Global Country Spotlight: Asia-China

God in Ancient China

the Lost Tribes of Israel in Kaifeng, China【文章轉載】開封 … – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu5kAwHzqIQ
*see Deep Thought: Where are the “original” Tribes of Israel? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Chinese recorded Jesus Birth Death and resurrection

Mudfossil University
Published on Feb 5, 2017

The Star of Bethlehem a Comet in 5-BC and the Date of the Birth of … adsabs.harvard.edu
“..by CJ Humphreys – ‎1991 – ‎Cited by 24 – ‎Related articles
Presumably one of these sources recorded the star of Bethlehem and the ….. The latest possible year for the birth of Christ is given by the date of the death of … the Chinese Han shu, the official history of the former Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 9) …..”

*see Now You Know: Various Christmas Symbolism goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Good News China
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Global Spotlight: Asia-Singapore

Singapore country profile bbc.com

“..Singapore is a wealthy city state in south-east Asia. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia’s economic “tigers”. It is also renowned for its conservatism and strict local laws and the country prides itself on its stability and security…”

Movies

-Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians crazyrichasiansmovie.com
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
PG-13 | 2h | Comedy , Romance | 15 August 2018 (USA) imdb.com
Crazy Rich Asians (film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its performances, screenplay, and the production and costume design. It is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.[3] As of October 2018, the film had grossed over $236 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.[4] A sequel is in development. ..”

5 Must-Visit Food Places In Singapore As Mentioned In Crazy Rich Asians guide.michelin.com
“.. Salivate over these lip-smacking food references in the novel-turned-Hollywood movie on the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Singapore. .

The romantic comedy, which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, is also a watershed film. It features an all-Asian ensemble cast that includes actors from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and the US — a first for a major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club (1993)….”

WATCH: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actor Nico Santos greets fellow Filipinos (philstar.com) – August 6, 2018 – 12:37pm

“…
Santos joins the all-Asian cast of “Crazy Rich Asians” as fashion designer Oliver T’Sien.

“As a Filipino actor, I’m very proud to be a part of the cast of this big Hollywood movie,” Santos says in the video.

“Crazy Rich Asians” also stars Filipino actress Kris Aquino and opens in Philippine cinemas in August 22.

Rated PG by the MTRCB, “Crazy Rich Asians” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
..

[4K] Singapore Like You’ve Never Seen Before – YouTube

Visit Singapore – Passion Made Possible – Visit Singapore Official Site visitsingapore.com

Singapore Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions – YouTube

Places to visit in Singapore

Gardens

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Garden City – YouTube

Gardens By The Bay Singapore. Exploring Breath-taking … – YouTube

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Global Country Spotlight: Asia~Iran (Persia)

Iran warns Israel, U.S. of ‘devastating revenge’ Reuters Videos 11 hours ago (9.24.18) yahoo.com
“.. The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warns the U.S. and Israeli leaders to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. Ryan Brooks reports. ..”

Western Leaders Set Stage for the Fall of Iran

Israeli News Live
Streamed live on Sep 22, 2018
Iran comes under Terrorist attack, according to Iranian officials this is a plan by Western leaders including Israel according to their narrative.

.rt.com/news/439139-iran-summons-envoys-uk-denmark-netherlands/

almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-govt-accuses-us-coalition-of-evacuating-isis-from-deir-ez-zor/

rt.com/usa/439094-pompeo-venezuela-actions-pressure/

Expert: Iran Regime About to Collapse

U.S. Relations

Billy Graham – Is the handwriting on the wall, America?

Thousands in Iran Find Jesus Through Internet Evangelism billygraham.org.uk
“..“This is an Islamic country!”

Over the past few days, news and social media have been flooded with reports of unrest in Iran. The images we see involve thousands taking to the streets in protest at their government, whilst thousands more march in support.

Billy Graham wrote a short excerpt about Iran in his book, Just as I am.

On our return to the United States, we had a stopover in Tehran, the capital of Iran, where I visited the shah. As I stepped out of the car at the hotel afterward, I was surrounded by an angry group of students. Why, they wondered, had I, a well-known Christian, gone to see the shah? I did not know much about religion in Iran; I did know, though, that in addition to Islam there were still some Nestorians in the country, survivors of an ancient form of Christianity dating back many centuries. ..”

Churches

Pastor Hormoz Shariat, Ph.D.- “The Billy Graham of Iran” – YouTube

Weather

🇮🇷 Iran’s Water Crisis | People & Power

What the Media Won’t Tell You About Iran

Rick Steves’ Iran
https://youtu.be/CYoa9hI3CXg

Good News Asia
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Global Country Spotlight: Thailand in Southeast Asia

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand

25 Interesting Facts About Thailand samujana.com

“Do you think you have Thailand all figured out? You might be in for a surprise once you finish reading this list of some of the most interesting facts about Thailand.

Thailand is a land of surprise (and beautiful beach resorts)!…

1. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country. In fact, in the Thai language, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free.” Very fitting!..

4. You’re lucky that you know Bangkok as “Bangkok.” Its real name is one of the longest names of a place in the world, made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. What does that name mean? It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.”..

12 Incredible Facts About Thailand – YouTube

Mar 25, 2017 – Uploaded by FTD Facts

7 Facts about Thailand – YouTube

Prayer Requests

Deep Thought Vlog: Thailand Cave Rescue

*see Deep Thought: What are considered “idols”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

How Did Boys Get Stuck In Thailand Cave? | ABP News – YouTube

Thai cave rescue update: How did the Thai soccer team end up in the cave? By Rachel Russell PUBLISHED: 10:37, Sun, Jul 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34, Mon, Jul 9, 2018 express.co.uk
“..The group became trapped on June 23 when they started exploring the caves after going on a picnic following football practice.

The group had been missing for nine days before they were found huddled inside the cave and survived by drinking water dripping off the stalactites above them…”

-Good News Update!!

6 Heartbreaking Details Revealed About The Thai Soccer Boys Who Were All Rescued From A Flooded Cave Jill Zwarensteyn,YourTango 16 hours ago (7.10.18) yahoo.com
“..Following their soccer practice on June 23, the boys and their assistant coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, were hiking inside the cave located in the northern region of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province when it began to flood, leaving them stranded deep inside the cave. …

As of Tuesday, all 12 boys were successfully rescued as was their coach.

…Due to the dangers of flooding inside the cave, a sign at the cave’s entrance warns any visitors to not enter during the region’s rainy season, which falls from July until November.

Although technically the boys entered the cave on June 23, the fact that it was on the cusp of July still meant that the threat of rain and flooding was a possibilit..

2. It took 10 days to locate them in the cave.

When the boys were finally located inside the cave by the rescue divers, they were three miles from the cave’s entrance. Due to the extensive size and numerous passageways inside the cave, it took divers as long as ten days to find the soccer team…

6. One of the divers died trying to rescue the boys.

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave almost didn’t make it out, military officials say By Matt Gutman,
JULIA JACOBO
Brandon Baur

Jul 10, 2018, 8:53 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“.. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the soccer team on June 27, according to Thai military sources. ..”

World’s leading cave divers came together to save trapped Thai boys By Bani Sapra, CNN Updated 9:26 AM ET, Tue July 10, 2018
“..Thirteen foreign divers joined five Thai Navy divers for the initial rescue Sunday. The team of international experts included the two British divers who originally found the boys on July 2, Richard “Rick” Stanton and John Volanthen. ..

…Alongside volunteers, countries sent their own contingents to to Thailand. Seventeen Australian police divers, 36 US military Pacific Command personnel, and six rescue specialists from Beijing joined the rescue efforts…

“This is a Thai-led, multi-national rescue operation, and what’s fantastic is that you see the US here, the Australians, the Chinese, the British divers, obviously,” she said. “It shows that when militaries train together, it’s for this — it’s for the real world.”

Other volunteers living in Thailand also pitched in to help, including Israeli diver Rafael Aroush. International companies also offered equipment and expertise… ..

US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk flew in to Thailand Monday with “kid-size” submarines which he suggested could help to bring the boys out….


Thailand cave rescue mission abcnews.go.com

There’s a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient By Matt Blomberg Jul 11, 2018 | 12:25 PM | Mae Sai, Thailand latimes.com
“..At least three of the rescued boys and their assistant coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, are stateless — members of ethnic minorities seen as easy prey for nefarious actors looking to sweep children into the drug trade.”..

-Prayers Answered

Thailand Cave Rescue: Parents of Rescued Compassion-Sponsored Boy Say “Thank You” blog.compassion.com
“..One of the boys* is a Compassion beneficiary, and our photojournalist in Thailand had a chance to interview his parents…”
Thai-Burmese church members say boys’ rescue were answered prayers
Updated Jul 11; Posted Jul 11 nj.com
“..Martha Hla also said she was worried about the situation, and was hoping they will make it out safely. She believed God would show a miracle.

Kahmiya Win also praised the diver who died while trying to help the boys and their coach. “It’s sad that one passed away. But he…gave his life helping others.”

Rev. Powell said some of the Thai and Burmese at the church have experienced religious persecution for being Christians in their homelands.

“Most of them who come here are already a part of the body of Christ,” said Rev. Powell. “So they come and want to serve, and they just want to do God’s work. They are praying people.”..”
R.I. locals react to successful rescue of trapped Thai soccer team By Kevin G. Andrade
Journal Staff Writer
Kevprojo
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at 7:42 PM Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 9:53 PM providencejournal.com
“..Morgan said that she had been following reports in both Thai and U.S. media, which provided similar coverage and were equally celebratory when 12 boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were rescued, after being trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Lai.

Cameron Hummel, a student of athletic training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, just returned from a ministry trip in the Chiang Mai region of Thailand.

“People were talking about it,” said the Barrington native. “For the most part you go about your daily life there and then get updates in conversation…

Religious organizations also involved themselves in the celebration, with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence sending out a tweet of gratitude.

“All the boys are out of the cave in Thailand,” Bishop Tobin tweeted. “Many prayers answered. Praise God!”..”

Thai cave rescue: Churches across Thailand celebrate answered prayer by Rachel Phua // July 10, 2018, 6:50 pm saltandlight.sg
“..
Churches sowing in prayer

Pastor Janepiriyaprayoon, 48, the associate pastor of Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church, said that his church had been praying for all concerned, especially for one of the boys named Adul Sam-On.

The pastor said that boy is a believer from Myanmar. The 14-year-old has been under the care of a local Thai church which has supported him since he was seven. According to a report by Agence France-Presse, Adul speaks English, Thai, Burmese and Chinese, and he was the only one able to talk to the British divers when they discovered the boys.

“We believe God used Adul to be involved in a significant way, by communicating in English to the rescue team,” said the pastor. Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church and other churches in Thailand have been constantly praying for Adul and his family, he added. ..”

-Volunteer Tribute

Volunteers pour in to help Thai boys stuck in cave abcnews.go.com

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Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”?

Curiosity killed the Cat – Animation

Growing up , I loved watching “horror movies”! I would watch it with some friends and love getting “entertained”. However, this interest of the “unknown” had some consequences. I would have nightmares (e.g. “hell”) constantly at night. I would later find out (after giving my life to Christ-see personal testimony), I “opened” my soul to a lot of “evil spirits”, which tormented me for years.

We all get curious trying “new things”, but some of it can be “dangerous”

Double Dare (Peer Pressure)

Former Rugby Player Who Was Left Paralyzed for Years After Eating a Slug Has Died Julie Mazziotta,People 6 hours ago yahoo.com
“..A friendly dare went terribly wrong eight years ago when 19-year-old Sam Ballard ate a slug that was carrying a deadly parasite that left him paralyzed. And now, after years of medical issues, the former rugby player has died.

In 2010, Ballard and his friends were hanging out in the backyard of his family’s Sydney home when they saw the slug going by. As a joke, the teens dared Ballard to eat it.

“We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across here,” one of Ballard’s best friends, Jimmy Galvin, told the Australian news show The Project in April. “The conversation came up, you know. ‘Should I eat it?’ And off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

A few days later, Ballard started complaining of leg pains.

“He said, ‘I ate a slug; it could’ve been that,’ ” his mom, Katie. “And I said, ‘No one gets sick from that.’ He was scared, so you know, as a mum, all you want to do is reassure them.

But the slug was the culprit, and had led Sam to contract rat lungworm, or angiostrongyliasis — a parasite carried by rats that affects the brain and spinal cord. It left Sam in a coma for 420 days, and when he woke up he was paralyzed, and unable to eat or go to the bathroom on his own. He also needed a tracheotomy….”..”

Drugs

CURIOSITY KILLS THE CAT

*see Deep Thought: History of Drugs-Opium goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Ghosts

3 Horrifying Cases Of Ghosts And Demons – YouTube

What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings? gotquestions.org


Shadow beings and ghost according to the bible – YouTube

Occult

Modern Dangers of the Occult

Tomorrow’s World
Published on Oct 14, 2013
Millions think of séances, astrology and “magic” as harmless entertainments, but they can be deadly to our spiritual and physical lives. If you are involved with the occult, you need to stop! God can help you escape, if you are willing to obey Him!

Order your free copy of “Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity” and more here: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/order-p…

Ouija Boards

THE SACRED RIANA – CONTACT THE DEATH – Final Destination (HD)

Dokter Jonas
Published on Jan 4, 2018
The Sacred Riana Contact The Death with OUIJA BOARD and TAROT CARDS
*more TERRIFYING TALENT! Freaky Magician GIRL Scares Judges & Audience On Asia’s Got Talent! from youtube.com
“..Top Talent
Published on Dec 18, 2017
Sacred Riana On Asia’s Got Talent 2017 judges scares and terrifies judges and audience with her freaky and creepy magic tricks! How does she do it?!..”

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Illusi Seram The Sacred Riana, Menghubungi Arwah

-Scientific Theory

How Ouija boards work. (Hint: It’s not ghosts.)
No, demons will not possess you if you use one.
By Aja Romano@ajaromano Updated Sep 29, 2017, 10:06am EDT vox.com
“..The ideomotor effect is behind much more than just Ouija boards — including several harmful real-life scams and “therapies”..”

-Other Belief

Ouija Board WARNING – Ex Occultists Chenzo and Laura.
Posted on February 21, 2017 ourspiritualquest.com
“..It’s not just people who some label “Fundamentalist Christians” that warn against the dangers of the Ouija Board. Even some people who practice alternative spiritualities (new age, spiritualism, etc) warn against the evil and harmful effects of this device…

When I was a Spiritualist, most Mediums warned of using it. Now it seems, anything goes!

Whether the board is an ancient one, newly created, designed with cute imagery or eerie imagery, it’s purpose and results remain the same! Don’t be fooled by a sugar coated package – pink girly ouija boards summon the same deceptive and evil demons that darker looking boards do!

There are Ouija Boards sold in toy shops. Pink boards marketed at girls aged 10 years and glow in the dark boards for boys! There are even Apps aimed at three year old infants – seriously?!!!…

Don’t take my word for it. Do a search on reports and journal papers by psychiatrists worldwide. Twenty plus years ago when I was still a spiritualist, I did just that, for an essay in university on Schizophrenia. There were masses of reports on the correlations between Ouija Board or Occult use and mental health issues! Hey, that was 20+ years ago. No doubt it’s worse now!…

The best thing to do with Ouija Boards, is burn them. As you do so, pray and ask Jesus to cleanse you and set you free from the demonic oppression or possession and curses they bring into the lives of your family, yourself and your descendants…

Test The Spirits!

I’d advise you test spirits summoned by the board. My practical advice on how to test and challenge every entity that appears to you, is offered in my article, Test the Spirits and Angels – Challenge their True Identity!..”

Psychics

Miss Cleo Commercial (1998) – YouTube

Feds Accuse Miss Cleo Hot Lines of Fraud By ABC News Feb. 14 abcnews.go.com
“.. The 900-number service has used false promises of free “psychic readings” and other deceptive and abusive practices to bilk as much as $360 million from callers, the Federal Trade Commission alleges in a complaint filed Wednesday. ..

The complaint alleges that the company’s “psychic readers” are trained to prolong calls to maximize the cost, and employees who do not keep callers on the line long enough are fired.

Calls can last up to 60 minutes, the complaint alleges, resulting in bills of up to $300 at the typical rate of $4.99 a minute. ..”

I Was A Fake Internet Psychic By Hope Racine theestablishment.co
“..I have absolutely no preternatural powers, but I’ve always had an interest in the mystical, the mysterious — the inscrutable unexplainables that populate our world. When I started college, I brought a deck of tarot cards and a Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ouija board with me. My vague tarot readings had made me a hit among the girls in my dorm and I used my knowledge of their lives to deliver pointed predictions. When reading for strangers, I would use guesswork and make their readings ambiguous enough that I couldn’t be held accountable when my predictions weren’t true. And, as impressionable teenagers are known to do, they took my vague messages and ran with them…
For true believers, I understand that my actions are abhorrent and I’m one of the frauds who taints the practice and lends it a bad name. There are many Internet psychics who take their work far more seriously than I did. They charge more, provide more insight, and often prefer to speak to clients by telephone. I won’t speculate as to whether they have any actual abilities, but I will consider that many of them likely believe they do…”

This psychic scam has raked in over $200 million – YouTube

How Fake Psychics Fool Their Victims – YouTube

Tarot Cards

Danger of the Tarot Cards – Testimony of Tina an ex-tarot card reader Posted on June 6, 2012 newagedeception.wordpress.com
“..Spirituality. We simply didn’t know any better and nobody taught us otherwise. From being a
teenager my mother and I visited Mediums, Psychics, Crystal Ball and Tarot Card readers. We went
to people’s houses for ‘sittings’ to contact the dead and receive messages. We began to attend..”

I realized afterwards this was
the beginnings of something wanting to take possession of my faculties. This was the beginnings of
something evil forcing me into trance against my will…

…The Church of England employs at least one Exorcist in every Diocese in the country. I renounced
my involvement with the Occult with the Exorcist in my area. Knelt before the cross, I was anointed
with Holy oil blessed by the Archbishop. People laid hands on me and prayed as I read aloud my
renouncement. To say sorry to Jesus was very special, and I’m so glad I did this.

I now realize what was beginning to happen to me, and how much worse it could have been, if this…

I knew Christianity was what I’d been looking for all my life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and
the life”, this struck a chord with me instantly, how fantastic! Knowing Jesus is far more fulfilling..”

‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out Spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your
God’ . . . . . Leviticus 19:31 “


Are tarot cards safe to play with for a Christain – YouTube

Other Perspectives

What does Islam say about psychic abilities? answers.yahoo.com
“..
Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him about something and believes him, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh).

“Some people asked the Prophet ﷺ about soothsayers. He said, ‘They are nothing.’ They said, Prophet ﷺ, sometimes they say something and it comes true.’ Prophet ﷺ said: ‘That is a word of truth that the jinn snatches and whispers into the ear of his familiar, but they mix a hundred lies with it.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim)..”

Role Playing Games

-Dungeons & Dragons

=> NOT play

Dungeons and Dragons – the Game of Satan

D & D Dungeon Master Testimony: Dungeons & Dragons, Wargaming, Violent Video Games & Wasting Time

The Most Evil, Satanic Game of All Time…DUNGEONS & DRAGONS | #AskCalabrese Ep.27

Satanism Unmasked Dungeons & Dragons

Is Dungeon and Dragons Evil? *60 Minutes 1985 special *SHOCKING*

“Trevor Franklin
1 year ago
As a Christian, I honestly believe that the shared connection, escape, and friendship fascilitated by D&D probably saved more kids than it ever drove to suicide. Perhaps 60 minutes would like to do a special on the link between organized sports and suicide, if hunting witches is the goal? ..

Sarah Water
Sarah Water
1 year ago
Gary Gygax was a lot nicer than I would have been. When asked about that kid’s suicide, as soon as the Mom said she had never heard of the game before seeing it in his notebooks, my immediate thought was maybe not paying enough attention to know he plays D&D had something to do with why he was suicidal. Next thought, “Wait, he never had any previous psychological problems? He didn’t know how to separate a fantasy game world from real life… I’d say that’s a sign of a psychological problem. Again, the fact the parents didn’t pay attention enough to notice something was wrong has far more to do with the suicide than a silly game we like to play.”

The idea that because 12 people who committed suicide also shared a hobby, therefore the hobby must be the root cause, is beyond ridiculous. What about everybody else who committed suicide and don’t play, and what about the other 2,999,988 people who play D&D who haven’t killed themselves? …”

=>Neutral Perspective


Should a Christian play multi-player fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons? gotquestions.org
“.. Fantasy games in particular often include magic, murder, and general mayhem. In online games, female avatars (representations of characters) are often scantily dressed. Some RPGs allow players to flirt with each other or have sexual encounters. In general, many video games are structured in such a way that encourages obsessive or addictive behaviors as players attempt to reach certain levels. Of course, the same can be said of many other types of entertainment…”

Dungeons & Dragons and the Church Elizabeth Garn Mar 16, 2018 christandpopculture.com

“..One of the most appealing aspects of D&D is the fact that it is designed to be played with other people. It involves sitting with them for hours, and time spent together, even time spent playing a game, has a way of forging relationships. D&D games can last for an afternoon or continue for years, and through the whole process, players are together. In a world where we are increasingly isolated, Dungeons & Dragons provides an opportunity for people to spend time together; time that is lighthearted and fun, yes, but also time that is deeply meaningful. ..

It is this deep longing for story and for connection that is driving the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons. The problem though, is many people in the church today still live with the same vague, residual impression that there is something inherently sinful about D&D that I grew up with. ..

The current rise in popularity of Dungeons & Dragons is bringing many of those lingering fears to the surface once again. As the number of people interested in D&D grows, the chances that are there are people in your congregations and in your neighborhood who play does as well. If we continue thinking that D&D is somehow wrong and that our attitudes about it don’t really matter, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes of the past, only worse this time because even more people will be pushed away from the gospel…

As believers, we are storytellers. We know and love the God who created stories in the first place, and who has imprinted the greatest story of all time on our heart. D&D may just be a game, a hobby, but it is also an amazing way to live out that storyteller, relational, truth-seeking part of our hearts. It’s not surprising to me that it’s growing more and more popular every day – it’s fun and honest and interactive. It’s is not for everyone, though, and I get that too. Orcs, elves, and magic may not be your cup of tea. But for some, especially us more geeky folks, it’s an amazing way to connect. So go ahead, grab a Players Handbook (or find the basic rules for free online), gather some friends, and give it a try. Just don’t be surprised if you find that your world gets a little brighter, your love for people a little deeper, and your view of God a little bigger as a result.

Should Christians Play Dungeons & Dragons? – Geeks Under Grace geeksundergrace.com
“..Bible-believing Christians can be pretty well settled on things that are laid out in Scripture, Bible2but when things come up like this that aren’t, we have a tendency to form our war parties and stay on our side of the fence. We’ve seen it with movies, the internet, cell phones, and more. (I will explicitly state there were Christians on both sides of all of those arguments.) This isn’t to say all things that aren’t laid out in Scripture should be entertained. Things like pornography, for example, should obviously be opposed by all Christians. Watching two other people have sex is obviously not a part of God’s design. But when we come to a grayer area such as this, it benefits us to do our research…


So after hours of research and polling my Christian family and friends, here are the arguments I was presented with. Try to resist the temptation to skim the article as I know it is long, but there may be some things you have not thought of in any section below. Please keep an open mind no matter what your predisposition is to this subject, and use the information as an opportunity to grow closer to an understanding with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…


The Game is Time Consuming and Can Lead to Idolatry & Addiction..


…if you start getting addicted to Dungeons & Dragons and it becomes, or begins to become, an idol, you need to stop playing it.
There are no two ways around it; idols are devastating to your faith. If you have spent any time reading the Old Testament, you’ll see Israel falling into that trap multiple times. Now I know their idols were wooden, stone, or metal dolls or statues, but the sentiment is the same: Don’t put other things before God. So stay in prayer and if you see yourself slipping with God and giving time to the game that should be dedicated to Him, drop it like it’s hot!
So if the game consumes time and isn’t beneficial in any way, why waste time playing it? I mean, Philippians 4:8 says, “Fi..”…

So when introducing D&D to a younger audience, the parent or guardian should take special care to ensure it isn’t more than a game to them. Monitor them closely or wait until you are sure they have matured enough to be able to make the distinction. This is advice I have had to follow myself. I have wanted to sit down with my son, who loves fantasy games and movies, but I have had to cut him off of some video games due to him having genuine fear from the characters on the game in the real world. (We’re talking cartoony games, too. I don’t let him play Resident Evil or anything gruesome.) Some games he makes the distinction with easily, others he’ll have to wait until he is older to play. I’m playing it safe with D&D and starting him later, since you engage more in the world in some ways than with video games.

Dungeons and Dragons Leads People into the Occult

There have been a number of controversies surrounding D&D, the most prominent of which was popularized by William Schnoebelen. He was a Wiccan Priest before becoming a Satanic Priest who eventually dedicated his life to the Lord. Schnoebelen published his first article with Chick Publications titled, Straight Talk on Dungeons and Dragons, and a subsequent article, Should a Christian Play Dungeons & Dragons? (Coincidence? Nah, it’s a good to-the-point title.) I could go point-for-point with you and explain where I agree and disagree from the standpoint of a player, but most of the points he makes are covered in this article, so I will save the word count here…

…Again, the destructive nature lies in the person, not the game, and I agree someone with those tendencies should not play Dungeons & Dragons. And if you do play D&D, and get into a game with someone who wants to make the game about things that make you uncomfortable spiritually, you should politely walk away and decline to play with them…

The Creator of Dungeons & Dragons Was A Christian
gygax-xmas-sYou read that right. Gary Gygax, the creator of D&D, was a professing Christian at the time he created the game. This isn’t necessarily a little-known fact, but to some it is news. He didn’t make that well-known in his life in what he described as an effort to protect the name of Christianity from the controversy that surrounded his creation.

Now, there are Christians at all stages of their walk with Christ, and as I’ve highlighted in this article, no two walks are the same. But Gygax was mature enough and firm enough in his faith to stand by his convictions. In the letter you see with this section, Gygax addresses why he couldn’t in his right conscience celebrate Christmas for its known pagan traditions. If someone has that kind of spiritual convictions can create a game like D&D, I believe it stands to reason there should be some Christians who could play it….

*see Now You Know: Various Christmas Symbolism goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Five Surprising Facts About Dungeons & Dragons Creator Gary Gygax By Matt Staggs November 12, 2015 unboundworlds.com
“..4) Dungeons & Dragons & Conservatism & Christianity
Ironically, for a person who was frequently the object of attacks by the Religious Right, Gary was both a Republican and Christian—a Jehovah’s Witness, actually. Of course, Gary didn’t always practice what he preached. He sometimes smoked weed when he played wargames and used cocaine and other drugs during the height of D&D’s popularity. Gary eventually abandoned the Republicans in favor of libertarianism, and broke ties with the church after it voiced its approval of the game that made him famous. He did, however, remain a Christian until the day he died…”

=> Should Play

Dungeons and Dragons, explained – YouTube

5 Reasons YOU Should Play D&D! – YouTube

5 Benefits to Playing Dungeons and Dragons – YouTube

Secret Society Groups

Kaballah
*see Now You Know: Interesting Jewish “Stuff” goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

The Cabal and Kabbalah – Truth Watch truth-watch.weebly.com

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Nimrod’s Ziggurat and EU Building
A Secret or Occult Doctrine

Kabbalah (interestingly, also spelled Cabala in the dictionary) is an ancient Jewish mystical tradition based upon esoteric (mysterious, secret, restricted to initiates) interpretations of the hidden meanings of the Hebrew Scriptures. Another definition given is this: ‘any secret or occult doctrine or science’.
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Skull and Bones

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington Sat 25 Sep 2004 18.59 EDT theguardian.com
“..Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. He was an artillery captain in the first world war and married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker, in 1921.

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*see GoodnewsUSA.info USA Presidents: 43rd (1989-1993) George H.W. Bush government.goodnewsusa.info

Misc. Overall


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Christian Tarot Cards & Angel Boards, THEY ARE EVIL – YouTube

Horoscopes, Tarot Cards, and Oija Boards. What’s the big deal? bulldogcatholic.org
“..Another argument is that a person only uses ouija boards or reads their horoscope “for fun”. When it comes to ouija boards, some statistics report that over 80 percent of demonic possession happen through the medium of a ouija board. This can be true even if only used “as a game”. As far as horoscopes are concerned, I know that most of us see them as they often are: silly fortune cookie-esque sayings. This may be true, and glancing over one’s horoscope might be nothing more than a mildly entertaining joke you share with your coworkers on a coffee break. But we validate their existence when we pay attention to them. Even more seriously, they may de-sensitize our consciences to real demonic influences through exposure. Bottom line: we are Christian and we are called to be different…”

Deliverance From Demons in Jesus’ Name deliverancefromdemonsinjesusname.wordpress.com/
Resources on How to Deal With Demonic Issue and Exposing Satan’s Deceptions
“..That said, we must know the real battle is a spiritual battle going all around us (Ephesians 6:10-18). Satan and his hosts of angels have declared war against God. They fight for the souls of men and women. And believe it or not, like it or not, we are the battlefield…”

Sexually Immoral

*see Struggling with Sexual Temptation goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Temptation Overall

*see How to deal with temptation? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT: TEMPTATION Posted on March 5, 2017 by stephaniedoublee
“..Going through the first reading of today (Genesis 2 and 3) which was about the temptation of Adam and Eve by the devil and how God finally threw them from the garden of Eden, I recall a story I was told when I was a kid about this beggar who stayed at the roadside along one estate. Every day, he keeps lamenting that if not for Adam and Eve that ate from the forbidden fruit and disobeyed God, he would have been living a better life. There lived a rich man who always pass through that road on his way home and was always hearing the lamentations of this beggar. On this fateful day, he stopped his car and asked the beggar why he keeps lamenting. The beggar responded by saying that if not for the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the world would have been a land full of milk and honey. The rich man further asked him if he would not have done the same thing if he was to be in the place of Adam and Eve. He told the rich man that he will never do that because they were many other fruits to eat from. ..”

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Global Country Spotlight: Russia

Which Continent – Is Russia Part of Europe or Asia? Updated: June 14, 2018 By Sporcle sporcle.com
“..The answer to whether Russia is officially a part of Europe, or a part of Asia, is one of those annoying parts of general knowledge that can drive some people crazy. People seem to have different opinions on the nature of Russia as a location, and how it’s actually classified on the global map.

At Sporcle, we generally say that Russia is a part of “both” Asia and Europe – not just because we’re trying to cut down on the number of trivia-based brawls that break out over Geography questions, but because that answer is actually rooted in fact.

Russia is a natural bridge between both Western and Eastern heritage…”

10 Fun Facts About Russia

101 Facts About Russia

*77billionaries, traded military equipment for Pepsi to be sold in their country, low life expectancy due to alcohol, etc..

Maps

Map of Russia russiatrek.org
“Russia consists of 8 federal districts, that are divided into 83 “subjects”. These subjects are of equal federative rights in the sense that they have equal representation (2 delegates each) to the Federative Council of Russia.

There are different kinds of “subjects”:..”

Russian Travel Guide russianlessons.net
“..The Russian federation is broken into 83 regions and this guide is arranged accordingly. We will also include some general information topics about Russian travel.

This guide is still quite new but we intend to keep adding to it regularly. As we visit and research different Russian cities we will continually add more information. If you live in one of these areas in Russia and with to contribute to the Russian guide please contact Admin in the General Administration forum in the forums section of this site…”

Regions and Travel Destinations in Russia learningrussian.net
“..Today’s Russia consists of seven federal districts. Each district includes several regions, such as oblast, republic, krai, okrug. Click on the name of each federal district below to learn more about its regions, cities, towns
and urban-type settlements.

Central Russia (Central District)
Russian South (Southern District)
North West Russia (Northwestern District)
Russian Far East (Far Eastern District)
Siberia (Siberian District)
Urals (Urals District)
Volga (Volga District)

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Russia Map / Geography of Russia / Map of Russia – Worldatlas.com worldatlas.com
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In fact, by jet from Moscow, it takes about eight hours to reach Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean coast. If you were to take the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, you can count on your journey taking at least 4 days minimum.

Russia has over 1,000 major cities, 16 of which have a metro population of more than one million; the most populated cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

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Celebrations

Culture

10 Things You Don’t Know: Russian Culture – YouTube

History

History of Russia (PARTS 1-5) – Rurik to Revolution – YouTube

The Power of Putin – Documentary 2018, BBC Documentary

American Connection

Russia and the American War for Independence
by Norman Desmarais allthingsliberty.com
“..George III refused Russia’s request for Minorca and the treaty was never ratified, so Russia never sent any troops to America. However, Catherine the Great proclaimed the League of Armed Neutrality on February 29, 1780. It was conceived by the Danes and subscribed to by Sweden and several other European nations to protect free trade between neutral countries and those at war. While it focused primarily on ships from the Netherlands, the league resisted all search efforts at sea. Russia even entered into a treaty to protect neutral shipping with Denmark and Sweden in wartime. England received the principles of the Treaty from her Russian ambassador on April 1, 1780 but would not recognize them as “rights” which would undermine her most effective military weapon, the blockade.”..
How Russian meddling impacted the American Revolution
PRI’s The World
PRI’s The World July 04, 2017 · 4:00 PM EDT By Christopher Woolf pri.org
“..What Britain did have was plenty of cash. So it turned to Europe to see if it could purchase military help — and the first country that London turned to was Russia. London asked Catherine the Great of Russia for 20,000 men…”

Catherine the Great and the American Revolution July 13th, 2015 By Arik Burakovsky U.S. Embassy Moscow embassy-voices.livejournal.com
“..Russia started trading with the colonies over a decade before the Revolution. Americans and Russians saw each other as excellent trade partners, having ample resources to offer each other. Despite Great Britain’s Navigation Acts, which restricted foreign trade directly with the colonies, Russian ships began delivering products like hemp, sail linen, and iron to American ports as early as 1763 and did not stop once the war began. Catherine II believed that an independent America would further Russian business interests, allowing America to trade with the Russian Empire without interference from Britain on the high seas. Continued trade with Russia during the war provided the colonies with a market for their goods as well as the funds and supplies they needed to survive…

Without explicit mention of whether or not America would become autonomous, Panin secretly hoped that America would be given “complete liberty to decide its own fate.” While Catherine the Great’s peacemaking efforts ultimately fell through, they represented a worthy attempt to use diplomacy to shorten the war.”

Regions

Top Ten Biggest Cities in Russia 2014

Northwestern Russia learningrussian.net
“..is home to St. Petersburg, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But this region has much more to offer for tourists. The nature offers beautiful views of rivers and lakes, while the rich history provides an opportunity to visit elegant villas and palaces, churches, cathedrals, bridges and other places connected with life and work of such famous people as Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Nabokov, Viktor Tsoy, Ilya Repin, Pyotr Chaykovsky and others. Outdoors lovers will enjoy the seasons which range from warm humid summers to very cold snowy winters. The official name for Northwestern Russia is Northwestern Federal District. Below is the list of oblasts that comprise the Northwestern District of Russia.

Read more: http://learningrussian.net/north-west/#ixzz5IjRgeCc3
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St. Petersburg Travel Guide

SAINT-PETERSBURG, City Of The Czars – Travel Documentary

Travel

10 Best Places to Visit in Russia

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Now You Know: “Little” People

Atlas Spotlight: Five Rumored Little People Villages
by Lauren Fritsky June 06, 2011 atlasobscura.com
“… Here are the real stories behind these rumored societies of the small around the world. ..”

“Politically Correct”

Dwarfs, Little People and the M-Word | Roger Ebert’s Journal | Roger … rogerebert.com
“..April 12, 2005

Dear Mr. Woodburn,

I had no idea the word “midget” was considered offensive, and you are the only person who has ever written to me about it. In my mind it is a descriptive term, like “dwarf.” “Little People” has seemed to me to have a vaguely condescending cuteness to it. If I am now informed that “midget” is offensive, I will no longer use it. What is your feeling about “dwarf?” Is “Little Person” always the preferred term? Our newspaper’s style book, based on Associated Press, does not consider “midget” or “dwarf” to be offensive terms, but perhaps we have not caught up.

Sincerely, Roger Ebert

P.S. I am sure you have seen the essay below, which I found online and thought interesting…”

AMERICAS

SOUTH AMERICA

Ecuador

The Ecuadorian dwarf community ‘immune to cancer and diabetes’ who could hold cure to diseases By Amanda Williams Published: 13:01 EDT, 3 April 2013 | Updated: 03:20 EDT, 4 April 2013 dailymail.co.uk
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Now scientists hope a community of dwarfs living in a remote corner of Ecuador could hold the key to a cure for both.

The Laron dwarfs, who have a condition believed to be caused by inbreeding, appear to be completely immune to cancer and other age and lifestyle associated diseases.

People who inherit the genetic defect are in perfect proportion but grow only to an average height of 4ft.

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NORTH AMERICA

United States of America

The media’s perception of little people and the disability community: Becky Curran at TEDxLowell

My life as a little person By Cara Reedy, CNN Updated 9:24 AM ET, Fri September 12, 2014 cnn.com
“..From the moment I was born, people around me were saying, “Oh, God.”
The nurse exclaimed it when I finally arrived, a month late (a habit I have kept). That’s how my parents found out that I was a little person, a dwarf, of short stature. They were shocked and upset, knowing that my life would be hard. My maternal grandfather told my mother, “I don’t care how tall she is, she’s my first granddaughter, and she’s pretty. ”
They didn’t find out I had achondroplastic dwarfism until a few months later. “Achondroplasia” is a word that haunted me in my childhood. I never wanted to hear it. It wasn’t who I was. I was not different…”

DOCS: Our Lives – The Smallest People In The World
https://youtu.be/nq56RmhPNsM

AN EYE-OPENING documentary follows the lives of four primordial dwarves – providing an insight into life from their unique perspective. American children Danny, Hannah, Bradley, and Bri, are four of the smallest people in the world. Their syndrome is the rarest of all the 200 types of dwarfism, and is characterised by tiny stature, a high-pitched squeaky voice, and limited life expectancy. Primordial dwarfs are also the smallest of all those affected by any one of the different types of dwarfism. The syndrome is caused by a recessive gene, and all primordial dwarves are born to average-sized parents who are both carrying it. The gene is so rare it is yet to be identified. There is estimated to be roughly 100 primordial dwarves living in the world, with 40 of them based in the US.”

Extraordinary Dwarfs | National Geographic

Little People of America urge Freeburg High School to remove “Midget …

-California

la jolla little house

Little people village and Holy Land in Connecticut – Part 1

ASIA

China

Kingdom of the Little People
https://youtu.be/S2UgwINQVPM
“In a land far, far away, love flourishes in a kingdom quite unlike any other. In mushroom-shaped homes and old dormitories, a community of dwarfs—all less than 51 inches tall—can be found singing, dancing, and performing on a daily basis for visiting tourists. In this episode of The VICE Guide to Travel, we send VICE magazine’s creative director, Annette Lamothe-Ramos, to visit the controversial theme park, Kingdom of the Little People…”

Dwarf Theme Park in China – YouTube

“ABC News
Published on Apr 12, 2010
At Kingdom of the Little People, dwarves sing and dance in miniature villages. “

Philippines

Dwarves in Philippines plan to build colony where they can live in peace Kate Hodal in Manila @katehodal Mon 1 Aug 2011 11.00 EDT theguardian.com

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