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  • Anger at 'praise Allah' slogans on British buses after the Lord's Prayer advert is banned from nation's biggest cinema chains

    Buses across the country are to carry a slogan praising Allah – just months after cinemas banned an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer.

    Hundreds of buses will carry posters bearing the words 'Subhan Allah', which means 'Glory be to God' in Arabic, for an ad campaign paid for by the charity Islamic Relief.

    The posters will appear in London, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham and Bradford, which have large Muslim communities

    It has been timed to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan in June, when Muslims traditionally fast and give to charity.

    But last night, Christian groups asked why the Islamic adverts had been approved when a one-minute film by the Church of England was banned by Britain's biggest cinema chains at Christmas.

    Odeon, Cineworld and Vue refused to show an advert featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the public reciting the Lord's Prayer. They banned the advertisement – which was due to be screened before the new Star Wars film in December – fearing it could offend movie-goers.

    Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, said he hoped the Allah advert 'signals the beginning of a new era of greater expressions of the Christian faith, which seems to have become persona non grata'.

    He added: 'People were surprised by the cinema advertising agenda to ban the Lord's Prayer – something we all grew up with.

    'Audiences are capable of hearing expressions of Christian faith without running away screaming in horror.'

    Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: 'If other religions are allowed to put their religious banners up, then so should Christians.'

    Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern, said the decision to allow the Allah advert whilst banning Christian ones highlighted the power of political correctness.

    She added: 'Britain is a Christian country and we Christians need to find our voice.

    'If we are allowing these adverts for Islam, then we need to give the Christians far more freedom to express themselves.'

    Islamic Relief said the posters would help to raise funds for victims of war and disasters in countries such as Syria, and portray Islam in a positive light. 

    Director Imran Madden said: 'There is a lot of negativity around Muslims. We want to change the perception of Islam. The campaign is about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions.'

    The slogans are most likely to resonate in London where about half of Britain's estimated three million Muslims live. 

    Labour's Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, was elected as London Mayor on Thursday - the first person to hold the position and be a Muslim. 

    Mr Khan is now responsible for managing London's transport infrastructure.

    Transport for London (TfL) can ban adverts on the buses it runs if it is linked to a 'political party or political cause'. However, there are no rules against religious advertising. 

    Back in 2012, then London mayor Boris Johnson intervened after adverts by a Christian charity linked to homophobia wanted to start a campaign on buses.   

    England cricketer Moeen Ali is supporting the initiative. He wants the adverts to encourage debate and increase understanding.

    The adverts will start running in the capital from May 23.  

    Islamic Relief has helped more than 100 million people across the world since it was established in Birmingham in 1984. 

    More than £140 million has been sent in aid to Syria - supporting around 6.5 million people. 

    The charity works with 33 countries and supports people of all faiths and backgrounds. 

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  • First Muslim Miss USA Converts to Christianity

    A former Miss USA beauty pageant winner, who's believed to be the first Muslim to win the title, has now converted to Christianity.
     
    Rima Fakih was crowned the winner in 2010 and according to a Middle Eastern news site, Albawaba, the Lebanese-American model gave her life to Christ last month ahead of her wedding. 
     
    Fakih, born a Shiite Muslim, is set to marry Catholic music producer Wassim Salibi on May 15th. 
     
    In late March, Fakih tweeted a picture of herself from the 2010 pageant that included a scripture from Philippians.
     
    "Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me," Fakih wrote.
     
    Fakih later tweeted a picture of an inspirational message about God.
     
    "Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory," the message read.
     
    In a 2010 interview with the Huffington Post, she said that although her family identifies as Muslims, religion doesn't define them. 
     
    "We're more of a spiritual family. Religion really doesn't define me or my family," Fakih explained. "My family's been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions."
     
    Fakih added that her and her family often celebrates Christian and Islamic holidays. She mentioned during the interview that some members of her family are openly Christian.
     
    "I consider myself to be blessed. I have a family that is a mix of different religions and different ethnicities. My brother-in-law is Christian, and he (and my sister) baptized their two sons. I have an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he's a priest now," she said. "My family is Muslim. But none of this ever came up in our family. We don't look at religion as something that defines us, we look at religion as something that we respect, and something that teaches us about ethics."
     
    She concluded the interview by saying that as Miss USA, she believed she could be a "Muslim ambassador" for the country.
     
    "I feel like I can be a great representative. America is the land of opportunity, and people can live in America and be who they want to be," Fakih stated. "Don't deny your faith. Don't deny your ethnicity."

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  • Alabama Chief Justice Suspended for Opposing Gay Marriage

    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from office for opposing gay marriage. 
    Moore issued an order banning same-sex marriage in Alabama after the U.S.  Supreme Court legalized the practice last year. 
    The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges against Moore, claiming he abused his power and disrespected the judiciary. 

    "The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the Administrative Orders of the Chief Justice of Alabama or the legal injunction of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses," Moore said in a statement.

    Chief Justice Moore has been automatically suspended from the bench and faces permanent removal if he is found guilty.

     

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  • Chris Brown Says He’s Tired Of Worshipping The Devil…And God Spoke To Him

    Chris Brown has said that he is tired of the devil ruining his life.

    In a recent Instagram post, the award-winning singer blamed the devil for trying to ruin his life. He also talked about thoughts of suicide and claims he’s heard God speak to him for the very first time.

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    Here’s exactly what he wrote:

    “When u tired of the devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time.

    No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart.

    What’s on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say “be a man”. Yeah, that’s right but it doesn’t take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father.

    I don’t have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self destruct!!”

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  • NEWS | Persecuted Christians in Eritrea: ‘The Guards Offered to Let us Go if We Renounced Jesus. We Said No’

     

    Release International
    More than 130,000 Eritreans are living as refugees in neighbouring Ethiopia.

    More than 300 Christians are believed to be languishing in Eritrean jails, while tens of thousands have fled the country's brutal regime.

    Located in the horn of Africa, Eritrea is run under a one party political system – President Isaias Afwerki of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice party has been in power since independence in 1993, and the formation of other political groups is forbidden. For more than a decade, the government has been persecuting Christians, who make up around half of the population, and other vulnerable groups. According to persecution charity Release International, all evangelical and independent churches have been closed, and many Christians tortured for their faith.

    Last year, Eritreans were the second largest group to risk the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in the hope of a better life in Europe. The largest group were from Syria, where a five-year civil war is dragging on.

    Reuters
    Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki has been in power since the country gained independence in 1993.

    As of December 2015, however, more than 130,000 Eritreans were living as refugees in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to the UNHCR.

    Release International visited a refugee camp in Ethiopia, where Christians who had fled Eritrea revealed the extent of the brutal treatment they experienced.

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    "There is no law and no justice. When I was living in Eritrea I was arrested because of my Christian faith. That's why I left. In Eritrea almost every Christian faces imprisonment," one refugee, Dawit, told researchers.

    He spent more than a month in prison, and also in a hard labour camp. He says he was tortured, and forced to sleep every night with his hands and feet lashed together behind his back.

    Eritrea is like a giant prison... like North Korea, but in Africa.
    - Dr Berhane Asmelash

    Other refugees shared stories of horrific treatment at the hands of Eritrean authorities. Dr Berhane Asmelash, a former prisoner and victim of torture, described prisoners being tied up and hung from trees. One form of hanging is known as the 'Jesus Christ', he said, because the victim looks as though they are on a crucifix.

    "Eritrea is like a giant prison," Asmelash added. "The country is filled with jails, concentration camps and prisons. And it is like North Korea, but in Africa."

    Elsa fled Eritrea after her sister was beaten to death by prison guards. "We were kept in underground cells. Sometimes the guards put us both in a metal shipping container to torture us. This became so hot during the day and then in the night it became freezing cold," she recalled. 

    The guards offered to let us go, but only if we renounced our faith in Jesus. We said no.
    - Elsa, Eritrean refugee

    "We didn't get much to eat and there was no medical treatment. The guards offered to let us go, but only if we renounced our faith in Jesus. We said no."

    One night the guards took it in turns to beat Elsa and her sister. "I will never forget hearing the screams of my sister," she said. "I never saw her again".

    In June 2015, a year-long UN inquiry into human rights in Eritrea found the "systematic violation of an array of human rights on a scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere in the world."

    A damning report criticised the country's "pervasive control system used in absolute arbitrariness to keep the population in a state of permanent anxiety".

    "In its determination to safeguard its own continued existence, the Government has proceeded to establish a system by which individuals in society are silenced and isolated through the organized repression of the freedoms of opinion, expression, assembly, association and religion," the report said.

    Reuters
    Eritreans are the second largest group to cross the Mediterranean to escape the 'gross human rights violations' in their own country.

    "Pervasive control systems and heavy consequences for perceived deviant behaviours...have created an environment of self-censorship whereby individuals no longer trust anyone – not even their own family."

    Though human rights abuses affect almost everyone except the powerful elite in Eritrea, people of faith are at particular risk. In May 2002, the government announced that it formally recognised just four religious denominations: the Orthodox Church, which is the largest Christian community in the country, the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sunni Islam. Every other group was told to apply for registration, and had to adhere to very stringent terms. Over a decade later, and not a single further denomination has been accredited.

    According to the UN, even those religious communities that are accredited are "nevertheless to varying degrees targeted by restrictions and attacks by the Government."

    "Interference in religious structures and affairs is rampant," the report said. "Religious materials are confiscated. Adherents are arbitrarily arrested, ill-treated or subjected to torture during their detention, and prisoners are coerced to recant their faith. Many religious followers have been killed or have disappeared."

    The UN Commission concluded that the Eritrean government "perceives religion as a threat to its existence and has set about controlling it and its expressions."

    Release International is supporting Eritrean refugees by helping them to set up small businesses in the camps. 

    Temesgen has set up a photography shop. He takes and edits pictures in the camp, and has them printed in the local town. "This shop has really helped us to support the family. We can live a normal life, providing for ourselves," he said.

    "This refugee camp may seem like a wilderness but we feel God's presence and we are together.

    "The greatest thing now is that we can express our faith openly."

    Deborah, another Eitrean refugee, urged Christians around the world to pray for those suffering for their faith.

    "Please pray for protection for us as we share our faith under enormous pressure. Pray for wisdom and for the Holy Spirit to lead us. Pray for Christian prisoners that God would strengthen their faith while in jail. Pray too for good health in spite of the terrible conditions and that they would be released soon. Pray for the church here to be strong in faith, not to be in fear but to keep on declaring the kingdom of God and sharing the gospel with others," she said.

    "Pray for justice to come to Eritrea."

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  • NEWS | Christian Missionary Arrested in October given 10 Years Hard Labor in North Korea

    Kim Dong Chul, a naturalised American citizen, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    A Christian missionary has been sentenced to 10 years in one of North Korea's punitive hard labour camps for alleged "unpardonable espionage".

    Kim Dong Chul, aged 62, who was born in South Korea and is a naturalised US citizen was accused of stealing information, including military secrets, and passing it on to South Korea.

    North Korean state news agency KCNA reported: "The accused confessed to all crimes he had committed and gathered and offered information on its party, state and military affairs to the South Korean puppet regime, which are tantamount to state subversive plots and espionage," according to Reuters.

    At a press conference in March in Pyongyang, Dong Chul, who lived in Virginia in the United States, appeared to confess. Foreign prisoners are often forced to confess in North Korea. He told reporters he had been paid by intelligence officers from South Korea and that he had been introduced to them by US intelligence.

    Before Dong Chul was arrested last October, he had set up a business in a part of Rason in North Korea that is set aside as a special economic zone.
    Earlier this year, a woman who saw him on television recognised him as a Christian missionary who she had seen give testimony in the US about the work he was doing in North Korea. A pastor also recognised him as the same man.

    He has asked both the US and South Korea for help. He is one of six foreigners known to be held by North Korea, where as many as 70,000 Christians are currently imprisoned in labour camps. About 300,000 of North Korea's 25.3 million population are believed to be Christian. Open Doors ranks the country in first place on its persecution watch list.

    North Korea did its fourth nuclear test in January and has also done recent nuclear missle tests, breaching UN sanctions. Last Thursday, an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called after two mid-range ballistic missiles crashed after they were launched. A fifth test is believed imminent. 

     

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  • 8 Bible verses that will help you identify false prophets

    Are you desperate to know what the future holds? Well, it seems that many of us are, and some of us are even going to extreme lengths to try and find out. Earlier this week, Pope Francis warned Christians against listening to fortune tellers. During a homily he delivered at Domus Sanctae Marthae, he said to those who go to seers or tarot card readers: "You do not follow Jesus! You follow another who gives you another path, a different (path)."

    While it's natural to want to know what's around the corner, taking this to the extreme suggests a lack of trust in God. If we attempt to peek into the future when life gets tough, can we really proclaim that we wholly rely on God to protect us? And, if we seek the advice of false prophets, we're more likely to be focused on pursuing the false promises that they offer.

    Jesus said: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14:6). What God's got planned for us can't be learnt from a fortune teller. If we're genuine about knowing what he wants us to do we should go to him. 

    The Bible speaks of "many false prophets" and they're abilities to entice believers. They're not always easy to spot and that's why it's useful to remind ourselves of biblical teaching on what characteristics they usually possess.

    What the Bible says about the deceitful nature of false prophets

    Matthew 7:15 - Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

    Matthew 24:24 - For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

    Romans 16:18 - For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

    2 Peter 2:1 - But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

    What the Bible says about identifying false prophets

    Deuteronomy 18:20 - But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.

    Jeremiah 23:16 - This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord."

    2 Corinthians 11:12-13 - And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

    1 John 4:1-2 - Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.

     

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  • Donald Trump Made Huge Announcement To All Christians … He’s The Only One Saying This

    Donald Trump isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. Now the billionaire, television personality and presidential aspirant has a straightforward message for Christians.

    “The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time,” Trump said in a recent interview.

    In the midst of persecution in the Middle East by Islamic extremists and persecution at home by liberals who would take away the freedoms of religion and expression, Christians need a champion. The other U.S. presidential wannabes have largely failed to address directly the state of Christianity in the world. Trump is filling that void.

    Donald Trump isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. Now the billionaire, television personality and presidential aspirant has a straightforward message for Christians.

    “The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time,” Trump said in a recent interview.

    In the midst of persecution in the Middle East by Islamic extremists and persecution at home by liberals who would take away the freedoms of religion and expression, Christians need a champion. The other U.S. presidential wannabes have largely failed to address directly the state of Christianity in the world. Trump is filling that void.

    “Trump’s ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in ‘absolutes’ attracts quite a few evangelical voters. Remember, evangelicals hold true to their ‘biblical absolutes,’ so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness, and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness, too,” stated Brody (H/T Shoebat.com).

     

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  • Joel Osteen answers Morgan Freeman's question, 'Who is God?'

    Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman visited Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas as part of National Geographic's "The Story of God," and asked the megachurch pastor, "Who is God?"

    "I believe God is our Father, the Creator, Somebody that gives us purpose and destiny," answered Osteen, according to The Christian Post. "Sometimes it's hard for people to say, 'How can I believe in something I can't see?' But it's what you choose to believe, through faith."

    "When Jesus came He said, 'I want you to come to me.' So I tell people, 'You can talk to God all through the day like you talk to your friend, in your thoughts you can say, God thank you for this day," he continued. "I think God can be as involved in your life as much as you want Him to be. That's what we try to teach people to get God out of your Sunday morning box."

    For his part, Freeman said that God means a lot of things to different people, but Osteen made God feel "personal, approachable, helpful."

    While observing the thousands of people who attended Osteen's church, Freeman called their worship service a "show." He appeared mesmerised by their celebration of God, and said in closing: "This is clearly a faith in the God in you, your inspiration, your power."

    Freeman earlier admitted that he is not a religious person. "I went to churches and synagogues, only it never caught hold. At 13, I stopped," he told Page Six. The actor said his basis for right and wrong was simply "grandma's big slap on my head," which "always pointed out when I'd done wrong."

    However, his visit to Osteen's Lakewood Church made him feel an affinity towards God. "In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," he said. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."

     

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  • 10 Bible verses to sustain you through hard times

    We all go through times of doubt, and wonder if we're losing our faith. Such times can often make us question whether God really exists and whether, if he does, we're really in relationship with him.

    Worries about losing faith lead to self-doubt and we blame ourselves for drifting away. But it is vital to remember that while we may wander and drift, God is steadfast and his promises do not change.

    Here are 10 Bible verses to help you when you feel you are losing your faith

    Numbers 23:19

    "God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?"

    Mark 5:35-36

    "While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, 'Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?' But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'"

    Hebrews 11:1-40

    "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

    Hebrews 10:35-39

    "Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, 'Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.' But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls."

    1 Corinthians 14:33

    "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace."

    Romans 3:23

    "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

    Luke 18:1-8

    "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, 'In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 

    1 Corinthians 3:19

    "For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their craftiness.'"

    Matthew 14:28

    "And Peter answered him, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.'"

    2 Peter 3:8

    "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

     

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