November 2017  
SMTWTFS
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
     
Bible Search
12 O'Clock News

 

Cheshvan 21, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 11/10/17

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 43°F. Wind chill values as low as 21°F. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 27°F. Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs around 53°F. Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 39°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Alabama's Roy Moore Denies Allegations of Sexual Abuse with Minors (CBN) An Alabama woman tells the Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, kissed and groped her in 1979 when she was 14. The paper says Leigh Corfman consistently described her story over the course of six interviews. She did not seek out the newspaper. A Post reporter in Alabama heard that Moore had allegedly pursued relationships with teenage girls and contacted four women, and Moore as well.  Three other women told the paper that Moore asked them out when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Moore denied all the allegations in a written statement to the Post, calling them "a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Moore can't continue his bid for the Senate if the claims are true, the Post reports. "If these allegations are true, he must step aside," McConnell said on behalf of all Senate Republicans. At least one poll shows Moore with a double-digit lead over his Democrat opponent Doug Jones.

 

ISIS Hacks 800 School Websites across the U.S. (Worthy News) - The FBI is investigating how a school website in New Jersey was hacked. It’s one of hundreds nationwide that was plastered with messages supporting ISIS. The district said for about two hours, a hacker sent visitors to an ISIS sponsored YouTube video with Arabic audio and Saddam Hussein’s picture. There was also text reading ‘I love Islamic State.’ The district’s website is hosted by schooldesk.net. The owner said some 800 school districts nationwide, including Newtown, Connecticut, were also hacked. The host site, School Desk, said they’re handing over copies of their servers to the FBI to help in the investigation.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Decade after Church Burnings in Nigeria, Officials Forbid Rebuilding (Worthy News) - A decade after Muslims attacked and displaced Christians in a town in northern Nigeria, Kano state officials have forbidden church buildings to be rebuilt there, sources said. Eight church buildings destroyed in late September 2007 in predominantly Muslim Tudun Wada Dankadai, Kano state, are still in ruins, a Morning Star News correspondent observed earlier this month. The buildings of St. Mary’s Catholic, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Baptist, Assemblies of God, Charismatic Renewal, Mountain of Fire and Miracle and Deeper Christian Life Bible churches, along with that of another church, have not been rebuilt because local Muslims have refused to allow it, Joseph Opeyemi Ibinkule, a 42-year-old a Christian resident of Tudun Wada Dankadai, told Morning Star News.

 

 

WORLD

 

US Carriers in Rare Pacific Op amid North Korea Tensions (Worthy News) - Three US aircraft carriers will stage joint drills in the western Pacific for the first time in a decade, the US Navy said Thursday (Nov 9), as tensions in the region over North Korea reach fever pitch. The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will conduct "coordinated operations in international waters", the navy said, as US President Donald Trump's high-stakes trip through Asia takes him to China. The operation shows Washington's "ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region," said Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, in a statement.

 

Islamic State Driven from Last Stronghold in Syria (CBN) Islamic State militants have withdrawn from their last stronghold in Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Syrian military declared Boukamal liberated after a government offensive that killed a large number of militants, including leaders. "The liberation of Boukamal is of great importance because it is a declaration of the fall of this group's project in the region generally and the collapse of its supporters' illusions to divide it, control large parts of the Syria-Iraq borders and secure supply routes between the two countries," Army spokesman Gen. Ali Mayhoub said in a televised statement. The military said they are still chasing other ISIS terrorists in different directions to small towns and villages in the desert. U.S. officials estimate that between 2,500 and 3,500 dispersed in the desert around Boukamal.

 

Air Forces from 8 Countries Train Together to Take Down ISIS (JP) Close to 100 aircraft, including fighter jets from Germany, and hundreds of support crew from eight nations are taking part in the largest air force exercise ever held in Israel and the biggest in the world to be held this year. “This exercise is an expression of the ever-growing international cooperation we share with our foreign partners,” Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said. Crews from the US, Greece, Poland, France, Germany, India and Italy are taking part in the two-week Blue Flag drill, honing their skills in planning, targeting and coordinated command and control.

 

Laser Weapons May Arm Air Force Fighter Jets (Worthy News) - U.S. Air Force fighter jets may soon be able to instantly disable enemy targets using invisible, energized beams of light shot from a small, compact laser cannon. The laser-equipped vehicles might call to mind the heavily armed "helicarriers" from Marvel's "Captain America" films. Yesterday (Nov 6), the U.S. Air Force Research Lab signed a $26.3 million contract with Lockheed Martin to develop high-energy laser weapons that are lightweight and compact enough to be mounted on fighter jets. Lockheed Martin is a defense, aerospace and technology company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

In Beijing, Trump Presses China on North Korea and Trade (Fox) U.S. President Donald Trump pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea on Thursday and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States, but praised President Xi Jinping's pledge that China would be more open to foreign firms. On North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Trump said "China can fix this problem quickly and easily", urging Beijing to cut financial links with North Korea and also calling on Russia to help. Trump was speaking alongside Xi in the Chinese capital to announce the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals between U.S. and Chinese firms, a display that some in the U.S. business community worry detracts from tackling deep-seated complaints about market access in China. Xi said the Chinese economy would become increasingly open and transparent to foreign firms, including those from the United States, and welcomed U.S. companies to participate in his ambitious "Belt and Road" infrastructure-led initiative.

 

Typhoon Damrey Kills 106 in Vietnam (Worthy News) - Vietnam's deadliest storm this year, Typhoon Damrey, has killed 106 people, while dozens of dangerously full reservoirs release water as the southeast Asian nation prepares to host a regional summit. As of Wednesday, 106 people were known to have died because of the year's 12th major storm, which struck on Saturday, leaving 25 missing and 197 injured, the country's search and rescue committee said.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

20 GOP House Members Urge Deal for Young Illegals (1NewsNow) Nearly two dozen House Republicans on Thursday pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect some 800,000 young people brought illegally to the United States as children. The lawmakers said efforts to grant such deportation protection would easily pass the House, with dozens in the GOP set to join Democrats in backing any bill. The young illegals are facing an uncertain future after President Donald Trump's decision to end Obama-era temporary protections. Trump has given Congress until March to come up with a fix. Democrats, the minority party in the House, repeatedly have pressed for a legislative solution. Now, this show of support from Republicans, including some from competitive House districts, reflects a political shift.

 

Only Federal Reserve Owns More U.S. Federal Debt ($2.5T) Than China ($1.2T) (CNS) Only the Federal Reserve owns more U.S. federal government debt than entities in the People’s Republic of China, according to the latest data released by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. As of the end of August, according to the Treasury, entities in Mainland China owned $1,200,500,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities. The only other nation that came close to that was Japan. Entities located there owned $1,101,700,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities as of the end of August. Ireland was a distant third, with entities there owning $307,200,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities.

 

Army Deliberating on $300K in Captivity Backpay for Bergdahl (NewsMax) The Army is deliberating whether convicted deserter Bowe Bergdahl is entitled to nearly $300K in backpay for his five years in captivity, the Army Times reported. Of course, Bergdahl, who avoided prison time after pleading guilty to desertion, never would have been captured by the Taliban had he not walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

 

Sen. Rand Paul's Neighbor Pleads Not Guilty in Attack (1NewsNow) U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's longtime neighbor pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn. Rene Boucher only spoke to reply "yes sir" to a judge during a brief arraignment. He showed no emotion and kept his head down. Boucher faces up to a year in jail if convicted of fourth-degree assault. Paul, who was not at the hearing, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and has excess fluid around his lungs. The injuries have sidelined Paul from the Senate as he recovers at his home. A prosecutor said after court that criminal charges may change because of the severity of the lawmaker's injuries.

 

Federal Charges in Attack on Rand Paul? (NewsMax) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., recovering from broken ribs and lung bruising he sustained in an alleged assault by a neighbor, is being told to expect federal charges in the case — indicating a possible alleged political motive, Fox News reported Thursday. Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News' Shepard Smith that unnamed sources inside the Kentucky Republican's Senate office say Paul has been told of expected federal charges against neighbor Rene Boucher. "If they're considering federal charges, that obviously goes way beyond a simple assault charge — he's currently charged with a low-level assault," Napolitano told Smith. "If it remains at the state level with broken ribs and water in the lungs, may very well be elevated to a felony and go to the county attorney," he added. "If they're looking at federal charges, it sounds like this was politically motivated."

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump Tweets (Twitter) “My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea. He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people. It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan!” …. “I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100's of billions. How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would've done same!”  

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

California NAACP seeks to Abolish ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ calling it ‘Racist’ (Washington Times) The California chapter of the NAACP has a solution for the NFL take-a-knee flap: Get rid of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The organization is urging Congress to jettison the national anthem after passing a resolution at its Oct. 26-29 state conference describing the tune as “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.” A second resolution was passed in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of last season’s protests during the national anthem. “We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman told the Sacramento Bee. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.” The NFL kneeling began as a protest against the deaths of black men at the hands of police, not the lyrics of the national anthem, and has since grown to encompass social-justice issues in general. Those who argue the song is racist point to a rarely sung and little-known line in the third verse that says, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

 

LGBT Activists Call on Pope Francis to Remove Faithful Bishop of Madison, Wisc. (CNS) Because Robert C. Morlino, the Catholic bishop of the Madison Diocese, adheres to Church teaching and opposes funeral rites for homosexuals that would cause "scandal and confusion," gays and pro-sodomy advocates have launched a petition that calls on Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino from his position. Simply, the LGBT activists do not want a Catholic bishop to actually believe in and follow Catholic teaching. They are in effect demanding that he celebrate sexual depravity.

 

VP Pence to Devastated Sutherland Springs Church: 'God Is Close to the Brokenhearted' (CBN) Vice President Mike Pence told those mourning the loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas that their testimony of Christian love is inspiring the nation. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence attended a vigil in Texas Wednesday for those killed. The couple sang along to the worship song "Good, Good Father" before offering words of comfort. "The Bible tells us that God is close to the brokenhearted, and that will be our prayer for you," Pence said.

 

Pastor: Texas Church that was Attacked Will Be Demolished (1NewsNow) The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this week that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship.

 

Hundreds Gather to Support Colorado Cake-Baker Before Supreme Court Case (CBN) Hundreds of believers rallied in Colorado to support Masterpiece Cakeshop's Jack Philips, who is in the middle of a critical Supreme Court battle for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Philips says baking a cake for a gay marriage conflicts with his religious beliefs. That didn't keep the Colorado Civil Rights Commission from ruling that he violated anti-discrimination laws. Now, he will face the Supreme Court next month to defend free speech. Leaders from the Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, and Mormon communities came together to offer their support Wednesday at Colorado Christian University.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Billy Graham at 99: He Kept the Faith and (Mostly) Dropped the Politics (Christian Headlines) Conservative Christian leaders have President Trump’s ear, but they are certainly not the first evangelicals to counsel the leader of the free world. The most famous evangelist of the 20th century, Billy Graham, advised many an American president, though differently than Trump’s faith advisors approach the job. Graham railed against communism and anti-war demonstrators. He helped presidential candidates and gave them advice once they made it to the White House. Over the years, Billy Graham spoke to an estimated 84 million people at his crusades around the world, his wide reach increasing to 210 million when it includes live audiences that watched him via satellite. His success, religious historians say, was a precursor to the political rise of evangelicals and set the stage for recent faith-based public discourse on abortion, gay marriage and other issues. As other conservative religious figures like the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and others gained sway in the political arena, Graham, deliberately withdrew from it, at least in public. His public focus was on the gospel, not politics.

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICA

 

1775     The Continental Congress founds the U.S. Marines Corps.

 

1871     New York Herald journalist Henry M. Stanley finds Scottish missionary David Livingstone at Lake Tanganyika, Africa, and greets him with the famous words: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”

 

1928     Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne tells his team, “Win one for the Gipper,” and they do, beating Army 12–6.

 

1938     Kate Smith introduces Americans to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” singing it for the first time on her network radio show.

 

1954     President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Drivers Get Turkeys Instead of Traffic Tickets in Montana (ABC) Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers. The Billings Gazette reports that officers with the Billings Police Department checked for outstanding warrants Wednesday after pulling over drivers for traffic violations. If they found none, they issued a written warning and a frozen turkey.

 

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

Cheshvan 20, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 11/09/17

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 55°F. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 30°F. Wind chill values as low as 23°F. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs around 44°F. Wind chill values as low as 25°F. Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 28°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Trump Issues Stern Warning to North Korea: 'Do Not Try Us' (JP) US President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him that the nuclear weapons he is developing “are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.” “Do not underestimate us and do not try us," Trump told North Korea as he wrapped up a visit to South Korea with a speech to the National Assembly in Seoul. In a wide-ranging address that lodged specific accusations of chilling human rights abuses against Pyongyang, Trump used some of his toughest language yet against North Korea, calling on countries around the world to isolate Pyongyang by denying it "any form of support, supply or acceptance." Trump painted a dystopian picture of North Korea, saying people were suffering in "gulags" and some bribed government officials to work as "slaves" overseas rather than live under the government at home. In Wednesday’s speech, Trump went mostly on the attack. But he did promise a “path to a much better future” for North Korea if it stopped developing ballistic missiles and agreed to “complete, verifiable and total denuclearization” – something Pyongyang has vowed never to do. "We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated," he told South Korean lawmakers. "And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground we fought and died to secure." "The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation," Trump said, speaking as three US aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises and a rare show of U.S. naval force in the region.

 

House, Senate Negotiators Agree on $700 billion for Military (1NewsNow) House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in fiscal 2018. That's an ample increase over the amount sought by President Donald Trump. It pays for more active-duty troops, aircraft and ships than he requested. Congressional staff members say the bill allots just over $634 billion for core Pentagon operations and nearly $66 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. The staff members spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on the record. Trump's budget request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions. The policy bill also grants U.S. troops a 2.4 percent pay raise.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

China Deports Hundreds of South Korean Christians (Christian Headlines) China’s government is not only cracking down on its own Christian citizens, it is also targeting South Koreans who are in the country and allegedly helped persecuted North Koreans who escaped Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime. According to The Christian Post, the Chinese provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang have together deported hundreds of South Korean Christians who are evangelizing and engaging in missionary work. In the province of Jilin, all South Korean churches have reportedly been closed due to China's campaign to “eradicate extremism.” Christians who continue to participate in unauthorized religious activities can face up to $45,200 in fines and possible arrest and imprisonment.

 

 

WORLD

 

Saudi Arabia’s Push on Iran Ratchets Up Regional Tensions (Worthy News) - Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes in stemming Tehran's influence. The bolder steps are largely seen as the work of the son of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has consolidated his power. Under his leadership, the kingdom has shown a readiness to shake up the region, launching a military campaign in Yemen against rebels it sees as Iranian proxies and sparking a confrontation with Qatar in part over ties with Tehran. Still, Iran has been able to use wars in Iraq and Syria to build a bridge of alliances stretching from its border to the Mediterranean. The question is whether the Saudis will push even harder against Iran – and what will happen if they do. So far, the kingdom's policies appear to have the full support of U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

Iran's President Wants Saudi Arabia to Switch Sides, Abandon US and Israel (JP) s Sunni-Shi’ite tensions in the Middle East mount, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he wants Muslim states to come together and help each other instead of seeking friendships with the United States or Israel. In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani called for an end to hostile relations with Saudi Arabia, adding that the Sunni Kingdom is wrong to put its trust in Israel and the US. “You are mistaken if you think Iran is not your friend, but the US and Israel are. This mentality is a strategic mistake and miscalculation,” Iran’s Press TV reported Rouhani as saying. “Our path in the region is to establish and promote stability; we want the geographic borders not to change, nations to decide for themselves, and bombardments and aggression against regional nations to be stopped.”

 

70% of U.S. Voters Think Iran Deal Should Be Reworked, Require Senate Ratification (CNS) – Seven in ten American voters believe the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration should be renegotiated, and an even larger majority, 81 percent, think any new deal should require Senate ratification, a new poll has found. The Harvard-Harris survey for The Hill found 70 percent support for renegotiating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including 85 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of independents and 57 percent of Democrats polled.

 

WH: ‘Twitter is Banned in China’ But Trump Will Tweet ‘So Long as He Can Access His Account’ (CNS) A senior administration official told reporters aboard Air Force One on its way to Beijing today that President Donald Trump will tweet from China, if he can, even though Twitter, like Facebook, is banned in China. The official’s statement came in response to a reporter who asked: “Do you think he should tweet while he's in China? Do you see any problem with that? Is there any reason why the President shouldn't tweet while he's in China?” “The President will tweet whenever he wants,” the official responded, according to a White House transcript of the exchange. “That's his way of communicating directly with the American people.” “Including in China?” asked a reporter. “Yeah, why not. Why not,” said the official. “So long as he can access his Twitter account because Twitter is banned in China. So is Facebook and, of course, most of the other social media.” “So can he access it? Logistically, can he access it?” a reporter asked. “I'm sure we've got the gear aboard this airplane to allow that to happen,” said the official. “But it is noteworthy that none of the major Western platforms for social media are even allowed to operate in China.”

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Democrats the Big Winners in 2017 State, Local elections (Worthy News) - Democrats came out victorious in several of Tuesday’s key elections, including gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, leaving the party motivated for the upcoming 2018 election. "The America that Donald Trump comes back to in a few days is far different than the America he left,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said Tuesday night, referencing President Trump’s absence as he visits Asia. “It’s an America where we are regaining our values.” “The last time Democrats won the governors’ race in Virginia and New Jersey, in the same year, was 2005,” Perez added. “You know what we did the following year? We took the House of Representatives! That’s what we’re going to do next year.”

 

California Police Chief Could Lose Job for Following Federal Immigration Law (TheBlaze) Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is now the subject of an internal affairs investigation after she helped federal agents arrest an illegal immigrant. Why is she in such hot water? Because Oakland is a sanctuary city. After a formal complaint from a city commissioner and questioning from angry city council members, Oakland Police Department spokes-woman Officer Johnna Watson confirmed to SFGate.com that the matter was now the subject of an internal investigation and she could not comment further.

 

Texas Gunman Devin Kelley Escaped from Mental Health Facility in 2012 (Worthy News) - The gunman accused of the worst mass murder in Texas history escaped from a mental health hospital during his stint in the Air Force — after making death threats against his superiors, according to a 2012 police report.

 

Eric Holder Blasts ‘Orange Man’ Trump: ‘We Want the America of Barack Obama’ (Washington Times) Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he is glad to be unshackled from his old job because employment with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee lets him lash out at Republicans like “orange man” President Trump. “You don’t do politics when you’re attorney general, but as a private citizen and as a defender of the Obama legacy, I’m free to say what I want and to say it in the way that I’d like to.”

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump First Foreign Leader Treated to Event in China’s ‘Forbidden City’ (CNS) On Tuesday, President Donald Trump received an honor never before bestowed on any foreign leader by the People’s Republic of China. Trump was treated to an elaborate show and dinner as part of his tour of China’s “Forbidden City” – a first for any foreign leader, The Daily Caller reports: “Trump and his wife were granted a rare dinner at the Forbidden City, an honor that has not been bestowed on a foreign leader since the founding of the People’s Republic of China 68 years ago. “The Forbidden City, a massive palace complex, was the residence of the imperial family for centuries. At this world-famous site, which was shut down for this special visit, the leaders of two of the world’s most powerful countries enjoyed a Peking Opera performance and a dinner together.” “Such treatment is notably different from what former President Barack Obama received on his farewell tour,” The Daily Caller reports, citing its 2016 report of how Obama was “snubbed by the Chinese when he visited Beijing for the G-20 summit last year.” President Trump was effusive on Wednesday in Tweets thanking China for the "beautiful" and gracious welcome he received.

 

Trump to Kim Jong-un: ‘Every Step You Take Down This Dark Path Increases the Peril You Face’ (CNS) President Trump had a message for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un on Wednesday: “Do not underestimate us and do not try us”; abandon your aggression and nuclear weapons ambitions and “we will offer a path to a much better future.” “The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer,” Trump said in remarks directed at the North Korean dictator. “They are putting your regime in grave danger.” Addressing the National Assembly in Seoul, just 35 miles from the DMZ with the Stalinist-ruled North, he continued, “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

 

Trump on N Korea: Some Say My Rhetoric Is ‘Very Strong, But Look What’s Happened with Very Weak Rhetoric’ (CNS) President Donald Trump pushed back on criticism Monday that his rhetoric about North Korea is “very strong,” pointing out that “very weak rhetoric” from previous presidents has not been very effective when it comes to Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. “Most importantly, we're working to counter the dangerous aggressions of the regime in North Korea,” he said at a joint press conference in Tokyo, Japan with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “The regime-continued development of its unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear test and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory, are a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Seattle Set to Have First Lesbian Mayor (Worthy News) - Jenny Durkan won 61 percent of the votes in the mayoral race in Seattle Tuesday, claiming a decisive lead over her opponent Cary Moon, making her the city’s first lesbian mayor and its first woman mayor since the 1920s.

 

First Openly Transgender State Legislator Elected in Virginia (Worthy News) - Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem (D) has defeated longtime Del. Robert Marshall (R), becoming Virginia's first openly transgender elected official, according to The Washington Post. Roem's win in Virginia's 13th District also means she is poised to become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature, advocates say.

 

Duke University Offering Scholarship to LGBT Students Only (TheBlaze) Duke University is now offering an annual scholarship to students who receive need-based aid and also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The Carolinas LGBT Scholarship Fund will be awarded each year to an LGBT student who resides in North or South Carolina based on financial need and the student’s involvement in the LGBT community, according to the university’s website.

 

Liberal Congressman Labels Star Parker as 'Ignorant' (CNS) After pro-life and pro-marriage leader Star Parker -- a black woman who had four abortions early in her life -- testified that it was dishonest to focus on Medicaid and food stamps when Planned Parenthood and abortion are decimating black communities, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said Parker's remarks revealed her "ignorance" and "inability to deal with Congress people" properly. The exchange occurred on Nov. 1, during a hearing before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice about H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act. The legislation would require doctors to check for the heartbeat of a child before conducting an abortion, and if the heartbeat is detected, the abortion is prohibited.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators Turns 75 (Worthy News) - Wycliffe Bible Translators USA is celebrating 75 years of Bible translation. Before Wycliffe came onto the scene, translating the Bible into every language seemed impossible to many, but now, that goal is closer than ever. Mission Network News reports on the momentous occasion for Bible translation. “This is our 75th anniversary. It’s pretty exciting to think about what God has done for the last 75 years through this work. There are just so many great stories,” said Kristie Frieze of Wycliffe USA. To commemorate this milestone, Wycliffe has released a book titled Till All Have Heard, which tells the history of the organization and the work God has helped them accomplish.

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICA

 

1731     Mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker is born near Baltimore.

 

1872     A three-day fire in Boston destroys 775 buildings.

 

1906     Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first president to leave the country while in office when he embarks on a trip to inspect construction of the Panama Canal.

 

1965     A massive power failure leaves much of the northeastern United States without electricity for up to 13½ hours.

 

1989     The Berlin Wall falls, a milestone victory for freedom in the decades-long Cold War.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Screams of "Help!" Draw 911 Call (ABC) A deliveryman in Oregon who heard a woman's screams for help had his wife call 911, but when a deputy showed up it turned out the screamer was a parrot, not a woman. When Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Hayden Sanders showed up, all he found was Diego the Parrot. The green-and-yellow bird was in good health and no humans were involved.

 

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

Cheshvan 19, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 11/08/17

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

UPDATE

 

Democrats Northam, Murphy Win Gubernatorial Races in Virginia and New Jersey (Fox) Democrats rode to victory in the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, as Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Phil Murphy beat Republican Kim Guadagno in New Jersey. The victories -- especially the win in Virginia -- are a shot in the arm to the beleaguered Democratic Party, which has lost four special congressional elections to Republicans since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago.

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Partly cloudy. Highs around 52°F. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 34°F. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs around 55°F. Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 31°F with wind chill values as low as 25°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

IG: 14.4 Million Medicare Part D Beneficiaries Got $4.1 Billion in Opioids in 2016 (CNS) A total of 14.4 million beneficiaries of Medicare Part D, which offers Medicare recipients the opportunity to get federally subsidized prescription drug coverage, received at least one prescription for an opioid in 2016 while the Medicare Part D program paid about $4.1 billion to provide them with those drugs, according to a study by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services. Nationwide, 33 percent of all Medicare Part D beneficiaries got federally funded opioids in 2016. In Alabama, it went as high as 46 percent; in Mississippi, it was 45 percent; and, in Arkansas, it was 44 percent.

 

UN Launches ‘Unprecedented’ $1.3 Billion Legal Campaign Against Israel (Worthy News) - The United Nations has earmarked some $1.3 billion to fund Palestinian legal campaigns against Israel and to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, in what experts are calling an unprecedented act singling out the Jewish state at the world body.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Christian Missionary Killed in Nigeria (Worthy News) - The British government on Monday announced the death of one Christian missionary who had been abducted in Nigeria last month and said three other missionaries had been freed. The British Foreign Office said Ian Squire, who had been working with a Christian medical charity in southern Nigeria, was killed, but did not specify how he died. The three other missionaries, Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan have returned to their families. The four missionaries were abducted on October 13 in the Niger Delta region. It is still unclear how they were freed, as the Foreign Office said it could not comment on an active investigation.

 

 

WORLD

 

Islamic State Claims Attack on TV Station in Afghan capital (Worthy News) - Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on a television station in Kabul, in which gunmen disguised as police killed a security guard and opened fire on staff, the latest assault on media workers in Afghanistan. Afghan special forces suppressed the attack on Shamshad TV, a private Pashto-language broadcaster based close to the national stadium, after about two hours, but police said at least two people had been killed and 20 wounded.

 

Trump Urges North Korea to 'Come to the Table' (1NewsNow) President Donald Trump is hinting at a surprise announcement as he prepares to depart South Korea. Trump says during a toast at a state dinner being held in his honor in Seoul Tuesday that, "we're going to have an exciting day tomorrow for many reasons" that "people will find out." Trump is also telling attendees that the partnership between the U.S. and South Korea has never been stronger, as the threat of the North and its nuclear program looms. Trump says: "we've been proud to stand by your side for many decades as an unwavering friend and a loyal ally." And he says South Korea has "never had a time where this ally has been more loyal or stood by your side more than right now."

 

Trump Wants $4 billion More for Missile Defense, citing North Korea (Worthy News) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday for $4 billion to support missile defense to counter the threat from North Korea, just ahead of his first visit to South Korea since taking office in January. “This request supports additional efforts to detect, defeat, and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the United States, its deployed forces, allies, or partners,” Trump wrote in a letter to Congress. Trump repeated his request that Congress provide $1.6 billion to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

 

Palestinian Terror Group Threatens IDF, Promises War with Israel (JP) The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an organization that orchestrated terrorist attacks that killed scores of Israelis over the years and has been classified by both the United States and the European Union as a terrorist entity, released on Tuesday a threatening video against the Jewish state, and in particular its army. The video depicts IDF vehicles moving along the security barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and as one vehicle emerges a text appears in Arabic and in Hebrew on the screen saying: "In the line of fire." The video also shows Palestinian snipers aiming their weapons at Israeli combat engineering units that operate in the area in order to ensure the safety of other military units as well as uncover terror tunnels being dug into Israeli territory with the intent of harming the country's population.

 

Iran Seeks European Lifeline (JP) - Europe must make clear how it will react if the United States pulls out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran and do more to encourage international banks to return to the country, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. Last month, US President Donald Trump broke ranks with European allies Russia and China by refusing to re-certify Iran's compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reached during Barack Obama's tenure. The Republican president gave Congress 60 days to decide whether to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran, lifted under the pact in exchange for scaling down a program the West fears was aimed at building a nuclear bomb, something Tehran denies. European leaders say they are determined to keep alive the accord, which offered Iran an economic lifeline and opened new investment opportunities for European businesses.

 

Sisi Reiterates Commitment to Israeli-Palestinian Peace During Abbas Visit (Worthy News) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged that Egypt will continue its efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a statement from Sisi’s office Monday. The statement came after a meeting between the Egyptian president and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm el-Sheikh on the sidelines of an international conference. “Sisi affirmed that Egypt will continue its efforts to resume negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides in order to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the right of the Palestinians to establish an independent state along June 1967 borders,” the statement reads, according to the official PA news site Wafa.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Feds Trying to Revoke Naturalized U.S. Citizenship of Four Somali Natives (CNS) The federal government is going after four people who came to the United States from Somalia under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. That's the same visa lottery program that brought an Uzbek man to this country, where he mowed down eight people in a lower Manhattan park last week. On Monday, the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security announced they have filed civil complaints in the District of Minnesota against four people who fraudulently obtained their naturalized U.S. citizenship. The four people told immigration officials they were a family -- husband, wife and two grown sons -- to gain admission to the United States. Each individual went on to become a naturalized citizen based on their fraudulent representations, the federal government alleges.

 

Air Force Admits Bureaucratic Error Allowed Texas Shooter to Buy Gun (Worthy News) - The man who police say shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to enter his assault conviction into a federal database. Devin Patrick Kelley was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force after he was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and fracturing his infant stepson's skull. Kelley's case was enough to prohibit him from possessing a firearm under federal law, but due to a bureaucratic error neither his arrest nor conviction were listed in the national background check database. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirmed the mistake in a statement.

 

Donna Brazile Changes Tone on Hillary Clinton’s Control of DNC in 2016 (Washington Times) Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile seemed to take a different tone Tuesday with her description of what happened inside the Democratic Party in 2016. “Hillary Clinton did something for the party that everyone should understand,” Ms. Brazile said on CBS News. “The party was broke, and she gave the party a lifeline of resources in order for us to compete and that’s what she did for the general election.”

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump to Japanese PM: Your Economy Isn’t as Good as Ours, ‘And We’re Going to Try and Keep It That Way’ (CNS) During a joint press conference in Tokyo, Japan, President Donald Trump praised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for building “one of the world’s most powerful economies,” but said it was not as good as the United States’ economy, and he wanted to keep it that way. “The Japanese people are thriving. Your cities are vibrant, and you've built one of the world’s most powerful economies. I don't know if it's as good as ours. I think not. Okay? And we're going to try and keep it that way, but you'll be second,” Trump said.

 

Trump Nixes ‘Extreme Vetting’ on Guns (NewsMax) President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news conference in South Korea Tuesday where he was asked about "extreme vetting" for gun purchases. Trump said: "If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago and you might not have had that very brave person who happens to have a gun or a rifle in his trunk."

 

President Wishes Billy Graham 'Happy 99th Birthday' (NewsMax) President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished evangelist Billy Graham a "happy 99th birthday," through the minister's son on Twitter. Trump tweeted in response to Franklin Graham, president of Billy Graham's Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan's Purse, who congratulated his father on Twitter Tuesday morning. Franklin Graham: “My father @BillyGraham turns 99 years old today! That means he’s entering his 100th year—it has been an amazing journey.” President Trump: “Franklin, such a great photo. HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY to your father, @BillyGraham!”

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Agriculture Dept. Beefs Up Religious Freedom in the Workplace (CBN) The Trump administration has made it clear that viewpoint discrimination has no place in the USDA workplace. In other words, people are allowed to talk about their beliefs. They've released a guidance memorandum and an FAQ piece explaining their policy that took effect earlier this year. The FAQ document highlights opinions about same-sex marriage, gender identity and sexual morality as "matters of public importance." It says: "USDA respects the First Amendment rights of USDA personnel as well as non-USDA personnel working at facilities inspected by USDA to share their varying viewpoints on these topics, whether through oral discussion, the display or distribution of literature or other means." It all started with a copy of an article on a break room table at the West Michigan Beef Company outside Grand Rapids. According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the piece expressed the view that marriage is a special relationship between a man and a woman. ADF's clients, company owners Donald and Ellen Vaner Boon, say a USDA food inspector removed the article and then threatened to remove all USDA inspectors from the plant if the Vander Boons returned the article to the table. The inspector cited an Obama-era harassment policy as justification. The threat to remove the inspectors was effectively a threat to shut down the business because federal law requires USDA inspectors to be present at meat-packing plant operations.

 

Following Shooting, Texas Attorney General Says Church-Goers Should be Armed (Worthy News) - After a deadly mass shooting at a Texas church, the Texas Attorney General has said American Christians should arm themselves when they go to church. Republican Ken Paxton said churches should consider “arming some of the parishioners” or hiring security.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Largest Gathering of Vietnamese Christians Celebrates Protestant Reformation (CBN) The largest Christian evangelical celebration took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, last week. Christians from around the region came together to remember the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. People lifted their hands in worship and awe, revealing hearts that are still of fire for God after so many centuries. The event featured musical and dance performances that entire families enjoyed. The celebration marks a decisive point in history, when a lone monk named Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, a formal criticism of the practices of the Catholic Church at the time. The document set Europe on fire and sparked a movement that later spread to the rest of the world.

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Franklin Graham: Disney Using 'Andi Mack' Show to Promote LGBT to Tweens (CNS) Disney's popular tween series Andi Mack is introducing a homosexual storyline that is designed "to influence the youth of today to accept and to be a part of the destructive LGBT lifestyle," said Rev. Franklin Graham, who added that parents should consider blocking the Disney channel. In the show, which targets children ages 6 to 14, the character "Cyrus Goodman," age 13, develops a crush on another boy in the first episode of the second series that was aired on Oct. 27. This storyline promotes same-sex attraction and is designed to teach kids how to deal with the hugely controversial topic. "Disney used to be the brand that parents could trust," said Rev. Graham in a Nov. 4 post on Facebook. "They were kind of like the ‘gold seal’ of family programming." "But those days are long gone," he said. "Disney is in the LGBTQ camp, and they’re wanting to use so-called family-friendly programs to influence the youth of today to accept and to be a part of the destructive LGBT lifestyle," said the evangelical leader. "They’re introducing a gay storyline in one of their most popular programs, 'Andi Mack,' targeting 6-14-year-olds," said the reverend. "Parents BEWARE. You can control this in your home." "You might want to consider blocking their channel," said Rev. Graham.  "Let Disney know why you are upset, but also take action that will get your message across."

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICA

 

1889     Montana becomes the forty-first state.

 

1892     Former president Grover Cleveland defeats incumbent Benjamin Harrison to become the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms.

 

1932     New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats incumbent Herbert Hoover to become the thirty-second U.S. president.

 

1942     U.S. and British forces land in French North Africa during World War II.

 

1960     Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon to become the thirty-fifth U.S. president.

 

2000     Florida begins a statewide recount of ballots to decide the winner of the presidential race between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Beavers Chew Down Power Pole (UPI) -- Beavers chewed on a power pole, leading to a blackout that affected thousands in a Canadian town over the weekend. The city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, went dark after the beavers chewed at the base of the utility pole. The chewing weakened the base and strong winds knocked the pole over, causing the town to go dark.

 

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

Cheshvan 18, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 11/07/17

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Cloudy with chance of showers. Highs around 53°F. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 41°F. Wind chill values as low as 36°F. Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs around 53°F. Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 38°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

Secret Service Arrest Man near White House who Wanted to Kill 'All White Police' (Fox) A man who was arrested Monday in Washington, D.C. allegedly traveled to the nation’s capital to kill “all white police” at the White House. Michael Arega, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested Monday afternoon after the Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division received an alert just before 3 p.m. from the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department to be on the lookout for Arega. He reportedly traveled from Texas to kill “all white police” at the White House, according to a statement from the U.S. Secret Service. Secret Service at the White House searched for Arega until he was arrested without incident around an hour later. He was found on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Park. Arega was brought to the Metropolitan Police Department and is awaiting charges. A Facebook profile that appears to be Arega’s shows him “checked in” at the White House on Monday, and also includes posts with statements such as: “Now i am going to there to white House make sure kill All white POLICE !!,” “I remove the power of darkenes [sic] from USA in the powerful name of Jesus Christ !!,” and “Put Him on Jail Donald J Trump in Maighty Name of JESUS CHRRIST !!”

 

Officials: Texas Killer's Motive 'Domestic,' Not Racial or Religious (NewsMax) The gunman who murdered 26 people at a Texas church Sunday is believed to have been driven by a "domestic" dispute, officials said Monday. "This was not racially motivated, it wasn't over religious beliefs. There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws," Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a news conference. "The suspect's mother-in-law attended this church," he said, adding that 26-year-old shooter Devin Patrick Kelley had sent her "threatening texts" prior to the mass shooting. "We know he sent threatening ... that she had received threatening text messages from him," Martin said. Kelley's in-laws were not at First Baptist's church service Sunday, but did go there to talk to authorities Sunday afternoon.

 

President Trump Calls Texas Church Shooting Act of Evil (1NewsNow) — President Donald Trump says a Texas church shooting that left 26 dead was an “act of evil” and promised his administration’s full support to the investigation. Speaking to U.S. and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo on Monday during his Asian trip, Trump expressed his sorrow over what he called a “horrific shooting” at a “place of sacred worship.”

 

Saudis Blame Iran for Missile Attack on Airport; Could Be ‘Act of War’ (CNS) The costly civil war in Yemen took a dangerous new turn at the weekend when the Saudis said they intercepted a ballistic missile heading for the kingdom’s second-busiest airport, and accused Iran of responsibility. The Saudis, who are leading a military coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government, said in a statement that Iran’s alleged provision of missiles to its Shi’ite proxies in Yemen constituted military aggression that could rise to “an act of war.” They warned that the kingdom “reserves its right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner, in accordance with international law and based upon the right of self-defense.”

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Hindu Extremists Beat Pastor Unconscious in Southern India (Morning Star News) – Weeks after a pastor led five families to faith in Christ in southern India, masked men on motorbikes intercepted him on his way home from worship and tried to kill him, sources said. Pastor Banothu Sevya, 26, was in a coma for 48 hours after the drunken Hindu extremists beat him in Govindapuram, on the outskirts of Jamandlapalli village in Telangana state, last month. They had threatened him twice before, he said.

 

 

WORLD

 

In Asia, Trump Extolls US Military Might – And the American Flag (CNS) President Trump made headlines Sunday with remarks in Japan warning dictators not to underestimate “the most fearsome fighting force in the history of our world,” but he also had a message for Americans back home, extolling the U.S. flag and what it stands for. Addressing U.S. troops in front of a giant Stars and Stripes in a hangar at the Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Trump signaled that the flag will feature prominently during his 11-day Asia trip, and linked it to the sacrifices made by American military personnel past and present. “You are the reason the great American flag will proudly stand behind me wherever I go,” he said at the start of a regional trip that will also take him to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. “And every time I look at that flag, I will think of brave men and women like you and I will think of all of the American patriots, down through the generations, who poured out their blood, sweat, tears, hopes and dreams, to defend our country,” he said.

 

Israel's Trophy System, Spike Missiles and Iron Dome Heading Down Under (JP) As Australia overhauls its LAND 400 armored vehicles program, Israeli defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is in the running to provide its Trophy Active Protection System and SPIKE missiles to the land Down Under in deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

Saudi Prince Among Dozens Arrested for Corruption (CNS) he most prominent of dozens of princes and others arrested in a weekend “anti-corruption” sweep overseen by the heir to the Saudi throne is a billionaire whose largesse has benefited recipients ranging from the Carter Center and Clinton Foundation to Georgetown and Harvard universities and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The arrest of Alwaleed bin Talal and others was one of the first actions taken by an anti-corruption committee set up by King Salman’s decree under the leadership of his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It has been tasked to “identify offenses, crimes, persons and entities involved in cases of public corruption.”

 

Saudis Gamble on Hariri Resignation to Check Iranian Grip on Lebanon (JP) Saad Hariri's apparently Saudi-dictated resignation as prime minister of Lebanon is the latest effort by Riyadh in its losing struggle to combat Iranian influence in the region. Hariri announced his resignation Saturday in Saudi Arabia, citing a plot to assassinate him and blasting Hezbollah and Iran for their destructive role in Lebanon and other Arab countries.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Good Guy with a Gun Stopped the Texas Church Shooter (TheBlaze) If it weren’t for a good guy with a gun, more lives could have been lost Sunday when a gunman opened fire in a small church in Texas. According to law enforcement officials, a local Sutherland Springs, Texas, resident confronted 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley after he opened fire on parishioners in the town’s First Baptist Church. CNN reports that when Kelly opened fire on the church with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, a local resident grabbed his own rifle and engaged Kelly, causing him to stop firing on the church, get into a vehicle and run. From there, a chase ensued and Kelly ended up dead. It’s not clear if the resident shot Kelly or if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

 

Full Extent of Rand Paul’s Injuries Revealed (TheBlaze) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was attacked at his Bowling Green, Kentucky, home on Friday and the full extent of his injuries are just being revealed. Reports initially indicated that Paul had only received minor injuries. However, a top Paul strategist confirmed Sunday the injuries are more than just minor: they include five fractured ribs. According to Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief political strategist, the junior Kentucky senator is in a great deal of pain. “Senator Paul has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures. This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying,” Stafford said in a statement Sunday, according to Politico. “Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently. This type of injury is also accompanied by severe pain that can last weeks to months,” he added. “Senator Paul and Kelley appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon,” Stafford said.

 

195 Trump Hackers (NewsMax) Four years ago, well before the furor over allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House, at least 195 web addresses belonging to Trump, his family or his business empire were hijacked by hackers possibly operating out of Russia, The Associated Press has learned. After the hack, computer users who visited the Trump-related addresses were unwittingly redirected to servers in St. Petersburg, Russia, that cybersecurity experts said contained malicious software commonly used to steal passwords or hold files for ransom. Whether anyone fell victim to such tactics is unclear. It is not known whether the hackers who tampered with the Trump addresses are the same ones who stole Democratic officials' emails and embarrassed the party in the heat of the campaign last year. Nor is it clear whether the hackers were acting on behalf of the Russian government. The affected addresses, or domain names, included donaldtrump.orgdonaldtrumpexecutiveoffice.comdonaldtrumprealty.com and barrontrump.com. They were compromised in two waves of attacks in August and September 2013, according to the review of internet records.

 

Network News Ignores Clinton-DNC Bombshell (The Hill) The broadcast evening newscasts on three major networks on Thursday didn’t mention bombshell revelations by former Democratic National Committee Interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile. Brazile has written in a new book that she discovered evidence that she said showed Hillary Clinton’s campaign “rigged” the Democratic presidential primary. “ABC’s World News Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” all didn’t report the allegations by Brazile on Thursday evening despite it receiving considerable coverage on cable news and in print and online media. Brazile was also trending as one of Twitter’s top topics on Thursday. In excerpts released to Politico Thursday, Brazile writes in her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” that it “broke [her] heart” upon discovering evidence that she said showed the Clinton campaign “rigged” the Democratic nomination system.

 

Papa John’s Blames NFL Anthem Protests for Taking a Multimillion-Dollar Slice Out of its Pizza Earnings (Fox) If you just found out there’s an Official Pizza of the NFL, then you’re too late. Papa John’s, which held that unique title, lost too much money as a result of player protests during the national anthem. As a result, founder and big cheese John Schnatter sacked the NFL’s "poor leadership" and said “the NFL has hurt us.'” He took his popular pizzas and his saucy attitude and went home, pulling his ads associated with the NFL for now. Schnatter lost $70 million, which Forbes described as “Papa John Loses Dough,” after his company’s stock took a dive over bad sales numbers last week. Schnatter blasted NFL leadership for letting the protests continue and for “not resolving the current debacle.”

 

Legendary Broadcaster Vin Scully Declares: 'I Will Never Watch Another NFL Game' (CNS) Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully said at an event in Pasadena on Saturday night that because of players kneeling in protest at the National Anthem he will never watch another NFL game. "I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday," Scully said. "It's not that I'm some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year, didn't go anywhere, didn't do anything. But I have overwhelming respecdt and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game."

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

President Trump Signs Law to Honor 200th Anniversary of Frederick Douglass' Birth (CNS) Although completely ignored by the major news networks, President Donald Trump signed into law on Thursday legislation to establish the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, which will make plans to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), a slave who escaped to freedom and became a leading orator, abolitionist, writer, publisher, and statesman. Douglass was a Republican who often criticized the slavery-supporting Democratic Party. "It is not true that the Republican Party has not endeavored to protect the negro in his right to vote," said Douglass in an 1888 speech.  "The whole moral power of the party has been, from first to last, on the side of justice to the negro; and it has only been baffled, in its efforts to protect the negro in his vote, by the Democratic Party."

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Planned Parenthood Hired Fusion GPS to Take Down Pro-Life Center for Medical Progress (CBN) Fusion GPS, the research firm hired by the Clinton foundation to create the controversial "Trump Dossier," was also hired by Planned Parenthood to discredit the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) according to Liberty Counsel which represents CMP. The pro-life group sparked a media firestorm in 2015 after David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt released undercover footage of Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts. Breitbart News reported that Planned Parenthood hired Fusion GPS to conduct a "forensic analysis" to discredit the videos. Fusion GPS, although having no credentials in the field of forensic video analysis, later called the videos edited and fake. Coalfire Systems, another research firm with credentials in video forensics, said, "the video recordings are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing." Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization that represented CMP throughout its legal battle with Planned Parenthood, says it's no surprise that Fusion GPS was involved.

 

University of Notre Dame Says ‘No’ to No-Cost Birth Control (CBN) The University of Notre Dame is taking advantage of the Trump administration’s move to loosen the contraceptive regulations of Obamacare. In a memo, the Catholic university announced it would no longer provide students and faculty access to no cost birth control. The change goes into effect for faculty members December 31 and students August 14.

 

California: Pro-life Centers Not Required to Promote Abortion (Christian Headlines) Pro-life centers in California recently won a victory in court and will not be required to promote abortion within their clinics. Currently, all pro-life pregnancy centers in the state are required to notify their clients that the state of California provides free or low-cost contraceptives and abortion under California law AB775. The exact wording of the law states, "California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care and abortion for eligible women ..." Pro-life advocates believe this law requiring the pro-life centers to post this notice in a place of prominence in their clinics is a violation of their freedom. They took their case to court in The Scharpen Foundation vs. Kamala Harris, and won. Riverside County Superior Court ruled that this law infringes upon the free speech rights of the pro-life centers and enforcement of the law is to be permanently halted.

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Egyptian President Meeting with US Evangelicals 'Prophetic' and 'Historic' (CBN) CAIRO, Egypt – For the first time ever, a delegation of Christian evangelicals from the United States met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Some believe the meeting represents a landmark in evangelical relations with the Arab world's largest country. An estimated 90 percent of Egyptians are Muslim. The meeting between President el-Sisi and the evangelical delegation exceeded their expectations. "Rarely have I been in a meeting that was scheduled for an hour that went for three hours and the conversation was clear, so authentic," Johnnie Moore, founder of the Kairos Company told CBN News. "There was no hedging. It was like we were best friends for our entire life.  It was historic yesterday." Best-selling author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg, who hosted the delegation, believes el-Sisi is the kind of leader the U.S. needs in the war against Islamic terror. "I believe it is setting into motion an historic relationship between an Arab Muslim leader and the evangelical Christian movement," Rosenberg told CBN News. "I have to tell you, I'm a fiction writer and if President Abdel el-Sisi didn't exist you'd have to make him up. I mean [he is] what are we looking for in an ally with the United States: people who want, people who are telling us I want a strong, strategic alliance with America. I'm fighting the same people you're fighting." During their meeting, el-Sisi stressed the importance of fighting Islamic terrorism and protecting religious freedom.

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICA

 

1848     Zachary Taylor is elected the twelfth U.S. president on the first-ever nationwide Election Day.

 

1874     A cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly is the first to depict the Republican Party as an elephant.

 

1916     Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress.

 

1944     President Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Thomas Dewey to win an unprecedented fourth term in office.

 

1989     In Virginia, Democrat Douglas Wilder becomes the first African American elected governor of a U.S. state.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Addled in the Saddle (ABC) A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk. Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.

 

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

Cheshvan 17, 5778 • A Service of Box 2 Radio Network • 11/06/17

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

 

WEATHER

 

Weather Report for our Box 2 Radio Listening Area: Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs around 64°F. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with rain. Lows around 53°F. Tomorrow: Cloudy with chance of rain. Highs around 56°F. Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 43°F. Wind chill values as low as 38°F.

 

 

TOP OF THE NEWS

 

27 Killed, More Injured in Texas Church Massacre (Charisma) (Fox) Preliminary reports say 27 people were shot dead and around 20 more were wounded while attending a Sunday morning service at a Baptist church just outside San Antonio. A witness told KSAT that a man walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and opened fire at the crowd of people. The church holds morning worship services at 11 a.m., according to its website. Fox reports the shooter is now dead. The gunman was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies. Multiple sources speaking to Fox News identified the gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelly lived in a suburb of San Antonio and didn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said investigators were looking at social media posts that Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday's attack, including one that appeared to show a semiautomatic weapon. President Trump, who's currently traveling in Asia, tweeted: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan." Sutherland Springs has a population of about 400 residents.

 

Bergdahl Dishonorably Discharged, No Jail Time (Fox) More than eight years after Bowe Bergdahl walked off his base in Afghanistan -- and unwittingly into the clutches of the Taliban -- Bergdahl walked out of a North Carolina courtroom a free man Friday. Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades, was fined, reduced in rank to E1 and dishonorably discharged -- but he received no prison time. As part of the sentence, Bergdahl will forfeit his pay of $1000 per month for ten months. Bergdahl was shaking and appeared emotional as the verdict was quickly read. Bergdahl's defense lawyer has told reporters after sentencing that his client "has looked forward to today for a long time." Eugene Fidell added: "Sgt. Bergdahl is grateful to everyone who searched for him in 2009, especially those who heroically sustained injuries." Prosecutors had requested a 14-year prison term following a week of emotional testimony from the survivors who were wounded during missions to find Bergdahl after he left the base in June 2009. Bergdahl's defense team had asked for no prison time.

 

Sen. Rand Paul Assaulted at his Home in Kentucky (TheBlaze) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was assaulted at his Kentucky home Friday afternoon. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 59-year-old Rene Boucher is in Warren County Regional Jail on $5,000 bond for assaulting Paul at his home in Bowling Green on Friday around 3:20 p.m. Boucher has been charged with fourth-degree assault. Paul received “minor” injuries, according to the Daily News. However, depending on the status of those injuries, Boucher could be charged with additional crimes. According to local Kentucky news station WNKY-TV, the FBI launched an investigation into the attack shortly after it happened. They believe the attack, which occurred Friday afternoon, was politically motivated. Paul has served as Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011. He is staunchly conservative and libertarian. Paul’s communication’s director, Kelsey Cooper, told the Daily News that Paul is “fine.” “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested, and it is now a matter for the police,” she said. How much jail time can Boucher expect? If found guilty by a jury, and if he isn’t charged with additional crimes, Boucher can expect to spend 12 months behind bars.

 

GOP’s Tax Bill Cancels $23 Billion in Credits Claimed by Illegal Immigrants (Worthy News) - The new GOP tax overhaul would strip illegal immigrants of the ability to claim several major tax credits, saving the government $23.1 billion over the next decade, according to the bill’s authors. For years Republicans have complained that despite a general ban on taxpayer benefits flowing to illegal immigrants, the IRS has allowed them to collect the child tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Efforts to shut down those claims have been tried in the House but have never cleared Congress.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

Azerbaijan: ‘No Fair Trial’ for House-Church Leader (Worthy News) - An Azerbaijani man fined for leading a “house church” without state permission has not been treated fairly during his appeal against the fine, a local source has told World Watch Monitor. The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, said there have been “multiple violations of law and process” against Hamid Shabanov. Shabanov and another church member, Mehman Agamammadov, were each ordered to pay a fine of 1,500 manats (900 US dollars) for leading worship services without state permission following a police raid in November 2016 on Shabanov’s house in Aliabad, in the south of the country. Shabanov was found guilty at a hearing in January and several appeals were rejected.

 

 

WORLD

 

President Trump Embarks on First Trip to Asia as President (1NewsNow) Security and trade will loom large during President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia, which began Sunday in Japan. North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs are likely to be the issue dominating the first part of his trip, which includes stops in South Korea’s capital and Beijing as well as Tokyo. Trade will figure throughout, both in North Asia and at his stops in Southeast Asia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ meeting in the Philippines.

 

Guam-Based Bombers Conduct Exercise over Korean Peninsula (1NewsNow) wo U.S. supersonic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula for bombing exercises that are also a show of force against North Korea ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia. A South Korean military official said Friday the B-1B bombers based in Guam were escorted by two South Korean F-16 fighter jets during the drills Thursday at a field near the South’s eastern coast. The drills simulated attacks on land targets, but didn’t involve live weapons, said the official, who did not want to be named, citing office rules. North Korea’s state media denounced the exercise as a “surprise nuclear strike drill” and says “gangster-like U.S. imperialists” are seeking to ignite a nuclear war.

 

Trump says U.S. Hitting ISIS Harder as Payback for New York Attack (Washington Times) President Trump said Friday that the U.S. military is hitting the Islamic State “10 times harder” since an extremist pledging allegiance to the terrorist group killed eight people in New York this week. “Every time we’re attacked from this point forward, and it took place yesterday, we are hitting them 10 times harder,” the president told reporters at the White House. “When we have an animal do an attack like he did the other day on the west side of Manhattan, we are hitting them 10 times harder. They claimed him as a soldier — good luck.” It wasn’t immediately clear what military action the president was referring to that took place Thursday. He added, “Every time they hit us, we know it’s ISIS, we hit them like you folks won’t believe.” The president also suggested in a tweet Friday that he was carrying out military retribution against the Islamic State, which claimed credit for the attack by Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov. “ISIS just claimed the Degenerate Animal who killed, and so badly wounded, the wonderful people on the West Side, was ‘their soldier,’” he said. “Based on that, the Military has hit ISIS ‘much harder’ over the last two days. They will pay a big price for every attack on us!”

 

Ayatollah Khamenei to Iranian Students: Don’t Forget U.S. Is the Main Enemy (CNS) Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of students Thursday that a path to a bright future requires them not to forget that the United States is their principal enemy. “The United States is truly the major malignant enemy,” Khamenei said, according to a speech posted on his official website. “I say this not based on prejudice or pessimism, but based on experience, correct analysis of situations, and observation of the realities within the field.”

 

 

NATIONAL

 

ISIS Claims New York Truck Attack (Fox) The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for this week’s truck attack in New York City that killed eight, Reuters reported, citing the terror group’s weekly issue of Al-Naba newspaper. “(T)he attacker is one of the caliphate soldiers," the group reportedly declared. Eight people were killed, and a dozen were injured Tuesday near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan when 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck into people walking and cycling on a bike path, federal authorities said.

 

Lindsey Graham on Bowe Bergdahl Sentence: 'Incredibly Disappointed' (NewsMax) Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that he was "incredibly disappointed" that former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl received no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking away from his post in Afghanistan, leading to his capture Taliban captivity for five years. "While I have tremendous respect for the military justice system I was a part of for over 30 years, I'm incredibly disappointed in the sentence handed down by the court in the Bergdahl case." "Given the nature of the crime and the sacrifices made by others on Bergdahl's behalf, this sentence in my view falls short of the gravity of the offense," he said.

 

GOP Congressional Resolution: Mueller is ‘Compromised,’ Should Resign (Washington Times) A Republican congressman from Florida introduced a resolution Friday urging Special Counsel Robert Mueller to resign from the Russia probe, saying the one-time FBI director has his own conflicts of interest.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said Mr. Mueller, who was FBI director in 2010, botched an investigation into Russian attempts to bribe and extort their way to a deal to buy a portion of U.S. uranium resources.

 

Brazile: DNC deep in debt from Obama; Controlled by Clinton a Year Before Nomination (Washington Times) Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile says President Obama decimated the party's finances to win re-election in 2012 and that Hillary Clinton's campaign took control of the DNC long before she defeated Sen. Bernard Sanders for the party's presidential nomination last year.

 

Elizabeth Warren: Dem Primary ‘Rigged’ in Clinton’s Favor (TheBlaze) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday that she believes the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favor. Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, published an excerpt of her forthcoming book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” in Politico. Brazile herself aided the Clinton campaign during the primary, she allegedly used her role as a CNN contributor — suspended while she was party chair — to share questions with the Clinton campaign prior to a Democratic primary debate and a town hall. The network later severed ties with Brazile.

 

ADL ‘Astonished and Horrified’ by Two-Thirds Increase in US Anti-Semitic Incidents in 2017 (Worthy News) - The head of the Anti-Defamation League declared his organization was “astonished and horrified” by a recent steep rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the US, as the ADL released new data on Thursday that compared 2017 with the previous year. ADL’s Audit of anti-Semitic Incidents — which covers the period from January through September of this year — recorded almost 1,300 anti-Semitic outrages across the country, including physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions. According to the ADL, that total “represents a 67 percent increase over the same period in 2016 and already exceeds the 1,266 incidents reported all of last year.” The organization emphasized what it said were a “disturbingly high number of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism incidents in K-12 schools and college campuses across the US.”

 

138,000 Manufacturing Jobs Added This Year (CNS) The United States has gained 138,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In December, the last month of 2016, there were 12,343,000 employed in manufacturing in the United States, according to BLS. By October, that had risen to 12,481,000. 12,481,000 people employed in the manufacturing in October was the most since January 2009, the month that Barack Obama was inaugurated president.

 

Trump's Twitter Account Briefly Vanishes (NewsMax) President Donald Trump's @realdonaldtrump Twitter account was deactivated by a Twitter employee who was leaving the company on Thursday and was down for 11 minutes before it was restored, the social media company said. Trump has 41.7 million followers on Twitter. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

 

TRUMP NEWS

 

Trump Slams Bergdahl Sentence: 'Total Disgrace to Our Country' (NewsMax) President Donald Trump blasted the decision not to incarcerate Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl in a Twitter post issued shortly after the sentence was announced Friday: “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.”

 

Trump 'Disappointed' in Justice Department (NewsMax) President Donald Trump on Friday called for the Justice Department to investigate Democrats, after Donna Brazile, a former interim chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a book the party helped Hillary Clinton win the presidential primary. "I'm really not involved with the Justice Department, I'd like to let it run itself, but honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats," Trump said to reporters Friday, The Hill reported. "They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me," Trump said, according to The Hill.

 

Trump Says Unsure If Tillerson Will Remain Secretary of State (NewsMax) President Donald Trump said he was unsure whether his top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, would remain in his post for the rest of Trump's term in the White House and was "not happy" that some State Department staff were not supporting his agenda. In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News late Thursday, Trump attacked the department under Secretary of State Tillerson and said he alone determines U.S. foreign policy. "The one that matters is me," Trump said. "I'm the only one that matters because, when it comes to it, that's what the policy is going to be." Asked if he planned to keep Tillerson on board for the rest of his term, Trump told Fox, "Well, we’ll see. I don’t know."

 

Trump Agrees to Pick Up 90 Percent of Puerto Rico Rebuilding Costs (Worthy News) - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters. Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs – up from the typical level of 75 percent – and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way, an approach that recognizes the massive devastation on the island and its dire financial problems, the official said.

 

 

CULTURAL WARFARE

 

Public School Made Kids Pretend to Be Muslims (Charisma) Massachusetts high school students pretended to be Muslims in the "Islamic" city of Jerusalem as part of a class assignment used in Newton Public Schools to teach about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a new report revealed. One father was particularly upset when he discovered his daughter had been assigned what he described as an inflammatory pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel article, according to the report. The man was allegedly told by the school's principal that lessons the next year would be even more upsetting to him. The class assignment, "Cities: Connecting the Islamic Word," was published in an excerpt from a book by CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting. "As our concluding project on the Islamic world, you will work in groups to simulate a historical hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in class," a teacher wrote in the assignment description. "Each of you will be part of a group of Muslim pilgrims from one of the following eight Islamic cities or regions, around a rough time period." One of the eight "Islamic" cities is Jerusalem, and students are instructed to set up a "tent," which will display newspaper articles about "their" cities and cultural artifacts to represent their Islamic "hometowns."

 

Pro-Biblical Marriage Student Group Will Remain at Georgetown (CBN) A Georgetown University student group that supports biblical marriage remains an officially sanctioned group on campus. The school's Student Activities Commission voted Thursday night against derecognizing and defunding Love Saxa. "Saxa" is Latin for "rocks." Commissioners debated the status of the group for nearly two hours Thursday night and into early Friday morning, after a three-hour hearing on Monday ended with no vote. LGBT student groups accused Love Saxa of going against the university's Student Organization Standards, which forbid student groups that "foster hatred or intolerance of others because of their race, nationality, gender, religion or sexual preference."

 

Trump Administration to Conduct New Research on Sex Education Programs (CBN) The Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a new research effort regarding teen pregnancy prevention and sexual risk avoidance focused on, “testing new ideas and models” so that sex education programs, “follow the science to improve youth health and well-being.” HHS officials point to statistics showing that 73% of the programs under the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP), started under the Obama Administration, have been found to either have a negative impact or none whatsoever. The Trump administration requested that TPP be eliminated in the current budget. A Senior HHS official tells me that a new approach is needed. 

 

 

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM 

 

Billy Graham Prepares to Celebrate 99th Birthday This Month (Christian Headlines) In anticipation of Billy Graham's 99th birthday, Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, released the following statement about his father: "Nov. 7 will be a big milestone for my father as he turns 99 and enters his 100th year. As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us. His mind is good but he's quieter these days. He can't see or hear well, but his health is stable.  "On his birthday, some family will be with him and we'll give him his favorite cake—a lemon cake with lard icing. He loves those cakes—but it has to have the lard icing.  "At the Billy Graham Library we'll have a special celebration that day, as this year is also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library. We'll have birthday cake for everyone who comes by. "Also as my father enters his 100th year, for the year leading up to his 100th birthday, we are going to honor what God has done through him by highlighting significant moments of his life and some eight decades of ministry. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is moving strong into the future, but it's also important to celebrate the past, so each month we will focus on a particular decade and highlight significant things like his 16-week evangelistic crusade in New York City, his impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father's crusades. During this next year we'll have special content on billygraham.org and in Decision magazine, so be sure to check those out. My father always wants the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on him; and so we will point to the amazing ways God has worked in lives around the world, through the ministry of Billy Graham. "I know my father is grateful for all the prayers for him and birthday wishes on this special occasion."

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN AMERICA

 

1789     John Carroll of Maryland is appointed as the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States.

 

1860     Abraham Lincoln defeats three other candidates to become the sixteenth U.S. president.

 

1869     Rutgers defeats Princeton 6–4 in the first intercollegiate football game.

 

1888     Republican Benjamin Harrison receives fewer popular votes but more electoral votes to defeat incumbent Grover Cleveland and become the twenty-third U.S. president.

 

1928     Republican Herbert Hoover defeats Democrat Alfred E. Smith to become the thirty-first U.S. president.

 

 

OVER THE EDGE

 

Fears Squashed (ABC) A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini. The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about 11 pounds. Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

 

Compiled and Edited by Brother Pete Pontolillo for Bethel Fellowship Ministries International

 

Contents © 2017 Bethel Fellowship Ministries International | Church Website Provided by mychurchwebsite.net | Privacy Policy