Sunday, 23 July 2017

White House spokesman Sean Spicer out as Trump seeks to fix image

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a short and turbulent tenure that made him a household name and the butt of late-night television comedy lampoons, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump's inner circle.

While not a surprise, Spicer's departure was abrupt and accompanied other changes in Trump's media and legal teams, as an investigation of possible ties between his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election widened.

After six months in power and still without a major legislative win, Trump shuffled some of his closest staff, parting ways with Spicer after naming Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. Spicer had been communications director as well as press secretary following the resignation of Mike Dubke as director early last month.

India’s bishops pray new president will defend rule of law

The bishops of India have offered their congratulations to the country’s newly elected president, Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to live out the oath he will take to serve the well-being of the people.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Mike Pence says God had a hand in creating State of Israel, pledges to move embassy to Jerusalem

Mike Pence said that God had a hand in creating the state of Israel, as he heaped praise on the Jewish state while addressing the evangelical group Christians United for Israel Monday night.

The Vice President also promised that the Trump administration will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

How to Choose a Healthy Mate Who Does Not Have the Jezebel Spirit

There are billions of people on earth who are operating in the Jezebel spirit. They are charismatic, physically attractive, showing powerful leadership qualities and are attending churches while appearing godly, and yet are the biggest con artists out there. So how can you discern if a person is who they say they are and appear to be? How can you make sure that a life decision that is so very critical is not made into a huge mistake that could put your very life at risk? There are signs to look for that are very well disguised that you need to discern and not look upon the outward surface but to see in the spirit realm as to who that person really is behind closed doors.

Would-be bride turns cancelled reception into feast for homeless

Many couples spend thousands of dollars on their dream wedding. But what happens when you have to call it all off?

Faced with the question that no bride or groom would ever want to answer, Sarah Cummins and Logan Araujo had to decide what to do with the $30,000 non-refundable wedding reception they were left with after calling off their wedding for undisclosed reasons.

Monday, 17 July 2017

This Might Be Why God Hasn't Answered Your Prayer Yet

One of the great challenges with prayer is when it is not answered. A specific request may come to mind. We ask God why He hasn't answered us. But part of the problem with that is that we don't figure out what our response should be to the fact that He hasn't answered. Looking at some Bible stories may help and encourage you.

1. Mary and Martha: They asked Jesus to come, but He waited till after Lazarus died. Jesus' reason: Not yet, a bigger miracle is still coming. Abraham had a similar response when asking about a child. God did not answer till it was a really big miracle. What should we learn from those stories? The challenge to us: Keep asking!

Why the Modern Church Holds Tragically Inaccurate Views of Prophecy

The daily headlines seem to scream in unison, "It won't be long now." Something is going to happen that will shake the nations. That "something" will be sudden, dramatic, and irreversible.

Tragically many Christians today no longer even know what they believe about Bible prophecy. This is due in large part to three reasons:

More Than 100 Christians Arrested This Month in Government Sting

Homes. Graveyards. Shipping Containers.

These are the meeting places of the Eritrean church. Over 100 believers have been arrested in Eritrea during the last month, but Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada says the recent crackdown is nothing new for the nation.

Fifteen years ago, the evangelical Church in Eritrea was growing. "The government was very paranoid and they saw evangelical Christianity as destabilizing the country," said Musselman. "They thought the church would bring an American agenda to Eritrea and cause all sorts of problems."

As US hits refugee cap, bishops ask Trump administration to do more

With the United States government’s cap on refugees having been reached for the year, the nation’s bishops have issued a plea to the Trump administration to increase the limit in a time of a global refugee crisis.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Trump leaves US isolated on climate change, trade at G20

Leaders from the world's leading economies broke with US President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation.

Leaders of the G20 countries met in Hamburg with the US isolated on climate change.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, keen to show off her skills as a mediator two months before a German election, achieved her primary goal at the meeting in Hamburg, convincing her fellow leaders to support a single communique with pledges on trade, finance, energy and Africa.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Health experts: ‘Transgender’ men will bear children within next decade

Health experts in the UK predict that men, and those who are born as males but who identify as females, will be able to receive womb transplants and bear children within a decade.

Doctors in Europe have already successfully transplanted wombs into wombless women who have gone on to bear healthy children.
Now ‘male-to-female transgenders’ are demanding that they be able to receive womb transplants too, at the government health service’s expense.

US Christians face surge in hostility for views on sexuality, study says

Christians in the US have seen a 'growing threat' to their religious liberty in recent years, according to a conservative Christian study that found a '114 per cent' spike in hostility toward the views of the faith group on sexuality.

The claim comes from June 2017 report 'Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States', by the Family Research Council (FRC), a DC-based conservative Christian lobbying group.

High school hosts graphic ‘sex at lunch’ show for students

A Canadian public high school celebrated the close of its school year with an annual lunch hour “sex show” by teachers for students. The show included talk of masturbation, sexting, and oral sex. Teachers who participated were awarded a bottle of sex lube at the end of the show.

Facebook rejects call for a 'crucifix' emoji from Christian protesting LGBTQ Pride flag

Facebook has said it is not working on a Christian crucifix emoji after a high-profile Facebook post called for one in response to the social media giant's LGBTQ Pride 'reaction'.

Arizona-based evangelist and vocal conservative Christian Joshua Feuerstein posted the below image on Facebook on 26 June.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The future of faith: 5 tech upgrades your church needs today

June 29 2017 was the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and how times have changed. Apple's proto-mobile seems like a prehistoric brick compared to what it's become through its relentless rebirths – and we've changed with it.

As we now know, 'the geeks shall inherit the Earth'. Tech is no longer a niche, nerdy fascination: everyone's upgrading in a time when technology evolves quicker every year – and now it seems the Church is no exception. Last week brought the news that the Church of England is exploring a 'tap and go' contactless card payment system for church collections, to be tested this summer and hopefully rolled out across the nation.

Pope names Archbishop Luis Ladaria as Müller’s successor to head CDF

The Vatican announced Saturday that as Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s term as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith comes to an end, the Pope has not renewed it, but has appointed Jesuit Archbishop Luis Ladaria to take his place.