Archive for February, 2012

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Egypt’s Struggling Christians Seek Divine Intervention

February 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

One year ago, a revolution swept Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak from power. Supporters hoped for a new era of freedom in the land of the pharaohs. But today, many Egyptians believe their revolution is stalled. Some even fear it’s been hijacked by Islamists. That’s a frightening prospect for Egypt’s persecuted Christians, who are praying for […]

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Execution Orders Issued for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

February 22, 2012 | Comments (2)

We are hearing reports from our contacts in Iran that the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef’s situation – an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian – has not been this dire since we first brought his case to your attention last year. […]

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Pastor Youcef’s Life in Imminent Danger

February 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

We have just received word from our contacts on the ground in Iran of an extremely dangerous turn of events for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. There is an increased likelihood that the Iranian regime will execute Pastor Youcef for his faith. Pastor Youcef’s case had been stalled due to increased international pressure and the Iranian court’s […]

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Egyptian Christians praying in Church

Thousands of Muslims Subject Egypt’s Coptic Christians to More Mindless Violence

February 22, 2012 | Comments (3)

It would appear that the so-called Arab Spring was nothing more than a false hope or worse, a ruse. In either case, it is all but dead. This is painfully evident as violent attacks against the Coptic Christian community continue throughout Egypt. Also painfully evident is the blatant rejection of reason and truth commonly associated […]

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Egypt Islamists slam government 'failure'

Egypt Islamists slam government ‘failure’

February 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

The party belonging to the powerful Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday slammed the “failure” of the military-appointed government, and renewed its call for a national consensus cabinet. “Egypt still suffers increasing economic and security crises which confirms the failure of the current government,” the Freedom and Justice Party said in a statement. Maintaining the cabinet of […]

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Missiles Found in Algeria

February 21, 2012 | Comments (4)

  Algerian security services have found two cache of weapons, including 43 anti-aircraft missiles, hidden in the sand near the Libyan border, a local newspaper reported Monday. The French-language daily El Watan quoted unidentified security officials as saying the missiles were discovered recently in the town of In Amenas in southern Algeria. Government officials would […]

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A New Year of ‘Dhimmitude’ for Egypt’s Copts

February 21, 2012 | Comments (5)

For Egypt’s Christian Copts, the New Year began with threats that their churches would be attacked during Christmas mass (celebrated on January 7). Because many were eyeing the situation—several Coptic churches were previously attacked, including last Christmas (eight dead) and New Year’s day (23 dead), not to mention ominous harbingers around the world, such as […]

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Egypt's Church

Egyptian Parliament Commission Overturns Coptic Eviction Decree

February 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

A public meeting was held on February 16 in Alexandria, after the fact-finding commission delegated by parliament went to investigate the facts surrounding the decision made on February 1 by a village tribunal, composed of villagers and parliamentary members, mostly from Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood parties, to forcibly evict eight Coptic families from Sharbat village […]

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Persecution of Christians in Mauritania

February 20, 2012 | Comments (6)

Islam has been entrenched in the West African nation of Mauritania for 1000 years with little challenge. There is no church under local leadership, while the handful of indigenous believers who do exist (between 400 to 1,000) are extremely ignorant about the basic tenets of Christianity. The persecution of Christians in Mauritania worsened after General […]

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In prison for his faith

Morocco. Convert Serving 15 Years For His Faith

February 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Morocco (CDN) — Nearly five years into the prison sentence of the only Christian in Morocco serving time for his faith, Moroccan Christians and advocates question the harsh measures of the Muslim state toward a man who dared speak openly about Jesus. By the end of December Jamaa Ait Bakrim, 46, will have been in […]

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Punishment for Blasphemy

Middle Eastern Christians Increasingly Targeted by Blasphemy, Apostasy Laws

February 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

Islamic law is increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power, experts say, which is becoming an increasing threat to religious minorities, especially Christians. On Jan. 23, a trial of a man accused of blasphemy taking place in post-revolutionary Tunisia caught the attention of the West. The […]

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Being a Disciple

Being a Christian in the Maghreb

February 19, 2012 | Comments (4)

The plight of Christian communities in the Arab world has been quite well documented: from Saudi Arabia to Egypt to Iraq. But the Maghreb is now also turning into a troublesome spot for Christians. Under the veil of a wave of alleged “proselytizing” that has converted tens of thousands of Muslims into Christians, the authorities […]

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Tahrir Church Pastor: ‘Future of Egypt Is the Truth’

February 19, 2012 | Comments (2)

  Walking the two blocks from our hotel to attend a Sunday night service at Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church I see a glimpse of Cairo on edge. The same street leading to the church takes you to Tahrir Square, a block away, the site of Egypt’s revolution. The street also leads to the Parliament […]

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The Power of Prayer

The persecution of minorities

February 18, 2012 | Comments (1)

Almost a year ago I wrote an article in The Times on the persecution of minority Christians in the Middle East and other regions of the world. This is unfortunately a phenomenon that continues to get worse with the passage of time. For that reason alone, Christians everywhere need to be reminded of the suffering […]

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Christian Revival in Egypt Includes Revolution Story

February 18, 2012 | Comments (3)

I can’t give the name of the ministry organization that provides support for marginalized Christians and believers put under pressure in Egypt in the text of this story – I’m not used to that. Naming your sources is what you learn in Journalism 101. It’s ingrained in me. However, on a media trip to Cairo, […]

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Suffering for the Gospel

MUSLIM PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IS INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE

February 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

The recent arrest of 19 American aid workers has raised fears that the Egyptian revolution has gone horribly wrong. The arrests follow sweeping victories by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the country’s parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, talk of breaking Egypt’s 31-year peace treaty with Israel grows by the day. The prospects for democracy […]

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Angry Egyptian Christians prostest outside St. Mark's Cathedral against the military ruling council in Cairo

Coptic church in Egyptian village threatened after girl disappears

February 17, 2012 | Comments (6)

A church in the Nile Delta’s Sharqiya Governorate was subject to intermittent attacks this week after a Coptic-Christian girl allegedly converted to Islam before mysteriously disappearing. Rania Khalil, a 16-year-old Coptic Christian, is the daughter of a Coptic mother and a Muslim-convert father. Khalil has lived with her mother all her life except for the […]

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The Trinity

The Only True God

February 17, 2012 | Comments (8)

THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD The Holy Bible, which is the inspired Word of God that never has been nor ever will be changed, testifies that there is only one God. It is a well-known fact that the Bible is the oldest book in existence. Thus, if any other book is found that testifies that […]

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