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  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL MEDITATION 8-21-17

    08/21/2017 2:18:49 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    Prayer Vigil ^ | 8.21.2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind.
  • Iranian Youths Mass Converting to Christianity Despite Islamic Indoctrination, Government's Efforts

    08/20/2017 8:52:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The massive rise of Christianity in Iran, especially among youths, continues despite the Islamic government's efforts to suppress the faith. Even Islamic leaders admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christ.According to Mohabat News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the "exponential rate" of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades.Now even leading Islamic seminary officials, such as Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, have pointed to "accurate reports indicating that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches."Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has also been raising alarm over...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – August 20th, 2017

    08/20/2017 5:39:34 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | August 20th, 2017 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about the Islamic terrorist attack in Barcelona and addresses one of the most serious threats facing the church today.
  • Imo [Nigeria] Catholic Crisis: Pope May Shut Down 163 Parishes

    08/20/2017 5:32:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Nation ^ | 8/20/17 | Sunday Oguntola and Okodili Ndidi
    * Adamant priests adopt new tactics* I’m awaiting my installation, says OkpalaekePope Francis is seriously considering total shut-down of the 163 parishes in Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Imo State over the protracted crisis generated by appointment of Peter Okpalaeke as Bishop. Okpalaeke’s appointment four years ago after the demise of Bishop Victor Chikwe has been vehemently resisted by Reverend Fathers of Mbaise extraction and the Laity, leading to a stalemate. Ahiara Cathedral and the Bishop’s Court have remained under lock and key with nobody to administer Holy Communion ever since. A key figure at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria...
  • 2017 08 20 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Erasing History"

    08/20/2017 3:58:03 PM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Aug 20, 2017 | John Haller
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: It has been painful to watch the effects of several decades of reprogramming generations of American citizens to believe that just because something offends you, it must be eradicated or removed. Yet we are witnessing this very thing. The entitlement mentality to not be offended, to have free college, abortion on demand, to not have their feelings hurt to to determine one's sex by the mood or mode one gets up with in the morning has driven our society to the edge of uncertainty. Despite the fact that only a few hundred white nationalist...
  • Liberal Law Center Demonizes Christian Foes of LGBTQ Agenda as ‘Hate Groups’

    08/19/2017 6:23:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/18/17 | Peter Labarbera
    August 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In the vast array of leftist lies, one of the most dangerous is that groups and people defending historic Judeo-Christian sexual morality are somehow guilty of "hate." The main perpetrator of that “big lie” these days is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has turned smearing and demonizing social conservatives fighting the homosexual-transgender agenda into a very profitable business. The SPLC is attempting to pull off one of the nastiest and most audacious “bait-and-switch” propaganda coups in history — equating the Christian-conservative led effort to defend biblical morality against the aggressive LGBTQ lobby with...
  • Spanish Terror Cell Planned to Use 'Mother of Satan' Explosive at Cathedral [Sagrada Familia]

    08/19/2017 6:16:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8/19/17 | Ian Burns
    * Police believe the terror cell behind Thursday's atrocity in Barcelona planned attack of 'bigger scope'* It could have included a plan to blow up a gas-filled van by the world-famous cathedral Sagrada Familia* Killers were forced to abandon plans to use butane gas and plastic explosive TATP following accidental explosion on Wednesday* TATP - also known as 'Mother of Satan' - caused devastation when it was used in the 7/7 attacks in London One person died and police believe there may be a second corpse in rubble of home in Alcanar, 120 miles from Barcelona * Investigators think vans...
  • Whoa, Bethsaida! Archaeologists May Have Found Peter’s Home Town

    08/19/2017 6:55:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    The Stream ^ | August 18, 2017 | Eric Metaxas
    In Matthew 11, Jesus expresses his frustration with the people in his native region who, despite witnessing his mighty works, refused to repent and believe the Gospel. He singled out the residents of Bethsaida, the home town of Peter, Andrew and Philip. “Woe to you, Bethsaida!” he declared. “For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.” Other mentions of Bethsaida in the...
  • North Korea: How Christians survive in the world's most anti-Christian nation

    08/18/2017 8:16:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-18-17 | Hollie McKay
    For 16 years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians,” and this week the U.S. State Department re-asserted it as one of the world’s worst religious persecutors – torturing and executing those even suspected of worshipping God. But that still hasn’t stopped an estimated 36 percent of the population – around 9 million – from practicing Christianity. “Life is extremely difficult for all North Koreans, but Christians face an even tougher road,” Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern told Fox News. “Christians are accused of being imperialists seeking to overthrow the government...
  • Cardinal: No Communion, Funeral for Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion

    08/18/2017 7:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/17/17 | Stephen Kokx
    CHILE, August 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A retired cardinal has told Catholic politicians who voted to legalize abortion in Chile that they cannot receive the sacraments until they show public signs of repentance. The 90-year-old former bishop of Valparaiso, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, sent a letter dated August 8 to the El Mercurio newspaper reiterating the Church's teaching on denying Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion and other grave evils. Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that persons “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.” A grave sinIn...
  • Russia Puts Jehovah's Witnesses on Prohibited Organization List

    08/18/2017 7:37:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/17/17
    Moscow, August 17, Interfax - The Justice Ministry has put the Jehovah's Witnesses on the list of organizations prohibited in Russia. "The Russian Justice Ministry has added the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia religious organization, as well as 395 affiliated local religious organizations to the list of civil, religious and other non-governmental organizations regarding which a court order on liquidation or prohibition has taken effect pursuant to the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity," the ministry's website said in a statement on Thursday. The aforesaid organizations were added to the prohibited list pursuant to the Russian Supreme Court...
  • Facebook Post Puts Catholic Farmer in the Crosshairs of Anti-Bias Ordinance

    08/18/2017 7:32:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/17/17 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    After advising on social media that his farm wouldn’t host same-sex wedding ceremonies, Steve Tennes was blocked from participating in a farmers’ market in East Lansing, Michigan.CHARLOTTE, Mich. — What happens when a Catholic farmer runs afoul of a city ordinance that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation? Steve Tennes, who owns Country Mill farm and also hosts weddings on his property, found out earlier this year when the city of East Lansing blocked him from participating in a municipal farmers’ market after he refused to allow weddings for same-sex couples at his orchard venue. The East Lansing Farmer’s Market,...
  • Joan of Arc Caught Up in Statue-Toppling Movement

    08/18/2017 7:29:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/17/17 | Joanna McPortland
    New Orleans’ iconic golden statue tagged with “Tear it down!” graffiti. In the midst of mob-and-moment, let's think about what we're doing.The golden equestrian statue of St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, stands on Decatur Street in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. A gift from France in 1972 to honor the city’s French heritage, the statue is the focus of an annual community parade organized by a group devoted to the 15th-century saint and military heroine. Joan, of course, has no connection to the Confederacy or to American history. But that didn’t stop someone from spray-painting “Tear it...
  • Trump Administration Poised to End Contraceptive Mandate

    08/17/2017 7:43:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Trump administration will soon unveil new regulations that will exempt religious institutions from the “Obamacare” requirement that health-insurance programs must include contraceptive coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to repeal the “contraceptive mandate” for religious institutions. New regulations, fulfilling that promise and allowing employers to opt out of the contraceptive coverage, will soon be released, according to the Journal. Trump Set to Roll Back Obama-Era Contraception Rule (Wall Street Journal)
  • Melbourne [Australia] Archbishop Says He’s Prepared to Go to Jail Rather than Divulge Confessions

    08/17/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia said that he would go to jail rather than obey a law requiring him to divulge the contents of a sacramental confession. The archbishop was responding to a recommendation from the royal commission on sexual abuse, which had urged Australian states to implement new laws requiring priests to disclose reports of sexual abuse that they heard in confessions. Archbishop Hart stressed that the Church could not accept such legislation. “I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of the highest order,” he said. He added that he would “go to extreme lengths outside...
  • North Korea and Bible Prophecy

    08/16/2017 1:18:55 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Omega Letter ^ | 8/14/17 | Pete Garcia
    With things heating up in the Pacific northeast, people are wondering what a potential war with North Korea means’ in the prophetic picture. Let me be upfront and state that I believe a war with North Korea will transpire, and that they are about to experience fundamental regime change. Let me be clear in saying that the North Korean regime under Kim Jong Un (KJU) will collapse through divine action. Now God may use the military, diplomatic, or economic means, but it will happen because He allows it. As a result, the Gospel will go into North Korea even if...
  • Hungarian Leader: ‘It Is a Duty to Help Our Christian Brothers’

    08/15/2017 8:29:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/14/17 | Daniel Blackman
    Tamás Török, head of Hungary’s groundbreaking new department for persecuted Christians, explains to the Register what spurred his government into action.Governments in many developed countries have been reluctant to acknowledge the widespread persecution directed against Christians in many parts of the world. But Hungary is a singular exception in this regard: Last year, it created a new government department specifically mandated to assist persecuted Christians. Tamás Török, the former Hungarian ambassador to Italy and current head of the Hungarian government’s sub-secretariat for persecuted Christians, spoke exclusively with the Register recently about the latest activities of this unique department. He also...
  • Century-Old Prophecy Cites Solar Eclipse as Sign Trump Will Triumph Over Kim Jong-Un

    08/15/2017 4:16:49 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 17 replies
    BIN ^ | 8/15/17 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    An esoteric prophecy written over a century ago described the solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States next week and predicted, in shocking detail, what the astronomical event portends for the outcome of the current North Korean-US conflict. The total solar eclipse’s timing is meaningful according to the Jewish calendar. Incredibly, it comes precisely at the beginning of a Hebrew month – Elul – singled out in a Jewish source as having significance for the specific political situation the US is facing today with Eastern aggressors. image: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/yalkut-moshe.png The “Yalkut Moshe”, written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin...
  • Australian Inquiry: Priests Should Face Criminal Charges for Not Reporting Abuse Heard in Confession

    08/14/2017 7:41:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 83 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/14/17 | Staff Reporter
    The report called for legislation to criminalise priests who fail to break the seal of the confessionalPriests who do not inform the police after learning about child abuse in confession should face criminal charges, an Australian inquiry has said. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended all states and territories in the country should introduce legislation to punish priests for not breaking the seal of the confessional. “The right to practice one’s religious beliefs must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse,” the commission...
  • Why Believers Support Trump

    08/13/2017 9:38:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 14, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown
    To say that people are gobsmacked by the overwhelming support by Christians for President Trump is an understatement. While I can understand why those from the party that booed God don’t get it, recent jabs by rightwing pundits are making it hard to differentiate between conservative purists and political snobs. A recent piece at Townhall.com by Bernard Goldberg shows he is baffled how “people of faith who supposedly admire civility and decency and detest abortion” could support Trump. National Review’s David French recently opined: “Moreover, the complete shock of Trump’s win (followed quickly by the Gorsuch nomination) forged a bond...