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End Times? The Great Commission Milestone is Reachable by 2020 Says Missions Report

"I can't help but think, it is our generation that will witness the 2,000-year anniversary of the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus… Let's double-up our efforts and give it our all in this final sprint to the end!" -David Taylor

Today, there are 1,600 unreached ethnic groups, the U.S. Center for World Mission estimates. About 300 new people groups are being engaged by missionary workers each year for the first time, according to David Taylor, a leader at the U.S. Center....(more)

Two States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

"Oklahoma and states surrounding Colorado are being impacted by Colorado's decision to legalize and promote the commercialization of marijuana which has injured Oklahoma's ability to enforce our state policies against marijuana." -Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

airlift(Denver, CO)—Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado's legalization of marijuana, asking the Supreme Court to strike down the law....(more)

What Did Ben Carson Pray for in Jerusalem This Week?

It was the retired neurosurgeon's first visit to the Holy Land.

(Israel)—[CBN News] As the presidential race for 2016 gets closer, likely candidates start visiting key locations. In addition to Iowa and other states, there is also an important international stop. (Photo via (more)

The IDF Lights Up Hanukkah for Foster Children in Israel

"The soldiers literally light up the lives of these children. It is something really special to behold."

Bringing light to Israel's foster children who have been through many troubled homes is not always something that is easy to do....(more)

Extraordinary Courage: Ebola Survivor Dr. Rick Sacra Returning to the Mission Field in Liberia

Sacra's decision follows that of fellow SIM missionary, Dr. John Frankhauser, who returned to Liberia on December 4 following a 21-day quarantine for Ebola.

(Charlotte, NC)—International mission agency SIM reports that Rick Sacra, a SIM doctor who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia and was transported to the US for treatment and subsequently recovered, will return to Liberia on January 15....(more)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Slams EU Decision to Recognize State of Palestine

airlift"Today we witnessed a series of examples of European naivety, and may I add, hypocrisy: the decision of the European court in Luxembourg on Hamas, the resolution of the EU Parliament in Brussels on Palestinian statehood, and the call from Switzerland to investigate Israel for [war crimes]… What a travesty… Israel is an embattled democracy in a region plagued by totalitarianism, tyranny and Islamist terrorism; a region where human rights are trampled upon; where basic human freedoms ignored; where arbitrary violence is par-for-the-course. Israel is forced to defend itself against terrorists who time and again try to target our civilians… That is a war crime....(more)

Medical Study Surprise: Extra Vitamin E Protects against Pneumonia

"Earlier studies have shown that vitamin E can help regulate the aging body's immune system, but our present research is the first study to demonstrate that dietary vitamin E regulates neutrophil entry into the lungs in mice, and so dramatically reduces inflammation, and helps fight off infection by this common type of bacteria." –Dr. Elsa N. Bou Ghanem

(Boston, MA)—Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia....(more)

Franklin Graham Welcomes Phil and Kay Robertson at Billy Graham Library as Hundreds Wait to Meet Them

"They stand for what they believe and they're not concerned about backlash or criticism. They fight for the right to be able to say Christ's name on TV. I love that part." -Haily Kemper

(Charlotte, NC)—It may not have been the question on everyone's mind [last] Thursday afternoon at the Billy Graham Library, but when Gaye Hanna was face to face with Kay Robertson securing a prized autograph on her new cookbook, she didn't waste the moment. (Photo via BillyGraham....(more)

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Fire Chief Refuses to Take Down "Happy Birthday Jesus" Christmas Sign Despite Complaints From Atheists

"9/11 brought a lot of the guys closer to God, and they just wanted to show their faith in Jesus." -Fire Chief Russell Brooks

(Utica, NY)—Outside Firehouse No. 4 is a sign that reads, "Happy Birthday Jesus We Love You." It's a sign the crew at the firehouse has displayed every year since the terror attacks of 9/11. Now, the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is demanding it be taken down....(more)

"19 Kids and Counting" Dad, Jim Bob Duggar: The Petition to Cancel Our Show Only Made Us Stronger

"It's a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We've gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our borders through the national media." -Jim Bob Duggar

(Tontitown, AR)—Fans of the Duggar family's reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, who were worried that TLC might kick the show off the air in response to a recent petition campaign by leftist activists, can rest easy: the show isn't going anywhere. Far from it....(more)

Good News Arrives In Turkey after ISIS Attacks in Kobani

"God saved our son."

Perhaps, especially for children, a refugee camp is like a prison. (Photo via (more)

Prayer Alert: Another Kidnapping Raid by Boko Haram—at Least 185 Taken and 32 Killed

News of the attack took several days to get out because the telecom towers had been destroyed.

(Northeastern Nigeria)—According to a CNN report, terrorists belonging to Boko Haram kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed some 32 people in an attack in northeastern Nigeria this week....(more)

The European Union Officially Turns Its Back on Israel; Throws its Support Behind Hamas

Yesterday was tough for Israel: In Geneva, world powers gathered to condemn Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria; in Luxembourg, the EU Court of Justice removed Hamas from its terror blacklist; and back in the United States, a draft resolution was introduced at the United Nations demanding an Israeli withdrawal from lands wanted for a Palestinian State by 2017.

(Luxembourg)—Wednesday was a difficult day for tiny Israel on the stage of world politics and diplomacy, with the tide of opinion, especially in Europe, turning squarely in favor of the Palestinians at the small country’s expense....(more)

Israeli Doctor is Using Parasites to Fight Autoimmune Diseases

World-renowned auto-immunologist believes he and his team can relieve almost all autoimmune diseases cheaply and without side effects—to tackle conditions such as hair loss and psoriasis. They are also starting a study on the connection between allergies and autoimmune disease.

(Israel)—It is common to make fun of men for acting like "big babies" when they're even mildly sick. According to Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, who heads the Shlomo and Pola Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, there is a physiological basis for this behavior....(more)

God Gives "Purpose for Living" to 95-Yr. Old Woman Who Prayed to Die

"Jesus has a purpose for us all. But I never thought He had a purpose like this for me. And I'm very happy, and honored, and humble. Jesus, I love You, I thank You, and I praise You all my days. Until the day I come home to You." -Connie Vitolo

(Virginia Beach, VA)—[CBN News] In a remote orphanage in India, a group of boys play soccer. They don't know it yet but they're getting something special for Christmas this year—coming from someone they've never met, half a world away, in Virginia....(more)

From the Depths of a Cold, Dark Prison, Pastor Saeed Encourages Christians "to give the fiery love of Christ to the cold wintery manger of those who are spiritually dead"

"...this Christmas let the lava-like love of Christ enter into the depth of your heart and make you fiery, ready to pay any cost in order to bring the same lava love to the cold world around you, transforming them with the true message of Christmas."

Imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, this month, wrote an incredibly moving letter to the Body of Christ for Christmas....(more)

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