Let's be praying for this woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, in Sudan saints! Please! This is important as many others besides her also will be put to death, essentially martyred, for having faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 2:6-8 says: (6) Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. (7) Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, (8) And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."
So many people around the world are offended at Christ being praised and worshiped. Jesus said, in Matthew 10:32-33, "(32) Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (33) But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven."
Pray that Meriam, and the many, many others like her, will continue to keep her Christian faith in the midst of severe persecution. She was raised as a Christian, but under Muslim Sharia Law, if her father was a Muslim then she by default is also a Muslim. But it gets complicated because she married a Christian man who has U.S. citizenship. Because she refused to renounce her Christian faith in a Sudanese court, she was given the death penalty.
If the UN and Sudans leaders stand up and put enough pressure on its government, they just might me able to get the court that dished out the death penalty ruling to reverse it, especially since the woman is currently 8 months pregnant and will need to nurse the child for quite some time. Also pray for her Christian husband. He feels so helpless. Pray that God would give him such a great peace and a rest that truly surpasses all understanding. No matter what happens, I believe that when it's all said and done, God will get the glory.
On this past Friday, I had the great opportunity to see "God's Not Dead." I am indeed challenged by this film and I love it. I love how the movie touches so many issues, from dealing with atheism, to lack of concern for those who might be able to help themselves, to struggling with sin, to showing pride and arrogance, to being selfish and self-centered, to lack of faith, to what it means to stand up for the sake of the Gospel, to not be afraid to share Gods' truth even when it seems like everyone is against you, to dealing with going from a Muslim culture to a Christian one, to dealing with making tough decisions about relationships, to expressing oneself through music, and more.
Now that I have seen this powerful and gripping film, I want now more than ever to help people to understand that God is real, He loves them so much, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross to rise again, in order to reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus said "I am the Resurrection" (John 11:25). He can turn any dead situation around for good!
And one more thing, I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I will never be ashamed to say it (Romans 1:16)!
If you have yet to see God's Not Dead, it is a must-see! So go see it!
I'm watching CNN now. I think Anderson Cooper is doing a great job in how he's covering the Trayvon Martin story. .... The African American community looks at the death of Trayvon Martin from a historical lens, not just as another incident. ... Race was definitely a part of the case. Are there some who would get involved with race baiting? Perhaps.
But we cannot forget the history of race relations in this country: slavery, Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, the disenfranchisement of African Americans, overt racism, covert racism, higher incarceration rates for African Americans than other races, and the list goes on. Now here we are with this after-math from the George Zimmerman trial. We are in a critical moment in time. We have to do better with the justice system. We have to do better with dealing with how we handle issues that surround tough cases like this.
We have to do better about how we treat our youth. The State builds prisons based, in part, on how bad African Americans do in school if they are struggling. No! We've got to do better. Instead of giving up on African American youth, and other minorities for that matter, the State needs to do better about helping them to do better.
We have to do better.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.