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  • North Korean Defector: Despite Horrific Persecution, Christianity Is Growing

    05/28/2017 7:18:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/17 | Matt Hadro
    Kim Chung-seong, a Christian missionary, spoke at the first annual World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON Although the North Korean government is doing everything it can to suppress Christianity, the faith continues to spread, said a defector and missionary who called for prayers and action to increase religious freedom in the country. It is my prayer that all the international Christian communities will pray for those North Korean Christians to really help and engage them to spread the Gospel, not only through the works of the underground Church network, but also through the government and...
  • Look Where Christianity is on Fire!

    05/28/2017 3:47:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    WND ^ | 05/28/2017 | LEO HOHMANN
    A new study reflects a historic population shift that has been years in the making and indicates that Christianitys future lies less in America or Europe and more in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2060, a plurality of the worlds Christians more than 40 percent will call sub-Saharan Africa home, up from 26 percent in 2015, according to the new analysis of demographic data by Pew. At the same time, the share of Christians living in many other regions notably Europe is projected to further decline, even as the Muslim population there continues to rise. This shift in...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 28 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/28/2017 9:19:22 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon - Copied by Hezekia's Men
    Proverb 28 (NKJV) The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion 01 The wicked flee when no one pursues, 00But the righteous are bold as a lion. 02 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; 00But by a man of understanding and knowledge 00Right will be prolonged. 03 A poor man who oppresses the poor 00Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 04 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, 00But such as keep the law contend with them. 05 Evil men do not understand justice, 00But those who seek the LORD understand...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 5/28/17 [Prayer]

    05/28/2017 5:03:13 AM PDT · by SisterK · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | May 28, 2017 | Freeper Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • What is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture?

    05/27/2017 9:15:17 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 249 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | Got Questions Ministries
    Question: "What is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture? What does it mean that the Bible is sufficient?"Answer: The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. To say the Scriptures are sufficient means that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service. It provides a clear demonstration of Gods intention to restore the broken relationship between Himself and humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior through the gift of faith. No other writings are necessary for this good news to be understood, nor...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 27 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/27/2017 7:02:12 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon - Copied by Hezekia's Men
    Proverb 27 (NKJV) My Son, Be Wise 01 Do not boast about tomorrow, 00 For you do not know what a day may bring forth. 02 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; 00 A stranger, and not your own lips. 03 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, 00 But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them. 04 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, 00 But who is able to stand before jealousy? 05 Open rebuke is better 00 Than love carefully concealed. 06 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,...
  • [Church of Scotland] Assembly Agrees Apology to Gay People and Accepts Same Sex Marriage Report

    05/26/2017 6:48:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved an apology to gay people for the history of discrimination they have faced in the Church. Commissioners also approved a report which could pave the way to allow some ministers to conduct same sex marriages in the future. The Assembly voted in favour of instructing the Legal Questions Committee to conduct new research into the availability of legal protection for any Minister or Deacon who refuse to officiate ceremonies as a matter of conscience.A report of the committees findings will be presented to the General Assembly next year for further...
  • Church of England Faces Calls to Condemn Gay Cure and Hold Transgender Renaming Services

    05/26/2017 6:42:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 5/26/17 | Harry Farley
    The Church of England will be asked to denounce gay conversion, consider special services for transgender people and re-examine its teaching on marriage as between one man and one women in a raft of measures to be debated at its forthcoming General Synod meeting in July. In its first meeting since the surprise rejection of a bishops report recommending keeping the status quo on marriage, the CofEs parliament will debate whether to join medical experts and condemn so-called gay cures as unethical, harmful and having no place in the modern world. Tabled by senior synod member Jayne Ozanne, the private...
  • Mormon wards to host Ramadan meals for Muslim neighbors

    05/26/2017 7:53:20 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 27 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 26, 2017 08:18AM | BOB MIMS
    Fear, stereotypes, ignorance and hunger have this in common: They seldom survive sharing a meal, honest conversation, a desire to learn and making eye contact with the stranger across the table. On the evening of June 4, two Salt Lake City Mormon congregations the Yale Ward, 1431 E. Gilmer, and the Gregson Ward, 3151 S. 900 East will do just that, hosting iftar dinners for Muslim neighbors during Ramadan, which begins Friday evening. Sariah Toronto, of the Yale Ward, says the idea came up during a discussion a few months ago about "what else we can do as...
  • Archbishop: Strong Words On Manchester Victims

    05/25/2017 8:08:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 5/25/17
    Poor Children: Monsignor Luigi Negri, the former archbishop of Ferrara, Italy, published on La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana a letter to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 23 youngsters. The title: "Poor children of a society that does not recognize evil." Negri belongs to the small Catholic wing of the Italian Bishops. Only Two Things: Negri writes to the victims, "You were born, often undesired, and nobody has given you 'adequate reasons to live'. They only told you two things: that you can do whatever you want, because each of your desires is a right, and that it...
  • Cardinal Zen Urges Prayer for Christians in China

    05/25/2017 6:06:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/24/17 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on behalf of Christians in the country, who often face difficulty and even persecution for their faith. In the history of the Church, Our Lady, Help of Christians always came to help the Church in difficulty, Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, told CNA in an interview, adding that this help has always been particularly strong when attached to the rosary. Noting how the Church is celebrating the centenary year...
  • Russian Cossacks Will Help Syrians Preserve Their Christian Heritage

    05/25/2017 5:49:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/17
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Stavropol Cossacks will visit ancient Christian city Maaloula in Syria to study historical sites in the Aramaic language. "After debauchery committed by the terrorists we consider it necessary to go there and start working over monuments of learning in the Aramaic language, the language of Jesus, which terrorists were not able to demolish. Besides, we want to write down the dialogues with local residents, who speak the modern dialect of Aramaic," deputy ataman of the Stavropol City Cossack Society Dmitry Tarasov was quoted as saying by the Izvestia paper on Wednesday. Then the documents will...
  • The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church

    05/25/2017 10:38:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | May 25, 2017 | Matthew McCusker
    The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church May 25, 2017May 25, 2017 11Share This address was given by Matthew McCusker, deputy international director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, on 18 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, organised by Voice of the Family.On 25 September 2015 the member states of the United Nations approved the Sustainable Development Goals. These consist of 17 goals and 169 targets which nations have committed achieving by 2030. The threat to the family that is most immediately apparent when reviewing the SDGs is the promotion of abortion and...
  • Kirk Cameron: America Faces Moral and Financial Decline Without Gods Word

    05/24/2017 8:32:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 23, 2017 | Mark Judge
    Kirk Cameron thinks America needs spiritual revival. The “Fireproof” and “Growing Pains” actor is promoting the May 16 DVD release of “Revive Us,” a live worship and prayer experience which was held last Oct. 18 just before the presidential election.  Simulcast live in over 800 theaters across America, “Revive Us” was led by Dr. Ben Carson, Pastor Francis Chan, Eric Metaxas, Dr. James MacDonald and other Christian leaders. "Last year, running up presidential election, I was traveling all across country, and I was hearing parents saying they were concerned about their children; that our country was off track; that we...
  • Patriarch Kirill Will Consecrate a Cathedral Built to the 100th Anniversary of the Revolution

    05/24/2017 7:02:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/17
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Thursday, the feast of Ascension, will conduct a great consecration of the cathedral dedicated to the new martyrs and confessors suffered from Bolsheviks for their faith at the Moscow Sretensky Monastery. During the Divine service relics of the Holy Martyr Hilarion (Troitsky) who was the rector of the Sretensky Monastery in the 1920s will be moved from the ancient cathedral of the convent to this new church. The relics will be put in a special reliquary set in the stones brought from the Solovetsky Islands where the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/24/2017 7:19:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 6 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • The Latest: Trump Says Meeting With Pope Was 'Honor' (First Lady visits children's hospital)

    05/24/2017 5:44:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 24, 2017 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2:23 p.m. President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the "honor of a lifetime." Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him "more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world."(continued)
  • Nations First-Ever Public Satanic Monument Approved

    05/23/2017 8:03:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/22/17 | Trey Elmore
    The approval comes following the latest antics from the Satanic TempleBELLE PLAINE, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Minnesota will soon be hosting the country's first public, permanent satanic monument. The Satanic Temple (TST), headed by Detroit native Doug Mesner (also known by his public pseudonym Lucien Greaves), announced May 5 that Belle Plaine had approved a monument for Veterans' Memorial Park that will consist of a two-foot-high, black steel cube, with inverted pentagrams etched into its sides and a dark soldier's helmet overturned on top. It's being called the "Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom," named after the half-man, half-goat demon worshiped by satanists....
  • An Immigration Memo From a Deplorable Catholic to Trump for His Meeting With Pope Francis

    05/23/2017 6:07:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 23, 2017 | John Zmirack
    Mr. President, as a Catholic conservative who endorsed you in the election, Id like to make a few suggestions before you meet with our spiritual leader, Pope Francis. Just a few facts and arguments that might come in handy. You probably dont know too much inside Catholic baseball. So you might have a wrong impression of the authority and power of the pope. You also might feel put on the defensive. This pope questioned your credentials as a Christian during the campaign. The worst outcome of all that might come of this meeting? That you might think that the popes...
  • Marco Polo and the Old Man of the Mountain The origin of the modern day suicide bomber

    05/23/2017 5:01:15 PM PDT · by Jeremiah Jr · 3 replies
    5/23/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    Marco Polo and the Old Man of the MountainThe origin of the modern day suicide bomber The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين Ḥashshāshīn) is the name used to refer to the medieval Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria. Often characterized as a secret order led by a mysterious "Old Man of the Mountain," the Nizari Ismailis were an Islamic sect that formed in the late 11th century from a split within Ismailism, itself a branch of Shia Islam... ...Assassinations were primarily carried out with a dagger, which was sometimes tipped with poison. Due to being immensely outnumbered in enemy...