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Friend’s Faith Releases God’s Miracle-Working Power on ‘Brain-Dead’ Teen

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Four years ago, a freak accident left the family of then-14-year-old Taylor Hale making funeral arrangements for the high-school cheerleader. But thanks to the healing power of God and the faith of her family and friends, Hale is preparing to graduate high school, alive and fully healed.”I’m always thankful to all the doctors and nurses and therapists who helped me get better,” said the teen at a May 12 press conference, “but God did most of the saving.”While horsing around with her friends in the fall of 2011, the high school cheerleader fell hard on the concrete, resulting in a massive brain injury.Rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, the doctors hoped that her body would start to heal itself. Instead, the opposite happened, her brain beginning to hemorrhage, with part of her brain sinking into her spinal canal.”The following day, [doctors] said, ‘We’re sorry — there’s nothing more we can do for her,” Hale’s mother, Stacy Henningsen, told NBC News. “You should probably say goodbye.”The family began to make arrangements for their daughter’s seemingly inevitable death, but the faith of a family friend helped to change everything.While visiting her hospital room in this dark hour, Jeff Stickel felt the Holy Spirit impressing upon him the need to lay hands on the injured teen. After asking and receiving permission to do so, he prayed over Hale, asking for a miraculous healing.Shortly thereafter, with no obvious signs of recovery, doctors removed the Iowa teen from life support. But what natural law said should have been Hale’s end instead portended her new beginning.Once the life support was turned off, Hale began trying to take breaths on her own. Seeing this, the medical staff reconnected life support, and watched as, slowly but surely, the high school freshman’s condition began to improve.Soon she was responsive, sitting up, talking, and, walking around. And three-and-a-half years later, 17-year-old Hale is now preparing to graduate from high school on schedule.”It was the hand of God at work,” Hale’s father told local news station KREM 2. “That’s the only thing that can explain it.”
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Star Football Player Says ‘No’ to Sex Before Marriage

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Paris Saint Germaint defender and ex-Chelsea player David Luiz, 28, has said he will abstain from sex until after he is married to girlfriend Sara Madeira, after being baptised at team-mate Maxwell's in-house swimming pool on Friday.
Paris Saint Germaint defender and ex-Chelsea player David Luiz, 28, has said he will abstain from sex until after he is married to girlfriend Sara Madeira, after being baptised at team-mate Maxwell’s in-house swimming pool on Friday. (Christian Concern)
Paris Saint Germaint defender and ex-Chelsea player David Luiz, 28, has said he will abstain from sex until after he is married to girlfriend Sara Madeira, after being baptised at team-mate Maxwell’s in-house swimming pool on Friday.Alongside a photo of his baptism, the Brazil defender revealed on Instagram, that he had “chosen to wait”. His comments echo the sentiments of international team-mate Kaka, who also waited until his wedding day at the age of 23, saying “The majority of people say that after marriage, they don’t like jumping into bed with their partner because there is no desire. However, this is not true, my wife is the person I love and it was worth waiting.”I think people need to prevent themselves from making love before marriage. Of course, everyone has their own opinions but I think it was worth the wait.”PSG star Luiz captioned his Instagram quoting a verse in 2 Corinthians:”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)”He continued to say:”How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank You for loving me so much and take care of me! My life is yours, and I am your servant! What’re always in the center of all my decisions! I love my God! Amen” (sic) Despite the temptations that come with international fame and football stardom, Luiz has always remained grounded in his faith, and love of Jesus. Following Brazil’s 7-1 defeat in the 2014 World Cup Final he said:”My faith in Jesus gives me strength to keep on going out onto the field and to do my best, but I also want to inspire others – that is what God inspires me to do.”For me, true life is found in the relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe that everything in life belongs to God and he has a clear plan for us if we follow him.” 
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What You Need to Know About Jade Helm

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The US Military is planning for operation Jade Helm 15. (Reuters)
This summer, the U.S. military is planning an unprecedented training exercise, happening across seven states on private lands and towns in the Southwest.The Jade Helm 15 operation is making many residents feel uneasy. Speculation about why the military wants to train in American communities instead of on military bases is fueling a growing number of theories across the Internet and social media.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has even asked his National Guard to monitor it. So what is Jade Helm 15?According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, it’s “realistic military training” taking place simultaneously in seven states from Southern California to Texas.Over eight weeks, America’s elite Special Forces will practice “unconventional warfare” by practicing operating outside their normal support systems, adapting to new terrain, and working with civilians to gain their trust.When news of the operation broke, the phones inside Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s office lit up.”At first people were not sure what to think,” the GOP lawmaker told CBN News. “Do we have to worry about martial law? Is our federal government coming in and going to practice imposing martial law on Texas?”As a former Army captain, Gohmert said he understands the need for training, yet it bothers him that as part of the exercise the military is labeling Texas, Utah, and Southern California as “hostile.””This is actually taking areas of our home country of the United States and saying Texas is hostile, Utah is hostile, Southern California is hostile and we gotta take it from the hostiles. I find that incredibly offensive,” Gohmert said.He also thinks it’s no coincidence that the Jade Helm 15 map looks an awful lot like the 2012 political map. So-called “hostile” states are even colored red to match Republican strongholds.The suspicion surrounding Jade Helm 15 is fueled by the fact that a vast majority of Americans simply don’t trust the federal government. It’s a level of mistrust that’s peaked under the Obama administration, driven by what many consider to be violations of the Constitution and civil liberties.There’s another element of Jade Helm outside the training part that Cheryl Chumley, author of Police State USA, says Americans should be paying attention to. She says Jade Helm 15 is introducing a new type of warfare: the “Master of the Human Domain.””What’s going to happen is the special operations soldiers are going to be dressed in civilian clothes, driving civilian vehicles, and they’re going to be tasked with striking up a rapport with the local citizens,” Chumley explained.It’s a new strategy to root out terrorists since locals notice odd behavior first. In Jade Helm, citizens are part of the exercise.”Watch out because that guy that strikes up a conversation with you at the local 7-Eleven, is he a Jade Helm 15 participant?” Chumley said. “You know, it’s this psychological warfare that, it kind of messes with your mind a little bit.”White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Special Forces moving about communities will wear arm bands.”I feel confident in expressing to you, without having a lot of detailed knowledge of the particular exercise, is that the civil liberties and constitutional rights of American citizens will be in no way affected by this exercise,” Earnest recently told reporters.Despite conspiracy theories, Gohmert isn’t worried that the U.S. military is going to issue martial law, but he’s not happy with President Barack Obama.”When my own Commander in Chief, through his subordinates, is just fine with, for games purposes, declaring an enemy of two or more of your states, I’ve got a real problem with that. That is the most insensitive, outrageous thing that a military commander can do,” Gohmert said.Meanwhile, Chumley urges Americans to always stay vigilant when it comes to the government.”What I love most about America is our rights come from God, not government,” she said. “And I think we need to hold fast to that principle because once that’s gone then you just open the doors to more and more government encroachments.”
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Government Officials Put a Halt to Bethlehem Event

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Thousands gather at Empowered21. (Empowered 21/Facebook)
The Empowered21 Global Congress Bethlehem event slated for Friday, May 21, has been canceled by city and government officials in that region. The congress events at the Jerusalem Pais Arena have been extended on Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Daniel Kolenda, president and CEO of Christ for All Nations, will be the general session speaker. In honor of Shabat, the Jewish Sabbath, the general session will end prior to sundown.Kolenda is a contemporary preacher who has spoken to millions of people around the world through massive open-air Christian meetings in some of the most remote locations on earth. Kolenda is a fifth-generation preacher and graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida.The Global Congress will continue with a special service on Saturday, May 23, at the Jordan River at the spot where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This part of the river also narrowly divides the nations of Israel and Jordan. Christians will gather on both sides of the river to pray and worship God together in unity.On Sunday, May 24, attendees will spend the entire day in continuous worship and prayer at several points around the city of Jerusalem including the King of Kings Community.The Global Congress will end Sunday night in a grand Pentecost celebration at the Pais Arena. This will be a special impartation service for the next generation and everyone seeking the power of the Holy Spirit.Join in the Celebration of Pentecost by watching video coverage of the Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress. View the live stream at jerusalem2015.com.
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Boy Scouts of America President Makes Shocking Statement About Gay Leaders

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Boy Scout headquarters (Reuters)
Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said on Thursday the group’s ban on adult gay leaders cannot be sustained, a move that could open the door to ending the policy.Gates said at a national meeting of the group he does not plan to revoke the charter of Boy Scout councils that allow gay leaders, according to a text of the speech.”We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” said Gates, who as U.S. secretary of defense helped end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that barred openly gay individuals from serving in the military.He said he was not asking the Boy Scouts’ national board to make any policy change at the current meeting.The 105-year-old organization lifted its ban on gay youth in 2013 but continues to prohibit the participation of openly gay adults.The selection last year of Gates as president of the Boy Scouts was seen as an opportunity to revisit the organization’s policy on gay adults.Gates said he personally would have supported going further toward lifting the Scouts’ ban on gays but would not reopen debate during his two-year term.© 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. 
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Pentecostal Giant George O. Wood: Youth Are Leaving Churches That Do This

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Youth are leaving church because of this.
Youth are leaving church because of this. (Charisma News File)
It’s not that young adults are leaving churches, it’s that they’re abandoning denominations that are forsaking the authority of God’s word, George O. Wood says. “We (AG USA) have 3.1 million young people in the USA and 34 percent of them are under the age of 25,” The Assemblies of God overseer said at Empowered 21. “… The young people that are moving away from traditional religious structures in the U.S. typically belong to churches which have abandoned a belief in the authority of Scripture and the uniqueness and centrality, and exclusiveness of Jesus Christ.”His comments reflect the same research that says the Presbyterian Church USA is dying on the vine after coming out in full support of gay marriage. According to Barna research, one-quarter of 18-to-29-year olds are practicing Christians. The migration of young adults away from the church is only a glimmer into how Christianity is on the decline nationally. However, young adults are seeking authenticity in their churches, and those that produce it reap the fruits. “I think churches thriving are those who say they want to take a more proactive role,” says Barna’s Vice President of Research Clint Jenkin. “Creative churches (can) establish themselves in their community, reach people because they are able to find certain ways to transcend disagreements. If churches are in position of arguing, then you’re missing big piece of how you’re going to build relationships with people.”Barna research shows that in order to engage young people in congregations, one must be totally transparent.”More than one-third say their negative perceptions are a result of moral failures in church leadership (35%),” according to a Barnareport. “And substantial majorities of Millennials who don’t go to church say they see Christians as judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), anti-homosexual (91%) and insensitive to others (70%).”For Wood, though, it’s about showing young adults that church is place where they can experience God, and showing them their value and roles within the church.
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Pastor Resigns After Being Outed on Gay Dating App Grindr

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Rev. Matt Makela stepped down after being outed on a gay dating app. (Flickr)
A pastor stepped down after photos surfaced on the gay dating app, Grindr. Rev. Matthew Makela resigned his post at St. John’s Lutheran church in Midland, Michigan, after the photos went viral earlier this week.”I’m sure it was a shock to hear his name on the news or to be confronted with posts and links that break the confidentiality of this matter wide open,” St. John’s pastor Dan Kempin said after the resignation. “Most difficult is to see the way he has been savaged in all of this.”The married father of five confirmed to the Detroit Free Press the authenticity of the story. The pastor has allegedly been a strong proponent of traditional marriage and anti-gay marriage. “Changing the culture begins with changing our own culture of marriage and family, taking the marriage union with the utmost seriousness and welcoming children in our church,”  he wrote, according to the New York Daily News. His congregation is trying to keep their “perspective” during this storm, Kempin said. “It is easy to think that Jesus came to save polite sins and to forgive easy faults. But He came to save real sinners, and as such we rejoice to know that our sins, too, are covered. Washed away. Removed as far as the east is from the west. And these tears too will be wiped from our eyes in His time. In the meantime, please look to one another. We are hurting, but the God who is faithful will not forsake us.”
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Jack Hayford Opens Empowered 21

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Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns
Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns. (Facebook)
Pastor Jack Hayford, E.A. Adeboye and Claudio Freidzon opened the morning’s general session on Thursday, May 21, the first full day of Empowered21 in Jerusalem.Hayford delivered the first of two morning devotion sessions he will lead during the event. Speaking from Exodus chapter 3, Hayford used Moses’ experience with the burning bush when presenting the question, “Who am I that God can use me?””There is a call of God upon every one of us,” Hayford said. “Sometimes you may feel as if you are marking time, but as He did with Moses, God redeems time…God’s call on you is an unquenchable one.”Global co-chair of Empowered21, George O. Wood, moderated the morning session, introducing keynote speakers from two continents. E.A. Adeboye, pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria, expounded on Matthew 11:28-30. Claudio Freidzon pastor of Iglesia Rey de Reyes k nin Buenos Aires. Joined on stage by his daughter, Daniela, challenged the audience in both English and his native Spanish, on spiritual awakening. Freidzon’s message was followed by masses of congregants flooding the front of the stage seeking a fresh anointing of God’s presence.In the afternoon, Empowered21 hosted 12 ministry tracks in the arena. Sessions began at noon and included tracks entitled, “Word of the Hour,” “Sons and Daughters,” “The Move of the Spirit in the Land Today,” “The Creative Path,” “Business Leadership God’s Way,” “Spirit Empowered Discipleship,” “Prophecy and the End Times Next Gen Trending,” “Values and Min,” “Israel and the Church Today,” “True Religion: Compassion,” “Scholars One” and “Scholars Two.””The ministry tracks featured teaching from some of the most notable Spirit-empowered leaders from around the globe,” said William M. Wilson, president and global co-chair of Empowered21. “From business to prophecy we are hosting a wide variety of tracks to equip the Spirit-empowered Christian community here at this congress.”The evening general session will begin at 7 p.m. IST/12 p.m. EST. Speakers include John Francis, founder and pastor of Ruach City Church; Niko Njotorahardjo, senior pastor of Gereja Bethel Indonesia.Join in the Celebration of Pentecost by watching video coverage of the Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress. View the live stream at jerusalem2015.com.
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WATCH: Persecuted Christian Bakers Standing on Isaiah 43:1 After Losing Gay Cake Suit

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While “disappointed,” the owners Ashers Baking Company are not without hope. “We are upset things haven’t gone our way,” Karen McArthur says. ” … But it doesn’t change how we feel about God.”The McArthurs are just one example of the onslaught of Christian persecution through financial attacks. The couple refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding ceremony in Ireland, launching a lawsuit where the plaintiff says the rejection made him feel “unworthy” and a “lesser person.”The McArthurs were not intimidated, though, by his—or the court’s—demands and stand by their biblical foundations. Watch the video to see what they say about the ruling!
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Thousands Flood Jerusalem Seeking Holy Spirit

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Empowered 21
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Thousands of Spirit-empowered Christians from around the world are converging on Jerusalem this week for the Empowered21 Global Congress. The Congress, which is being held May 20-25, is a call to all believers from around the world to celebrate Pentecost in the land of Pentecost. The historic gathering began Wednesday night with a grand opening celebration in Jerusalem in front of almost 4,000 attendees from more than 70 nations. Approximately 5,000 people from 65 countries viewed the opening session via live stream on www.empowered21.com. Millions more watched live through networks including GOD TV, TBN Australia and TBN Russia. They filled the Pais Arena to witness worship, pageantry and the Word of God. A global worship team led the crowd in amazing time of singing praise to the Lord. William M. Wilson, Empowered21 president and global co-chair and president of Oral Roberts University welcomed the crowd to the congress. Wayne Hilsden, pastor of King of Kings Community in Jerusalem, gave the opening message. Delivering the keynote address was George O. Wood, co-chair of Empowered21 and general superintendent of the Assemblies of God USA and the chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.”This was an amazing night as we saw the world enter into the Jerusalem Pais Arena! You can sense that the attendees are passionate about seeking a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives. I believe we will see great works of God this week,” said Wilson.The event includes 130 noted leaders from the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement who will be speaking and teaching during the five-day event.Thursday will feature two general sessions and focused tracks including: next gen trending, values and ministry, how to pray and intercede effectively, prophecy and the end times, scholars gathering and paper presentation, effective ministry, Spirit-empowered discipleship, exploring the land of Pentecost, signs, wonders and healing, business leadership God’s way, leading, planting and prospering the church today, happening now: the book of Acts, true religion: compassion, leading effective praise and worship, the creative path: creating and producing effective television media, “how shall we talk between cultures?,” the word of the hour, Israel and the church today, your sons and daughters and communicating the word: publishing, media and the arts.On Friday, May 22, an outdoor worship event will be held in Manger Square in Bethlehem. This will be a time of praise, prayer and preaching focused on the coming of Jesus in Bethlehem.There will be a special service on Saturday, May 23, at the Jordan River at the spot where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This part of the river also narrowly divides the nations of Israel and Jordan. Christians will gather on both sides of the river to pray and worship God together in unity.Sunday, May 24, attendees will spend the day in continuous worship and prayer at several points around the city of Jerusalem including the King of Kings Community.The Global Congress will end Sunday night in a full-throttle Pentecost celebration at the Pais Arena. Believers from around the world will unite to ask for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to reach the ends of the Earth. This event is the celebration of Shavuot, occurring the same day as Pentecost Sunday on the western calendar.All general sessions can be seen live via www.empowered21.com. You can purchase downloads of any of the sessions at www.jerusalem2015audio.com.
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Will ‘Risen’ Live Up to its Bible Movie Hype?

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‘Risen’ tells the story of Jesus in a unique way. (YouTube/Sony)
Twelve years after the blockbuster film about Jesus’ crucifixion and many others like it, RISEN picks up where that film dropped off in the biblical story of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension. In RISEN—a wide-release feature film in theaters on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016—a Roman military tribune, second to Pontius Pilate, who saw Jesus die, now must dispel rumors that He is alive. RISEN is produced by LD Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s TriStar Pictures in association with AFFIRM Films, known for faith-and-family hits such as SOUL SURFER, COURAGEOUS and WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL.”RISEN is a gripping story of a top Roman official ordered to prove Jesus’ resurrection was a hoax by finding the body and crushing His few but passionate followers,” Rich Peluso, AFFIRM Films senior vice president, said. “Christians know it was no hoax. But seeing a doubter, a skeptic, unravel the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection brings a new outsider’s perspective to the Gospel’s account of the most important event in human history.”RISEN is an LD Entertainment and 50 Dias Producciones A.I.E—Fifty Days Productions LLC, co-production.RISEN stars Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER), Peter Firth (PEARL HARBOR) and Cliff Curtis (LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD). The film was directed by Kevin Reynolds (ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES) and is being edited by Steven Mirkovich (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST).RISEN is an epic biblical story of the weeks immediately following Jesus’ death on the cross, as seen through the eyes of the unbelieving Clavius (Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman military tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure that Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal His body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius’ mission is to find the body, dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.Producers believe the film’s unique approach of seeing Jesus’ resurrection from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever in addition to the faithful scriptural treatment of the story will attract wide audiences. Additionally, outreach to a coalition of leading Protestant and Catholic influencers will be a key aspect of RISEN‘s promotional campaign.RISEN is produced by Mickey Liddell, Patrick Aiello and Pete Shilaimon, and executive produced by Robert Huberman and Scott Holroyd.  Screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. Story by Paul Aiello. 
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Rand Paul Leading Charge Against Data Spies

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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul (Reuters)
Republican Rand Paul interrupted debate in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to make a speech opposing legislation that would extend U.S. spy agencies’ collection of Americans’ telephone data.The Kentucky lawmaker, a 2016 presidential candidate, ended his roughly 10-and-a-half-hour speech just shy of midnight. As the hours passed, he was joined by other legislators, including Democrat Ron Wyden, who also want to convince the Senate not to extend provisions of the USA Patriot Act that provide the legal basis for the collection of billions of telephone call records.”We shouldn’t be so fearful that we’re willing to relinquish our rights without a spirited debate,” Paul said.Paul was also joined by a laudatory Ted Cruz, who is also running for the White House, before yielding the floor at around 11:50 p.m.Although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, lawmakers have been unable to agree on how to deal with the June 1 expiration of the provisions.The data collection program was exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.Opponents say it infringes on Americans’ privacy rights, while supporters see it as a means to protect the country from security threats.If Congress does not pass legislation to continue or reform current surveillance powers before leaving town on Friday for a 10-day recess, legal authorities used to collect the data will lapse. It is unclear if Congress would be willing to put new powers in place.The House voted 338-88 last week to approve another bill, the USA Freedom Act, which would end bulk data collection and replace it with targeted information retrieval. President Barack Obama would sign the measure into law if it reaches his desk.The legislation has yet to be voted on in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he favored renewing the Patriot Act as is, calling it essential to the safety of Americans.Paul and Wyden promised to block even a short-term extension of the program.McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate had “an obligation” to address the expiration and would deal with it this week. He said he would allow a vote on the USA Freedom Act.An official who has followed congressional discussions on the issue said that, given the political complications, he did not see how it would be possible for Congress to approve any surveillance legislation before June 1.© 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. 
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Iraqi Christians Prepare to Defend Against Islamic State Attacks

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SOLI is training Iraqi Christians to defend themselves against the Islamic State. (Reuters)
Sons of Liberty International (SOLI), a company founded to provide free military consulting, training and supplies to communities threatened by terrorism, has completed a week of leadership training of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU), a group of Iraqi Christians trying to defend themselves against ISIS.Since December 2014, SOLI has advised and trained the NPU for free. The NPU recently asked SOLI to provide training in numerous military disciplines, beginning with leadership training for sergeants and officers.SOLI originally planned to provide an additional week of leadership training, as requested by the NPU, but this is no longer possible due to the lack of a training facility. Matthew VanDyke, founder of SOLI, was told by the NPU that one of SOLI’s rivals, the American Mesopotamian Organization (AMO), pressured the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM), a political party in Iraq that formed the NPU, into denying further access to their Dohuk headquarters, where the leadership training took place.”We congratulate the NPU soldiers in the leadership course for their achievement,” VanDyke said. “These courageous men worked hard and were really looking forward to completing an additional week of training, which included very important medical training that saves lives. They’re devastated that their training had to be shortened due to decisions made by ADM under pressure from AMO.”VanDyke urged cooperation among groups trying to help Christians in the Middle East defend themselves against ISIS.”AMO has repeatedly interfered with SOLI’s ability to deliver free training and supplies in an effort to preserve their influence over the NPU,” he said. “Unfortunately, ADM has allowed the influence of AMO to take precedence over protecting their people. The result is that SOLI cannot provide the NPU with additional free training or resources, such as body armor, medical supplies and vehicles, at this time. “Denying the NPU access to a training program before they are deployed against ISIS is unconscionable. It will likely result in the death of NPU soldiers. In all my years working in the Middle East, I have never seen anything like this.”Gevara Zaya of the NPU Leadership Committee, who has worked with VanDyke on all three SOLI training programs, thanked SOLI for its “excellent training.””It is regrettable that we have not been able to secure a location for additional leadership training at this time, but we hope for more training from SOLI in the future,” Zaya said.SOLI has met with other Christian forces in Iraq and will now look to work with one or more of these forces in the interim. SOLI has maintained a strong working relationship with the NPU leadership in Iraq for several months and remains open to working with them in the future.”SOLI looks forward to its next mission to support the Christian community of Iraq in their fight against ISIS,” VanDyke said.SOLI was founded to help communities protect themselves from terrorist and insurgent groups. SOLI does not charge those in need for its services and operates solely on generous support from individuals. 
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How Franklin Graham Is Praying for the Supreme Court

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Gay marriage supporters gather outside the United States Supreme Court (Reuters)
While Americans wait and watch for the Supreme Court’s verdict on same-sex marriage, Franklin Graham is doing more than waiting and watching—he’s praying.The evangelist has been offering assessments of various justices stances and how to pray for each of them as they deliberate.”Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born to a family of immigrants and grew up in public housing in the Bronx. She is a great example of someone who reached the American Dream through hard work and determination. Unfortunately, she is also an example of someone who seems to be very misguided on the issue of same-sex marriage,” Graham says.”She voted to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2014, and homosexual advocates consider her an ally in their fight to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Let’s pray for Justice Sotomayor to have the wisdom to know that as a society we cannot survive if we turn our back on God’s standards and His definition of marriage.”Graham also points to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Last year, she officiated at a same-sex wedding for her former law clerk. In 2013, Kagan—who was appointed in 2010 by President Obama—also voted to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which stated that marriage is between one man and one woman.”There seems to be no doubt about how she is leaning as the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage,” Graham says. “Today please pray that she will see the danger of deciding to go against God’s law and standards.”As advocates of same-sex marriage made their case before the Supreme Court in April, Graham notes, Justice Samuel Alito asked a pointed question: “Suppose we rule in your favor in this case and then after that, a group consisting of two men and two women apply for a marriage license. Would there be any ground for denying them that license?”As Graham sees it, Alito seems to understand that ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would have far reaching implications. Again, he’s praying Alito will have wisdom and stand strong for what we know is God’s unchanging truth—marriage is between one man and one woman.Graham is also concerned about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has served on the Court for over two decades. He says those who support same-sex marriage consider her an ally in their fight to toss God’s Holy Word aside.”As the Supreme Court continues to deliberate over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, let’s pray that Justice Ginsburg’s eyes would be opened to the truth of Scripture and that she would not be deceived by the arguments of those who seek to impose their ‘new morality’ on our nation,” Graham urges.Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy served on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before being nominated by President Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1988.”Some say that Justice Kennedy may likely be the swing vote in the ruling on same-sex marriage being considered now,” Graham says. “In the oral arguments phase a few weeks ago, he seemed to understand the vast implications if the court were to ‘throw away a millennia of marriage … .’ Today, pray for him especially, that he will realize the folly in doing just that.”Did you like this article? You’ll enjoy Jennifer LeClaire’s book, Appeal to Heaven: Join the prayer movement that will draw our nation back to God


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Letterman’s Final Act Includes Presidents, Hollywood Stand-Outs

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President Barack Obama on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.’ (Reuters)
Hollywood stars Steve Martin and Tina Fey, comedians Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld and a host of U.S. presidents joined the band Foo Fighters on Wednesday to bid farewell to David Letterman as the veteran “Late Show” host signed off for the last time.The show as expected featured no sit-down guest interviews, relying heavily on clips of Letterman shows going all the way back to his 1980s morning show on NBC.It opened with news footage of former President Gerald Ford intoning, out of context: “Our long national nightmare is over,” referring at the time to the Watergate scandal.In succession, presidents George H. and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and finally Barack Obama all repeated Ford’s pronouncement verbatim, with Obama adding, “Letterman is retiring.”A bevy of top names turned up for one of Letterman’s signature bits, the nightly Top 10 list, which was entitled “top 10 things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” Barbara Walters, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alec Baldwin, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Fey and Martin took aim.”I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy,” was Rock’s contribution, a reference to Letterman’s successor Stephen Colbert who takes over in September.Tributes also came from long-running television shows including “The Simpsons” and “Wheel of Fortune.”Notably absent was longtime rival and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, although Letterman quipped in his monologue “I’ll be honest with you – it’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get ‘The Tonight Show.'”The 68-year-old host, famed for his quick wit, sarcasm, offbeat humor, often snarky attitude and silly stunts, hosted top stars and presidents in his final weeks, much as he did during 33 years on late night television at NBC and CBS.For his swansong, Letterman, who started in television as a weatherman in his native Indianapolis, dropped his edginess and instead thanked his staff, his audience and CBS executives, including president and CEO Les Moonves who was on hand.Letterman even took a moment to introduce his wife Regina and son Harry as the lights briefly came up in the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan’s Times Square district.The show, which ran long at more than one hour and 15 minutes, ended as Letterman told viewers “thank you and good night,” turning the stage over to his favorite band Foo Fightersm who performed “Everlong” to a montage of clips.In a final image, he blew a kiss to the cheering audience.”It was a heart-warming and heartfelt goodbye,” said Victor King of Los Angeles, who flew in to attend the historic show.© 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. 
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ISIS Takes Full Control of Historic Syrian City

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Islamic State seized full control of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria. (Reuters)
Islamic State seized full control of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Thursday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting momentum is building for the ultra-hardline group.The twin successes pile pressure not just on Damascus and Baghdad, but also throw doubt on U.S. strategy to rely almost exclusively on air strikes to defeat the Sunni Muslim movement, which is an offshoot of al Qaeda.Islamic State said in a statement posted by followers on Twitter it was in full charge of Palmyra, including its military bases, marking the first time it had taken a city directly from President Bashar al-Assad’s army and allied forces.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saidIslamic State now controls more than half of Syrian territory following four years of civil war.The radical group has destroyed antiquities and monuments in Iraq and there are fears it might now devastate Palmyra, an ancient World Heritage site and home to renowned Roman-era ruins including well-preserved temples, colonnades and a theater.“This is the fall of a civilization,” Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.“Human, civilized society has lost the battle against barbarism. I have lost all hope.”Clashes in the area since Wednesday killed at least 100 pro-government fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which bases its information on a network of sources on the ground.Islamic State said retreating pro-government forces had left behind many dead, but gave no precise figures.The assault on the city is part of a westward advance by Islamic State that is adding to pressures on Assad’s overstretched army and pro-government militia, which have also recently lost ground in the northwest and south.“Palmyra is very strategically situated and can now be used as a launching pad for further territorial pushes towards Homs and Damascus,” said Matthew Henman, Head of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, in a note.Palmyra’s fall came just five days after the Islamist group seized Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar. Fighters loyal to the group have also consolidated their grip on Sirte in Libya, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, extending their reach in the region.COUNTER-OFFENSIVEIraqi forces said on Thursday that they had thwarted a third attempt by Islamic State militants to break through their defensive lines east of Ramadi overnight.Police and pro-government Sunni fighters exchanged mortar and sniper fire with insurgents across the new frontline in Husaiba al-Sharqiya, about halfway between Ramadi and a base where a counter-offensive to retake the city is being prepared.The loss of Ramadi handed the central Iraq government in Baghdad its most significant setback in a year and exposed the limitations of both the Iraqi army and a campaign of U.S.-led air strikes designed to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State.The United States plans to deliver 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq in June to combat suicide bombings like those that helped the Islamist group grab Ramadi, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.Iraq’s government has ordered Shi’ite militia, some of which have close ties to Iran, to join the battle to retake Ramadi, raising fears of renewed sectarian strife in the country.Washington has said it will support the Ramadi counter-offensive, but says it should include both Sunni and Shi’ite forces under the direct command of central government.The militants in Ramadi are seeking to consolidate their gains in the surrounding province of Anbar by pushing east towards the Habbaniya base where Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries are massing.“Daesh is desperately trying to breach our defenses but this is impossible now,” Police major Khalid al-Fahdawi said, referring to Islamic State. “They tried overnight to breach our defenses but they failed. Army helicopters were waiting for them.”Habbaniya is one of only a few remaining pockets of government-held territory in Anbar, and lies between Ramadi and the town of Falluja, which has been controlled by Islamic State for more than a year.Local officials say the militants want to join up the two towns and overrun the other remaining government holdouts, strung out along the Euphrates river valley and the border with Jordan and Saudi Arabia.Sabah Nouri, spokesman for Iraq’s counterterrorism forces, said forces were “flowing to Habbaniya with new lethal arms that will help reverse the course of action against Daesh”.He said the reinforcements would allow the army to wage several simultaneous attacks, and that regular troops would hold any recaptured territory to allow the counter-terrorism units to focus on maintaining an offensive.Although Islamic State has seized large chunks of Syria, the areas it holds are mostly sparsely inhabited. Syria’s main cities, including the capital Damascus, are located on its western flank along the border with Lebanon and the coastline and have been the priority for Assad’s government.In Syria’s northeast, Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led air strikes have been pressing an attack on Islamic State in Hasaka province, which links territories held by the group in Syria with neighboring Iraq. Scores of its members have been killed this week according to the Observatory and a Kurdish official.© 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. 
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Century After Welsh Revival, Students Vote Against Word of God

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Students are fighting to keep Bibles at their University. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant”.A motion passed at an Aberystwyth University Students’ Union meeting, called for an end to the tradition of having Gideon Bibles in students’ bedrooms, branding it “inappropriate in a multicultural university”.Those behind the motion are pressing for the Bibles to be removed by the end of the academic year and have proposed that students could instead request a religious text if they want one.University officials will now decide whether or not to accept the motion.Aberystwyth University alumni and Group Chief Executive of Bible Society, James Catford, said when the proposal was first put forward, that he disagreed with the idea.Responding to claims that the Bible ban is in the name of multiculturalism, he said: “The answer to a diverse and multicultural society is not to remove all traces of diversity. That seems illiberal and intolerant.”The motion was passed by 300 votes to 175, but the Students’ Union has faced criticism as the total number of students who actually voted accounted for less than five per cent of the 10,000-strong student body.Earlier this year the Students’ Union conducted a poll which revealed that more than half of students felt that having Bibles in university accommodation as a matter of course was “uncomfortable” or “unacceptable”.Commenting on the poll results, a spokesman for The Christian Institute, said: “It is hard to imagine how a person could actually be offended by a Bible simply being in their room.”The Gideons have been supplying Bibles free of charge for over a century now, providing support and encouragement for Christians and non-Christians alike.”Banning the Bible because some people might be uncomfortable with it would be a huge overreaction.”Students who feel uncomfortable having a Bible in their room could instead see this as an opportunity to try and engage with it.”Local evangelical churches and the Christian Union will be only too happy to help them.”In 2013 a company managing Huddersfield University accommodation called for Bibles to be banned arguing that it wanted its properties to be “ethically neutral”.
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5 Myths About Christian Persecution

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Refugees fleeing the Islamic State. (Reuters)
“The numbers are shocking” says CFI President Jim Jacobson. “Almost 1.5 million Christians lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled his regime in 2003 and the rise of Islamic State, 75% of the country’s Christians are believed to have fled Iraq or died in sectarian violence.” 

In Syria, almost a third of the population was Christian as recently as the 1920s. By this decade, only about 10 percent of the country’s 22 million inhabitants were members of Christian communities even before the current civil war and the brutality of ISIS.

This is not a new phenomenon, and it is not restricted to the Middle East.

The fact is anti-Christian persecution is growing in countries such as China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North Korea, and Burma to name just a few of the worst. In Africa, persecution is growing on a continental level.

Christian Freedom International President Jim Jacobson as he explodes “5 Myths About Persecution.” 
Source : Charisma News

MUSIC ALBUM: Kunle Kenny – ‘Ose Baba’ The EP (See Tracklisting)

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Kunle Kenny - Ose Baba EP

Lagos, NG — Gospel music minister, Kunle Kenny; A music director, voice coach, vocalist and songwriter who released the amazing hit single titled “Ose Baba” earlier this year has finally unveiled the full project to us. This EP (Extended Play) is also titled “Ose Baba” (Thank you songs) and it promises to be the only one of its kind.

The exuberant first single, “Ose Baba” has been and still is blessing lives all over the world.

Having enjoyed and still enjoying massive airplay both in Nigeria and abroad, the single trended on over 100 blogs, iTunes and Reverbnation to mention a few. The song simply speaks about gratitude to God for His unending love and faithfulness in a thought-provoking manner. Indeed the message of gratitude and God’s love can be seen in all of Kunle Kenny’s writings.

Ose Baba The EP, is a 7-track project which has something in it for everyone. In it are songs that will edify your spirit, bless your soul and move your body.

Due for release in stores on May 20th 2015, the songs boast production from the very best of hands in the Nigerian music industry and beyond. Inclusive are producers ranging from Viktur Sunday to Sola Soetan and Tunde Balogun known as SaxTee. These songs were mixed and mastered by both Nigerian based mixing engineer; PsalmJazzy and another giant in the world of post-production known as Mastering World in the United Kingdom.

This project will be available for sale on accredited online stores; iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Tidal. Orders for CDs can also be made on Konga.com

You’ve seen the cover above, now peep the track-list below…
‘OSE BABA THE EP…’ Track-list

1. Ose Baba Ft Anuu
2. Baba Ye
3. I Am Yours (Worship Medley)
4. Ijo Ope
5. Ose Baba Ft Beejay Sax (Sax Instr)
6. We Want Your Rain
7. Baba Ye Ft Kuti (Guitar Instr)‎

Orders can be placed on any of the platforms listed (i.e iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, Tidal and Konga).

CDs can be bought in all accredited stores nationwide i.e Laterna Ventures, Bible Wonderland, Shoprite and more stores close to you.

Mails can also be sent to [email protected]for m‎ore enquiries and orders.
Twitter & instagram – @Kunle_Kenny

 

Source : Praise World Radio

Nikki Laoye Campaigns For The Support Of The Education Of Internally Displaced Children From Northern Nigeria

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Singer/Humanitarian, Nikki Laoye continues on her mission to provide care and support for displaced persons in Northern Nigeria.

After her recent visit and assessment of the IDP camp in Kuchingoro Camp via her Angel Relief Fund initiative, Nikki Laoye and her team have decided to channel more support towards the education of the children residing at the camp after the severe disruptions in access to quality education following the Boko Haram insurgency in the North.

Ranging from ages 3 – 15 years and a total of 248 in number, the children are presently undergoing primary education classes via the “School Without Walls Initiative, set up by a couple, Mr & Mrs O’David who had initially visited the camp and seen the children roaming idle with no school on the camp.

Using their personal funds, The couple recruited teachers and they are presently providing some basic primary education to the children on the camp; but require more financial support to sustain the project.

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To further support the good work being carried out by the couple, Nikki Laoye is presently reaching out to well meaning individuals and organisations, to help provide a supportive environment of education for these vulnerable children via The Angel Relief Fund, by sponsoring the 248 children at the Kuchingoro IDP camp.

The Angel Relief Fund is also soliciting support for the 1,900 displaced children at the International Christian Center Camp (ICC), located in Benin City.

Nikki Laoye and Sammie Okposo amongst others will be spending time with the children on the 31st of May, 2015.

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Interested Individuals and organisations can help support school-related costs to cover provision of school materials, uniform and books for each child within the camps.
These costs are:

5,000 naira ($25) – Covers the provision of school uniforms, books and school materials
3,000 naira ($15) – Covers the provision of school uniforms only
2,000 naira ($10) – Covers the provision of books and school materials only

All donations are payable to
Acct name: Nikki Laoye’s Angel 4 Life Foundation
Account number: 0139296779
Sort Code: 058152081
Bank: GTBank (Guaranty Trust Bank)

Donations from Outside Nigeria can be made directly into the account via: www.worldremit.com/en/Nigeria

For further information and enquiries,
Contact Nikki Laoye’s Angel 4 Life Foundation
M: 08094848096
E: [email protected]
W: www.angel4lifefoundation.org

Follow on twitter: @A4LFoundation @NikkiLaoye
Instagram: @Angel4LifeFoundation

Together we can help rebuild the lives of the displaced children and families in Northern Nigeria.

 

Source : Praise World Radio

Joi Mor – Yahweh (with Lyrics)

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Joi Mor - Yahweh

Benin, NG — Fast rising Gospel artiste Joi Mor has released her much anticipated single “Yahweh”. The singer whose birthday was on the 20th of May had this to say…

“Yahweh is a song given to me directly from God, to me I feel it is spiritual and deeper than the usual worship song, born out of a deep hunger for pure and undiluted worship… YAHWEH Means God in his sovereignty…”

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Joi Mor will be hosting her debut concert “DOXA”, on Friday, May 22nd 2015 at House on the Rock Church, Benin City, Opposite the Benin Airport Gate.

Time for the event is 4:00pm and the dress code is ALL WHITE ATTIRE or a Touch of White.

Ministering at the event are Rev. Laurie Idahosa, Joan Paul, Yoyo, Johnny Drille, Ob Jazz, and Liora. “Yahweh” is produced by Johnny Drille.

LYRICS

I have searched around and I have found
That no one is like you
Yahweh…

You are bigger than all I can ever imagine
Yahweh..

Eh Yahweh
Yahweh….

What would I have today
And where would I be today
But for your love and your grace
That has kept me on the high
How can I express your love
Or tell of your wondrous works
When I was weak you were my strength
Lifted me up when I was down
You are the God of the firmaments
‎And no one compares to your majesty
You reign on high
And I declare that you are the greatest

See I have searched around
And I have found that no one is like you
Yahweh…
You are bigger than all I can ever imagine
Yahweh..

Eh Yahweh
Yahweh….
Eh Yahweh
Yahweh….
Your name is Yahweh Yahweh
Yahweh…
You are bigger than the biggest Yahweh…

Oooo ooo
Yahweh… yahweh..
Yahweh..yes you are
The God that delivers, the God that heals
Oooo Jehovah yes you are
Oooo mighty God
Mighty God… yes you are
See I have searched and I’ve found that no one is like you…

 

Source : Praise World Radio

GT Crew – Praise Reprise

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GT Crew - Praise Reprise

Lagos, NG — Popularly referred to by an acronym of her name, GT Crew (Glad Tidings Crew) is a music group comprising of highly talented music ministers, Okey Sokay, Giftberries, GAMiE and STO.

GT Crew’s latest mandate is to release her recordings at momentary intervals. Her first work to be released, a praise medley, so put on your dancing shoes and plug into “Praise Reprise” by GT Crew.

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Being in existence for about seven years, GT Crew has been privileged to minister on several platforms. Through her journey, she has focused on composing and recording songs to take the listener to a new level in the art of worship. The group is the music arm of Charis Family International Church.

Official hashtag: #PraiseReprise
Twitter: @gtcrewcharis
Instagram: @gtcrewcharis
Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gtcrew
Cc : @okeysokay, @giftberries, @gamemanmusic, @stobeats_ , @stobeats

 

Source : Praise World Radio

Muslims Massacre Pastor, Wife and At Least 70 Others in Brutal Attacks

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A pastor and his wife were killed by tribal Muslims. (Courtesy/CBN)
Tribal Muslims have killed more than 70 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau state in recent weeks.Acording to Nigeria’s Daily Post, Fulani herdsmen attacked more than eight villages between April 25 and May 11.The worst attack took place May 2, when Muslims burned down a church and killed 27 people, including the pastor and his wife.Many villagers are afraid to return to their homes, but some say they will remain and be a witness for Christ.For more than a decade, Fulani herdsman have attacked and seized Christian lands in central and northern Nigeria.
Source : Charisma News

Century After Welsh Revival, Students Vote Against Word of God

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Students are fighting to keep Bibles at their University. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant”.A motion passed at an Aberystwyth University Students’ Union meeting, called for an end to the tradition of having Gideon Bibles in students’ bedrooms, branding it “inappropriate in a multicultural university”.Those behind the motion are pressing for the Bibles to be removed by the end of the academic year and have proposed that students could instead request a religious text if they want one.University officials will now decide whether or not to accept the motion.Aberystwyth University alumni and Group Chief Executive of Bible Society, James Catford, said when the proposal was first put forward, that he disagreed with the idea.Responding to claims that the Bible ban is in the name of multiculturalism, he said: “The answer to a diverse and multicultural society is not to remove all traces of diversity. That seems illiberal and intolerant.”The motion was passed by 300 votes to 175, but the Students’ Union has faced criticism as the total number of students who actually voted accounted for less than five per cent of the 10,000-strong student body.Earlier this year the Students’ Union conducted a poll which revealed that more than half of students felt that having Bibles in university accommodation as a matter of course was “uncomfortable” or “unacceptable”.Commenting on the poll results, a spokesman for The Christian Institute, said: “It is hard to imagine how a person could actually be offended by a Bible simply being in their room.”The Gideons have been supplying Bibles free of charge for over a century now, providing support and encouragement for Christians and non-Christians alike.”Banning the Bible because some people might be uncomfortable with it would be a huge overreaction.”Students who feel uncomfortable having a Bible in their room could instead see this as an opportunity to try and engage with it.”Local evangelical churches and the Christian Union will be only too happy to help them.”In 2013 a company managing Huddersfield University accommodation called for Bibles to be banned arguing that it wanted its properties to be “ethically neutral”.
Source : Charisma News

Muslims Massacre Pastor, Wife and At Least 70 Others in Brutal Attacks

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Nigeria violence
A pastor and his wife were killed by tribal Muslims. (Courtesy/CBN)
Tribal Muslims have killed more than 70 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau state in recent weeks.Acording to Nigeria’s Daily Post, Fulani herdsmen attacked more than eight villages between April 25 and May 11.The worst attack took place May 2, when Muslims burned down a church and killed 27 people, including the pastor and his wife.Many villagers are afraid to return to their homes, but some say they will remain and be a witness for Christ.For more than a decade, Fulani herdsman have attacked and seized Christian lands in central and northern Nigeria.
Source : Charisma News

5 Myths About Christian Persecution

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Refugees fleeing the Islamic State
Refugees fleeing the Islamic State. (Reuters)
“The numbers are shocking” says CFI President Jim Jacobson. “Almost 1.5 million Christians lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled his regime in 2003 and the rise of Islamic State, 75% of the country’s Christians are believed to have fled Iraq or died in sectarian violence.” 

In Syria, almost a third of the population was Christian as recently as the 1920s. By this decade, only about 10 percent of the country’s 22 million inhabitants were members of Christian communities even before the current civil war and the brutality of ISIS.

This is not a new phenomenon, and it is not restricted to the Middle East.

The fact is anti-Christian persecution is growing in countries such as China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North Korea, and Burma to name just a few of the worst. In Africa, persecution is growing on a continental level.

Christian Freedom International President Jim Jacobson as he explodes “5 Myths About Persecution.” 
Source : Charisma News

Muslims Massacre Pastor, Wife and At Least 70 Others in Brutal Attacks

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Nigeria violence
A pastor and his wife were killed by tribal Muslims. (Courtesy/CBN)
Tribal Muslims have killed more than 70 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau state in recent weeks.Acording to Nigeria’s Daily Post, Fulani herdsmen attacked more than eight villages between April 25 and May 11.The worst attack took place May 2, when Muslims burned down a church and killed 27 people, including the pastor and his wife.Many villagers are afraid to return to their homes, but some say they will remain and be a witness for Christ.For more than a decade, Fulani herdsman have attacked and seized Christian lands in central and northern Nigeria.
Source : Charisma News

InterVarsity President Alec Hill Steps Down After Cancer Diagnosis

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InterVarsity’s Alec Hill has been diagnosed with cancer. (YouTube)
We are deeply saddened to announce that InterVarsity President Alec Hill has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a cancer of the bone marrow, which requires rigorous treatment. As a result of this news, Alec will enter cancer treatment on June 10.The entire InterVarsity Christian Fellowship family laments and joins together in prayer for Alec’s complete healing.The InterVarsity Board of Trustees will meet in early June, at which point an interim president will be appointed.Alec had originally planned to announce his departure from the president’s role this November and then to stay in office until the selection of a new president in the spring of 2016. The Board has already formed a Discernment and Search Task Force to begin the process of finding a new president.InterVarsity is deeply thankful for Alec’s 14 fruitful years of service. Through him, God has led us to a clarified vision and a more focused strategy to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and men and women sent into the world to serve God.Ron Williams, InterVarsity’s Board Chair, expresses his appreciation: “Alec has played a key role in encouraging and shepherding us. And we pray that he will experience God’s shepherding and grace as he faces the unexpected journey ahead.”Please join us in praying that God will bring him complete healing.Alec gives thanks for the community he has led since 2001: “I am so grateful for the truly remarkable people—trustees, vice presidents, staff, faculty, students, and supporters—that I’ve had the honor to serve with. The Lord has blessed our campus mission in ways that I couldn’t have imagined possible. I look to a future guided by His hand.”
Source : Charisma News

Court: Anti-Islamic Film Can Stay on YouTube

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Google Inc. should not have to remove an anti-Islamic film from its YouTube website because a woman complained that she was duped into performing in the film that depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a pedophile, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.In a case widely followed for its potential impact on the entertainment industry, an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said an injunction prohibiting Google from broadcasting the film should be lifted.A three-judge panel had ordered Google to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. Billed as a trailer, it triggered anti-American sentiment among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in 2012.For many Muslims, any depiction of the Prophet is considered blasphemous.Protests over the film coincided with an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.The court said in its ruling that, “The film, featuring a crude production, depicts the Prophet Mohammed as, among other things, a murderer, pedophile, and homosexual.”The plaintiff, actress Cindy Lee Garcia, objected to the film after learning it incorporated a clip she made for a different movie. According to the ruling, “Film producers dubbed over Garcia’s lines and replaced them with a voice asking, ‘Is your Mohammed a child molester?'”The case raised questions about whether actors may, in certain circumstances, have an independent copyright on their individual performances.The 9th Circuit said Garcia’s argument “would enable any contributor from a costume designer to an extra to claim copyright in random bits and pieces” of a movie.Garcia said she had received death threats due to the film, and while the court sympathized with her position it found that her copyright claims were weak.”In this case, a heartfelt plea for personal protection is juxtaposed with the limits of copyright law and fundamental principles of free speech,” the court wrote.Garcia’s attorney, M. Cris Armenta, said in an emailed statement, “The decision short changes the threats on the life of Cindy Lee Garcia who did not voluntarily participate in the hateful message that the controversial trailer about the Prophet Mohammed espoused around the world.”Armenta said it was “unlikely” Garcia would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.Google said it had “long believed that the previous ruling was a misapplication of copyright law.”Twitter, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others had urged the 9th Circuit to side with Google. Twitter argued that copyright law does not require service providers to monitor for all possible infringements. The ACLU said the case involved the public’s right to access and view a video central to a political debate.© 2015 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.
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Denomination Lets Churches Appoint Married Gays to Leadership

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Last week the Church of Scotland voted to permit clergy in same-sex partnerships to be appointed to leadership positions.The Church of Scotland claims that it maintains a traditional view of marriage between a man and woman. Churches are now allowed, however, to ‘opt out’ of the official position, should they wish to appoint deacons or ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships.Nowhere in the Church of Scotland’s statement is reference made to what the Bible teaches on marriage.In a bold statement, the Co-ordinator of the Principal Clerk’s office of the General Assembly, Very Rev David Arnott, has suggested that this move by the Kirk’s General Assembly could provide a ‘template’ for the Church of England. At present, the Anglican Church requires clergy in same-sex civil partnerships to state that their relationships are celibate.Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who defied the Church of England by ‘marrying’ his male partner, provocatively tweeted: “I am deeply glad that the Church of Scotland has followed where the Spirit of God is leading.”Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, comments: “Not only is Andrew Foreshew-Cain in breach of obedience to God’s plan and purpose for marriage, but he’s also defying the Church’s teaching.”The outgoing Moderator for the General Assembly, Very Rev John Chalmers, spoke to those on both sides of the debate in Scotland, stating: “We cannot go on suffering the pain of internal attacks which are designed to undermine the work or the place of others. It’s time to play for the team.”And let me be very clear here – I am not speaking to one side or another of the theological spectrum. I am speaking to both ends and middle. It is time to stop calling each other names, time to shun the idea that we should define ourselves by our differences and instead define ourselves by what we hold in common – our baptism into Christ, our dependence on God’s grace, our will to serve the poor and so on.”Andrea Williams responds: “The team God wants us on stands for truth. God is very clear in Scripture that marriage between one man and one woman is the pattern that He has set out for our good.”In Titus 1, Paul teaches us that Christian leaders are held to even higher standards of holiness than those in their care. Paul includes among his list of required attributes that a good church leader be ‘the husband of one wife’.”So, while congregations in Scotland may now ‘opt out’ of the Church of Scotland’s position on marriage, they cannot change the fact that they will be going against God’s express commands in the Bible.” 
Source : Charisma News
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