Strang Report, by Steven Strang, Founder of Charisma magazine

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Oppose Federal Funds for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

This was sent in a newsletter by Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council.

On March 9, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that opened the floodgates for funding more human embryonic stem cell experiments. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has drafted guidelines for distributing these funds. These guidelines devote your tax dollars to experiments with embryonic stem cells, from destroyed human embryos. But the only successful treatments and cures come from adult stem cells, taken from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, fat tissue and other body tissues. Thousands of patients have had their health improved and their lives saved with adult stem cells. Dozens of diseases and injuries including cancer, juvenile diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease have already been treated using adult stem cells and more treatments are being developed.

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The Eve of the American Reawakening

Rep. Tom McClintock gave the following speech to the Council for National Policy in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2009.

Here, in the winter of our despair, I want to pause to take stock of the state of our nation on this date of May 16.

Voters have swept our party from office after a failed Republican administration that abandoned conservative principles.  The most left-wing President in our nation’s history has taken office with a 66 percent approval rating and strong majorities in both houses.  His agenda includes radical intervention into energy markets, highly inflationary monetary policy, a determination to dramatically reduce our military spending while dramatically increasing overall domestic spending with deficits as far as the eye can see.

That was the state of our nation on May 16 … 1977. read more

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Meeting God on the Mountain

Somehow it seemed impossible-retracing Moses' footsteps in the Sinai desert in nine days when it took the children of Israel 40 years. When I was first invited to join a pilgrimage to the mountain of God, it seemed so remote, I could barely comprehend the fact I might actually go.

But I determined to go, despite the tough preparation that was necessary. I needed to shop for special equipment for the desert, spend weary miles jogging to get into shape, and read-including the first five books of the Bible. read more

Israel's Independence Day: A Personal Look Back

On our calendar May 14 is the date of Israel's independence. The Israelis celebrate their Independence Day on the 5th day of their month Iyar, which was April 29 this year because they go by the Jewish calendar.

Thirty years ago today I was in Israel when the country celebrated its 31st anniversary. Jamie Buckingham, 12 other Americans and I went to climb Mount Sinai. It was my first trip to Israel-indeed my first trip outside the United States. What an experience! We met in Israel with some Christian friends of Jamie's who took us around to interesting sites. My reaction-like so many others-was that it made the Bible come alive. read more

Be a Friend to Israel

Besides the fact that the Israelis are perhaps the most determined people on the face of the earth, God’s Word says that the Jews are His chosen people, the apple of His eye, and they will survive. read more

Dire Situation in Sri Lanka

The situation in Sri Lanka for the Tamil people, many of whom are Christians, is very dire. The United Nations reports that 6,500 people have been killed and 14,000 injured in last three months alone. You can read more about this in a news article through the link provided at at the bottom of this report.  This Friday a protest against this bloodshed is planned at the United Nations. If you're able to attend or if you can forward this e-mail to people who can attend I encourage you to do it. This is something we must decry.

Several years ago our readers responded to the emergency of the tsunami by helping the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka through Godfrey Yogarajah, its general secretary. We raised more than a quarter of $1 million. read more

Revival Thriving in Communist Cuba

With all the bad news coming out of Washington, D.C., and the assault on what I perceive as our religious freedoms, it's good to get some good news.

On Tuesday I was reminded by Dan Betzer, a well-known pastor in the Assemblies of God circles, that never has there been a greater time to spread the gospel nor a time when people are more responsive.

He gave a report on the growth of Assemblies of God churches in Cuba. They have grown since 1989—under a communist regime—from 12,000 members to more than a half million. read more

Standing With Miss California

I know many of you have heard about the stance that Miss California took at the recent Miss USA contest. She said: "I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised." Although she has been maligned by some, many in the Christian community have supported her. You can read an interesting article about it here.

Watch the video of her reception at the recent Dove awards and a video of her at The Rock Church in San Diego with pastor Miles McPherson. read more

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Stop the Hate ... Bill

You may have heard the news that late Wednesday afternoon the so-called Hate Crimes Bill, HR-1913, passed the U.S. House with a vote of 249 - 175. Around 5 p.m. a motion to reconsider was agreed to without objection.

I believe that this is a real blow to our liberties as outlined below. We must get the word out to as many people as we can so that this is defeated in the Senate, since President Obama has said that he will sign the bill rather than veto a similar bill as President Bush did.

I also want to call our intercessors to pray because this is much more than just a political battle. I believe this is also spiritual warfare.

On Tuesday Robert A. J. Gagnon sent out an interesting letter detailing why Christians need to be proactive in fighting this hate crimes bill. You can read it below.


Support for a "hate" bill that enshrines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into federal law (note that it is not yet so enshrined) does not mean merely that you oppose hateful, violent acts against persons who self-identify as homosexuals, transsexuals, and cross-dressers. Laws are already in place protecting persons who identify as homosexual or transgendered. They are the same laws that protect all of us from violent physical or verbal attacks. read more

Pastors Wanted for a Free Trip to Israel

If you've ever been to Israel, you know that it is a life-changing experience. My first trip was almost 30 years ago. I'll write more about that at another time.

I was recently asked to help find pastors who'd like to visit the Holy Land. The Israel Ministry of Tourism is willing to fly pastors who meet a certain criteria to Israel free of charge. The trip has been dubbed a "familiarization tour." For more information send  an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I'm reaching out to you for help. I'm hoping that we will find some good candidates and generate more interest in our new e-newsletter, Standing With Israel.

It's known that the best way to grow anything on the Internet is through viral marketing. I'm asking you to read and forward our new Standing With Israel e-newsletter and my Strang Report. I am motivated to double the circulation of the Strang Report in the next three months, but I need your help.



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