Editorial: Persecutions against the children of God are rising. This author has received first hand information about attacks on the pastors and believers in Madhya Pradesh of the organization that he is a part of. Newspapers also reported of planned attacks in Bastar, Chattisgarh. The disappointing aspect about these attacks is that the police arrested the victims than the perpetrators. Let the church arise and pray for when the persecutions rose, the church expanded further in the first century!
November was also a month when we lost giants in Dr. Myles Munroe and Chikku Kuriakose, a well-known worship leader from Kerala, India. Yet, both untimely deaths also remind us of the hope that we have in Christ. Dr. Munroe left a lasting legacy, and Bro. Chikku’s funeral service was quite unlike what we see in India. It was a homegoing celebration that turned thousands to that blessed hope we all have.
Attacks on Christians in India
Attacks on Christians in India are on the rise in recent times. The sad part about these attacks are that the authorities and law enforcement agencies seems to be siding with the attacker and arresting the Christians. Four Christians were beaten by communal agents and arrested later by the police in Kamseth in Nasik, Maharashtra. Report for this attack can be found here.
Pakistani Woman’s Husband Pleads with President to Save Her from Execution for Blasphemy
Asia Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih wrote an open letter to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain pleading for his wife’s release. Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010, and is currently on death row. Her conviction was recently upheld by Lahore’s high court. “Since Asia was sentenced to death in November 2010 for drinking a glass of water from our village well, my family has lived in constant fear and under death threats,” Masih wrote in the letter. Excerpts from this link.
Meanwhile, a Christian couple was killed in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy by local residents. Read more on that horrific story here.
ISIS Continues Its Attack
Islamic State militants have blown up one of the oldest churches in the city of Mosul, according to Kurdish media sources. St George’s church was built in the late 17th century, though rebuilt in 1931, conveys this link. Meanwhile, the United Nations reports that while over five million children’s lives are being affected as a result of Islamic State’s continuing jihad, many of the young ones are being forced to become human shields and donate blood to the injured terrorists. More on that story here.
Renowned Preacher Dr. Myles Munroe and His Wife Die in a Plane Crash
Dr Myles Munroe, famous preacher and author, and his wife Ruth Munroe died tragically in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Munroe was an internationally-renowned pastor, teacher, administrator, author, and motivational speaker. He published 69 books during his life and was president and founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI).
“We are not sure how or why, something like this would be allowed to happen to such great individuals, but still, God is in control,” his son Myles Munroe Jr. said at a press conference days later. Government of The Bahamas revealed that Dr. Myles and Ruth will receive a state-funeral on 4 December 2014. Incidentally, Dr. Munroe talked about dying accidentally shortly before his death.
Doctors Credit “Divine Providence” as Mother Comes Back to Life After Having No Pulse for 45 Minutes
Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, a 40-year-old woman, who had just given birth to a baby had no heart-beat for 45 minutes, till God decided to intervene. The medical team at Boca Baton Regional Hospital in the USA had stopped all lifesaving procedures after 45-minutes of trying to bring Graupera-Cassmiro back to life and were preparing to record a time of death. A nurse named Julie Ewing who was witness to this miracle, called this “a complete miracle of God and an answered prayer.” Click here to read the entire story.
Darlene Zschech Healed of Cancer
Singer, worshiper and song-writer Darlene Zschech has revealed through Facebook and her website that she has been healed of cancer. In a blog dated 30 November 2014, she stated that the reports stated that there was ‘no sign of cancer’ in her body, which her doctor termed as “quite miraculous.” “We have wept, danced, hugged our arms out, and have literally just said THANK YOU to Jesus as many times as one can,” wrote Darlene. The anointed worshipper was diagnosed with breast cancer last December and this was reported by News Digest. We are blessed to report of her healing! Click here to read her blog.
Billy Graham Turns 96
Billy Graham turned 96 on 7 November 2014. “Although his physical condition keeps him homebound, he remains interested in current events and the ongoing work of the ministry that he began more than 60 years ago,” says Franklin Graham, his eldest son and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. On the occasion, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association released Heaven, a film that includes a never-before-seen message from Billy Graham. “I know I’m going to heaven. I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation,” said Graham, who explains in the film how people can share that same hope. From this link.
Bible Edges Out Darwin as ‘Most Valuable to Humanity’ in Survey of Influential Books
According to a survey of the British public, The Holy Bible edged out Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as the most valuable book for humanity. The Bible garnered 37% of public vote, while On the Origin of Species received 35%, followed by works by Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and George Orwell. The Folio Society’s survey of 2,044 British adults, conducted by YouGov, asked members of the public to name the books of most significance for the modern world. Read more on the story here.
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