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On the Pilgrim Trail Across England, 400 Years After the Mayflower, Part 2

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(PHOTO: DENNIS LENNOX)William Bradford and other Pilgrims were imprisoned in the jail cells at Boston’s medieval Guildhall.

I’m in the historic English city of Lincoln ahead of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims leaving these shores on the Mayflower.

The anniversary is an opportunity for both Americans and Britons to learn about the history of the Pilgrims, not least the history beyond the Mayflower folklore at the heart of the annual Thanksgiving holiday.

After first visiting Harwich, home of Mayflower Captain Christopher Jones and likely where the ship was built, I drove to Lincoln where I learned about its extensive connections to the Pilgrims and those who followed them. Along the way, I stopped in Boston, the namesake of Boston, Massachusetts.

In the original Boston, I discovered the finely preserved circa 14th century Guildhall, including the cells where William Bradford, arguably the most famous of Mayflower passengers, and other Pilgrim leaders were jailed after attempting to leave for the Netherlands in 1607. I also explored St. Botolph’s Church, which rivals some cathedrals in size, and saw the pulpit used by John Cotton, a firebrand Puritan clergyman.

(PHOTO: DENNIS LENNOX)The pulpit from which John Cotton preached at St. Botolph’s Church in Boston, England.

Four hundred years ago, Lincolnshire and neighboring Nottinghamshire were on the frontlines of religious dissent with the two main factions being Puritans, who wanted to reform the Church of England from within, and Separatists, who, as their name implies, wanted to separate from the established church.

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Open Heavens 28th May 2018 Monday Daily Devotional – Grace II

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Topic: Grace II [Open Heavens 28th May 2018, Monday]

Memorise: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. – John 1:17

Read: Romans 3:20-25 (KJV)

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 5-6, Acts 1

MESSAGE:

Grace is God’s character by which He shows Himself as being compassionate, loving, merciful, accepting and generous to all of mankind. God’s grace shields sinful mankind from wrath, grants them forgiveness and bestows on them His righteousness so that they can live and grow in faith and obedience to Him. Grace and mercy are particularly expressed through God’s covenant with His chosen people and through Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross. Throughout the Bible, the notion of grace is abundantly present even where the word is not mentioned. Whenever Jesus brought healing to the sick and deliverance to the oppressed, divine grace was on display. The grace of God is especially expressed through salvation from sin, offered by Jesus to all mankind. Speaking about Jesus as the embodiment of God’s grace, Titus 2:11 says,

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”

Jesus vividly explained the notion of grace through the parables of the prodigal son and the tax collector who was justified after praying for God’s mercy as a sinner (Luke 15:11-32, Luke 18:9-14). Grace is a core part of the message of the Christian faith, and hence the message of the gospel is repeatedly labeled the “gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 14:3, Acts 20:24).

“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”1 Timothy 1:14

It is important to note that divine grace is a gift of God, and it is abundant enough to secure forgiveness and redemption for anyone who is dead in sin, raising them up and making them sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:5-6). This abundant grace also opens the door of healing from all kinds of sickness, and it delivers from captivity, oppression and all kinds of demonic powers. Furthermore, it is able to break down the strongholds of the devil and produce transformation in lives. It is equally important to note that this abundant grace, though underserved, is available for free! No one can ever meet the requirements or fulfill the conditions necessary for accessing the benefits that God’s grace gives. The least you can do is to thank God for it. Ephesians 2:8-9 says,

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The saving grace of Jesus Christ is available to all human beings without exception; do not reject or ignore it, but rather accept it with thanksgiving and your life will never be the same again. Amen!

Action Point: Thank God for the work His redeeming grace has done in your life, recounting them to Him.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click HERE to read Open Heavens 27th May 2018 Sunday Daily Devotional – Grace I

Hymn 3: What Can Wash Away My Sins?

1. What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Chorus:
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

2. For my cleansing this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my pardon this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

3. Nothing can for sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of works, ‘tis all of grace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

4. This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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Prosperity Preacher Jesse Duplantis Seeks Donations for $54M Private Jet, Says God Wants Him to Have It

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Months after televangelist Kenneth Copeland acquired a new multimillion dollar Gulfstream V jet for “the Lord’s work,” another prosperity gospel preacher, Jesse Duplantis, is asking his followers to help him buy a $54-million brand new Falcon 7X jet that he says he is “believing God for.”

“You know I’ve owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord,” the Louisiana-based televangelist says in a video, appealing for funds, on “This Week with Jesse.”

“Now some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this gospel preached to the world,” he adds.

In the video, Duplantis goes on to point to pictures of jets hung on the wall that he has owned over the years, and then shows the Starship Enterprise. “This…

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Abortion vote a ‘reaction’ against Ireland’s Catholic past, says ex-Presbyterian leader

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Very Rev Trevor Morrow, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland also said he was “sad but not surprised” by polling data which suggests widespread support for change. It was later confirmed the country had voted decisively to remove a bar in the constitution on abortions.

He told Premier: “The indications were that there was going to be a substantial number of people who would vote for repeal.

 

“I thought the difference would be probably about ten points but this is almost seismic, an extraordinary result.”

Surveys by the national broadcast RTE and the Irish Times suggested 70-per-cent and 68-per-cent of voters respectively back relaxing the nation’s relatively strict legislation governing terminations.

The Republic voted overwhelmingly in favour three years ago of legalising same-sex marriage.

Referring to Ireland’s strong Catholic history, Very Rev Morrow continued: “You can tell by the response to the gay marriage referendum and again here you see it in this debate on abortion, there is a real strong reaction against what we have inherited from the past.”

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A referendum held on Friday effectively asked voters whether to repeal or retain the state constitution’s Eight Amendment – legislation which prohibits terminations unless a mother’s life is at risk.

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Buckingham Palace hosts concert helping persecuted Christians

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Birgitte, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester, attended the concert within the ballroom of the royal residence in central London.

The event highlighted the work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity supporting believers living under pressure for their faith around the world – particularly in the Middle East.

 

UK National Director, Neville Kyrke-Smith said: “This concert is a great sign of support, not just for Christians in the Middle East, but for all communities who are trying to rebuild and who want to deepen bonds of trust and understanding.”

Also in attendance was the leader of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the UK Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawood and Syriac Orthodox priest Father Aphram Ozan.

The two choirs also performed at an Evensong service led by Canon Paul Wright, Sub-Dean for Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace.

The Royal Family

 

ACN has been helping support 120,000 Christians and other communities forced out of the Iraqi areas of Ninevah and Mosul by Islamic State (IS).

With IS now driven out of those places, the charity is focused on helping families return to their homes – by rebuilding houses, churches and clinics.

In neighbouring Syria, ACN has been offering emergency and pastoral help to families in areas worst affected by violence – including Damascus, Aleppo…

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Big Church Day Out 2018 draws star-studded line-up

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Thousands of people defied warnings of potential thunderstorms to attend the event – now in its tenth year – at the 16th century Winston House estate near Worthing.

Performances were hold across five venues, including at the Main Stage where acts including Guvna B, Lucy Grimble, LZ7 and Britt Nicole took to the stage.

 

John Castle, 32, from north London was among the guests who camped overnight at the festival, despite warnings of poor weather.

He told Premier: “Despite the forecast, the rain held off until very late and the thunder only got close around midnight – when I was going to bed.

“One of my highlights has been the Stavanger Gospel Company’s (from Norway) late light worship in the Kingdom Come tent; it was peaceful and reflective.”

 

Aside from music, attractions included inflatable bubble football, a Mission Aviation Fellowship flight simulator, a Ferris wheel and food court. Big Church Kids held morning worship celebrations for children under the age of eleven.

Speaking with Premier, guest Jill Williams, 58, from Worthing described the festival as “a joyous celebration of the power, grace and goodness of God – bathed in sunshine.”

Next weekend, the event shall move to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.

 

John Castle added: “The Main Stage worship has been great, with Hillsong London and the headliner Kari Jobe being my highlights.

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Pray for Verona Baptist Church

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Location: Blue Ridge, Texas

Pastor: Darryl Lewis

Weekly Worship: 10:50 AM, Central

Fast Facts: Verona Baptist Church has been active in the Blue Ridge community for more than 140 years. This summer, they will be installing a new playground to better accommodate the preschoolers and kids in the church. Please be in prayer for their upcoming Vacation Bible School that will be held in late June. Also pray for continued church growth and revitalization as they continue to seek The Lord’s will the better reach their community.

Website: VeronaBaptist.org


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Pro-choice Catholics urge politicians to act on Ireland’s abortion vote, amid wider church dismay

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Catholics for Choices welcomed a decision by two-thirds of voters to repeal the state constitution’s Eight Amendment – legislation which prohibits terminations unless a mother’s life is at risk.

President, Jon O’Brien said: “The ‘yes’ vote to repeal the eighth was a historic step for Ireland and women’s rights and dignity.

 

“As a Dubliner from Drimnagh, I came of age in an Ireland where the heavy hand of the Catholic hierarchy kept women from taking control over their bodies and their lives.

“This victory shows the Irish nation is at peace with its Catholic identity and its prochoice position.

“Now, it is simply up to the politicians to do their jobs and bring this vote into legislative reality.”

Ministers previously indicated that they would follow a ‘yes’ vote by aiming to introduce more relaxed abortion laws by the end of the year.

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The Irish Government expressed support for allowing women to end a pregnancy within the first twelve weeks, subject to medical advice and a cooling-off period.

It also backed terminations being allowed between twelve and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.

The proposals met resistance from the four main Christian denominations in Ireland – The Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Church in Ireland (Anglican) and the Methodist Church.

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Irish priest and gospel choir among Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists

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Fr Ray Kelley from Oldcastle in County Meath and the DMU Gospel Choir are each among 35 acts selected for the competition’s penultimate stage.

Speaking to the priest as she referred to his successful fellow competitors, show judge Amanda Holden told Fr Kelley: “You better thank him upstairs [an unorthodox reference to God] sir, because you are all through to the next round.”

 

Last month, the 64-year-old moved members of a television audience to tears and drew a standing ovation from the judging panel when he performed REM’s Everybody Hurts.

Speaking backstage before the decision was revealed on Saturday night, Fr Kelley told the ITV show: “I have visions of going home to my parish and telling them, you know, I got through to Britain’s Got Talent.

“That would blow their mind, you know.”

 

The DMU Gospel Choir’s audition – which featured a compilation of Gospel tracks including Edwin Hawkins Singers’ Oh Happy Day – during the first week of the contest has since been viewed 430,000 times on YouTube.

Rise, a dance troupe which includes a 13-year-old survivor of the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, is also through to the live semi-final stage.

The semi-finals will be staggered during each evening next week.

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Longest serving Church of England bishop to retire

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Rt Rev Graham James, who is currently the Church of England’s longest serving bishop, said he and his wife will move to Cornwall.

Bishop Graham said: “It’s been a privilege and honour to serve as Bishop of Norwich for almost 19 years, and Julie and I will find it hard to leave.

 

“We are returning to Cornwall (to Truro) but the Diocese of Norwich and her people will always have a big place in our hearts.”

“Please pray for us as we prepare for this new chapter in our lives, as well as for those who will be responsible for the appointment of my successor.”

A service planned for Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 25th November 2018 will mark the end of Bishop Graham’s public ministry.

Simon Gaches/Diocese of Norwich

The Bishop of Thetford Rt Rev Alan Winton said: “We are fortunate to have been served by a man of such immense gifts and such a tremendous capacity for work and friendship.

“There are few corners of the life of the diocese where he has not made an impact over almost two decades, and so many people whose lives he has touched and influenced for the better.”

National guidelines shall dictate the appointment of a new Bishop of Norwich. Diocesan officials said that process will start “in due course”.

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Joyce Meyer’s Daily 27 May 2018 Devotional — The Sacrifice of Praise

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Topic: The Sacrifice of Praise [Joyce Meyer’s Devotional Sunday May 27, 2018]

May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.Ephesians 3:17 AMPC

Praising God starts your day right. Start thanking God as soon as you get out of bed in the morning. Hebrews 13:15 says, Let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name (AMPC).

Jesus said, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them (John 7:38 NIV). Acknowledge the Lord, and drink that living water.

Prayer Starter: Father, I take a moment right now to thank and praise You for how wonderful You are! Thank You for sending Jesus to die for our sins, and thank You for every good thing You do for me each and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Sunday, 27 May 2018 – Those Who Cannot Be Jesus’ Disciple

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TOPIC: Those Who Cannot Be Jesus’ Disciple (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Sunday, 27 May 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Luke 14: 25-33

MEMORY VERSE:
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

The MESSAGE:

For you to get admission, employment and even promotion, institutions and organisations usually set qualifications. What this means is that, anyone who does not have the qualification cannot have admission, the employment or the promotion. Similarly, in our Fire Scripture (Luke 14:25-33) of today, Jesus repeated the phrase “cannot be my disciple” three times. Jesus is warning us of things that will disqualify us from being His disciples. Who are the people who cannot be Jesus’ disciples? Jesus Himself identified them as follows:

First, Jesus said that anyone who does not hate his father and mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters as well as his own life could not be His disciple (Luke 14:26). These words and demand of Jesus do not mean that we should dislike, neglect and dishonour our family. In fact, the Ten Commandments tell us to honour our father and mother. What Jesus meant is that He must come first in our hearts, priorities and affairs. Does Jesus occupy the first position in your life and affairs? Are you tied to your father, mother and spouse’s apron strings so much that the Lord and kingdom affairs are secondary in your routine? If you place your parents, spouse, siblings ahead of Jesus, you are not qualified to be His disciple. There are many people today who love their career more than Jesus. Since they got their dream jobs, their attendance in church programmes has dropped, and their love for the Master and the church has gone cold.

Second, Jesus declared that whoever does not bear his cross and come after Him could not be His disciple. Discipleship has a cost and a reward. To carry your cross and follow Jesus means to be willing to sacrifice anything (even your life) and pay any price for being His disciple. Jesus never said following Him would be easy. In fact, He said just the opposite. Notice here that Jesus does not encourage the crowd with flowery words and promises of ease and happiness. He points them to the cross and the cost of following Him. The cross is a symbol of suffering and sacrifice. Anyone who is not willing to suffer for Christ’s and His gospel’s sake and sacrifice all things, and if need be, their lives, cannot be His disciple. Are you willing to forgo your comfort and life for Christ’s sake? There is nothing like easy discipleship.

Lastly, Jesus said that anyone who is not prepared to forsake all that he or she has, could not be His disciple (Luke 14:33). Mark 10:17-22 contains the account of the rich, young ruler who went to Jesus and asked what he could do to gain eternal life. He assured Jesus that he had observed the Ten Commandments from His youth. Then Jesus told him, “Go and sell whatsoever you have, and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me.” The Bible says that the man became sad and grieved because he had great possessions. This story reveals that many people cannot be Jesus’ disciples because of the deceitfulness of their riches. They have enthroned Mammon and worldly allurements in their hearts. Lot’s wife is a good example of such individuals. Against God’s clear instruction, she looked back at Soddom and Gomorrah; she could not take the beautiful earthly possessions, trinkets and jewellery and fine clothes out of her mind. She became a pillar of salt. That is why Jesus said to you and me: “Remember Lot’s wife!” Is there anything you cannot let go for Jesus? Those who cannot forsake all cannot be Jesus’ disciples. In the light of these parameters, beloved, examine yourself and consider if you are a disciple of Jesus.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
Those who cannot forsake all cannot be Jesus’ disciples.

PROPHETIC WORD:
Power not to deny Christ when it matters most is coming upon you now.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. My Father help me to follow You to the end, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, give me the grace to follow You at all times, in the name of Jesus.
3. Powers that want me to deny my Saviour, what are you waiting for? Die, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. Holy Spirit, empower me to bear the cross set before me daily, in the name of Jesus.
5. I will not deny my Saviour, in the name of Jesus.
6. Fire power for exploits, come upon me now, in the name of Jesus.
7. Lord Jesus, order my steps in Your word, in the name of Jesus.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional HERE

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

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Teens Open Heavens 27 May 2018 – Are You Born Again?

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Topic: Are You Born Again? [Teens Open Heavens 27, May 2018]

Memorise: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. John 3:6

Read: John 3:5-6 (KJV)

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles 20-22, John 10:22-42

MESSAGE:

If you are born again, it will show in all areas of your life. It will affect your desires, priorities, goals and association. Being born again is a spiritual rebirth. It is when you take a trip to the womb of the Spirit and you are born a new creature. It is when you confess and leave behind your sins and subject yourself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. One thing about this spiritual rebirth is that it will stir up intense hunger for the presence of God in you; all you will want is more of God, and you will make sure to walk only in the light of God’s Word. This means that your lifestyle totally changes, and all your actions are weighed by the Word of God and the Spirit of God within you.

There is no such thing as being partially born again. When you are born again, you shouldn’t tell lies at all; don’t say “now I only tell ‘white’ lies.” When you are born again, you should never take what isn’t yours, don’t say “I only take my mother’s loose change.” As a born again Christian, how often do you pray and study the Word of God? There is no new birth without commensurate change.

Key Point: Where are the fruits of repentance in your life and character?

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’

Hymn 7:

1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Chorus
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!

4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.

Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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Andrew Wommack’s Devotional 27 May 2018 – Petition Not Repetition

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Topic: Petition Not Repetition [Andrew Wommack Sunday May 27, 2018]

Mark 8:24-25, “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”

Topic: Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 8:22-25

It was unusual for Jesus to inquire about the results of His ministry as He did in verse 23. It was even more unusual that Jesus laid hands on this man a second time. This is the only example in the New Testament where Jesus had to minister to any need more than once to affect a total healing.

Many people request things from God and then look at their circumstances to see if God answered their prayer. That is walking by sight and not by faith. If they can’t “see” God’s answer, then they pray again asking for the same thing. This is not the way Jesus taught us to pray and receive. We can be certain that Jesus didn’t lay hands on this man a second time because He thought His Father hadn’t heard Him the first the time. Since the man received partial sight, it is evident that God’s healing power was at work in him. Jesus was not petitioning His Father again for healing.

Through His spirit, Jesus knew that unbelief was hindering a perfect manifestation of God’s power in this man, and He simply gave him another “dose” of the anointing power of God. Satan may hinder, but cannot overcome someone who continues resisting him. Believe that you received when you prayed and continue to apply the power of God. Press in such a degree that you can confront anything that is contrary to what you have asked and overcome it. Perseverance in prayer is the key to overcoming Satan – not God.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Andrew Wommack’s Daily Devotional HERE

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).

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Billy Graham Devotional 27 May 2018 – A Sacred Institution

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Topic: A Sacred Institution [Billy Graham’s Devotional Sunday May 27, 2018]

Follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. —Romans 14:19

The home is basically a sacred institution. The perfect marriage is the uniting of three persons—a man and a woman and God. This is what makes marriage holy. Faith in Christ is the most important of all principles in the building of a happy marriage and a successful home. The secret strength of a nation is found in the faith that abides in the hearts and homes of the country.

Prayer for the day: May we so love one another, through You, Lord Jesus–that our homes will be reflections of the glory of Your inestimable love.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotional HERE

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

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TREM Devotional 27 May 2018 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Develop Your Faith

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Topic: Develop Your Faith [TREM Devotional Sunday May 27, 2018]

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

Faith is so important that God had to give us faith when we got saved. It is part of your heritage the day you got saved. Every believer has faith. Every one of us has the measure of faith. We started with the same measure. You may not have been developing your own and that is why the Bible talks about little faith, small faith and great faith. Faith grows! It all depends on how you exercise your own, just like your muscles got stronger when you do exercises. So, faith can be exercised; although every one of us started at the same level.

Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. So, if without faith I can’t please God, how would God want me to please Him when He didn’t give me faith? And so, we have read that he had dealt unto us the measure of faith when we got saved. Everyone has the measure. We have the measure with which we can start. When we begin to act on it we will produce results.

Ephesians 2:8 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves”. Both the grace and the faith do not belong to you. God gave them to you. So, you have faith. But you must grow your faith. Develop it daily by believing and acting upon God’s Word in your day to day activities and watch all seemingly impossible situations become possible in your life. I bless you today in the name of the Lord.

Further reading: Romans 1:16-17; 10: 8-17

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 2 Chronicles 1-3; Evening- John 10:1-23

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 27 May 2018 – God with Skin On

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Topic: God with Skin On [Our Daily Bread 27 Sunday May, 2018]

Read: Romans 12:9–18, Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 1–3; John 10:1–23

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13

My husband left for a month-long trip, and almost immediately I was overwhelmed by the needs of my job, our house, and our children. A writing deadline loomed. The lawn mower broke. My children were on school break and bored. How would I take care of all of these things on my own?

I soon realized I wasn’t on my own. Friends from church showed up to help. Josh came over to fix my lawn mower. John brought me lunch. Cassidy helped with the laundry. Abi invited my kids over to play with hers so I could get my work done. God worked through each of these friends to provide for me. They were a living picture of the kind of community Paul describes in Romans 12. They loved sincerely (v. 9), considered the needs of others rather than just their own (v. 10), shared with me when I was in need, and showed hospitality (v. 13).

Because of the love my friends showed to me, I remained “joyful in hope” and “patient in affliction” (v. 12), even the mild affliction of solo parenting for a month. My brothers and sisters in Christ became what one friend calls “God with skin on” for me. They showed me the kind of sincere love we ought to show to everyone, especially those in our community of faith (Galatians 6:10). I hope to be more like them.

Prayer: God, thank You for placing us in communities. Help me to look out for others’ needs and to show hospitality.

To whom do I need to be “God with skin on” today?

Insight:

The practice of hospitality is a key teaching in the New Testament. Jesus told His disciples to depend on the hospitality of those they ministered to (Matthew 10:11; Luke 10:7–8). Jesus also received hospitality from others (Mark 2:15; 14:3; Luke 7:36). Mary and Martha opened their home to Jesus (Luke 10:38), and this is probably where He stayed each time He came to Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:17). Luke mentioned a group of women who “were helping to support [Jesus and the twelve disciples] out of their own means” (Luke 8:3). The apostle John commended Gaius for his cheerful generosity and loving hospitality because he provided itinerant Bible teachers a place to stay (3 John 1:5–8).

When we lovingly support ministry workers in practical ways, we are their partners in ministry (v. 8). Therefore, Paul urges us, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13 nlt). Peter echoed the same sentiment: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other . . . . Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay” (1 Peter 4:8–9 nlt). K. T. Sim

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Kenneth & Gloria Copeland Devotional 27 May 2018 – God Wants You Well

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Topic: God Wants You Well [Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Sunday May 27, 2018]

If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. – Exodus 15:26

Has the devil ever tried to put you under condemnation by telling you that it’s contrary to the principles of faith to use doctors and medicine when you need healing? If so, here are some encouraging words that I believe will help you put your heart at rest.

It is God’s will to heal you. That’s the first and most important thing for you to understand. If your faith is strong and you can believe the Word without wavering (regardless of what circumstances or symptoms come against you), then you’ll be able to receive that healing by faith alone.

But that kind of faith takes more than just hearing a few sermons about healing. It takes a deep personal revelation of God’s healing power. So, if you haven’t yet developed that kind of faith, the doctor is your best friend.

If you’re not certain whether your faith is strong enough or whether you need a doctor’s help, follow the instructions of the Apostle Paul (Colossians 3:15) and let peace be your umpire.

If fear rises up within you when you think about doing without medical help, then go to a doctor. And go in faith! On the other hand, if you have a sure confidence within you that healing is yours strictly by faith, let your faith do its work and receive your healing directly. Whether or not you go to the doctor is not the issue. It is what you do with your faith.

Either way, you can rejoice knowing God is working with you, meeting you at the level of your faith. Thank God for your healing—however it comes!—and do not let Satan put you under condemnation. It is none of his business!

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 7:8-15

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Seeds of Destiny 27 May 2018 by Pastor Paul Enenche: Embracing The Responsibility Of Bringing Up Your Children

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Topic: Embracing The Responsibility Of Bringing Up Your Children [Seeds of Destiny Sunday May 27, 2018]

Scripture: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Thought For The Day: God will hold you responsible for the outcome of your children in time and in eternity.

Today is children’s day! It important to know that children are God’s precious gifts (Psalm 127:3). Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that the way a child is trained is the way he would go in life. For example, prostitutes, armed robbers, entrepreneurs, presidents of nations, etc. are all products of parental upbringing. Therefore, it is important, as parents, to embrace the responsibility of bringing up our children in the way of the Lord.

Now, why is it necessary to embrace the responsibility of raising your children? I will give you three reasons:
1) To delegate your children’s upbringing to other people is to leave them at the mercy of the values and principles of those people and that may be destructive to your children’s lives and destinies.
2) If you do not accept the responsibility of raising your children today, they will end up as liabilities tomorrow.
3) God will hold you responsible for the outcome of your children in time and in eternity; He will not hold the teachers or the nannies responsible.

I heard a story of a small boy who was just about ten years old. He killed his younger brother with a knife. People could not believe that such a little boy had such evil intentions. When he was asked why he killed his brother, he said that he was watching a particular cartoon program and one of the characters told him to kill his brother. So, he decided to carry out the act.

Beloved, my counsel is, as parents; never delegate your children’s upbringing to other people; do it yourself.

Remember this: God will hold you responsible for the outcome of your children in time and in eternity.

Assignments:
1. Accept the responsibility of raising your children; do not delegate it to anyone.
2. Pray for/with your children, and teach them God’s Word always.
3. Expose them to practical life lessons and monitor their growth and progress.

Prayer: O Lord, thank You for the gift of children You have given me. I ask for the grace and wisdom to train my children in Your Way, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: FAMILY WISDOM.

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1 to 31, John 16:1 to 33, Psalm 119:65 to 80, Proverbs 16:4 to 5

Today In History: 27/05/1901 – The Edison Storage Battery Company is organized.

Amazing Fact: A Bee has 5 eyes.

Quote: Never use negative words on your children. Culled from FAMILY WISDOM by Dr Paul Enenche.

Prophetic Parental Blessing: I decree destruction and death of every plot and plan of the enemy against your life and destiny, in Jesus’ Name –Dr (Mrs.) Becky-Paul Enenche.

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Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities

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DCLM Daily Manna 27 May, 2018 by Pastor Kumuyi – Little But Precious

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Topic: Little But Precious [DCLM Daily Manna Sunday May 27, 2018]

Text: Matthew 18:1-14 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18:14).

MESSAGE:

Children are the world’s most valuable resources and its best hope for the future. God places a high premium on them and Jesus emphasised their worth in the courts of God in His earthly ministry. He wants all His followers to accord children the same benevolence. In our passage, Jesus warns us to be mindful of the children not to harm them. We must give up what can deal a blow in the life of children no matter how important the thing may be to us. No doubt, children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them will make an impression. In everything we do to our children, we make deposits in their memory banks. So, the children are like living messages we are sending to a time we will not see.

Although God wants us to be mindful of the way we treat our children, it does not imply that we should over indulge them. However, in correcting them, we raise our words and not our voice. Remember, it is rain that grows flowers, not thunderstorm. We should understand each child’s uniqueness and endowment and carefully nurture him or her accordingly.

Always remember that our children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded. Speak words that build their faith, encourage, soothe their pains, clear their confusion, strengthen their determination and build the love of God and their neighbours in them. We should be living examples to these children, because they are great imitators. So, give them great things to imitate. Love them, no matter what. The kids who need the most love will never ask for it or will ask for it in the most unloving way. We must always be there for them.

Thought For The Day: Our children are the only possessions we can take to heaven, if we train them in the Christlike way.

Bible Reading in One Year: 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127

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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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Open Heavens 27th May 2018 Sunday Daily Devotional – Grace I

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Topic: Grace I [Open Heavens 27th May 2018, Sunday]

Memorise: Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. – Proverbs 3:34

Read: Genesis 6:1-8 (KJV)

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 3-4, Jude 1

MESSAGE:

Grace is commonly used in the Bible to describe the demonstration of God’s goodwill towards mankind, embodied in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the effects of that goodwill on human lives. Throughout the Bible, God showed Himself gracious in His dealings with mankind. In the Old Testament, the grace of God is spoken of in relation to three overlapping terms, which are goodness, love and mercy. Each time the word “grace” is used in the Bible, it connotes God’s goodness, love and mercy towards humanity. I pray that God will be gracious to you, and that you will continue to enjoy His grace throughout your life in Jesus’ Name.

God’s grace was responsible for Noah’s appointment into the special assignment that led to his entire family surviving the flood (Genesis 6:8). However, Psalm 145:9 says:

“The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

Although the application of God’s grace can be selective like in Noah’s case, it is available to all the works of God. Everything that God created, both living and non-living things, enjoy God’s grace. God upholds those who are falling and lifts up those who are bowed down by His grace. He opens His hands to supply all creatures their food and sustenance, thereby satisfying the desire of every living thing. God by His love and mercy provides for plants and animals alike, ensuring that whatever they need is made available within their reach. After pondering the goodness of the Lord, the Psalmist in psalm 145 declared that God is near to all those who call upon Him, and He meets all their needs by His grace. While speaking on the grace of God in several passages of the Bible, the Holy Spirit demonstrates that this grace is universal in nature. The Holy Spirit speaks about God’s providence in caring for His creatures, His help for the needy, His love and compassion for the oppressed and His concern for the sickly and the weak. All these are demonstrations of God’s grace; anyone who is thoughtful will find abundant evidence of the steadfast love of the Lord demonstrated throughout the whole universe. That is why Psalm 150:6 says,

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

God, by His grace, has counted us worthy to be chosen from amongst the people of the world as His on special people, redeemed by the precious Blood of His Son, thereby making us His own special possession (1 Peter 2:9). Obviously, God has not treated us according to what our evil deeds deserve. Our continued existence testifies to His redeeming grace, and this same grace provides a basis for our status as children of the Most High God. Let somebody shout halleluyah!

Prayer Point: Father, please do not let Your grace go to waste in my life in Jesus’ Name.

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Hymn 13: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3. To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

4. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; oh, help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

5. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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Questions Surround Fate of 10 Orphaned Children After Deaths of Pastors in Cuba Plane Crash

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As Cuba and its Christian community continue to process the shock of the plane crash near La Haban last Friday, where 111 people lost their lives, one of the main priorities for the Church is determining what happens to the children who’ve been orphaned by the tragedy.

Pastor Bill Devlin of Infinity Bible Church in New York, who is also the president of REDEEM and co-chair of Right to Worship NYC, told The Christian Post in a phone interview from Cuba on Wednesday that 10 children have lost both their parents from the Church of the Nazarene.

Devlin, who said he flew to Cuba to “represent the American church” and show the Church of the Nazarene that it’s not forgotten, told CP that the children are all between the ages of 8 and 17.

He noted that there are “daily meetings and discussions” going on about them, with the church looking to figure out “what families are going to take care of them,” whether it be other pastors, or family members.

He explained that the 10 couples from the church, who died when the Boeing passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana on its way to Holguin, were attending a general conference on marriage in the capital.

Devlin noted that the church ordains both women and men as pastors, and in many cases, for instance, where the husband served as pastor, the wife would have a role as a secretary or treasurer, and vice versa.

The Church of the Nazarene released the names of the 10 couples who died on Cubana Flight 972, which included Cuba East District’s Nazarene Missions International president, secretary, and treasurer.

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Famed Ivan the Terrible Painting Vandalized at Moscow Gallery

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Police in Russia have arrested a man on charges of vandalizing a famous painting by renowned Russian artist Ilya Repin in Moscow.

Russian news reports said the man claimed he drank 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of vodka in the cafe of the Tretyakov Gallery shortly before he allegedly attacked the painting with a metal stanchion on Friday night.

The painting — titled “Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581,” depicts Russia’s first czar cradling his dying son after striking him in a fit of rage. Media reports say the suspect said he damaged the painting because he thinks it is historically inaccurate.

Russian media say Repin’s 1885 canvas received several holes, but the faces of the czar and his son were undamaged.

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5 Dead, 30 Missing After Powerful Cyclone Strikes Oman & Yemen

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A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing.

Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The holiday destination’s now-empty tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the churning Arabian Sea.

Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals.

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the country’s far east, along the border with Oman. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of al-Mahra province, said on his official Twitter account late Friday that strong winds had blown down houses and taken out communication lines and water services. He said there were no fatalities in the province.

India’s Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometers (105-111 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph). It called the cyclone “extremely severe.”

Portions of Salalah, home to some 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall.

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North and South Korean Leaders Hold Surprise 2nd Summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday, holding a surprise summit at a border truce village to discuss Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon’s office said.

Kim and Moon met hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it’s potentially back on.

The quickly arranged meeting seemed to demonstrate Kim’s urgency to secure a summit with Trump, which may provide his best shot at saving his economy from crushing sanctions and win security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies, analysts say.

It remains unclear whether Kim would ever agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal in return. Moon has insisted Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees.

Moon, who brokered the summit between Washington and Pyongyang, likely used Saturday’s meeting to confirm Kim’s willingness to enter nuclear negotiations with Trump and clarify what steps Kim has in mind in the process of denuclearization, said Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification.

North and South Korean leaders meet again

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Utah Man Held Hostage in Venezuela Released

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A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after a U.S. senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

“We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle,” Joshua Holt’s family said in a statement.

President Donald Trump said Holt and his family were expected at the White House on Saturday evening.

“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. … The great people of Utah will be very happy!” Trump said in a tweet.

The 26-year-old Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while he was looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons to improve his Spanish.

His release came after Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Maduro on Friday — the outcome of months of secret, backchannel talks about Holt between one of the senator’s aides and close allies of the Venezuelan president.

Holt’s release looked unlikely a week ago, when he appeared in a clandestinely shot video railing against the Maduro government and saying his life was threatened in a prison riot. In retaliation, socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, a powerful ally of Maduro, said on state television that Holt was the CIA’s top spy in Latin America.

It’s not clear if Holt’s release portends a thawing of relations between the two normally hostile governments. The Trump administration has threatened crippling oil sanctions on Venezuela for Maduro’s decision to go forward with presidential elections last week…

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Ireland Votes to Repeal Abortion Ban

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Abortion rights activists proclaimed victory for Irish women Saturday as referendum results indicated voters in largely Roman Catholic Ireland overwhelmingly backed repealing a 1983 constitutional ban on abortions.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, speaking Saturday after exit polls suggested voters chose to liberalize Ireland’s strict abortion laws by a margin of more than two to one, called the result the culmination of a “quiet revolution.”

“The people have spoken,” said Varadkar, a medical doctor who campaigned for repeal in Friday’s historic referendum. “The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decision and the right choices about their health care.”

Varadkar said the large margin of victory will give his government a greater mandate when drafting abortion legislation that will be submitted for parliamentary approval in a matter of months.

Voters were asked whether they wanted to keep or repeal the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution, which requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law. It outlawed all abortions until 2014, when the procedure started being allowed in rare cases when a woman’s life was in danger.

Campaigners who have fought for more than three decades to remove the Eighth Amendment abortion ban from Ireland’s Constitution hailed the referendum vote as a major breakthrough for the largely Catholic nation.

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Questions Surround Fate of 10 Orphaned Children After Deaths of Pastors

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(Photo: Pastor Bill Devlin)Pastor Bill Devlin of Infinity Bible Church comforting children who lost their parents on May 23, 2018, in Cuba.

As Cuba and its Christian community continue to process the shock of the plane crash near La Haban last Friday, where 111 people lost their lives, one of the main priorities for the Church is determining what happens to the children who’ve been orphaned by the tragedy.

Pastor Bill Devlin of Infinity Bible Church in New York, who is also the president of REDEEM and co-chair of Right to Worship NYC, told The Christian Post in a phone interview from Cuba on Wednesday that 10 children have lost both their parents from the Church of the Nazarene.

Devlin, who said he flew to Cuba to “represent the American church” and show the Church of the Nazarene that it’s not forgotten, told CP that the children are all between the ages of 8 and 17.

He noted that there are “daily meetings and discussions” going on about them, with the church looking to figure out “what families are going to take care of them,” whether it be other pastors, or family members.

He explained that the 10 couples from the church, who died when the Boeing passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana on its way to Holguin, were attending a general conference on…

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China orders crackdown on religious statues

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The directive from the United Front Work Department mainly targets followers of Buddhism and Taoism, two of China’s five officially recognised religions.

“The meeting required all localities to take up the regulation of large outdoor religious statues as their top priority in preventing the further commercialisation of Buddhism and Toaism,” the directive said.

 

Thousands of Buddhist and Taoist temples and shrines, along with mosques and churches, were damaged or destroyed under communism, especially during the violent 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.

Although many have been restored and reopened since then, new regulations and a bureaucratic overhaul earlier this year have put the day-to-day running of religious affairs directly under the officially atheistic party.

 

That has been accompanied by a renewed campaign promoting atheism and loyalty to the party, along with a push to study the works of one of communism’s founding fathers, Karl Marx, who famously wrote that religion “is the opium of the people”.

The anti-religion drive overlaps with campaigns to promote patriotism and party loyalty, oppose separatism among ethnic minorities and fight Western liberal values.

Reporting by Associated Press Reporters. Received via the Press Association.

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Notable Voices and the Week in Review: May 26, 2018

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10 Reasons to Do Announcements via VideoChuck Lawless

I’ve previously written about ways to improve announcements in your church, and I briefly mentioned there why I like video-recorded announcements. Here are my other reasons for taking this approach:

 


7 Things to Never Say at a Funeral — Facts & Trends

Though we all are confronted with death and must deal with personal loss, we never seem to know what to say to someone else going through grief. Sometimes, even if we have the best intentions, we can say something that is emotionally hurtful or theologically off-base. Here are seven things to avoid saying at a funeral or to someone grieving the loss of a loved one.

 


Leading Your Church to Care for OrphansCraig Thompson

Not everyone can or should adopt. Not everyone can or should be foster parents, but every church should look for how they can be involved in care for orphans. May is National Foster Care Month and in honor of that, here are ways that you, as a pastor, can lead your church to engage children in foster care.

 


3 Cruel Christian Clichés for GraduatesEric Geiger

It’s graduation season and your mailbox is likely filled with graduation invitations and pictures. Your church has likely asked graduates to stand and be recognized or marched them across the stage as proud family members took photos and celebrated/mourned the ending of an important season in their lives. It is an exciting time for graduates. College or work plans are coming together, and…

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