Bethlehem’s Inns Are Empty This Christmas

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Bethlehem’s Inns Are Empty This Christmas

|December 2, 2020 06:00 AM

The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

Missing are the thousands of international pilgrims who normally descend upon the town. Restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops are closed. The renowned Christmas tree lighting service will be limited to a small group of authorized people, as will church services on Christmas Eve.

“Bethlehem is dead,” said Maryana al-Arja, owner of the 120-room Angel Hotel on the outskirts of Bethlehem.

The hotel was the site of the West Bank’s first coronavirus outbreak—when a group of Greek tourists came down with the virus last March.

She kept her 25 workers on staff for several..

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NATO chief warns: ‘China is investing massively in new weapons’

NATO chief warns: ‘China is investing massively in new weapons’ Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Africa, China, coronavirus, infrastructure, Joe Biden, Military, NATO, News, NSA, virus, War, Washington, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – China’s growing military power holds potential dangers for the transatlantic alliance, according to NATO’s civilian chief.
“China is investing massively in new weapons,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. “It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa, and by investing in our infrastructure.”
That unease spurred the foreign ministers of the alliance to dedicate a session of their annual meeting, held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, to the rising communist power. The dialogue took place as Stoltenberg is orchestrating a NATO Reflection Group to identify the transatlantic alliance’s priorities over the next decade — an effort that Stoltenberg hopes will culminate in a visit from President-elect Joe Biden ..

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More Reported Attacks on Iranian Military, Intelligence Officials as Parliament Reacts

More Reported Attacks on Iranian Military, Intelligence Officials as Parliament Reacts Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: evolution, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Media, Military, Muslim, News, nuclear, PLO, Syria, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Members of Iran's parliament Tuesday chanted “death to Israel,” and they voted to increase the level of uranium enrichment to 20% and to halt U.N. nuclear inspections in reaction to the killing Friday of the country's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. At the same time, Arab and Iranian media reported the killings of two more high-level Iranian military and intelligence officials within the past 48 hours.
Revolutionary Guard commander Muslim Shahdan was reportedly killed in a drone strike on his vehicle early Sunday at the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV.
The report added that several passengers riding with Shahdan were also killed when the vehicle, which was allegedly carrying explosives, was hit. It w..

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Israeli water-from-air tech to be sold in UAE, Gulf states

Israeli water-from-air tech to be sold in UAE, Gulf states Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Israel, News, technology, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Watergen, an Israel-based company that has developed technology that generates drinking water from the air, has signed a strategic agreement with the Emirati Al-Dahra company to bring its water solutions to the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region.
The agreement was signed last week in Abu Dhabi by Watergen’s president and CEO, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, and Khadim Al Darei, vice chairman and co-founder of Al-Dahra.
The partnership will focus on the agriculture sector, offices and apartment buildings, hotels, industry, and maritime. [ Source: Ynet News (Read More…) ]

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AG Barr: DOJ Did Not Find Voter Fraud on a Scale That Would Change Election Outcome

AG Barr: DOJ Did Not Find Voter Fraud on a Scale That Would Change Election Outcome Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: News, Trump, Voter Fraud, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Attorney General Bill Barr in an interview with The Associated Press said Tuesday that the DOJ has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the presidential election.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
Barr’s comments come as President Donald Trump’s legal team continues to mount legal challenges to election outcomes in several states. [ Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]

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Lapid praises ex-partner Gantz for vowing to back bill to dissolve Knesset

Lapid praises ex-partner Gantz for vowing to back bill to dissolve Knesset Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu, coronavirus, ISIS, Israel, Netanyahu, News, PLO, virus, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Opposition Leader Yair Lapid on Tuesday cheered Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s decision to throw his Blue and White party’s support behind a preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the Knesset and call early elections.
“It’s clear to all that Netanyahu cannot lead the country out of the coronavirus crisis. Israel needs a government that will work for the public,” Lapid said in a statement. “A lean and efficient government that will deal with real life. Real problems. Small businesses, unemployed, health. Not politics, not corruption and not press conferences.”
In a primetime speech, Gantz said he could no longer back the government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing the premier of reneging on the terms of the coalition deal they inked earlier this y..

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AG Barr protects Durham probe with special counsel designation

AG Barr protects Durham probe with special counsel designation Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Congress, News, Russia, Special Counsel, Trump, Washington, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Attorney General William P. Barr on Tuesday announced that he elevated the attorney investigating the origins of the Russia collusion probe to a special prosecutor, ensuring that the investigation can’t easily be squashed by presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden.
U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor leading the investigating for more than a year, now has the same powers that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller flexed for nearly two years pursuing accusations of Russian collusion against President Trump and his campaign that have since been debunked.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Barr said he had designated Mr. Durham as a special counsel in October but waited until now to make it public. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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Indonesia: Terrorists behind murder of 4 Christians, attack on Salvation Army post identified

CP Current Page: World | Tuesday, December 01, 2020 | Members of the clergy conduct Easter mass in an empty church and streamed online as part of social distancing measures amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Jakarta on April 12, 2020. | Muslim extremists with the terrorist group Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) are believed to be responsible for the gruesome attack on The Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi that left four Christians dead.
According to International Christian Concern, on Nov. 27, Poso-based MIT militants Ali Kalora and Jaka Ramada, who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, set fire to a church and burned down the homes of six churchgoers after they attacked the Lewonu Lembantongoa Service Post of The Salvation Army, slitting the throats of three Christians and beheading another.
The leader of the outlawed Islamic group, Ali Kalora, was also seen at the scene of the crime. According to Yoga Priyautama, the chief of police in Sigi, a joint team ..

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10 Ways to Replace Fear with Faith

Related ContentAs much as we would like to say we have Covid-19 all figured out it’s ok to admit that we don’t. Let us encourage you as we walk through these difficult days together.

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During this season of COVID-19, fear has become rampant throughout the earth. People are isolated and scared, and Satan is feasting, creating havoc in hearts, minds, homes, families, and nations worldwide. As Christians, we must take back our rightful authority that Jesus died to give us.

We trample snakes by rebuking fear and standing firm on faith. When the temptation to fear is all around us, we must remember that fear literally gives the Serpent authority in our lives. The Bible says that the way to “stand firm against him” is to “be strong in your faith” 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT). Faith gives us back the keys of authority when the world around us is festering with fear.

Standing s..

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Refugee Ministries Hope to Rebuild Under Biden

After President-elect Joe Biden reiterated his pledge to raise the refugee ceiling to 125,000, resettlement agencies are making plans to restore their efforts to “welcome the stranger.”

Under the Trump administration, the refugee ceiling dropped by 80 percent, down to a record low of 15,000, and agencies drastically scaled back operations as they lost out on the funding that accompanies new refugees.

Biden’s remarks come as exciting news to Christians working in refugee resettlement, though the prospect of an influx of refugeest to the US poses a challenge to the system after four years of decline.

“We’re encouraged by President-elect Biden’s ambitious commitment to refugee resettlement,” said Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief, one of nine nongovernmental organizations resettling refugees in the US. “I appreciate the message this commitment sends to the world—that the US is ready to lead once again—and we at World Relief will be working with our church partners to prepare to..

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