Monthly Archives: August 2016

In Plain Sight—A World Without America

In 2014, the Trumpet staff put together a series of articles depicting what the world would look like without America. Over two years later, we have some vivid examples that show how disastrous America’s lack of leadership has been for the world. One area that strikingly proves this point is in Syria, where the United States said it would intervene but never did. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry takes a look at Syria and explains how it reveals what life is like in a post-American world.


NYT on Spreading False Stories: It’s Alarming When Putin Does It, Not So Much With Obama

This week the New York Times ran an article titled “A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories.” The author runs through Russia’s tactic of formulating stories and disseminating lies in order to hide the truth and push its agenda. The New York Times was alarmed by what Russia was doing. However, a few months ago, it published a story about how the Obama administration manufactured a false narrative to force the Iran nuclear deal down America’s throat. In the Obama administration’s case, that tactic is viewed as acceptable and even innovative! Propaganda is becoming the norm in Western journalism. Where is this dangerous trend leading? Listen to today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show to find out.

The Wonderful World Tomorrow—Here Today! – The Trumpet Daily

A small taste of the peace and happiness the whole world will soon experience

When Jesus Christ came in the flesh 2,000 years ago, He started to build a world that is entirely different from the present evil world we now live in. Jesus came to this Earth to start a brand new civilization. He came to start God’s world! It all started incredibly small—like the grain of a mustard seed. But soon, what Christ established and built in His one true Church will soon spread over all the Earth, into every nation.

On this episode of the Trumpet Daily, we show where the fruits of this lifestyle can already be seen and explain more about what this wonderful world will be like and how it will come about.
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The Father Effect 

Fatherlessness is one of the greatest crises facing the United States today. It is responsible for a host of problems from criminal behavior to poverty. Fatherlessness is weakening the nation. On today’s show, we examine the reverse of this trend—how strong fathers, who play the central role in their families, are the key to developing a strong nation.

Week in Review: France in Yemen, America’s Assist to the Ayatollah, Turkey in Syria, Sologamy, 

• French troops are reportedly moving into Yemen, helping Saudi Arabia in its war against Iranian-backed forces. The European Union has also signed a deal to train the navy in Libya. These moves are happening even as leaders in Germany, France, Italy and elsewhere are increasing their calls for a unified EU army.

• More revelations have emerged of America’s deal with Iran—reports that President Obama ordered American forces not to back the 2009 Green Revolution—because he wanted to deal with the ayatollah.

• Turkey is sending troops into the quagmire in Syria, adding to troops from Russia, Iran, the Islamic State, Kurds and others—and it’s only getting more complicated.

• We’ll also talk about the new dictators’ club—signs of the dictatorship in North Korea being undermined—Americans giving up on belief in God—a killer earthquake in Italy—and a new trend in marriage: people marrying themselves.


How Secure is your Outpost

Paul called true Christians good soldiers for Christ. Are you? Or is Satan ready to take you captive?

God conscripted His chosen people in both the Old and New Testaments to be soldiers in His army. “And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt,” wrote Moses (Exodus 12:41; New King James Version). God took the nation of Israel, a ragtag bunch of dirty, faithless, weak-willed, whining slaves, and made it His army.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” the Apostle Paul wrote his beloved son-in-the-faith, Timothy (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul recognized that the Christian life is a fight—at times full of exhausting battles. He expected all Church members to follow his example (1 Corinthians 11:1). No matter how hard the battle gets, we must never, never, never, nevergive in. “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ,” he admonished Timothy (2 Timothy 2:3).

Our Military Commission

God commissioned ancient Israel, as soldiers, to take back and cleanse the land promised to our founding father Abraham. Demon-inspired, idolatrous people—who cared little to know or understand the true God—squatted on that good ground and defiled God’s chosen land with their immoral lives and pagan practices. God had given those Gentiles an opportunity to observe His way of life and embrace it. Centuries before Israel’s exodus from Egypt, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had walked among them and had shown them God’s ways. Yet they wanted no part of it.

God’s New Testament Church’s commission is the same, only spiritual and universal in scope. God wants us to take back the entire Earth from Satan and his evil demons and cleanse it for 1,000 years—all in preparation to renew and rule the universe under Jesus Christ. That is great news. But we are not there yet. We are in a fight, individually and collectively—it’s the most colossal battle in history. Do we have the passion to win this war?

Keep Your Outpost Safe

It takes deep thought to view living the Christian life in military terms. Truthfully, it is the only way to make the Christian way of life work. Notice, Jesus Christ used military terms to describe His own life on Earth. “I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world,” He told the disciples just before His crucifixion (John 16:33; Easy-to-Read Version). Jesus Christ succeeded in living God’s way of life to the very end. If we do not follow Christ’s sterling example, we will suffer tragic defeat.

When I first came into God’s Church in 1975, I did not understand the concept of being a good soldier for Jesus Christ. I had been raised as a Roman Catholic. For 18 years of my life, I was taught that because I was Catholic, I had it made. I didn’t have to overcome sin—just make it to confession before I die. It has been hard to get that satanic thinking out of my mind. Real conversion is a difficult endeavor; it is a raging war at times. To become truly converted requires the heart and discipline of a battle-hardened soldier.

I remember hearing God’s ministers compare regional offices to outposts, which is a military term. “Will you pray earnestly that God will stop the hand of Satan and his persecutors in that area?” one writer pleaded in the Good News. “Will you ask God’s blessing and guidance for … the men and women who are assisting … in this ‘outpost’ of God’s Work?” (May 1960). It was not until I came into the Philadelphia Church of God (pcg) that I began to understand what that term really meant. Because of the massive Laodicean defection from God, those few who remained loyal to Christ had to work feverishly to establish new outposts for God’s Work around the Earth. This involved more than just establishing regional offices—it also meant building solid field congregations.

Do you realize that every pcg congregation, whether big or small, is one of Christ’s outposts? And if you are one of God’s scattered sons—“one from a city” or even a nation—you are an outpost for Christ.

Be assured, Satan hates each outpost and you! We cannot afford to be naive: Satan wants to shut down your outpost—literally wipe it off the map. Are you doing everything to keep your outpost safe from vicious attack?

A Bright Light in Diplomatic History

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, who follows in the footsteps of Mr. Armstrong, delved further into the importance of this location in his booklet The Way of Peace Restored Momentarily. If you are inspired by Sadat’s and Begin’s brave moves toward peace in the Middle East, it is a must read. It describes the significance of Egypt and Israel’s historic peace pact and why the proposed World Peace Center was so important.

As diplomacy in the Middle East looks increasingly bleak, we can look back to this example of communication and cooperation. Mr. Armstrong described as “a factual story, stranger and more exciting than any fiction.” And yet, in many ways, it is the prelude to a different, and lasting, world peace.