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  • Justin Bieber's mom prays to Holy Spirit to enlighten her son as video appears to show him fighting during NBA Finals

    Pattie Mallette, mom of singer Justin Bieber and a bestselling author, is asking the Holy Spirit to reach out and enlighten her son.  The look to God for help is timely as a video appeared to show him fighting on the night of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, Ohio.

    "Holy Spirit come and teach us each who you are. Amen," Mallette posted on Twitter alongside a graphic of her son. The post has been retweeted more than 9,000 times and liked by over 13,000 users.

                                      Holy Spirit come and teach us each who you are. Amen.

     The video, obtained by TMZ, was supposedly taken at the lobby of the hotel where Bieber was staying in Cleveland. It appeared to show Bieber and a man fighting. No charges were pressed.

    Last March 1, Bieber celebrated his 22nd birthday and Mallette posted a prayer on Twitter.

    "22 years ago I was 18yrs old, pregnant & scared. But God. Lord encounter @justinbieber for his bday! Give him all I couldn't, in Jesus name," she wrote.

    For the past two years, Bieber has been in the limelight over his behaviour.

    In 2014, he was accused of assaulting a limousine driver, egging his neighbour's house and ended up paying $80,000 in fines, and getting caught for DUI in Miami.

    Bieber told Billboard last year that it was his mother who introduced him to music and religion.

    "When I was 7, she wouldn't let me listen to anything but [Pastor] Judah [Smith]'s tapes falling asleep," he said.

    Bieber said in the last two years, his relationship with his mom was "pretty nonexisting."

    "I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust. She's living in Hawaii now, so it's hard, but getting better. She's an amazing woman and I love her," he said.

    When he was 19, Bieber reconnected with Pastor Smith, of City Church in Seattle, Washington.

    "I'd come and listen to him and try to hear him out. I had all these questions and things were not adding up. 'Well, why is this, then? How did all those animals fit on Noah's Ark, then?'" he said, adding that he now understands faith.

    "That's what it's all about—not questioning it," the Canadian star said.

    Smith previously said, "We text almost daily, and it's not just me sending him Bible verses anymore. He'll send them to me, along with encouraging thoughts or an encouraging emoticon. I'm committed to helping him and protecting him, but it's fair to say we're there for each other."

     

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  • Muslim Leader Plans on Turning 5,000 Christian Churches Into Mosques in France

    France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population – the largest in Europe.

     “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday.

     There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed, Boubakeur said.

    During the interview with French radio he gave an example of the transition of a church into a mosque in Clermont-Ferrand, which was welcomed by the local religious community. The church had been abandoned for more than 30 years and the building was given to the Muslim community in 2012.

    “It’s the same God, these are neighboring rites, fraternal, and I think that Muslims and Christians can coexist and live together,” he said.

    It’s not the first time the lack of places of worship for millions of Muslims has been brought up in France. In April, Boubakeur called for doubling the number of mosques.

    His remarks were welcomed by the Christian community as a “legitimate” demand.

    “Muslims should, like Christians and Jews, be able to practice their religion,” Monseigneur Ribadeau-Dumas, spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of France, told French radio station Europe 1.

    However, this suggestion has been criticized by the far-right National Front party. In April, Florian Philippot, its vice-president, argued France doesn’t need more, because “100 percent of places of radicalization are mosques.”

    The party’s leader Marine Le Pen called to stop the construction of new mosques in March.

    We must today freeze the construction of new mosques while we verify the origin of their financing,” she said in an interview to France 24.

    The question of building closer ties with the Muslim community was discussed at the talks between the French government and about 150 Muslim leaders in Paris on Monday.

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stressed there was no link between extremism and Islam.

    “We must say all of this is not Islam,” he said. “The hate speech, anti-Semitism that hides behind anti-Zionism and hate for Israel… the self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods and our prisons who are promoting violence and terrorism…

    “Islam still provokes misunderstandings, prejudices, and is rejected by some citizens,” he added. “Yet Islam is here to stay in France. It’s the second largest religious group in our country.”

    The first conference between the government and Muslim community leaders comes five months after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher store jihadist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people.

    The terrorists responsible for the attacks “belong to a different world than we do,” said Boubakeur, speaking at the conference.

    There has been a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents in France following the Islamist attacks in Paris. A report issued in January by the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said that over the month there has been an 110-percent increase in attacks.

    source:https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/muslim-leader-plans-on-turning-5000-christian-churches-into-mosques-in-france/

     

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  • Egypt asks Israel to help solve Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam crisis

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reported to have asked the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and help solve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam crisis.

    The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported Arab diplomatic sources as saying on Monday: “Sisi has recently asked Netanyahu to help Egypt resolve its dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam, due to Ethiopia’s intransigence and refusal to respond to the Egyptian calls to coordinate efforts during the construction and storage stages.”

    The sources added that al-Sisi’s move came after Ethiopia rejected all pressures exerted by Arab parties, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, because Addis Ababa believes “the national project will help lift its deteriorating economy”.

    The sources said that Egypt has finally resorted to asking Israel for assistance, a strategic ally of Ethiopia and a number of Nile Basin countries.

    Speaking to the newspaper, an Egyptian diplomat warned against al-Sisi’s move, saying it could lead to the transfer of the Nile water to Israel, explaining that current and former Israeli leaders have been calling for this since the signing of the Camp David agreement.

    Addis Ababa and Tel Aviv enjoy close ties on the economic side, with Israel having provided a range of grants to Ethiopia over the past years.

    Source: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160621-egypt-asks-israel-to-help-solve-ethiopias-renaissance-dam-crisis/

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  • NEWS | US Accepting Disproportionate Number of Christian Refugees Despite Ongoing Genocide

    The United States government is processing an unbelievably low number of Christian refugees despite the ongoing genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, the American Center for Law and Justice reports.

    The conservative law group cited numbers from the Refugee Processing Center, noting that while the U.S. has processed 11,086 Muslims from Iraq since the beginning of 2015, only 433 Christians have been added to that number. And in Syria, there have been 5,435 Muslims welcomed and only 28 Christians.

    "In an attempt to justify this astounding discrepancy, the Obama administration and congressional Democratic leadership continue to maintain that the U.S. should not consider a refugee's religion in deciding whether to grant refugee status," the ACLJ said on Tuesday.

    They argued, however, that religion should definitely be a consideration when granting refugee status, given that IS targets Christians and other religious minorities in the region.

    The law group said Secretary of State John Kerry admitted in March that IS kills Christians because of their religion.

    "So, we know that ISIS targets Christians in Iraq and Syria because they are Christians. Christians are being slaughtered, tortured, raped and displaced because they are Christian. We also know that under U.S. and international refugee law, religion is a criterion for granting refugee status," the ACLJ added, warning that unless serious action is taken to protect minorities, they will be wiped out at the hands of IS.

    Reports from last year, such as the Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Systems, have also suggested that the U.S. is taking in very few Christians as part of its refugee program.

    The November 2015 report stated that Christian refugees made up only 1.6 percent of total arrivals in 2015, while Muslims made up 97.8 percent of the total.

    For comparison, close to 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian, and at the time more than 700,000 Syrian Christians had been displaced and driven out of their homes because of IS.

    The ACLJ has spoken out against IS' genocide of minorities on a number of occasions, but back in May said that recognizing the genocide, both on the part of the U.S. and the U.N., is an important step toward addressing the crisis.

    The organizaton is calling on the international community to take "swift and decisive action," saying that June's United Nations Human Rights Council session will have to decide on measures to put an end to the ongoing genocide.

    "As the time for the HRC's meeting is rapidly approaching, it is important that the United States and Secretary Kerry act quickly and decisively in advancing at the United Nations the cause of those Christians targeted by ISIS. We are optimistic that they will do so," the law group wrote.





     

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  • A Sweeter Future: Shashemene’s Beekeeping Business in Ethiopia

    In Ethiopia, converting to Christ involves significant personal cost. When a number of Muslims from Shashemene, Ethiopia came to Christ, their family members chased them out of town and levied false charges against some of them. Left with limited social network and financial opportunities, these brothers and sisters struggle to make enough money to survive. Their pastor is a bee expert, so has ingeniously constructed a bee house for honey production, which the community can sell to sustain. ICC helped this persecuted community by purchasing 20 new bee boxes and equipment so the venture can increase production. Please pray that God will bless believers in Shashemene and bless their beekeeping business

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  • Egypt: Teenage Girls Kidnapped and Forced to Marry Muslims

    christian girls in Egypt are being kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and forced to marry Muslim men.

    According to ChristianToday.com, Amal Shaky is one such young woman. Shaky, who is 19, was presumably kidnapped on her way to university in Cairo. Her family reported her disappearance to police, but the police were slow to respond to the kidnapping.

    Authorities even suggested that Shaky’s father killed his daughter himself and hid her body. The officers then said they would look into the case, but thus far, no action has been taken.

    "More than 40 days have passed since my daughter was kidnapped, and they say that the matter is under investigation," Shaky’s father told International Christian Concern. "I don't know how long I should wait. Wait until they tell me that my daughter is killed or got married?"

    Human rights abuses, particularly against Christians, are increasing in Egypt. Human Rights Watch recently reported that Egyptian security forces arrested and tortured 20 people, including eight children.

    Another Christian persecution watchdog group, World Watch Monitor, also reported on Christian persecution in Egypt.In the past few years, reports World Watch Monitor, the Upper Egyptian province of Qena saw 72 cases of kidnappings, extortion, and other forms of violence against Coptic Christians.

     

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  • PRAISE REPORT: “Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans have been lining up in Hamburg, Germany, to be baptized as Christians."

    od Dreher summarized several reports that many Muslim refugees have converted to Christianity when they arrived in Europe. Harriet Sherwood at The Guardian reports: “At Trinity church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz, the congregation has grown from 150 two years ago to almost 700, swollen by Muslim converts, according to Pastor Gottfried Martens. Earlier this year, churches in Berlin and Hamburg reportedly held mass conversions for asylum seekers at municipal swimming pools.”

     

    Similar claims have emerged from Austria: “The Austrian Catholic church logged 300 applications for adult baptism in the first three months of 2016, with the Austrian pastoral institute estimating 70% of those converting are refugees. At Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in the UK, a weekly Persian service attracts between 100 and 140 people. Nearly all are migrants from Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere in central Asia.”

     

    According to an account from Nadette De Visser at the Daily Beast, “Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans have been lining up at a local swimming pool in Hamburg, Germany, to be baptized as Christians. In the Netherlands and Denmark, as well, many are converting from Islam to Christianity, and the trend appears to be growing. Indeed, converts are filling up some European churches largely forsaken by their old Christian flocks.” De Visser concludes, “judging by reports from different media outlets, it is safe to assume the number runs into the thousands, maybe even tens of thousands who say they want the Gospel.”

     

    The Guardian piece focuses on an Iranian convert, Mohammad Eghtedarian, who has become a curate at Liverpool's Cathedral and is helping refugee converts with their asylum applications as he catechizes them. Eghtedarian's own story is a dramatic one: “His own journey, from the Iranian city of Shiraz to the UK, took him through half a dozen European countries, by truck, train and on foot. Destitute and terrified, he was offered practical and emotional support from Christians along the way. Before being granted asylum, Eghtedarian spent four months in Tinsley House detention centre, near Gatwick airport. ‘Every day was challenging and beautiful. Challenging because I didn’t know if they would deport me; beautiful because I was in the Lord’s hands. I promised the Lord: if you release me, I will serve you.'”

     

    Some converts were already questioning Islam before migrating: Johannes, another Iranian, left Tehran for Vienna. Born into a Muslim family, the 32-year-old—who was previously called Sadegh—began questioning the roots of Islam at university. “I found that the history of Islam was completely different from what we were taught at school. Maybe, I thought, it was a religion that began with violence?” He was beaten for attending Bible studies in Tehran, and jumped at the chance to migrate to Austria when the opportunity opened.

     

    Christians can be gullible about conversions, and there are plenty of reasons for skepticism here. It looks a little too convenient that Muslims become Christians while they await word on their visa applications. De Visser is skeptical, but also points out that conversion comes with costs as well as benefits. A convert could be in serious trouble if he returns to his home country. And conversion doesn't necessarily help a refugee get settled in Europe anyway: “conversion to Christianity can actually damage one’s chances of asylum in the Netherlands.”

     

    These reports encourage the hope that the painful upheaval of recent migration, the crush of refugees in Europe, and the many political, logistical, and other challenges that come with that—that it all may have a silver lining: God is bringing a hardened mission field to the doorstep of the church, and many churches are taking up the challenge.

     

    It's not the first time that “Europe” has been overrun by invaders, and it wouldn't be the first time the conquering invaders were conquered by the gospel. Converted invaders, in fact, were the makers of Europe.

     

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  • Al-Shabab says 43 Ethiopian soldiers killed in attack

    Somali rebel group al-Shabab says it has killed 43 soldiers in an attack on a base of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force Somalia.

    The town of Halgan, where Thursday's attack occurred, lies in the Hiran region of central Somalia, about 300km north of the capital Mogadishu.

    "Our fighters stormed the Halgan base of AMISOM ... We killed 43 AU soldiers from Ethiopia in the fighting," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's military operations spokesperson, told Reuters news agency.

    He said "several" al-Shabab fighters had died in the raid but he did not give a figure.

    "It was a huge blast. It destroyed the gate and parts of the base," he said.

    Residents said they heard a huge explosion at the base and a heavy exchange of gunfire shortly before dawn.

    "Al-Shabab says they drove a car equipped with a suicide bomb into the base followed by armed men storming the base and killing the soldiers,” said Mohamed Adow, reporting from Kenya's capital Nairobi.

    An AMISOM spokesman said that there was "an attempted attack" at the base in Halgan.

    He said AMISOM forces were still in charge of the base, according to Adow.

    Al-Shabab often launches gun and bomb attacks on officials, Somali security forces and AMISOM in an effort to topple the government and impose its own brand of government on Somalia.

    In January, Kenyan troops serving with AMISOM suffered heavy losses when al-Shabab made a dawn raid on their camp in El Adde, near the Kenyan border.

    Al-Shabab said it killed more than 100 soldiers but Kenya gave no exact casualty figure.

    source:http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/al-shabab-claims-killing-43-soldiers-ethiopian-base-160609061024588.html

     

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