12 Nov 2017

12Nov17 HOW MANY COMMANDMENTS?



HOW MANY COMMANDMENTS?
Eternity Magazine reports that only six of the Ten Commandments are still important today, according to the British. Online market research company YouGov surveyed 1680 Britons about which of the Ten Commandments from the Bible they still believed were important principles to live by – regardless of whether they were Christian or not. More than half of the respondents said they could live without the commandments to keep the Sabbath holy, worship only one God (the Lord), not use the Lord’s name in vain and refrain from idol worship. The command to keep the Sabbath (Sundays) holy was considered the least important, with 73 per cent of respondents listing it as not important. Even among the Christian respondents, the Sabbath was not a priority: less than a third of Christians (31 per cent) said it was still an important principle to live by.

DEATHS IN TEXAS
A gunman opened fire in a South Texas Baptist church last Sunday killing at least 26 people before being shot dead by police. Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that there were "multiple casualties and fatalities" at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, a community located about 40 miles east of San Antonio.

WATERPROOF NEW TESTAMENT
A new waterproof New Testament has been created by Bible Society Australia for the Australian Defence Force. The Air Force version, the first of three versions, was launched recently in Canberra.

5 Nov 2017

29 Oct 2017

29Oct17 BIBLES FOR NORTH KOREA



BIBLES FOR NORTH KOREA
The Christian Post reports that Christian humanitarian aid organization World Help has launched a donation drive aiming to secretly provide 100,000 new Bibles to underground North Korean Christians by the end of the year. World Help President Vernon Brewer says there are never enough Bibles to keep up with demand, no matter how many they print and smuggle into the country.


GOOD NEWS AT CHRISTMAS
According to Eternity Magazine, as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations, the Bible Society is giving away over 70,000 children’s books telling the ‘really good news of Christmas’. Bible Society Australia’s CEO, Greg Clarke, commented, “Christmas is gift-giving time, and Bible Society is delighted to offer a ‘really good’ gift to all Australians – the true story of Jesus.”


CHRISTIANS AND HALLOWEEN
Crosswalk.com contributor, Mike Nappa, writes that “Christian leaders originally set aside the holy days of October 31 through November 2 as reminders for churches to pray.” “Prayers began when churches and communities gathered for the night-time vigil on All Hallows Eve (October 31). Prayer continued as saints and martyrs were remembered on All Hallows Day/All Saints’ Day (November 1). Then on All Souls’ Day (November 2), church bells rang to signal a day of prayer for deceased loved ones.”

22 Oct 2017

22Oct17 WORLD’S OLDEST FAMILY BIBLE



WORLD’S OLDEST FAMILY BIBLE
Eternity Magazine reports that a Bible passed down in the same family since 1572 has been placed in the care of the Bible Society Australia. At a ceremony in St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, the present owner, Duncan Sanderson, handed an historic Bishops’ Bible to Rev. Dr John Harris, who looks after the Bible Society’s collection of rare Bibles. The Sanderson Bible dates from about the time a family could first legally own such a Bible.

SOLOMON’S POOLS
Solomon’s Pools, three ancient reservoirs located in the West Bank near Bethlehem, which provided water to Jerusalem during Jesus’ earthly lifetime, are to be restored. According to ChristianToday.com, the restoration project is being funded by the United States and will cost $750,000.

PORTRAIT OF JESUS
Reuters News Agency reports that the last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting will be auctioned at Christie’s next month. “Salvator Mundi”, an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ that dates to about 1500, is expected to sell for about $100 million, making it among the most highly-valued works ever to be sold at auction.