Rely on Bible, resist immoral culture, remember words of Jesus

Fellow disciples, let’s take a brief look at the state of the world.

In the Middle East, the noose is tightening around Israel. Hard-line Islamic governments control Egypt, the Gaza strip and Syria. The terrorist organization Hezbollah controls Lebanon. Middle East experts fear Jordan will succumb to militant Islamists after Syria’s civil war ends. And Iran’s desire for a nuclear arsenal to use against Israel is apparent to everyone.

In the Pacific region, China is flexing its considerable military muscle regarding disputed islands, and North Korea’s leader is totally unpredictable.

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