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Posted 4/26/17 at 7:11 PM | Mark Ellis

Sri Lanka: Radical Buddhist monks attack pastors, destroy churches, police fail to respond

Church destroyed in Sri Lanka

By Mark Ellis

Police are failing to respond to Buddhist aggression in western Sri Lanka directed against churches and in some cases are encouraging persecution of Christians.

When a mob led by Buddhist monks in Ingiriya assaulted the pastor of Kings Revival Church and three other church members on March 26th after a Sunday worship service, police failed to register the case, according to Morning Star News.

The attack occurred after the pastor left church and was hurrying home. It seems he had received an urgent phone call from a church member warning him that a van full of armed Buddhist monks were waiting for him at the top of a road.

The previous day at about 10 a.m., an unidentified person and two Buddhist monks had visited the pastor and questioned him about the legality of religious worship at his location.

During the confrontation, one Buddhist monk called two local officials who questioned the pastor. The officials demanded the pastor supply all church legal documents, threatening to take him to the police if he failed to produce them. FULL POST

Posted 4/21/17 at 7:00 PM | George Yazigi

The power of the Cross

The Power of the Cross

Many people believe in the Cross as an object with power because Jesus Holy blood was shed on it.

This tool of torture was transformed from being a curse into becoming a symbol of redemption in the Christian circles ever since the resurrection of Christ.

The Cross of Jesus, as a physical object, must have gained a level of sanctification because Jesus Holy blood and body must have touched it, and eventually sanctified it.

However, the real power of the Cross is not in the object itself, rather it is in the meaning it represents and what Jesus really did up there on Calvary for us. As Paul said: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God” [1 Corinthians 1:18].

Why Crucifixion was used?

According to the Jewish law, as shown in [Deuteronomy 21:22–23], hanging a person on a Cross (pole or tree) was the ultimate punishment, and it was a mark of God’s curse. This was a sign that the crucified person was not approved or blessed by God, and that God’s wrath was ultimately upon that person. The Romans used crucifixion on a Cross in their capital punishment as a sign of insult to the Jewish people, to tell them that they were slaves and enemies of Rome. Owing to the fact that crucifixion was regarded as a curse according to the Jewish law, the Romans practiced this method of punishment to also tell the outlaws of the Jewish people that their own God cursed them because He is allowing such method to be applied in general without Him intervening to save them. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/17 at 10:57 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Arrest Warrant

I initially published this as a note on my Facebook page. Now, I am sharing this with everyone in hope that more people will come into agreement with me I am glad to report that since I first published this in February, that arrests are coming more quickly than they have in the past. Also, several cold cases have been solved. I believe in the power of agreement.

This is the post I published on Facebook: Sick of the violence and lack of respect for life. Sick of the enemy killing and attempting to kill our children. Sick of the “don’t tell” mentality. Two young girls were shot over the weekend. Young man killed just walking down the street. I still have the image of that mother on her knees in the middle of the street crying “my baby”. I’m asking every intercessor to travail in mourning and groaning before the throne for justice. Holy Spirit pray and travail through us. We have run out of words. Interpret our moans and groans to the father. Heavenly father, if you don’t help us, there is no help. We come before you the righteous judge and present our case to you. The enemy is trying to take out a whole generation. The blood has come up the window and it cries out from the street. Righteous judge, we request an arrest warrant be issued for this enemy. Seek out every murderer and those that attempted murder. We decree their own words shall condemn them as they boast about their deeds. There shall be no hiding place for them. Every hiding place is revealed. Those that have protected them shall do so no more. We bind up fear that causes those that know the truth from speaking the truth. Send an angel to chase them down a dark and slippery path. Send delusions their way, confuse their minds, let them see the open eyes of those they murder everywhere they go. Let them hear the cry of their victims day and night. Let there be no rest for their spirit til they come to repentance. Let them feel like they are in Twilight Zone unable to escape their nightmare. Let them run when no one is chasing them. We decree this year that more murders will be exposed and captured than ever before. The possessor of the gate control what comes in and what goes out. Who comes and goes. What is allowed and is not allowed. We possess the gates of our cities and evict the spirit of violence. Jesus blood prevails and the spirit of death and destruction can not cross the blood line. We attack the strongman of murder and all connecting spirits. Anger, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, envy, pride, racism, and suicide, you are rendered helpless before the blood. We serve notice on every gang and terrorist that the land does not belong to you. The earth is the lord and all that dwell within. Yes, that include you. Ezekiel 18:4 Behold (pay close attention), all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die. God has given you a choice advises you to Choose Life.Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Do you understand you have the power to break or bring a generational curse on your family by the choice you make? Let love arise in the hearts of the people. Peace rule in our surrounding. We choose life and we loose life in our communities. Father, comfort all those that mourn. You are the only one that brings good out of evil. Let what the enemy thought would cause them to turn from you be the very thing that will cause them to run to you for there is no other place of comfort. Release your peace, love, comfort and hope to them and give them strength to get through this for even this too shall pass. Arrest Warrant for murder and.or attempted murder:1) 15-year-old boy burned alive and placed in a garbage can, 2)Lane Bryant killer the murder of my cousin, 3)Eddie Jernigan 4)every person that has murdered or attempted to murder regardless of the length of time that has elapsed. If they have to make a deathbed confession, let it be so. Please feel free to add the name of someone you know.

Posted 4/10/17 at 6:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Broadcaster Norm Nelson of Compassion Radio passes to his reward

Norm Nelson

By Mark Ellis

Pioneering radio broadcaster Norm Nelson, whose huge heart took him to some of the most troubled places on earth, passed to his reward on the morning of April 10th, due to complications of dementia.

His beloved wife, Cher, posted the sad news on Facebook immediately after his home going: “And another warrior is welcomed home. At 9:31 PDT our Savior opened his loving arms and took The Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson from his broken body and tortured mind to be forever in the presence of his Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Norm’s resonant voice, as host of Compassion Radio’s distinctive boots-on-the-ground activist ministry, was heard daily across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Their humanitarian projects have been carried out in 30 countries.

Norm followed another pioneering radio broadcaster, his father, Dr. Wilbur E. Nelson, who founded the Morning Chapel Hour in 1944, “a daily program of songs and thoughts that lift the heart.” FULL POST

Posted 4/5/17 at 3:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Quran stolen from NC Airport Chapel, angry note left behind

Charlotte Observer
airport chapel

By Mark Ellis

A Christian is believed to have stolen two copies of the Quran on March 28th from the interfaith chapel at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. He left behind a scathing handwritten note directed at a female chaplain who oversees the prayerful space, accusing her of being a lesbian and a heretic.

The airport chapel customarily provides a Bible, a Torah (the Jewish Bible) and the Quran on its pulpit, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Rev. Alice White, co-director of the chapel, noticed the missing Qurans during her service there on the 28th. Apparently, this wasn’t the only incident sparked by the presence of the Islamic holy book.

“Six months ago, somebody got so outraged that they put a hole in the wall, because the Quran was up on the pulpit,” she told The Observer.

Rev. White said a man in his 30s was in the chapel at around 1:30 p.m. on the day of the theft. He greeted her without referring to her as “reverend.” He noticed her nametag and said, “Hello, Alice White.” FULL POST

Posted 4/4/17 at 6:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Pakistan: Christian killed because he refused to work on Sunday

Morning Star News
Noman's mother, Khalida, with her other children

By Mark Ellis

A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down on March 20th because he rejected a prominent Muslim’s order to clean his outhouse on Sunday, his day off, according to Morning Star News.

Noman Masih, 20, of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, was the sole breadwinner of his family following the death of his father two years ago, his mother Khalida told Morning Star News.

Masih, who worked for the city sanitation department in place of his deceased father, had shown up for work early in the morning and then headed to a work site. “Suddenly two motorcyclists arrived there. One of them whipped out a pistol and opened fire on Noman, killing him instantly,” his mother said.

The assailants fled on their motorcycle after the attack, leaving two other men standing near Noman unharmed. FULL POST

Posted 4/3/17 at 2:47 PM | Marvin Thompson

Evangelicals Are Aiding and Abetting the Deconstruction of Morality

The LA Times Editorial on April 2, 2017, described Trump and his tactics during the presidential primaries and election as “…a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters.” This is not merely the judgement of a disappointed liberal media unable to come to terms with a devastating election loss, and is now inveighing against the President with unwarranted charges and innuendos. If the Church, and especially evangelical churches, take that view and ignore the many conservative voices, including many within the evangelical community and other Christians not self-identified as evangelicals, then our problems run much deeper that we think.

No, the LA Times’ conclusion is a commentary on the degradation of evangelical morality. Notice, the worst in American voters. Now, pause and let that sink in.

Do you get it? Do you see the gravity of the situation for a community that professes to stand on the infallible truth of the Gospel and on immutable biblical principles? No? Then consider that it is the evangelical vote that carried Trump through the primaries and over the top in the election. Do you see it now? FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 9:26 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Psalm 51 A Study In Repentance

Psalm 51 is a study of repentance. David, King of Israel broke three of God's commandments. Thou shall not covenant your neighbor wife, thou shall not commit adultery, and thou shall not kill(Exodus 20). David fully understood that he had broken these commandments. However, he was comfortable in his sin.

God sends Nathan to David and Nathan tells David a parable about a rich man who has everything and takes from a poor man who has very little, something that he values very much. David rises up in anger and self-righteousness 2 Samuel 12:5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. We are quick to pass judgment on others while dismissing our own flaws and mistakes.

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. The truth of Nathan's words must have hit David like a sledgehammer. Thou are the man. David covet his neighbor's wife, committed adultery with her and put a hit out on the life of her husband. He betrayed someone that was fiercely loyal to him. He gave Uriah the Hittite a death warrant and had him deliver it to the person that would carry it out. Wow. That is heartless and the ultimate betrayal. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/17 at 3:20 PM | George Sarris

It's NOT a Sin!

The Shack movie, much like the book that preceded it ten years ago, has stirred up a hornet’s nest among a small but loud group of evangelical Christians for the sins it’s committed – sins so grievous that they’re calling it “HERESY.”

One sin in particular has been brought up in several of the reviews and treated as if it were a dirty word.

According to some critics, the simple mention of this word should make any Bible believing Christian feel ashamed of even thinking that it could be true. So dangerous and potentially destructive to one’s faith is this “heresy,” one commentator equated it with a complete failure to understand the Gospel of Christ.

What is this sin? It’s the “sin” of universalism.

True universalism is not the misinformed belief that any and all roads lead to heaven. It’s the Christian idea that the all-powerful, all-loving, all-wise God of the Bible will ultimately get each person He created in His image into heaven! The idea that through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ actually succeeded in His mission to seek and save the lost. FULL POST

Posted 3/21/17 at 8:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian pastor found $60 million diamond, gave it away

Minister of Mines Ahaji Mansaray holds diamond found by pastor

By Mark Ellis

A Sierra Leone pastor who supplements his income by working in the mines found one of the largest diamonds ever pulled from the earth, then gave it away.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh found the gargantuan 706-carat stone in the Kono region. Experts said the stone could be worth as much as $62 million, depending on the quality. It was the largest diamond discovery since 1972, according to Africa Today.

Industry analysts said it is the 13th largest uncut diamond ever extracted.

Pastor Momoh presented the diamond to the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, with instructions that the gem be used for the betterment of the poor in Sierra Leone.

“I believe the government can do more,” Momoh told Africa Today, “especially at a time when the country is undergoing some economic challenges.” The pastor said he would like to see improved access to electricity and transportation for the poor. FULL POST

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