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FRONT PAGE  |  5/22/2019
TUESDAY, APR 23, 2019  |  20 comments
Churches Have Become The #1 Target For Hate Attacks
The bombings in Sri Lanka have once again put a spotlight on the rising tide of violence against Christians all over the world. According to Open Doors USA, an average of 105 churches and/or Christian buildings are burned or attacked every month. That is more than three per day, and almost all of those attacks get ignored by the mainstream media in the western world. In addition, an average of 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons every single month. Of course these numbers will soon be out of date, because violence against Christians continues to escalate all over the globe, and the horrifying attacks that we just witnessed in Sri Lanka are a perfect example. The following comes from CBS News…

A series of eight bombings in Sri Lanka targeting Christian churches and hotels in three cities killed at least 207 people and wounded up to 450 others on Easter Sunday. Defense Minister ...


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News Item4/24/19 11:12 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Concerned wrote:
While I agree that death is ultimate victory for a child of God it seems people are downplaying the tragedy in this.
I wonder how many people who say that they are willing to die for Christ would stick to that statement if there was actually a chance that they may be called on to follow through.
Yes, death is indeed the ultimate victory for someone in Christ. Just think no more sin, decay or any negative thoughts of any kind. Now of course like you commented, how many would actually lay down their lives for one of their brothers and sisters? The verses below are just some of the mandates!

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Anyway, your question was thought provoking for sure. My guess is “most” born again believers if given the choice between denying Christ or saving their lives, would choose death. But then, none of us really know until the circumstances come about.

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News Item4/24/19 5:34 AM
Concerned  Find all comments by Concerned
While I agree that death is ultimate victory for a child of God it seems people are downplaying the tragedy in this.
I wonder how many people who say that they are willing to die for Christ would stick to that statement if there was actually a chance that they may be called on to follow through.
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News Item4/23/19 5:46 PM
Chris G P | England  Find all comments by Chris G P
Another update on the children who died at Zion Evangelical Church, Batticaloa, as reported by Barnabas Fund.

The children had just emerged from their Sunday School class, and the main service was shortly to start. The children were playing outside the church in between the two services.

Just a few minutes earlier at the end of the Sunday School, their teacher asked this incredible question. “How many of you would be prepared to die for Christ?” What a question!! All the children without exception raised their hands. They then left the class, the bomber emerged some time later escorted by the usher, and blew himself up and some 15 apparently of the children promptly fulfilled the question of their Sunday School teacher, as well as a number of adults and died for Christ.

I don’t know if the Sunday School teacher died in the blast, but the Word if God says in one of the Psalms, I believe, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”, and our Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples to “Suffer the little children to come into me, for of such as the kingdom of heaven”.

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News Item4/23/19 5:46 PM
Chris G P | England  Find all comments by Chris G P
Another update on the children who died at Zion Evangelical Church, Batticaloa, as reported by Barnabas Fund.

The children had just emerged from their Sunday School class, and the main service was shortly to start. The children were playing outside the church in between the two services.

Just a few minutes earlier at the end of the Sunday School, their teacher asked this incredible question. “How many of you would be prepared to die for Christ?” What a question!! All the children without exception raised their hands. They then left the class, the bomber emerged some time later escorted by the usher, and blew himself up and some 15 apparently of the children promptly fulfilled the question of their Sunday School teacher, as well as a number of adults and died for Christ.

I don’t know if the Sunday School teacher died in the blast, but the Word if God says in one of the Psalms, I believe, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”, and our Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples to “Suffer the little children to come into me, for of such as the kingdom of heaven”.

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News Item4/23/19 3:15 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
From a parish priest in England, I assume an Anglican one? A good short commentary on the problem. It contains more substance in my one quote from it, shows, it is well worth reading the whole thing
Giles Fraser wrote:
....
According to the widely respected Pew report, Christianity remains the world’s most persecuted religion. And the only reason for mentioning this so crassly in terms of league tables is simply that it serves to highlight the deafening silence of our response to it. From North Korea (OK, obviously) to China, and increasingly even in places such as India – all around the world Christians are subject to real and sustained violence for the profession of their faith, the one that we proclaim most insistently today. That life is stronger than death. That love will ultimately triumph over hate....
--"As the Sri Lanka attacks show, Christians worldwide face serious persecution"

https://tinyurl.com/yxd5enus

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News Item4/23/19 2:42 PM
sc  Find all comments by sc
The blab it and grab it people...another turn off to Christianity.
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News Item4/23/19 2:17 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
John Lee wrote:
Isn't that the name it/claim it?
Perhaps, but the name it claim it folks don’t believe they have to rub their genie in a certain way. They simply name it claim it; no manipulation is needed. I usually associate the name it claim if folks with belief that God is some type of lonely old man living in the heavens and is just waiting for someone to ask Him for something.
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News Item4/23/19 1:13 PM
John Lee | UK  Find all comments by John Lee
Frank wrote:
Years ago, I was familiar with NVP. Like you said, he was always associated with heresy, but I don't think I ever listened to anything by him. I have always thought of the positive thinking theology as someone believing God is some type of genie that if rubbed the right way, will do our bidding.
Isn't that the name it/claim it?
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News Item4/23/19 11:50 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
John Lee wrote:
Well you know bro that I like happy things, positive things, cheerful things. Sure, these have not always come my way in life. But throughout all circumstances, God says that it is possible to be filled with the Spirit, bearing his fruit; and there is no fruit of the Spirit akin to miserable or sad or of a low countenance.
Now I've never read any of his stuff, never listened to any of his preaching, never been told anything about him except that he is a heretic, and that his catchphrase is the power of positive thinking, and his name is Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993). See, you knew it all the time.
Years ago, I was familiar with NVP. Like you said, he was always associated with heresy, but I don't think I ever listened to anything by him. I have always thought of the positive thinking theology as someone believing God is some type of genie that if rubbed the right way, will do our bidding.
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News Item4/23/19 11:22 AM
John Lee | UK  Find all comments by John Lee
Frank wrote:
Now remember brother, I am an old man.

What does NVP stand for?
Well you know bro that I like happy things, positive things, cheerful things. Sure, these have not always come my way in life. But throughout all circumstances, God says that it is possible to be filled with the Spirit, bearing his fruit; and there is no fruit of the Spirit akin to miserable or sad or of a low countenance.

Now I've never read any of his stuff, never listened to any of his preaching, never been told anything about him except that he is a heretic, and that his catchphrase is the power of positive thinking, and his name is Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993). See, you knew it all the time.

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News Item4/23/19 11:16 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
John Lee wrote:
I like that Frank. Death is the ultimate victory for those who are born again. I was going to call it positive thinking, but some here will think I'm promoting NVP.
Now remember brother, I am an old man.

What does NVP stand for?

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News Item4/23/19 11:04 AM
John Lee | UK  Find all comments by John Lee
Frank wrote:
But just think; physical death is actually the ultimate victory for those born again, from above. I agonize and pray for the loved ones that are left, but never for those who have been taken. Oh death, where is thy sting!
Come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly.
I like that Frank. Death is the ultimate victory for those who are born again. I was going to call it positive thinking, but some here will think I'm promoting NVP.
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News Item4/23/19 10:29 AM
sc  Find all comments by sc
@ land of cotton guy-
Do you have such anger for all kinds of sinners as you do for sodomites?
Doesn't the word "sodomite" suffice?
We were all something vile before we knew the Lord.
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News Item4/23/19 9:46 AM
Chris G P | England  Find all comments by Chris G P
By the way, though it is true that Catholic Churches were targeted, and three hotels as well, one of the churches was actually not Catholic, but an evangelical church. At this last one, an usher saw a suspicious individual inside the church just before the service started, and asked him to leave. He did, but promptly blew himself iup outside, killing about 35 people, mostly children who were still outside.

However, it doesn’t matter whether the victims were evangelicals, or Catholics, it is still tragic. It is apparent that the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka had fallen our, the President was warned of a security risk, the PM was not told of it, and the President had actually excluded him and his Cabinet from important national security meetings. The PM had previously been sacked by the President, but had been reinstated by order of the Supreme Court. This did not bode well for preventing this disaster.

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News Item4/23/19 9:23 AM
Wayfarer pilgrim | Lubbock, Tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer pilgrim
The blood of martyrs, the blood of martyrs.
Now many will question whether these who died were true Christians. Their killers only saw they worshipped at a Christian Church and that was reason enough to murder them. It may simply be that we have become the Jews of the early 20th century after the Bolshevik Revolution. Problem is, if we don’t condemn and aim to protect, there is No one to speak for us. We’ll be everso dependent upon our Lord Jesus as this is not our home. May others ask, why were these people murdered, it’s because the Sri Lanka government weren’t too concerned about the killing of Christians. Aw, but if Buddhist had been killed, ...
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News Item4/23/19 9:17 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
The murder of any individual that has ever lived is wrong. IOW, I don’t adhere to the greater good concept. When the media says “Christians” were killed it can sometimes be confusing because many of those murdered were in fact not Christians. Satan could care less about his followers, so murdering them and then associating them with Christ’s children can and does serve his ultimate purpose; the dummying down of Christ’s church.

When the end is finally near, all genuine Christians worldwide will be hunted down and murdered. They will be easy to find because they won’t have the mark of the antichrist. Those who refuse the mark will in fact not be able to buy or sell, so even if they are not found, they will be forced into hiding. Families will be turned against each other.

But just think; physical death is actually the ultimate victory for those born again, from above. I agonize and pray for the loved ones that are left, but never for those who have been taken. Oh death, where is thy sting!

Come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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News Item4/23/19 3:38 AM
John Lee | UK  Find all comments by John Lee
"The bombings in Sri Lanka have once again put a spotlight on the rising tide of violence against Christians all over the world. According to Open Doors USA, an average of 105 churches and/or Christian buildings are burned or attacked every month. That is more than three per day, and almost all of those attacks get ignored by the mainstream media in the western world. In addition, an average of 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons every single month. Of course these numbers will soon be out of date, because violence against Christians continues to escalate all over the globe, and the horrifying attacks that we just witnessed in Sri Lanka are a perfect example."

People shoot themselves in the foot every time. Force the [genuine] Christians underground, and they will never hear [or are less likely to hear] the glorious gospel, which alone can save their souls.

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News Item4/23/19 3:28 AM
sadashiv jiil | India  Contact via emailFind all comments by sadashiv jiil
This is really bad for the whole world. NJT a terror organisation take responsibility for this hateful attack in sri lanka.
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News Item4/23/19 12:34 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Now, Dr. Tim, you sound angry and frustrated. No need for that, sir. We know that in the last days, persecution against us will increase. It is too much to stick to Christ and Him crucified or to have redeeming love as our theme until we die. No, sir, all those terrorists did is increase the number of martyrs under the altar who will be comforted at the fifth seal. And they reminded us that we are opposed for simply bearing the name of Christ.
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News Item4/23/19 12:08 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
No, the mainstream media won’t touch these stories with a ten-foot pole, but let a black queer pretend he was attacked by conservatives...
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