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Woke up this morning to see headlines of the mass executions in Iraq along with the photographs where men are willing to show and boast about what they have done.
For weeks now we have also been seen how men who think they are brave and fierce attack, maim, kill and kidnap young children and women in African countries.
Without Christ in my heart I would find these things difficult to comprehend and maybe would be so motivated by the anguish and pain of seeing all of these things happening I would be like many others and go to seek and destroy these wicked people from the face of the earth.
All these things clearly show the the wickedness of mans heart when they are separated from the true Living God and Coming King. All these things are man’s ideologies and become so ingrained on a mans heart in these places they simply become a brute beast as the word describes.
In recent times I have never anguished so much before the Lord over such matters and struggled to cope mentally, physically, spiritually in seeing the needless waste of human life. My heart has shattered into a thousand pieces and when before the Lord this anguish becomes tears and the tears becomes puddles, the puddles, streams, the stream rivers, the rivers roaring waves of pure emotion that are uncontrollable.
Mans world is so full of ideologies which have all failed miserably and the direct result is always the innocent suffer even unto death. Think of what man’s politics have done to countries, they divide one against the other but that is their purpose, to divide and conquer those in these places.
Think of all the different denominations within the man driven christian sector. History clearly shows the result, division and infighting and death to all because none enter fully into the kingdom of God on this earth.
All mans false ideologies, whether they be a so called religion, politics or any other line of thought ultimately leads to the physical death of those involved, but in many cases the deaths of very large numbers of innocent people upon this earth.
If man was to be left with his own devices he would completely annihilate himself from the face of this earth. Mankind would be extinct and how satan would rejoice at that, however before this happens the Lord himself will intervene and return and bring His kingdom to this earth.
What can we do in the meantime even though our hearts in the Lord may be broken by all this carnage. Do exactly what the small quiet voice of the Lord tells you to do in the very troubled times. Minister to the lost, hurt and broken where you are given the power to do so and let the Lord reap the harvest.
Come together in your homes and houses and pray for each other and as lead by the Holy Ghost pray for the things that He lays upon your hearts. Be lead by the Lord and no one else for there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing amongst God’s people.
Endure the hardness of this world as His soldier and when you are heavy burdened go unto the Lord and lay these burdens before Him and take up His yoke because it is easy and light to carry.
Pray for all the saints, those close to you and those that you will only meet when his kingdom comes here on earth for his word never returns void to our Father. It will always accomplish what He sent it to do for that person, that group, that land.
Be blessed my brothers and sisters and remember the words spoken to Joshua, be strong, be courageous, mediate on the word day and night and do not turn to the left nor the right but keep your eyes and life firmly focused on the Lord for he is surely returning for his children and bride.
We’ve seen the suppression of students’ religious liberties rise dramatically over the past few years, and we’ve made it a key focus of our ministry to address
these issues and ensure that our students, teachers, and administrators understand their Constitutional liberties.
It is important that you understand what is happening in the public school system and know your rights as a student, parent, teacher,administrator, and concerned citizen. For that reason, we created a booklet entitled, “HIJACKED K-12”, to give you a realistic view of the culture that has been created within the California public school system over the last few years.
If you have not looked at Hijacked K-12, please take a moment to learn more about this resource.
You can get a free digital download of the book or give a suggested donation of $5 for a physical copy. We encourage you to educate and empower yourself in these changing times! And, if you ever experience or hear about an instance of religious hostility in the schools, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
This is where it has been heading, inexorably, inevitably, for some time now.
Here is the pic, spotted on Facebook earlier today:
And here is the story from The Sydney Herald.
O’Dowd has told Britain’s GQ magazine: “For most of my life, I’ve been, ‘Hey, I’m not into it, but I respect your right to believe whatever you want’. But as time goes on, weirdly, I’m growing less liberal. I’m more like, ‘No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!’.
“There’s going to be a turning point where it’s going to be like racism. You know, ‘You’re not allowed to say that weird s**t! It’s mad! And you’re making everybody crazy!’
“And you know, now America can’t have a president that doesn’t say he believes in God. So we’re f**ked! Like, they f**ked everything!
“You wanna go and live in your weird cult and talk about a man who lives in a cloud, you do that, but don’t.”
He also helpfully adds: “I mean, you really think that Barack Obama believes in God? No way!” The combination of hubris, smug superiority, and embarrassing fanboi hero worship for Obama is really ridiculous. But oh so very common. Liberals are the most predictable of all the animal herds.
This attitude is going to be more and more frequently spoken of. The forces of secular liberalism have no tolerance for Christianity, as I’ve outlined here at The Right Scoop on numerous occasions. And O’Dowd’s comments are coming out at the same time that atheist prophets and proselytizers Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye have been on TV as much as possible denigrating religious belief, with deGrasse Tyson just this week suggesting religious people “go back to their caves.”
And O’Dowd? Well he’s just correct. Religion will become unacceptable in America, if not literally at least popularly. Starting with Christianity. And sooner than you think. Just watch.
By Caleb Howe Right Scoop
The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” the verse from Galatians read.
Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage.
“Had it been in his room—not a problem,” Weinstein told me. “It’s not about the belief. It’s about the time, the place and the manner.”
He said the Bible verse on the cadet’s personal whiteboard created a hostile environment at the academy.
“It clearly elevated one religious faith [fundamentalist Christianity] over all others at an already virulently hyperfundamentalist Christian institution,” he said. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging, out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.”
Who knew that a Bible verse posted on a whiteboard could generate such outrage?
Weinstein said he immediately contacted the Air Force Academy and filed a complaint. Exactly two hours and nine minutes later, the Bible verse had been scrubbed from the cadet’s whiteboard.
A spokesman for the USAFA confirmed that the religious text was cleansed from the board.
“The whiteboards are for both official and personal use, but when a concern was raised we addressed it and the comment was taken down,” Lt. Col. Brus Vidal told me in a written statement.
Weinstein told me the Air Force Academy did a good job in fixing the problem and credited Lt. Col. Denise Cooper.
“She immediately said this is wrong and will use it as a teachable moment,” he said.
The academy said the cadet will not be punished.
“We don’t see misconduct here but the division between your personal room and the hallway is a gray area,” Vidal said.
Weinstein took umbrage with that comment and said the cadet must be punished.
“It’s not a gray area; this is absolute misconduct,” he said. “Not only should the cadet be punished but [also] his/her responsible USAFA cadet and officer chain of command who ignored this blatant and egregious violation of Air Force regulation 1-1 and the United States Constitution.”
The 1-1 regulation Weinstein cited is an extensive document with a section on religious proselytizing and other religious matters.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)– Last week in Faisalabad, Christian and Muslim activists laid down guidelines for the creation of a new interfaith network to curb any abuses arising from Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws, according to AsiaNews.
“The blasphemy law,” said Naveed Walter, “affects Christians and Muslims, who become the target of false accusations. The law is often abused to target rivals, opponents or settle personal vendettas.”
The new network will also be tasked with stopping attacks against entire communities and to guarantee the right of free expression, assembly and worship.
Naseem Anthony, a Christian activist, told AsiaNews that human rights defenders could act as arbitrators through an “early warning system” to help resolve conflicts peacefully before they escalate.
Christian activist Shazia George favored dialogue with the more tolerant Muslims of Pakistan while opposing those political parties that foment intolerance. Her words were echoed by Suneel Malik who said that religious intolerance was more dangerous to civilization than the atomic bomb!
Muslim journalist Jahangir Ashfar said that religious leaders could promote harmony by avoiding sermons that incite hatred and insult the followers of other religions; his co-religionist, Iftikhar Ahmed, said that no community should be blamed for the actions of any individual.
Ahmed was referring to the recent violence in Gojra where an entire Christian community was attacked by Muslims over an alleged case of blasphemy by one Christian.
Rimsha Masih’s Plea For Christians in Prison – Rimsha Masih, a thirteen year old girl who miraculously, got acquitted by a local court from blasphemy charges implores for Christians in prison who bear blasphemy charges. http://www.christiansinpakistan.com/rimsha-masihs-plea-for-christians-in-prison/#.UOq-sjYo4dX
Mideast Christians persecuted – “The Christians’ difficult situation in the Middle East is somewhat similar to the situation of the Jews in Europe. The world’s relative silence in the face of their plight serves as another warning sign to those who believe the enlightened world is willing to lend a hand at times of crisis.” http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4327950,00.html
Burma’s Chin Christians face persecution in Buddhist Na Ta La schools – A reformist government may have replaced the military dictatorship in Burma, but that hasn’t stopped the persecution of ethnic minorities, according to human rights groups. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1306688–burma-s-chin-christians-face-persecution-in-buddhist-na-ta-la-schools
Vietnam: CSW concerned about new decree restricting freedom of religion – Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is deeply concerned about the vague and restrictive nature of a new “decree” in Vietnam relating to freedom of religion or belief that came into force on 1 January. http://dynamic.csw.org.uk/article.asp?t=press&id=1471
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani: ‘I’m Alive Because of God’s Will and Your Prayers’–
From Nov. 29 2012 – At a recent national conference in London, newly freed Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani expressed immense gratitude to his many supporters who prayed for his release during his three-year imprisonment, saying that he is alive today because of “what your prayers did for me.” http://global.christianpost.com/news/pastor-youcef-nadarkhani-im-alive-because-of-gods-will-and-your-prayers-85815/#sOsaAiYdyFr2Zieg.99
Tehran re-arrests Pastor Nadarkhani on Christmas Day – Youcef Nadarkhani, the Christian pastor who was freed from prison in Iran in September after an international campaign to free him, was re-arrested on Christmas Day in a move condemned by human rights groups. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3646829.ece
Petition to Free American Pastor Saeed Abedini– Iran is imprisoning and abusing an American pastor because of his faith. Iran, home of one of the world’s most radical Islamic regimes, is holding American Pastor Saeed Abedini because he is a Christian, refusing to release him, and subjecting him to unspeakable abuse. At the ACLJ, we are launching an international campaign to free Pastor Saeed, and we need Americans to mobilize for religious liberty. Urge the President, the State Department, and every Member of Congress to take a stand for an American Christian. Click the link below to sign the petition!
“When I imagine your pain, I forget my sufferings” Iranian Christian Farshid Fathi, suffering for his faith in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, has sent a letter to the Sandy Hook parents who have lost their children. On hearing the news of the shootings, Farshid forgot about his own pain of being separated from his children, Rosanna (9) and Bardia (3) to reach out to the Sandy Hook parents. We can learn a lot about faith and attitude from persecuted Christians! Read more http://www.elam.com/articles/-When-I-imagine-your-pain,-I-forget-my-sufferings-/
Amid Instability In Egypt, Coptic Christians Flee To U.S.–
Coptic Christians will celebrate Christmas on Monday, and many will do so outside their native Egypt. Since the revolution there, their future in the country has looked uncertain, and many are resettling in the United States. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/04/168609672/amid-instability-in-egypt-coptic-christians-flee-to-u-s
Muslims in Indonesia violating rights of Christians-Concerns are growing over at least 50 cases of religious freedom violations against Christians in Indonesia last year, as not only extremists but ordinary Muslims were responsible for many of the acts of intolerance and violence, according to a recent study. “Cases of intolerance against Christians remained high in the country” in 2012, Bonar Tigor Naipospos, deputy chairman of the Jakarta-based group Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, told Morning Star News. According to a story by Morning Star News, Christians were targeted in at least 50 of 264 cases of religious freedom violations in 2012, more than any other group, Naipospos added.http://www.christiantoday.com/article/muslims.in.indonesia.violating.rights.of.christians/31396.htm
43 Nigerian Christians killed in attacks -Boko Haram militants are blamed for increased religious persecution in Nigeria, including the murder of 43 Christians and the wounding of many others in several year-end incidents, religious freedom watchdog groups have reported. http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=39463
Cover-up: Christians becoming extinct in Middle East? =KHARTOUM/JUBA (Worthy News)– Christians in Islamist-run Sudan have ushered in the New Year amid ongoing airstrikes by Sudanese government forces that killed at least 11 believers before and after Christmas, while two priests remained detained for converting a Muslim.
The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) said four people, including two children, were killed when the Sudanese military dropped nine bombs in and around the Christian village of Adar, also spelled as Al Dar, in the war-torn Nuba Mountains on December 26. Among the victims were at least two Christian women – identified as 70-year-old Kuku Tia and 45-year-old Aisha Tutu Tolodi, and children Rehab Adam Alful, 8, and her sister Najah Adam Alful, 4, local Christians and security sources said. http://www.worthynews.com/12071-sudan-army-kills-11-christians-in-airstrikes-priests-detained
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR PASTOR BENHAM IRANI
What do you need to get done today? How about saving a man’s life?
Pastor Irani will not survive another 5 years in prison. He has been severely ill in jail in Iran – and he shouldn’t be in prison in the first place. Email the head of Iran’s judiciary now to demand urgent medical treatment for Pastor Irani, and plead for his release from unjust imprisonment. He is bleeding severely from acute stomach ulcers and colon complications, can barely walk, and has problems with his vision. The brutal beatings he’s received from prison authorities and other inmates have resulted in horrific injuries, and he urgently needs medical help.He could die in the next few months if he doesn’t get the treatment he needs. And he shouldn’t be in prison in the first place: he was charged with political crimes to cover up the fact that he was arrested because he’s a Christian and a church leader.