CN Top of the Week: Many Will Knowingly Take the Mark of the Beast; Here's How You Can Stay Vigilant

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Many Will Knowingly Take the Mark of the Beast; Here's How You Can Stay Vigilant

The Great Tribulation period will feature persecution to all who do not take the mark of the beast.

This period of tribulation will bring a period of hardship that has never been experienced since the world began and there will never be any other of such magnitude. It is going to be a host of great affliction that will be unbearable for those who endure it.

However, the level of difficulty and persecution that people will face during the Great Tribulation will be the reason why many people will take the mark of the beast and forever be separated from God.

'God Has Heard and Answered Our Prayers': Anne Graham Lotz Gives Praise Report After Daughter's Heart Attacks

Evangelist and author Anne Graham Lotz—the daughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham—said Friday God has "answered our prayers" as her daughter is scheduled to be released from the hospital after unexpectedly suffering two heart attacks.

"God has heard and answered our prayers!" Graham Lotz wrote in a Facebook post alongside a photo of her daughter, Rachel-Ruth. "Join us in praising Him! He has surely been an ever-present help in times of trouble."

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Study: US Pastors Identify Their Greatest Needs

Pastors face unique difficulties inherent in their careers but what are their greatest needs? Pastors themselves say they're most concerned about seeing their churchgoers grow spiritually and making connections with those outside of their churches.

After speaking directly with pastors to gather their perspectives on their ministries and personal challenges, Lifeway Research surveyed 1,000 U.S. pastors for the 2022 Greatest Needs of Pastors study to discover what they see as their most pressing issues.

"The pre-existing challenges of ministry were amplified by COVID, and it's important we lean in and listen closely to pastors," said Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway Christian Resources. "This project has shed light on critical needs they have and will point the way forward in how we partner with them to fuel their ministries and improve their health in multiple areas."

As Government Cancels Religious Freedom, This Nonprofit Is Battle Ready

With religious liberty increasingly under attack in America, the Religious Freedom Institute is launching a new committee. The National Committee for Religious Freedom aims to defend religion for all by backing political candidates who support a full vision of free religious exercise at the local, state and national levels, regardless of political party.

Over the weekend, President Biden declared Jan. 16 Religious Freedom Day, honoring America's commitment to protecting people's right to practice their faith. However, a slew of recent cases shows religious liberties being chipped away.

The examples are vast. Washington state high school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for his post-game prayers. A Christian photographer was facing thousands of dollars in fines, jail time and a revoked business license for declining to take photos for same-sex weddings. At Health and Human Services, a leaked memo revealed the Biden administration seeks to un-enforce the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Highest Inflation in 40 Years Sticks a Knife in the Heart of US Economy

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Did anyone out there actually expect things to turn out differently? When the federal government kept borrowing and spending trillions upon trillions of dollars that we did not have, we were warned that this day was coming. And when the Federal Reserve kept pumping trillions upon trillions of fresh dollars into our financial system, we were warned that this day was coming. So why is anybody surprised by what is happening at this point? On Wednesday, it was being reported that in December, the U.S. consumer price index rose at the fastest pace in nearly 40 years.

Inflation rose at the fastest pace in nearly four decades in December, as rapid price gains fueled consumer fears about the economy and sent President Biden's approval rating tumbling.

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