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CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH



Billy Graham: ‘Final call’ for America to repent


WND.com reports: “Believing God will allow him to live to 95; famed evangelist Billy Graham is making his ‘final call to America to turn to God.’

Timed to coincide with his 95th birthday, Graham is calling people in the United States and Canada to repentance as part of the ‘My Hope with Billy Graham’ evangelistic outreach set for the week of Nov. 7, 2013.

Unlike his famous stadium crusades over the past six decades, Graham is asking Christians to invite family, friends and neighbors to their homes to watch the ‘Living Room Crusade’ on their televisions, tablets or smartphones as part of a massive grassroots effort to ignite a spiritual awakening in North America.

In what is expected to be the largest undertaking in its 60-plus year history, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hopes to mobilize millions of Christians to register as host ‘Matthews’ at www.myhopewithbillygraham.org and undergo training to learn how to share their faith with others.

‘We have seen God visit our nation in powerful and transformational ways in the past,’ Preston Parrish, vice president of ‘My Hope with Billy Graham,’ told WND.com. ‘We are praying this will be a real moment of revival and awakening and transformation across our nation.’…” (The answer to America’s problems is found in the Old Testament promise: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” – II Chronicles 7:14.)


Brazil evangelical Christians hold huge Sao Paulo rally


BBC News reports: “More than a million Brazilian Christians have taken part in a ‘March for Jesus’ in Sao Paulo.

Huge crowds thronged through the city’s main avenues, accompanied by floats blasting out gospel music.

The evangelical groups who organized the march described it as the ‘largest Christian event in the world’.

Brazil has the largest Roman Catholic population in the world, but other Christian churches have grown enormously in recent decades.

Christians came to Sao Paulo from all over Brazil to join the mass celebration of their faith.

Police estimated that the number of people taking part was at least a million, and organizers said the figure was much higher.

The ‘March for Jesus’ has been held annually since 1993, organized in part as a response to Sao Paulo’s similarly massive Gay Pride event…” (Praise God for the great rally of Brazilian Christians displaying their devotion for Christ – “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” – Psalm 107:2 and “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32, 33.)


50 Christians burned to death in pastor’s home


WND.com reports: “Fifty members of a northern Nigerian church were burned to death in their pastor’s house.

The attack by armed gunmen was only the first in a 12-village spree of violence that left over 100 dead in northern Nigeria’s Plateau State, a region that had previously been outside Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram’s operational area and is the largely Muslim Fulani tribesmen’s homeland.

Yet Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks and threatened even more violence.

Open Doors, USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra says the recent wave of attacks is rapidly turning Nigeria into a deadly religious battlefield, where Boko Haram is declaring Christians must convert … or die…” (Islamic terrorists will soon begin their death sentences in all 57 Muslim lands. This is what some call the ‘Religion of Peace’. Hundreds of thousands of genuine Christians have already been slaughtered and the ‘march of death’ will soon begin globally – John 16:2 and Revelation 2:10 – “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” See the next report.)


Gaza Church claims Christians kidnapped, forced to convert


YnetNews.com reports: “The Orthodox Christian Church in the Gaza Strip is claiming that a group of armed Islamists kidnapped five Christian Palestinians, a young man and a mother and her three daughters, to force them to convert to Islam.

In a statement, the church said that ‘the dangerous Islamist movement is trying to convince Christian men and women to convert to Islam, destroying Christian families and the Christian presence in the Gaza Strip.’

The church refused to divulge the name of the Islamist group it accused of these attempts.

The head of the Gaza church claimed that one of the Christians was abducted on Saturday after he had been heavily pressured to convert to Islam and had been prevented from seeing his family. According to the leader, the young man’s parents filed a police complaint, but the police did nothing after learning that the person behind the alleged kidnappers was a senior cleric identified with Hamas…”



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