Category Archives: Spirituality & Health

Christian Persecution in the Middle East

Christmas is a difficult time for the church in Muslim nations. It is often when authorities will clamp down on the churches, and when individuals will attack believers in their communities. Christmas 2011 has been no exception.

Since Mubarak was removed from power in Egypt the Christian community in Egypt have found themselves in an increasingly dangerous position, as Islamic fundamentalist groups seek to destroy the remnant of Christianity within Egypt (before the rise of Islam, Egypt was a Christian nation). At the end of the year in southern Egypt a young Christian man was arrest after a drawing of the prophet Muhammad was posted on his Facebook page. The 17 year old denies doing this, saying his friends posted the image. Whatever the truth may be, Muslims in his home town have reacted angrily retaliating by setting fire to the homes of other Christians in the town. Egypt like many other Muslim nations has strict Blasphemy laws; often used to detain Christians, or as justification for violence against Christians.

In Iran 2011 saw a crack down on church activity, in particular upon converts from Islam. The crack down was intensified over the Christmas period, when pastors were arrested, and churches raided. In one incident even the children were initially detained by police. One man, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, has been sentenced to death for refusing to denounce his faith.

Christians detained in Iran can find themselves in the countries infamous Evin Prison, notorious for it’s brutality and harsh conditions. One woman lately released after nearly a year in detention, has been left unwell due to the harsh conditions she experienced- this is not uncommon.

However, the worst violence this Christmas against Christian’s in the region has been in the predominantly Muslim Northern Nigeria. Nigeria has seen churches destroyed and Christian’s killed, in an al-Qaeda lead offensive, with the objective of forcing all Christians to leave the region.

These places are spiritually dark. The devil delights in the spilling of innocent blood, and he has captured these people into the lie of thinking they are doing the will of God by attacking, and killing followers of Jesus. Many of these places were once Christian nations; Egypt was taken for Islam as Muslims settled in the region and had bigger families than the Christians, until they were the majority, since then the Christian minority have been oppressed.

When the mantle comes into Europe, we often see God moving in these Middle Eastern countries too; pray as Prophet TV comes into Europe that the small Middle Eastern church will be strengthened and that Sons of God will be raised up in these regions also.

 

THE DEMISE OF GUYS

The ready availability of video gaming and pornography is leading to more and more young men becoming addicted to gaming and porn.

This addiction is known as arousal addiction.

Arousal addiction is based on the desire for novelty and variety.

This leads addicts into more violent games, and more extreme porn.

These men lose the ability to form real relationships, and even hold down a job as they become detached from society.

In a culture where pornography is normal, where parents are taught to guide and inform their boys as they discover pornography, is this really surprising?

What most parents don’t understand is the power demons associated with porn, and many video games, are demonising their sons.

And their lives become controlled by the demons they are partaking of.

Extreme examples of this is the Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people at a youth camp. He used “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty” to help him prepare for the massacre.

 

The Demise of Guys: Are video games and pornography ruining Americas young men?

Nikita Duncan, a psychologist, artist and author partners with Starting Point to answer the Question:

“Where have all the good men gone?”

Her answer blames the struggles men have with video games and porn.

Duncan, together with Psychologist Philip Zimbardo and Stanford professor emeritus authored the e-book “The Demise of Guys: Why Boys are Struggling and What We Can Do About it: 

They state in the book that  “by age 21, the average guy has immersed himself in approximately 10,000 hours of video games – the equivalent of the amount of time it takes to earn two Bachelors degrees”.  

A claim is made that the male brain’s function is literally rewired which is creating… ” a generation with an unprecedented addiction – to arousal.”

Unlike drug or alcohol addicts, an arousal addict doesn’t merely crave arousal each time, Duncan argues that the addict doesn’t just crave arousal but something new and different which can be terribly damaging to that person’s relationships and interactions.

from: http://startingpoint.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/25/the-demise-of-guys-are-video-games-and-pornography-ruining-americas-young-men/?iref=allsearch

The famous Building the Warrior teaching series via prophet.tv

WHO, Ex-‘Gay Cure’ Supporter Come Out Against Sexual Orientation Changing Therapies

21 May 2012

Psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Spitzer, once released a finding that supported a “gay cure” therapy.

Just under a week after the World Health Organization stated that sexual orientation changing therapy is a “serious threat to the health and well being of affected people” Dr. Robert Spitzer has now done a one-eighty and is now against the practice.

Per the New York Times, Dr. Spitzer, considered by some to be a “father of modern psychiatry,” gave an apology to the gay community for his “poorly conceived 2003 investigation that supported the use of so-called reparative therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality.”

Dr. Spitzer now agrees with those who opposed him before regarding his previous work. Still others, not only going against reparative therapy, but are actively trying to kill it. The state of California is trying to ban the whole practice statewide.  The WHO produced a statement May 17, 2012 which says the therapy “lack[s] medical justification,” since homosexuality is not a disease.”

They also go on further and call for sanctions and discreditation towards any conversion or reparative therapy clinics, saying homophobia is a “public health problem and a threat to human dignity and civil rights.”

from WHO, Ex-‘Gay Cure’ Supporter Come Out Against Sexual Orientation Changing Therapies – International News – AllMediaNY.

Armageddon 2012?

For many the beginning of 2012 marks the start of an auspicious year. Many believe the world will end in December 2012.

This belief is rooted in ancient Mayan prophecy. The Mayan Calendar ends 21st December, and according to their traditions this marks the end of the age.

However, occult and New Age groups look to a small southern French town for their salvation. The town of Bugarach, is believed to be the only safe place to be in December 2012. New Age believers revere the town as having mystical power thinking it may have an underground UFO base, or be a gateway to an underground world.

For many this may sound ridiculous, but French authorities are taking this seriously as Bugarach is already seeing it’s small population rise, as they anticipate an influx of visitors hoping to escape apocalypse. Authorities also fear in the wake of December 21st cult groups,   many may enter mass suicide pacts, similar to Wacko.

The Lord’s Prayer

Submitted by a Partner:

The Lord’s Prayer

Ever wonder what prayer would be like if it was answered during

the prayer?

 

Think about how you might respond if this were to happen:

 

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven.

Yes?

Don’t interrupt me.  I’m praying.

But…  you called me!

Called you?  No, I didn’t call you.  I’m praying.  Our Father who

art in Heaven…

There…  you did it again.

Did what?

Called me.  You said, “Our Father, who art in Heaven.”

Well, here I am.  What’s on your mind?

But I didn’t mean anything by it.  I was, you know, just saying my

prayers for the day.  I always say the Lord’s Prayer.  It makes me

feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.

Well, all right.  Go on.

Okay.  Hallowed be Thy name…

Hold it right there.  What do you mean by that?

By what?

By “Hallowed be Thy name”?

It means… good grief, I don’t know what it means.  How in the

world should I know?  It’s just a part of the prayer.  By the way,

what does it mean?

It means honored, holy, wonderful.

Ah, that makes sense.  I never thought about what hallowed

meant before.  Thanks.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven…

Do you really mean that?

Sure, why not?

What are you doing about it?

Doing?  Why, nothing, I guess.  I just think it would be good if

you got control of everything down here like you have up there.

We’re kind of in a mess down here you know.

Yes, I know; but have I got control of you?

Well, I go to church.

That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your bad temper?

You’ve really got a problem there, you know.  And what

about some of the language you use and the stuff you talk

about?  What about your impatience with others and

thinking that you’re better than they are?  What about the

people you’ve judged?  Remember, that’s MY job, not

yours.

Now hold on just a minute!  Stop picking on me!  I’m just as

good as some of the rest of those people at church!

Excuse me?  I thought you were praying for MY will to be

done?  If that is to happen, it will have to start with the

ones who are praying for it… like you, for example.

Oh, all right.  I guess I do have some issues.  Now that you

mention it, I could probably name some others.

So could I.

I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I really would

like to cut out some of those things.  I would like to… you know,

be really free.

Good.  Now we’re getting somewhere.  We’ll work together,

you and me.  I’m proud of you.

Look, Lord, if you don’t mind, I need to finish up here.  This is

taking a lot longer than it usually does.

Give us this day, our daily bread…

You need to cut out some of the bread.  You’re a little over-

weight as it is.

Hey, wait a minute!  What is this?  Here I am doing my religious

duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my

problems.

Praying is a dangerous thing.  You could end up changed, you know.

That’s what I’m trying to bring across to you.

Remember, you called me; and here I am.  It’s too

late to stop now.  Keep praying.

…………….

Well, go on.

I’m scared to.

Scared?  Of what?

I know what you’ll say.

Try me and see.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…

What about Susan and others who have done you wrong?

See… I knew it!  I knew you would bring her up!  Why, Lord?

She’s told lies about me and spread stories.  She never paid back

the money she owes me.  I’ve sworn to get even with her!

But… your prayer.  What about your prayer?

I didn’t, you know, really mean it.

Well, at least you’re honest.  But it’s quite a load carrying

around all that bitterness and resentment, isn’t it?

Yes, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even with her.  Boy, have

I got some plans for her.  She’ll wish she had never been born!

No, you won’t feel any better.  You’ll feel worse.  Revenge

isn’t sweet.  You know how unhappy you are.  Well, I can

change that.

You can?  How?

Forgive Susan. Then I’ll forgive you; and the hate and sin

will be Susan’s problem, not yours.  You will have settled the

problem as far as you are concerned.

OK… you know… you’re right.  You always are.  And more than

I want revenge, I want to be right with You.  (Sigh)… All right,

all right… I forgive her.

There now!  Wonderful!  How do you feel?

Hmm.  Well… not bad.  Not bad at all!  In fact, I feel pretty

good!  You know, I don’t think I’ll be going to bed all uptight

tonight.  I haven’t been getting much sleep lately, you know.

Yeah, I know.  But you’re not through with your prayer, are

you?  Go on.

Oh, all right.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…

Good!  Good!  I’ll do that.  Just don’t put yourself in a place

where you can be tempted.

What do you mean by that?

You know what I mean.

Yeah, I know.

OK.  Go ahead and finish your prayer.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

Amen.

Do you know what would bring me glory and what would

really make me happy?

No, but I would like to know.  I want to please you now.  I’ve

really made a mess of things.  I want to truly follow you.  I can

see now how great that would be.  So tell me… how do I make

you happy?

You just did.

 

10 Commandments on Display in New York

The oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on display as part of an exhibition in New York’s Time Square.

The document is part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and dates back to 30 B.C. This document is so rare and delicate, that this is likely to be the last time it will be on public display. After the exhibition the Ten Commandments scroll will be returned to it’s protective vault in Jerusalem.

The Ten Commandments have shaped our society and culture, and it is a great honor that the final public viewing of this scroll should be in Times Square, New York.

Times Square was once thought of as the centre of sin in New York. However, as ICOTG New York meets in this region we seek to change the atmosphere and rule and reign with Christ, so His Presence is in the city.

 

 

Did Sam Kinison Speak With Angels?

It was about 8:30 P.M. Friday night on April 10, 1992, when comedian Sam Kinison was killed in a head on collision with a pickup truck. Kinison had just been married a week before and was travelling from Los Angeles with his newlywed wife, Malika, to a sold out performance in Laughlin, Nevada.

Kinison was completely sober, and drug free at that point in his life, but the teenagers barreling down the wrong side of the highway that night were smashed out of their minds.

Sam had seen the truck coming, and slowed his Trans Am down to just 15 miles per hour, but he wasnt wearing his seat belt. At impact he was thrown into the windshield, and suffered multiple traumatic injuries.

In the first moments after impact Kinison seemed as if he were going to make it, but within minutes he appeared to know he was about to die.

Witnesses stated that Kinison appeared to be holding a conversation in which he stated, “I dont want to die. I dont want to die.”

As the conversation continued Sam said, “But why?”

And finally, Kinison stated, “Okay, Okay, Okay”.

The last “Okay” was stated in a very gentle and loving manner, as if he were talking with someone he knew, and loved.

Efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was just 38 years old.

via JeromeProphet: Did Sam Kinison Speak With Angels?.