Christians believe that Jesus Christ is coming back for His church. Pastor Greg Laurie of a California megachurch urged the congregation to take that promise of Jesus seriously, and shared what surrounds this great event and what they should do until then.
"Christ is going to come back. … He is returning to judge His enemies, set up His kingdom and rule over the Earth for a thousand years," Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Church, said, as he began his message on Sunday titled, "Till He Comes."
There are 300 passages in the Bible that deal with the return of Jesus, Laurie said, adding that Jesus also spoke of it at least 21 times. more >>
Seventy-one years ago on June 6, 1944 the Allied armies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what was the greatest American invasion of all time. The night before, on June 5th, American airborne forces (82nd and 101st) had landed on the western flank of the invasion area near St. Mere Eglise while British airborne forces secured the eastern flank and Pegasus bridge. They jumped out of C-47 Dakota Skytrain transport planes through darkness and into glory. Some arrived by glider. Private John Steele of the 82nd airborne landed on the steeple of the church at St. Mere Eglise where he played "dead" and survived.
They came ashore the next morning on five different beaches. Brigadier General Ted Roosevelt jr. (the son of President Teddy Roosevelt) landed with his men on Utah facing relatively little German opposition. Having missed their designated landing area by about a mile, Roosevelt was asked whether his troops should re-embark. He replied, "We'll start the war from right here."
The Canadians stormed ashore on Juno beach and included James Doohan who would later find fame as "Scottie" on Star Trek. Sword and Gold were reserved for the British forces. A tiny contingent of French commandos joined the British on Sword and helped capture Ouistreham destroying the Casino. The worst Allied casualties took place on bloody Omaha partly due to an abbreviated naval bombardment of the German positions. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped more than 1,000 children and used some of them in neighboring Cameroon as human shields, prompting a U.N. official to condemn its actions as "inhuman."
"The system they use is just inhuman," Najat Rochdi, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon, told AFP.
While the Islamic militants have killed more than 15,000 people in continuous attacks throughout Nigeria since 2009, they have also sought to expand their operations in other countries in the region, in a mission to establish an Arican Caliphate. more >>
President Obama, you recently gave an interview to Israeli television claiming you are "the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office." That's so far from the truth even a GPS cannot find it.
First, there was George Washington. His address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790 was the first time in history any national leader spoke to the Jews as fully equal fellow citizens. Then, there was Thomas Jefferson, who thought the Great Seal of the United States should have been the Children of Israel and their Exodus from Egyptian bondage. President Lincoln was so beloved by American Jews that they called him "Rabbi Abraham."
Then there was FDR. President Roosevelt met the first King of Saudi Arabia. He didn't bow to him, Sir, as you did to that desert despot's son. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted on holding Divine Services on board his warship, the USS Quincy, before his Sunday meeting with the Saudi king. Roosevelt got nowhere pleading with King Adbul Azziz for a homeland for the Jews. But at least he maintained his dignity and our national honor. more >>
With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise. But recently, major setbacks for that government have led many to question whether or not these are indeed the Assad regime's final days and to ponder what a post-Assad Syria might mean for neighbors such as Israel.
After defeating Syrian government forces in Palmyra, the Islamic State terror group now controls roughly half of Syria's territory, although that mostly constitutes Syria's vast deserts in the east. At the same time, Islamic State controls many of Syria's major oil and gas reserves and is threatening to seize more.
Other rebel forces in northern Syria have captured a key military base in Syria's Idlib province, pushing the Syrian regime further into their strongholds in Damascus and along the Syrian coast. But if that pattern continues, "it will be very very difficult for [Assad] to secure his positions in these areas," said Prof. Eyal Zisser, a Syria expert at Tel Aviv University (TAU). more >>
A Christian family in the ancient city of Nineveh is reportedly defending the 2,700 year-old tomb of the Jewish prophet Nahum, as the armies of terror group ISIS advance in the region and are now only 10 miles outside.
"When the last Jewish people in Al Qosh left, they asked my grandfather to watch over the tomb, to keep it safe. I don't know much more than that," said Asir Salaam Shajaa, an Assyrian Christian.
"Nahum is not our prophet, but he is a prophet, so we must respect that. He's a prophet, it is simple." more >>