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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Spoilers, Plot News Update: Alicia Takes Over as Leader While Threat Looms; Will She Survive?

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alicia takes center stage on “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 this coming Sunday. Will she come out surviving the threat?

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Spoilers, Plot News Update: Alicia Takes Over as Leader While Threat Looms; Will She Survive?

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alicia takes center stage on “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 this coming Sunday. Will she come out surviving the threat?

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Spoilers, Plot News Update: Alicia Takes Over as Leader While Threat Looms; Will She Survive?

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alicia takes center stage on “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 this coming Sunday. Will she come out surviving the threat?

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Spoilers, Plot News Update: Alicia Takes Over as Leader While Threat Looms; Will She Survive?

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alicia takes center stage on “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 this coming Sunday. Will she come out surviving the threat?

Xbox One X Release Date, News: Microsoft Opens Pre-Orders for Standard Edition Worldwide

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

People can start securing an Xbox One X unit as Microsoft has opened the pre-order page for the standard edition of their upcoming gaming console. Meanwhile, the list of games that will be “enhanced” for the console just got longer.

‘Terminator 6’ News: Director James Cameron Reveals Original Cast to Return

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

The next “Terminator” movie is starting to take shape as James Cameron comes back to direct. He also confirmed that other important pioneer characters are set to return.

Nintendo Switch News: More Details on Hidden ‘Golf’ Game Reveals It’s a Tribute to Satoru Iwata

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

It can now be confirmed that the hidden “Golf” game on Nintendo Switch was tucked into the console as Nintendo’s way of continuously honoring their late global president Satoru Iwata.

Amazon is Working on Smart Glasses That Supports AI Alexa

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Amazon is expected to launch a pair of all-new smart glasses that will work with their artificially intelligent assistant named Alexa.

Oakland Raiders vs Washington Redskins Live Stream Free (NBC): Watch NFL Sunday Night Football 2017 Online

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

NFL Sunday Night Football for Week 3 of the NFL 2017 regular season will feature a big game between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Spoilers, Plot News 2017: Alicia Takes Over as Leader While Threat Looms

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alicia takes center stage on “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 this coming Sunday. Will she come out surviving the threat?

WWE No Mercy 2017 Live Stream Details (PPV Price), Matches & Preview: Where and How to Watch, Predictions

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

The long-awaited WWE No Mercy 2017 pay-per-view event is almost here. Tonight, fans will get to witness some of the biggest and most wanted showdowns in the ring this year.

‘Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime’ to Arrive on Nintendo Switch this October

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

The award-winning co-op action/adventure video game “Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime” is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

‘Southern Charm’ Season 5 Rumors: Landon Clements Says She Won’t Return for Next Season

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Since its last installment came to a close, fans of the show “Southern Charm” have been patiently waiting for official updates about season 5. Although its creators have not yet given any word as to whether season 5 is a go or not, it looks like it is, but at least one of its stars will no longer return for the show’s next run.

Asus Zenfone 5 Specs, Release Date: Flagship to Arrive Only 6 Months After Predecessor’s Unveiling?

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Just days after the unveiling of the Asus Zenfone 4, the Taiwanese tech firm is already diving back to the drawing board to work on its next-generation flagship.

What is a Dotard? North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Labels Donald Trump a ‘Dotard’

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sparked everyone’s interest with his choice of words when he used a centuries-old insult to describe U.S. President Donald Trump.

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release Date: New Trailer Dropping Next Week? Rockstar Games Hints at an Imminent Reveal

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

It looks like developer Rockstar Games is, after a long time, ready to break its radio silence about its highly anticipated game “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ News, Release Date: Andrew Garfield Shares Funny Story About Andy Serkis

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

As the creators of “Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi” prepare for the film’s release in December, a new hilarious report about one of its actors recently surfaced. In an interview, “Breathe” actor Andrew Garfield revealed that at some point in the past, his director Andy Serkis had to don up fake facial hair in order to play Snoke. Serkis is soon making his directorial debut with “Breathe” but will still return to reprise his role as Snoke in the upcoming “Star Wars” film.

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe.

But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving families were close friends of Gene’s parents. One of Gene’s prized possessions is a picture of him, age 2, standing with Saint in front of the famous, yellow Piper Cub airplane later shredded by spears on the riverbank.

As a teen, Gene helped Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots wash their airplanes and clean up the hangar, always hoping for an empty seat on the next flight. As an adult, Gene became one of those pilots and was sent back to Ecuador to follow in the footsteps of “Uncle Nate.”

Listen as he shares reflections on a life serving in missions, and the difference the gospel makes in the hearts of individuals, and even entire villages, as the people find in Jesus a reason to live.

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Fulani Convert Evangelists Despite Death Threats and Beatings

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

ICC Note

In Northern Nigeria, it is very dangerous to convert from Islam to Christianity. This is because the 9 Northern States of Nigeria are control by Sharia law. In many forms of Sharia, it is illegal to convert from Islam. This is true of these states, and made life very dangerous for one Fulani man who decided to convert over 20 years ago. Since his conversion, Habibu Adam Mohammed has been evangelizing to those who now hate him. He has received death threats, has been beaten multiple times and even had a group send an person to act as a Christian to get close to him and kill him. Yet he is still strong in his faith and works to spread the Gospel. 

 

2017-09-24 Nigeria (MorningStarNews) Before Boko Haram began growing into a prominent terrorist force in northeast Nigeria in 2009, its members were trying to kill a highly effective evangelist to ethnic Fulani Muslims.

One Boko Haram member pretended to be a Christian in order to kill Habibu Adam Mohammed, 49, an Islamic teacher who had longed to die as a Muslim martyr before he became a Christian 21 years ago. The group once sent a member to infiltrate his ministry and kill him, the evangelist told Morning Star News.

“The man stayed with me and pretended to have converted to the Christian faith,” said Mohammed, who has helped lead hundreds of ethnic Fulanis to Christ. “However, after some time, he confessed to me that he was sent to kill me, but that I was a good man and so he would not kill me. He asked that I should move him away from the area, or else both of us would be killed.”

Mohammed smuggled him out of the area, and the man later rejoined Boko Haram when it tried to seize Borno state’s capital city of Maiduguri in 2014, he said.

“The shocking thing is that this terrorist had never attended even primary school, yet here he was having in his possession military, police, and other paramilitary uniforms,” he said. “He had identity cards indicating he was a serving personnel in these security agencies. I was baffled as to how he obtained them.”

The hatred for his work among the Fulanis in northern Nigeria was such that he was beaten several times, on one occasion left for dead. His house has been burned down, and Boko Haram has not ceased scheming to kill him, he said. A politician who resolved to kill him on May 30, 2014 announced it publicly to area Fulanis the day he planned to carry it out, he said.

 

 

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Christian Mission in India Closed by Government Due to Pressure by Hindu Radicals

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

ICC Note:

A Christian mission serving the poor in India’s Madhya Pradesh state has been closed down by the government under pressure by local Hindu radicals. According to the government, the Christian mission does not have the proper title to the land it has operated on for the past 20 years. Local radicals also claim the Christians are using the mission as a means to convert poor local Hindus in mass to Christianity. Local church leaders deny the validity of both accusations. Across India, Hindu radicals pressure local governments to harass Christians often claiming mass forced conversions.  

09/24/2017 India (Eurasia Review) – Government officials in a remote area of central Indian Madhya Pradesh state have impounded the property of a Catholic mission and forced its priest out of the premises, allegedly under pressure from right-wing Hindu activists.

The 20-year-old mission in Mohanpur village of Guna district was “sealed” over a land title dispute and Father Siljo Kidangan forced out on Sept. 12, local Bishop Anthony Chirayath told ucanews.com.

Father Kidangan said government officials acted under pressure from members of hard-line Hindu groups who are opposed to the mission’s work and accuse it of trying to secure religious conversions.

The mission aims to help poor villagers by coordinating several welfare projects.

Mohanpur and some 40 nearby villages are provided with basic amenities and a hostel for about 15 boys studying at a nearby government school.

A Hindu right-wing activist group on Sept. 11 went to the mission demanding that the priest and schoolboys vacate or face dire consequences, Bishop Chirayath said.

The priest refused to move.

However, the next morning government officials, a village headman and two police constables threatened the priest and confiscated the hostel by locking and sealing it.

Local Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dinesh Shukla confirmed with ucanews.com that the government has taken over the land and the hostel building as the Church “lost a case” with the Land Revenue Board on Sept. 8.

Two local Hindus filed a case in 2005 claiming that the Church did not have mandatory title deeds for the mission land, which was donated to a tribal Catholic priest by a local tribal villager.

Permission from a district official known as the ‘Collector’ was said to be mandatory to transfer a title deed for tribal land.

However, local missionaries had apparently been unaware of the requirement and did not apply for it, the bishop said.

Bishop Chirayath said the mission has now sought intervention on the matter by the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

“If the church authorities get any relief from a court of law, we will return it, but currently the land belongs to the government,” Shukla told ucanews.com.

Father Kidangan, who has taken shelter in a nearby mission, said right-wing Hindu activists had been constantly making false accusations that his mission was using fraudulent means to win tribal converts.

He said a local law prohibiting conversions without informing government officials was being used as a tactic by people who are opposed to the presence of the mission.

The law also criminalizes conversion from one religion to another by use of purported force or allurement or fraud.

Christian leaders such as Father Kidangan say the law is being unfairly used to target church welfare services.

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Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito Soganub wants to hold mass

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

ICC Note: Though there was speculation that he might have converted to Islam while being held captive by Maute terrorists, a week after being set free in Marawi, Father Teresito Chito Soganub is already planning to hold mass. Father Teresito’s first request after he gained freedom was a Bible and a rosary. The priest still remains under custody of the military, which is a normal process that everyone who was taken hostage has to go through.

09/22/2017 Philippines (Rappler) – The military said former Maute hostage Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub is already planning to hold mass.

“Nagbabalak po siyang mag-misa. Gusto niyang mag-misa (He’s planning to hold mass. He wants to hold mass),” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Group Ranao in Marawi.

Brawner, who escorted the priest from Marawi to Manila, said also among the first requests of Soganub were a Bible and a rosary.

He also asked to given seafood for meals, said Brawner.

The priest remains under the custody of the military. They will seek to get information of the battle area from him.

“This is a normal process that everybody who was taken hostage has to go through,” said Brawner. He was flown to Manila Monday morning.

“He was in high spirits. Nakita namin condition niya. Maganda naman (We saw his condition. He’s good),” Brawner said.

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American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Given “No Access To Justice”

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

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Nearly a year after his arrest, American Pastor Andrew Brunson continues to languish in prison with no access to justice. In August, Pastor Brunson was charged with attempting to overthrow the government and espionage. These charges have been levied with no presentation of evidence and could result in severe consequences. A new emergency decree in Turkey has been signed which would allow Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return inmates to their home countries. Pray that Pastor Brunson will soon be released from prison and that God will continue to give him strength to endure through his sufferings.  

9/24/2017 Turkey (CBN News) – American Pastor Andrew Brunson continues to remain in prison in Turkey. He’s been incarcerated for nearly a year.

Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, said President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Thursday at the United Nations. No word yet if Brunson’s imprisonment was discussed.

“He is in extraordinary danger,” wrote Sekulow in an email.

“He is isolated and alone with no access to justice in Turkey,” Sekulow said. “Pastor Andrew has endured devastating persecution and suffering solely because of his love for Christ.”

Brunson, 48, faces charges of espionage, acquiring secret political and military information, attempting to destroy constitutional order and overthrowing the Turkish parliament, in addition to alleged “membership in an armed terroristic organization,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Brunson has said his reason for living in Turkey for the past 23 years was “…for one purpose only. To tell about Jesus Christ,” according to the ACLJ. He has also said that he has “…done this openly, in front of the government,” the ACLJ reported.

“Pastor Andrew now faces new, more serious, and demonstrably false charges carrying even stiffer punishments, if convicted,” Sekulow said. “We’re aggressively fighting for Pastor Andrew’s immediate freedom.”

Nearly 350,000 people have signed an ACLJ petition: “Free American Pastor Andrew Brunson.”

Interestingly, a new emergency decree in Turkey gives Erdogan the right to return inmates to their home countries.

“Please pray that President Erdogan would use the authority he was given by a new decree (694) to return prisoners to their home countries on Andrew’s behalf!” a September 16 post on Andrew and Norine Brunson’s Facebook page exclaims.

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Merkel elected to fourth term as German chancellor, while right-wing party set to enter parliament

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish leaders congratulated Angela Merkel on her election to a fourth term as German chancellor, while decrying the rise of Germany’s newest right-wing populist party, which for the first time will enter the national parliament.

The Alternative for Germany Party, or AfD – founded in 2013 – came in third, with 13.1 percent of the popular vote, according to early election results. The party is likely to have 94 seats in the 631-member Bundestag.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union won with a weak 32.9 percent of the vote, followed by the Social Democratic Party, with what observers have called a poor showing of 20.8 percent.

Speaking to the Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called the AfD a “party that agitates against minorities.” For now, their target is Muslims, he noted. “But I am convinced that when the topic of Muslims is no longer interesting, and it becomes politically and socially opportune to switch to another minority, they could easily do so. And I include Jews in that number.”

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Merkel on her victory, calling her “a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people.” He also sharply denounced what he termed the “disgraceful” reactionary party AfD “recalling the worst of Germany’s past.”

Moshe Kantor, president of the Brussels-based European Jewish Congress, also welcomed the election news, saying Merkel had “shown tremendous courage and conviction in her support of the revival of Jewish life in Germany” as well as being a  “strong supporter of the State of Israel.”

Kantor also expressed concern about the strong showing of the AfD. “We trust that centrist parties in the Bundestag will ensure that the AfD has no representation in the coming governing coalition,” he noted.

Talks will soon begin to form a coalition government, most likely between the Christian Democratic Union and two of the smaller mainstream parties – the Free Democratic Party and the Greens (Alliance 90/The Greens), which came in with 10.6 percent and 8.9 percent of the vote, respectively.

The Social Democratic Party is likely to remain the chief opposition party, weakening the political impact of the AfD despite its third-place showing, said Sergey Lagodinsky, a political activist with the Green Party and member of the Berlin Jewish Community Council.

Lagodinsky told JTA the rise of the AfD was lamentable and yet not a surprise, given public discontent on economic and political levels. Chief among their concerns are the way the government has handled the influx of more than 1.5 million refugees since mid-2015, a majority of them Muslim. Another major concern is the economic future of Germany’s industrial regions.

“The AfD places more emphasis on majorities than on safeguards for minorities, and this is the difference between their outlook and the outlook of many parties,” Lagodinsky said, adding that the party has racist undertones and “appeals to people who feel that their future is not secure.”

For Jews, what’s especially significant about the AfD is its position against ritual circumcision and ritual slaughter, which affects both Muslims and Jews.

“It is also a party that wants a 180-degree turn around of the commemoration policy” of the crimes of the Holocaust, Lagodinsky noted. “They want Germany to feel more proud again… [Party leader Alexander] Gauland said… that they should be proud of the Wehrmacht soldiers. Any anti-liberal party that challenges human rights and civil rights is also a challenge for Jews.”

Vermont substitute elementary school teacher fired after teaching kids Nazi salute

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

(JTA) — A Vermont substitute teacher was fired after she was accused of teaching children how to make the Nazi salute.

Ned Kirsch, the school superintendent of the Georgia Elementary School in Georgia, Vermont, said in an email to parents Thursday that the school took immediate action after the teacher admitted to teaching the students the “Heil Hitler” action, according to local news station WCAX.

The young students were seen “standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position. She then raised her arm slightly and said ‘and now we say Heil Hitler,” Kirsch’s email to parents said.

The teacher has substituted for several years, according to WCAX.

A guidance counselor was to visit the children in the classroom to talk to the students and make sure they feel safe, according to the report.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Washington waiting for a lung transplant

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, is in Washington DC waiting for a lung transplant.

Erekat, 62, who also is secretary-general of the PLO executive committee, has pulmonary fibrosis, a serious lung disease. He requires oxygen and can no longer walk.

On Palestinian national television on Thursday Erekat delivered a message to the Palestinian people.

“God has blessed us by making us Palestinians. We are soldiers for Palestine,” he said, Times of Israel reported.

“I want to tell everyone to be proud; I am proud of every year I spent as a soldier for Palestine. Know that Palestine’s independence is surely on its way. A Palestinian state in 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, this is coming; it is a historical imperative,” he also said.

Erekat was diagnosed about five years ago with the disease, in which scar tissue forms in the lungs and makes it impossible for them to function properly, including preventing the absorption of oxygen. He had been treated in an Israeli hospital, Ynet reported. His condition worsened dramatically in recent months, leading his Israeli doctors to tell him that he needs a lung transplant to survive.

He reportedly also was placed on a waiting list for a lung transplant in Israel but was too far down on the list to realistically receive an organ in time, since non-citizens come after Israeli citizens on the waiting list.

Erekat flew to the United States on the private jet of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

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