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Church Attendance and Divorce Rates

  1. 14th January 2019
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Between 1990 and 2010, divorce rates among middle-aged couples doubled! However, “new research, gathered from a 14-year study from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, shows that regular religious service attendance is associated with 50 percent lower divorce rates in later life” (PublishedPR.com, December 3, 2018).

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Europeans Plan an Army

  1. 11th January 2019
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

The website German Foreign Policy reported that the recent Berlin Security Conference had some informative moments. “Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen used the platform to launch a debate on steps toward limiting parliamentary reservations concerning an ‘army of the Europeans’” (November 29, 2018). German defense spending in five years is forecast...

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Venezuela’s Troubles Impact Neighbors

  1. 04th January 2019
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

As Venezuela’s financial crisis continues, its starving refugees continue to migrate to surrounding nations. In five years, more than two million Venezuelans have left their homes in search of food, hope, and jobs (The Guardian, December 24, 2018).

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Social Media-Inspired Violence

  1. 31st December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Social media was designed to “connect” people through the Internet. However, we are witnessing the rise of a new phenomenon: social media-inspired violence (Deutsche Welle, November 11, 2018). Social media platforms are now being used by individuals and governments to spread false or intentionally misleading content in order to promote violence and unrest.

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U.S. Military at Crisis Level

  1. 28th December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

A newly released report by the bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission noted that America’s military is in dire condition (Defense News, November 14, 2018). The Commission warned “The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict…. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against...

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Temple Activists Dedicate an Altar

  1. 24th December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

During a small ceremony on December 10, the last day of the Jewish Hanukkah festival, temple activists dedicated a portable altar just outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The dedication ceremony involved priests in traditional dress and a slaughtered lamb as an offering, although the sheep was slaughtered off-site.

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Missiles Fuel Rising Tensions

  1. 21st December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

As the United States moves forward with plans to exit from the INF arms control treaty with Russia and also discusses placing more missiles in Europe, Russian leaders are voicing growing concerns. Recently, the Russian ambassador to the EU warned that “the US risks triggering ‘dramatic events’ if it stations missiles in Europe” (Financial Times, November 21,...

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The “Insect Apocalypse”

  1. 17th December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

The title of a recent New York Times Magazine article read like a stark announcement: “The Insect Apocalypse Is Here” (November 27, 2018). The article describes the devastating loss of insect populations around the globe in recent decades. According to research cited in the article, Monarch butterfly populations in the U.S. have declined by 90 percent in the...

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Anger in France—Riots in Paris

  1. 14th December 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Demonstrations over higher fuel taxes have resulted in riots in Paris (Deutsche Welle, December 3, 2018). Demonstrations have spread all over France, with hundreds of thousands participating.

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