23 Apr 2018

22Apr18 MESSAGE OF FORGIVENESS


MESSAGE OF FORGIVENESS
Mission Newwork News reports that Set Free Ministries has held a JESUS Film screening for 90 prisoners in South Sudan. The ministry is working with the Partners in Compassionate Care organisation to bring a message of forgiveness, which, for many prisoners, is the opposite of their culture. After the film screening, 85 of the inmates indicated they wanted to follow Christ. The missionaries distributed audio Bibles to those who responded to the Gospel and started group Bible studies.

BOXING STAR REACHES OUT
According to CBN News, Manny Pacquiao, the Christian Filipino boxer has posted a music video Because He Lives (Amen) to his Facebook page. Along with the video, produced by the West Coast Baptist College, he wrote, ‘Because He lives, you can have the promise of eternal life. Please enjoy this and share it with others.’ Manny Pacquiao, is heading back to the ring in July to challenge welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.

CHAPLAINS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Commonwealth Games athletes were supported by chaplains from around the world at the event held recently on Australia’s Gold Coast. Athletes at the 21st Games were supported by ten international chaplains who were available to people of all faiths and no faith. A chaplaincy spokesman told Christian Today that “athletes are under a lot of pressure. There are issues of fatigue and some suffer with anxiety and disappointment.” The chaplains’ primary role was to be available on a pastoral level to anyone who wanted help.

15 Apr 2018

15Apr18 CHINESE CHRISTIANS ARRESTED


CHINESE CHRISTIANS ARRESTED
According to New Life, Christians in China’s southern Yunnan province are under attack, facing long prison sentences. Chinese authorities are trying to eradicate their religion under the guise of cracking down on ‘evil cults.’ China Aid reports that officials have arrested more than 200 Christians across the province.


MISSIONARIES FOR NORTH KOREA
A 69-year-old Korean-Chinese woman, who lives in China's north-eastern border region, is preparing a group of North Korean converts to return to their country to share the Gospel, despite the mysterious deaths of 10 front-line missionaries and pastors along the border. Locally known as "mom," the Christian woman hosts Bible studies and prayers at her apartment in China's Southern Jilin province, and is encouraging her most trusted converts to be missionaries to North Korea, according to The Associated Press.


GOOD NEWS FOR SOLDIERS
Soldiers in the Australian Army have received a new, waterproof New Testament created by the Bible Society. It is a compact-sized version, and includes the Psalms, prayers, helpful information, articles and contact information for chaplains.

9 Apr 2018

8Apr18 POPE CALLS FOR PEACE


POPE CALLS FOR PEACE
Reuters News Agency reports that Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday address, called for peace in the Holy Land after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenceless.” The pope made his appeal in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to tens of thousands of people. He also appealed for an end to the “carnage” in Syria, calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter, and for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BURIAL AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Westminster Abbey, the coronation and burial site for British monarchs and other major figures, confirmed that Stephen Hawking's ashes are be interred at its site near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton. Hawking was a self-proclaimed atheist. The Dean Of Westminster, the Very Rev. John Hall, said, "We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe."

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”
The recently released film I Can Only Imagine shocked critics on a recent US weekend at the box office by bringing in $17.1 million even though it was only shown at 1,629 locations.
The film is based on the true story of the life of Bart Millard, the frontman of Christian band MercyMe. The film tells the story of how Millard came to write the song “I Can Only Imagine,” which performed well on both Christian and mainstream music charts.

2 Apr 2018

1Apr18 CHRISTIANS IN ISRAEL



CHRISTIANS IN ISRAEL
According to Breakingisraelnews.com Christians in Israel began Holy Week leading up to Easter with traditional Palm Sunday processions and Church services in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other Christian communities.

NO EASTER ACCESS FOR GAZA’S CHRISTIANS
Aljazeera has reported that in the days immediately preceding Good Friday, Israel had not issued permits for Gaza Palestinian Christians to travel to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said church authorities had applied for around 600 permits for Gaza Palestinian worshipers to travel, but had not received any.

AN EASTER MESSAGE?
Writing in Eternity News, John Sandeman states: “The Easter handout from my local council, the Inner West Council, nestled against the CBD of Sydney, starts out so well. ‘Happy Easter! There’s more to Easter than bunnies & chocolate!’ It might have been a church handout, he says. But, turning the pamphlet over, he reads: ‘Easter is about FASHION, EAT(ing), ART & DESIGN, FOOD, DRINK and ENTERTAINMENT.’ Sandeman goes on to comment that “perhaps church might be included in the ENTERTAINMENT section which suggests a visit to a live music venue. But ART & DESIGN does not include any church building in the district – some with striking artworks. So Easter, as far as the local council is concerned, is Jesus free.” “Luckily,” says Sandeman, “the local churches have been leafleting too. With the message of the first Easter.”