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Prayer List: Mass Starvation Killing Hundreds of Venezuelan Children

Venezuelan selling food in 2012, before the oil prices dropped and the economy failed.

In a heartbreaking news article, The New York Times reports that in 2018 almost 400 Venezuelan children died from starvation at nine public hospitals following emergency room visits.

Dr. Livia Machado told The Times, “Never in my life had I seen so many hungry children.” Dr. Milagros Hernández describes the tragic conditions of her patients, “Children arrive with the same weight and height of a newborn.

Prayer List

* Pray for Venezuela’s starving citizens to receive the food and nutrients they need for physical health.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the parents and siblings of children grieving the loss of family members.
* Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual health of parents, doctors, nurses and other care givers struggling at this time.
* Pray for Venezuela’s political leaders to change their destructive economic policies or be replaced by politicians that will pursue policies that would rebuild the economy.

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  • Benny Hinn’s Confession – Full Transcript
    Full statement from Benny Hinn, popular wealth-and-health Word of Faith preacher, on September 3, 2019, speaking to his followers during a Facebook Live broadcast: So it’s all about our brokenness, our old man, we call that the flesh must be broken, must be out of the way. And today, sadly, among a lot of circles, […]The post Benny Hinn’s Confession – Full Transcript appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • By WHOSE Standard?
    Saints, you’ll want to pay close attention to how the Social Justice Movement has been worming its way into churches of all denominations, but especially into the pews of the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s as if leaders have forgotten that Jesus came as Savior to wipe away our guilt and shame, and are instead demanding […]The post By WHOSE Standard? appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 24 Jul 19, 3:16am -
  • Lou Engel ends “The Call” to usher in Billy Graham’s “mantle”
    Millions of young people around the world are being told that they can soon supernaturally receive the hovering mantle of evangelism from the late Billy Graham, and that this opportunity will be theirs on February 23. Please hear me, Christian, there is no “mantle” from any person dead or alive that we are to activate […]The post Lou Engel ends “The Call” to usher in Billy Graham’s “mantle” appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 28 Jan 19, 9:28pm -
  • Holding on.
    Discernment Ministry. What do you think of when you hear or read that term? Does your nose wrinkle a little? Does your upper lip curl in disgust? A lot of good, solid, caring, sheep-loving discerning writers are being told not to quit their day jobs due to the actions of a few. Whether those actions […]The post Holding on. appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Why we “Mark and Avoid”
    There is a growing trend to dismiss the Bible in a world that says, “you can’t believe a book that’s a couple thousand years old,” as Rob Bell has done. Bell recently made these statements and said that the Church is very close to embracing gay marriage. If you haven’t boldly marked false teachers, people […]The post Why we “Mark and Avoid” appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • On MLK Day, Be Still and Listen
    Hearing each other is a miracle. We need to practice receiving it as such.Years ago I sat alongside a dozen pastors in a sun-baked, mud-caked church in rural northern Mozambique. They’d gathered to test a recent translation of Isaiah in Lomwe, their local dialect. The Isaiah passage was familiar to me, but not the language. Still, as we went around the circle—each pastor reading aloud to hear how the new translation sounded—I picked up enough to pronounce some words. When it came my turn to read, rather than pass, I plunged in and read a few verses myself. The Lomwe pastors heard me speaking their language even though I didn’t fully know what I was saying. They beamed with delight. A white American minister had traveled all the way to their village to understand them without insisting they first understand him.I can’t help but connect this experience to the first Christian Pentecost. In the wake of Jesus’ ascending to heaven and the Holy Spirit’s descent, Acts 2 reports new-and-improved Aramaic-speaking apostles speaking the gospel in the wide array of languages to the peoples gathered in Jerusalem (2:4). The crowds heard their own native tongues being spoken even though the apostles didn’t know the dialects (2:6). This is why we refer to Pentecost as a miracle of speech. But what if it was just as much a miracle of hearing?I counted on such miracles most Sundays in my many years as a preacher. After a sermon, a listener would thank me for saying “just what I needed to hear.” When I asked what it was that I said, the person would relay the words they heard—words I knew I never spoke (being the manuscripted preacher I am). This was the Holy Spirit’s doing, I believe, making my words work in ways I hadn’t dreamed they ...Continue reading...
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  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Letters from a Birmingham Jail
    Today is the day we celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday and the cause he championed, racial equality. Over the years, I’ve developed a tradition of posting Letter from Birmingham Jail on the day we celebrate his birthday. I thought it might be worth explaining why I do.Since many evangelicals were on the wrong side of the race issue decades ago (and on the wrong side of some of the hoses in places like Birmingham), I think it is helpful to read some of the words that came out of that Birmingham jail. The letter was in response to several white religious leaders and an open letter they published, A Call for Unity.My hope is that it will help evangelicals think more deeply on the issue of race today, asking the Lord to make our blind spots clear and our passion for justice strong.Wikipedia explains:The Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, also known as The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King, Jr., an American civil rights leader. King wrote the letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his part in the Birmingham campaign...King's letter is a response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen on April 12, 1963, titled "A Call For Unity". The clergymen agreed that social injustices existed but argued that the battle against racial segregation should be fought solely in the courts, not in the streets. King responded that without nonviolent forceful direct actions such as his, true civil rights could never be achieved. As he put it, "This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'" He asserted that not only was civil disobedience justified ...Continue reading...
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  • Died: Jack Van Impe, Televangelist Who Saw Signs of End Times
    Every week for more than 30 years, he interpreted headlines in light of prophecy.Jack Van Impe, a popular televangelist and one of the world’s most well-known end times preachers, died at the age of 88. His passing was confirmed Saturday by Jack Van Impe Ministries International.Every week for more than 30 years, Van Impe appeared on TV as the host of his own half-hour show, Van Impe Presents, offering eschatological commentary on current events. Alongside his wife Rexella, Van Impe read the latest headlines and explained how they connected to prophecy about the Antichrist, one-world government, and the rapture of true believers that might happen at any moment.“We only report the news from the latest papers and magazines,” Van Impe once said, “but we use the Word of God to show you that it means Christ is coming.”Van Impe reached a global audience from his studio in the suburbs of Detroit. He had memorized tens of thousands of Bible verses, earning himself the nickname “the Walking Bible.” He would recall Scripture on his show as he explained his apocalyptic theology, before ending each episode with a call for viewers to prepare for the end by accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior.“Few reached a larger audience than evangelist Jack Van Impe,” historian Paul Boyer wrote in his landmark study of prophecy belief in modern America. “Bible quotations studded Van Impe’s apocalyptic predictions, including not only the familiar ones from Revelation, Zechariah, and 2 Peter … but also more obscure selections from Joel, Zephaniah, Malachi, and … Ezekiel.”Beerhalls to ChurchesVan Impe was born in Freeport, Michigan in 1931, the son of two Belgian immigrants. Jack’s father Oscar worked in a Plymouth auto factory by day ...Continue reading...
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  • The Confessions of a Recovering Evangelist
    In a society full of people who would rather speak than listen, people are starving for someone who is willing to offer them their ears.Years ago, I flew to Colorado to help people increase the quantity and the quality of their God conversations in a church in Colorado Springs. On the shuttle ride over from the Denver airport to my rental car company, I struck up a conversation with a young man in his early twenties. He had just flown back into the U.S. after a year of graduate study abroad. We started talking about his career aspirations after his studies were finished.We got off the shuttle bus and headed to the counter to pick up our rental cars. As I was getting my rental car, I couldn’t help but overhear the bad news this young man was getting about his. Unbeknownst to him, his driver’s license had expired while he was out of the country. Nudged by the Holy Spirit, I offered him a ride. He was totally taken back by my seemingly small offer of kindness.As we headed into Denver, he asked me what I did for a living. I had a “holy hunch” that if I told him I was an evangelist, our conversation might have ended quickly and awkwardly.So I told him I was an author and speaker. He quickly asked me what I write about and I responded that he could actually help me with what I was writing about. Intrigued, he asked, “How can I do that?” Here was my response: “I’m on my way to speak at one of the largest churches in Colorado. If I gave you 30 minutes to tell these Christians what not to do to have a spiritual conversation with you, what would you tell them?””Without any hesitation, he said, “I’d tell them if you are not willing to listen to me, I am not going to listen to you. Every conversation I’ve ever had with Christians has been one-sided. They always want to do all the talking and ...Continue reading...
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  • Colegas na Seleção Brasileira, Firmino é Batizado por Alisson
    Roberto Firmino, campeão mundial de clubes pelo Liverpool FC, diz que agora seu maior título é o amor de Cristo.Milhões de torcedores cristãos estão comemorando a maior jogada fora de campo do famoso jogador brasileiro de futebol Roberto Firmino: ele entregou sua vida a Cristo.Menos de um mês depois de marcar o gol da vitória sobre o Flamengo na Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA, o atacante Firmino do Liverpool Football Club, time da Premier League da Inglaterra, confessou sua fé publicamente e foi batizado em uma piscina por seu colega de time, o goleiro Alisson Becker, e pelo músico cristão brasileiro Isaias Saad. Firmino, de 28 anos, compartilhou um vídeo do batismo em seu Instagram na quinta-feira, tendo mais de 3.2 milhões de visualizações em um único dia.“Te dei meus fracassos e as vitórias te darei também. Meu maior título é o teu amor Jesus!”, escreveu Firmino.Becker, que também é brasileiro, foi considerado o melhor goleiro da FIFA em 2019. Sua fé cristã é bem conhecida. Ele atribui seu sucesso como goleiro ao trabalho duro e à fé. “Você precisa se concentrar muito no futebol” — disse ele — “e acho que a fé também é importante. Se você acredita em Deus, sabe que precisa fazer o seu melhor em campo e colocar amor em tudo o que faz na vida”. Quando teve a chance de jogar pela Seleção Brasileira na Copa do Mundo, ele postou no Twitter: “Realização de um sonho!!!” “Glória a Deus!”.Becker foi encorajado a falar sobre sua fé pelo técnico do Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp, um ex-jogador alemão, que teve uma forte ...Continue reading...
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Forum 18 News Service

  • TURKMENISTAN: Raids, searches, fines, threats, beatings, headscarf bans
    Protestant women celebrating Christmas are the latest victims of police raids on worship meetings. Officers searched the home, seized telephones, forced the women to write statements and took photos and fingerprints. Officials often summon and threaten people known to be religious (including men who attend mosque, women who wear headscarves, and Jehovah's Witnesses). Eight Jehovah's Witnesses were fined in 2019.
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  • TAJIKISTAN: Conscientious objection "a major crime"?
    Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Jovidon Bobojonov has been held since October 2019 by the military despite offering to do alternative civilian service, even though the government claimed in March 2019 to the UN Human Rights Committee that an alternative service law is being prepared.
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  • KAZAKHSTAN: 153 administrative prosecutions in 2019
    In 153 known administrative prosecutions in 2019, 129 individuals (1 twice), 2 religious communities and 1 company were punished for worship meetings, offering religious literature and items (including online), sharing or teaching faith, posting religious material online, praying in mosques, inviting a child to meetings, or inadequate security measures. Yet an official claimed "We have no problems in the area of freedom of conscience".
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  • DONBAS: Luhansk: Gospel of John, Baptist books banned
    The unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic banned 12 Baptist books as "extremist", including an edition of the Gospel of John in the widely-used Russian Synodal translation. Officials refused to say why the books are "extremist" and what will happen to those found with them. The ban came a week after the Supreme Court overturned a court order to destroy seized Baptist books.
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  • TAJIKISTAN: Muslim faces 18-year charges, Jehovah's Witness prisoner denied Bible, Pastor freed
    Prosecutors are seeking 18 years' jail for Sadriddin Mulloyev at his Dushanbe trial for membership of Muslim movement Tabligh Jamaat. Jehovah's Witness Shamil Khakimov, who is 68, failed to overturn his seven and a half-year strict regime jail term. Prison authorities still deny him a Bible. Protestant Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was freed on 17 December months before the end of his three-year jail term. However, an associated church in Konibodom remains closed after the regime forcibly closed it in 2017 after raiding and torturing church members, as well as firing them from their jobs.
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Get Religion

  • newConcerning a Christian-school student and her rainbow birthday cake (and online pics)
    If GetReligion readers search the nearly 17 years of material on our site for this term — “doctrinal covenant” — they will find five or six screens (depending on browser settings) worth of posts. Click here and explore that if you wish.What we have here is story after story about disputes between private religious schools (or similar institutions) and students, parents, faculty members or staffers. The vast majority of the reports are about LGBTQ-related clashes rooted in centuries of Christian and Jewish doctrines about sexuality and marriage. There may be cases involving Muslim doctrine, but they don’t seem to make it into the news.Private religious schools — whether on the doctrinal left or right — are voluntary associations, and the word “voluntary” is crucial. No one has to attend one of these religious schools or work for them. However, it’s important (from a legal point of view) that students, parents, etc., clearly acknowledge that they are consenting to follow — or at least not openly attack — the doctrines and traditions that define the life of a religious private institution.Thus, most of these religious schools require students, parents, faculty, etc., to SIGN a “doctrinal covenant” that states these teachings and the school rules that are linked to them.Readers who glance through those GetReligion posts about news coverage of these cases will notice that these media reports rarely mention the existence of these covenants (they are often referred to as mere “rules,” thus failing to note their doctrinal content) and, if they are mentioned, the stories usually fail to note that people involved in disputes with these schools voluntarily signed them. In other words, who needs to know that First Amendment issues are involved?This brings us to the “rainbow cake girl” story, as covered by The Louisville Courier Journal, The Washington Post and other newsrooms. The headline in the Courier Journal shows how this story is being framed: “Louisville Christian school expelled student over a rainbow cake, family says.”
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  • newPlug-In: Game show host with cancer touts prayer, but faith is complicated (Who is Alex Trebek?)
    I have wondered about Alex Trebek’s faith for a while.My curiosity was piqued last May when the longtime “Jeopardy!” host — battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer — cited prayer as a factor in his “mind-boggling” recovery. He later revealed a setback that required him to undergo more chemotherapy.In advance of ABC’s special prime-time series "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time," the 79-year-old Trebek sat down for an interview with Michael Strahan that aired Jan. 2. Yes, the subject of prayer came up. More on that in a moment.But first, in case you weren’t among the 13.5 million viewers Tuesday night, this is how the competition turned out: Ken Jennings prevailed over fellow quiz show legends James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter and claimed the $1 million prize. The Bible even made a cameo in one of the Final Jeopardy clues.Back to Trebek: As noted by Newsweek, he talked with Strahan about matters of faith and morality: "I believe in a higher power....he or she is busy enough looking after more serious problems in the world. But I don't minimize the power of prayer," he said. "Most of us have an open-ended life. It's no longer an open-ended life, it's a close-ended life," he said, given the poor survival rate for pancreatic cancer. "I'm not sure I always have this positive frame of mind." He later admitted, "My self-deprecating humor is worth its weight in gold."So, does Trebek have a specific religious affiliation?This much is known, as I’ve pointed out before: He grew up in a Catholic household.
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  • Think about this: How many religious flocks are ready for children with 'hidden' disabilities?
    On one level, this week’s think piece is not about religion. Then again, it is a personal and transparent piece from The Seattle Times — written by GetReligion contributor Julia Duin, a veteran religion-beat professional.It’s a piece about what it’s like to travel with one or more children with “hidden disabilities.” She is talking about PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders and other intense conditions that, to be blunt, may not immediately be obvious to people at nearby restaurant tables, in lines at theater parks or jammed into adjacent airplane seats.OK, what about people of various ages who are settled in for peace and quiet, or even transcendence, in a nearby pew during Mass?So read Duin’s article and picture that in your mind. Look for the situations that religious leaders of all kind need to stop and think about, in terms of their own communities, activities and facilities. Think about that as you read this: You’ve seen them at the airport, at the beach or in a restaurant. A child is thrashing or kicking or on the ground while a desperate parent hovers nearby, trying to ignore angry glances from passersby. I know because I’ve been that anguished parent. On display are “cognitive disabilities,” invisible handicaps related to how children’s brains work. For many kids with cognitive disabilities or developmental disorders, a car can be a prison, a plane or a new hotel room can be sheer terror. In the past, families were stuck, barely venturing outside the county, certainly not on an overnight trip. Travel meant potential trauma minefields, and unfortunately, we live in a world where bystanders are more apt to call the police or Child Protective Services than offer help to the parents.Can you see the potential for any of that in, oh, a loud suburban megachurch?
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  • A religion question and so much more: What is Judaism?
    THE QUESTION:What is Judaism?THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:How are we to comprehend the series of attacks on American Jews during the holiday season? Why were there 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. during 2018, by Anti-Defamation League count, which was double the 2017 total and the third-worst year on record?Whatever the explanation, the three-word question above was the headline and subject of an online article just before the recent repellent events. Author Dennis Prager is a religiously and politically conservative Jew whose talk show airs on many “Christian-formatted” stations in the Salem Radio Network.Prager said he raised this very fundamental question because “fewer and fewer Jews know anything about Judaism,” and many non-Jews “erroneously identify Judaism with what most Jews believe,” namely some vague secularized outlook.This is no easy question because Jewish identity has a dual nature, religious and ethnic. Many Americans who consider themselves Jewish may be religiously Buddhist, or atheistic, or could care less about any religion and see their identity only as a cultural heritage. Also, unlike Christianity, Judaism is not a religion with defined creeds and confessions.The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906 told us Judaism is quite simply “the religion of the Jewish people,” which doesn’t get us very far.
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  • And this just in: Religious left is real, important, rather small and it's old news
    Every four to eight years, mainstream journalists start writing hopeful stories about the potential for the religious left — that should be Religious Left — to rise up and save America from the Religious Right.This is the sort of thing that we write about here at GetReligion and the topic came up again in a post called, “Mayor Pete evolving into Pastor Pete? Prepare for latest uptick in MSM ardor for religious left.” That led to this week’s “Crossroads” podcast. Click here, please, to tune that in.The religious left, of course, has changed and evolved over the decade that I have followed it and reported stories about it. But, basically, we are talking about liberal Mainline Protestants, liberal Catholics, a few evolving evangelicals, liberal Jews and so forth and so on.The problem, of course, is that so many of those ancient doctrines keep clashing with the creeds of the emerging Zeitgeist (mostly the Sexual Revolution, in post-Roe v. Wade America).Lots of folks who were part of the old religious left go with the flow. But some are troubled. Go to any traditional African-American church and talk to people. Go to a multi-racial Assemblies of God church. Talk to Catholics who go to Vespers and then stay for Confession.So, White House race after White House race, we see stories about the latest set of “lesser of two evils” challenges faced by people who are, sincerely, religious/moral traditionalists, but they are also economic populists. There are the people who do not exist, according to MSNBC and Fox News. They don’t fit in the Democratic Party’s faculty lounge or the GOP’s country club.So is the latest attempt to raise up the religious left a valid story?Of course it is. The African-American church vote really mattered to Barack Obama (think his evolving beliefs on gay marriage) until the moment in time when he no longer needed those votes.Latino voters matter, as well. Hold that thought!The religious left also is very important in mainstream newsrooms — at least the ones in which I have worked.
    - 3 days ago 17 Jan 20, 6:30pm -

Mission Network News

  • Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/somalia-sees-bloodiest-terror-attack-countrys-history/Somalia (MNN) -- Over 300 people were killed in Somalia's bloodiest attackThe post Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history appeared first on Mission Network News.
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  • Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/emergency-medical-flight-gets-conjoined-twin-infants-life-saving-surgery/DRC (MNN/MAF) -- Conjoined twins saved through ministry’s medical flightThe post Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 17 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • Christmas short-term mission opportunities!
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/christmas-short-term-mission-opportunities/Int'l (MNN) -- Short-term mission trip opportunities this ChristmasThe post Christmas short-term mission opportunities! appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 17 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • The faces and stories behind World Food Day
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/faces-stories-behind-world-food-day/International (MNN) -- On World Food Day, ministry spotlighting long-term solutionsThe post The faces and stories behind World Food Day appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 16 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/state-elections-draw-near-india-spark-anti-christian-sentiment/India (MNN) -- Christians are being watched closely The post State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 16 Oct 17, 4:00am -

PE News

  • High Impact, Low Cost
    Ambitious Hispanic district church planting effort commits to launching 27 churches in 2020.
    - 3 days ago 17 Jan 20, 2:00pm -
  • Ethnic Emphasis Broadens SoCal Reach
    Congregations respond to the growing population diversity among minorities.
    - 4 days ago 16 Jan 20, 4:00pm -
  • This Week in AG History -- Jan. 18, 1936
    Following a miraculous healing, Elva Stump followed God's leading to raise up churches in West Virginia.
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  • India AG Partners with ICOM to Nearly Triple Churches
    The India Assemblies of God and the India College of Ministry, a school of Global University, are working to reach their goal of planting 25,000 house churches by the end of the year.
    - 5 days ago 15 Jan 20, 1:30pm -
  • Continuing the Legacy
    The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership keeps focusing on its late founder’s vision.
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 20, 7:00am -

Persecution Blog

  • Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' Story
    Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian...      Related StoriesVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Nate Saint Memorial School: End of an Era"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese Prison 
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  • After Arrest, "I Was Terrified"
    “Dr. Andrew” is working to share the gospel in the Middle East, but he hasn’t always had a heart to share Christ’s love with Muslims. Growing up in a nominal Christian family, Andrew was harassed by Muslims his whole life....      Related Stories"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonPetr Jasek: God Opened the Prison DoorMiddle East Christians "Standing in the Fire" 
    - 27 Jun 17, 10:07pm -
  • Being a True Vessel for God's Use
    “Brother Matthew” is a pastor and church planter in South Asia, working among Muslims to share the gospel. After threats against his life and an attack on his brother, he was encouraged by family members to leave his country. He...      Related StoriesVOM Radio in Central Asia"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonAfter Arrest, "I Was Terrified" 
    - 7 Jun 17, 4:56pm -
  • VOM Radio in Central Asia
    "Tanya" is a Christian worker in Central Asia, living and ministering in a country where she must always be cautious about what she says openly and who she says it around. Listen to hear how Christians in the former Soviet...      Related StoriesBeing a True Vessel for God's Use"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonPetr Jasek: God Opened the Prison Door 
    - 9 May 17, 7:17pm -
  • Nate Saint Memorial School: End of an Era
    The end of an era comes next month. In August 1985, I clutched my mom’s hand and squeaked my rubber flip-flopped way down the gravel path from the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) “base” to the cinderblock Nate Saint Memorial school....      Related StoriesMissionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' StoryVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God" 
    - 27 Apr 17, 8:14pm -

Religion News Service

  • newTrump v. Jefferson on National Religious Freedom Day
    A proposed Trump rule change would undermine religious freedom.The post Trump v. Jefferson on National Religious Freedom Day appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • newThe $100 billion Mormon fortune is not about the money, stupid
    "I’m not trying to excuse the Church’s massive nest egg here, just point out a reality of what I see happening," says guest blogger Mette Harrison. "Which is that it’s not about the money, stupid. It’s about loyalty."The post The $100 billion Mormon fortune is not about the money, stupid appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 6 hours ago 20 Jan 20, 5:27pm -
  • newMultiracial churches growing, but challenging for clergy of color
    KELLER, Texas (RNS) — 'Pain is a part of the growth,' said the black pastor of a multiethnic Southern Baptist church in Utah.The post Multiracial churches growing, but challenging for clergy of color appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 9 hours ago 20 Jan 20, 3:00pm -
  • newDr. King in today's America
    (RNS) — Dr. King would recognize the progress that has been made, but he would not be dancing; he would be organizing. 'Change,' he taught, 'does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.'The post Dr. King in today's America appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 10 hours ago 20 Jan 20, 2:00pm -
  • Jack Van Impe, end-times preacher and televangelist, dies at 88
    (RNS) — Jack Van Impe, a televangelist who for decades warned viewers about the end of the world, died at 88. The post Jack Van Impe, end-times preacher and televangelist, dies at 88 appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 1 day ago 19 Jan 20, 5:31pm -

Today's Creation Moment

  • THE END IS FEAR
    Remember when Bible-denying cartoonists mocked evangelists carrying “The End Is Near” signs? Today, the people holding those signs are not Christians but are climate-change alarmists … and anyone who dares laugh at them will be persecuted for being a science denier and often a whole lot worse. The signs now read “The End Is Near in 12 Years”, and there are many people – especially politicians – who are touting it to gain power, redistribute wealth, undermine capitalism and take away our way of life. Nothing must stand in their way – not even the freedom to make our own decisions regarding the car we drive, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the words we speak and even the thoughts we think. Do the research and you’ll see that such alarmists are not peddling truth. They are peddling fear, and, judging from how many people believe the hoax, they are indoctrinating millions of people into their environmental faith, both in America and around the world. Children, in particular, are exposed to this end-of-the-world scenario, kids who are too young to analyze the data and come to a rational conclusion. When Christians, on the other hand, frighten children by....
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World Magazine

  • newThe reality of abortion regret
    Seven years after her abortion, Pat Layton was driving down an interstate highway in Florida when she burst into tears. The Christian talk show playing on her car radio featured women talking about their abortions. They mentioned their struggles with drugs, alcohol, anger, depression, and shame. Layton had experienced all of those problems and she was finally realizing that they stemmed from her abortion as a college student in 1977.“The whole reason that I had wanted an abortion was to be independent and to have a good job,” Layton said. “I had actually accomplished what I had wanted.”But she was miserable. It took seven years for Layton to realize her abortion was causing her pain.Now researchers are trying to dismiss the pain women like Layton have experienced. Last week, the academic journal Social Science & Medicine published a study that claimed post-abortive women feel more relief than regret in the years after their abortions. Researchers, led by Corrine H. Rocca of the University of California, San Francisco, followed up with 667 women who had abortions, tracking their emotions from one week to five years after the procedure.“We found no evidence of emerging negative emotions or abortion decision regret,” the study claimed. In its conclusion, the paper argued that its findings challenge pro-life laws that regulate abortion access on the basis of protecting women’s emotions. But stories like Layton’s challenge those conclusions. She has since written Surrendering the Secret, an abortion recovery Bible study used across the country. Layton said her abortion recovery began that day she was driving on the highway.Pamela Whitehead, executive director of ProLove Ministries, said it took her a decade to identify the effects of terminating her pregnancy. Just days after her abortion in 2001, the 9/11 terrorist attack happened, and she buried her grief. In the following years, she attempted suicide, became addicted to drugs, and lived in a homosexual relationship even though she wasn’t a lesbian. It wasn’t until 2011 that Whitehead realized her abortion had been the “precipitating factor” of her self-destructive decisions. “I could trace it back to that event,” she said.Even though people in Whitehead’s life had encouraged her to abort her baby, she struggled with sorrow and shame for years. “Ask [the women] in five more [years] and see where they stand,” she said, referring to the women in the UCSF study.In contrast to the study’s findings, Whitehead said her emotions resulted directly from her abortion.“It was something that was coming from within,” she said. “Once I became aware of the truth of science … I had to reconcile with the fact that I had played a part in killing this child. I’m the one that has to live with that.”Whitehead and Layton both noted the study looked at a limited number of women. The report said only 37.5 percent of the women asked to participate in the study consented, and even fewer completed it. The final number of women, Whitehead said, represented less than .01 percent of the total number of women who have abortions every year. Layton pointed out that women who experienced any trauma or shame related to their abortions were the least likely to participate in such a study.Other research verifies the negative post-abortive experiences of women like Whitehead and Layton. A 2018 literature review examined past studies that addressed the effects of abortion on the mental health of women. “The association between abortion and higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic symptoms, sleep disorders, and other negative outcomes is statistically significant in most analyses,” the review found.Another study published in 2017 surveyed post-abortive women, most of whom had sought abortion recovery services at pregnancy care centers. Of the 987 women who participated, 67.5 percent said they visited a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor after their first abortion—a significant increase from the 13 percent who already received mental health services before the abortion. The researchers also found an increase in the percentage of women who used prescription drugs for mental health following their abortions.But the conclusions of the UCSF study downplay these negative mental health effects of abortion. The resulting data puts vulnerable women––and unborn babies––at serious risk while propping up the argument that abortion is justifiable.“It’s nothing but somebody’s wasted time trying to justify abortion and trying to make it look like it doesn’t hurt women,” Layton said. iStock.com/BLFink Canterbury Cathedral in England Around the worldMexico: Scientists paid dozens of women in Puerto Vallarta $1,400 each to undergo artificial insemination, resulting in unborn babies that were either flushed out of their body and analyzed for research or left in their wombs and aborted. Researchers said the study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, enabled them to test a new method that could lead to cheaper in vitro fertilization techniques. Embryos from the study resulted in five pregnancies, three healthy babies, and an unnamed number left frozen. Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at the University of Chicago, called the study “disturbing” and “unethical”: “What this essentially does is use the woman’s body as a petri dish.”Switzerland: A convicted child rapist in Switzerland wants to end his life using assisted suicide rather than fulfill his lifelong prison sentence. Peter Vogt, 69, has been imprisoned since 1996 for numerous violent sexual assaults against women ages 10 to 56. In 2018, he applied to Exit, a Swiss assisted suicide facility, to obtain lethal drugs to end his life, citing his kidney and liver problems. “It is natural that one would rather commit suicide than be buried alive for years to come,” he wrote. Swiss law bans euthanasia for “selfish reasons,” and while Vogt’s request has not been granted so far, authorities reportedly sought input from the Center of Expertise in Prison and Probation, which approved allowing prisoners to have access to assisted suicide.Singapore: An abandoned baby found in a trash bin drew widespread sympathy and calls for adoption in the city-state grappling with a low birthrate. Trash collectors found the crying baby in a bloody plastic bag while clearing debris at the end of a trash chute at an apartment building. Authorities have not identified the parents of the child, but six women have already written to The New Paper requesting to adopt the baby, and others have inquired with child protective services. The number of births in Singapore fell to an eight-year low in 2018, giving it one of the lowest fertility rates globally, according to data obtained by Reuters.England: The Church of England last week distanced itself from a ceremony at the Canterbury Cathedral in which one of Britain’s most prominent abortion advocates received an honorary doctorate. The University of Kent recognized Ann Furedi, president of the United Kingdom’s largest abortion provider, during a ceremony in November. Cathedral officials said the house of worship acted only as a venue and they did not have any other involvement in the event. —Mary Jackson YouTube/KPRC-TV Alexandra Wolliston with one of her sets of twins Hands happily fullA Florida mother said she hit the “twin lottery.” Alexandra Wolliston, who lives in West Palm Beach, birthed two sets of twins last year without undergoing in vitro fertilization. Her first set of twins, boys Mark and Malakhi, were born in March. Then, just a few months later, she found out she was expecting twins again. Kaylen and Kaleb were born Dec. 27.Wolliston told WPTV-TV she recently learned both her grandmothers had twin boys and all four died during childbirth. “I always say that I feel like my grandmothers gave me their kids,” Wolliston said. “I feel like they just sent them down for me.” —M.J. Image: Deck: A study tries to downplay the emotional toll on womenCategory: Pro-LifeKeywords: AbortionScienceSocietySlug: AbortionArticle Title: The reality of abortion regretAuthor: Leah HickmanDigital Branding: VitalsHide from Archive?: 0
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  • newGun owners rally in Virginia
    Demonstrators chanted “Northam out” and waved flags of support for President Donald Trump as thousands congregated at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Monday to protest proposed gun control legislation. Concerns about violence at the rally led Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, to declare a state of emergency and ban all weapons from the Capitol grounds.Was the emergency declaration justified? Authorities feared that fringe groups could spark a repeat of the violence that led to the death of Heather Heyer at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. Last week, investigators arrested three men with suspected ties to a white supremacist group who were planning to attend the rally. No reports of violence had emerged as the rally wrapped up at about noon on Monday. The gun rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League organized the annual event. This year, it drew a larger crowd, perhaps because Democrats introduced several gun control bills after winning majorities in both chambers of the Virginia legislature. Some of the measures would limit handgun purchases and implement universal background checks.Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about congressional Republicans’ struggle to find a unified response to gun violence.Image: Category: StateArticle Title: Gun owners rally in VirginiaKeywords: PoliticsGun controlGunsGun RightsVirginiaProtestLegislationAuthor: Harvest Prude
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  • newBoth sides air impeachment arguments
    WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s defense team and Democratic prosecutors are making their cases before the American public. The president’s impeachment trial is set to resume Tuesday after both sides officially submit their briefs.What are the arguments? Trump’s attorneys on Saturday said the president did not violate U.S. law. Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz joined the president’s legal team, along with Ken Starr and Robert Ray, both of whom investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Dershowitz said Sunday that Democrats were stretching the definition of an impeachable offense and that “criminal-like conduct is required.” Democrats claim Trump betrayed his oath of office by abusing it for personal gain. They also are pushing for witnesses and documents that were not a part of the House investigation. Republicans accuse Democrats of asking for more information to bolster a weak case against the president.Dig deeper? Read an Associated Press report on who’s who on Trump’s legal team.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: Both sides air impeachment argumentsKeywords: PoliticsImpeachmentWhite HouseCongressU.S. SenateAuthor: Harvest Prude
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  • newFamilies, schools debate MLK Day schedule
    Most government offices, banks, and school districts are closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, but some students in the Iowa City area still had to attend classes. The Clear Creek Amana school district designated it as a snow makeup day, and some families are not happy about it. “My daughter will not be here on Monday. We will be going to activities downtown that advocate for equality and diversity and teach about Dr. King’s dream,” parent Angela Minear said, according to KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.Why did the district pick MLK Day to make up missed school time? Officials said they asked for public input before voting on the school calendar and received no objections. Parent Sean Keller said he and many others did not know MLK Day might be used as a snow makeup day or that they had a chance to weigh-in. The district agreed to excuse students who miss school Monday to celebrate the holiday.Dig deeper: Listen to part of King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Monday’s episode of The World and Everything in It. Also not taking the day off: Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning heavily in early primary state South Carolina, linking arms at an MLK Day event at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia.Image: Category: Family & SocietyArticle Title: Families, schools debate MLK Day scheduleKeywords: CultureSocietyPoliticsEducationRace IssuesAuthor: Lynde Langdon
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  • newEnd-times televangelist Van Impe dies
    Televangelist Jack Van Impe has died, his ministry confirmed on Saturday without giving further details. He was 88 years old.Who was Van Impe? For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Rexella, hosted the television program Jack Van Impe Presents, in which he analyzed current events in the context of the Bible’s end-times prophecies. The program aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network until 2011, when Van Impe severed ties over a disagreement about his criticism of prominent Christian leaders. He earned the nickname “The Walking Bible” for his extensive memory of Scripture verses.Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read about the death of end-times preacher Harold Camping in 2013.Image: Category: Family & SocietyArticle Title: End-times televangelist Van Impe diesKeywords: ObituariesBibleChristianObituaryAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
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