Saturday, January 31, 2015

300 Armed Muslims Attack Christian Boys' School in Pakistan

300 Armed Muslims Attack Christian Boys' School in Pakistan in Retaliation to Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad Drawings

January 30, 2015
Supporters of Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jamaat, a political and religious group, chant slogans as they carry a sign during a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, in Karachi, Pakistan, January 23, 2015. The sign reads in Urdu: "We martyr for the Prophet's sanctity."
Close to 300 Muslim students armed with iron bars and sticks attacked a Christian boys' school in northern Pakistan, reportedly in retaliation to French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's controversial drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The attack left four Christians injured.
"It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons. It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as 'Western allies,'" Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement, told Fides News Agency.
The attack occurred on Panel High School in the city of Bannu, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Muslim students apparently were able to jump over the outer walls of the school and open the gates before attacking the Christians.
The school has been closed down at least for two days, with additional security measures being considered to protect the students.
Last weekend, Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches and pastors' homes in Niger, also in protest of Charlie Hebdo's drawings. At least 10 people were killed in the clashes, with pastors in the capital Niamey revealing that almost anyone associated with churches was targeted.
Marches have also been held in Pakistan, where Muslims insisted that freedom of speech does not give the right to disrespect religion.
The protests concern the Muhammad drawings published by Charlie Hebdo throughout the years, which are considered offensive to many Muslims around the world. The satirical magazine experienced a terrorist attack organized by al-Qaeda earlier in January, when 12 people were shot dead in its offices in Paris. The two gunmen who carried out the attack, and were later killed, said that they were "avenging" Muhammad.
Charlie Hebdo's cartoons have often targeted Christians as well, as Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill pointed out on Sunday.
"The cartoons of prophet Muhammad are childish caricatures compared to what this publication allows itself in mocking the feelings of Christians," Kirill said in a sermon.
"Today, in saying 'no' to terrorism, killings, violence, we also say 'no' to the inexplicable drive by a certain group of people to deride religious feelings."
Several other Christian leaders, including Pope Francis, have said that it is wrong to ridicule religion in such a way, while also speaking out against terrorism.
"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others," Francis told reporters after the attack.
The minority Christian community in Pakistan has been targeted both by the ruling government's blasphemy laws that often focus on religious minorities, but also by radical mobs that seek to take justice into their own hands.
Saeed said that Christians in such communities are often targeted for actions in Western countries.
"Whenever incidents occur in western countries, the faithful Pakistanis are attacked. Christians, who are already living under constant fear for their lives, become even more vulnerable," the CLAAS director said. "It is the politicians' duty to create a cultural environment and a society in which Christians and religious minorities feel safe."

Friday, January 30, 2015

Shabbat Shalom ✡ "Abraham Was Still Standing Before the Lord"

The men turned from there and went to Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the Lord.

GENESIS (18:22)

וַיִּפְנוּ מִשָּׁם הָאֲנָשִׁים וַיֵּלְכוּ סְדֹמָה וְאַבְרָהָם עוֹדֶנּוּ עֹמֵד לִפְנֵי יְ-הֹוָה

בראשית יח:כב

va-yif-nu mi-sham ha-a-na-sheem va-yay-l'-khu s'-do-ma v'-av-ra-ham o-de-nu o-mayd lif-nay a-do-nai

Shabbat Inspiration

When Abraham learns of God's plan to wipe out Sodom, he begins to earnestly pray for God to annul His plan. But God's answer was clearly "no" and the city was destroyed. Jewish tradition holds that no prayer is ever in vain, so what happened to Abraham's sincere prayers? In a beautiful answer, our Sages describe Abraham's prayers being passed down to protect his descendants in the Land of Israel. We learn here the incredible significance of our prayers, which may bring huge benefit to us and to the world, now and in the future.

Questions from God

God won't ask you how high your salary was, or how many baseball games you watched. But He will ask you these questions.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz on Israel Radio

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Rebecca Kowalsky's captivating photograph of a man praying in a field in Israel, draped in his tallit (prayer shawl).

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Battle Is His: 'Brave German Woman' Draws Backlash

Battle Is His: 'Brave German Woman' 

Draws Backlash

Heidi Mund is a Christian German woman with a passion to stop the spread of radical Islam across Europe.

More than a year ago, Mund went to a church service where a Muslim imam was invited to give a call to prayer.

She shouted, "Jesus Christ alone is Lord of Germany; I break this curse."

Now, Mund, known as the "Brave German Woman," said she is facing backlash for her bold proclamation and her involvement with the group Passionate Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA).

Mund said she has been called a "nazi" for her affiliation with the group. On Monday, she said thousands of people showed up to protest the PEGIDA demonstration in Frankfurt.

"They threw eggs on us and tomatoes and firecrackers; it was really dangerous," Mund told CBN News.

Mund, a former atheist, said she is not afraid because God is with her.

Watch what she told CBN News' Charlene Aaron and why she is asking for your prayers.

Young Israeli Believers Boldly Share Their Faith

Young Israeli Believers Boldly Share Their Faith

Thursday, January 29, 2015 |  David Lazarus   ISRAEL TODAY
"A lot of Messianic friends said that they were encouraged to speak out about their faith once I took the step of openly talking about Yeshua on national TV," Shai told Israel Today
The full interview appears in the February 2015 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Katy Perry's Preacher Dad Has Plenty to Say About Pop Star's Superbowl Performance

Katy Perry's Preacher Dad Has Plenty to Say About Pop Star's Superbowl Performance

Katy Perry with her parents, Mary and Keith Hudson. Perry will be performing at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
Katy Perry with her parents, Mary and Keith Hudson. Perry will be performing at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. (Dish Nation/YouTube)
Come Sunday, Keith Hudson will be among the crowds. Not at as a traveling minister, though, but in the stands during his daughter's Super Bowl XLIX halftime performance. 
"Oh no, I don't have a problem. She's gonna do some good ones—she's excited," Katy Perry's father tells the DailyMail. 
Perry and Hudson have clashed over values since Perry left Christian music to pursue a pop career. Perry believes in astrology and aliens, but not God—yet their relationship remains intact. 
"People don't understand that I have a great relationship with my parents—like, how that can exist," Perry tells Marie Claire. "There isn't any judgment. They don't necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don't necessarily agree with everything they do. They're at peace with—they pray for me is what they do."  
However, in that same interview, she tells MC she has barred her parents from certain performances—like President Barack Obama's inauguration—because the family disagreed on politics. 
Hudson has attended Perry's megaconcerts before, though he was disturbed by what he saw. 
"I was at a concert of Katy's where there were 20,000 people," he says of one performance. "I'm watching this generation, and they were dancing and jumping around. It was almost like church! I stood there and watched how much they were admiring Katy. I thought, 'They're loving and worshipping the wrong thing.' I couldn't help but weep and weep and weep."  
Hudson and his wife, Mary, became pastors in the 1980s and traveling evangelists in the '90s. Keith labels himself as an end-times messenger, while Mary is an author and prophet, according to their website.

Prophetic Word Sparks Purity and Power Revival in Virginia - JENNIFER LECLAIRE CHARISMA NEWS

Prophetic Word Sparks Purity and Power Revival in Virginia

Impact International Ministries is launching Awaken21, a power and purity revival.
Impact International Ministries is launching Awaken21, a power and purity revival. (Impact International Ministries/Facebook)

Watchman on the Wall, by Jennifer LeClaire
While writing The Next God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening, I traveled to many cities to witness pockets of revival breaking out.
What the Holy Spirit showed me is there are many expressions of revival. Of course, they are all marked by a fervent hunger for the presence of God. One expression of revival is manifesting in Bristol, Virginia.
What started as a three-hour service with Ryan LeStrange and Jeremiah Johnson has turned into a genuine outpouring at Impact International Church there.
It all started when Johnson, pastor at Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, Florida, released a prophetic word about an appointed season of transformation and revival opening up in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia.
"The atmosphere shifted and it became clear that this was not an ordinary meeting," says LeStrange, founder of Impact International Ministries in Bristol. "There has been a tangible move of purity and fire sweeping the nightly services."
They're calling it Awaken21: A purity and power revival. The number 21 represents a set time in which God is igniting the outpouring. It also represents holiness and completion.
LeStrange says one of the most powerful moments was when people started repenting for exalting their gifts above intimacy. The room, he says, was filled with the cry of hunger.
"Young people have been flooding the altar crying out for more and being set free," LeStrange says. "People are committing their lives to the Lord and restoring their first love."
Johnson points to God's healing power in the meetings, noting a powerful miracle when LeStrange prayed for deaf ears to be opened.
"A man who was watching online from Ireland was instantly healed and his deaf ear began to hear. He reported that he had been deaf in that ear since childhood. Many others have been healed of various infirmities," Johnson says.
"On Saturday night healing power swept the meeting and a woman who had driven in from North Carolina received a powerful miracle in her back. She had surgical rods in her back and was suddenly able to bend and move. After the meeting she took her brace off free from pain and restored movement."
I have worked with both Ryan and Jeremiah. They are both sowing the seeds of revival everywhere they go as we enter into what I believe is a Third Great Awakening. Sure, it's growing darker in America, but I believe the next move of God is emerging even now. (Click here to listen to Ryan and me talk about the next move of God.)
I see the remnant rising. I see people from different denominations praying together for awakening. I see more desperation than I've ever seen in the body of Christ. Despite all the doom and gloom I see around me, I have never been more hopeful. We're not there yet, but I believe a spirit of repentance is coming over the church and those who embrace it will help usher in the next great move of God.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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