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Friday, 27 January 2023 08:35

66 kidnapped women & children rescued

Burkina Faso has been suffering a decade-long insurgency that has displaced nearly two million people. On 12th & 13th January, 66 women and children were kidnapped by the militant jihadists in the north of the country while they were gathering food. The military found them 125 miles away boarding a bus at an airport security checkpoint. It is not clear if their captors have also been detained.

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Jody Greene, the sheriff of Columbus County, who's gained national attention for refusing to remove a Bible verse from a wall at his office cited ‘a need for more Jesus’ as the reason for his decision not to comply with the demands of an atheist legal organisation to take it down. The organisation’s concerns about the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 being displayed on a wall at the Sheriff’s Office was posted in a Facebook post two weeks after they sent a letter to Greene asking him to remove the ‘exclusionary’ and ‘unconstitutional religious display,’ which proclaims, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.’ Green said the scripture is ‘very motivational to me and my staff.’ Companies spend thousands on motivational classes to come up with motivational slogans. My motivation comes from the greatest motivational speaker of all time, Jesus Christ.’

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Friday, 20 January 2023 05:20

Ex-Psychic exposing divination and occult

For decades, Nizza was a psychic medium and a teacher of occult on topics such as: the law of attraction, past life regression, automatic writing, tarot, and mediumship. But her story took a dramatic turn at age 36 when she became a Christian and abandoned those practices. She’s sharing her powerful transformation story on a podcast ‘Ex-Psychic Saved: Exposing Divination, New Age, and the Occult.’ In a world increasingly enraptured by horoscopes, tarot cards, and other facets of the occult Nizza offers a powerful message on a bi-weekly show sounding the alarm on the dangers of the occult. She will talk about many New Age topics, expose where psychics get their information, and interact with guests.

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Friday, 20 January 2023 05:19

Young people tackle climate change

Young people across the UK have the opportunity to win funding to help tackle climate change, as part of a ground-breaking initiative from the Woodland Trust. The youth innovation competition offers young people the chance to secure part of a £20,000 prize to support their environmental projects. The competition comes against the backdrop of an alarming Met Office announcement that 2022 was the warmest year in the UK on record, highlighting the desperate need for climate change action. Nine individuals or small groups (aged between 16-25) will win up to £5,000 project funding each, along with mentorship from leading industry experts to deliver projects which directly fight the climate crisis. The projects must fit into three categories: inspire, protect and create.

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Thursday, 12 January 2023 21:51

Should have died, but Christ changed everything

Robby was a homeless drug user after becoming addicted to opiates prescribed for a painful back injury. He said, ‘Opiates were the biggest lie I have ever been associated with. Only by the grace of God am I still breathing today. I should have died more than once. Addiction landed me homeless at the Salvation Army.’ Mia, his wife, was an alcoholic before they met. She had grown up in the church but lost her way and sought help to stop her dependence. Both of their lives dramatically changed when they found Jesus. Robby’s conversion set him on an incredible path away from homelessness and into God’s plan for his life. Now he and a colleague are sharing the Gospel at their Revelations Café that nourishes people physically and helps them grow spiritually so that they live a full and robust spiritual and physical life.

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Thursday, 12 January 2023 21:37

100 hostages rescued from ADF

Recently, a joint military operation between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo successfully rescued over one hundred civilians who were being held hostage by the Islamic extremist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The military task force launched airstrikes on the ADF rebel camps for over two months before the rescue operation. One of the rescued women said, ‘The soldiers arrived when we were praying. They fired several bullets, which allowed us to flee to the middle of the bush.’ The ADF started as a force opposing the alleged mistreatment of Muslims by Uganda. It later expanded to the DRC, where it has grown and spread. It is the most violent of 120 armed groups in eastern DRC and has committed crimes against Congolese civilians, including many Christians.

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Thursday, 12 January 2023 21:34

Hope for the future

The Roman god Janus, after which January is named, has two faces, one looking forward, the other backward. In mythology he may represent a door or gateway. Praise God our call is to look forward, to press on (Philippians 3:12b -14), following our Lord with a sure and certain hope of his promises (Hebrews 6:19-20). He promises to open new doors, ones that cannot be shut, and closing those we do not need to worry about (Revelation 3:8-11). Jesus himself is also our gate, our doorway into the very presence of God and to our future hope (John 10:1-10). He is our good shepherd leading us in the right paths whilst guarding what is behind, following us with goodness and mercy (Psalm 23). In 2023, pray that our focus will not be on what the future holds, which will do us no good, but rather on the One who holds the future.

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Thursday, 05 January 2023 22:14

God holds 2023 in His hands

As we enter a new year let us not forget that God dwells in eternity, outside of space and time. All of time is before Him, all at the same time, and God knows the beginning from the end. His love is for those who fear him and his righteousness flows from generation to generation. He has chosen us before creation to be His family in Jesus Christ. Father God, we praise You for revealing to us that Your love is eternal. We exalt You because while we do not know what the future holds, we know You, the one who holds and controls the future. We have the assurance in Your word that our times are in Your hands, and You have a hope and a future for each of us individually. Thank You for renewing Your covenant-faithfulness and love to us every morning; nothing takes You by surprise.

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Thursday, 05 January 2023 22:09

Rescuing 154 people during lethal snowstorms

On 2 January two pastors, Al and Vivian Robinson, made headlines after going out into horrific snowstorms to save people trapped in 12-foot snow drifts that might have frozen them in record breaking -20C wind chill. They had recently sold a rehabilitation centre, and every mattress and bed stored in their church was used by the 154 people they rescued. The previous day they had purchased two weeks’ worth of food for their large family, who were expected for the holidays. That food fed around 130 people in the only building in the area with electricity. People slept and ate in the warm church. The way all these factors came together to meet their community’s needs didn’t surprise Al, who said God equipped them for the moment.

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Thursday, 05 January 2023 22:06

One million have found Jesus since 2017

Sean Dunn has brought one million young people to Christ through Groundwire by meeting young people through technology and opening their eyes to the Gospel message. Some youths look at their phones 100+ times a day. Encountering them where they gather is incredibly effective: using short video pieces that grab their interest, then using sites like JesusCares.com to point them toward Christ. Only a small percentage of this generation will regularly attend church, but the majority will not put down their phones. Sean said, ‘God gave us a strategy to use messaging that captures their attention and prompts them to ask the questions that will lead them in the right direction.’

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