Thursday, July 13th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Jonathan Clark
Iraqi Christians Unlikely to Return to Mosul
Following the Iraqi government’s recapture of Mosul, Iraq from ISIS last month, The World View spoke to William Stark of International Christian Concern about whether Christians would return to Mosul after the liberation.
“To Mosul itself, it’s highly unlikely. A lot of the Christians I have talked to feel that feel that Mosul is kind of just a no-go zone. They’re too afraid to go back there because they’re concerned their Muslim neighbors who were occupied by ISIS have somehow or in some way become ISIS supporters, whether or not they’re victims of ISIS as well.”
Stark shared that they have a few ways Christians from other countries can help the Iraqi Christians — who have been called Internally Displaced Persons or IDP’s — to rebuild their lives.
“I think the global church is definitely well prepared for assisting these people. It can be something as simple as providing them with a restart of the business that they lost in 2014. I’ve been doing a lot of work with Christian IDP’s who are moving back to these villages that have been liberated by assisting them in restarting the shops that they used to have.”
If you’d like to give to the Community Rebuild Fund, go to www.persecution.org. And please continue to pray for peace and confidence in God for our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Says ISIS Leader’s Death Has Been Confirmed
Back in 2014, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the restoration of the Islamic caliphate from a mosque in Mosul.
Now, days after Iraq’s recapture of Mosul, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported to Reuters that it had “confirmed information” that Baghdadi has indeed been killed. The Pentagon said it does not have information though to corroborate the death.
Court Reverses Prison Sentence for Cuban Pastor Arrested for Homeschooling
Ready for some good news?
Last Friday, a Cuban appeals court reversed a one-year prison sentence imposed on Pastor Ramón Rigal for homeschooling his children, reported the Homeschool Legal Defense Association which has been supporting the Rigal family in this case.
Please keep them in your prayers, as his wife Adya’s one-year house arrest has not been reversed, and authorities may try to force the children back into the government schools.
Evangelical Leaders Gather to Pray over President Trump
On Monday, around two dozen evangelical leaders laid hands on President Donald Trump and prayed over him after a meeting hosted by the Office of Public Liaison.
Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University, was present for the time of prayer with Trump. He told CBN News this showed a “substantive relationship” with evangelicals. “We enjoy an open door, not just in the Eisenhower Building, but in the West Wing.”
In 1 Timothy 2:2, Paul exhorts us to pray for “all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
City Commissioner in Florida Will Not Stop Reading Bible Verses at End of Meetings
Deltona, Florida Commissioner Christopher Alcantara recently said he would continue to read Bible verses at the end of city meetings despite pressure from the organization Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
According to Christian News, Alcantara said, “I share words of wisdom at the end, after all business is covered, during my commissioner comments. If folks don’t like it, too bad, tune out!”
Woman Needs Emergency Medical Care After Botched Abortion
A woman needed emergency medical services last week after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Manhattan headquarters, reports Life News. It is the seventh incident of its kind at the facility this year.
Operation Rescue has documented 51 medical emergency transports from Planned Parenthood murder mills nationwide since January 2016.
Psalm 11:5 says, “The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
IRS Commissioner Says the Tax Code Is a Mess
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke yesterday in favor of simplifying the tax code.
Koskinen told Fox News, “Nobody’s more supportive of tax simplification than the IRS . . . The tax code is a mess. It is difficult for the IRS commissioner to fill out his tax returns.” Now there’s a confession.
80 People Work Together to Rescue Family at Panama City Beach
On Saturday, one family’s trip to the Panama City Beach almost ended disastrously.
Roberta Ursrey’s children and mother were caught in a rip current in 15 feet of water. In fact, her mother was so traumatized, that she had a massive heart attack and very nearly died, reports the Panama City News Herald. Other relatives who tried to help, including Roberta herself, also got trapped in the current.
Seeing their plight, 80 people, some of whom couldn’t even swim, formed a human-chain 100 yards long and safely rescued the family! Take a look at an awesome picture of that moment linked in our transcript today at www.TheWorldView.com.
Roberta said, “I am so grateful! These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family’s life to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”
And that’s The World View in Five Minutes.
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