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Posted 3/6/17 at 4:36 PM | Mark Ellis

Australia: High school principal removed after he converts to Islam, allows radicalization of students

Former Principal Chris Griffiths

By Mark Ellis

At a Muslim-majority public high school on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, a principal who converted to Islam fostered an atmosphere of increasing radicalization among the students, leading to his removal along with his deputy.

Principal Chris Griffiths and Deputy Principal Joumana Dennaoiu were both removed from their roles at Punchbowl Boys High School after an investigation by the Education Department uncovered the disturbing trend, according to the Daily Mail.

Islamic students were threatening to behead non-Muslim teachers and were openly declaring themselves ISIS sympathizers, it was alleged.

The principal – who converted to Islam in 2014 – refused to cooperate with a de-radicalization program for the school.

Following his conversion, relations between police and the school took a turn for the worse. “Students were being told that if ‘the pigs’ stop you, to film them and refuse their directions,” a senior officer told the Daily Telegraph. “The students were being led down a dangerous path by the principal. We had concerns about radicalization.” FULL POST

Posted 3/4/17 at 5:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian school invests $15,000 in Snapchat, reaps $24 million

Students at St. Francis

By Mark Ellis

When a student’s father at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California recommended the school invest $15,000 in a start-up company now called Snap Inc., little did they know they would reap a $24 million windfall.

It seems that high school student is the daughter of Barry Eggers, founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Snapchat’s first investor, according to the L.A. Times.

In 2012, Eggers was intrigued when he saw his two children enthralled by the new app. Eggers’ partner tracked down the founder of Snapchat, then operating the business from a Stanford dorm room.

Eggers pitched the investment idea to the board of the school and they bought into it. A short time later, Snapchat received their first investment from an outside source, totaling $500,000 — $485,000 from Lightspeed and $15,000 from the school.

When the school sold-off two-thirds of its shares at $17 apiece, it reaped a phenomenal return on their initial investment. FULL POST

Posted 3/2/17 at 12:10 PM | Mark Ellis

Protesters enraged when chaplain prays to Jesus at townhall meeting

Sen. Bill Cassidy confronts heckler

By Mark Ellis

A group of protesters erupted in anger when a chaplain prayed in Jesus’ name at the beginning of a February 22nd town hall meeting in Louisiana organized by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Shortly after Louisiana State Chaplain Michael Sprague began his prayer, many began shouting out “pray on your own time” and “let’s get on with it.” Then some hecklers at the back of the room began chanting “separation of church and state,” according to the Independent Journal Review (IJR).

Not content to merely shout down the chaplain, then they began to attack a local Vietnam war veteran who came forward to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

They screamed “we wants answers” and “do your job,” rudely interrupting the pledge. The veteran steadfastly plowed ahead until he finished his recitation.

When Sen. Cassidy reached the stage, he was also treated rudely, according to IJR. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/17 at 3:33 PM | Mark Ellis

Pastor cried out to Jesus, found protection during massive quake

Houses turned to rubble by Gujarat earthquake

By Mark Ellis

It was one of the deadliest earthquakes in India’s history, with some villages near the epicenter disappearing completely. One pastor and his team were beginning a mission conference in a five-story hotel only a short distance away. He believes his heartfelt cry to Jesus brought protection for him and his team.

“Around 20,000 people died,” Pastor John recalls of the Gujarat earthquake that hit at 8:46 in the morning on January 26, 2001. Pastor John ministers with Bibles4Mideast.

More than 170,000 were injured and a million left homeless. Many historical buildings were flattened by the 7.7 temblor.

Some structures fell like playing cards, and property damage totaled nearly $8 billion.

“We were about to begin a three-day missionary conference in a hotel in Ghandhidham,” he notes. “Thirty-five pastors had travelled from different parts of India to take part, and had rooms on several floors of the five-story hotel.” FULL POST

Posted 2/27/17 at 6:46 PM | Mark Ellis

No news on YWAM missionary kidnapped in Africa

Jeffrey Woodke

By Mark Ellis

Four months ago, longtime YWAM missionary Jeffery Woodke, was kidnapped by armed terrorists in the West African nation of Niger.

On October 14, kidnappers rode up to his home in Abalak on motorbikes, shot his bodyguard and housekeeper and took Woodke captive. Before they departed, Woodke was forced to strip down to his underwear.

The terrorist group who abducted him is thought to be the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an Al-Qaida linked group.

Jeff Woodke’s home church is Arcata First Baptist Church (AFBC), which stands next to Humboldt State University in northern California, where Woodke gave his life to Christ as a student.

“Jeff’s passion in providing humanitarian aid to those who are amongst the poorest in the world, coupled with his desire to see God’s Kingdom advanced in a largely Muslim world has played a large part in the life and ministry of AFBC,” the church stated on their website. FULL POST

Posted 2/27/17 at 3:38 PM | Mark Ellis

What Paul can teach us about facing persecution

Berkeley riot

By Mark Ellis

Earlier this month, a polarizing and provocative Jewish conservative was due to speak at UC Berkeley, but a peaceful protest turned into a riot, with bricks, rocks, and fireworks thrown, fires set, stores looted, and police barricades used as battering rams to breach the venue where this man was about to speak.

Under police escort, this controversial speaker had to be evacuated from the scene for his own protection, or he might have been torn apart by the mob.

That description is not much different from what happened to another polarizing and provocative Jewish speaker, the Apostle Paul, who seemed to stir up riots in many of the places he spoke some two thousand years ago.

What could have been so controversial? Why were people so riled up?

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave us a mission: to make disciples among every nation and people group throughout the world, to baptize them, and teach them to observe his commands. FULL POST

Posted 2/22/17 at 6:23 PM | Mark Ellis

The rise of the religious ‘nones’ and why they may never return to church

Reason rally in Washington D.C.

By Mark Ellis

Since the early 90s, millions have left the church and they may not be returning, according to a disturbing report by Dr. Anthony Horvath, the director of Athanatos Christian Ministries.

“Numerous studies show that around 1990, the number of ‘religious nones’ increased from roughly 8% of the adult population to 25%, today,” Horvath notes. “Tens of millions of people left Christianity in just two decades. Clearly, something isn’t right.”

‘Nones’ are people who tell pollsters that they have no religious affiliation.

Horvath recently released a report titled, “Faith and Family Under Fire: Why Apologetics is Failing in the 21st Century.”

In the early phase of this trend, those who left the church said they had not lost interest in spirituality.

But in the last decade the ‘nones’ seem to have completely jettisoned spirituality. “There is a new dynamic and it does not bode well,” Horvath notes. “In the last 10 years they have turned against Christianity and are increasingly hardened toward religion in general.” FULL POST

Posted 2/20/17 at 3:10 PM | Mark Ellis

DNA error correction points to existence of God

Brian Johnson with South Dakota Apologetics

By Mark Ellis

At the macroscopic level, the heavens declare the glory of God, the psalmist declares. But at the microscopic level, the same glorious handiworks of a Creator are displayed in wondrous ways.

“The molecular machines that are working inside each of our bodies at this moment scream of a designer,” Brian Johnson, one of the founders of South Dakota Apologetics, told writer and apologist Sean McDowell recently.

Those intricate, highly complex machines inside the cell are something Darwin could not see when he developed his evolutionary theories.

“If more Christians understood the beautiful structure of how the different processes within our bodies function I know it would not only strengthen their faith but would give them a much greater sense of just how amazing God’s creation really is,” he noted.

Sadly, many students are not exposed to the evidence for Intelligent Design since most pubic schools only teach Darwinian evolution. FULL POST

Posted 2/20/17 at 1:50 PM | Mark Ellis

Actress’s 93-year-old grandma hovered near death, but prayer brought an amazing miracle

Alexa PenaVega

By Mark Ellis

Actress Alexa PenaVega can’t believe what happened when a group of prayer warriors gathered around her grandmother’s bedside as she began to go the way of all the earth.

“This past week has been a struggle for my family as our beautiful abuelita (grandma) was on life support,” PenaVega said on an Instagram post.

The actress said watching her grandmother’s decline was a “bittersweet experience,” partly because she led such a full and beautiful life.

PenaVega’s grandmother has 12 children, more than 50 grandchildren, and 10 great grand children. She is “just the most incredible little Colombian woman inside and out.”

But she was facing steep odds against reaching the age of 94. “This week her lungs collapsed, her heart started failing and her stomach stopped working and she fell into a coma,” PenaVega shared.

As PenaVega and her family gathered to say goodbye, they were joined by local church members who came to her grandmother’s side and prayed for five hours. FULL POST

Posted 2/15/17 at 12:41 PM | Mark Ellis

He became an addict as a USC student, then God brought intervention

Dirk Eldredge

By Mark Ellis

He walked away from the faith of his childhood and became a drug addict and alcoholic amidst the rollicking party scene at USC. But years later, God’s love drew him out of the darkness and he became drug interventionist and counselor for Pete Carroll’s Trojan and Seahawks football teams.

“I grew up with a very good, solid relationship with Christ,” says Dirk Eldredge, now the CEO of Jaywalker Lodge, a treatment center in Colorado. “But when I went to college I walked away from God and walked into my disease of addiction.”

Eldredge grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, an affluent suburb of Los Angeles, with a mom and sister of strong faith. His father, a successful IBM executive, resisted faith to the end of his life, which was a heartache for the family.

“I lost my way in college,” Eldredge says. He admits it could have happened at any college. “As soon as I did my first bong hit of pot it became a self-medication for a kid with ADD and dyslexia, not comfortable in my own skin. It slowed my head down and numbed me so I was temporarily comfortable. At the time I had no idea of the darkness I was walking into.” FULL POST

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