Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers after services in Nigeria


Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from midnight services on Monday in Nigeria’s Rivers State, a police source said, after the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region.

“The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12.30am on Monday,” said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who were attending a New Year’s Eve service.

The Nigeria Independent reported gunmen operated at two different locations, the Kirigani and Oboh axis of Aligu, Omoku, in a coordinated attack on Christians returning from church services.

“Fourteen persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention,” said a police source who asked to remain anonymous…. more

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5 Year Old Ryland Was Shot 5 Times in the Sutherland Church Massacre and He Only Wants One Thing


Ryland’s life was spared that day, when a crazed man massacred 26 people in that little church.  Ryland was not only severely wounded physically, but he will have the memory of all of those people hitting the floor, bleeding, and I’m sure that he has been traumatized beyond comprehension.

Ryland wants just one thing as he lays in the hospital after his surgeries.  He wants to be able to open Christmas cards.

A friend sent me this story today.  I am going to send Ryland a card tomorrow. I am hoping that by writing this, he might receive many more cards… more

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Ryland Ward

PO Box 174

Sutherland Springs, TX 78161

PLEASE take the time to send this little one a Christmas card. Tell him how much Jesus loves him, and tell him that Jesus cried that day when the people he knew and loved were gunned down.

CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS LEAVE 5 DEAD IN 7 LOCATIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOL


At least five people are dead and 10 wounded following a series of apparently random shootings Tuesday morning at seven different locations in rural Northern California.

One of the locations was an elementary school, police said, where at least two students were sent to hospitals with injuries including a 6-year-old boy. The dead included the shooter, who was killed by police.

The shooting started at 7:52 a.m. Pacific Time when the gunman shot several of his own neighbors on Bobcat Lane in Rancho Tehama Reserve. Witnesses said one man died in his driveway as a result of the first round of gunfire.

Residents there said they had been complaining for weeks about the shooter firing his gun late at night and early mornings.

From his own subdivision, the shooter is believed to have used a stolen truck to travel toward the town. He opened fire on a woman and her daughter, who were in a Ford truck on the main road leading through town. Both were taken to hospital along with three children and an adult from the school…. read more

Heroic Mother Died Shielding Own Children in Texas Church Slaughter: ‘She Was Epitome of Christ’


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

They Lost a Child, Grandchild and Great-Grandchildren in the Texas Church Massacre — Here’s Their Powerful Response


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

Why Has The Las Vegas Massacre Disappeared From The News Cycle?


It is without a doubt, our news cycle – in the age of 24/7 constant-connectedness – moves at a breakneck pace. With so much information and news reaching us, it’s easy to become overburdened and burned out on the world around us and the things taking place. It is true, too, that the mainstream media dictates what stays center in the mind of the public and what is allowed to fade away and be forgotten. It is of the utmost importance we remain aware – however exhaustive it may be – of stories that just don’t add up.

Enter the Las Vegas shooting; the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history…

On October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, which overlooked the festival venue. Paddock’s onslaught left 58 dead and 546 injured.

A full month later, and we are still without any answers. Even more worryingly, the Vegas shooting has disappeared from any cable news channel. Even online, discussion over the shooting has all but vanished, save from the more conspiratorial corners of the web…. read more

The Story Behind This Iconic Photo From Vegas Shooting Massacre is Nothing Short of Incredible


Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesAs authorities search for a motive in the mass shooting that killed 59 and wounded more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, stories continue to emerge of heroic men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect those around them. One of the most defining images to come from the melee was a photo taken by a Getty photographer of a young man laying on top of a woman who is obviously in distress. While it was initially unknown whether the women was dead or alive, the Daily Mail has uncovered incredible new details about the photographer, the woman, and the selfless man who risked his life in order to save others.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the man in the photo is Matthew Cobos, a California-native who currently stationed in Hawaii as a cavalry scout with the United States Army. The now iconic photo, taken by Getty photographer David Becker, shows Cobos bravely shielding the woman’s body with his own. He apparently went so far as to cover her eyes, so she wouldn’t see the extent of the carnage around her…. read more

Only God Can Heal America


The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors.

America is reeling again. Families have been ripped apart and individual lives have been torn apart. One day we’re reeling from devastating hurricanes, the next day we’re torn apart by racial divisions, the next day we’re ripped apart by the worst mass shooting in our history. The pain is palpable, the shock tangible. Can America still be healed?

At the time of this writing, no one knows what motivated Stephen Paddock to launch his murderous attack during an outdoor, country music concert in Las Vegas. What we do know is that he was “one of us” – not a terrorist from a foreign country and, to our knowledge, not shouting “Allahu Akbar” (although ISIS stated that he was a recent convert to Islam and claims him as one of its soldiers)…. read more

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].