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Religious Listen to audio:  A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years. The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles on several fronts. — Reuters, 12/11/2016 Beneath layers of ancient marble, renovators at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem say they have found what may be the limestone bench where the body []

Israel Stands Against the World

Today In Prophecy “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3, all scriptures are from the NAS version). Listen to audio:  On December 24th, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel as an illegal “occupier” of the West Bank, parts of Jerusalem, and all land it acquired from Jordan between 1948 and 1967. For the first []

When I See the Crown of Thorns

Removing the Curse on Mankind When “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4 NIV). Jozef Siedleczka, Australia Listen to audio:  What do we feel when we think of the crown of thorns? Do we think as did the prophet Isaiah? “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his []

Embracing Trials

Keeping a Proper Attitude “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2, 3 NAS). Alex Zardja Listen to audio:  Are trials to be embraced, to be avoided, or to be suffered? Should we as Christians take pleasure in pain? Or should we react to trials by complaining, murmuring, and getting upset? It is our suggestion that trials should be embraced as an important part of Christian development. Our []

That They All May Be One

Promoting True Unity   “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21). Evhen Dovhan, Ukraine Listen to audio:  We do not see unity among the world of professed believers today. But was Jesus really praying for unity among all who call themselves Christians? No, Jesus’ prayer was for the true Church — those who []