Today, the World Cup opening ceremonies kicked off in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. A global audience watched as teams from 32 countries came together to kick off the world’s most-watched sporting event celebrating soccer or, as the rest of the world knows it, football. Over the next month, an estimated 3.2 billion people will watch as teams compete across 11 cities in Russia. While the World Cup offers its own unique brand of excitement, the global event also is a stark reminder of the religious persecution that more than 215 million people experience around the world.
Of the 32 countries represented at the World Cup, seven are also on Open Doors 2018 World Watch List, an in-depth report and ranking of the 50 countries where it’s most difficult to be a Christian:… more
True Believer’s we are still here and the rapture has not taken place, therefore we should be praying for our country, praying for our children, praying for our leaders, stand on God’s Word and ask for our Heavenly Father to help us and guide us during this time of change. Where is this going?This is leading up to a one world religion and this all has a purpose but we to have a purpose as well. Do you know your purpose and why you are here? Time is running short and the days are going by fast, whom shall you serve this day?
Joshua 24:14-15 (ESV) 14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Psalm 140:4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
2 Corinthians 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
- What is Faith? —> Faith is not in your head! It is a personal knowing of the person Christ Jesus in your heart. Faith causes us to walk out what we say we believe no matter what. We each have faith in something or someone each day….
- God’s Love on Faith —> Introduction to this Bible Study on God’s Love – Faith This bible study is about Faith. Where does your faith sit? Many times we live our life not knowing if we are living for God, do we understand His purpose that He gives us, are we truly living for Him, and much more. What exactly does faith mean – well let’s take a look:…
- Armour of God – Learning To Use Your Shield Of Faith
- Armour of God – Shield Of Faith As a Weapon
- Armour of God – Using The Shield, The Helmet and The Sword
- Faith Works by Love —> Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. When I read this I did not know what it meant. Do you think faith works by love? Do you know what this means? How does faith work by love? Are faith and love always together? The Purpose Of Faith Hebrews 11:1 ESV And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who see…
“In God we trust” is such a common phrase in America that we often hear or say it without really giving a second thought. For Christians in Iraq, it is still a very palpable and real sentiment that they live out each and every single day.
In the small town of Karamles, Iraq, it’s a phrase they cling to, having faith that God will protect them from Islamic fundamentalists.
Karamles used to be a thriving Chaldean Catholic town, but if you visited today you would see no evidence of the life that was once there. Devastated by ISIS, the town is trying to rebuild to bring back the vibrancy that once was the village… more
A North Korean defector who has sent 60 tons of rice, financial support and waterproof Bibles through some pretty ingenious methods, reacted to the recent Korea Summit and shed light on deprived the people really are.
Kim Yogn Hwa is a North Korean defector and chairman of the North Korean Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea. Since April 2016, he had overseen over 58 innovative rice bottle launches, resulting in around 60 tons of rice delivered to hungry and malnourished North Koreans.
While Hwa supports President Trump on many of his initiatives, he said Trump only has “limited information” about North Korea and the administration, and it is “very difficult for him to the understand the reality of the North Korean” people. He said that despite what the press says, Korean people are still facing immense persecution and suffering under Kim Jong Un’s regime… more
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Well-known American missionary Heidi Baker has appealed for prayers as violent Islamic militants edge closer to her ministry base in Pemba, Mozambique.
Baker, who leads Iris Global ministries, recently took to Facebook to update followers on the current situation. She wrote that “recently a number of Christians have been killed here,” adding that “women have been raped and many homes have been burned” by Islamic terrorists.
“Our enemies are not men and women, but the dark spirit of the enemy who desires to kill, steal, and destroy,” she continued. “We forgive those who do not understand what they are doing, and we ask for peace to flow from heaven into the hearts of our neighbors, and to surround our people like a wall.”
Then, in an official statement released by Irish Global on June 10, Baker offered further details surrounding the perilous situation:… more
A group of 30 former gay and transgender people lined up at the California statehouse this week to protest Assembly Bill 2943, a proposed law that would make it a crime for religious people and organizations to try to counsel people from the LGBT community.
As Faithwire previously reported AB2943 seeks to ban materials (such as books and videos) and organized events that preach against homosexuality or transgenderism from the state. The bill prompted Christian outreach organization Summit Ministries to cancel a scheduled conference at Biola University outside of Los Angeles, as it promotes biblical views regarding marriage.
“California legislators have publicly claimed that change is impossible and those people simply don’t exist,” said a press release issued ahead of the rally, as reported by LifeSite News. “While the state celebrates those who embrace an LGBTQ+ identity, this bill will deny such choice and fluidity from anyone seeking to move in the opposite direction.”… more
Two days after the U.S.-North Korea Summit in Singapore, media reports indicate that while President Trump did privately address human rights violations with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, no formal agreement was made. The formal document Trump and Kim signed centered on denuclearization on the peninsula and the ending of U.S. military exercises in South Korea.
However, Trump did say that human rights was one of the “primary topics” of the meeting between him and the North Korean dictator. During Trump’s news conference following the summit, ABC News’ Jon Karl asked him if he still believes what he said during his State of the Union address–that North Korea has more brutally oppressed its people than any other regime on earth… more
A missionary group that exposes Christian persecution has warned that new changes to Mauritania’s apostasy law means that the death penalty will now be an unavoidable punishment for all people who are found to have blasphemed against Islam, even if they repent.
Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs told Mission Network News on Thursday that there is increasing worry among Christians in the African nation regarding the changes to the law made by the Mauritanian National Assembly on April 27, which removes the three-day window of opportunity for people to repent from blasphemy before they are punished.
“This new law sort of becomes more stringent — that three days to repent disappears. Everyone is going to be punished. Even if you do repent, you are still going to be punished. And in the case of blasphemous remarks or sacrilegious acts, according to the law, the death penalty is now mandatory,” Nettleton said… more
Only four percent of North Korean defectors had seen a Bible in the country, according to a new State Department report, which also said the Communist government continues to “deal harshly with those who [engage] in almost any religious practices through executions, torture, beatings, and arrests.”
Additionally, an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 citizens are being held in political prison camps, and many for religious reasons, according to the report.
The data was included in the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, which was released Tuesday and included findings for every country in the world. The report on North Korea was particularly eye-opening.
The U.S. government estimates the North Korean population at 25.2 million. United Nation estimates say there are between 200,000 and 400,000 Christians in the country…. more