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10-year-old girl to NYPD: 'You matter to me'

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton presents teddy bear and chocolates to NYPD fan Savannah Solis, the Texas 10-year-old who sent police more than 200 thank-you cards after the slayings of two officers in December, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (Credit: New York Daily News/Susan Watts) "My goal is to tell as many police officers as I can that I love them, and I am thankful for all they do for us."  So said 10-year-old Savannah Solis to officers at a New York City precinct this week.  Savannah is from Tyler, Texas, where her father is a pastor.  When she learned about the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department officers last December, she painted and decorated 200 homemade thank you notes to give them.

One of our Cultural Commentary readers shared with me the rest of the story.  He is a good friend of the Solis family, and was moved by Savannah's kindness.  So he connected her with a NYPD officer he knew.  During their conversation, she prayed for him.  He was so moved, he spoke with other officers about her.

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Netanyahu's speech: 3 competing agendas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, March 3, 2015 (Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron)Benjamin Netanyahu made global headlines yesterday when he spoke to a joint session of Congress on the threat posed by Iranian nuclear weapons.  How should we view his remarks?  How are they relevant to you this morning?

Some compared the Israeli prime minister to Winston Churchill, courageously warning against appeasing a dangerous enemy.  Indeed, a bust of Churchill was presented to Mr. Netanyahu by Speaker of the House John Boehner before the prime minister spoke.  Others argued that Mr. Netanyahu's speech told us nothing we did not already know about Iran, threatened U.S.-Israeli relations at a perilous moment in human history, and served to advance the prime minister's popularity during elections at home.

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Why is God allowing so many Christians to die?

Killing Christians : Living the Faith Where It's Not Safe to Believe by Tom Doyle (Credit: Thomas Nelson Publishing)Iraq was home to 1.5 million Christians just 10 years ago.  Their number is now under 150,000.  If the Islamic State (IS) and other terror groups continue their assault against believers, there may soon be no more Christians in Iraq.  (For more on IS, please see my new report, The Islamic State: What You Need to Know.)

Why is God allowing his people to face such persecution? (Tweet this)

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Islamic State plans to 'sell your sons as slaves'

Islamic jihadists rally holding signs promoting Islam and jihad (Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett)"We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women.  If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market."  So warns Islamic State Spokesman Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.

In less than a year, the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) has grown from a terrorist group virtually unknown in the West to a global network that threatens every one of us.  For example, the FBI recently arrested IS members in Brooklyn, New York.  One admitted he would kill President Obama or bomb Coney Island if IS asked him to do so.  A second suspect was considering a shooting spree against police officers and the FBI headquarters.

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40 seconds that will make your day

Child laughs as Troll (Credit: Mooonez via Youtube)Do you need some good news?

You won't find it here: "When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled."  So said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Or here: more than 180 people have been killed by avalanches in north Afghanistan.  Or here: the number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State in northeastern Syria has now risen to 220.

I doubt you'll want to share any of these news reports with friends.  But if you're like me, you'll watch this 40-second video and probably forward it to others.  It simply shows a baby laughing.  And laughing, and laughing.  You can't help smiling.  Or feeling better about your day.

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