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Posted by addisethiopia on May 27, 2017

One Of The Oldest Communities Of The Faithful Is Under Siege — And The World Must Act

Worldwide attacks on Christians are at a level not seen since the first centuries of Christianity, as Pope Francis noted recently.

The attacks are so frequent and so deadly — which risks not just “compassion fatigue,” but indifference. A systematic genocide is occurring not just in Iraq and Syria but in Nigeria and in many other countries, which can no longer be denied. The Coptic Christian community of Egypt, which makes up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population and existed long before Islam reared its conquering head, has suffered more than most — and is now suffering again with the third attack in the last two months.

At least 26 Coptic Christians, including many children, were on their way from Cairo to Minya, to the monastery of St. Samuel to pray. They were harmless pilgrims. The Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for previous attacks, has called the Copts their “favorite prey,” and since the Manchester attack days ago, little children seem to be particular favorites.

Much condemnation has already been expressed, the same words from the politicians after each attack; but there seems to be little outrage and even less action. World leaders do not gather in Cairo to march arm-in-arm, as they did, with a million people in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. There are no vigils for the Copts, no minutes of silence — the Copts seem to be very far away and very insignificant.

Persecuted Christians, said a senior figure in the current administration to a source of mine, have “no constituency.” If that cynical fact is true, there is only one group to blame: those who call themselves Christians, both the leadership of the church and the millions who attend divine worship each Sunday.

Most ordinary believers feel powerless to do anything and, in fact, do not know what to do. That can change — and the “constituency” can become very real and very powerful. Just weeks ago, the vice president of the United States spoke at the World Summit on Persecuted Christians, an event organized by the Rev. Franklin Graham, in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence promised that “protecting and promoting religious liberty is a foreign-policy priority” of the Trump administration. Is there any more simple way of protecting religious liberty than allowing men, women and children to go to pray at a monastery without being slaughtered?

There are two very practical ways the protection and promotion of religious liberty can actually be a foreign-policy “priority”: money and immigration. The U.S. provides $1.3 billion each year in military aid to the Egyptian government.

Just days ago, President Trump said Egyptian President Al-Sisi was doing “a tremendous job” — but not apparently so tremendous when it comes to protecting the indigenous and ancient Christian community of his own country. Within the last week, in Saudi Arabia, Trump gave what many are calling the strongest challenge to Muslim leaders in decades.

He then signed a multimillion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis. Saudi textbooks, Saudi-trained imams and Saudi-sponsored mosques spread the most virulent and extreme form of Wahhabism. Cut the money if there is no promotion and protection of religious liberty.

Victims of genocide must be given priority to emigrate to the United States and other countries of their choice. It would, indeed, be a tragedy for Christianity to disappear from the very place it came to birth, especially Egypt — which sheltered the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph when they faced persecution. Nevertheless, it may be politically incorrect to prioritize Christians for immigration.

Yet at the judgment seat, we will not be asked whether we were politically correct. We will be asked what we did for our suffering brothers and sisters.

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Franklin Graham Condemns Islam, Terror In Wake Of Manchester Attack

” I’ve got news for them…” declaring Islam “a threat to our very way of life.”

In a pair of Facebook posts following the attack that killed 22 people and injured more than 100, Graham shunned efforts by some to praise Islam while disavowing terrorists

Islam targets the weak,” he wrote Tuesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the horrific carnage of Monday night’s bombing in Manchester, England, targeting children, teens and their parents who were attending a concert. They’re proud of this despicable and cowardly act,” Graham wrote.

As Graham called for prayers for those injured and grieving in the wake of the attack, he also called for prayers “that God would give wisdom to our leaders in combating this and the courage to identify what it is by name — Islamic terrorism, as President Donald J. Trump has done.”

Graham said Trump “was so right when he called the Manchester Islamic terrorists ‘losers.’ The truth is, they’re losers in this world and in the next. The president said, ‘This wicked ideology must be obliterated.’”

Graham said the ideology of the terrorists is flawed.

Jihadists following this are taught the lie that if you kill an infidel (a Christian or a Jew) and die in doing so, you will go to paradise where 70 virgins await you. I’ve got news for them: Hell awaits, with real flames and real fire,” he said.

Graham said that Muslims who want to avoid hell should be taking a different road.

Hell is a real place — and so is Heaven, but there is only one road to Heaven. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6). It is my prayer that Muslims around the world will come to know the truth and put their faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone,” he wrote.

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Muslims Butcher 28 Christians While Thousands Of Christians Gather Together Declaring They Will Never Be Conquered By Islam’s Satanic Religion

Posted by addisethiopia on May 27, 2017

Christian Copts are the most stubborn Christians on earth. You will never find a Coptic Christian convert to Islam under duress. So how did the Christians of Egypt react when Muslim terrorists attacked a bus full of Christians killing twenty eight Christians traveling on the road to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya? In the Middle East and from ancient times, in a wedding they make this sound they call “Zaghareet” (Ululation):

Of course, the bodies are brought into the church at the sounds of women making these very sounds while mothers wail and the priests sing with joy. The Martyrs brought in the church then the procession is a joyous one. Copts show Muslims that their martyrs are in a wedding of a different type than Muslims having weddings with virgins with carnal joys. Here is how they present the bride of Christ:

And of course, the funeral for the Christian martyrs presenting them to Christ:

While some in the West might see these scenes as foreign to them, I remind; being made in God’s image and likeness means that we have within ourselves the creative nature of God. Copts bow to the martyrs. They make icons of them.

Yet I have people comment that icons and bowing are acts of worship.

I chuckle at such statements from people who are oblivious to the Bible. God creates, so we create and is why God required the Israelites to make 3-d icons of angels on the Ark and even Joshua bowed face down towards it:

Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothing in dismay, threw dust on their heads, and bowed face down to the ground before the Ark of the LORD until evening (Joshua 7:6).

If bowing was worship, why then when two angels approach Lot in the gateway of the city of Sodom, Lot sees them and he “bowed with his face to the ground.”

No objection from the angel. Why? Because you are supposed to bow.

When Abigal saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. She fell at his feet.”

And I ask; did Lot get rebuke from the angels? Did David rebuke Abigal?

NEVER.

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown” (Numbers 22:31).

No rebuke.

I can show several examples.

There are even verses that speak of human statues and God ordered it (hint, its in Ezekiel’s temple).

This alone blows away all what the scoffers say. Every day I read poorly written comments and its sad.

But will these people heed? I guess not. Why? Because perhaps they are tares. A tare thinks its wheat. Us saying this diminishes our donations, but who cares.

People kiss the hand of the priest and the priest washed my feet.

Is that an act of worship? No.

May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.” (Gen 27:29)

There are a ton of verses that debunk these claims:

The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, ‘The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.’ And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.”

When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne.”

So what say the tare? Are these so westernized that they lost the postures of respect, honor and duty?

Did they forget “blessed are the meek and humble at heart”?

The issue is not scripture, the issue is the lack of desire to search the scripture.

So likewise, all of these martyrs are icons of Christ, just like all of the martyrs of old who were depicted in Christendom’s paintings.

But in the West many object to having icons of martyrs. Where are the statues of the martyrs, where are the paintings of their contests, over which they conquered and for which they received their crowns of glory?

EVERYONE HAS ICONS. Why do we have statues of presidents, politicians, feminists and explorers, yet we do not dare inundate the society with the images that would reminds us of the most important thing? that is, the realization that we are not here for ourselves, that our “bodies are members of Christ” (1 Corinthians 6:15), that “you are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19), that we are given a destiny that breaks through the physical, the beautiful purpose to stand in the midst of this capricious world, as a beacon of order, as an exemplifier of harmony, as a living candle that shines with the unseen light that repulses the infernal spirits naked to the eye, and pulls in those whose souls are parched by the waves of the watery abyss, into the bright rays of the Holy Cross, so that we can say with the Gospel, “people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16) It is that sublime purpose, to be an icon.

As icons, we fight the idols by creating beautiful art, art that teaches the Faith through wonder and majesty. Look to the Church, and you will see beautiful paintings and images of Crosses. Oh, how the devil’s hate such art, because they — with their immaculate imagery — instill in us a sense of Christian identity, and constantly remind us that we are in Christ, and are not to be dictated by the trends of this world. This is why the wicked and evil atheists and Muslims are always pushing for governments to censor any sort of Christian imagery and expression. They want us to be devoid of icons, to forget our hope, and to place our faith in idolatry of the self. I have heard people say that crosses, church bells, Christian paintings and statues, are idols.

But the hatred against the icons is the real idolatry. For to make a society devoid of Christian imagery, is to enable the enemy to replace the icons with true idols, with the worship of celebrities, of buildings, of politicians, of false prophets. Man, by his very nature, venerates. Take away the icons and he will venerate himself, he will venerate other men, he will venerate Mammon, he will venerate the devil. But restore the holy icons and you will see Christendom revive. The icons will be everywhere, and even the least religious person will see it and feel within himself a small measure of awe, enough to compel him to express his gratitude to the One Who died for Him. Embellish the earth with holy icons, and man will be reminded of what is sacred, man will come to contemplation, and with contemplation comes wonder and inspiration, and from this does the person know that he is but an icon himself, a window into Heaven, who is to shine so brightly that men will worship their Father in Heaven.

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Number TWO gone – he’ll face Martyred Christian Saints for the judgment. Hoping Kissinger and Soros are next to bite the dust.

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Teenage Devil Worshipper Scrawls 666 Across Veil ‘touched By Jesus’

Posted by addisethiopia on May 10, 2017

A DEVIL worshipper scrawled a satanic message over a priceless artefact in Spain that is thought to show the face of Jesus Christ.

The Satanist wrote the number 666 across the glass housing the ‘veil of Veronica’ at the Monastery of the Holy Face (Monasterio de la Santa Faz’) in Alicante.

Police said that the suspect, a 17-year-old, marked the artefact with seven crosses on the armoured glass which protects it while she also left the mark of an upside down cross.

Authorities said surveillance footage showed that the suspect hid in the church overnight on Saturday to vandalise the property.

She then slipped out of the church the next morning unnoticed when it opened for religious services.

The teenager was found out after she was caught on surveillance tape inside the church, according to Spanish newspaper Diario Informacion.

The report said the Chaplain and the person in charge of the monastery found the vandal’s marks at 7.35am after she left.

However, the glass covering the relic was not broken.

The priceless item that was targeted is an armoured urn thought to contain the shrouds that Veronica used to dry the face of Jesus Christ on his way to Mount Cavalry.

The teenager committed the crime in a monastery popular with religious pilgrims who enjoy looking at the artefacts.

More than 200,000 religious pilgrims make the 7.5km journey from San Nicolas Cathedral to the monastery every second Thursday after Holy week.

Police have arrested the 17-year-old for the crime.

Jesús Murgui, the Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante, said he is praying for the culprit.

He asked that “the deplorable circumstances not be to the detriment of the love and the devotion that we feel toward this age-old relic of the Holy Face”.

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Christian Orthodox Leader Calls on Erdogan to Repent and Convert from Islam or Find Himself in Hell with Mohammad

Posted by addisethiopia on April 17, 2017

Greek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolit Seraphim of Piraeus caused a controversy this week when he wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and urged him to convert to Christianity.

Seraphim told Erdogan to make Vladimir Putin his godfather in a 37 page letter.

He warned Erdogan he may find himself in hell with Mohammad.

Neoskosmos reported:

Greek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolit Seraphim of Piraeus has caused controversy by urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy with Russian President Vladimir Putin as his godfather. And no, it’s not a joke.

In a 37-page letter to Erdogan written in Greek, Metropolit Seraphim asks the Turkish leader to denounce his Islamic faith and be baptised in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

If you want to save yourself and your family you should convert to Greek Orthodox Church, the only real faith,” Seraphim writes, reports Keep Talking Greece.

We propose and we advise you to come to the arms of the Greek Orthodox Church before the end of your life on earth.

Otherwise, you will unfortunately find yourself, your family and your people in the same place where Allah, Muhammad and his followers are, ie. in the place of suffering, eternal and unending hell.”

He calls on Erdogan to “repent, cry, be humble and believe in Christ,” and claims that “the Holy Trinity of God will open the arms for you”.

Selected Comments:

Now that’s how priests used to talk.

Orthodox Christians are typically bold, which is why Muslims hate them so much

Onward Christian soldiers! At last, we’ve found a fearless leader of the faith!

Wish the Pope was half as good as this Bishop.

I could never imagine Pope Francis Obama speaking this way. He would rather be loved by his fellow man than deliver the word of God.

This Guy Is A Boss.

I like this guy. You can tell he is strong in his belief of eternal life and that he thinks much less of his temporal life. God bless him.

Refreshing! We need more Christian leaders like him to speak up and speak out.

This is what a real Christian leader looks like. Not these silly “interfaith dialogues” you see today. The “Pope” should take notice.

What role do we have in this world other than the Great Commission?

Notice how we do our convert or suffer work? We send letters of truth and wisdom. We don’t go in raping and killing to force submission.

How ironic that picture is, none so blind as he who will not see. I just trust in the Bible and the gospel of Christ. Did he not say, there would be those who would come AFTER Him, flee from them , for they are FALSE prophets!!??

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Turkey’s President Erdogan Drops Plan To Pray At Hagia Sophia?

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Christianity On The Rise In Bangladesh As Tens Of Thousands Of Muslims Are Turning Away From Allah To Embrace Jesus

Posted by addisethiopia on March 16, 2017

Christianity is making such significant gains in one Muslim-majority nation in South Asia that local evangelists are now envisioning the day when their country would become a Christian nation.

The country is Bangladesh, the fourth largest Muslim nation in the world with a population of 164.8 million people, only 866,000 of whom are Christian, according to Open Doors USA.

Christian Freedom International (CFI) says official figures claim that 89.1 percent of the country’s population are Muslim, 10 percent Hindi, and less than 1 percent Christian.

However, the numbers are deceiving. CFI says official reports on religious composition only count “traditional Christians,” or Bangladeshis who are born into the Christian faith and attend government approved churches. The surveys and reports do not include former Muslims who converted to Christianity.

The consensus among believers in Bangladesh is that Christians now make up at least 10 percent of the country’s population and is growing more every day. If the 10 percent figure is correct, then this Muslim-dominated nation is now the home of at least 15.6 million Christians, CFI says.

In fact, one local pastor says Christianity is growing so fast that it has become “a real problem” for the country’s Muslim leaders.

“In the last 12 months, more than 20,000 Muslims have converted to Christianity, and this is becoming a real problem for the Muslims,” says Pastor Khaleque, a former Muslim who is now a Christian street pastor.

The rise of Christianity has also resulted in the increased persecution of believers and crackdown on underground Christian churches as Muslim leaders try to stamp out the threat to their religion.

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May the growth continue until the abominable religions are wiped out and every nation on earth honors the universal kingship of Christ.„

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Fasting Diet May Regenerate Pancreas, Reverse Diabetes Effects

Posted by addisethiopia on February 25, 2017

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Among its many jobs, the pancreas creates insulin and plays an important role in the onset of diabetes. When an individual has diabetes, their pancreas is no longer able to function efficiently, but a new study has suggested that something as simple as a fasting diet could restore damage to the pancreas and reverse the effects of diabetes. Though the research is confined to animal subjects for now, experts say that the findings are “potentially very exciting.”

The study found that mice who were put on a diet that mimicked fasting showed regeneration of a special type of cell in the pancreas called beta cells, The BBC reported. These cells detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high, and their restoration marked the regeneration of the pancreas.

The diet resembles a vegan diet, and consists of consuming only around 800 to 1,100 calories a day, much of which is in the form of soup and nuts. After five days of this low-calorie diet, patients would then be allowed to eat what they wanted for 25 days, and so the cycle repeats.

Fasting is not just limited to individuals with diabetes, and research suggests that eating less has a wide variety of health benefits. For example, according to a study released last December, when flies were deprived of nutrients their brains slowed down. This gives them time to rest and recharge.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that when nutrients are unavailable, an organism reduces neurotransmitter release and thus saves a good proportion of its overall energy expenditure,” explained study co-author Pejmun Haghighi in a statement.

In addition, fasting may also improve the immune system, something that could be especially helpful for patients going through cancer treatment. According to a 2014 study, in which Longo was also involved, although initial starvation actually causes the body’s white blood cell count to drop, once feeding resumes, the count rises to even greater numbers than before.

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Fasting: A Supernatural Process

fasting3Why fast?

There are several important reasons to fast:

  1. Fasting brings us closer to God. Quite literally we decrease and God increases in us. No matter how physically weak we may feel during and right after a fast, it makes us into spiritual giants. Satan attacked Jesus when He was at His weakest physically but at His strongest spiritually.
  2. Fasting is a means to get the Lord’s attention to a prayer that we feel hasn’t been answered or to release blessings that may have been delayed or hijacked by the enemy.
  3. Fasting is a way of humbling ourselves before God so that He will spare us His judgment for any wrongdoing. The king of Nineveh proclaimed a fast upon hearing Jonah’s preaching and the Lord forgave them and relented of the evil He had purposed to bring upon them (Jonah 3). Even the wicked Ahab humbled himself before God and the Lord postponed His judgment and calamity until after his death (1 Kings 21).
  4. Fasting can change the course of events when facing impending disaster or life-threatening situations (Esther 4).
  5. Fasting is a required discipline before engaging in spiritual warfare. You shouldn’t go into battle unless you’ve fasted first. This was the lesson the children of Israel learned when losing twice against the tribe of Benjamin (Judges 20). Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast in order to defeat the powerful enemies he faced (2 Chronicles 20).
  6. Fasting breaks every yoke of bondage. In order to experience true and/or total deliverance from stubborn spirits or situations you need to fast (Isaiah 58:6, Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29).
  7. Fasting together with humility, obedience, love and charity brings healing (Isaiah 58).
  8. Before making life-changing decisions or when facing new challenges it’s good to fast for vision and revelation (Daniel 10).
  9. Fasting before starting a ministry to let the enemy know you mean business. Jesus fasted in the desert 40 days before starting His public ministry.
  10. Fasting is an accelerator of spiritual growth or sanctification. It helps us to walk in the Spirit and gives us victory over the flesh. The apostle Paul fasted very often to sustain his powerful evangelistic ministry (2 Corinthians 11). If we want to be ready for Jesus’ Second Coming, we need to be praying and fasting to build up the spiritual muscle that will allow us to resist taking the mark of the beast and to receive the seal of God (Revelation 7, 14 and 16).

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time

Posted by addisethiopia on December 25, 2016

The Christmas Story:Joy to the World

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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of deep darkness, on them has a light shone… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” [Isaiah 9: 2, 6–7 ]

 

— IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

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Archeologists Discover Ancient Cross Belonging To Crusader Warrior Inside The Tomb Of Jesus Christ

Posted by addisethiopia on December 7, 2016

My Note: Please read this remarkable information in the context of these two wicked church leaders who recently removed their Crosses in Jerusalem.

Archeologists discovered an ancient Cross belonging to a Crusader warrior from the 13th century. As we read in one report:

Researchers have announced new revelations in their ongoing restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, believed to be the tomb where Jesus Christ was buried before His resurrection, and have discovered an engraved cross believed to have been left by 12th century crusaders.

The Mirror reports that workers at the famous church, which has been rebuilt and destroyed numerous times throughout the centuries, have lifted the tomb’s marble lid for the first time in 500 years. Previously, they discovered the limestone shelf where Jesus’s body is believed to have been placed after His crucifixion.

Now, they have also found a second gray marble slab they did not know about before, which is reportedly engraved with a cross carved by 12th century crusaders.

The most amazing thing for me was when we removed the first layer of dust and found a second piece of marble,” said Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic, a partner in the restoration project.

This one was grey, not creamy white like the exterior, and right in the middle of it was a beautifully inscribed cross. We had no idea that was there,” he added.

Hiebert said getting the Greek Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church leaders responsible for the tomb to agree to open it for repairs was a difficult task, but he was very glad when the communities came to an agreement, allowing the project to go ahead.

Everything has to be approved by the committee, so even changing a candle takes a long time,” the researcher revealed.

There is a ladder by the main entrance to the church that hasn’t moved in 240 years and they still haven’t reached a decision. It’s called the immovable ladder,” he added.

So the fact we were finally allowed to carry out this work is a triumph of negotiation.”

The archaeologists are using radar and thermographic scanners to gather information from the insides of the tomb before unsealing it, but have warned that the data is so extensive that it will take months to analyze.

The MailOnline shared dozens of new images last week of the $3.7 million restoration project, which is expected to continue into spring 2017.

Part of the project will also seek further evidence to support the claim that the tomb is indeed the location where Jesus was buried.

What a sublime moment, what a beautiful thing to behold! The God-Man, the Center of all mortals, the One Who Is, the I AM, became one with Humanity to war against the prince of darkness, to destroy the works of devil, and in the most pertinent of battles, the war for mankind’s soul, Christ died. It seemed as though the General of Heaven’s armies was crushed, defeated and had lost. In the tomb He lay, holy women came by with spices of sweet fragrance and aroma, but lo, they saw Him, triumphant over death, conquering and triumphed. He vanquished the serpent, He bridged humanity to God, He assailed the greatest foe, He surpassed death and laughed at him.

The acolytes of the darkness, the followers of Muhammad, overran the sacred land upon which God walked, upon which God conversed with His earliest disciples, upon which God looked to the city on a hill, glistening on the ascended sun, and wept. They conquered the land and slaughtered the people, the desecrated the holy sites and the churches, they ravished the women and slaughtered the priests, they tormented and crucified the inhabitants.

The Church of Rome, glorious and full of valor, called for the warriors of Christ to emulate their Savior, to take up the Cross as He took up the Cross, to ascend the mountain of sacred struggle as He treaded upwards with the most dolorous of labors to Mount Golgotha, to combat the agents of Satan as He crushed the serpent in the cosmic war for man’s soul.

The eye could have beheld all those men, countless and innumerable in their multitudes, taking up their crosses and carrying the holy wood with Christ, as Simon of Cyrene bore the weight of the Crucifixion when he lifted the heavy gibbet with the Savior. They marched into Jerusalem, and as they ascended the mountain of eternal struggle, they combated the enemies of the Cross in the midst of the heavenly Mount Zion, being in the presence of the holy warriors of bygone times. The rays of the sun gleamed upon their armor, blood and sweat tinged their faces, from their actions beamed the effulgent light that emanates from self-abnegation.

A holy people, a holy nation, under whom stood as their King — the Christ and His Mother, the Queen of Heaven, the one in whose womb Divinity became one with Humanity — they laughed at death, for in their hearts was the Defeater of death. With tears in their did they remember Christ, after the battle was finally over; with praises from their mouths did they remember the victory of Mount Golgotha, and as the moon receives glory from the sun, so did the light of glory shine through their actions from the sacrifice of their king.

In that land, which was now ruled by Christendom’s hands, soldiers of the Cross entered the tomb where death was defeated, and one of them, after stern contemplation, on death and on life, on saints and on the sacred, left a cross behind, and till this day it reminds us, of the beauty of sacrifice.

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Statue of Jesus Inspires Many After the Tennessee Fires

Posted by addisethiopia on December 3, 2016

I will be with you always, even until the end of time‘ (Matthew 28:20)

A Symbol of Hope and Faith during a Time of Disaster

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The wildfires that have destroyed ground and property in East Tennessee have been mostly extinguished as of late Thursday afternoon — and one shining beacon of hope, faith, and light continues to inspire residents and business owners as they begin to pick up the pieces.

In the remains of a home turned to rubble in Sevier County, Tennessee, a statue of Jesus was found still standing.

It was soiled but not broken. It stood upright and whole, but not burned.

Amid the destruction, it was there for all to see, to be comforted by — and to marvel at, even now.

“The statue of Jesus still standing in a home after the wildfires of Tennessee swept through it perhaps confirm the words of Jesus himself: ‘I will be with you always, even until the end of time’ (Matthew 28:20),” said Fr. Michael Sliney, a Catholic priest in New York and a LifeZette contributor. “Christ is always there with us, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, and He simply will never abandon His friends.”

As remarkable as the discovery of the status was — it was not the only faith-fueled relic found in the rubble left by the flames.

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Statue Of Jesus Only Thing Left Standing In House Burned By Tennessee Wildfire

Posted by addisethiopia on December 1, 2016

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The pictures coming out of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, wildfires are just devastating. Acres of woodland blackened. Row upon row of homes and businesses reduced to ashes.

But a TV crew with CNN affiliate WVLT spotted something of a miracle amid all that destruction. On Wednesday, reporter Kelsey Leyrer and her team captured footage of what they saw at a house out in Sevier County. It was a statue of Jesus — covered with soot and ashes, but still standing. It was the only thing left after the home burned to the ground.

The Jesus statue was the second religious item this week that survived the wildfires. Earlier this week Isaac McCord, an employee at the Dollywood theme park, says he found a partially burned page from the Bible’s book of Joel. The part of the passage that’s readable, from Joel’s first chapter reads, “O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.”

McCord immediately took a picture of what he’d found and posted it to Facebook, where it’s been shared tens of thousands of times. Many commenters took it as a sign from God.

It provides hope and faith,” McCord said. “That’s why I shared it.”

At least seven people have lost their lives in the wildfires that have ravaged Sevier County and Gatlinburg this week.

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Dollywood Employee Finds Burned Bible Page After Wildfires

joel1The day after wildfires tore through Gatlinburg,Tenn., destroying more than 150 structures, killing at least three people and displacing thousands, Isaac McCord was doing his part to help out, picking up debris from the Dollywood park grounds.

Gripping his rake, he revisited a spot in Craftsman Valley he had skimmed over after his co-worker, Misty Carver, quipped, “Is that how you clean your room?” Provoked, he said he had started “really getting in the nooks and crannies” under a park bench when he caught a glimpse of a piece of paper lying in a puddle of water — soggy, seared and torn in two.

McCord, a University of Tennessee alumnus who now works as a human resources training coordinator at Dollywood, said he had no idea what the paper would read, but considering the circumstances, he was curious enough to pick it up.

“As soon as I got down on the ground, I noticed it was a Bible verse, and I was like holy crap,” McCord said in a phone interview on Tuesday night. “It was in a puddle of water. I said, ‘I want to take care of this the best way I can,’ so I gently scooped it up and carried it out the best I could.”

McCord, 24, sat on the bench where he found the paper, and called Carver over. Their work partners, Dollywood wardrobe manager Angela Davis and employee Kimberly Moore, had left to go to the restroom, McCord said.

In silence, the pair pored over the page, the edges of which were burned black, rendering many words illegible. But parts of the right side of the page were preserved enough to get the message across: it perfectly reflected, McCord said, the tragic natural disaster that had thrust Gatlinburg and Sevier County into the national spotlight the night before.

“O Lord, to thee will I cry: For the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field,” the page reads, according to a picture of the page posted on McCord’s Facebook.

At first, we didn’t know what part of the book it was from,” McCord said on Tuesday night, “but we saw bits and pieces about fire and scorching the land, and how the beast groaned and roared for help.”

The page appears to be from the first chapter of Joel from the King James version of the Bible.

“We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” McCord said. “When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears. I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do.. Still to this moment, almost four hours after the fact, I don’t have words for it.”

McCord wasn’t a highly religious man prior to his discovery — he didn’t go to church every Sunday or read the Bible often — but he said he has a relationship with God that shapes his morals and how he treats other people. He was impacted by the discovery because he said he knows several co-workers who lost their homes in the chaotic blaze. He intends to frame the Bible page, and now, he said he may re-examine the role religion plays in his life.

McCord said he knows people may doubt the truthfulness of his story. He emphasized he is not an official spokesman for Dollywood, and he does not speak on behalf of the park or its employees. He just wanted to share the story to give people hope.

“I wanted to share this message because it brought me to tears. I wanted to share this message because I think that faith and hope is very powerful in a situation like this. There are hundreds of people that are displaced and that have lost their homes. Most of these people will cling to faith. By no means was I trying to get social recognition. … I would say to anyone who wants to call it fake, call me. Please call me. It is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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My Note: A Statue of Jesus similar to the one seen in the above image was revealed in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, September 26, 2016 during the Feast of the Holy Cross Bonfire – at annual Demera (Meskel) Celebration. Watch the testimony on the videos: Our Lord is everywhere for those who have eyes to see. This is amazing, I’ve got holy tears in my eyes when I saw that image, very heartwarming. Thank You Lord!

And…poor guy on the next video, but Our Lord Egziahbher is The Lion of Judah — Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help!

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