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Tit-for-Tat

The “downward spiral” in United States-China relations has taken a new legal twist that threatens to further decouple the world’s two largest economies.

Not only is Beijing determined to frame this confrontation as one in which the US is the aggressor and China is merely defending itself, but in doing so it is developing and deploying the same tools that Washington has deployed.

This mirror imaging threatens to lock in a reflexive “tit-for-tat” dynamic that ensures the relationship deteriorates further.

China is aggrieved by a lengthening list of US actions intended to punish the country, its companies, or its leaders.

Chinese anger is also being directed elsewhere in the Western world, with Australia and the European Union also targeted for retribution.

Beijing is especially galled by America’s increasing resort to sanctions against Chinese entities and demands that third parties respect and enforce them worldwide. There is also irritation with US laws that mandate disclosure of information that China feels is best held close, such as audits of companies that aim to list on US stock exchanges.

Read more at “US-China tensions take an ominous legal turn”

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Just Do It For China

Sucking up to China to protect its lucrative cash flow, Nike’s CEO says the American company’s brand is “just doing it for China.” The Swoosh is now figuratively intertwined with yellow stars on the red Chi-com flag.

Nike chief executive John Donahoe not only defended his woke Oregon-based company’s ties to China, but he also affirmed its competitive advantage in the Asian dictatorship, despite China’s notorious reputation for forced labor in the manufacturing of sports apparel.

“Nike is a brand that is of China and for China,” Donahoe unashamedly and unapologetically said.

Yahoo sports-writer Caroline Downey reported that Donahoe joined Nike in 2020 and has spent much time scoping out its operations in China. Greasing the skids with China, Donahoe said the company’s “biggest asset is consumer equity in the brand … it’s real, I saw it in my first week on the job.”

Read more at Just Do It For China! Nike Declares Its Brand “Of And For China”

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Why the World Needs China

China dominates news headlines around the world. As China will soon overtake the United States as the world super power, many people fail to understand China and its role in making the world a better place.

In this keynote speech, Cyrus Janssen delivers an important insight into why the world needs China.

Having spend the last 20 years working and living in China I can fully agree with Cyrus’ viewpoints. We as Americans can learn much about other cultures, societies and local laws.

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Happy Easter 2021

Jesus walked on many roads during his brief time on earth. The roads He walked on led Him through valleys and over hilltops, they brought Him through crowded city streets and quiet villages, they guided Him to people’s homes and festive celebrations, but the road that led Him to the place of crucifixion was the one He was born to travel.

The Father watched from heaven as His Son, beaten and bruised, staggered under the weight of the cross on His way to a place called Golgotha. Jesus knew that this road was the only way that His love could find a place in our hearts. If God would have set a roadblock on this road and said to His Son, “Road closed, we would never have found our way to Him.

It is Jesus’ journey to the cross and His crucifixion upon Golgotha’s hill that opens our understanding to the meaning of love at its deepest level. Salvation is our free gift that cost Jesus everything.

“His brokenness means that we can be made whole; His sorrow means that we can have fullness of joy; His rejection means that we can be accepted; His pain means that we can be healed; His death means that we can have life everlasting.”

The devil has convinced so many people that they are worthless. Each of us needs to stop and remember the cross—“at the cross we will discover our true value”— for it is here that we discover the price God was willing to pay for us, the depth of His love, and how much we are worth to Him.

The stone has been rolled away…and He’s alive forevermore!  Praise the Lord.  May you be reminded of His great love for you this Easter.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6 NIV

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FaceBook Bans Christian Content

FaceBook bans Bible passages but is just fine with all the violent, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian passages in the Qur’an.

Facebook also has no problem allowing sexual abuse and exploitation of children on its platforms. In fact, online child sex abuse has soared by 31% in 2020, with at least 13,000,000 disturbing and shocking images of children on Facebook and Instagram.

Not to mention Facebook’s major role in promoting the recent attack on the Capitol as well as all the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots over the past year.

Facebook is struggling to remove child porn content, but remains ruthlessly efficient at censoring Bible passages.

Representatives from Big Tech Giant, Facebook, known for making overnight changes in policy have announced their newest policy update, which is being viewed as one of the company’s most controversial changes to date.

According to Facebook representative Riker Jepson, the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has made the decision to ban all Christian themed content in attempt to celebrate religious diversity while at the same time reducing religious intolerance among the social network’s estimated 1.65 billion monthly active users.

According to Jepson, one of the most frequent complaints made by Facebook users each month is what many of the website’s members describe as religious intolerance or bullying by the social network’s Christian population. Many Facebook users have complained that the website has become “over-saturated” with Christian posts, groups, pages, meme’s, and even Christian themed hashtags.

The company’s developers are currently working to create an algorithm that will alert staff of any content that appears to be related to Christianity. All flagged content will be reviewed by a dedicated team and will be immediately removed if found to be in violation of community standards. According to Jepson, repeated offenders will have their credentials suspended and will no longer have access to their Facebook accounts. Though Jepson estimates their developers will have mastered the necessary algorithm within the next few weeks to ensure compliance with the newest policy update.

Though Facebook will be void of all Christian related content, not all religious themed content will be banned. Several religions will still have free-reign on the social network including but not limited to, Buddhism, Deity, Druid, Eckankar, Ethical Culture, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Mormonism, Muslim, Native American Spirituality, New Age, Pagan, Rastafarian, Santeria, Scientologist, Secular, Sikh, Spiritualist, Taoist, and Unitarian Universalist.

FaceBook should be re-named “Satan’s Book.”

Don’t use FaceBook. Particularly do not use the app. It is incredibly intrusive. The only way to stop FaceBook is to get off of it and uninstall from your computer and phone.

The Purge Cometh
Facebook issues 30-day ban, says Bible verse violates Community Standards
Devout Christian mom is BANNED from Facebook because she quoted Bible verses 
Facebook censors Catholic professor’s book on ‘toxic femininity’

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How China Sees the U.S. Riots

How they see the U.S. From a Chinese TV report on the “tearing down of American society.”

How the CCP Sees the Riots in Washington: “The End of the U.S. Is At Hand”
By Massimo Introvigne

Beyond propaganda comparisons with Hong Kong protests, Party ideologists believe the United States will collapse as the Soviet Union did.

“Double standards! The U.S. media hailed the protests in Hong Kong as legitimate, and now denounce those in Washington DC as an attack against democracy.”

“Karma! The U.S. fueled the unrest in Hong Kong, and now sees the same unrest in Washington DC!”

“Retribution! Nancy Pelosi called protests in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight,’ and now rioters have occupied her office.”

These comments were posted time and again on social media, where there are both genuine supporters of the CCP and an army of trolls paid to post the Party’s propaganda.

Chinese propaganda on social media.

This “spontaneous” reaction to the events in Washington DC was amplified by CCP propaganda media such as the Global Times, which conveniently ignored the difference between the social and political contexts in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

However, it would be a mistake to stop at this sort of cheap propaganda about Hong Kong. What is emerging in comments by Chinese journalists and bloggers who write in typical CCP jargon is also something different. We read that Donald Trump’s presidency was “the United States’ Gorbachev Era,” and that the end of the United States is at hand.

The CCP has devoted time and energy to study the demise of the Soviet Union, least the same mistakes be repeated in China. The conclusion, often presented by President Xi Jinping himself, is that the Soviet Union lost its soul when it started criticizing Stalin and even Lenin. “Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse?

“An important reason”, Xi said, was that their ideals and beliefs had been shaken. In the end, “the ruler’s flag over the city tower changed overnight. It’s a profound lesson for us! To dismiss the history of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Communist Party, to dismiss Lenin and Stalin, and to dismiss everything else is to engage in historic nihilism, and it confuses our thoughts and undermines the Party’s organizations on all levels.”

At the same time, the CCP believes that the police and army control on the territory of the Soviet Union and its satellite states slowly collapsed, allowing non-state actors, including religion, to grow and eventually destroy the system.

CCP theorists believe that the COVID-19 pandemic just accelerated what, according to Marxist ideology, is the unavoidable collapse of all democratic capitalist societies. They point out at economic and ethnic conflicts tearing apart American society. In Marxist theory, the end result may only be the demise of the democratic U.S. as we know them.

The CCP also believes that the American “ideals and beliefs have been shaken,” just as it happened in the Soviet Union: that there is no longer a national narrative and consensus uniting American citizens, with the results that “counter-powers” alternative to the state grow like tumors and are not kept in check by law enforcement, as evidenced by the late Washington DC riots. “The US system is degrading and showing signs of worsening as cancer,” the Global Times wrote.

In several Chinese social media, a long text published in 2019 under pseudonym has been republished, claiming that American diplomacy has now entered its fifth and final, declining stage. The author claims that there is no “new Cold War,” because in order to fight a Cold War a country should be largely united under a shared ideology, which is not the case for the United States today.

“The United States during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was in its prime of life, the author wrote. The United States is now in its twilight period. If the United States collapses suddenly like the Soviet Union, everyone must not be shocked or surprised. The collapse of a global empire like the United States will be similar to the Soviet Union in the process.”

Trump’s MAGA rhetoric, the author writes, was the “last wailing before death.” Looking back at the history of the United States, it was like a child.

“From when he was a teenager, he left his hometown and went outside to enter the world. When he was dying, he just wanted to exhaust the last bit of energy while remembering this. From the past, he staggered back to his hometown and walked to the cemetery he had dug beforehand. He jumped down, lay in it, and finally rested in peace.”

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The Battle For One Billion Souls!

The Battle For 1 Billion Souls!
Poem by Denis Martindale

 The battle for 1 billion souls
Began with prophecy,
For God, in truth, has higher goals
For all humanity…
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
The apple of His eye,
Because Israel belongs to Him,
His love will never die…

And it is love He seeks to share
With Gentiles and with Jews,
That’s why He listens to each prayer
The day we’ve heard Good News…
Yet it is us He calls to preach
And us to count the cost,
Such that we seek each soul to teach,
Such that God saves the lost…

For who are we, except we serve?
What purpose can we know?
If we find courage, keep our nerve,
What blessings will we sow?
And yet, dear saints, we’re not alone,
The battle is the Lord’s,
For He’s the King upon His Throne,
The giver of rewards…

Yet if rewards are all we seek,
These aren’t as great as love,
You see, the love of God’s unique,
None greater found above…
To think, God’s Son was sacrificed,
Yet He rose from the dead,
His crown of thorns so highly prized
That He bore on His head…

He gave His life, He gave His blood,
A crown upon His brow,
The world has mocked the Son of God,
Yet Christ is victor now…
The world itself through Him is blessed,
Dear saints, proclaim His worth,
God loves so much, He gave His best,
For all Mankind on Earth…

A billion souls? That’s possible…
The prophecy was clear,
When God grants us this miracle,
God’s Son may reappear…
With angels preaching far and wide,
Evangelists still strive,
As long as Christ stays here inside,
Let’s tell folks, He’s alive!

With signs and wonders, faith still flows.
It’s like a tidal wave!
And where it stops, God only knows,
So battle on, be brave!
A billion souls await the day
God’s freedom pardons sins,
His revelation comes to stay
When Christ becomes their Prince.

Dear saints, let conscience be our light,
Beyond our gifts and tithes,
So that we share with God’s insight,
To touch a billion lives…
Perhaps a billion families,
Perhaps a billion friends,
Perhaps a billion prophecies,
For God’s love never ends…

“At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world, six billion souls. And sometimes… all you need is one.” – Peyton Sawyer, One Tree Hill

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Christmas Message 2020

In his Christmas message — which the mainstream media has summarily ignored — Trump retells the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and her central role in the Incarnation.

Risking the mockery of demons on both sides of the Atlantic, he even quotes the Angel Gabriel’s words to Our Lady at the time of the Annunciation.

Franklin Graham

“People have asked if I am disappointed about the election. When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police. I’m grateful for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting “Merry Christmas!” So as we come to the end of this election season, I look back with a grateful heart and thank God for all of these things. It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S. and around the world. May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.” 

Merry Christmas.

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Ode of a Backslider  

T’was the night before God came and all through the house,
Not a person was praying, no bride to espouse.
Our Bibles were stored in the closet somewhere,
In hopes that the Word would mature us from there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing their head.
My old lady in her rocker with babe on her lap,
Were watching the late show while, I took a nap.

When out of the east there arose such a clatter,
I dropped the ashtray trying to see what’s the matter?
Spilled beer on the dope as I tripped over the trash,
Hit my head on the shutter, pinched my thumb with the sash.

Even though this is the big party season,
I swore to myself, “There best be a good reason!”
When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear,
But angels proclaiming, “Messiah is here!”

With a trump and a light, sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment, this was surely The Day.
The light of His face made me cover my head,
Yeshua was returning, just like He had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him, in spite of myself.
His reward was with Him and His judgment too,
Some ran to hide, while others to Him flew.

The people whose names had been written with love,
Had met Him descending in the clouds up above.
Those who were ready; rose with great joyous sound,
While the rest of us were left just standing around.

In the book of life that He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
When He said “it’s not here,” my head hung in shame.

When asked if I had run a good race,
There was no way I could look in His face.
My account held little of which I could tell,
I shook like a leaf as His voice boomed out, “Well…?”

I fell to my knees, but it was too late,
I had waited too long, thus sealing my fate.
I was weeping and gnashing when cast out of sight,
If only I, and mine had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear,
The return of the Lord draws ever so near.
There is only one life and come the last call,
We’ll know that God’s Word was true after all.

As we journey through these lives from birth to our grave,
Let us realize we will never have it made.
We will never really get there or find total relaxation,
Unless we understand life’s journey “is” our destination.

In twenty four hours, now will be yesterday,
What will you look back on; and what would God say?

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Gettin Into The Christmas Spirit

This year, we’ll all be having a Christmas like no other. While some countries are locked down, and others have travel restrictions in place, traveling back home to celebrate with your loved ones may not be an option. As adults, we’re more likely to compromise with the current situation. For children who are used to celebrating with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, it might be much more complicated. So here are some tips for getting yourself and your children into the Christmas spirit amid the pandemic crisis.

Decorate your personal space

Where are your fairy lights and your colorful Christmas balls? What about your Santa’s hat? Assuming you’ve preserved them carefully since last Christmas, it’s high time you took them out to get into the festive mood. If you have kids, decorating the house and the Christmas tree can be some family activity to break the lockdown routine. If you live alone, your cat or your dog can be your assistant. Almost everyone loves to contemplate the colorful Christmas decorations. If you’re currently on holiday and you have the necessary material, you can also make some DIY Christmas decorations for your home. Make your vital space as pleasant as possible during this festive season. Making postcards is another great way to spend your free time and convey your wishes to your loved ones.

 Plan family activities

Although some countries are planning to ease their restrictions during the Christmas week, you’re probably not likely to plan your outings as you used to. Forget about spending the festive season with your family back home, or about traveling to some exotic place for holidays. With your children at home, all this can sound stressful, but there are many ways to spend quality time together. First, put up your Christmas tree and get your children to help you decorate it. DIY decorations can be an enriching experience for them while keeping them busy. Consider other family activities, such as board games, riddles, puzzles, craft workshops, etc., for the whole week. Internet is your best friend, so do some research and search your drawers for the DIY material you had kept. Don’t forget to immortalize those special moments through photos. If you have a backyard, a candy hunt is another great idea to keep the kids busy. And if you’re lucky to have snow for Christmas, make a snowman and have a snowball fight together.

Make a list of Christmas carols and movies

Have you ever imagined Christmas without the Christmas carols? Perhaps you won’t get the chance to listen to the Christmas carols at your doorstep, but you can have your own choir. Pick your favorite Christmas carols and plan your rehearsals until Christmas Eve. How about a special Christmas karaoke? You can also pick up a couple of Christmas movies that you can watch with your children with some hot chocolate and home-made cookies. You can also plan a movie marathon for your children with your friends or with your family back home. It’s a great way to spend quality time online.

Make a Christmas playlist

From early December, Christmas carols are usually on repeat mode in almost every business around the world. But with the current restrictions, you’re less likely to be touring bars, shops or malls this year. One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by making a special Christmas playlist. Are you more of a fan of English or international songs? A mix of both could be perfect. Tune in to YouTube, and you’re done! From Tino Rossi to Mariah Carey and Sia, the choice is vast. It can also be a great way to learn how to wish Merry Christmas in different languages. But don’t keep them to yourself! Your friends and family might also be feeling isolated and depressed during this uncommon festive period. So consider sharing your playlist with them on social networks or through apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, etc. It can bring them a ray of light amidst the COVID-19 chaos.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies

In locked down countries, family activities such as movie nights or theater won’t be a thing this Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you should sit down and get bored. If you have a Netflix account or have a Christmas movies collection, it can be a great opportunity to spend quality time with your partner or family. Have you heard of “movie marathons”? Just pick your favorite movies or series and have your family members choose theirs. Prepare a few snacks and drinks and get cozy in your couch. If you live alone, you can still invite your family and friends back home to join your movie marathon. After all, distance is just a number.

Online Get Together’s

Your children will probably find it hard to imagine Christmas without their grandparents, cousins ​​or friends. In many countries, family gatherings will be very limited this year, but online get together’s are an option. Try to set up different time slots for the different groups of people your children would love to spend time with. Decorate their space, such as their bedroom or the living room, to help them get into the festive mood, and share the spirit with their dear ones. So take out the Santa hats, the fairy lights and the jingle bells.

Try out Christmas recipes

This Christmas, with all the current restrictions, you’re probably not keen to give your children a treat at the restaurant or to invite people over for dinner. But you can still make it special to strengthen your bond. Ask your children what they would like to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bake their favorite cakes and cookies and get them to help you as much as possible to help them get into the festive mood. Have you thought of having a small cooking workshop with them? Put on some nice Christmas songs, look for some recipes and try them out together.

Make their favorite meals

If you are locked down with your family, you should seize the opportunity to spend some quality with them over a nice meal. As you are unlikely to be able to dine out this Christmas, you can prepare your favorite dishes or cakes yourself. The Internet will be your best friend, whether you’re looking to try a foreign recipe or to prepare a typical dish from your home country. Your family will love it, and it can be fun to have your partner or children help you out. Don’t forget to take some photos to share on Instagram and other social networks to inspire your friends and followers.

Add on foreign Christmas traditions

If you recently relocated to your host country, maybe you’re not familiar with the local Christmas traditions. Break the routine by researching foreign Christmas traditions, whether those of your host country or other countries and try to merge them with your own traditions. It’s a great way to enrich your children’s cultural knowledge in a fun way. Consider listing these traditions and applying each of them every day before Christmas.

Take safe outings

If your host country has eased its restrictions, you will probably be tempted to take the children out for Christmas. But it’s best to avoid crowded places like malls and restaurants, although children are usually fond of them. Outdoor places, such as gardens and parks, are ideal for kids activities in these COVID-19 times. If wearing a mask is mandatory, make sure your children feel comfortable doing so. Keep hand sanitizer within reach and ensure your children’s safety at all times.

Sharing is caring

Christmas is the time for sharing with family, friends or with the community around you. There are many ways to teach your children the value of sharing. For example, you can encourage them to make postcards and small gifts for family and friends, for the less fortunate children in or around your neighborhood, to hospital patients or the residents of elderly care homes. How about sharing candy or DIY Christmas decorations with their little neighbors on Christmas eve? This will not only make them happy, but it can also put a smile on the face of children who are going through a difficult time during this festive season.

Self-care

The festive season is the perfect time for self-care amidst the lockdown and current restrictions. You might be craving for a relaxing therapy at the spa, but there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself at home. Start by subscribing to a fitness channel on YouTube so that you rid yourself of the extra pounds you’ve taken in the past few months. Then, test the DIY care recipes that you found on Google. Fancy a face mask or a hair mask, or a relaxing eye treatment after spending hours in front of your computer, or a DIY scrub before your Christmas dinner? Give yourself a treat as many times as you want!

Create memories

Hoping that Christmas will be different next year, make sure your kids enjoy every moment spent together. Besides taking photos, encourage them to document each of the activities mentioned above in a journal.

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