Monday, May 14, 2018

Pastor is beheaded, many more killed in the Central African Republic

The story of Daniel's three friends is quite popular especially with children in Sunday School.The story has proven to be highly instructive for the  persecuted church. Born again, Christians across the globe are ordered to stop living for Christ.  This was the case with Daniel's friends!

Daniel 3 states , "There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."  

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Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego;      before him   Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach an
 Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?  "Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?" 

 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter."If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king."
"But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up" (Daniel 3:12-16, NASB).

The Holy Record tells us that a miracle happened.  They did not die. The LORD God of Israel performed a miracle. However, these godly Jews were ready to give their lives  for His glory. 
Please read the story below


May. 10, 2018 | India
Pastor Abraham leaves behind a wife and children. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Pastor Abraham leaves behind a wife and children. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)

A pastor serving one of India’s minority tribal groups was murdered last week by suspected Maoists. On the evening of May 2, about 25 masked men abducted Pastor Abraham Topno from a taxi he was riding in, and the pastor’s beheaded body was found hours later along with a note signed by a communist rebel group operating in nearby Odisha state. According to a longtime friend of the pastor, he specifically chose to serve among the minority tribal group, despite the dangerous and challenging environment. His church had recently grown in number to about 60 believers. Pray for the pastor’s family and for Christians in the area

About 60,000 Christians in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) have been forced to flee their towns after a series of attacks by local Muslims. 
Sseveral months after joint U.S. and Ugandan forces pulled out of the region last year, area Muslims launched a campaign to drive 
Christians out by razing Christian-majority towns and villages. On Nov. 20, villagers in Dembia were awakened by gunfire at 4 a.m. as local Muslims attacked without warning. The Christians ran from their village in a heavy downpour, wearing only the clothes in which they were sleeping, and took cover in the bush. Their village was completely destroyed over the next three days. During the attack, village elderly were reportedly gathered in a building and burned alive. Although the total number of killed is unknown, since villagers dispersed and have been unable to return, one believer who survived the attack knew of at    least forty six people who were killed. The Christian towns that were attacked have either been destroyed completely or remain under the  control of local Muslims and jihadist allies. Pray that these Christians 
 will be able to return to their villages.This is  from The Voice of Martyrs.

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