Three of the 26 victims in Sunday’s mass church shooting in Texas were a mother and two of her young daughters, though the woman’s two other children reportedly survived only because she sacrificed her life for them, a family friend has said.
Vonda Smith, a close friend of slain mother Joann Ward, told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that she spoke with 9-year-old Rihanna, one of Ward’s children that survived the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
“The first thing she told me was that the reason she didn’t get shot like everybody else was because her momma threw her on the ground and told her to hide,” Smith said.
“As soon as she threw her on the ground, she scooped up her other three that were sitting next to her in a pew — Ryland, who’s 5, and Brooke, who’s 5, and Emily, who’s 7 — and she immediately covered them with her body. And that’s exactly how Rihanna described it.”…. read more
Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost nine family members during Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but, despite the unimaginable carnage, the couple are remaining firm and resolute in their Christian faith.
The extent of the impact that the event had on the Holcombe family is both staggering and unfathomable, as the elderly couple lost their son, Bryan Holcombe, and his wife, Karla, in addition to their grandson, Marc Daniel Holcombe, as well as his baby daughter — and their great-granddaughter — Noah.
They also lost Crystal Holcombe, the wife of their grandson, John Holcombe, three of their great-grandchildren — Emily, Megan and Greg — and the unborn baby Crystal was carrying, who was reportedly due to be born in April; John Holcombe and two additional children survived.
But despite that immensely painful situation, Joe Holcombe, 86, told Faithwire that he and his wife “are very close to God” and have not wavered in their faith as a result of Sunday’s traumatic events….. read more
The author of confusion and the father of lies, continues to work in the minds of people all over the world. The mind is the devil’s battlefield and playground. He does not have to yell. The thoughts which he puts into the minds of people – especially church going people – are subtle and believable and sometimes nothing more than a whisper.
Perhaps he whispers this:
“Certainly you have done many more good deeds than you have bad deeds. God is looking for those who care greatly about their fellow man. This is enough to get you into heaven. Don’t listen to those who would bring you down and call you a sinner. You are righteous in the eyes of God – He sees your good works.”
This is the “Social Gospel.”… read more
China’s Communist Party-controlled government long has tried to stamp out faith.
It has banned churches unless they are affiliated with the government, imprisoned pastors and lay leaders, and discriminated against church goers.
Lately, government officials have removed crosses from church buildings.
Now, according to UCA News, at least four regional governments in China are banning children from church.
The governments have issued notices that “restrict children from joining Christian groups and attending religious activities,” the report said.
Children are being turned away from church, even if they show up with parents…. read more
This is Charleston, South Carolina, where remnants of the past linger on every corner. It’s home to more than 400 churches – their symbols of faith etched into the horizon.
Professor Damon Fordham: “Charleston is referred to as The Holy City simply because of its number of churches. During the days of the American Revolution, it was considered a place of relative religious freedom for the French Huguenots, the Catholics, and even the Jews.”
And tucked away near the Charleston harbor stands Mother Emanuel, an A.M.E. church whose history stretches back to the days of slavery. The congregation settled here in 1891 and became a beacon of hope during the 1960s, advocating civil rights leaders like Martin Luther Ling, Jr…. read more
Opinion: Evil hates, NOT God! As America tears herself apart due to the color of our skin or the culture of our background remember this!
Acts 10;34 KJV Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Galatians 2:6 HCSB Now from those recognized as important (what they really were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism)—they added nothing to me.
Deuteronomy 10:17 KJV For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
I Peter 1:14 AMPC [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel]. 15 But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. 16 For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. 17 And if you call upon Him as [your] Father Who judges each one impartially according to what he does, [then] you should conduct yourselves with true reverence throughout the time of your temporary residence [on the earth, whether long or short].
As you can read in scripture God does not care about what we care about. This is straight from Satan himself. We are not to give into these evil ways we are to do what God’s says. The world is going to get colder in their heart and mind and evil is only going to progress but as believers we have HOPE in JESUS CHRIST and we are to pray for our enemies.
WND: An executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a report demanding that seminaries include “queer theology” in their courses for students and confirming even Sunday schools must have “teaching of LGBTI beliefs.”
The stunning document was released by Wilton Park, which is part of the Foreign Office structure, and it also demands that the Bible be reinterpreted “to make it compatible with LGBTI ideology.”
Officials at the Barnabas Fund, which is a Christian organization that works in support of persecuted Christians around the globe, were surprised.
And more than a little worried.<!–more–>
Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY TRACKER: One of our contributors, Centurion, posted a response this past week that needs to be repeated: “When the true believing Church (big “C”) is raptured, all the other religions that are left behind will be amalgamated into one global religion until destroyed by the AntiChrist who will demand direct worship.”
What we see in so many headlines each day is an infrastructure being built so that when the dictator is ready to take the reigns he will have a seamless transition:
Preparations are underway that began with Israel’s miraculous rebirth (Isaiah 66:7-8):
Alliance of Arab nations to attack Israel (Psalm 83:1-8)
Russia partnering with Iran in Syria (Gog and Magog-Ezekiel 38:1-8)
Globalism sweeping Europe (Daniel 7:23-24, 9:26)
Economic decline (Revelation 6:5-6)
Technology to control commerce (Revelation 13:16-17)
Cashless society (Revelation 13:16-17)
Liberalism in Christian denominations (Revelation 3:14-22)
Growth of anti-Semitism (Matthew 24:9)
The battle for control of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:3-4)
Renewed interest in the 3rd temple (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1)
As Centurion said when the Church is raptured …
(see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter)
I have been so conflicted about writing what you are about to read. I finally went to my daughter to ask permission to write about her traumatic experience in the church. Yesterday, she gave me permission to tell her story.
Seeker Friendly Church
Back in the early 90’s, we had heard of a church in our area which had a large and very active youth program. We have 3 kids, and they had even heard about this church and wanted to attend – and so we did.
Our daughter was 12 years old when we first went to the church. I am not naming the church in this article. They were made aware of what happened about 3 years ago (when we found out from our daughter).<!–more–>
opinion: We have had our fair share of churches because of how we teach on the bible. We were called “doom and gloom”. This is where LHWM online came from.
“We are a ministry that teaches God’s word through living scripture from the Holy Bible that leads and points to Jesus, not us. People are dying, hurting, struggling, not knowing, lost, abused and much more in this fallen world we live in. Time is running thin and more people are facing life changing events each day. If you are looking to be set right with God, restored and reinstated then Holy Scripture will do this (Galatians 6:1). We provide that necessary teaching.<!–more–>”
We do not sugar coat the Word of God and we are what Ezekiel says”
Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” (Amplified Bible)
Cannot express how important it is to make sure the church your attending serves God and fears God not man. One of the churches we attended made a statement on “God will bow before us“. This was very disturbing when I heard those words and it disturbed me on the inside. Again be aware of where your attending church because God will hold us accountable. You can read more about this here Are You Attending A False or True Church and Shallow Teaching in the Church
JERUSALEM, Israel – As Americans get ready to celebrate their nation’s founding, with all its associated freedoms, Turkish Christians are facing increasing persecution at the hand of the nation’s Islamist president.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confiscated another 50 Syriac churches, including the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic used during the first millennium across the Middle East and Asia.
Erdogan’s most recent seizure, under the auspices of the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) took place in Mardin province, Word Press reported.<!–more–>