Sunday Faith Blog and TRUMP’S SPEECH: WEIGH IN


“When my father, Hossein Soodmand, was 7 years old, he threw a stone and broke a Christian woman’s water bucket because he had been told that Christians are unclean. As soon as he saw the bucket break, he turned to run, but he tripped over a large stone and crashed on the ground. Blood began to ooze out of his knee.

When he saw the Christian woman move toward him, fear gripped his heart. There was no escape. He had thrown the stones; he deserved the punishment. Now her shadow loomed over him, and he knew she would strike in anger.

But instead of delivering angry blows, her hand reached down and helped him to his feet. The “unclean” Christian woman cleaned his wound. Then she gave him some sweets. He had shown hate, but she responded with uncommon love. He never forgot her unusual display of mercy and grace.

 Years later, during my father’s two-year military service, he got very sick and had to go to the hospital. An Armenian Christian friend came to see him and left him a cross as a parting gift. That night, he had a vivid dream in which Jesus gave him something to eat.”

I’ve mentioned here, many times, how I’m hearing from Christians in the mission field that Muslims are coming to Christ in large numbers.  The whole story here in my link illustrates this fact.

Please pray for Muslims converting to Christianity, many of them losing their lives for their faith.

“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  2 Corinthians 5: 17.

Happy Sunday


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42 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog and TRUMP’S SPEECH: WEIGH IN

  1. jerrydablade says:

    So inspiring. Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.


  2. Z,
    It is true that Muslims are coming to Christ in large numbers. Many remain secret Believers because they fear for their family members’ lives — particularly their daughters’ and nieces’ lives. I personally know two such Believers, who kept their Christianity a secret until they were able to leave the Islamic countries where they were born (one, Saudi; the other, UAE).

    Much conversion from Islam to Christianity is ongoing in China as well. Under the radar, of course.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    AOW, that’s right…I’ve personally spoken to missionaries in N Africa, the Middle East and Azerbaijan, etc…..afghanistan…….all talk of Muslims attracted to Jesus. All say it sometimes takes years for them to confess their faith because it’s sometimes dangerous for them
    And yes, China, too. And S Korea is full of Christians.
    Africa’s embracing mostly the Episcopalian faith, etc. But they aren’t buying the liberalism of the new Episcopalian church, they’re very Biblically true.
    I donated about 30 of my husband’s ties to a friend who went to Kenya because the pastors there like to preach in suit and tie, something my husband respected in pastors here, not the flowered shirts and sandals we see from time to time……..I love that, every Sunday, an African pastor is wearing my husband’s tie.

    PLEASE EVERYONE, pray for Nabeel Qurashi, an acolyte of Ravi Zacharias…a young muslim who became a Christian while in medical school….He is in his early thirties and has an incurable stomach cancer. Muslims are saying “See? You left Islam, and this is what happened…” He gets emails like that all the time.
    His acceptance of his horrible disease, all the while praying for a miracle for himself so he can continue evangelizing and be a father to his little girl, and his faith in Jesus, whether he lives or dies, will be a sign to the nasty muslims insulting him …that his belief didn’t depend on anything earthly.


  4. geeez2014 says:

    My post of the reference to the navy, which 5 of you commented on, posted by mistake….i’ll post it again, and thanks.

    Jerry, it IS inspiring, isn’t it!

    EVERYBODY: Trump just finished his speech in Saudi Arabia with “…and God Bless America”.

    Good speech……he badly stumbled over a word I forgot now, but wait for the media to attack.

    Woolsey just said “If Pres Trump follows thru on this, he’ll be one of our great presidents.”

    I HOPE SO.



  5. geeez2014 says:

    CNN saying this speech is ‘not so different’ than the Obama speech in Cairo. HONESTLY, it IS! I’m laughing here. Well, I knew that FOX would say and had to see the other side….they’re digging for criticism, and they’re trying hard, but the worst thing they can say is he is ‘contradictory’….


  6. Trumps speech was fine. I was waiting to see who wrote it, since if were Stephen Miller, I would have expected something along the mouth breathing line he’s known for. I wonder what the House of Saud thought, as it continued to sign checks funding radical Madrassas.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    CI, yes, Stephen Miller has been said to have been responsible for the bones of it. It was quite clear Trump weighed in heavily, which I believe he does, in the adjectives “wonderful” “great” and “incredible,” nothing most speech writers would EVER use because they’re so unspecific and rather silly, frankly.
    One of the good things was pretty much insulting terror-promoters like Saudi Arabia right there in front of them.


  8. Said will bite their tongue in that; the inks not yet dry on the mammoth arms deal the Obama & Trump Administrations worked for the monarchy.


  9. “Saud” will bite their tongue……


  10. Mal says:

    “Trump’s speech was fine”. If only you’d stopped there, CI. But you immediately questioned its author. When are you going to admit the guy, although not perfect, is doing a bang-up job? Besides, how many presidents actually write their own speeches? And knowing Trump, I doubt he would give a speech he didn’t agree with. I have said I believe he just might go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. Time will tell. He IS off to a great start though, IMO.


  11. I questioned it’s author, because were it Miller, I had great interest… he’s been in the intellectually-stunted “Islam is not a religion” crowd. I “questioned” the author, because I did not know who Trump’s writer was for this speech…..and at NO time ever implied that EVERY POTUS including Trump didn’t have a cabal of speech writers.

    I credit Trump when he deserves it…..but since I don’t get emotional gratification from politics or policy….such credit will not be given cheaply.


  12. Mal says:

    You do continually call him a liar. I don’t see that, CI. He does exaggerate, no question about it. He is a negotiator, and negotiators do exaggerate. But to call it lying isn’t fair. Its like when a parent tells a kid “I’ve told you a million times to stop”. Is that lying or exaggerating? I believe the public understands what he means. Hey! cut the guy a little slack.


  13. Nope, have to disagree. He’s a serial liar. It’s documented, it’s proven. This is not “negotiation”, it’s lying. The analogy you offer is not remotely what I refer to when I call out his lies. And it’s beneath the office of the leader of the ‘free world’. I will continue to call hm a serial liar, as long as he engages in such activity. The only alternative to referencing his lies as such…would be to assert that he’s is ply obnoxiously ignorant.

    But as I’ve done in the past, when he acts in a manner commensurate with his office, and pursues policies and appointments that further our economic and national security [travel prohibition, border security, cabinet appointments, etc….] I will laud those actions appropriately. If he magically brings about Middle East peace, I’ll give the credit due him. If he continues to insult our military and intelligence community……he gets that credit as well….

    I don’t hate the guy….or want a coup to install Hillary….I just want him to act Presidential [the ideal of the office, not where the benchmark is after so many mediocre to abysmal Administrations].


  14. Z – Do you have a link that speaks to Muslim conversion to Christianity? I’m curious, but I haven’t read anything on it. Probably because I don’t know where to look.


  15. geeez2014 says:;_ylc=X3oDMTFiN25laTRvBF9TAzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEaXRjAzEEc2VjA3NyY2hfcWEEc2xrA3NyY2h3ZWI-?p=muslims+converting+to+christianity&fr=yfp-t&fp=1&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8

    I don’t have time…and you can’t hear , as I’d said, the missionaries I’ve personally heard from…more today, by the way, after church.
    it’s so easy to Google… “muslims converting to Christianity”…done


  16. geeez2014 says:

    Sadly, some Western countries believe a small amount of these many conversions by asylum seekers is just that they get more help as Christians so I was interested in that and found the above link. I’m surprised and impressed that The Daily Beast doesn’t stress that fact, and also encouraged because not as many are there for that as I’d have thought.

    :”Pastor Gerhard Scholte of the Reformed Keizersgracht Church, who also heads up the refugee task force of combined Amsterdam churches, says, “conversion to Christianity is not promoted in our church, so we see very little of it.” From his point of view, “Everyone is a child of God,” whether baptized or not. “Faith should not be conditional,” he says.”

    In other words, Pastor Scholte doesn’t believe in His own faith. Period.

    I have to say that I’ve been asked many times if I talked about Christ to my Chinese student who lived with me for the last 8 months and my answer is it wasn’t my job to convert a child sent by his parents from CHina …..What I did was bring him to church and he fell in love with the music and came back on his own for that (when I left early for a fabulous class before services, he’d come at service time…I was quite surprised). What I did was answer his questions. What I did was tell him I’d pray for him on test days. I would never evangelize someone like Chris, a 15 yr old entrusted to me by his atheist parents.
    But, he is very curious….God will “seal the deal” if it’s going to happen.


  17. geeez2014 says:

    So kids and parents walked out of their own Notre Dame graduation to avoid hearing Pence, to ‘stand in solidarity’ for all the people he and Trump apparently hate. (as if).
    I heard most of the speech and it was terrific….and this article never mentions the amount of applause he got.
    I’d have to say I’m glad the Notre Dame kids missed most of their own graduation. They deserve it for showing little respect, for having been taught by their parents that walking out is better than learning and criticizing in beneficial ways. Bravo


  18. geeez2014 says:
    Check that out…COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC but hilarious…..AT NO COST!!! AT NOOO COST is the term used for free solar installations in some zip codes in California!
    It’s not NO COST, it’s GOVERNMENT tax breaks and REBATES….WE ARE PAYING FOR IT but it’s at “NO COST!” 🙂
    Such subtle BS


  19. Mal says:

    Well, CI, you’re entitled to your opinion, of course. However, I am puzzled by how he insulted our military. He has been very supportive and wants to further strengthen and rebuild them. And I do feel he now “acts in a manor commensurate with his office” etc, I don’t believe you’ve been paying attention to him lately as he has been very presidential. Either that, or you are biased, IMO.


  20. geeez2014 says:

    Remember I told you how a camerawoman a friend knows is constantly hounded by lib news people asking if Trump hit on her while she did work on The Apprentice?
    Remember how the trash at Sarah Palin’s house was gone through?

    Do you all REALIZE how HARD the left is working to SCREW anybody the Right likes?
    Really important.

    The other day, someone on FOX was saying how more conservative journalists need to get hired and I had to laugh because they made it sound like they don’t try to get hired. They can’t BE hired, nobody hires them. Why would any leftwing newspaper or other venue hire a Conservative? The days of hearing both sides and THINKING are GONE, folks. Brent Bozell’s a great friend of my girlfriend who worked for Reagan..well, she’s 80, so she’s not a GIRLfriend, but…amazing woman. He told her you almost never hear of young conservatives getting jobs anymore. I’ve heard it from others, too.

    Take a look at the muckraking this Sheriff Clarke piece is about. Somehow, he did get his Masters four years ago, but CNN SAYS HE PLAGIARIZED…maybe the school will take it back? Plagiarizing isn’t GOOD but this news is so very illustrative of what we deal with today. Think how many people they’ve got pounding the pavement for dirt on Republicans…..they found THIS information? 🙂


  21. geeez2014 says:

    This made me laugh because it’s so unutterably subjective…enjoy!


  22. Well, Mal, my bias does run in favor of facts. Look up his “congratulations” at Walter Reed, and his remarks on the Mosul campaign and Iraq withdrawal. Of course….I’m sure that it’s me who’s biased, and not you? But apparently I can’t hear… who knows.


  23. Any student walking out of a commencement address should have their degree withheld until they make a written apology to the speaker, the faculty and the student body.


  24. geeez2014 says:

    CI, I’m So glad you feel as I do about’s so disrespectful it does, indeed, deserve what you suggest. AND their folks walked out with them, imagine?

    FOLKS: The Trump speech must be even better than we’d all thought because Yahoo’s SILENT about it…CNN had a few criticisms (above in one of my comments, directly afterwards) but VERY little elsewhere…Must be driving the left NUTS.


  25. geeez2014 says:

    CI, they’d also walked out on Obama in 2009…. I just head that PARENTS AND GRADS BOOED WHEN THE KIDS GOT UP AND LEFT….hurrah! Only a few dozen left and I missed the amount of kids graduating but it was a drop in the bucket.
    The leader who planned the walk-out said “it was not to disrupt the VP’s speech” 🙂
    Ya, right.


  26. Mustang says:

    My bias runs toward facts, as well … you can tell when a politician is lying when his (or her) lips are moving. We can do better but the system we created (the two-party system) is our greatest enemy.


  27. Imp says:

    “he badly stumbled over a word I forgot now, but wait for the media to attack.”

    You mean he only walks on water cause he can’t swim?


  28. Imp says:

    “The leader who planned the walk-out said “it was not to disrupt the VP’s speech” 🙂”

    It’s much simpler to get them to follow and “engage” than you may think….a few free kegs at the toga party and a years supply of crayons to use while filling out their resumes and job applications.


  29. Imp says:

    “AND their folks walked out with them, imagine?”

    Remember…their “folks” are more than likely the Bill Ayers types who think that the $150,000 they spent was worth it for this one “brave” stance” and becoming part of the “resistance”.


  30. Imp says:

    CI…..PLUS 10


  31. geeez2014 says:

    Imp…not a word about Trump’s stumbled word, hurrah!
    AND it appears to me that his speech must have astounded the Left because all they’re harping on are the clothes of Melania and Ivanka…and, even then, they’re rather impressed…except one article asks if Melania BROKE SAUDI LAW in some outfit 🙂
    They just CAN’T QUIT, can they.

    And yes, the ‘folks’ are probably ex hippies….swine


  32. Imp says:

    What is an “ex hippie”?
    A liberal who’s just been mugged? Otherwise they work for the DNC passing laws for free weed, birth control and tuition.


  33. geeez2014 says:

    Imp, now they’re slamming Trump for ‘awkward’ dancing…see, he’s supposed to know HOW to do an Arabian sword dance, right? He was VERY good natured about it but this is all they can criticize, so that’s good


  34. Imp says:

    Good Dems all…helping the poor downtrodden mutts of Baltimore….and prosecuting cops in their spare time.

    A Baltimore man was sentenced to four years behind bars for illegally trafficking food stamps.
    U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Mohammad Shafiq, 51, to four years in prison and three years of supervised release after his sentence ends, in addition to making him pay $3.7 million in restitution, the Baltimore Sun reported.

    Shafiq was the latest defendant to be sentenced in a series of prosecutions of 14 retailers in the Baltimore area.


  35. geeez2014 says:

    Imp~ Three MILLION Seven? How the HECK’ll he pay THAT back??


  36. Imp says:

    Z…maybe he should’ve sent in Alec baldwin to do it for him…which I’m sure SNL will pick up on next week.


  37. Imp says:

    He can get a loan form the relatives of the dead felon who were awarded 5.6 million before one cop was indicted?


  38. Imp says:

    How many billionaire dancers down know anyway?


  39. Imp says:

    *do we know….


  40. Baysider says:

    Late to your post. Very thoughtful. Prayed her prayer request list over and over.


  41. Mal says:

    Trump will never “act presidential”. Its simply not him, or what folks expected of him and why they voted for him. Had he been presidential, I really don’t believe he’d have been elected. Folks are simply tired of politics and politicians. Yeah, CI. I AM biased. I admit it. I want him to succeed so I believe in him and will cut him some slack. I know as an American you hope he is successful, also.


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