The testing of a person's faith is assumed in the Bible. James 1:2-4 teaches, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations urged priests and religious figures to take part in fasting and praying for Ukraine on April 2-3, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
For this purpose, on April 2, a prayer for peace in the country and a release of prisoners will be held on the Sofievskaya square in Kiev and in the regional centers. The organizers called upon the Ukrainian diaspora around the world to take part in the fasting and praying for Ukraine.
Supporters of Paul Washer, 55, founder, director and missions coordinator of HeartCry Missionary Society, are now asking for prayers after he suffered a heart attack Monday night and was forced to undergo emergency surgery.
Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin-and now London.
Wednesday's deadly attack at the Houses of Parliament marks the fifth time in 16 months that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has sent chaplains to a European city following an act of terrorism.
"Please pray for those wounded and for the families of those killed in the attack outside the UK Parliament today," Franklin Graham tweeted Wednesday afternoon before announcing that chaplains would be ministering in London.
This story was originally published on Dec. 6, 2013-the day following Nelson Mandela's death.
Editor's Note: On this date in 1973, Billy Graham called for an end to apartheid at the first series of integrated meetings in South Africa. This posture toward racial reconciliation was consistent with Mr. Graham's ministry, as two decades prior-in segregated Chattanooga, Tenn.-he personally removed the ropes of segregation before he would preach.
DONCASTER, UK (ANS - March 21, 2017) -- As genocide is being committed against Christians, Yazidis and even "dissident" Muslims across the Arab world, the international finger of criticism continues to point at Israel.
The latest example is a UN report urging swift action to oppose and end Israeli "apartheid", although this has since been withdrawn from the international body's website on the orders of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres following pressure from the United States.1
March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- In a 2007 interview that is getting renewed attention this week, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could "rip pages out of the Bible" when he stays in hotel rooms.
When asked by Passport Magazine in the interview what the first thing is he does when he gets into a hotel room, he replied: "I wish I could say I'm like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don't seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days."
Bellevue Baptist Church has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue's total giving through the Cooperative Program to $1 million since last April 2016.
MIDDLE EAST (ANS -- March 13, 2017) -- Two pastors conducting a Bible study for new believers in an underground Middle East church were beaten, arrested by police, and taken to a secret jail. But after Jesus appeared to an official at the prison, their situation changed dramatically.
"Police brought us to the religious (Shariah) court," Pastor Irshad* told Bibles4Mideast. "We were accused of blasphemy charges against the prophet, as well as misguiding Muslims into a false religion. The court ordered we be imprisoned, and we were taken to a secret jail run by secret police."
With Major League Baseball's spring training now officially underway and the World Baseball Classic set to start next week, Associated Press sportswriter and author Rob Maaddi has released a new book, titled Baseball Faith: 52 MLB Stars Reflect on Their Faith.
BRISTOL, England, March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - A British magistrate has convicted two Christian street preachers of disorderly conduct and using "threatening and abusive words ... likely to cause alarm."
Their crime: speaking about Christianity in a sometimes-hostile crowd that includes Muslims, and LGBT supporters.
At the time of the preachers' arrest, the arresting officer chided one of the men, saying, "People were getting angry. You were challenging homophobia. You were challenging Muslims." The officer accused them of "anti-social behavior."
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) - A 16-year-old Christian in Pakistan is languishing in jail under a baseless blasphemy charge after a judge declined to grant him bail this month, his attorney said.
The judge in Punjab Province's Kasur District on Feb. 7 denied bail to Nabeel Masih, who has been jailed since Sept. 18, 2016 after a Muslim friend accused him of "sharing" and "liking" on Facebook an allegedly blasphemous photo of the Kaaba, the holiest Islamic site in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Police are suspected of beating Nabeel until he confessed last year; he maintains his innocence.
Malaysia still has the reputation as one of the most liberal and tolerant Islamic countries in the world. How long that will last is unknown. Thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied in the capital on February 18th to support the adoption of stricter Sharia law, a proposal that religious minorities fear could infringe their rights, Christian Telegraph reports according to Mission Network News.
When Dr. Kent Brantly became the first American to be diagnosed with Ebola in 2014, the world was captivated. Millions watched and wondered as he and colleague Nancy Writebol-who contracted the virus not long after Brantly-arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.
What the world didn't see, though, was a miraculous chain of events behind the scenes that led to the medical missionaries being healed from the virus that had taken so many lives in West Africa
There's old San Juan and new San Juan. One part of the Puerto Rican capital is still outlined with aging fortresses built into rugged cliffs with Spanish-inspired architecture rising from brick streets. The other, frequented by cruise ships, boasts modern hotels, chain restaurants and paddle boarders.
The contrast between the old and new was a theme for San Juan Saturday as the second night of the Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope) with Franklin Graham got underway.
Editor's note: Today is St. Valentine's Day. LifeSiteNews is pleased to bring you the true story of one mom's amazing love for her sick baby whom doctors said could be aborted. It is this kind of love that will one day save the world.
BUCKS COUNTY, Pennsylvania, February 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Is there any real difference between a mother who terminates her pregnancy because the baby has practically no chance of survival and a mother who decides to keep such a pregnancy but whose baby dies just before he's born? Since in both situations the baby dies before birth, is there any difference?
Israel's Hebrew University has announced the discovery of a cave in the Judean desert, the first of its kind in 60 years, which once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the oldest biblical texts in existence.
BBC News reported that the although storage jars, fragments of scroll wrapping, and other artifacts connected to the scrolls were found at the site, the ancient parchments themselves were missing, and are believed to have been looted by Bedouin people in the 1950s.
A new bill passed by the Pakistani Parliament earlier this week seeks to protect religious minorities, including Christians, from being killed in mob lynchings or endure forced conversions to Islam and forced marriages to Muslim husbands.
DONCASTER, UK (ANS - February 10, 2017) -- From reports of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May, it seems that the UK government doesn't really believe Iran is a threat to world peace or, for that matter, that God's chosen people are worth supporting to the hilt.
In defying a call for fresh sanctions against Iran, Mrs. May indicated her continued commitment to the nuclear deal which Mr. Netanyahu believes to be highly dangerous, saying: "Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world."1
When a Sudanese court handed down a death sentence to Meriam Yahya Ibrahim for converting from Islam to Christianity, her case sparked international outcry. The young wife and expecting mother was convicted of apostasy, a crime in Sudan. Although the furor died down after her 2014 release, the law she was found guilty of violating remains on the books today, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Speaking at a 21-day fasting and prayer program for revival at Celebration Church in Florida, Pastor Steven Furtick of the North Carolina-based Elevation Church encouraged the congregation to be focused in their spiritual fights.
IRVINE, Scotland, February 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Christian preacher Gordon Larmour was jailed overnight for answering a homosexual teen's question about the Bible. Now cleared by a judge of any wrongdoing after a six-month ordeal, Larmour was accused of "threatening or abusive behavior, aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation" and "assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation." He was distributing leaflets and preaching on July 17, 2016, when a 19-year-old asked him what the Bible taught on homosexuality.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is teaming up with Devon Franklin this month to bring faith to the forefront on his hit daytime talk show with "Faithful Fridays," which will feature conversations about the positive effects spirituality has on people's overall health and well-being.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (ANS - February 1, 2017) -- Local prayer partners from the campus community here are including a prayer vigil for stranded international students in their weekly call to prayer. The vigil will continue through Thursday February 9.
An estimated 17,000 interantional students in the USA are being asked not to leave the country by their host campuses.
MOSUL, IRAQ (ANS -- January 30, 2017) -- A leading researcher has warned that Christians and other non-Sunni Muslims from Mosul, northern Iraq, waiting to return after their city's liberation from Islamic State (IS) is completed may have many years to wait, and their chances of doing so depend on the actions of the Iraqi Government.
USA/THE WORLD (ANS - January 29,2017) -- A federal judge in New York has on Saturday blocked part of President Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration, ruling that authorities could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued.
CNN is reporting that the White House, however, maintained today that the ruling does not undercut the executive order that US Judge Ann M. Donnelly held that the petitioners had a "strong likelihood of success" in establishing that their removal "violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution."