1. According to The Blaze, British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans recently launched The Sunday Assembly, an atheist church in the United Kingdom that has quickly gained hundreds of members and international attention. Already, the response has been so monumental that church leaders are planning to travel to Scotland for special performances. The Sunday Assembly describes itself as “a godless congregation that will meet on the first Sunday of every month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life.” It provides non-believers with the opportunity to experience a church-like community without buying into God and other related elements that secularists overwhelmingly reject. The church’s success after just one month has been mind-boggling.
2. According to Reuters, Japan’s defense minister said that Japan has the right to develop the ability to make a pre-emptive strike against an imminent attack given a changing security environment although it has no plans to do so now. Any sign that Japan was moving to develop such a capability in response to North Korea’s nuclear program could upset neighbors China and South Korea, which have reacted strongly in the past to suggestions that it might do so.
3. According to Reuters, South Korea unveiled a cruise missile on Thursday that it said can hit the headquarters of North Korea’s leaders as it tried to address concerns that it is technologically behind its unpredictable rival that conducted its third nuclear test this week. South Korean officials declined to reveal the exact range of the missile but said it could hit targets anywhere in North Korea. The Defense Ministry released video footage of the missiles being launched from destroyers and submarines striking mock targets.
4. According to Live Science, an earthquake with a 6.6 magnitude struck a remote region of Russia’s Siberia. Earthquakes of this size can cause significant damage, especially with poorly built structures. Even well designed buildings can be damaged or, in some cases, destroyed depending on the severity of the quake and a building’s proximity to the epicenter. Such earthquakes are sometimes followed by significant aftershocks.
5. According to The Washington Post, Iran recently attempted to purchase tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets used in centrifuge machines. The attempted acquisition indicates that the country is “planning a major expansion of its nuclear program that could shorten the path to an atomic weapons capability.” According to the report, nuclear researchers obtained purchase orders showing that Iran tried buying 100,000 ring-shaped magnets from China last year. However, it was unclear as to whether the attempt succeeded.
The Bible says in Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
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