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)

Christians wanting to know what presidential hopeful Ohio Governor John Kasich thinks, should know this. In his own words, he doesn’t “read a Bible to figure out what he thinks.” He doesn’t judge others, and he follows his heart, he said.

Be advised Governor, “the heart is deceitful above all else and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled his plan Tuesday to repeal ObamaCare if elected president. His five-step plan would repeal the current healthcare plan on his first day as president and replace it with a state-run system funded by new taxes.

A disturbing book has been found in Pakistan which officials are comparing to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The book details the plan of ISIS to kill Jews and Christians and take over the world by 2020. What’s alarming is that the six-phase plan can be seen through past and current news events, to be proceeding as scheduled.

The American Media Institute, which reported the find of this 32-page booklet, said it bears striking resemblance to Hitler’s “Final Solution” to kill the Jews, but then shows how ISIS plans to unite all Muslims and draw the West into the apocalyptic battle of Armageddon. According to the plan, their next step will be to attack India.

“As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may you pursue (our enemies) with your tempest, and terrify them with your hurricane!” (Psalm 83:14-15)

Drought-stricken areas in the western United States continue to suffer under hundreds of uncontained wildfires. Seven large fires in Montana are not being fought at all due to lack of personnel. The National Guard, Canadian firefighters, thousands of volunteers, and now 200 active duty U.S. military have joined the fight. 11,000 square miles, an area as large as the state of Maryland, has burned, thousands evacuated and scores of homes have been lost. May these fires, that men cannot contain, remind us God will pursue our enemies in a similar way.

Short of divine intervention, the Church Growth Modeling project has projected extinction for the Church of England by 2100. And they’re saying the Church of Wales will be extinct within about 25 years. Confirmations have dropped from 200,000 per year in 1960 to 20,000 per year at the current rate. A well-known Christian Author from England, Rob Slane said this.

“In terms of the Church of England, and why it is collapsing, and the numbers have been falling dramatically in your average Church of England church. There is little or no gospel being preached in the Church of England. But that is not to say that there aren’t some pockets of Christianity in the country that are beginning to flourish.”

And that is the World View in Five Minutes.