8 Sept 2018

What Happened to My Church?
Church issues are the most frequent inquiry I get here at Olive Tree Ministries. Other leaders tell me the same. What has happened in the last 30-40 years? Many people visit church after church only to walk away disheartened. Others are lifetime members of a church and have seen changes that left it unrecognizable — spiritually speaking. At first, members and attendees wonder if they are being a bit too judgmental, but the sad reality eventually sinks in that something has gone terribly wrong.

Tropical Storm Florence approach prompts state-of-emergency declaration in North Carolina
Tropical Storm Florence drew closer to the East Coast overnight and was expected to reach hurricane strength Sunday — possibly becoming a major hurricane thereafter, forecasters said early Saturday. The approaching storm prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency, a step that makes resources available for addressing the storm’s effects.

Philippines earthquake – strong 6.1-magnitude shaker hits second largest island of Mindanao
A HUGE earthquake measuring 6.1 in magnitude has shaken the Philippines’ second largest island today, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage from the quake, which hit the east coast of Mindanao – in the south of the country.

Jewish Holidays, But No Jews Allowed on Temple Mount
Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening and ends Tuesday evening. The second day of the Jewish holiday coincides with the Arabic Hijri New Year. Though not considered a major Muslim holiday, the Israel Police has decided that Hijri takes precedence over the Jewish holiday and have closed the Temple Mount to Jews.

Iranian artillery targets Kurdish group in Iraq
Iranian artillery struck a Kurdish camp in northern Iraq, targeting Iranian Kurds and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), a group that opposes the Iranian regime. According to the Koya department of health in a nearby city at least five Kurds were killed and 30 wounded in the attack. The artillery bombardment is a major escalation by Iran and is the first time that Iranian artillery has struck deep inside Iraqi territory since 1996.

Swedish election: PM says voting for anti-immigration SD is ‘dangerous’
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has begun the final day of the general election campaign by warning about extremism and fascism. Neither his centre-left Social Democrats nor the main centre-right party is likely to win a majority. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) is expected to win around 20% of the vote, becoming the second biggest party in parliament.

Russia ‘tried to spy on France in space’ – French minister
The French defence minister says a Russian spy satellite got close to a Franco-Italian satellite last year and tried to intercept its transmissions. “It’s called an act of espionage,” Florence Parly said, calling the Russian satellite a Luch-Olymp. France acted to keep the Athena-Fidus satellite’s communications safe, she said. It enables the French and Italian armies to exchange secret intelligence.

Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ target Idlib as offensive looms
Russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on the Syrian province of Idlib, a monitor says, as talks in Tehran failed to stop an impending military offensive there. The raids targeted rebel-held positions in Idlib’s south-west, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Syrian forces, backed by Russia and Iran, are poised to attack the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

Two health scares at US airports tied to Mecca pilgrims
Two major health scares at US airports involving inbound flights are related to pilgrims returning from the Haj, the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia…On Wednesday, US health officials sent an emergency response team with mobile diagnostic equipment to John F Kennedy International Airport in New York after they were told that more than 100 passengers aboard an Emirates airlines flight from Dubai were experiencing flu-like symptoms.

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware
Apple prides itself on prioritizing user security and privacy. It counts the iOS and Mac App Stores…as cornerstones of that initiative…The researchers found that Adware Doctor collects data about its users, particularly browsing history and a list of other software and processes running on a machine, stores that data in a locked file, and periodically sends it out to a server that appears to be located in China.

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate
Demonstrators stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq on Friday, in protest of corruption and misrule by Iraq’s political elite. The angry protesters damaged the consulate’s offices and shouted anti-Iranian slogans while others briefly took workers hostage at a nearby oilfield. After five days of deadly demonstrations in the southern city of Basra…protesters broke in and damaged the consulate’s offices…

China’s record trade surplus with U.S. adds fuel to trade war fire
China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record in August even as the country’s export growth slowed slightly, an outcome that could push President Donald Trump to turn up the heat on Beijing in their cantankerous trade dispute. The politically sensitive surplus hit $31.05 billion in August, up from $28.09 billion in July, customs data showed on Saturday, surpassing the previous record set in June.

North Carolina challenges ‘unreasonable’ U.S. subpoenas for voter data
North Carolina’s elections board voted on Friday to challenge federal subpoenas seeking years’ worth of voter information from state and local officials, saying the timing, scope and unknown nature of the inquiry were cause for concern. The U.S. Justice Department on Aug. 31 issued the subpoenas on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the state board and as many as 44 county elections boards in eastern North Carolina.

What Would Jesus Say?
The sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is not going away any time soon. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike are shocked and repulsed at what was revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report: Decades of sexual abuse of over a thousand victims by hundreds of priests, routinely covered up by church authorities.

Officials urge Guam to brace for strong typhoon with winds up to 155 mph
A tropical depression east of the Marianas is expected to intensify to a strong typhoon with winds that could approach 155 mph and pass over the island on Tuesday.

Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to new city
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in two eastern provinces of Congo has spread to a major international trading hub with almost a million residents, Congolese health officials said Wednesday.

Over a dozen men who were near Ground Zero after 9/11 have breast cancer
As the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches next Tuesday, there is a startling new revelation: more than a dozen men who were near Ground Zero have breast cancer.

US Warns As Russia, Iran And Turkey Hold Trilateral Summit To Support Assad’s Plan To Launch Assault On Idlib In Syria
The nothing-burger of the farcical Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings this week have driven real stories like this one to the background, but what an important story it is. For Iran, Russia and Turkey to be having a Trilateral Summit on ensuring Syria continues its civil war slaughter, this time in Idlib, while the United States warns them not to is fairly noteworthy.

The Deep State Revealed In The Bible: Nothing New Under The Sun
When we consider just how deep the deep state might go, for how long the enemies of American values have been plotting to dissolve our nation’s borders and oppose the biblical morals on which our nation was founded, and to take power away from the free American people and over to a select group of power-hungry elitists, it can be easy to feel like never before have the people of earth been up against such a sinister force. Not so.

New York And New Jersey Launch Investigations Of Sex Abuse In Catholic Church
New York and New Jersey have launched new probes into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in light of Pennsylvania’s recent grand jury report.

Sorry, Chelsea Clinton, Research Does Not Show Abortion Is Economically Beneficial to Women
Last month, Chelsea Clinton generated a firestorm of controversy with comments at a “Rise up for Roe” rally in Manhattan about the economic impact of the Roe v. Wadedecision.

Japanese Government Admits First Fukushima Radiation Death
Over seven years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese government has admitted that a former plant worker has died as a result of radiation exposure.

Report: 90 Percent of Google Employee Contributions Went to Democrats
A new report from GovPredict finds that roughly 90 percent of political donations made by Google employees went to Democratic Party people.

‘Pussy Hat’ Design Withdrawn After Activists Insist Some Women Have Penises
An Irish woman has withdrawn the “pussy hat” knitting pattern which she had posted online as a service to fellow female protesters preparing for President Trump’s visit to Ireland in November: woke activists had pointed out to her that some women have penises, not vaginas.

Trudeau To Apologize For Dead Jews In 1939. Defending Jews In Israel, Not So Much.
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister announced that on November 7, Canada would officially apologize for turning away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime, in 1939. Trudeau’s announcement seemed to be a sop thrown to supporters of more open immigration to Canada as well as a defense of the Jewish people, but another perspective indicates there is good reason for Jews to view the announcement with suspicion.

Japan to “drop tanks” full of Fukushima nuclear waste directly into the ocean
Following a major earthquake in March 2011, a 15 meter-high tsunami ravaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Though the reactors immediately shut down after the quake, the giant wave that hit Fukushima’s shores disabled the emergency generators that power and operate the pumps that cool the reactors.

Only Jesus Can Save Us From The United States of Google
The title of this article is not hyperbole. Google is all powerful. They own the government, they own the Internet and they are even moving to control the Pentagon and the defense industry. And now, they own you! They are using their algorithms and artificial intelligence to dumb you down as this behemoth marches humanity towards its final date with destiny!

Rouhani: Israel, US will not achieve their objectives through rebels in Syria
At summit in Tehran with Putin and Erdogan on conflict, Iranian president says US must leave Syria immediately, while Turkish leader calls to prevent ‘bloodbath’ in Idlib

Subway removes pork from stores after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims
The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.

Bankers And Tech Executives Know The Collapse Of Society Is Coming And Are Feverishly Prepping For It
While most of the general population has been lulled into a false sense of security, bankers and tech executives are spending millions upon millions of dollars to prepare for the collapse of society. Do they know something that the rest of us do not?

BUILD THE WALL! Arizona Rancher Films Illegal Invaders in Military Garb Streaming Across US Border in 25 Minute Video
Arizona rancher John Chilton, 79, recently captured video of illegal invaders streaming across the US border with Mexico in Arizona in a 25 minute long video.