President Trump assures Evangelical Community: “I’m Fighting Hard for You”

In the president’s speech to a group of evangelicals gathered at a conference, on June 8, 2017, called Faith and Freedom Coalition, his emphasis seemed to be that he was fighting hard for them and for Christian freedom in America. I listened to the video and it was very inspirational. I invite you to do the same. Click here for entire video. Also click here to read the entire speech.

Here are a few excerpts from President Trump’s speech (bold for emphasis):


We will always support our Evangelical community, and defend your right, and the right of all Americans, to follow and to live by the teachings of their faith.  And as you know, we’re under siege.  You understand that.  But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever.  You watch.  (Applause.)

You fought hard for me, and now I’m fighting hard for all of you.  I have one goal as President:  to fight for the American people and to fight for America and America first.  (Applause.)

Your voices will resound across the halls of our Capitol, and across the world.  We recite today the words of Isaiah Chapter 1, Verse 17:  “Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

The entrenched interests and failed, bitter voices in Washington will do everything in their power to try and stop us from this righteous cause, to try to stop all of you.  They will lie.  They will obstruct.  They will spread their hatred and their prejudice.  But we will not back down from doing what is right.  

Nothing worth doing ever came easy, but we know how to fight better than anybody.  And we never, ever would give up, and we don’t give up.  We are winners, and we are going to fight, and win, and have an unbelievable future.  (Applause.)  Unbelievable future.  And it’s going to be together.  (Applause.)

From now on, we will follow a very simple rule:  Every day I am President we are going to make America first — not somebody else, not some other country.  We are going to make America first.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

As long as I’m President, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart and from preaching — and really, this is so important — from the bottom of my heart — from preaching from the people that you most want to hear and that you so respect.  So we have taken a very, very strong position, and you picked a winner.  (Applause.)

So we want our pastors speaking out.  We want their voices in our public discourse.  And we want our children to know the blessings of God.  (Applause.)  Schools should not be a place that drive out faith and religion, but that should welcome faith and religion with wide, open, beautiful arms.  (Applause.)  Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right.  It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

We will end the discrimination against people of faith.  Our government will once again celebrate and protect religious freedom.  (Applause.)

Faith and freedom are linked together because liberty comes from our Creator.  Our rights are given to us by a divine authority, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away.  (Applause.)  That is why my administration is taking power out of Washington and giving it back to the people where it belongs.  Said right from the beginning.  (Applause.)

But we know that families and churches, not government officials, know best how to create a strong and loving community.  (Applause.)  We know that parents, not bureaucrats, know best how to raise children and create a thriving society.  And above all else, we know this:  In America, we don’t worship government.  We worship God.  (Applause.)  Right?  We worship God.  (Applause.)

We face many challenges.  There are many hills and mountains to climb.  But, one by one, we will scale those summits and we will get the job done and get the job done correctly.  We will prove worthy of this very, very important moment in history.  As long as we have pride in our beliefs, courage in our convictions, and faith in our God, then we will not fail.  (Applause.)

And as long as our country remains true to its values, loyal to its citizens, and devoted to its Creator, then our best days are yet to come because we will make America great again.


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Can there be Permanent Peace? Should We Continue To Pray For It?

These questions may have come up by some as President Trump issued the Memorial Day Proclamation—to pray for permanent peace on the earth.

Since congress first requested that the President issue this proclamation every year on Memorial Day (on May 11, 1950), this United States has been praying for permanent peace. But it doesn’t seem to be working!  There is war and terror everywhere.  And there seems to be more wars every year.  Indeed, there is no peace in sight.

Some would suggest that things will eventually get better, that peace deals will be made, and that nations will come together to make peace. And so we should pray toward that end.  We should pray that peace makers will step up to make peace deals everywhere between nations. Yes, they say, we should pray for the United Nations and the Paris Accord, and other such groups to give us peace.  And we  should pray for all the great deal makers—for the Donald Trumps of the world—to come together to make a great world peace deal.  Will that work? Is our faith strong enough?

Speaking of faith, what does the bible say about achieving permanent peace? Well, sadly, the bible tells us that right up until the end we will  hear of wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:6).  In fact, the bible teaches us that man cannot and will not ever achieve peace on the earth.  But peace will come to the earth in the Savior, Jesus Christ.  When He comes, He will bring terrible judgment on sin and this corrupt world, and then He will set up His kingdom, a kingdom of peace for all. At that time Satan will be bound and Christ will bring lasting global peace.  He will be the great Peacemaker.  Isaiah 9: 6-7 tells us,


For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,

On the throne of David and over his kingdom,

To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness

From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.


Also Micah 4:3-4 says.

And He will judge between many peoples

And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.

Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares

And their spears into pruning hooks;

Nation will not lift up sword against nation,

And never again will they train for war.

4 And each of them will sit under his vine

And under his fig tree,

With no one to make them afraid,

For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.


So it seems that when we pray for permanent peace for this country and for this world, we should know that this peace will only occur through Jesus Christ. In effect, if we are praying correctly, according to His will, our prayers for peace should be prayers that He will come soon; for that is the only way permanent peace will come. Come Lord Jesus!

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President Trump Issues a Memorial Day Proclamation: A Prayer for Permanent Peace

Korean War Memorial


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Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation.  On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights.

This year, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans served during The Great War, representing more than 25 percent of the American male population between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time.  We remember the more than 100,000 Americans who sacrificed their lives during “The War to End All Wars,” and who left behind countless family members and loved ones.  We pause again to pray for the souls of those heroes who, one century ago, never returned home after helping to restore peace in Europe.

On Memorial Day we honor the final resting places of the more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, by decorating their graves with the stars and stripes, as generations have done since 1868.  We also proudly fly America’s beautiful flag at our homes, businesses, and in our community parades to honor their memory.  In doing so, we pledge our Nation’s allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.  The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer.  I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.



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Trump’s Middle East Trip Successful but Media Remains Negative


Many who watched President Trump and the First Lady arrive in Saudi Arabia were in awe of how they were welcomed, as their black limousine was escorted by a parade of majestic horses. It was a beautiful and hopeful picture of what was to come at the summit. Indeed, the President gave the greatest speech of his life in front of 50 Muslim nation leader.

It is such a shame that most major news institutions did not even cover it. Nonetheless it was great and historic, and so was the entire two days that the President was there.  Much was accomplished for peace.  Here are four different positive testimonies of the Saudi trip and the Israel trip:

The Saudi foreign Minister

It was a phenomenal trip! It was phenomenally successful! History was made! He [Trump} attended a historic summit that brought together all the Muslim countries. He changed the nature of the dialogue between the Arab countries and the United States.  He set the foundation for the creation of a partnership to fight extremism and terrorism. Overall, it was an incredible success.


The real story is not the Vatican. It’s not even the Israel trip. It’s the realignment of American policy over Iran, getting this 50 Sunni Nations lined up with Saudi Arabia. This is a new day in the Middle East.  It’s a new Middle East now. America’s back. That’s the story and the consequences are going to be immense.

Newt Gingrich

This is phenomenal! He [Trump] will probably have seen 85 leaders by the time this trip is over. No American President has even done that.  The speech was so powerful; it is clearly the equivalent of Reagan’s Westminster’s speech.

Joel C. Rosenberg on the Saudi Arabia trip

I have never been shy about expressing my concerns about Mr. Trump when necessary. But the President deserves a great deal of credit for going to meet with our Sunni Arab allies in the Mideast and for the speech he delivered yesterday in Saudi Arabia to the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries.

Finally we have an American President who wants to project American leadership — that of the world’s only superpower — in the Middle East.

The address was well-crafted and respectful, even nuanced, at times. But it was also clear, honest, and bold. Indeed, it was unlike any speech any American President has ever delivered face to face to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Jordan and other Muslim countries.

Joel C. Rosenberg on the Israel trip

Let’s be honest. The cynics and haters won’t be able to say one good thing about it. But the only fair analysis is that the President’s two-day visit to Israel was the most successful visit by an American leader to the Jewish State in decades.

It was meticulously planned, remarkably well executed, safe from start to finish, and it accomplished just what it had to. What’s more, the visit didn’t get derailed by unforced errors or unnecessary controversies.

Above all, President Trump’s visit projected the image of a reengaged American superpower in the region, profoundly reset and immensely strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, so badly strained after the eight years of the Obama administration. This is a very good and highly welcomed development.


Now contrast those testimonies with most of the News media. Here are a few headlines and statements from my own Star Tribune Newspaper in Minneapolis Minnesota.

May 21, about the Saudi trip.

“[The trip] was intended to be a blunt rejection of President Barak Obama’s vision for the region. Obama sought a reconciliation with Iran and negotiated a deal intended to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.”

May 22, about the Saudi trip. Title: Trump’s Saudi speech is silent on human rights

“In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publically admonish Mideast rules for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.”

May 23, about the Israel trip. Title: Trump seeks to revive delicate peace process

“His [Trump’s] historic gesture…were shadowed even here [at Western Wall] by reminders of Trump’s tumult back home.”


This above is just a very small sample of the liberal reporting. I’ve heard and read much worse stuff. It seems that if there is anything President Trump does that is good and positive, the press will either not report it at all, or they will find something negative about it.  Why is that? Here are…


Three Reasons for Negative or No reporting on President Trump

  1. He is not their candidate choice and they haven’t accepted him as president yet.
  2. Their agenda is to do whatever they can to get rid of him.
  3. Their plan is to do whatever they can to misinform the American people—to make Trump’s approval rating go down. They want the American people to be blinded to Trump’s successes and to see and hear (according to them, the media) all his failures.




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Pray for President Trump and Country – There Are Evil Spirits at Work


In the last couple of weeks there has been incredible undue pressure on President Trump. Many in the media and on the Democratic side, and a few Republicans, are constantly at odds with him for such little things—like his tweeting.  And they are constantly suspicious of him about things that there is no proof of. And now many are even calling for his impeachment. It is obvious that many just don’t like him.  And it is also obvious that there are evil spirits at work, working to stir such evil hatred against him.

Please, I call on all true Christians to pray.

Let us pray for President Trump: that he would humble himself and seek God; that he would call on Him and trust Him for help. Then pray that indeed our Father would grant him help, comfort, strength, wisdom, and great courage in these trying days.

Pray also for our justice department and for our intelligence people that they would find the leakers and those who are disloyal to this country and who wish to discredit and do harm to the President and to our government. Pray that God would give them wisdom and courage to do their work in a proper way without discrimination.

Pray that all who have and are committing crimes against this country, and ultimately against God, would be prosecuted—that none would go unpunished.

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Hollywood Shows its Evil Side in Cancelling ‘Last Man Standing’


The recent canning of ‘Last Man Standing’ shows all Americans what Hollywood is up to—what their values are. Why would they dismiss a show that has such high ratings and is making Hollywood tons of money? It makes no sense—unless Hollywood has an even bigger agenda than money.

The answer is that Hollywood’s true agenda is to form the culture of America. And the culture they want is something other than what ‘Last Man Standing’ is offering.

The show is all about the last manly man trying to survive in this overly feminized world, staring a Christian conservative Tim Allen. Understandably, Tim Allen is very upset…and so should all Americans be. This world is going to the Devil and Hollywood is playing a big part in it.

Christian, watch what you watch on TV! Many things are programed by the Devil to destroy you and your Christian witness.

This info taken from a Fox News video: Click here to see it.

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Five Future Events: from Now until the Tribulation

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Ron Rhoads in his book The End Times in Chronological Order, seems to be quite certain of how the next steps of the future, leading up to the Tribulation, will play out. And he is not alone. Others like Joel Rosenberg, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, and Thomas Ice (all whom I admire as prophecy scholars) agree with him. Here are five future events that Ron Rhoads (and myself) sees happening, in Chronological order…


1. The rapture of the Church. Nothing needs to happen before the rapture. And it seems that this event will kick off all of the next major end time events prophecies in scripture.

2. Russia and her allies invade Israel (Ezek. 38-39). With the world being in a state of shock and chaos after the rapture, and with Israel’s only true ally, the United States, greatly reduced in number, Russia and her Muslim…

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Trump: Doing what God has Prepared him to Do – Genesis 50:20


I thought Donald Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, was fascinating.

In the last few lines he wrote, “The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years is to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I’ve gotten…In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

I see this all happening now. His service as president is what he has been preparing for his whole life. And don’t we see that he is so good at overcoming many obstacles and also motivating good people to do their best work. We can give praise to God for preparing this man to serve in such an evil time as this.

Though many people are against him, I believe God has been preparing him for this job as president; and he will be used to do much good in America and also in the world. In a way, he may be just like Joseph. His brothers hated him, and did evil against him, but God used their evil deeds for good—to save the entire people of Israel and also the Egyptians (Gen. 50:20).

Likewise, just as Trump may have been in business for himself, to benefit himself, it seems that God is now using it now for good—to help many people.


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10 Elements of Making a Deal — from Trump: The Art of the Deal


I just finished reading Trump: The Art of the Deal. The first chapter, A Week in the Life, was captivating. I couldn’t believe how busy and how hard Donald Trump has worked—every minute of the day. Every half-hour or so he makes another deal, on the phone or in person. You can tell he loves his work.

In the second chapter, The Elements of the Deal, he goes over many principles he uses to make deals. This I think was the best chapter of the book. Here are…


10 Elements of Making a Deal (mostly Trump quotes)

1. Think Big. Trump wrote, “If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” I like that!

2. How to Think Big. Trump said, “I think of it as a controlled neurosis, which is a quality I’ve noticed in many highly successful entrepreneurs. They’re obsessive, they’re driven, they’re single-minded and sometimes they’re almost maniacal, but it’s all channeled into their work.”


3. Anticipate the Worst. Trump wrote, “I always go into the deal anticipating the worst. If you plan for the worst—if you can live with the worst—the good will always take care of itself.” Wise advice, especially in these times. It’s always good to be vigilant and to be on our guard against the enemy.

4. Maximize Your Options. “For starters,” Trump wrote, “I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first. In addition, once I’ve made a deal, I always come up with at least a half dozen approaches to making it work, because anything can happen, even to the best-laid plans.”

5. Ask a Lot of Questions. When Trump is thinking of buying a piece of property he always asks people in the neighborhood a lot of questions to get a sense of the market. He wrote, “I ask and I ask and I ask, until I begin to get a gut feeling about something. And that’s when I make a decision.” I’m sure we all saw this as he was choosing his cabinet. He took a lot of time and asked all the candidates a lot of questions. This is great advice for any decision we make in life.

6. Deal from Strength. Trump said, “The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead. The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have. Leverage is having something the other guy wants. Or better yet needs…you have to convince the other guy it’s in his interest to make the deal.”

7. Give positive answers. Trump talked about when someone would start talking negative about a deal, he would turn the tables and show the positive side of it. Good advice!

8. Fight for what you believe in. Trump said that in his experience if you’re fighting for something you believe in, things will usually work out for the best. Haven’t we all seen this in Trump? He’s a fighter.

9. You must deliver the goods. Trump wrote, “You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press…but if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.” I know this to be true in my business. A good reputation is the best promoter we can have.

1o. Have fun. Trump wrote, “I try not to take any of what’s happened too seriously.


There are 14 chapters in the book. Chapter 3 through 5 are about his growing up and getting started in business. Very interesting. The rest of the book wasn’t as interesting to me; it was all about all of his big deals; how things went. If there was an interesting story, that got my attention, but going through all of the details of making deals was kind of boring to me.

The last few lines of the book were quite prophetic. He wrote, “The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years is to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I’ve gotten…In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

Wow! I see this all happening now. His service as president is what he has been preparing for his whole life. And don’t we see that he is so good at overcoming many obstacles and also motivating good people to do their best work. We can give praise to God for preparing this man to serve in such an evil time as this.

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Trump in Danger: Much Prayer Needed


President Trump’s life is in danger. Prayer is critical for his safety and security.

According to reports from Monica Crowley, Liberal forces are looking to destroy him and put him in prison. They are saying Trump must not be allowed to succeed. Many (like the ACLU and like George Soros) have raised millions to impeach him.

Yes, liberals and evil forces have an agenda for this world and they will stop at nothing to achieve it. They want everything that Donald Trump is not. They want a globalist; they want open boarders; they want tolerance for all without law and order; and they want to stifle all those who speak and act contrary to their agenda.

Here is a prayer for protection against the wicked, which David wrote and prayed for himself. We can pray this prayer for President Trump and for all those who are on his team.


Psalm 140


Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men;

Preserve me from violent men,

2 Who devise evil things in their hearts;

They continually stir up wars.

3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;

Poison of a viper is under their lips.


4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

Preserve me from violent men,

Who have purposed to trip up my feet.

5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set snares for me.


6 I said to the Lord, “Thou art my God;

Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.

7 “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

Do not promote his evil device, lest they be exalted.



9 “As for the head of those who surround me,

May the mischief of their lips cover them.

10 “May burning coals fall upon them;

May they be cast into the fire,

Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

11 “May a slanderer not be established in the earth;

May evil hunt the violent man speedily.”


12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,

And justice for the poor.

13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Thy name;

The upright will dwell in Thy presence.





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