A Star in the Dark: For Fatima Babagana

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Fatima Babagana. Courtesy CNN

Hi friends. 

Tonight, I just wanted to highlight the loss of just one precious life among many in Northern Nigeria.  Continue reading

“Christian Suicide Bombers?” I Don’t Think So.

Legit.ng has reported that a Christian bomber has been found trying to bomb a church. In reply to this, Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC (The Muslim Rights Concern), has said that he is not surprised. According to him, there is a “Christian Boko Haram” too.

This just confused me. While Islam and Christianity share many similarities, the taking of a person’s life in hopes of going to heaven is not one of them! Islam encourages and demands its members to follow their strict dogma, even to the point of performing suicide bombings. Christianity, while it has had a bad rap in many ways, does not demand this strict obedience to dogma; we are to love others and give of ourselves, not take our own lives and the lives of others.

This is the core difference between Christianity and other religions, including Islam: our way to heaven has already been paid by Jesus. Jesus is God, and He did what no one else could do: live a perfect life. And so He stepped into our place, and rescued us.

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I don’t need to do anything to be made right in God’s eyes because of Jesus. Good works become something I want to do, from a sincere heart. My place in heaven is already made.

As I hear MURIC’s accusation of there being “Christian suicide bombers,” it just doesn’t make sense. Our God is a God of healing, not hurting. There can be renegade “Christians” trying to do evil things, but there is no such thing as Christian suicide bombers. May these bombers come to know Jesus for real, and may real Christians in the local Church reach out to those hurting because of such bombers.black box (2).jpg


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus gave it all so that we might go to heaven. Learn more about this here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):

  • The persecuted church in Nigeria and worldwide.
  • That these “Christian bombers” would accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • That those being bombed would get justice in court.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Help Find Gannon Stauch!

 

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Gannon went missing January 27th.

Please pray for 11-year-old Gannon Stauch and his family! He went missing January 27th in Colorado between 3:15-4pm. His family is asking anyone who knows of his whereabouts to please call the police!

***Please pray with me for his wellbeing, and for him to be found soon! Please pass this along through reposts!!***

Remembering Kobe Bryant |Blog post by Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson has done a wonderful job of remembering Kobe Bryant and the other 8 passengers who passed away in an helicopter crash, one of the 8 being Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter. I think it is a beautiful blog post and wanted to share it with you all, in honor of Kobe and the others who passed away. You can find the blog post here.

“Let There Be Light”: UCOUNT Campaign Weekend

Today, our church did our annual “U COUNT Campaign Spotlight,” an opportunity to focus on human trafficking. We heard a short sermon from our pastor, then we were told about all that U COUNT has accomplished in the past 13 years. This year’s theme was, “Let There Be Light.”

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Update on Nigerian Pastor Lawan Andimi

As heartbroken as I am, I have to update you guys about Pastor Lawan Andimi. As of January 21st, it has been reported by Christianity Today that Pastor Lawan Andimi was executed by those who took him captive. He said he was not afraid of death, because “Jesus is still alive.”

As I struggle with the idea that God had other plans than freeing him here on earth, I am crying bittersweet tears, knowing that He is now rid of captivity and pain, in God’s very Presence.

Please pray with me for his family and friends, as well as the congregation he shepherded. Thank you.


Do you know Jesus?

Our brother Lawan was so committed to Jesus that he faced death knowing he would be okay. Knowing Jesus is not just religion; it is a personal relationship with Him. Learn more about the God Pastor Andimi loved and served, here.