April 22 – Everyone Must Care For The Servants Of God

April 22 – Everyone Must Care For The Servants Of God

//?# Jeremiah, in the Bible, found himself between a rock and hard places when he had to prophesy the mind of God to a hostile audience. His people were determined to act in contrast to God’s will, and they were also determined to punish Jeremiah for his prophecy. Once Jeremiah prophesied, the people of Israel arrested him and cast him into a dungeon (pit) with the hope that he might starve to death. The Bible explained how the people maltreated Prophet Jeremiah for his pious services to God, “So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the court of the prison, and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire. So Jeremiah sank in the mire” (Jeremiah 38:6). Lesson: People should respect the servant of God since they are God’s representative. God’s servants have the mandate to satisfy the will of...Read more
One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

//?#The gospel springs into life and people are transformed. Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu? Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over 100 million. In China, when Communism took over in 1949, there were about 700,000 Christians. Today, estimates range from 80 to 140 million. So, I asked, “Why? What brought about this enormous leap?” My curious nature led me down paths of surprises. Ed: What surprised you most in your research? Brian: The biggest one was the contemporary role of the Spirit in witness and ministry. Ed, you and I and our generation have lived with a common reference to, and understanding of, the person and work of the Spirit, be it Reformed or Pentecostals. What I did not see...Read more

‘Big Brother’ Obama?: US eyes racial profiling of Americans, ‘Orwellian-style’

Reuters President Barack Obama wants to have the database on Americans ready before he leaves office in early 2017, with all the information posted online, according to the New York Post. The Obama administration is setting up an “unprecedented collection of sensitive data” on racial profiles of all Americans, according to a New York Post report. The report said President Barack Obama’s target is to have the database ready before he leaves office in early 2017, with all the information posted online. The New York Post called the undertaking an “Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics” on Americans’ health, home loans, credit cards and neighbourhoods. In his report for The New York Post, Paul Sperry said the data could serve as a “permanent network of discrimination databases” that could be used by civil rights lawyers and other advocates...Read more

Good news from Iran: Christian prisoner Pastor Farshid Fathi gets early release date

(American Center for Law and Justice) Pastor Farshid Fathi with his wife Leila and two children, Rosana and Bardia. Pastor Farshid Fathi, who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2010 because of his Christian faith, has just been given an early release date, reports said. Farshid has long been been separated from his wife Leila and two children, Rosana and Bardia. He is currently serving a six-year sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. His crime: being a Christian and freely exercising his faith. “We are very grateful to announce that Iranian Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi has been told by prison officials that he will be released on Dec. 10, 2015. He had previously expected to remain in prison until December 2017,” officials from the Iranian Elam Christian Ministries said in their website (elam.com). Farshid received the official report about his release on July...Read more

Muslim extremism: Why David Cameron’s views are dangerously naive

Reuters David Cameron has warned of the radicalisation of young Muslims. Why are young British Muslims going off to fight for a cause that involves burning people alive or chopping their heads off? Now we know, or at least we know what the Prime Minister thinks. In a speech today, he said: “The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology: one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong, that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil. “It says religious doctrine trumps the rule of law and Caliphate trumps nation state, and it justifies violence in asserting itself and achieving its aims. The question is: how do people arrive at this world view?” His answer is that “there are people who hold some of these views who don’t go as far as advocating violence, but do buy into some of these prejudices – giving the extreme Islamist narrative...Read more

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