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Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal that Fast and Furious Rifle Was Used in 2013 Phoenix Gang-Style Assault

Christian Newswire - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:09pm
Grassley/Issa letter to Justice Department cites its failure to notify Congress, credits Judicial Watch with overcoming DOJ attempt to "limit its exposure to public scrutiny"Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188 WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch has announced that, based on information uncovered through a Judicial Watch public records lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Congress has confirmed that an AK 47 rifle used Source: Judicial Watch
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Synod Bishops Coming Together

Christian Newswire - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm
Contact: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191,  NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on the unofficial summary of the reports issued by the ten working groups that comprise the Synod of Bishops: The working groups expressed their dismay at the false impression that was given by the interim report. This was understandable given that almost none of them were consulted about it; the document was Source: Catholic League
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Synod Bishops Coming Together

Christian Newswire - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm
Contact: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191,  NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on the unofficial summary of the reports issued by the ten working groups that comprise the Synod of Bishops: The working groups expressed their dismay at the false impression that was given by the interim report. This was understandable given that almost none of them were consulted about it; the document was Source: Catholic League
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Judge Orders AIDS-Afflicted Pastor Who Had Sex With Female Members in Church Removed From Pulpit After Colorful Hearing

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:58pm
Pastor Juan D. McFarland of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, was forced to relinquish his pulpit in shame by a local judge Thursday after delivering an incriminating confession that he has full blown AIDS, slept with female members inside the church, abused drugs and church money while declaring he would not leave the ministry in recent weeks.
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Christian Talk Radio Host Josh Kimbrell Charged With Sex Crime Against 3-Y-O Boy; Supporters Defend Character

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:41pm
Josh Kimbrell, 29, a Christian talk radio host and chairman of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance Foundation in South Carolina, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 3-year-old boy. His supporters, however, have shot down the charge, saying it stems from a bitter custody battle between him and his ex-wife.
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Apple, Facebook Insinuate 'Mothers Are Not Welcomed in the Workplace' With Freezing Egg Benefit, Says Christian Theologian

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:20pm
Although some are praising Silicon Valley technology companies Facebook and Apple for offering to pay for their female employees to undergo egg freezing procedures that would allow them to put off childbirth until after the prime of their careers, a Christian ethicist is arguing that companies paying for such fertility treatments send the message that "mothers are not welcomed in the workplace during the prime of their careers."
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Wrongful birth in a me-first culture

World Magazine - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:18pm
When I first read the story of a wrongful birth lawsuit in Illinois, I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was a cruel parody, then I found out it wasn’t. About three years ago, a lesbian couple in Ohio wanted a child, so they contacted a sperm bank in Illinois. But according to columnist Mitch Albom, even though the couple selected donor No. 380, a white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed man, apparently someone misread the number as 330, which was an African-American donor. Now the women
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Globe Trot: Nigeria claims Chibok schoolgirls will be released Monday

World Magazine - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:10pm
FREEDOM FOR CHIBOK GIRLS?: The Nigerian government claims it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the terrorist group Boko Haram and says the militants have agreed to release the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok on Monday. We hope this report is true but will believe it when we see results, especially after the Nigerian government faced heavy criticism in April for publishing untrue claims that most of the girls had been released shortly after their kidnapping. Still, according to a
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Fox News Anchor Blasts Ebola Media Sensationalism; Tells Viewers 'We Do Not Have an Outbreak in the US'

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:01pm
A news anchor on Fox delivered a powerful message this week amid the Ebola outbreaks in the United States and the consequent fear mongering.
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Abortion Ad War Gets Ugly: Pro-Life Womens Group Accused of Being 'As Anti-Woman As It Gets,' Compared to Sex Abusers

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:55pm
As the 2014 midterm elections near, pro-life and pro-choice advocacy groups are in the midst of a television advertisement war that has been heating up in recent weeks as one pro-choice group has been attacking pro-life congressional candidates in advertisements that suggest that they are "as anti-woman as it gets."
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Can tech giants stop female employees’ biological clocks?

World Magazine - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:40pm
Apple and Facebook have announced they will offer insurance coverage for infertility treatments, sperm donation, and egg freezing, igniting a debate about the wisdom of encouraging women to try to hit snooze on their biological clocks. The Silicon Valley companies hope the move will draw more women to a largely male-dominated field.  Women are marrying and having children later in life. A 2011 Pew Research study found women’s average marrying age has increased to almost 27 years
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Graphic Photos of Mass Syria Killings, Torture Under President Assad's Regime Displayed at Holocaust Museum

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:39pm
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is featuring a display showing graphic photos of murder and torture that are said to have been committed under the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. A Syrian pastor has warned against using the images to justify expanding the war in the country, however.
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Patrick Henry College president steps down

World Magazine - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:32pm
Leadership change comes as school pushes for growth
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A Love That Serves

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:19pm
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Three Ways to Step Up when You Want to Slide Back

Persecution Blog - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:18pm

Some people are just naturally bold.

They seem to step up when others slide back. They are willing to speak up when others quiet down.

God has given each of us a unique style and personality. Sometimes it’s tempting to use our lack of natural “giftedness” as a reason not to follow through on what God has asked us to do.

He gives us opportunities every day to shine for Him!

A Filipina sister joyfully shares about God’s provision.

A Filipina sister that I met recently was confronted with an intense trial. She lives in an area of the Philippines where she is clearly a minority. She has experienced the lonely feeling of being one of the very few who are following Jesus in this predominantly Muslim area.

Not long ago, she rushed to the hospital to find that her twin granddaughters had been born prematurely. Their future was bleak. Would they survive at all? What would life be like for them if they faced a future of severe struggle and pain?

She told me that she prayed hard for the tiny girls, as any grandmother would. Then she told me that she began to understand that God called her to that hospital room at that specific time.

Then something interesting happened. As she prayed for her premature granddaughters, others began to take notice. People around her were watching closely.

At first, it may have been a bit awkward, but she pressed on. She said that she was not ashamed to pray in front of the doctors and nurses, even though they were Muslims.

As they days went on, several of the medical staff members were touched by her testimony. Then, she felt God leading her to step out even further.

She began going from bed to bed in the hospital ward asking other patients if she could pray with them. It wasn’t easy, or comfortable, but she was able to witness God at work in spectacular ways in that hospital ward!

Here are three ways that we can step up when we want to slide back:

1. EMBRACE OPPORUNITIES TO BE “STRETCHED.” Boldness is like a muscle that can be developed. The more you step out, the easier it becomes. Our faith is based on “walking by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Be willing to embrace the awkwardness, to move out of your comfort zone and watch what God will do!

2. JOYFULLY LOOK FOR “DIVINE APPOINTMENTS.” I made a new friend at a VOM Regional Conference in California earlier this year. As she scurried around helping set up for the conference, I noticed that she responded to requests for help with, “It’s my joy!” She was overloaded with joy and accepted people, places and opportunities as gifts from the Lord. Our Father cultivates deep, abiding joy within us when we accept His appointments.

3. REST IN THE HOLY SPIRIT’S PROVISION. Mark 13:10-11 is one of the most encouraging Scriptures in my life: “And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.” We can rest. We have the calm confidence of knowing that God will provide everything that we need in that precise moment of need. Even the very words that we speak! 

YOUR TURN: What are some ways that God has helped you step up when you wanted to slide back? How can you connect with other sisters and brothers who are looking for ways to boldly stand with those who are persecuted?  Click here to see if there is a VOM Regional Conference coming to your area.

Dr. Jason Peters serves in VOM’s International Ministries department, traveling frequently to meet with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. He has ministered in 35 countries, as diverse as Cuba, India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Burma, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Nigeria. Before joining VOM’s team, Jason was a faculty member of the US Air Force Chaplain Corps College, where he directed Crisis and Trauma training. Jason, his wife, Kimberly, and their five children are actively engaged in standing with their persecuted sisters and brothers.

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Newsboys Singer Excited by Recent Success of Christian Film; Will Work on 2015 Film 'Do You Believe?'

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:10pm
Michael Tait of Christian contemporary group the Newsboys expressed excitement for the growing success of faith-based movies in the box office and revealed plans to be part of a new film set for Spring 2015.
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ACLU, Liberals Express Concern Over Houston's Subpoenas of Sermons

The Christian Post - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:10pm
The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern over Houston officials subpoenaing sermons that may have been critical of a pro-LGBT city ordinance.
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New Episode of VOM Radio

Persecution Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:22pm

Listen to the latest episode of VOM Radio below. This week we hear first-hand from a gospel worker evangelizing inside Iran in spite of the risks there. We also hear from a couple that decided to come and volunteer their service at VOM.

Learn more about the launch of VOMRadio here.

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Iran Official: Evangelism Not Allowed

Persecution Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:17pm

The Voice of the Martyrs is actively supporting Christians in Iran who are sharing the gospel with their neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. In addition, we partner with broadcasting ministries sending the gospel message into Iran through television and other means. The government of Iran is clearly not happy with this ministry work.

According to Mohabat News, Ali Younesi, President Rouhani's Adviser on Ethnic and Religious Minorities' Affairs, said, "Everyone is free to practice his/her own faith, but no one has the right to promote his/her faith."

Mr. Younesi said in an interview with Revolutionary Guards-backed Fars News Agency, "We do not allow any individual or group to invite people to sects or religions other than Islam. We consider this dangerous for people and therefore illegal. They can be busy with their own business. However, it is not acceptable, for instance, if a Christian invites a Muslim to Christianity."

Ali Younesi, former Minister of Intelligence in President Khatami's administration, stressed that evangelical activities are illegal in Iran and all such activities must be stopped.

This is the most direct public statement from an official in President Rouhani's cabinet against evangelical activities.

Mohabat reports that the Iranian government actively promotes Islam in other countries where Christianity is the dominant religion, but does not want the reverse to happen inside its own borders.

Please pray for Christians in Iran who face pressure and persecution when they step outside of their government’s mandate not to share their faith. Click here to watch a video testimony of one woman who came to faith.

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