In a previous post, a statement was made that Christians in America are under persecution for their faith. Although we have been criticized and minimized for what we believe, we have not come to the point where we are intentionally being murdered for our belief in Jesus Christ.
There are Christians worldwide who are experiencing unbelievable horrors for their confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Christian families have been harassed, arrested, kidnapped, discriminated against, beaten, stabbed, sentenced to death, and killed. Continue reading
On October 1, 2015, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer shot and killed nine students and one teacher on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
Students quoted in the media said that the gunman asked his victims, prior to shooting them, whether they were Christians. If they answered,”yes,” he told them, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.” He then proceeded to shoot them in the head. Although the gunman shot non-Christians, his online profile showed that he did not like “organized religion,” basically Christianity, according to media reports. Continue reading
Reaction was swift to Friday’s 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that made gay marriage a right under the U.S. Constitution. Gay marriage pro-ponents celebrated, but many in the Christian com-munity mourned. Why? Because the High Court’s ruling completely rejected God’s divine order of marriage being between a man and a woman (Read about the first marriage that God ordained in Genesis 2).
As witnessed time and time again in the Bible, disobedience to God’s Divine laws brings down judgment upon those who replace His plans with their own. For instance, Numbers 16:41-50, NIV, tells us how the Israelites murmured against Aaron and Moses after God punished Korah, a Levite, and 250 tribal leaders for their rejection of God’s appointment of Aaron as High Priest and Moses, as Israel’s leader. God sent a plague throughout the Israeli community and Moses directed Aaron to make an “atonement” (reconciliation to God) for the people: Continue reading
On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man shot and killed nine black people who were attending a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to media reports, Dylann Roof, who was charged with nine counts of murder, said he wanted to start a race war in the United States.
We are asking that you join with us to pray for:
• The families of the nine shooting victims, which included the pastor of the church, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who also was a state senator.
• Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the shootings took place.
• South Carolina’s leaders and its citizens who are still reeling from this horrific event.
• This tragedy to help people draw closer to Jesus Christ and for others (including the shooter) to experience a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
• That the power of non-violence and forgiveness continue to prevail throughout the court proceedings and as Charleston begins the healing process.
While politicians, civil rights leaders and religious leaders debate the pros and cons of gun control, violence and racism in the United States, the real issue here is “hate,” and that stems from the heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Also, there’s a saying that goes, “The heart of the problem is a problem with the heart.” As witnessed by this tragic situation, extreme hostility left unchecked in one’s heart toward an individual or a people group can lead to tragic – and sometimes deadly – consequences.
In light of this upsetting event, we should take the time to examine ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to shine His Divine Light on our hearts to reveal any hatred and distrust that we have against an individual or people group, and be willing to make changes as the Lord directs: Continue reading
The Ebola virus has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa since the epidemic began earlier this year and is now spreading to other parts of the world. It was reported recently that a nurse assistant in Madrid, Spain, became the first health care worker outside of West Africa to be infected with Ebola. The Associated Press reported more than 370 health care workers in West Africa have either died or fallen ill after contracting the virus.
Fears about Ebola becoming an epidemic in the U.S. are spreading now that the second person in the U.S. has been diagnosed with the virus. A health care provider who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan while he was in the hospital in Texas has tested positive for the virus. Duncan died of the illness on October 8.
At the same time, Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) has been attacking and killing young children nationwide. In some cases, EV-D68 has left the youngsters partially paralyzed. CNN reported that the Centers for Disease Control and state health laboratories have documented over 600 cases of EV-D68 in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
With the Ebola epidemic, it’s inevitable that people will become fearful when they are next to someone who has symptoms of the cold or flu. We are also hearing of certain individuals blaming politicians as well as those who unknowingly are virus carriers, for the outbreak. As united believers in Jesus Christ, we are not to panic or look for someone to blame. We are called to pray, take precautions and entrust our lives to God. To do that, we must:
UPDATE AUGUST 17: The Dutch Government announced that 127 victims have been positively identified. Of this number, 86 victims are Dutch and the remaining victims are from other nations. There are victims’ remains still at the crash scene since rescuers were not allowed to search the entire area for crash victims. Investigations continue as to the cause of the crash.
On Thursday, July 17, the world media relayed two alarming reports. First, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Flight MH17 with 298 people on board, including children, was shot down in field in the eastern part of Ukraine. Second, Israeli government officials announced a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip where missiles have been fired across the Israeli and Gaza borders for the past two weeks.
The media reported that a surface-to-air, Russian-made, anti-aircraft missile system shot down the Malaysia Airlines jet which was flying at 33,000 feet. As Pro-Russian separatists, the Russian and Ukraine government officials continue the fingerprinting and accusations over the tragedy, surviving family members and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones who died a horrific death, based on news reports. This is the second tragedy the Malaysia Airlines has faced this year. Another Malaysia Airlines plane mysteriously disappeared in March. The plane or its black box have yet to be found but there have been reports that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.
UPDATE AUGUST 26: Israel and Palestinian agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that killed more than 2,200 people, according to the Washington Post.
United in Christ Ministries is an organization founded on prayer and the Bible, the Word of God. Because of the news that we have been hearing from around the globe, we decided to periodically issue a “Prayer Alert” to Prayer Warriors who visit our website.
Jesus told His disciples, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,” (Matthew 18:20, NIV). We believe that no matter where we live in the world, that if we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again on the Third Day, we are all “united in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, Jesus Christ is with us as we join together in prayer. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can discover God’s will and expose the plans of the enemy through strategic prayer.
We also believe in prayer “watches,” which are specific times of the day or night when prayer is being made. There are eight prayer watches covering 24 hours. This means that no matter what time you pray, you are praying during a specific prayer watch. The Bible speaks of prayer being made at certain times and miracles occurring as a result of united prayer. The 12th Chapter of Acts shows Peter being released from prison due to the prayers of the Church. Peter was scheduled to be executed, “but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:15, NIV). To find out more about prayer watches, UICM has an e-Book titled, Watch and Pray: Understanding The 8 Prayer Watches available at Amazon.com.
We want to ask people around the globe to join together to pray and see the hand of God move in situations that seem impossible, for there’s nothing too hard for God. So, we will periodically issue prayer alerts and ask those of you who are inclined to do so, to please join UICM in prayer. At this time, we are praying for:
1. The Missing Nigerian Girls
In early May, 276 girls were kidnapped from the Chibok boarding school in northeast Nigeria in Africa. Media reports claim that a Islamic militant group called, “Boko Haram” abducted the girls, and are now demanding that the government release imprisoned Boko Haram members in exchange for the girls. According to an April 28, 2014 article on the World Watch Monitor, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for Christians around the world to pray and fast for the safe release for the girls. The families of the girls are also in need of prayer as they await to hear word about their daughters. To find out more about the missing girls, go to https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/04/article_3117701.html/.
2. The Safety of Christians in Chibok
In the same Nigerian town where the 276 girls were kidnapped, 29 Christians were killed in a church worship service reportedly by the same group that abducted the girls. Christian leaders reported that the next day, members of Boko Haram burned down seven churches and some houses in the area, according to a June 2, 2014, article in ChristianPost.com. Christians in Chibok, as well as other parts of the world where they are persecuted, need our prayers. To find out more about the situation there, go to http://global.christianpost.com/news/pastor-kidnapped-church-burned-as-boko-haram-kills-29-christians-in-nigeria-120802/
Those of us who are able to proclaim Jesus Christ publicly and attend a place of worship without fear of attack are to thank God for our religious freedom. However, we must remember that not all Christians around the world have the opportunity to worship openly and speak freely about Jesus Christ. Just the mention of the name, “Jesus,” will cause some Christians to be beaten, shot, killed, maimed or tortured. Because of reasons beyond their control, these Christians are persecuted for their faith.
As Jesus was preparing to face the Cross, two of His disciples, James and John, asked Jesus if He would allow them to sit on His right hand and left hand when He sits on His throne in His Kingdom (Mark 10:37 NLT).
Apparently, James and John did not realize what was about to happen to Jesus, even though Jesus had warned them in advance what He was about to suffer. They were only thinking about themselves and the fame that would come when Jesus was publicly made King.