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Posted 7/18/17 at 7:04 PM | Mark Ellis

Former Hindu’s parents opposed Jesus, until a dream about a ladder to heaven

By Mark Ellis

He came from a Hindu family that was very invested in idol worship, but a dream about Jesus and a ladder to heaven changed the course of their lives.

“Even though my entire family worshipped idols and performed all the required rituals, we had no peace in our home,” Asish Sunar explained to Biglife. “My parents fought regularly which made me very unhappy. It made me begin to question our beliefs and to search for truth.”

While most of Sunar’s family was Hindu, he had one aunt who became a follower of Jesus. “My aunt used to share the gospel with my parents, but they always refused to listen to her and rejected hearing the truth,” he recounts. “However, my aunt was able to share with me the truth of the Gospel. She encouraged me to believe in the Lord Jesus because only He can save us from our sins.

As a result of his aunt’s testimony and the power of the Word and the Spirit, Sunar was born again.

He was not fully prepared for his parents’ reaction to his newfound faith. “My parents became very upset when they learned about my conversion,” he says. “They would not allow me to meet with other Christians, so my aunt began to take care of me.” FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 6:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Netanyahu reads from Bible, counters U.N. resolution about Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs

By Mark Ellis

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read a Bible passage from Genesis during his July 9th cabinet meeting to counter a resolution passed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site, according to World Israel News (WIN).

He read aloud from Genesis 23:16-19 to his cabinet:

“And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant…And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre–the same is Hebron–in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.”

The prime minister noted Israel’s historical association with Hebron. “The connection between the Jewish People and Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of purchase and of history which may be without parallel in the history of peoples,” he affirmed.

“Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site.” FULL POST

Posted 7/12/17 at 8:27 PM | Mark Ellis

George Clooney: Sudan pays powerhouse D.C. lobbyist $40K a month to get sanctions removed

By Mark Ellis

It is one of the world’s worst offenders in the persecution of Christians, using starvation as a weapon of war, and is still funding militias that murder innocents. Its leader, President Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Sudan’s government directed attacks that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-Arab civilians in Darfur a few years ago. In the last year, the government has demolished 27 churches, which the government claims violated land-use laws.

Yet somehow, Sudan’s government hired an influential lobbying firm in Washington, Squire Patton Boggs, for $40,000 a month to get sanctions removed by the Trump administration, George Clooney and John Prendergast charged in Time Magazine.

While Congress has led bipartisan efforts to isolate the Sudan regime, Clooney, Predergast, and many others are surprised that a respectable lobbying firm that includes former House Speaker John Boehner and former senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, has taken on Sudan as a client.

“Either they don’t know that their firm is taking $40,000 a month from the government of Sudan, or they don’t know what this regime has done,” Clooney speculated. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis

New York Times claims Iran and Hezbollah are fighting terror

Iran and Hezbollah were held responsible for the Khobar Tower bombing that killed American servicemen

By Mark Ellis

The New York Times has produced a video that bends over backward to present a sympathetic portrait of Iran’s supposed fight against terrorism, especially in their opposition to ISIS.

The video: “How Iran fights — and aligns with — terrorists” was posted on YouTube by the Times on July 3rd. The narrator of the video begins by stating that “Iran has long been accused of exporting terrorism, but the country itself has been the target of attacks for decades.”

Others disagree with the sympathetic portrayal. “The New York Times paints Iran as a victim of terror attacks for decades, setting Iran up as our partner – on par with the West – because of its elaborate counter-terrorism strategy,” says Meira Svirsky, editor of the Clarion Project.

Iran was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States in 1984. “It remains one of the world’s greatest offenders today, yet the New York Times would have us believe that for the most part Iran is a victim of terrorism,” Svirsky says. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Serious allegation: Google alters search engine to punish pro-life group

By Mark Ellis

A prominent pro-life group, Operation Rescue, alleges that Google’s search engine has been manipulated to dramatically reduce exposure to a page containing critical information about abortion on their website.

Until mid-May, the fact page, Abortions in America, was their most visited page. It previously appeared in the top five when searching “abortions in US.”

But mysteriously, the link to their page disappeared from the first page of search results and reappeared in the 25th spot on page two.

Links to the Guttmacher Institute, NPR, CNN and the New York Times appear prominently on the first page of results.

“We noticed that our web stats were a lot lower than normal,” says Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice-president of the organization. “We decided to do some investigation and that’s when I discovered that Google had been burying our most popular page.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:52 PM | Mark Ellis

Islamic preacher on Temple Mount calls for slaughter of all Americans, Europeans

Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim”

By Mark Ellis

In a fiery sermon delivered at the Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim,” condemned the Saudi and Qatari regimes for their collaboration with the U.S. and the British.

Then he prayed to Allah to “enable us to slaughter” all the Americans and Europeans and the “criminal and treacherous” Arab rulers, according to the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI).

His vicious tirade was answered by cries of “Amen” from his audience. The video was posted on YouTube on June 18.

“Do not think that some of the collaborators are right and some are wrong,” Siam bellowed in his sermon. “They are all equally collaborators. Just as the Saudi regime is a lackey of the Americans, and is immersed in collaboration with them, the Qatari regime is a lackey of the English, and is immersed in collaboration with them. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:43 PM | Mark Ellis

Vietnam: Imprisoned pastor eats insects, mice and frogs to survive

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, imprisoned since 2011, was placed in a solitary cell in the Xuan Loc Prison in Vietnam’s southern province of Dong Nai since October 2016. He suffers from sinusitis, arthritis, high blood pressure and inflammation of the stomach, but has received no medical treatment from the prison’s authorities, according to his wife.

By Mark Ellis

In Vietnam’s Central Highlands, pastors imprisoned for their faith are languishing, facing dire conditions that make it difficult to survive.

Pastors on trial are rarely given access to an attorney, and the length of their prison terms is almost irrelevant, as labor camp officials can extend them indefinitely over the pettiest violations.

“One pastor we know was sentenced for 11 years, but it has already been extended to 20,” Su*, the director of an indigenous ministry told Christian Aid Mission (CAM). “This happens if you don’t get up on time or don’t accomplish your task.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:32 PM | Mark Ellis

Former leader of church planting movement transitions to female

Before and after transition

By Mark Ellis

Paul Williams, the former leader of a church planting organization known as the Orchard Group, has transitioned to female and is now known as Paula, according to the New York Times.

From his earliest memories, Paul was not comfortable with his gender identity. He followed his father’s footsteps into ministry, married a minister’s daughter, and fathered three children. Living in Long Island, New York, he enjoyed hiking and mountain biking, according to the Times.

But he kept his battle with gender "dysphoria" a closely guarded secret.

In late 2012, he couldn’t contain the secret any longer and confided in his son Jonathan – the leader of a church plant in Brooklyn funded by Orchard Group.

Paul told his son he wanted to live as a woman – transgender.

“I was relieved for a split second, not really knowing or understanding what it was,” Jonathan told the Times. “This was before Caitlyn Jenner or ‘Transparent.’ FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Amid drought and starvation, Muslim holy men warn villagers away from Christian medical clinics

Boy in Niger, victim of drought and famine

By Mark Ellis

In drought-stricken Niger, Samira watched two of her children die from starvation. Now her two-year-old son Adamou*, born in a mud hut, was severely malnourished, his skin hanging limply from his bones.

But because of warnings from Muslim holy men in her village known as marabouts, and fearing angry spirits, she didn’t think she should visit the Christian medical clinic in Dantchandou, 22 miles away.

In fact, Adamou had never received any modern medical treatment, according to a report by Christian Aid Mission (CAM).

Samira had taken him to the marabouts, who made ritual incantations, recited verses from the Quran, and made attempts to contact spirits via plants and perfumes.

More than 80 percent of Niger’s people are Muslim, but they often combine Islam with other animistic rituals from their ancestors, according to CAM.

Samira received jolting news from one of the marabouts. “The native healer told me that the spirits are not happy about me, and that I have to pay with my children,” she told CAM. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:54 PM | Mark Ellis

When he heard what the Lamb of God did for him, he ran and hid in a ditch

Pioneers
Koppa

By Mark Ellis

Simon and Annika Flanagan, missionaries with Ethnos360, recently planted a church in the village of Soi, Papua New Guinea.

One of the recent converts in the village, a young man named Koppa, grew up in another village many miles away.

“I never knew my mom and my dad and as soon as I had an opportunity I moved away from my small village into one of the bigger towns,” Koppa told them. “Then I soon got involved with the wrong crowd and started to use drugs and alcohol.”

A rebellious spirit and corrupt behavior got him into trouble with the police and he had to run from town to town in order to avoid arrest. But eventually, the authorities caught up with him and he landed in jail.

“I escaped out of jail but nearly got killed when the police shot at me. So I fled far away to hide from the police here in the village here where I’m living now,” he recounted. FULL POST

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