Friday 22 December 2017

Prayer Requests

Today's Prayer Requests


1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

John Sorensen |  Please pray I will be successful at abstaining from drinking coffee. I really like the taste and flavor of coffee, however, I always get bad stomach aches and heartburn soon after I drink any coffee. I bought some green tea, and I am sure that is what I want to drink instead of coffee May this go well.


Nicki palmer | prayer for heal

VERA BANKSTON-JONES | FATHER GOD, Father God I understand that you move and plan for the betterment of my life, and there's no flaws or untruth with anything you do! Guide my steps, my heart, my mind, my life, and continue to bless me with your undying Grace!.......SELAH

Amoako Agnes | God should help me to achieve all my aims and anything that is blocking my future things and marriage too

DH | Please help my cousins get out of my home and into there own place so they can get there kids back. Have them leave us alone we don't need there drama no more it's putting too much stress on me my health my kids and my husband we just want our lives back the way it was before I tried to help them get on there feet but all the did was use me stab me in the back got the law going to come for me for there dumb mistake. We don't need this we want out please Lord help get them out and to leave us alone wrong need this in our lives. We gave too many bills now we can't pay phone call after phone call people sueing us for money we ain't got can't even get food for our kids because of my cousins crap useing up everything making bills out of control. Yes Lord Jesus we need money for these bills not a lot just enough to pay our bills $50,000 would be great pay off bills and fix all the broken stuff in our house, it been freezer here and we gave no heat kids get sick can't take them to Dr no insurance Medicaid denied us, food stamps denied us. We are in a bind need a fix. Please Lord help us. Pray for us thank you

Michael Rotimi | Please thank God on my behalf for the just concluded wedding ceremony. Pray that God will bless the marriage with finance and Godly children. Please also pray that God will break every ancestral yoke in my family pattern. Please join to pray that God will raise up men for the newly established church in my area and that God will cause an outbreak of unstoppable revival in all African churches.

Virginia Leese | Please pray i can get a job to help my husband

Connie Aranda | I've lost My sister n dad and I've been going through shortness of breath that goes and comes..i pray it away in Jesus name..i pray for my health to restore no more swelling or discoloration to legs ever again..i believe my father redeemed me from sickness...i plead the blood of Jesus over my legs over my health in Jesus name...i claim my healing now in Jesus name...also the right headache I've been getting from all this stress be gone now in Jesus Name..Amen..Thank you jesus!!

Shanee Martin | This has been the worst last year in my entire life. I lost my spouse, my children, my home, two cars, and my job of six years. I most of all lost myself. I am working on becoming a better woman and closer with the Lord. I am taking steps to get my kids back but they're not following procedure. Please pray for us to get the help we need and come together as a family. Thank you.

Patty Hecker | I pray that my husband get out of prison really soon so we can all be a family again. I also ask that I get full time employment work where Im at or somewhere else. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Chaz hahn | David saberski my freind recives jesus in his heart amd gets out of the cult he is in jesus name amen

Yudaraj p | Please pray for me our India Please pray for me my future  Please pray for me my church ministry Please pray for me our needs

Tamara Baker | I'd like to request a prayer for my father that has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Help him over come, and help us all to understand all that this disease does to someone. And for strength for my mother that deals with more than one should, because she has the biggest heart and will try to help everyone. To let us all have a wonderful Christmas day as a whole family like the ones we had when I was young. I would also to pray for everyone to see and hear the Lord's word's to live in his ways.I pray that I will get what the Lord knows I need, I trust with my whole heart that if I am to get gifts for my grandbabies, children, and parents, that you will show me the way and what I'm supposed to do. Thank you Lord for your love, strength and knowing what is best for me.

Andrey | Please pray to the true God for us to decide the issue with the re-registration of the land. For more than 6 months, we can not re-arrange the inheritance. Money is no longer on the notaries and on the advocates, one hope for the Creator!

vijay aggarwal | Plz pray for money in abundance for a comfortable life

Jeffrey Sollars | I need to be delivered from addiction to meth and find the right job im recovering now but every time I get to a place where I am doing great i screw up again please Lord deliver me from myself put the right person or persons in my Journey back home to you help me to be faithful to my calling in you and to never again forget who i am in you thank you Jesus

Nelson |  i want to stop drinking alcohol and immorality too so please help me in prayers

Teresa Whitehead | Please pray  my grandson who is in deep depression and suicidal,  also for my health and financial difficulties. Thank you

Charisma King |  I am seeking prayer for strength in accepting my calling and Grace to build God's temple to spread his word. Thank you. AMEN.

Oyelami Busola | Glory be to God for His word. I need your prayer, God should help me to be in Him for the rest of my life. God should make source of
blessing for this generation in all the raminication of life.

nick f | i wish my legs and body would stop being paralyzed



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China: Christmas-related activities not permitted

Christmas banned by university’s Communists in China

Winter in Shenyang, where a university has banned students from celebrating Christmas

CHINA: A Chinese university has banned Christmas in order to help young people resist the “corrosion of Western religious culture”, reports The Telegraph.

A notice posted online at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, north-eastern China, said: “some young people are blindly excited by Western holidays, especially religious holidays like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day”.

The notice, posted by the Communist Youth League, said the students’ union and other student associations would not be permitted to hold Christmas-related activities. The ban was put in place to help students develop their own “cultural confidence”.

Christmas is not a national holiday in officially atheist China, and few people understand its traditional meanings or religious roots.

However, according to a recent report in the South China Morning Post, at about 90 million, there could be more Christians than members of the Chinese Communist Party. And in a speech to the Communist Party Congress in October, President Xi Jinping reiterated the importance of Chinese nationalism, saying the government would “uphold the principle that religions in China must be Chinese in orientation, and provide active guidance to religions so that they can adapt themselves to socialist society”.

So in Wenzhou, a city in the wealthy eastern province of Zhejiang, for instance, all Christmas activities in schools and kindergartens have been banned, the British newspaper said.

Zhejiang is known as the ‘Jerusalem’ of the east for its strong Christian presence. In 2013 Zhejiang’s provincial authorities launched the ‘Three rectifications and one demolition’ campaign targeting an increasing number of churches, some illegally built. Over the following two years officials sanctioned the removal of more than 1,000 church crosses.



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Christian Groups says UN vote proves Israel isn't alone

'65 nations not supporting anti-Jerusalem resolution is a major change,' Sandell says.

ATTENDEES OF THE annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit in Washington DC.

The UN would have liked to have a united front against Israel and the US on the vote against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but the numbers of the vote proved otherwise, the European Coalition for Israel said.

"A total of 65 nations voted against, abstained or did not show up for the vote, in a clear reprimand against the Turkish sponsored resolution," said ECI founding director Tomas Sandell. "Contrary to the vote in the Security Council on Monday, today’s vote shows that Israel is not isolated in the international community.

"It is these 65 nations which did not support today’s biased resolution that make up the moral minority in the United Nations General Assembly where close to half of the member states fail to meet the most basic criteria for parliamentary democracies," he said.

The United Nations General Assembly vote on the draft resolution on the Status of Jerusalem was approved Thursday by 128 votes, 35 abstentions, 21 no-shows and 9 against. Other than Israel and the US, only Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo voted against.

Prior to the vote, the pro-Israel Christian group said that every self-respecting Christian nation must face the facts regarding how well-protected holy sites in Israel are.

In the letter, ECI pointed out that “Israel is the best guardian of an open and inclusive Jerusalem which respects the faiths of all its citizens and guarantees free access to their holy sites."

The letter further stated that “it is an indisputable fact that, unlike other guardians of the city from the Romans to the Crusaders to the State of Jordan between 1949 and 1967, freedom of religion has only been preserved under Israeli sovereignty. Jerusalem remains one of the few places in the Middle East where Jews, Christians, and Muslims, are able to pray for freedom, security, and peace."

In the letter, ECI called on all member states to “refrain from adopting any resolution which would interfere with or jeopardize this unique status for a city, which is rightfully called holy by three world religions while calling on the Israelis and Palestinians to unconditionally return to the negotiating table."

ECI Legal Counsel Andrew Tucker said that “the draft resolution tabled by Jordan adopts the position that Israel has no legitimate claim over any part of Jerusalem. It is unreasonable for Jordan now, given its conduct between 1947 and 1967, to be allowed to put back on the table a position that it chose in 1947 to reject by seeking to annihilate the Jewish state."

Meanwhile, the American Jewish Committee also expressed its disapproval over the General Assembly resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"For those genuinely committed to achieving a negotiated, comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, today's UN General Assembly action is deeply disheartening," said AJC CEO David Harris.

"Once again, UN member states have chosen to succor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's misguided strategy of internationalizing the conflict instead of pressing him to negotiate directly with Israel," Harris continued. "Collecting UN resolutions that do not advance peace one iota complicates an already complex conflict that direct negotiations can resolve."

Also, Christians in Defense of Israel has launched a nationwide campaign to support President Donald Trump from international attacks and "bullies within our borders." They called on grassroots citizens to issue a strong “Vote Of Confidence" for the president, hoping to rally at least 25,000 signers and deliver the message to Trump and the State Department in early 2018.





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Bintulu Christmas Parade

Theme 'For Unto Us a Saviour is Born'

Natives performing at the Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017

Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession 2017 was organized by St. Thomas Church, Bintulu and saw the gathering of all local Christians in Bintulu, Sarawak. This year theme was 'For Unto Us a Saviour is Born' and scriptural reading was taken from Luke 2:1-14.

The event took place on the 9th December 2017 at Bintulu Paragon Street Mall that witnesses the attendance of both Christians and non-Christians residence of the city. 


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christians and non-Christians local leaders at Bintulu paragon street

blowing of shofar performed by a local church at the Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017 

combined churches at the Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017


Performance  at Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017



Life church in attendance at the Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017



Performance  at Bintulu Christian Christmas Procession  2017 

performance by different local churches at the 2017 Bintulu Christmas procession



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Thursday 21 December 2017

NIkki Haley Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution

Slams Obama For Not Backing Israel a Year Ago

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley casts the lone ‘no’ vote to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution attempting to annul President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in New York on Monday, December 18, 

As U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution seeking to overturn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, she also sharply criticized the Obama administration’s decision a year ago not to back Israel in the same forum, calling the implications of that move “a stain on America’s conscience.”

Monday’s resolution was backed by all other 14 members of the council - the ten temporary members and permanent members Russia, China, Britain and France - but Haley declared that she was casting the sole dissenting vote “proudly.”

“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us,” she told the meeting in New York. “It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”

Haley challenged the right of other nations to tell the U.S. where it should decide to locate its embassy - and warned that some other Security Council (UNSC) members may have cause to fear similar interference in their domestic decision-making.

“I suspect very few member-states would welcome Security Council pronouncements about their sovereign decisions,” she said. “And I think of some who should fear it.”

(Five of the current members of the UNSC - China, Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan are ranked “not free” by the democracy watchdog Freedom House. Two others - Bolivia and Ukraine - are graded “partly free.”)

Haley recalled that Trump made it clear in his Dec. 6 policy announcement that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital does not prejudge “final status” negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. And she disputed that the move jeopardizes peace efforts.

“What is troublesome to some people is not that the United States has harmed the peace process - we have, in fact, done no such thing. Rather, what is troublesome to some people is that the United States had the courage and honesty to recognize a fundamental reality,” she said.

“Jerusalem has been the political, cultural, and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people for thousands of years. They have had no other capital city,” Haley continued. “But the United States’ recognition of the obvious - that Jerusalem is the capital and seat of the modern Israeli government - is too much for some.”

Haley used the opportunity to distance the Trump administration from its predecessor’s decision not to veto a controversial resolution targeting Israel.

President Obama’s decision to abstain rather than veto resolution 2334 allowed passage of a measure that describes areas disputed between Israelis and Palestinians - including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and the location of the holiest site in Judaism - as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

Haley pointed out that resolution 2334 also “gave new life to an ugly creation of the Human Rights Council: the database of companies operating in Jewish communities.”

The HRC “creation” referred to by Haley is widely seen as benefitting the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, by identifying companies which will then be targeted by pro-Palestinian activists. Resolution 2334 requires all countries “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”

“This is an effort to create a blacklist, plain and simple,” Haley said. “It is a stain on America’s conscience that we gave the so-called BDS movement momentum by allowing the passage of Resolution 2334.”

Haley took a final swipe at the Obama administration, putting its abstention last December into historical context.


“For decades, Israel has withstood wave after wave of bias in the U.N. and its agencies,” she said. “The United States has often stood beside Israel. We did not on December 23, 2016.”

“We will not make that mistake again.”

Monday was only the second time the U.S. has vetoed a UNSC resolution in the past decade, having last done so in 2011 - also killing a measure relating to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Over that same period Russia has vetoed 17 resolutions (11 relating to its ally the Assad regime, in addition to texts concerning Bosnia, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Burma and Ukraine) and China has vetoed eight (relating to Syria, Burma and Zimbabwe).




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Tuesday 19 December 2017

Understanding the Jerusalem issue

Understanding the Territory of Israel


Another Q&A by Capt Dr Thirunavukkarasu Jr R Karasu

1) What is Zionism?

A) Zionism is the belief in the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and to reestablish their homeland in a geographical territory called Israel.

2) What is this territory of Israel?

A) It is the same area that corresponds to the Biblical Canaan in the region of Palestine.

3) What is "Zion"?

A) Zion is just the name of a hill in the city of Jerusalem.

4) Does the Biblical Israel have a capital?

A) Yes, it is Jerusalem, also known as the City of David (Daud in Islam), in reference to Israel’s second king.

5) What are the objectives of Zionism?

A) There are four. 1) To reestablish Jewish administrative sovereignty within Israel. 2) To restore Jewish culture, the Hebrew language and religion (Judaism), 3) To gather those exiled, and 4) To liberate Jews from anti-Semitic persecution.

6) Does Zionism oppose the Palestinians?

A) In principle No. But they oppose any attempt to subvert their nationhood, whether from Palestine or other countries.

7) Why does Zionism create conflict in the Middle East?

A) It doesn’t. The conflict is created by people who want to destroy Israel, and Israel needs to contain this threat.

8. Is “Zionist” referring to the Israeli military?

A) Nope. Zionism is Not: 1) Military operations, 2) Denying Palestinians’ the right to their own self-determination, or 3) Promoting religious conflict with the Arabs.

9) Why is Zionism such a bad word in Malaysia?

A) Because our government wants Malaysians to continue hating the Jews and Israel.

10) Are you saying Malaysia is an anti-Semitic country?

A) Yes. Of all 10 ASEAN countries, Malaysia is the most disgracefully anti-Semitic country, along with Brunei.

11) What proof you have that Malaysia is anti-Semitic?

A) In 1993, Malaysia banned Schindler’s List, an Oscar-winning movie that portrayed a historical account of the horrific Jewish Holocaust. The excuse was that the movie will “make Malaysians sympathetic to the Jews”.

12) Who said that?

A) None other than the chief anti-Semitic and PM-wannabe today, Mr Kerala kaaka Tun Mahathir.

13) Then why are the political parties also anti-Israel, not just UMNO but even MCA and MIC?

A) UMNO has to because they need to appear to be “defenders of the Arabs” to shore up popular support after their embarrassing corruption exposures. MCA and MIC are just faithful lap dogs pandering to their political masters for political survival.

14) But the Opposition also hates Israel. Why?

A) Because they are the same racists who want to program citizens into hating the Jews and everything associated with it - with the usual excuse that Zionism is against Islam.

15) Are Christians Zionists?

A) By definition, yes because our Bible exhorts us to bless and pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. Jesus Christ Himself was Jew and all Jewish prophets worshipped God in Hebrew.

16) Why is the UN against Israel?

A) The UN itself is a grouping of anti-Semitic countries, which has traditionally sought to destroy Israel through a series of lopsided censures while promoting the Arab Agenda. Thankfully, the US vetoes most of these attempts.

17) Any proof? Or you just saying it because you are pro-Israel?

A) Let’s look at a case example. In 1975, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 3379 that designated Zionism as a “form of racism”. And then it repealed it in 1991 by Resolution 46/86 which now criminalises opposition to Zionism. Why? Because the UN itself now admits that opposing Zionism effectively means opposing a people’s right to self-determination.

18) If the present Israel never existed before 1948, why is there a need to give them their own country?

A) The political goal of Zionism is based on one key premise (as laid by Theodor Herzl): 1. Antisemitism features in ALL societies where Jews live as minorities. So the only way to guarantee their safety is to segregate themselves into their own country.

19) Why are the Jews always rejected everywhere in the world before Israel?

A) Since the 1st century, most Jews lived outside Israel, even though the Biblical Canaan always maintained a small percentage of Jewish population (called the Remnant in the Bible). The first time Jews got expelled was from Babylon’s occupation of Israel in 586 BC (Babylon is the old name for Iraq). The Romans subsequently expelled the remaining Jews from Judea. And then changed the name Judea to ‘Syria Palaestina’ - which is where the name ‘Palestine’ comes from.

20) So Palestine is a Roman creation after it expelled the Jews and redesignated the borders?

A) Yes

21) Do any of the other Holy Books assign Israel to the Jews?

A) Absolutely. It’s in all the Holy Books in Judaism, Christianity and Islam i.e. the Hebrew Bible, Greek Bible and the Quran respectively.

22) What does the Bible say about Islam?

A) Nothing. There is NO mention of Islam in the Bible nor is there any mandate given to wage war with Muslims. Zionism does not seek war with anyone. Israel is strictly a land issue and the belief that Jews have the right to self-determination after being exiles for millennia.

23) So Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is not something new?

A) Correct! It is, in fact, one of the most overdue decisions since George Washington became the first President of the United States.

24) What is the Balfour Declaration that our politicians love to quote?

A) It is a Declaration by the British government in 1917 that endorsed the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Jewish side was headed by Chaim Weizmann, who later became the first President of Israel in 1948.

25) Did the Balfour Declaration have any multilateral backing?

A) Yes. In 1922, the predecessor to the UN, the League of Nations adopted the Declaration and gave Britain the mandate to establish a Jewish homeland and develop self-governing institutions, and safeguard the civil and religious rights of all who reside in Palestine, including Christians and Muslims.

26) So who ‘started’ it first?

A) This one is tricky. Arabs will say it was the Israelis who “started it first” and Israelis will say the Arabs “started it first”. So let’s look at the facts. In 1947, the UN recommended that Palestine be partitioned into 3 areas: 1) a Jewish state, 2) an Arab State and 3) a UN-controlled territory or “corpus separatum” around Jerusalem. This was adopted in Nov 1947 as UN General Assembly Resolution 181. But the Palestinian Arabs rejected the UN decision (despite a 65% voting majority) and demanded a Single Arab State in Palestine and expulsion of Every Single Jewish citizen. This was what led to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. (So You tell me who “started it first”!)

27) How did the 1948 Arab-Israeli War start?

A) On May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion declared “Merdeka” for Israel. 5 hours later, Seven Arab countries launched a cowardly joint attack (what else to call when seven guys gang up on one?). This led to 1 million Palestinian Arabs leaving Israel for security reasons. After Israel defeated all 7 countries, the Palestinians wanted to return. Unfortunately, Israel passed a series of laws that prevented those who left from coming back. These are the ones who remain refugees to this day.

28) Do all Muslims hate Zionists and the Zionist Agenda?

A) No. Many Muslim scholars publicly defend the Zionist Agenda, among them Dr Tawfik Hamid, the al Gama’a al-Islamiyya organization, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Sheikh Tasbih Sayyed and so on. Also, some Muslim communities like the Kurds (who were gassed by Saddam Hussein) and Berbers also openly express support for the Jewish right to self-determination. Even leading Palestinian Organisation scholars like Asad Shukri (father of PLO founder Ahmad Shukri) opposed the PLO’s anti-Zionist activities. He was also the first to condemn the strategy of using Islam to condemn Jews and their right to live - which was started by Mohd Aminal-Husayni, a close aide of Yasser Arafat.

29) What about Muslims in non-Muslim countries?

A) In August 2007, the President of the Organisation of Imams in India, Sheikh Maulana Jamil organised a delegation to Israel. They subsequently signed a joint declaration rejecting the lie that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a war between Islam and Christianity/Judaism, admitting that it is no more than a land dispute that can be resolved peacefully.

30) Can a Malaysian support Both Israel and Palestine?

A) Yes of course. Again, it is purely a territorial dispute and need not involve religion. Many of us still believe in the “Two-State Solution” and that Israel can peacefully coexist with Palestine. It is hard but not impossible. Dialogue is the key.





Written by Servant of Christ, Capt Dr Thirunavukkarasu Jr R Karasu
December 2017

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Monday 18 December 2017

Suicide bombers storm church and detonate explosives as congregation worships in Pakistan church attack

Suicide bombers storm Christian church in Pakistan as hundreds of worshippers attended pre-Christmas services



Quetta, Pakistan;  Not one but two suicide bombers have attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing nine people and wounding more than 50.

Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for the south-western Baluchistan province, said many hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church before Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.

The Baluchistan police chief, Moazzam Ansari, praised the response of security forces guarding the church, saying the attacker who made it inside was wounded and unable to reach the main building. “Otherwise the loss of lives could have been much higher,” he said.

The Quetta police chief, Abdur Razzaq Cheema, said a search was underway for two suspected accomplices who escaped.


Local television showed ambulances and security patrols racing to the scene while women and children were led out of the church’s main gate.

Islamic State claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, saying two “plungers” from the group had stormed the church, without providing further details.

Wasim Baig, a spokesman for Quetta’s main hospital, said three women were among the dead while four women and two children were among 57 wounded.

Aqil Anjum, who was shot in his right arm, said he heard a blast in the middle of the service, followed by heavy gunfire. “It was chaos. Bullets were hitting people inside the closed hall,” he said.

Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest at the lack of security.

Pakistan’s president and other senior officials condemned the attack.


“Attack of terrorists on Zarghoon road church in Quetta is condemned. Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism cannot be deterred by these cowardly acts,” Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, said.

Baluchistan has long been the scene of an insurgency by separatists fighting against the state to demand more of a share of the gas and mineral-rich region’s resources. They also accuse the central government of discrimination.

No stranger to such attacks

Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan province. The city has witnessed recent several attacks in the past two years. This was the fifth attack this year.

In October, eight people including seven policemen were killed in a terrorist attack.


Islamic State or Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.


Authorities in Pakistan have expressed their concern over the presence of IS in Afghanistan near Pakistan border. Interior Ministry last month issued directives to security forces to strengthen the security of borders following reports that some IS terrorists had entered Pakistan.

Christians make up about 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people and have long faced discrimination - sidelined into low paid jobs and sometimes the target of blasphemy charges.

Along with other religious minorities, the community has also been hit by Islamic militants over the years.


“Attack of terrorists on Zarghoon road church in Quetta is condemned. Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism cannot be deterred by these cowardly acts,” Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, said.










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Thursday 14 December 2017

Prayer Requests

Today's Prayer Requests


Patty Hecker | I pray that my husband get out of prison really soon so we can all be a family again. I also ask that I get full time employment work where Im at or somewhere else. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Chaz hahn | David saberski my freind recives jesus in his heart amd gets out of the cult he is in jesus name amen

VERA BANKSTON-JONES | FATHER GOD,Keep my head up that's been a hard test these few days well really this past year. I find myself overwhelmed in the frivolous life I'm living. More so for people then I am self your guidance is always been helpful yeah and I need a strong firm stand! Only with you Lord can I do anything!.......SELAH

Yudaraj p | Please pray for me our India Please pray for me my future  Please pray for me my church ministry Please pray for me our needs

Tamara Baker | I'd like to request a prayer for my father that has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Help him over come, and help us all to understand all that this disease does to someone. And for strength for my mother that deals with more than one should, because she has the biggest heart and will try to help everyone. To let us all have a wonderful Christmas day as a whole family like the ones we had when I was young. I would also to pray for everyone to see and hear the Lord's word's to live in his ways.I pray that I will get what the Lord knows I need, I trust with my whole heart that if I am to get gifts for my grandbabies, children, and parents, that you will show me the way and what I'm supposed to do. Thank you Lord for your love, strength and knowing what is best for me.

Andrey | Please pray to the true God for us to decide the issue with the re-registration of the land. For more than 6 months, we can not re-arrange the inheritance. Money is no longer on the notaries and on the advocates, one hope for the Creator!

vijay aggarwal | Plz pray for money in abundance for a comfortable life

Monday 11 December 2017

Jerusalem Decision: 'Biblical Timing of Absolute Precision'

'Biblical Timing of Absolute Precision': John Hagee Praises Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Jerusalem; City of David

Right before President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moving there, pastor and best-selling author John Hagee joined CBN News' FAITH NATION program for analysis on the Jewish State.

He discussed why Israel is important to Christians, as well as what's behind the Trump administration's support of the Holy Land. Hagee is the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel.

"What President Trump is doing is one of the most courageous political things that's been done in Washington in a long time," Hagee, who is also the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, told CBN News.

"Many presidents have promised to move the embassy and declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital, but they have promised without performing," he continued.

"President Trump, when I spoke to him in the White House about this several weeks ago, he said this very emphatically. He said, 'Other presidents have failed you, but I will not disappoint the Christian community in this issue. I will stand with Israel, and we will at some point in time, move the embassy,'" said Hagee.

He also talked with the president about the significance of moving the embassy in this "Jubilee Year."

"...I told him that God measures everything in modules of 50 years," Hagee explained to CBN News. "And I said this is a principle that's carried out in Leviticus, the 25th chapter."

"I said, 'If you look at 1917, it was a Jubilee Year, and the Balfour Amendment came, and then in 50 years, it was 1967, and Jerusalem was reconnected to Israel,'" he continued.

"'And you add 50 to 1967, and you're in 2017.' I said, 'This is the year to move the embassy and make that declaration because it is a biblical timing of absolute precision,'" Hagee said. "Thank God, he's going to do exactly that."

Pastor John C. Hagee

Meanwhile, CBN's Gordon Robertson says that Trump's move for Israel was long overdue from America's leaders.

And Hagee also emphasized the significance of the Jewish state to God and why Christians need to acknowledge its global importance.

"...I believe at this point in time, Israel is God's stopwatch for everything that happens to every nation, including America, from now until the Rapture of the Church and beyond," he said.

"Christians should care about Israel because the entirety of the Bible beginning at Genesis all the way to the end is God's position paper on the Jewish people," Hagee explained.

"God found a man by the name of Abraham and He made a covenant with him," Hagee continued. "Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, recorded in the book of Genesis, that He was going to give them a strip of real estate in the Middle East, and that piece of real estate would be theirs forever."

"Forever means today, tomorrow and forever," he said. "It has nothing to do with what the Palestinians think, what the Russians think, what the UK has the opinion of; it belongs to the Jewish people."

"And Israel is the gateway to God's blessing in the Bible," Hagee continued. "Genesis 12: 'I will bless those who bless you.'"

"World history can be summed up in one sentence. The nations that blessed Israel were blessed of God, and the nations that cursed Israel were cursed of God," he said.



Watch the Video interview here


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Proclaiming the faith of the Gospel everywhere

India Mission: focusing on the Christian mission


Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, In 1 Corinthians 9:23; Paul said: "And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."

Today, I have the privilege to share with you some of Pastor M. Lazar and team mission works from India. How God in His mercy and love has been their rock and hope. here is a brief introduction and the vision God has given to him.

Pastor M. Lazar is from Tamil Nadu, South India. GOD has chosen him from a poor family. Started serving GOD while in Chennai.  During that time GOD gave a vision that: He was taking the Bible and walking in a valley of dry bones.  After that, he prayed to GOD so as to understand the vision and GOD said to him to preach HIS WORDS among poor people and to plant Churches in villages those who don’t know CHRIST.  (According to Ezekiel 37:1-14)

According to that vision, he obeyed GOD and came to a village named as Walajabad in Oct 2001 and started to serve GOD.  Now V.A.Koil(a village) as centre serving GOD for the past 17 years also in many villages.

Photos of the Church in Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet Village

We have been doing ministry in this village for the past 8 years in a rented place in a small hut.  About 50 children and families attend the church. Due to the heavy rain last year this church has been damaged severely.  The place owner also telling us to move the church to some other place. The team is believing God as always.


Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet village place of worship

Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet village church kids


Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet village place of worship



Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet village place of worship


Ki-Thi-Ri-Pet village place of worship



Here is the church building in Indira Nagar village

Due to the same storm last year, the church building roofs have been damaged very much. About 15 families (60 members) are coming to this church. the team hope to renovate the church. Praying and believing God


the church building in Indira Nagar village

Indira Nagar village




For the church in V.A Koil Village

The team use this village as the centre because it's surrounded by other villages. Here about 70 people which include more than 100 children come to this church.  For the past 5 years, we prayed to GOD to renovate this church.  GOD heard our prayers.  Last year we have renovated the church.

On every 2nd Sunday believers from our other branch churches gather here for the Holy Communion.  For that, we are using two-wheelers to bring them from their villages to here.  They are coming from around 2 to 3 km to this church.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN V.A.KOIL CHURCH – 2016

V.A Koil Village


V.A Koil Village







With much prayer, I am sending this information regarding the team's ministry.  Please keep this in your prayer.  As God speaks in your heart, support the work of God.  Thank you for your kindness.



Author Bio-
Pastor M. Lazar from Tamil Nadu, South India. GOD has chosen him from a poor family. Started serving GOD while in Chennai.  During that time GOD gave a vision that: He was taking the Bible and walking in a valley of dry bones.  After that, he prayed to GOD so as to understand the vision and GOD said to him to preach HIS WORDS among poor people and to plant Churches in villages those who don’t know CHRIST.  (According to Ezekiel 37:1-14)

According to that vision, he obeyed GOD and came to a village named as Walajabad in Oct 2001 and started to serve GOD.  Now V.A.Koil(a village) as center serving GOD for the past 17 years also in many villages.

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Calls for Prayer for Trump & Israel

Calls for Prayer for Trump, Israel: 'What He Has Done...Will be Eternally Celebrated' Says John C. Hagee

Pastor John Charles Hagee; founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church,
a megachurch in San Antonio, Texas

On the day President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced the U.S. Embassy would be moving there, the founder of Christians United for Israel, Pastor John Hagee, issued a call to pray.

"Let's unite together on this historic day to pray for our president, our nation and the nation of Israel like never before," he wrote on Facebook. "Let's pray that the United States will remain resolute in its commitment and support of Israel."

Hagee, who is also the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, also delivered a video message in that Facebook post.

"President Trump has made a bold and courageous stand that will be remembered in history forever, like President Harry Truman, who made a bold and courageous decision to recognize Israel at statehood," Hagee said.

"What he has done today will be eternally celebrated," he continued in the video. "This shows the world that Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not up for negotiation, and America is and shall always remain a loyal ally of Israel."

Hagee also referenced how in the Bible, Israel is referred to as the "apple of His (God's) eye."

"The apple of one's eye is its center," Hagee wrote. "The prophet Zechariah declared that if you come against Israel and her people, it is as if you have thrust your finger in the pupil of God's eye."

"God made a covenant with the Jewish people, and He does not lie or break covenant," Hagee continued.

The New York Times best-selling author went on to write, "Psalm 122:6, King David commands us to, 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.'"

"Righteousness and peace are destined to spring forth from Jerusalem to all the nations of the earth; therefore, it benefits all of us to pray for this Holy City," Hagee continued.

"The scriptural principle of personal prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and praying for Jerusalem," he wrote. "Prosperity is not purely associated with material blessings, but to the Lord's favor and protection as well."

Hagee also called upon Christians "to minister to the Jewish people in a substantial and material way," writing it's "our duty" to do this.

He then referenced Romans 15:27: "For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things."

Hagee concluded the post with an expression of gratitude for support and prayers for Israel and the United States.

"While so many in this world may sit in judgment of Israel, THANK YOU for standing in the gap for our support of Israel and our great nation," he wrote. "Let it be known that together we are united in our support and prayers for the nation of Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem!"






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Thursday 7 December 2017

'The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful'

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the president’s announcement


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - while other Middle East leaders have condemned the US President’s decision, saying it could embolden terrorist organisations.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 

“Thank you, President Trump, for today's historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful,” Mr Netanyahu said.

This move, he added, “reflects the President's commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.”

“There is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Mr Trump's decision, saying the move will aid extremist organisations.

“These procedures do also help in the extremist organizations to wage a religious war that would harm the entire region which is going through critical moments and would lead us into wars that will never end which we have warned about and always urged to fight against,” he said in a televised address.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the decision “disqualified the United States of America to play any role in any peace process”, even though Mr Trump called the change in Jerusalem’s diplomatic status a step towards working for a lasting agreement between Israel and Palestinians.

Jordanian King Abdullah also joined the chorus of disapproval of Mr Trump’s move.

“There is no alternative to a two-state solution, and Jerusalem is key to any peace agreement,” said King Abdullah, speaking in Ankara - the capital of Turkey - alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also opposed to Mr Trump’s decision.

According to CNN, the Jordanian King added that any such agreement must allow for an independent Palestinian state and that “ignoring Palestinian Muslim and Christian rights” in Jerusalem “could fuel terrorism.”
 image of an Israeli flag and a U.S. flag displayed proudly next to each other
on the old city wall of Jerusalem

The news outlet reported that Mr Erdogan said a wrong step taken by the Trump administration on the Jerusalem issue would catalyse a reaction across the Islamic world that could destroy the foundations for peace.

Regarding Mr Trump, Mr Erdogan said, “No one person's personal ambitions should be allowed to alter the fates of billions of people. Any such move would only embolden terrorist organizations.”

French President Emmanuel Macron called Mr Trump’s decision “regrettable”, saying it “goes against international law and all the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”

“The status of Jerusalem is a question of international security that concerns the entire international community. The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations,” Mr Macron told reporters at a news conference in Algiers.






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Relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said.



President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a historic speech on Wednesday.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

He also announced his decision to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take a few years because there is currently no site or design for the building.


You can read the president’s full speech below.


Thank you.

When I came into office, I promised to look at the world's challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. All challenges demand new approaches.

My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city - and so importantly - is Israel's capital.

This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, and was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago. Yet for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law's waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time.

Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

I've judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.

Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.

It was 70 years ago that the United States under President Truman recognized the state of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.

Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli supreme court. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries. For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of state, and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.

Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians - and people of all faiths - are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs. Jerusalem is today - and must remain - a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all. But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done.

That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace.

In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear: This decision is not intended in any way to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement. We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians.

We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved. The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement.

Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides. In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites, including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif. Above all, our greatest hope is for peace - the universal yearning in every human soul.

With today's action, I reaffirm my administration's longstanding commitment to a future of peace and security for the region. There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation.

This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity - lifting our sights to what is possible, not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach it. So today we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts.

I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong.

But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror. Vice President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.

It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midsts. It is time for all civilized nations, and people, to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate, not violence. And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region - political and religious, Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Christian and Muslim - to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.

Thank you, God bless you, God bless Israel, God bless the Palestinians, and God bless the United States.

Thank you very much. Thank you.




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