With so much bad news in the U.S., Israel, Russia and around the world these days, I thought it might be good to kick off 2017 with some very good news.
Here, then, is an update to a column I published on September 22, 2015 about “a big, untold story” that “the media isn’t reporting” but is very much “worth examining.”
As millions of Christians flee the Middle East and Christianity’s original homeland becomes lacking of Christians at increasing rates, an odd anomaly is occurring: Christianity in the Gulf states is surging. Amid a shocking exodus in neighbouring countries, this strictly Islamic region has seen a jump in its Christian population.
Source: Christian Today
By: James Macintyre
A major evangelical free church in Sweden is preparing to use drones to drop thousands of Bibles into areas of Iraq controlled by Islamic State.
The Livets Ord (Word of Life) church in Uppsala in the north of Sweden has said it will use drones flying at high altitude to release thousands of small, electronic Bibles into Iraq.
By: Onan Coca
Ah, I remember the halcyon days when our nation was guided by the tenets found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When the First Amendment guaranteed a citizens right to speech and religious liberty – even if that speech or those religious beliefs were unpopular. Sadly, in Obama’s America, an America ruled by politically correct liberal fascists who are eerily reminiscent of the religious police that roam the streets of Iran and Saudi Arabia, these precious liberties are disappearing before our very eyes.
The latest example comes to us from North Carolina State University where Christian students are being forced to challenge a draconian (and unjust) school policy that bars them from speaking about their faith.
Source: World Revival Network
By J.D. King
The churning, tempestuous world looks remarkably different than many imagine. This is undoubtedly true if you're an average American.
In the darkest corners of the Middle-East there’s a revival beginning that's unprecedented in the history of world missions. I've previously reflected on it hereand here, but I wanted to take this amazing story further than before.
TORONTO, October 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The City of Toronto is refusing to grant a Christian group a permit to use a prominent downtown square for its annual musical festival next year, because the city has decided that singing the name of Jesus in the public venue contravenes city policy against “proselytizing.”
Voices of the Nations (VON) has been using city property since 2006 for an annual “multi denominational” event in which it celebrates Christianity through live music and dance. It has been using the Yonge-Dundas Square without issue for the past five years. This year’s August 1 event attracted 19 different performance acts, including children’s choirs and popular Christian bands, where well-known ‘praise-and-worship’ songs such as “Days Of Elijah” are performed.
Source: Breaking Christian News
By: Walker Wildmon
As I was reading an article on the Indy Star news site regarding the American Family Association's (AFA) placing Angie's List on its anti-Christian bigotry map because they adamantly opposed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, I noticed something encouraging. Near the end of the article it mentioned an atheist group that is also on our map, and how the founder of that group recently came to faith in Jesus Christ. (Screengrab via YouTube)
I proceeded to confirm this by contacting the man himself, Steve Tillman. Before I knew it we were texting back and forth regarding this story. Consequently, I can confirm that a former head of an atheist group has come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! This is a huge encouragement!
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