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LEAH SHARIBU, THE TRIUMPH OF CONVICTION IN CHRIST

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By David Pam McQuel
Leah Sharibu 15 Years Old's Triumph of Faith.
This unfortunate captivity of Leah Sharibu is unacceptable to Christians, to Nigeria, to all true freedom loving people of the world and to the modern civilization.
Azuka Onwuka's op-ed in the Nigerian Punch newspaper, The trial of Leah Sharibu, the sacrificial lamb", When the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were returned last week by Boko Haram terrorists , a new story developed from the kidnap saga.
Excluding the five dead girls that did not make it back, only one girl named Leah Sharibu was not brought back by the terrorists . The reason given was that she refused to renounce Christianity and convert to Islam . Consequently, Boko Haram members refused to release her."
The BBC gave an account of the abduction. "Militants stormed the town on the evening of Monday, 19 February. They headed towards the compound of a girls' boarding school as they fired guns into the air.
Fatima Awaal, 13, who was …

THE CHURCH IS GOING THROUGH FIRE

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By     D a v i d    P a m    M c Q u e l
Persecution
Jesus taught extensively on persecution. Early church endured much persecution. In modern times and over the centuries, Christianity has endured unimaginable persecution.
Persecution is neither new nor will it ever end. Remarkably, whenever the church compromises and weakens, persecution lessens. But with every advancement and outbreak of church growth come waves and types of persecutions, both individually and collectively.
North Korea
The main driver of North Korean Christian Persecution is the state. For three generations, everything in the country focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile elements in society which have to be eradicated. Due to the constant indoctrination permeating the whole country, neighbors and even family members are highly watchful and report anything suspicious to the authorities. Children are especially vulnerable to the heavy indoctrination. Reports show that some childre…

THE ONLY HOPE FOR WORLD

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R o b e r t    C o l e m a n What is the greatest obstacle to Evangelism today? Some may think that it is the fear of how others will respond, or a feeling of being unqualified to answer the questions of friends who do not believe in Jesus.
I believe the reason goes deeper than that.
In North America, we have a society of people who generally have a sense of sufficiency in themselves. People do not feel a need for a relationship with God. The feel that they are getting along alright on their own, so they see no need for salvation.
We also have a culture where, if people believe in God, they tend to fashion Him in their own image - with all of their human limitations. Everyone thus determines what they want to believe. Nothing is nailed down; people set their own standards, and truth becomes relative.
Tolerance becomes the great virtue of society, and claims of authority based on the Word of God can make one look like a bigot.
And it is just "the world" that thinks like this…

THE BATTLE IS WRONGLY IN THE CHURCH

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D a v i d   P a m   M c Q u e l


Jesus said in response to Peter’s declaration, that the church would be build upon a rock, and the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. This shows us clearly that the battle would be at the gates of hell not the gates of the church.
Unfortunately it is not the case. The church has forgotten that it was born for battle. The church has resigned to individual struggles in pursuit of individual goals.
And the church has been left with not defenders. The church was to be a warring church not a relaxation church. Many consider God the father to be merely a Father Christmas figure. As far as they are concerned, He should be doing something for them daily.
Therefore the battle today rages at the gates of the church. In fact, the battle has gone past the gates of the church, it is inside the church.

Not having enough - it is called Greed. Greed is eating up the church. Three decades ago, people were so thankful for what they have and patient for what …

DEFENSIVE CHURCH, OFFENSIVE CHURCH

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D a v i d    P a m    M c Q u e l


The rise of evil is indisputable. It's acceleration is in no doubt. 
In the face of evil, the Church must be brave to confront, with the Light of the gospel of Christ, the forces of darkness. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."
Notice that the confrontation will take place at the gates of Hades, not at the gates of Heaven or gates of the Church.
We are not a defensive church, we are an offensive Church. Crime
*"Control Risks recorded 38,523 political violence and crime incidents worldwide in 2017, an increase of nearly 17% from 2016 
Incidents in Europe: up 63% | Asia Pacific: up 51% | Africa: up 39% | Americas: up 26% 
The Middle East and North Africa remained the region most affected by violence, but saw an overall reduction in incidents of 20% 
The number of terrorism-related incidents attributed to Islamist e…

AN ACT OF KINDNESS, LEADS TO SALVATION

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D a v i d   P a m    M c Q u e l
Years ago, 1990 to be precise, I met new friends, Emmanuel and Mary, a Young couple with a young son, Johnny. They were very precious to me, friends I will always remember. Life wasn't easy then, I was just a year into full time Christian ministry, precisely under tutoring.
I was serving with a church which they they used to be a part of for some time before they moved to another part of town in Jos, North-Central Nigeria. They couldn't afford attending their church.
A lot had been spoken in their honour, about what a good couple they were. So I hoped to persuade them to come back to church.
In response, they shared this testimony. Just about when they moved their little boy was sick. It was fever, and very high. And there was no money at home. In fact, when it started, they ignored it. They believed it will soon go away. Wishing it away didn't work. Then suddenly, the fever skyrocketed.
From snubbing to anxiety, little by little they we…

FIVE ENCOUNTERS, SAME EXPERIENCE

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D A V I D   P A M    M C Q U E L
Gina the hairdresser
A customer shared her story. Mrs. Fwanyil is one of her most loyal customers. For three-half years she has been a steadfast customer. But she knew two versions of Mrs Fwanyil.
The first nineteen months of her visit to the salon, she was largely quiet and reserved. She was punctual in her visits, generous in her payments but just unsociable and unfriendly.
Sometimes she looked troubled and then other times just normal. Even when she met other customers she was unengaging and indifferent.
Then the next month she came in, Gina noticed a milder Mrs Fwanyil. She opened up, became more observant and sharing a concern for others once in a while.
With time she was glowing more and more, showing a more happy person. Gina loved this new Mrs Fwanyil. In three months she was absolutely fabulous, giggling, laughing and even sometimes to tears. Gina was itchy, she wanted to know what happened.
And one day, her husband dropped her off to the sal…

THE BURDEN AND THE REWARD

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D A U D A    E T H A N   Y U S U F
Life is a gift. A beautiful gift from God. It is to be enjoyed, maximized and appreciated. 
However, life must be shared. One phenomenon about life is this, despite its beauty and splendor, it is best enjoyed when shared. Its beauty radiates more when offered.
God created Adam a perfect being, the model of mankind. However, something was lacking, something that'll beautify Adam's life. So God declared; it is not good for the man to be alone. God actually wanted someone to share from Adam's life. What did God do? He created for Adam a partner, so that they'll both share from each others lives.
Have you wondered why the presence of another person in your life makes you feel happy and fulfilled? That's because you're created to relate.
God intentionally created humans not to be independent, neither did God create man to be fully dependent. God created humans to be inter-dependent. 
Have you ever wondered why the gift of the holy …