By Blessen Varghese.
High-Wire Walker Thanks Jesus While Walking Wire-Walk at The Grand Canyon
Nik Wallenda’s death defying walk across the Grand Canyon with no safety wires, cables made news last month across news and social media circles.
But not many would know that Nik is a born-again Christian and thanked Jesus and Lord a total of 102 times during his stunt.
Wallenda took 22 minutes and 54 seconds to walk 1,400 feet across the crimson-hued canyon with just a distant ribbon of the Little Colorado River beneath him. The event was broadcast live around the world.
Wallenda talks about his Christian faith in his new book ‘Balance.’ “That’s really where I get my peace,” he said. “I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I’m going.”
China’s Underground Churches Thrive Despite Government Disapproval
Despite disapproval from the government, some Chinese ‘underground churches’ continue to flourish! The underground church, also known as the family church or the home church, has been around for generations. It began as a way for Christians to worship, as practicing Christianity was highly frowned on in China for most of its communist history under Mao Zedong. Believers gathered in small groups in homes, hotels and other discreet areas to practice in secrecy, for fear of government retaliation.
This tradition of worshipping in humble places continues today. Simply practicing isn’t illegal, but being unregistered is, according to experts. In the past year, more than 1,000 unregistered Protestant Christians were detained and sentenced, according to China Aid, a nonprofit human-rights organization based in the United States. Some Protestant leaders were placed under house arrest for leading worship in unregistered churches. Excerpts from this site.
Egyptian Teacher Fined for Allegedly Promoting Christianity
A teacher in Egypt was fined for allegedly preaching Christianity and insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on religion, court officials said. The teacher, Damiana Ebeid Abdel Nour, 23, of Luxor, Egypt, was fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,300) for the lesson. Parents of three students complained Nour attempted to promote Christianity during school lessons. Excerpts and more details in this link.
Chris Tomlin Named Most Sung Songwriter in The World
Worship-leader and songwriter Chris Tomlin was named the most sung artist in the world. In a report by CNN earlier this year, Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, said churches around the world used 128 songs that Tomlin wrote or co-wrote last year. CCLI tracks what music is used in churches.
Between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs, Rachinski said. According to CNN, more people have heard Tomlin’s songs than singers Katy Perry’s, Adele’s, and Kelly Clarkson’s combined. More on this story here.
And now, for an interesting news on history for this month.
Evidence Found of 2,000-Year-Old Siege of Jerusalem
The Antiquities Authority, last month, unearthed for the first time a small 2,000-yearold cistern near the Western Wall that connects an archeological find with the famine that occurred during the Roman siege of Jerusalem during that era. The cistern – found near Robinson’s Arch in a drainage channel from the Shiloah Pool in the City of David – contained three intact cooking pots and a small ceramic oil lamp. According to Eli Shukron, the excavations director for the Antiquities Authority, the discovery is unprecedented. Click here to read more on this interesting discovery, which is also in accordance to Biblical prophecies.
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