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Therefore, permit me to invite you to accompany me as I minister alongside my dear friend Bishop TD Jakes at The International Pastors and Leaders Conference. It will change your life

 

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Franklin Graham: Islamic Storm Coming against West

Franklin Graham is warning that a storm of Islamic persecution is coming against Christians in the West.

The founder of Samaritan’s Purse wrote a message on Facebook after ISIS terrorists beheaded 21 Christian men in Libya.

Graham asks why there hasn’t been global condemnation from Muslim leaders.

“Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?” he wrote.

The Islamic terrorists released a video of their atrocity against the Christians, with a headline that read: “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross.”

“We’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States,” Graham wrote. “The storm is coming.”

Other Christian leaders are also speaking out, saying the world must stand up to repudiate the ISIS massacre and the terrorist targeting of Christians.

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is specifically calling out President Barack Obama to do more.

“We call upon the president of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism, and regimes in the Middle East, and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world,” Rodriguez stated in a press release.

He’s also calling for a moment of silence Sunday to honor the beheaded Egyptian Christians and their grieving families.

For more information, visit the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference website.

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Moment of Silence Urged for 21 Christians Slain by ISIS

The leader of a group representing 100 million Hispanic evangelicals is calling on President Obama and Congress to stand up for persecuted Christians.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, accused the president and members of Congress of failing to take the lead and protect the Middle East’s Christian population from the brutal abuses by ISIS.

“We call upon the President of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world,” Rodriguez wrote in a statement issued Wednesday.

He also called upon Christian churches to hold a one-minute moment of silence followed by prayer for the 21 Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS militants in Libya.

“Recognizing that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity, as followers of Christ we recognize that silence is not an option, and call upon all Christians on Sunday, February 22, to allocate a minute of silence followed by a prayer reflecting upon the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered and all others who have lost their lives at the hands of terror, as well as their grieving families,” Rodriguez urged.

CBN News spoke with Rev. Rodriguez about his call for leadership from the White House and Congress in the fight to protect Christians from radical Islam. Click play to watch that interview.

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Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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Religious Leaders Call for Action, Prayer Feb. 22 for 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS

Religious leaders from around the nation are calling upon all Christians to allocate a minute of silence on Sunday, February 22, followed by a prayer reflecting upon the memory and for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered by the hands of ISIS terrorists.

A variety of denominational and cultural faith leaders have joined in the efforts, including:

  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela;
  • Dr. Russell Moore, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC);
  • Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Award-Winning Television Producers;
  • Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q Ideas;
  • James Robison, Founder of LIFE Outreach International;
  • Johnnie Moore, Speaker, Commentator and Author of “Defying ISIS;”
  • Mathew D. Staver, Esq., Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of The Church of God;
  • Dr. Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of The International Pentecostal Holiness Church;
  • Dr. Glenn Burris, President of The Foursquare Church; and others.

“The Christian faith is the place where conviction marries compassion and truth joins hands with love,” said NHCLC/Conela President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals throughout the world.

“We stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love,” Rodriguez continued. “We hope leaders around the world will join us in honoring those who have lost their lives, praying for those suffering, and repudiating all acts of terror.”

A short video available to be played in worship services and gatherings prior to Sunday’s minute of silence is available for download in both English and Spanish at http://21martyrs.com/.

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering Church,” said Q Ideas President Gabe Lyons. “This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived Church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.”

Additionally, these leaders are urging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to do more to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.

“In a time when the world is on fire with the threat of Islamic jihadist extremism and religious persecution, the church must be the people who know how to engage our neighbors with the gospel that reconcile,” said ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore. “At the same time, our government must do its duty, and Christians are right to pray for swift action against this terror. We stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters, as the people of the cross.”

For more information, visit http://21martyrs.com/.

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR ACTION, PRAYER THIS SUNDAY FOR 21 COPTIC CHRISTIANS BEHEADED BY ISIS

REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ, DR. RUSSELL MOORE, GABE LYONS, MARK BURNETT & ROMA DOWNEY LEAD MULTI-CONFESSIONAL EFFORT.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ —  from around the nation are calling upon all Christians to allocate a minute of silence on Sunday, February 22, followed by a  reflecting upon the memory and for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered by the hands of terrorists.

A variety of denominational and cultural faith leaders have joined in the efforts, including:
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela;

Dr. Russell Moore, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC);

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Award-Winning Television Producers;

Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q Ideas;

James Robison, Founder of LIFE Outreach International;

Johnnie Moore, Speaker, Commentator and Author of “Defying ISIS;”

Mathew D. Staver, Esq., Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of The Church of God;

Dr. Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of The International Pentecostal Holiness Church;

Dr. Glenn Burris, President of The Foursquare Church; and others.
“The Christian faith is the place where conviction marries compassion and truth joins hands with love,” said NHCLC/Conela President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals throughout the world.

“We stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love,” Rodriguez continued. “We hope leaders around the world will join us in honoring those who have lost their lives, praying for those suffering, and repudiating all acts of terror.”

A short video available to be played in worship services and gatherings prior to Sunday’s minute of silence is available for download in both English and Spanish at 21martyrs.com.

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering Church,” said Q Ideas President Gabe Lyons. “This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived Church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.”

Additionally, these leaders are urging President  and the United States Congress to do more to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.

“In a time when the world is on fire with the threat of Islamic jihadist extremism and religious persecution, the church must be the people who know how to engage our neighbors with the gospel that reconcile,” said ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore. “At the same time, our government must do its duty, and Christians are right to pray for swift action against this terror. We stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters, as the people of the cross.”

For more information, visit 21martyrs.com.

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OFFICIALS FROM SIX PENTECOSTAL DENOMINATIONS URGE CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER ON SUNDAY FOR SUFFERING CHRISTIANS.

Thirty-five leaders from six U.S. Pentecostal denominations met in Southern California this week for a historical three-day summit designed to bring unity to the body of Christ.

All six executive leadership team members of the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God attended the Monday through Wednesday gathering in Marina del Rey: General Superintendent George O. Wood, Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison, General Secretary James T. Bradford, General Treasurer Doug Clay, AG World Missions Executive Director Greg Mundis, and AG U.S. Missions Executive Director Zollie Smith. Richard Hammar, general counsel for the Fellowship, also attended.

Among the top officials of other Pentecostal denominations represented were International Pentecostal Holiness Church Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham; International Church of the Foursquare Gospel President Glenn C. Burris Jr.; Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.;Open Bible Churches President Randall A. Bach; and Church of GodGeneral Overseer Mark Williams.

Through times of prayer, worship, devotional study, and discussion, the agenda included hot-button issues affecting all groups, including same-sex marriage, the church’s role in racial harmony, the impact of terrorism, social media and technology, biblical training and higher education, cooperative efforts in evangelism and missions, and future ongoing relationships.

“Whatever steps we take are important for us, for our country, and for revival,” Beacham said.

The group also focused on the mass executions of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya last week by ISIS militants. The Pentecostal leaders agreed to jointly ask those who attend their representative churches to pray for the persecuted church.

Wood urges Christians to lift up in urgent prayer those who face suffering to the point of death.

“The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians is a reminder to the body of Christ that even in the 21st century Christians are being martyred,” Wood says. “Please set aside time this Sunday and/or subsequent Sundays to pray for believers all over the world who are facing persecution, discrimination, marginalization, and even death.”

In a separate statement, Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, called upon all Christians on Sunday to allocate a minute of silence followed by a reflective prayer for the murdered Christians and their families.

“Recognizing that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity, as followers of Christ we recognize that silence is not an option,” says Rodriguez, leader of the largest Christian Hispanic organization in the U.S. and an ordained AG minister.

Despite the troubling times, both Wood and Rodriguez encourage followers of Christ to remain hopeful and courageous.

“May we not fail to remember our eternal hope in Christ, which no one can take away,” Wood says. “Those who risk greatly for the cause of Christ never lose, even when it appears they may.”

“Terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth, and love,” Rodriguez says.

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Christians shaken by slaying of 21 Egyptians by ISIS

Father Mikhael Ibrahim of the Saint Mary Coptic Orhodoch Church in Victorville is from Egypt. Many local Egyptians are saddened and shaken by recent events in the Middle East. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER 

Posted Feb. 24, 2015 at 3:49 PM

VICTORVILLE — Jimmy Mettias said nothing has ever shaken him like when he heard the news that a group of militants claiming affiliation with ISIS had beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.

Mettias, an attorney based out of Victorville, said as a “follower of Christ first, American citizen second and (with) Egyptian blood running through his veins third,” he cannot idly sit by as his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ suffer.

“This atrocity harkens back to the First Century when Christians were put to death in mass for their faith,” Mettias told the Daily Press. “I was born in the United States, but anyone of the 21 could have been me or anyone of my friends. We are blessed to be here in the U.S. where we are protected.”

Led by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, religious leaders from across the nation were asked to use Saturday and Sunday to lead congregations and individuals in a minute of silence, and a time of prayer and reflection for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed in North Africa.

According to the Associated Press, many of the Egyptians killed on Feb. 15 in Libya were poor fishermen who had traveled there in hopes of earning money.

Sam Malek, 42, who attends St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Victorville, said the congregation has been praying for the families of the slain and all those persecuted in the Middle East and all over the world.

“Coptic communities had a big missive and we have all been praying,” Malek said. “The Los Angeles Diocese also organized a large event to help the families of those killed. We will continue to lift the families in prayer.”

Mettias, who attends an Arabic Church in Rancho Cucamonga, said he wants to lay out a plan of action for anyone who has a burden to stand up and defend those that are oppressed.

His plan includes fervent and urgent prayer by the body of Christ in the U.S., specific days of fasting and prayer for Arab Christians of all ages in the U.S. and a relentless pursuit of action by the U.S. government against ISIS and other oppressive groups.

“We need to make our voices heard here in the U.S. so that our leaders act to protect the believers in Iraq, Syria and Libya that have no one advocating on their behalf,” Mettias said. “We must also do fundraising aimed at providing aid and resources to the persecuted churches in the Middle East in a relevant and practical manner.”

Mettias said Christians must also follow Christ’s lead by praying for ISIS “just as our Lord commanded us.” Mettias said he plans on setting up a task force to implement his action plan.

Hesperia resident Bob Chandler said that even though he’s a non-Egyptian, the 21 slain were his “brothers in Christ,” and that his support and prayers are with their families.

“The Bible clearly states that we, who are in Christ, are to love one another,” Chandler said. “Despite where each one of us lives, whatever color skin that we’re shackled with or what language we speak, we still remain as brothers and sisters in Christ. And we are called upon by God to love one another.”

Joseph Saleh, a businessman from Hesperia who works in Orange Country, said his family in Egypt has been on edge ever since his “fellow countrymen were butchered.”

“With every passing year, oppression against Christians has deepened in Egypt,” said Saleh, who attends several Coptic churches including Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana. “We are family by the Lord and not just by birth. We must pray for all our brothers and sisters who are facing oppression and even martyrdom.”

Mettias said he recently met with the founder of AlKarma TV in Orange County to brainstorm some programming ideas to reach the Muslim population.

“We have an idea of encouraging believers under persecution and reaching the Muslim population with vital information,” Mettias said. “Many of them don’t know what people are doing in the name of their own religion.”

AKTV has two different channels broadcasting 24 hours and reaching Muslim and Christian Arabic speakers around the world, according to the station’s website.

Mettias said the mainstream media’s deliberate omission of the word “Christian,” in reference to the 21 who were killed, “streams down from White House, which doesn’t want to make this a radical Islam agenda, but to focus purely on politics.”

“Some people say that if we gave these people jobs, they would not commit these acts of violence,” Mettias said. “The reality is that the average American doesn’t understand what they are facing. Killing the 21 was a clear message from ISIS to the people of the cross.”

Saleh echoed Mettias’ message, saying that Christianity is ISIS’s biggest obstacle as it attempts to expand its influence.

Mettias said the message of ISIS is that Christianity must be defeated in order for the Caliphate (successor) to take power as the political leader of the Islamic community. Once the Caliphate is in place, ISIS would attempt to establish itself as the leader of a worldwide Muslim movement.

“With Christians out of the picture, as well as other opponents of ISIS, the group can take control of more land,” Mettias said.

Mettias said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is responding appropriately to the deaths of the 21, but said the White House needs to admit that a “terrorist organization is the root of the problem.”

“We’re still waiting for our government to respond in that manner,” Mettias said. “Until then, we must intercede for those being persecuted.”

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    Britain’s Coptic Bishop Says He’s Forgiven ISIS for Beheading 21 Egyptian Copts; Says He Doesn’t Forgive the Act but the Killers

    Jordanian Christians attend mass at the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Amman, in memory of the Egyptians beheaded in Libya, February 18, 2015. Christians in Amman held the prayer service, which was attended by representatives of the churches in Jordan, for the Egyptian Christians beheaded by Islamic State in Libya last week.

    Bishop Angaelos, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, said he has forgiven the Islamic State terror group, which is responsible for the recent brutal beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya, explaining that “anger and hatred” only lead to “a spiral of violence.”

     

    Bishop Angaelos, who was in Washington last week, spoke to CNN and admitted that the killings were indeed shocking, maintaining that the act still needed to be forgiven.

    “It may seem unbelievable to some of your readers, but as a Christian and a Christian minister I have a responsibility to myself and to others to guide them down this path of forgiveness,” he said. “We don’t forgive the act because the act is heinous. But we do forgive the killers from the depths of our hearts.”

    After ISIS released the video showing militants in Libya executing 21 Copts, Bishop Angaelos tweeted, using the hashtag #FatherForgive.

    The video showed the Copts whispering the name of Jesus as their heads were being hacked off their bodies.

    The bishop said without forgiveness “we would become consumed by anger and hatred. It becomes a spiral of violence that has no place in this world.”

    Angaelos added that the beheading was not just a crime against Coptic Christians. “It is a crime against humanity, and if there’s anything we should stand for as human beings, first and foremost it’s the sanctity of all human life.”

    Asked why the Copts were killed if he and other prayed for their safety, the bishop replied he also prayed they would have the peace and strength to be able to go through that extremely difficult situation. “It doesn’t change my view of God that these 21 men died in this way. They were sacrificed, but so much has come out of it.”

    Bishop Angaelos said he’s concerned about persecution of people from all faiths, and not just Christians.

    “Of course, the vast majority of persecution falls squarely right now on Christians in the Middle East and that needs to be addressed,” he said. “But, as a Christian, I will never be comfortable just safeguarding the rights of Christians. We need to help everyone.”

    ISIS is an al-Qaeda offshoot which is spreading terror to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region.

    The Sunni group has released videos showing the beheading of five Western hostages – British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning, and U.S. citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Abdul-Rahman Kassig – as well as two Japanese hostages Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa.

    ISIS has gained control over large territories in Iraq and Syria.

    Many Christians in the United States prayed for the Copts Sunday, after award-winning television producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas; and other religious leaders urged Christians to observe a minute of silence.

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