Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Over 18s only: ID required to sample Asda's Christmas mince pies

The supermarket Asda is demanding that shoppers present their ID to sample its mince pies because they contain port and brandy.

With Christmas five weeks away, the chain has been handing out slices of its Extra Special luxury all-butter mince pies for consumers to taste.

But staff are requesting proof of age because the mince pies, which are being sold in a six pack for £1.85, contain a drop of French brandy. And of ruby port.

Zimbabwe Dictator Mugabe Resigns After 40-Year Rule

Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman.

Nigeria mosque attack: Teenage suicide bomber kills 50

A teenager blew up himself as worshippers gathered for prayers in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people.

The attack struck Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, around 200km (125 miles) from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. It is thought to be the biggest mass killing in the country this year and is expected to be claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The area has faced an insurgency from the jihadists and the militants held territory in 2014, although they were pushed out of those areas by troops in early 2015.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Christian Math Teacher Under Fire for Calling a Female Student 'Girl'

A respected Christian math teacher at a school in Oxfordshire is facing discipline for "misgendering" a student.

Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, began working at the school in September 2015 and currently teaches children aged 11-18. He has achieved excellent results, with his Key Stage 3 students outperforming every parallel class.

But on November 2, a complaint was made that Joshua referred to a pupil as a 'girl', rather than the desired 'boy'.

Serial Killer, Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. He was 83.

Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. It gave no further details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

He had been serving a life sentence at the nearby Corcoran State Prison for ordering the murders of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

'These are tears of joy': Ecstatic Zimbabweans flood Harare to celebrate expected Mugabe downfall

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans flooded the streets of Harare on Saturday, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an extraordinary outpouring of elation at the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe, their leader of the last 37 years.

Mugabe, the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, has been holed up in his lavish 'Blue Roof' compound, from where he has watched support from his Zanu-PF party, the security services and the people evaporate in the wake of a military seizure of power on Wednesday.

Compassion is the heart of healthcare, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to health workers and organizations, saying compassion is the heart of what they do, and stressed the need for a more equitable distribution resources and services throughout the world.

“A healthcare organization that is efficient and capable of addressing inequalities cannot forget its raison d’être, which is compassion,” the Pope said Nov. 18.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Sad, Shocking Reason So Many Men Are Still Single

Looking for that perfect mate is a proverbial problem that has paved a way for profitable businesses. From shows like Millionaire Matchmaker to online dating websites like eHarmony, single men (and women) are looking for love. But even with a myriad of matchmaking tools and avenues, finding the right one hasn't been more difficult as it is today.

Men are simply staying single longer than they ever have before.

Not only is the percentage of married Americans at its lowest since 1920, the marriage age is also at its highest ever—29.5 years old on average for men according to a February 2017 Pew Research Center report.

At Vatican conference, California governor says ‘brainwashing’ needed on climate change

California Gov. Jerry Brown told a recent Vatican climate conference that brainwashing is needed to get people to accept the idea of man-made climate change.

“At the highest circles, people still don’t get it,” Brown said. “It’s not just a light rinse” that’s required. “We need a total, I might say, ‘brainwashing.’

“We need to wash our brains out and see a very different kind of world.”

Robert Mugabe has been 'neutralised': Zimbabwe's military take control

Robert Mugabe has been 'neutralised', according to a prominent campaigner in Zimbabwe hours after a military take over that has the hallmarks of a coup.

The 93-year-old leader who has been in charge for 37 years remains in detention as army leaders say they are trying to remove 'criminals' surrounding the president. The move appears to be an attempt to replace the entrenched figure with his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked last week and prevent Mugabe's wife, Grace, from taking power.

Ben Freeth, a former farmer in Zimbabwe who rose to prominence when he took Mugabe to court in 2007 over attempts to seize his land, spoke to a local media from Harare describing mass military presence at the airport, in the centre of town and on all the major roads.

'It is quite an interesting situation we have woken up to this morning,' he said.

Monday, 13 November 2017

New Mobile App Alerts Parents If Their Kids Are Sexting, Sending Nude Images

A new mobile app has been launched in the United States to give parents the ability to know when their sons or daughters have been sending or receiving nude pictures or videos through text messages without invading their children's privacy.

YIPO Technologies announced the release of its Gallery Guardian app in the U.S. last week after it was launched in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Interpreting Your Dreams: Is It About You?

A dream without an interpretation is an experience without meaning. It may have been a nice dream, but it won't have the impact God intended until we understand its meaning and respond.

In my last article, I explained that the most important key to interpreting dreams is a relationship with the author of dreams—we need revelation if we want to understand what we are dreaming. As we begin to marry revelation with skill, our consistency and impact will grow.

What are the skills we need to interpret dreams? The first is learning to recognize who the dream is about.

Who Is the Dream For?

Has anyone ever come up to you and said, "Hey, I had a dream about you"? But as they told you the dream, you realized it couldn't possibly be about you. You played only a minor role in the dream, and the dream's content or message made no sense in your life.

This is common. Just because a person is in a dream doesn't mean the dream is about them.

To interpret a dream correctly, we have to determine who the dream is for. We can do this by asking a simple question: What role does the dreamer play in this dream? In most dreams, the dreamer will occupy one of three positions: the focus of the dream, a participant in the dream or an observer in the dream.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

School District Orders Coaches to Stop Bowing Heads in Prayer

Heaven help the coach who bows his head to pray in Coweta County, Georgia.

The Coweta County School District issued an edict banning all coaches and other employees from participating in student-initiated or student-led prayer or other forms of worship while acting in their official capacity.

"They cannot join hands, bow their heads, take a knee or commit another act that otherwise manifests approval with the students' religious experience," school board attorney Nathan Lee wrote in a letter obtained by the Newnan Times-Herald.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Filipino bishop a victim of Facebook identity theft

Bishop Alberto Uy of Tagbilaran, on the Philippine island Bohol, was forced to warn his social media friends of online scams after his Facebook account was cloned to solicit donations in his name.

“ATTENTION ALL MY FB FRIENDS: Somebody is making a false FB account of myself under the name Abet Uy, asking for financial help or soliciting something. Don’t believe it,” the bishop said in a statement to his 26,000 followers on Facebook.

The 51-year-old bishop learned about the identity theft Monday, the day before he left to attend funeral rites for Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who died Oct. 21. The fake account includes Bishop Uy in his vestments as a profile picture and him with a group of nuns for the background image.

Bishop Uy will frequently use Facebook to connect to his parishioners, offering them small spiritual insights. This time, he asked for help reporting the scam to Facebook and encouraged his followers not to be misled by the fake requests for financial assistance.

At the end of the same post, the bishop turned to prayer, saying, “Oh God, please forgive those people who scammed your people.”

Facebook cloning isn’t a new tactic by hackers to try and steal money, and recent chain messages have been circulating through the web warning Facebook friends about of virtual scandals.

Christian campaigners warn of 'outrage' at gender-neutrality plans in Scotland

Christian campaigners have warned of 'outrage' over plans in Scotland that could allow adults and children to change their gender so that legally they are neither male nor female.

The reaction came after the SNP-led Scottish government unveiled proposals to create a 'non-binary' gender for people who do not identify as a man or woman and to make it legal to 'self-declare' which gender they want to be.

The plans mean that people in Scotland could change their legal status to male, female or 'non-binary' without any medical diagnosis or treatment, and potentially switch more than once.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The devil has declared open war against celibacy, marriage, and the Eucharist. Here’s why.

Many readers will have seen this quotation from a letter written by Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary: “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way. This is the decisive issue.”

Few, however, will be familiar with Pope Siricius (334–399), who described his opponent Jovinian as a tool of “the ancient enemy, the adversary of chastity, the teacher of luxury,” because he had attacked the celibacy of the clergy. Is there a connection between Sister Lucia’s insight and the devil’s age-old campaign against virginity and celibacy for the Kingdom of heaven?

In order to answer this question, we need to look at the devil: who he is, and how he operates.

8 things you didn't know about Christmas

I love Christmas. I suspect my wife now hates it, since I started writing this book on Christmas history. Here are eight of my favourite festive facts that made Mrs Kerensa roll her eyes...

1. King Herod had a wife called Doris. He had 10 wives (not all at the same time), including a Cleopatra and two Mariamnes. He killed one wife, and her mother, after making them testify against each other, and he drowned his teenage brother-in-law at a party. Herod was so worried that people wouldn't mourn him (and they wouldn't – he was a terror), that he ordered the death of much-loved locals, as soon as news spread of his own demise – that way people would really have something to cry about. Thankfully, soldiers tasked with carrying out this wish decided not to, when Herod finally passed. No reported tears were shed.

British missionary killed in Nigeria, 3 others freed

Delta State is in the south of Nigeria and is known as 'the big heart of the nation'.

One of four British missionaries kidnapped in Nigeria three weeks ago has been killed, according to the Foreign Office, but the other three have been released.

Ian Squire was killed following the kidnap on October 14. However, David and Shirley Donovan and Alanna Carson have all returned home safely.

A statement from their families reported by the Daily Telegraph said: 'We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission, and help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release. We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.'

Is the Left Eating Itself on College Campuses?

For some left-wing advocates, the answer is a clear "yes" or "no." For others, however, deciding whether or not the Left is eating itself is a bit more complicated when it comes to assessing restrictions on free speech on college campuses today.

In a spirited debate on the matter inside the auditorium of the New York University Law School in lower Manhattan last Thursday, four of the most controversial left-wing voices to emerge in the debate in recent years pondered the question: "Is the Left eating itself?"

In varying degrees, all of them except one agreed that it isn't.

Labour politician found dead after suspension amid alleged harassment probe

A former Welsh government minister, Carl Sargeant, who was suspended last week after allegations were made over his conduct with women, has been found dead, police said today.

Sargeant, 49, a member of the opposition Welsh Labour Party and a campaigner against domestic violence, told local media earlier this week that he wanted an urgent investigation into the allegations 'in order to allow me to clear my name'.

In a statement, police said: 'At approximately 11.30 am today North Wales Police were called to a report that the body of a man had been found at an address in Connah's Quay.

'The man has been formally identified as...Carl Sargeant. North Wales Police are not treating his death as suspicious.'

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said in a statement: 'Carl was a friend as well as a colleague and I am shocked and deeply saddened by his death.'

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Secrets to Finding Pleasure in God's Everyday Gifts to You

Power is often an unseen force that makes things happen. The fact that it is unseen does not in any way mitigate that there is real force involved. Let's talk about a few unseen powers that you engage in regularly within your daily life. You can hear the wind at times, and you can feel it on some days as well. There are few things that feel better on a beach or in the mountains than a cool breeze.

Yet the wind is absolutely unseen. You can, however, see its impact and even harness its great power. Modern man has made greater applications of the pinwheel. This unseen power of the wind moves large windmills creating enough power to power a house or even neighborhoods if you put it together intelligently.

Pleasure is one of these very significant but unseen powers. You can't see it, but you can realize its impact. What pushes a person to run, swim, eat sweets, shop or meditate?  It's pleasure that motivates these behaviors. You can't see it, but its power can be the largest influence in your life and in the lives of those you love.

The pleasure power is at work daily, and consistently but unseen in your life. It drives you at times but can't be seen. It helps you make both minor and major choices on how you spend your time, energy and money. At times, the power of pleasure is also directing the choices of relationships that you have or don't have.

Friday, 3 November 2017

On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis prays for an end to war

We should beg God to put an end to the violence and destruction wrought by war, especially as the world seems to prepare for another conflict, Pope Francis said on All Souls’ Day.

Today “the world is at war again and is preparing itself to go more heavily into war. No more, Lord! No more! With war, you lose everything!” the Pope said Nov. 2.

“This is what we should say today; that we pray for all the dead, but in this place we pray in a special way for these young people (killed in war).”

Police Apprehend Shooter Accused of Killing 3 in Colorado Walmart

Police in Colorado on Thursday captured a man who they had said calmly walked into a suburban Denver Walmart and fatally shot three people at random before driving away.

Scott Ostrem, 47, was taken into custody without incident a day after the shooting, following a tip from the public, the Thornton Police Department said.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pope Francis mourns victims in string of recent terror attacks

After nearly 40 people were killed in terrorist attacks this week in Somalia, New York and Afghanistan, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for loss of innocent life, and prayed for an end to the “murderous” hatred that spurs violence.

During his Nov. 1 Angelus address on All Saints Day, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the various attacks, saying he is “deeply saddened” by the loss of life.

Why the forbidden fruit in Genesis is probably not the apple

After the celebrations of Simchat Torah and the reading of Deuteronomy where Moses gives up the mantle to Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land, we start again with the story of Genesis, culminating in the creation of Adam on the 6th day (when G-d was rushing to get his work finished before Shabbat started on the 7th day).

By the way, 'rest' didn't just happen: 'rest' was there before creation and G-d activated it at just the right time, but that is another story.

And, just to confuse you further, Genesis is not a scientific account of how creation works in the modern sense, but simply a statement that it happened!

One of the most famous Adam and Eve stories is the one about eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

What the Winged Horse Reveals About the Water of the Holy Spirit

At this time of year, the winged horse, the constellation Pegasus, takes its place directly overhead at about 9:00 pm. The constellation is easily recognized by the large square formed by its stars, also known as the "Great Square of Pegasus."

There are three horses pictured in the constellations of the Star Bible, and all of them symbolize spiritual power (see Zech. 6:1-8). The first, Centaurus, ("the despised one") is a man-horse combination which symbolizes a man of great spiritual power:  Christ. Centaurus stands directly over the Southern Cross, which shows how the despised one of Isaiah 53:3-5 was pierced for our transgressions and brought us peace. The second, Sagittarius ("the archer") is a man-horse combination announcing the coming of Christ, the arrow of God, the despised one formed in the womb by God to bring salvation to both Jew and Gentile (Isa. 49:1-7).

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Eight Dead in Suspected Terrorist Truck Attack in New York

A driver in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others in what authorities said was an act of terrorism.

It was the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Ex-Witch Details the Ritual Satanic Abuse That Happens on Halloween

Ex-witch Beth says she used to love Halloween—until she connected the dots.

"I really don't like to give a lot of details about it because it's very hard to talk about and, quite frankly, I don't want to disturb (people completely)," Beth says in a new video.

Since her salvation in recent years and subsequent inner healings and deliverance, Beth came to realize she was abused in a satanic ritual on Halloween when she was just 3.

"We went to the (Mormon) church and what happened next made my blood curdle. I was given candy, but that was just a prelude to the sexual abuse that would happen in a satanic ritual," Beth reveals in her blog.

"On Halloween, Satanists use young children, such as myself, as sexual idols to worship. Other children receive a far worse fate. Death. I know for some this is more than you can even think to believe, but it is true. I can barely write these words because the pain of the truth is almost more than I can bear. If it wasn't for the grace and love of Jesus Christ, I would not even be here writing this at all."

Watch the video to see more of her story and understand the true significance of Halloween.

This Native American is officially on the path to sainthood

Lakota medicine man turned Catholic catechist Nicholas Black Elk has begun the path to potential canonization with a Mass in South Dakota opening his cause for sainthood.

“From a very young age, there was an openness to the Spirit of God in his life,” Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, S.D. said at an Oct. 21 Mass. “God used a personal invitation from a Jesuit priest to lead this child of God, Black Elk, down a new path to becoming this great disciple in the Catholic faith for the Lakota people.”

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Trump's Former Campaign Manager Indicted For Conspiracy Against US, Money Laundering

Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump, and an associate were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, the federal special counsel's office said on Monday.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Dear Christian, Don't Waste Halloween

Halloween is a strange day for Christians. A wide array of convictions are held concerning Oct. 31. For many, it stirs up images of ghosts and witches and sacrificial ceremonies that find their genesis in the occult. It is the one day of the year that is a reminder of a very real devil and his kingdom of darkness and destruction. Countless Christians (who love Jesus deeply), have a profoundly held belief that to participate in this day in any way is to celebrate, or at the very least, acquiesce to the destructive forces of the enemy of our souls. I understand and have a deep respect for those who choose not to dress up, hand out candy, go to Fall Festivals or any other activity that seeks to normalize a dark holiday. I get it.

However ...

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Trump admin will directly help Christians in the Middle East rather than use ‘ineffective’ UN programs

Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Pence announced Wednesday that the U.S. will provide relief to persecuted Christians in the Middle East directly through USAID rather than “ineffective” United Nations programs.

“It is my privilege to announce that President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations,” Pence told the In Defense of Christians summit. “From this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID.”

USAID is a government agency that provides foreign assistance.

It “carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad,” its website says.

Cdl. Sarah: Some people ‘exploit the Word of God’ to promote multiculturalism, immigration

Cardinal Robert Sarah has affirmed a nation’s right to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants.

According to Polish newsmagazine and other Polish publications, the African cardinal supported Poland’s resistance to a certain “logic” of migration that outside forces are trying to impose on the nation.

“In what manner is it possible to remove the rights of the nation to distinguish between a political or religious refugee, who must flee from his homeland, and the economic migrant, who wants to change his address without adapting himself, identifying with, and accepting the culture of the country in which he will live?” Sarah asked.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Operation Christmas Child rubbishes Humanists UK's claim they are using shoebox appeal to evangelise secretly

A Christian charity has hit back at claims from British humanists that they are using a Christmas appeal to 'manipulate' and secretly evangelise vulnerable children.

Operation Christmas Child is a nationwide campaign where shoeboxes full of gifts are sent from schools across the UK to deprived children in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

But Humanists UK are repeating claims made in previous years that the project, run by the evangelical disaster relief charity Samaritans Purse, is covertly using the appeal to proselytise recipients.

Education campaigns manager Jay Harman described the practise as 'appalling', saying Samaritans Purse was using 'the donations of well-meaning parents and children as a tool for promoting an evangelical Christian agenda'.

5 Teens Charged, Face Life in Prison for Rock Throwing That Killed 32-Y-O Dad

Five Michigan teenagers accused of throwing rocks from a highway overpass that caused the death of a young father were arraigned on second-degree murder and other charges and were all denied bail by a local judge Tuesday.

Calling them a "danger to the public" Genesee District Judge William H. Crawford II said Kyle Anger, 17, Mark Sekelsky and Mikadyn Payne, both 16, as well as 15-year-olds Alexzander Miller and Trevor Gray, all of Clio, should remain in custody due to "the seriousness of the nature of these charges," MLive Michigan reported.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Day one, year zero: October 23, 4004 BC

How old is the universe? Scientists say it's around 14 billion years; young-earth creationists, perhaps around 10,000 years.

For Archbishop Ussher, however, today's the day: because according to him, the world was created on October 23, 4004 BC.

The Gulf of Mexico seen from the International Space Station.

Ussher was the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland during the most turbulent period of modern British history, the terrible Civil War. He was a fervent anti-Catholic Protestant, though a Royalist who supported King Charles; he watched his execution, but fainted before the axe fell.

Pope offers clarifications on new process for liturgical translations

In a letter responding to questions raised by Cardinal Robert Sarah on the new process of translating liturgical texts from Latin into vernacular languages, Pope Francis offered several points of clarification.

The Pope discussed points regarding the approval of new translations and the relationship between translations and Latin texts.

3 Foods To Make You Feel Happier And Beat Off Depression

We all know that exercise and a balanced diet are keys to being healthy. But did you know healthy foods can also make you feel more happy?

That's right; the foods that you put in your body every day can have an impact on how you feel.

That's especially good to know as we head into the winter months, when the days are shorter and the nights longer.

It's easy for our mood to slide when it's cold and gloomy outside and we've hardly seen the sun. If you're prone to depression or bouts of sadness, then you might want to try making some simple changes to your diet.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Why We Go 'Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places'—and How to Stop

Sure, others wound us. But many of our wounds are self-inflicted. God created us for intimacy, but we too often end up looking for love in all the wrong places. And what can we possibly hope to do about it now?

It's not your fault, really. At least it didn't start as your fault. You never fully got the kind of love you needed growing up as an impressionable child. You didn't see "learning to love well" modeled in a healthy way. Your early attempts at feeling important, making it, connecting with someone else, getting your needs met, giving something of yourself—most or all of them ended up leading to some kind of rejection, some lack, some wounds that wouldn't go away. You learned early on that if you were ever to get what you needed, you'd have to claw and scrape and grasp and hold on for dear life.

Some of us seem more wounded than others. If you grew up with parents who loved each other well, stayed together and loved you well, you got a foundation more solid than many others received. But even you have felt the sting of bullying, tragedy, disappointment, failure or just plain old sin.

And so you go looking.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

End Time Headlines: How The Enemy Attacks at Infancy

In this message, we will show you how all through history and to the present, the enemy attempts to destroy in its infancy what God has ordained and assigned for the kingdom of God, no matter how great or small

California Okays Third Gender on Driver's Licenses

On the heels of shooting down a bill that would have harmed churches, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing nonbinary people to select a third gender on their driver's license.

While liberals praise the move, conservatives see the negative impact of such a bill.

For the first time, most Americans now say you can be good without God

Most people in the US now accept individuals can have morality without religion as, for the first time, a majority of Americans – 56 per cent – say it is possible to be a good person without believing in God.

This is according to new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among some 5,000 American adults in June and July.

The 10 Commandments are a building-block of civilisation – but do you need to believe in God to be moral?

'God is not a prerequisite for good values and morality,' said Greg Smith, Pew's associate director of research. '[T]he public's increased rejection of the idea that belief in God is necessary for morality is due, in large part, to the spike in the share of Americans who are religious "nones"'.

Church shocked and grieving after beloved pastor is found 'burned beyond recognition'

The body of a South African pastor has been found "burned beyond recognition" with his hands tied behind his back in a small farming town about 50 miles outside of Johannesburg.

The body of 45-year-old Martin Beneke, the senior pastor and founder of the Johannesburg-based Life in Christ Network, was discovered in Magaliesburg on Monday. The Life in Christ Network confirmed the pastor's death in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"It is with heavy sadness and sorrow that we have to inform everyone that the founder and head pastor of LICN, Pastor Martin, has passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017," the statement reads. "There are still so many questions we have and answers we need but we trust the process. Thank you to each and everyone who is supporting his wife, two daughters and family. We appreciate it."

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mpho More told media that the discovery of Beneke's body was made by a local farmer who noticed smoke as he traveled a gravel road on his farm.

The Roodereport Record reports that when the farmer went to investigate the smoke, he found Beneke's Nissan pickup truck on fire and a body burned beyond recognition.

Gauteng police announced that Beneke's body was found with his hands tied behind his back and believe that he was kidnapped.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Why does Mike Pence continue to serve a President who mocks his beliefs?

The revelation that President Donald Trump mocks the religious beliefs of his vice-president Mike Pence shouldn't really have surprised anyone.

In a far from flattering profile of Pence in the New Yorker, reporter Jane Mayer recounts how Trump would ask people who saw him after stopping by Pence's office, 'Did Mike make you pray?' He also needled Pence on his views about abortion and homosexuality, once gesturing to Pence when the conversation turned to gay rights and saying, 'Don't ask that guy - he wants to hang them all!'

President Donald Trump (R), and Vice President Mike Pence (L)

Pence's views on these issues are well documented. As an evangelical from a Catholic background, he is vehemently opposed to abortion and homosexuality. As Mayer says: 'He was as far right as you could go without falling off the earth,' Mike Lofgren, a former Republican congressional staff member, who has become a Trump critic, told me.'

Shortage of monks forces abbey closure after nearly 900 years of prayer

A German monastery almost 900 years old will close due to a shortage of men wanting to be monks.

The Himmerod Abbey near the village of Grosslittgen in west Germany is one of the country's oldest prayer houses and was founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux.

The Cistercian monastery has just six monks in residence, down from around 30 less than 40 years ago in the 1970s.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

President Trump said Friday morning that his administration is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” in a rousing speech at the Values Voter Summit.

In his first major speech to a socially conservative conference since his election, Trump addressed parental rights, religious liberty, the right to life, and the importance of God over government.

“This morning, I am honored and thrilled to return” as the first sitting president, he said. Trump joked that he didn’t even need to ask attendees to vote for him, but he was still there.

“Religious liberty is enshrined in the very First Amendment in the Bill of Rights,” he said. We “very, very beautifully” pledge allegiance to “one nation under God."

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East and Lebanon, which has received a large number of refugees from Syria.

According to an Oct. 13 statement from the Vatican, the meeting took place “in an atmosphere of great cordiality,” which enabled a productive discussion of various issues in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Prophetic Meaning Behind the Full Moon of Tabernacles

The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles began at sundown on Wednesday, Oct. 4, but the best celestial views come at dawn on tabernacles morning.

Two years ago, the fourth blood moon of the 2014-2015 Tetrad occurred on Sept. 27, 2015. Some had seen the blood moons as harbingers of disaster, but the Scriptures speak of blood moons as a sign of the outpouring of the Spirit and salvation (Acts 2:17-21). The blood moon is also a sign of overcoming evil, as the moon, symbolic of believers (Ps. 89:37) is covered by the blood (Rev. 12:11). The fact that the tabernacles blood moon of 2015 occurred in the constellation Pisces (the fish), the sign of the church, reminds us that tabernacles is about the ingathering of the church to spend eternity with God. See our book, The Mystery of the Blood Moons, available on Amazon, for more information.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Robert Grosseteste: The medieval bishop who (nearly) invented the Big Bang Theory

Robert Grosseteste (1175-1253) is remembered today by the Church of England. As Bishop of Lincoln he was a fiery reformer. He stood up for the privileges of the Church against the state, like the martyred Thomas Becket, but he was also dedicated to the spiritual care of his flock. He stood against the practice of settling Church incomes on state officials, because he believed the money should go to supporting priests who would care for their parishes instead.

Grosseteste's Tomb and Chapel in Lincoln Cathedral

But it's as a scientist and philosopher that Grosseteste is remembered today. He lived at the time the works of the Greek philosopher Aristotle were becoming known in the Christian West. Aristotle's work had a huge effect on the Western Church as theologians were forced to grapple with new ideas, and Grosseteste learned from and wrote about Aristotle's scientific theories.

Feedback Is Food That Strengthens

The famed management consultant Peter Drucker wrote in Drucker on Asia that the most important thing we can know about ourselves is our personal strengths.

Drucker believed that the Jesuits, a Catholic order founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, and the Calvinists, a Protestant Reform movement founded by John Calvin—both started in the mid-16th century—developed a very valuable technique called "feedback analysis" to help their priests and ministers find their strengths and grow into what they were called to be. Drucker wrote:

Friday, 6 October 2017

'Christ Coin': new Christian digital currency launches - with rewards for the faithful

A 'groundbreaking' new initiative has seen the launch of the world's first Christian cryptocurrency. 'Christ Coin', from the mission company Life Change, seeks to unite the church with its own currency, akin to Bitcoin, that offers financial rewards for the faithful.

A Cryptocurrency is a digital token-based currency that operates independently of a bank or government control. It offers a new way for parties to transfer funds, using encryption techniques to guarantee security.

Microsoft rep calls Catholic Church a key ally in protecting kids online

The head of Microsoft's office for online safety has said the Catholic Church is a key ally in the ongoing effort to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation online.

When asked why a major tech company would partner with the Catholic Church on such an important issue, Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer for Microsoft Inc., had a simple response: “why not?”

Monday, 2 October 2017

UK Schools Removing BC, AD Dating to Avoid Offending Non-Christians

Critics have blasted the "capitulation to political correctness" after it was revealed that some schools in the U.K. are removing historical dating terms like B.C., which stands for Before Christ, and A.D., so that they do not risk offending non-Christian students.

Both Muslim and Jewish community representatives have said that they are not offended by the terms being used in religious education classes, however.

The Mail on Sunday reported on the syllabus for schools in East Sussex, which now reads: "BCE and CE are now used in order to show sensitivity to those who are not Christians."

Saturday, 30 September 2017

New Ager-Turned-Christian Steven Bancarz Exposes Connection Between Psychedelic Drugs and Witchcraft

A former New Ager who became a born again believer in Jesus is explaining the link between the use of psychoactive substances and the occult.

In a video released on his YouTube channel Sunday, Steven Bancarz, who shared his remarkable testimony with The Christian Post last year, unpacked the spiritual darkness tied to the use of psychedelic drugs.

"Psychedelic drugs are a class of substances that interact with the seratonin receptors in the brain, causing an alternation in perception and sometimes resulting in visionary or hallucinatory experiences," he explained, the most common of which are LSD, DMT, mescaline, and Psilocybin mushrooms.