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Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

A look at the different meanings of the Hebrew word 'Paga' which is translated intercessor.

Survey finds world youth most religious and Britain one of the least religious nations

St. Annes Church, Alderney, England Photo: neilalderney123/Foter/CC BY-NC

If the current trend continues, Christians will be a minority religion in England by 2050. Photo: St. Annes Church, Alderney, England — neilalderney123/Foter/CC BY-NC

A recent international survey by WIN/Gallup International (WGI) found that England is now one of the least religious countries in the world where only 30% of respondents said they were religious.

WGI asked 64,000 people in 65 nations to rank their religious beliefs according to three statements: “A religious person,” “not a religious person” and ” a convicted atheist.” It did not break down the faith according to beliefs.

Britain now joins China where only 7% considered themselves religious, Japan at 13%, Sweden 19%, Holland 26% and the Czech Republic 27% as among the least religious countries in the world. (more…)

Muslims threw Christians off refugee boat crossing the Mediterranean

Refugees loading onto boat. Photo: Flickr/United Nations Chad

Refugees loading onto boat. Photo: Flickr/United Nations Chad

Italian police are reporting that Muslims on board a refugee boat crossing the North Mediterranean Sea from Libya threw 12 Christians off the boat. The 12 were murdered simply because they were Christians.

The rubber boat held 105 people when it left Libya on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Somewhere along their journey Muslims on board became aware of the Christians. The Muslims were from Senegal, Ivory Coast and Mali.

The murdered Christians were from Ghana and Nigeria and were likely fleeing the escalating Muslim violence against Christians in those countries. (more…)

Do Gospel singers have the safest and best lives?

Bill Gaither trio in 2011 -- left to right David Phelps, Gordon Mote and Bill Gaither: Wikipedia/ruthdaniel3444

Gospel singers (left to right) David Phelps, Gordon Mote and Bill Gaither in 2011: Wikipedia/ruthdaniel3444

[by Dean Smith] According to a report by Dianna Theodora Kenny of various musical genres, Gospel singers have the safest and best lives. Kenny is a professor of Psychology and Music at Australia’s University of Sydney.

In her study, reported in The Telegraph, Kenny tracked the deaths of 12,665 musicians between 1950 and June 2014. The singers represented 14 different musical genres including gospel, rap, country, rock, metal, punk and pop.

She broke their cause of death into basic categories — the top five being accidental, suicide, homicide, heart and cancer. (more…)

Girl falls 30 feet inside a hollowed-out tree, has a vision of Jesus, but then an odd thing happens

A Cottonwood tree Photo: Ed Suominen/Foter/CC BY-NC

A Cottonwood tree Photo: Ed Suominen/Foter/CC BY-NC

[by Dean Smith] According to a report in the Daily Mail, Annabel Wilson Beam, 12, of Texas was playing with her two sisters on a hollowed out Cottonwood tree in December 201, when she fell 30′ down inside the tree.

Trapped at the bottom, emergency crews were called in to pull her out. Falling in and out of consciousness, Annabel then 9 was rushed by helicopter to nearby Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth Texas.

After her arrival, MRI scans showed wounds consistent with head trauma (she had apparently hit her head three times on the way down), but other than a few bumps and bruises they could find nothing wrong with her. Annabel was eventually released. (more…)

Pain experienced by unborn babies

Premature baby girl 26 weeks, 6 days: Wikipedia/ceejayoz

Premature baby girl 26 weeks, 6 days: Wikipedia/ceejayoz

[by Dean Smith] In her article, The First Ache, published in the New York Times in 2008, Annie Paul reveals how doctors have discovered preemie babies as young as 20 weeks and possibly earlier experience pain in the womb.

In 1983, Kanwaljeet Anand was working for a neonatal intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England.

Part of his job involved caring for premature infants who had just gone through surgery. He noticed when these babies returned from their operations, they had weak pulses, grey skin, shallow breathing and it took hours to get their vital signs stabilized. (more…)

Christian Heroes: Dr. Robert Hingson

Vaccination Jet Injector gun in operation: Wikipedia/US Government

A vaccination Jet Injector Gun invented by Dr. Robert Hingson: Wikipedia/US Government

[by Earl Blacklock] For many of us, the knowledge that we have saved a life would embolden us and encourage us for life.

Imagine saving dozens of lives. Or hundreds. Or thousands. Or tens of thousands.

Now imagine being personally responsible for saving millions of lives. One man, Dr. Robert Hingson, did just that. (more…)

The unseen violence of divorce

Trying to explain an unexplainable murder in Leeds, England Photo: Leeds, Tubblesnap/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Trying to explain an unexplainable murder in Leeds, England Photo: Leeds, Tubblesnap/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] A brutal murder which took place on April 28, 2014 was one of the most disturbing in England that year. It caught the media and public’s attention like no other.

Ann Maguire, 61, a school teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, England was teaching a Spanish class at the school. It was supposed to be her last year as she was looking forward to retirement in the fall.

She bent down for a moment to talk to one of the students in the class. (more…)

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