No, Christians Don’t See the Eclipse as a Sign of an Immediate Apocalypse (Except for a Few Odd Ones) (By ChristianityToday.com)

1. Often the message isn’t directly contradictory to Scripture (judgement is real), but the method of communicating and proving it (i. e. , God’s judgement is on America because of X event) becomes harmful, embarrassing Christians every time it is proved to be untrue.

2. Contrary to the hyped-up news stories you might have seen concerning how Christians are reacting to the eclipse, there is no concern amongst any Christian leaders I know that the eclipse is a sign of an immediate Armageddon.

3. Until then, let’s make much of Jesus.

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How Christians Can Combat Racism Theologically Af… (By ChristianityToday.com)

1. Talking about reconciliation in the face of events like Charlottesville is usually the first and only thing churches do because it avoids the painful process of confronting the brutality of white privilege that continues to wreak havoc on black and brown lives.

2. As my friend continued speaking, I recalled the first line of Edward Gilbreath’s book, Reconciliation Blues: “I am sick and tired of racial reconciliation.

3. As I observed the chilling images of hate-filled protesters fueled by a history of bigotry and inflamed by wild racist and anti-Semitic passions, their blazing torches triggered haunting memories of a not-too-distant past; as I heard the chanting of Nazi slogans in 2017 America, I knew something had gone awry.

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Christian Radio Host Bryan Fischer: Eclipse Is A Sign Of The Work Of Satan (By HuffPost)

1. “This is a metaphor, or a sign, of the work of the Prince of Darkness in obscuring the light of God’s truth,” he wrote, adding, “Satan, and those who unwittingly serve as his accomplices by resisting the public acknowledgement of God and seeking to repress the expression of Christian faith in our land, are bringing on us a dark night of the national soul.

2. Fischer, whose radio show claims to be “the home of muscular Christianity,” called on his followers to “fight the darkness that we may return this nation to an unapologetic acknowledgement and embrace of the God of the Founders and his transcendent standard for human behavior as enshrined in the Ten Commandments.

3. Earlier this month, Anne Graham Lotz ― leader of AnGeL Ministries in North Carolina and daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham ― also warned the eclipse could be a signal of darker things.

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North Korea and the way christians think (By The Harlan Daily Enterprise)

1. The major end time events are the rapture, the seven year tribulation period, the rise and reign of the Antichrist, and at the end of the seven years – the return of Jesus.

2. Jesus said in Matthew 24:6-8, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

3. If six months from now this North Korea thing is all forgotten; or if it turns out to be a shooting match or even a nuclear exchange, either way, it fulfills prophecy – “there shall be wars and rumors of wars.

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Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud (By Christian News Network)

1. EZHOU, Hubei (China Aid) — After a raid chased a house church from its building out into the open on Jan. 10, authorities in China’s central Hubei province have been weekly attacking church services, firing fireworks at the Christians and drenching them with mud.

2. According to a man surnamed Zhang, who pastors the church, “On July 11, the government officials threw firecrackers at the [Christian] brothers and sisters who attended the gathering.

3. For the past eight months, officials have arrived weekly at the outdoor services of a church and assaulted the Christians gathered there.

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Trump’s ‘alternative Christians’: What would the Founding Fathers say? (By Los Angeles Times)

1. ” (“The Trump administration’s alternative Christianity,” Opinion, Aug. 11).

2. However, a study by Arthur Brooks at Syracuse University found that liberals gave far less to charity than conservatives, even taking into account religious giving.

3. Government programs have encouraged people to rely on them rather than discover the satisfaction of honest work.

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What Would Jesus Do: What Christians SHOULD Be Saying About Charlottesville (By HuffPost)

1. I search for the words that will help someone who is proud of the history associated with the confederacy understand how contradictory it is to expect us as a nation to remember and praise certain parts of our history, while simultaneously saying that we should just get over other parts.

2. I may not be a theologian, but as both a Christian and a person who aspires to be Christ-like (yes, there is a difference) a quick word of advice.

3. I know that often times what’s good for one may not be seen that way by another, so God challenges us to be careful that our good things don’t get in the way of God things.

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Actions of many Christians scare this Central Pa. pastor (By York Daily Record/Sunday News)

1. Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE Here’s the latest for Thursday, August, 17th: Hundreds gather for Charlottesville vigil; Trump disbands two White House business councils; South Korean President says he may send envoy to North Korea; US, Canadian, Mexican negotiators reworking NAFTA.

2. Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE A new study indicates that the cost of discharging and replacing transgender people in the U. S. military will be steep.

3. Anthony, the lead pastor of Grace Fellowship in York and the founder of the National Week of Repentance, said the piece reflects his own personal opinions.

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American Cyrus: How Desperate Christians Anointed Trump (By HuffPost)

1. His announcement that Trump was God’s instrument was an instant hit with Trump-leaning Christians (and a handful of orthodox Jews) who were nonetheless uncomfortable with the candidate’s sordid history of sexual groping, mockery of the disabled, fetish for deception, shameless self-promotion, shady business dealings, willingness to throw his own people under the bus, pettiness and petulance in speeches and tweets, disrespect for imprisoned and slain GIs, character assassination of the press, penchant for bullying, and obvious indifference to Christianity.

2. A bit later, God followed up with another message for Wallnau: a vision of Trump as the 45th president and a command to “read Isaiah 45.

3. As best anyone can tell, the nonsense began with Lance Wallnau, an evangelical Christian and self-styled “leadership coach” who boasts a doctorate in theology from an institution that awards academic credit for “life experience” such as “hobbies,” “extensive reading,” and “television courses.

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North Korea: How Christians survive in the world’s most anti-Christian nation (By Fox News)

1. Case in point: Vernon Brewer, founder and president of humanitarian organization World Help told Fox News that he often thinks about a case involving a girl named Eun, whose third-grade teacher gave the class a “special assignment” to go home and “look for a book” and if it’s the right book, the student will be honored.

2. The Russians state that their Orthodox Church donated bells, icons and church utensils to the project, and that services are held every Saturday and Sunday and that the Russian Embassy “traditionally invites heads and personnel of the diplomatic missions and international organizations to participate in services on the biggest Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter Holiday.

3. Indeed, the Russian Embassy to North Korea boasts that the decision to build the first Orthodox Church was made in 2002 after former leader Kim Jong il visited a church on an official trip to the Russian Far East.

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