Christian Persecution

I ran across this article at Persecution.org .  The Christian Church is under attack world wide.  Please keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer world wide. 

Middle East (MNN) ― An E3 Partner worker in the Middle East is recovering after being attacked by a radical Muslim.

Doyle says, “Jamal was sharing with a Muslim who really seemed to be seeking. He seemed to know a little bit about Christianity. He was talking about dreams and visions, and there was some trust there. Jamal was completely surprised that the man attacked him.”

The attack was violent, says Doyle. “The man said, ‘Do you have any literature?’ and Jamal says, ‘Yes.’ When he turned to get something, the man jumped out of his chair and had a long screwdriver and tried to get Jamal in the back of his head. And then, Jamal turned around in shock, and the man then tried to shove [the screwdriver] through his chest.”

As Jamal tried to fight the man off, he was then hit in the face by a club. Miraculously, Jamal survived the attack, and the national police were called by a family member

Doyle says while the Muslim was being taken away to jail, Jamal showed love to his attacker. He said, “I forgive you. There’s nothing between you and me. I want to come visit you in prison. There’s nothing between my family and yours, and I hope to see you when you’re out of prison. I know God is going to use this in your life, and I’m going to pray for you.”

It was heard by authorities. Doyle says this is a unique message in the Middle East. “There’s no forgiveness there. You do something to my family, I do it back to your family, and it just never ends.”

Doyle adds, “Jamal’s display of forgiveness is the most powerful message because it’s not the message of the other religion. That puts Christianity in a different category, which it really is. This message of forgiveness — that’s what’s needed there.”

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Lukewarm and Loving it

I ran across this video on Youtube the other day.  Francis Chan, pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, gave this message a little over a year ago.  Great message.

Think of me

This is a great video.  As Christians do we love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves?

Recently  Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley revealed it’s plans to build a new church.  But instead of building a traditional building, they plan to build an outside amphitheater.   The goal of the church is to take half of their budget and give it way to the needy around the world. 

Facing the Giants

I just watched an awesome movie this weekend.  it was recommended when I logged onto to Netflix the other day.  I did not know what to expect but all I have to say this is probably the best movie I have seen in a few years.  The name of the movie is Facing the Giants.  I have included a youtube link. 

God’s Coffee

Modern parable….

God’s Coffee

A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor.  The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general…

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups:  porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.  Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee..

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering… ”You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones.  While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems.”

He continued…”Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.  In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink.  What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups…  Then you began eyeing each other’s cups….”

”Now consider this:  Life is coffee.  Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups.  They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live.  Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us…  God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups.  Enjoy your coffee!”

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The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything…  So please remember:  Live simply.  Love generously.  Care Deeply.  Speak Kindly.  Leave the Rest to God.                              

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Why trying to force Israel to give it’s land to Palestine is Bad

 

I borrowed this from WWW.WATCH.ORG.  This has become one of my favorite website’s over the year after I read Bill Koeing book’s.  It seems everytime anyone tries to divide Israel there seems to be some extreme effects to the countries invovled.  Many people relate this to global warming or Mother Nature but let’s face it.  These are acts of God, or better yet warnings.

 

 

Rice Updates the EU, Germany and Britain on
Israel’s Land and the Palestinian State Efforts

  • Rice meets with German Chancellor Andrea Merkel
  • Hurricane-force winds and heavy downpours hammered northern Europe, the storms
    were among the fiercest to batter northern Europe in years
  • Winds of up to 133 mph swept off the Atlantic and cut a swathe across Britain,
    northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Belgium,
    the Czech Republic and into Russia
  • Rice cuts short visit to Berlin in order to leave before winds worsened
  • More than 200 flights in and out of Frankfurt airport were cancelled because of the winds
  • German meteorologists recorded gusts up to 125 mph
  • Hans-Georg Zimmermann, spokesman for Deutsche Bahn: “We are still at a standstill
    nationwide, with only a few trains running”
  • Hartmut Mehdorn, chief executive of Deutsche Bahn: “We have never yet had
    such a situation in Germany”
  • Rice travels to London for a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Rice’s plane landed in gusts of up to 80 mph at London’s Heathrow Airport
  • Heathrow Airport, Europe’s largest, canceled 280 flights. Other major airports –
    including Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna – reported delays and cancellations.
  • In London, harried commuters struggled through a gauntlet of road closures caused
    by falling debris blown from glass-paneled office buildings and medieval churches.
  • London’s Millennium Bridge was closed after the suspension structure began
    swaying dangerously in the wind.
  • Rail stations across London also were closed, and the evening commute melted into chaos.
  • Hundreds of thousands of homes in several countries had power cut as the hurricane
    force winds ripped up trees and power lines.
  • The Druzhba pipeline carrying Russian oil to the European Union via Ukraine was shut off
    after high winds caused power problems and forced the closure of a pumping station
  • More than one million people were without power in the Czech Republic. Some 100,000 homes
    in northern France, 20,000 households in Austria and more than 30,000 households
    across northeast England lost electricity — nearly all because falling trees downed power lines.
  • Ferries canceled or delayed in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and
    Finland, and trains delayed in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.