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World News – July 2018

Security Camera in MI Appears to Have Captured a Guardian Angel

A Michigan fire chief believes his home security camera captured an angel hovering above his pickup truck in early May. Glen Thorman, 54, said the camera took two pictures of a “supernatural being” perched above his truck parked near his home in East Jordan, Michigan. He is convinced that it was an angel sent to protect him and his family.Bottom of Form

“I have a security camera that sits in my window and I have it set to take two pictures, back to back, a second or two apart,” he explained. “I had it going off after midnight that night and I didn’t check it then, but when I was eating lunch the next day I was thinking, ‘Oh look, the camera took a couple of pictures last night.’

“I was like, ‘Whoa, it’s an angel.’ I mean, honestly, tears started coming from my eyes and right then I sent it to my wife and I sent it to my pastor. The pastor said right back, ‘That’s an angel.’”

The first picture on the camera shows a winged creature in the air and the second shows it flying off. Thorman continued: “As a family we pray for God to send angels to protect us and watch over us, and when that happened it just blew me away. It strengthened our faith and confirmed, ‘This is real, God is real, angels are real and miracles happen.'”

Some sceptics have suggested that the camera in fact captured a moth flying close to the lens.

But the faithful of East Jordan insist that it was too cold for moths and – if it were an insect – then the camera would have taken similar photos before. Thorman agreed saying, “My camera takes a lot of pictures, but I’ve never had anything like this.

“Lots of people are talking about it here, texting me and messaging me, saying that it’s a miracle and it’s beautiful.”

Deneille Moes, senior pastor at Jordan’s River Church where Thorman and his family worship, had no doubt that the photo showed an angel.

She said: “I believe the image is of an angel. We do believe that God sends angels to keep us from harm when we pray. There’s no doubt we are looking at something supernatural.”



Facebook Reject Ad Depicting Crucifixion of Christ

Facebook rejected an ad from the Franciscan University that included a depiction of the Crucifixion of Christ. The Catholic university said it was posting a series of ads to promote its online theology programs and one of the ads showed the Crucifixion of Christ on the San Damiano Cross. The ad was rejected for its “shocking, sensational and excessively violent” content, the Ohio college said on its Twitter account.

In a blog post, university officials said they agreed that the depiction is “sensational and excessively violent,” but that wasn’t means for rejection.

“And it was certainly excessively violent: a man scourged to within an inch of his life, nailed naked to a cross and left to die, all the hate of all the sin in the world poured out its wrath upon his humanity,” the post said. “This is sensational, this is shocking. This is only possible because of the excessive violence that he endured for us.

“’He was despised and rejected of men.’ It was ever thus and will ever be, for those who do not see with the eyes of faith, and love with a love unquenchable.”

It’s possible that Facebook’s auto-content editor rejected the ad, but Rod Dreher, of the American Conservative, said “a Christian culture would know that for the people who revere this symbol, they are looking at an image of death’s defeat, and of eternal life.

“This incident is alarming because of what it reveals about the kind of world that Christians are going to live in. Facebook is one of the most powerful media companies on the planet. If it decides that it will not approve Christian content because it finds that content violent, bigoted, or what have you, then that will have a tremendous potential effect, not only on the ability of Christians to communicate, but (more importantly) on shaping the way the Christian faith is regarded widely in this post-Christian culture.”


U.S. One of “7 Worst countries” when it Comes to Late Term Abortions

Christian leader Franklin Graham is calling on believers to pray for lawmakers and the country after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a 20-week abortion ban.

“This week the Senate was 9 votes short of saving a lot of lives. But the vote finished at 51 for, 46 against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in the U.S.,” Graham wrote on Twitter.

“We remain among the worst 7 countries in the world with these 20-week abortions,” Graham added. “Pray for our lawmakers; and pray for our nation to turn to God.”

The pro-life legislation could not earn enough votes to overcome a pro-abortion Democratic filibuster. Polling shows that Americans show strong support for an abortion ban after 20 weeks, but just three Democrats in the Senate supported the bill. Two Republicans opposed it.

According to the Washington Post, Graham is correct in that the U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. About 18,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in the U.S. after the 20-week mark.


Scandinavia Mostly Considered Cashless Society

Fewer than 10 percent of Norwegians are still using paper currency or coins, which could completely disappear in a decade, according to the local authorities.

Jon Nicolaisen, the deputy governor of Norway’s central bank, has said Norwegian society has become cashless, and that this is very much a present reality rather than a future dream.

“By approximation, I would argue that the present society is cashless,” he said at the City Week conference at London’s Guildhall in a discussion on the future of paper currency, chaired by the Bank of England’s chief cashier.

“According to our latest numbers, we have less than 3 percent of broad money in cash. Less than 10 percent of the number of transactions, including buying coffees, are in cash,” he said.

Norway’s chief banker added that the phenomenon has nothing to do with the Bank of Norway’s policy; it’s just the wish of the people. “We have no wish to eliminate cash. It is the public itself that chooses other means of payment,” he said.

Cashlessness is on the rise globally, as more and more people are abandoning paper money. Scandinavia and neighboring Finland have been the leaders in this area.



  • A new study from the Barna Group found that Christians are not evangelizing as often as they used to. The recently-released study is a follow-up on a study conducted back in 1993. The statistics showed that in 1993, 89 percent of Christians who had shared their faith agreed this is a responsibility of every Christian. Today, just 64 percent say so—a 25-point drop.
  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bills into law last month. The so-called “heartbeat” legislation bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions are made in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency. The law, which is being contested by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, will reportedly go into effect July 1.


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