Tuesday, 12 December 2017

False Religion Rising With 'Robot' Messiah

There's the great falling away Paul the apostle prophesied in 2 Timothy 2; then there's the Way of the Future. Could the two converge?

Way of the Future, a new religion birthed with artificial Intelligence in mind, is setting up church and making news media headlines around the world. NewsweekWiredBloomberg and others are giving this false religion plenty of press.

Anthony Levandowski, the Silicon Valley multimillionaire who developed the robotics team for Uber's self-driving program and Waymo, the self-driving car company Google owns, launched the first AI-based church to propagate a perverted religion.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Block the Leviathan Spirit's Deadly Attacks With This Spiritual Insight

Recently, at a national level, as well as in the church, we have suffered an attack of the Leviathan spirit. Before you get too mystical about all that, understand that Leviathan is a metaphorical reference Scripture draws from the image of a great serpentine sea creature. It describes a spirit that works to twist words and perceptions in order to disrupt and destroy the people of God.

Christian teacher suing Oxfordshire school for suspension after 'misgendering' transgender pupil

A Christian maths teacher suspended by his Oxfordshire school for 'misgendering' a transgender pupil is suing the school on the grounds of religious discrimination.

Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, who teaches maths at an Oxfordshire secondary school, faced a disciplinary hearing and suspension after he called a transgender student who self-identified as male a 'girl'.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

A bill passed Thursday in Australia changed the legal definition of marriage from being between “a man and a women” to “between two people.”

The parliamentary vote comes after a two-month postal survey which concluded on Nov. 7, with nearly 80 percent of Australia’s voting eligible population in participation. Of the 12.7 million people who voted, 61 percent voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

The poll was legally non-binding, but it did initiate the introduction of a bill in parliament. Last week the piece of legislation was passed through the upper house Senate, 43-12.

'Christmas Is Illegal,' Says North Carolina Senior Resident

Christmas has always been a festive time of the year for the residents of Lake Ridge Commons, a senior-living community in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"We had door-decorating contests, wrapping-paper covered doors, festive wreaths," resident Leigh Bowser told television station WECT.

But this year, there will be no door-decorating contests or doors covered in wrapping paper or even Christmas wreaths.

7 worst countries to be an atheist named

Army soldiers stand guard at a street in Pakistan, which was cited as one of the seven worst countries to be an atheist.

The seven worst countries to be an atheist have been named in an annual report documenting the persecution of non-believers around the world.

India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan all actively persecute the non-religious, according to the Freedom of Thought report published this week.

Most Western Europeans No Longer Believe in Heaven and Hell, Survey Finds

A global survey of people's perceptions of major religious beliefs has found that in a number of Western nations a majority of the population no longer believes in Heaven or Hell, even if they profess a belief in God.

A global survey on the perception of people around the world has found that in a number of Western countries, relatively small portions of the population believe in Heaven and Hell, though more believe in God.

Breaking: Three Reported Dead in School Shooting in New Mexico

The Associated Press has reported that at least three people are dead and several others injured in yet another school shooting, this one Thursday morning at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico at approximately 9 a.m. local time.

Fox News reported just after noon ET Thursday that authorities from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said the shooter was "down" but did not provide any further information.

The school, located in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico and near the Navajo Nation about 180 miles north of the capital of Albuquerque, is on lockdown.

Fox News reported that it wasn't immediately clear if the shooting happened inside the school, who was suspected of firing the shots and the condition of the wounded. Law-enforcement officials posted a message on Facebook for people to "avoid the area" while they secured the scene.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jerusalem church leaders warn Trump of 'irreparable harm' if he changes Holy City's status

Patriarchs and heads of local churches in Jerusalem have written a special letter to Donald Trump pleading with him not to change the 'international' status of the city hours ahead of the President's planned statement recognising it as Israel's capital.

The letter, reported by the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, warned that any 'sudden changes would cause irreparable harm, and comes amid intense speculation that Trump will also announce that the US is to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

'Our solemn advice and plea is for the United States to continue recognizing the present international status of Jerusalem. Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm,' the clerics wrote.

Catholics ‘not permitted to adhere to the pope’s novel teaching’: expert

A Catholic theologian has said in a media statement that Catholics may not follow the pope’s “novel teaching” endorsing Communion guidelines from the Buenos Aires bishops.

The Buenos Aires guidelines, pronounced by Pope Francis to be the “only interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia, allow some divorced-and-remarried couples to receive both the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist without a firm resolve to live chastely in continence.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Holy Decisions Spark Holy Desires

Have you ever noticed that the word "holy" tends to get a bad rap? After all, "holy rollers" are said to be too extreme in their spiritual views, while other religious folks get described as "holier than thou." In both cases, the word "holy" is used to describe something off-putting.

In the Bible, however, the word "holy" is a beautiful term that describes a key aspect of God's nature. In fact, the third Person of the Trinity is called "the Holy Spirit." There is absolutely nothing within the God of the universe that is not perfect in holiness, righteousness, and truth.

When God created Adam and Eve, the first two human beings had nothing but holy desires within them. And yet somehow, when the crafty serpent seduced Eve's mind, she began to entertain evil ideas. This was introduced to her from the outside. And Eve's choice to contemplate forbidden fruit led to impure desires, which in turn led to this infamous decision:

Scouts Told to Stop Praying Before Meals

Girl Guides are being urged not to say grace before meals to avoid offending Muslims or atheists.

New guidance aimed at boosting 'inclusivity' asks Girlguiding groups to "think of a statement that doesn't make reference to any particular god or faith."

It is the latest in a series of "inclusive" measures from an organization that has become increasingly secular in recent years.


The guidance suggests that girls use the neutral phrase, "Let's all take a moment to show gratitude for this food and to remember how fortunate we are to have this meal."

A member of the Church of England's General Synod described the move as "absolute nonsense."

Alison Ruoff told the Mail on Sunday: "The Guides are being very foolish in trying to whitewash Christianity, and they must not."

In 2013, the group stated that Guides would no longer promise to serve God but pledge to be "true to myself and develop my beliefs."

Trans Guidance

This week, the Guides faced widespread criticism when it emerged that boys who "identify" as girls are allowed to use the toilets and changing rooms of their choice under official guidance.

Leaders are also advised not to tell parents if their daughters will be required to share shower and sleeping facilities with boys.

Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel expressed her alarm, saying: "This signifies the end to girl-only space, and the safety of girls in single-sex organizations."

Archbishop to UN: Christians are critical to Iraq’s future

A UN panel met last week to discuss the aftermath of the Islamic State’s occupation in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain, saying that the region’s future depends upon the preservation of the practices of pluralism and diversity.

“During ISIS’ occupation of Nineveh, even as it sought to eliminate the religious minorities completely, many from the majority population were also victimized as their rights evaporated,” stated Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus at the event.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Prophetic Vision: The Spirit of Offense Wants to Attack You in These 8 Ways

Offense: It's a word we have either experienced or seen others go through it. It's a hot-topic word as it seems more and more individuals are going through battles of being offended. Whether it is being offended over politics, religion, freedom, protests or choices, the list is long with so many dealing with being offended on some level. To understand more about how offense works against individuals who have a relationship with Jesus, I began to consider how the mindset of offense works.

And that's when I saw an octopus. Yep, I know it sounds strange, but it was the image that first came to me. I began to see how offense operates like the arms and the legs of an octopus. Offense has the sole purpose to attach itself to you (to entangle you), and I believe that the Lord is detailing how a spirit of offense will come against you in eight different ways.

1. Mind - Romans 8:5-8: "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God." When offense takes root, the first place it's coming after is your mind. If offense can attach itself to your thoughts, it owns your ability to process understanding. The moment offense attaches itself to your mind, the ability to have clarity and peace is diminished, as everything now becomes about feeding every thought that is only directed at the hurt through offense.

Friday, 1 December 2017

3 Foods That Are Draining Your Energy

There are three foods you should never eat. They may be toxic to your body and might be draining your energy.

These foods are being marketed to you as super foods for your health.

The truth is these foods might be draining your energy, making you fatigued, causing you to gain weight and lowering your metabolism.

Most Americans have these foods in their home and consume them on a daily basis.

One of these foods actually affects your hormones!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Trump to move US embassy to Jerusalem 'in the coming days'

Donald Trump is planning to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming days, according to Israeli media.

The highly controversial move would officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel further threatens hopes of a two-state solution as the Palestinians regard the east of the city – occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War – to be the capital of any future Palestinian state.

A Helpful 4-Step Strategy to Steer Clear of Adultery

Unfortunately, in the family of God, we are experiencing more adultery than ever. Why?  Well, it's no surprise with cultures worldwide being seduced into a sexually addicted culture. All our media outlets are tainted with sexuality, and we haven't even talked about the internet. This porn store isn't blocked in many churches or spiritual leader's homes.

So what can the average person do to avoid being tempted into giving their heart and body to another's spouse? I want to give you principles here so that you are not one of our immoral fatalities and also so you become an agent of salt, helping others to avoid the pitfall of shame that the devil is laying for so many.

Judge Rules Military Must Start Admitting Transgender Troops on Jan. 1 in New Blow to Trump Ban

President Donald Trump's efforts to ban openly transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military has been dealt with another blow after a federal judge ruled that such recruits must be allowed in starting Jan. 1.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly clarified on Monday a previous injunction issued in October that the U.S. military must follow former President Barack Obama's memorandum last year, which paved the way for transgender troops to be recruited.

"Any action by any of the Defendants that changes this status quo is preliminary enjoined," Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the latest memo.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Trump’s Christmas card says ‘Merry Christmas,’ Obama’s never did

The Trump family’s first presidential Christmas card says “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays,” the Obamas’ preferred greeting.

It seems Trump is making good on his campaign and post-campaign promises to fight political correctness.

The 2017 White House Christmas card wishes people “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” It’s signed by President Trump, Melania, and their son Barron.

Londoners urged to back Church homeless campaign as freezing temperatures could be fatal

Diocese of LondonThe acting Bishop of London Pete Broadbent at one of the homeless shelter the Diocese is backing this winter.

The acting Bishop of London is urging worshippers to back a Church homelessness appeal this Christmas as the number of people sleeping rough in the capital has doubled since 2010.

The Diocese of London is hoping to raise more than half a million pounds as it supports 15 winter night shelter projects across the city. With potentially fatal temperatures reaching below zero this week, more than a fifth of parishes across London will work with the homeless, providing night shelters, soup kitchens and job support.

Congolese bishops urge President Kabila to announce peaceful transfer of power

President Joseph Kabila

Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have requested that President Joseph Kabila affirm that he will not claim a third term of presidency at the conclusion of his constitutionally-limited two terms in power.

“We urge you to reassure the public opinion by a public statement that you will not be a candidate for your own succession,” read a statement from the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) on Monday.

“We are convinced that this would contribute to easing political tensions,” the statement continued.

President Kabila has been in power since 2001, when his father Laurent Kabila was assassinated. His two-term limit expired in December 2016, but he has refused to step down and did not allow elections for the next president.  A Dec. 31 agreement between Kabila’s government and opposition parties calls for elections to be held by the end of 2017

Monday, 27 November 2017

British Missionary Was Shot Dead in Nigeria After Singing 'Amazing Grace'

A Christian missionary was shot dead in Nigeria after playing "Amazing Grace" on his guitar, two of the British survivors who were rescued earlier in November revealed.

Previous reports suggested that 57-year-old Ian Squire had died from asthma while held by kidnappers in Nigeria's southern Delta region. But new accounts from rescued hostages David and Shirley Donovan reveal that he was killed.

Mom wins record £9 million for ‘wrongful birth’ of baby she would have aborted

The mother of an autistic boy with hemophilia has been awarded £9,000,000 (approximately $12 million US) in a record-breaking “wrongful birth” suit.

Omodele Meadows, now 40, said that had she been given correct information by doctors, she would have aborted her child Adejuwon, now 6, early in her pregnancy. It was never her intent to give birth to a child with hemophilia.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Zimbabwe's New President Is Sworn In

Emmerson Mnangagwa

The National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital was packed with tens of thousands of people to witness the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The atmosphere was filled with jubilation as the crowd danced to pop singer Jah Prayzer, who provided entertainment.

Leaders and dignitaries from various African countries came to witness the inauguration as well.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba led Mnangagwa in the oath of office saying he would "be faithful to Zimbabwe", "protect and promote the rights and people of Zimbabwe" and discharge his duties to the best of his abilities.

Mnangagwa was accompanied by his wife, the incoming First Lady, Auxilia, and gave her a kiss after the green presidential sash was placed around his neck.

Mugabe was not in attendance at the inauguration, but "expressed his good wishes and support for the incoming president".

Several reports from local media have said that Mugabe had been granted immunity from prosecution, Mnangagwa has offered the Mugabe family "maximum security and welfare".

Militants Slaughter Worshippers at Mosque in Egypt

Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack of Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said.

Pope: For Christians, work is more than an occupation, it’s a mission

In a letter for the conclusion of a conference on labor on Friday, Pope Francis said work is about more than just doing something for money, but about cooperating with Christ’s work of redemption in how we care for others and the earth.

“According to Christian tradition, (work) is more than a mere doing; it is, above all, a mission,” the Pope said Nov. 24.

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.