12 Christians arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in 3 cities: report

CP Current Page: World | Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 12 Christians arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guard in 3 cities: report Iran flag in Tehran | At least a dozen Christians in Iran were reportedly arrested, some of whom were allegedly beaten, by Revolutionary Guard intelligence officers last week in three cities, according to a human rights monitoring group.
Article 18, a London-based nonprofit that promotes religious freedom and tolerance for Christians in Iran, has reported on the arrests of Christians in three operations in the cities of Tehran, Karaj and Malayer that took place on June 30 and July 1.
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Delivery: Weekdays Along with the 12 Christians who were arrested, dozens of other Christians were forced to provide their contact details for future questioning, the organization noted.
According to Article 18, the first arrests occurred around 8 p.m. last Tuesday in Tehran’s..

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Religious nationalism a barrier to the Gospel in the former Soviet Union

Russia (MNN) — “I’m already a Christian.”

This is the response Christians in partnership with Slavic Gospel Association often hear when they share the Gospel with families in the former Soviet Union.

Eric Mock says many Russians consider themselves to be Christians, especially as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest denomination in the country. “They call themselves Christian because they call themselves Russian. It is very similar to what we’ve seen in America, where close to 70% of Americans call themselves Christian.”

As in Russia, many people in the United States would identify themselves with large Christian denominations, such as Evangelicalism or Roman Catholicism. But fewer would have any significant understanding of the beliefs within either denomination or of the basic Christian faith. Many see Christianity as an ethnic or nationalistic identity.

The United States also has a huge population of cultural Christians that have little connection with the Church. (I..

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What would you risk to help persecuted Christians?

South Korea (MNN) — Time and again, headlines prove the need for believers in free nations to come alongside their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Today’s report examines what it takes to stop believers from partnering with persecuted Christians.

North Korea is the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. More on that here. Based in South Korea, Voice of the Martyrs Korea supports persecuted Christians through radio broadcasts and Bible launches. In recent days, South Korean officials accused the VOM Korea team of financial mismanagement.

The allegations have no merit, CEO Eric Foley says, but they still sting. “Activity that’s never been criminalized before is now considered a crime. We’re ridiculed on the media,” he says.

“It’s my job to present myself and the ministry to the Lord continually and say, ‘Lord, whatever You want, even if it’s to take us through deep suffering. Whatever brings glory to Your name, that’s what we want’.”

The price of partnership
VOM Korea smug..

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The new Iranian persecution law no one knows about

Iran (MNN) — Most of the world has been plunged into a pandemic. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, officials all over the world have asked or required locals to stay home. That means that many groups, including local churches, have been forced to meet online. In fact, many ministries do most of their work online for now.

But if you’re like most of the world, you already know all of that. What you might not know is that a new law in Iran could prevent the Church from spreading the Gospel online. And you wouldn’t be alone; Mike Ansari with Heart4Iran says the law has flown under the radar even for local Iranians.

Iran is not exactly known for its religious freedom. “Traditionally, Iran has had a very strict law on anybody who is a Muslim and becomes a Christian,” Ansari says. “They frown on that and the punishments are very severe: imprisonment or even death.”

Recently, those strict laws have stepped up another level.

“Iran is [accusing] our ministries and others of intr..

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Michigan bill allows companies to implant microchips in volunteer employees

Michigan bill allows companies to implant microchips in volunteer employees Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Cancer, Michigan, News, PLO, Republican, Senate, technology, Worthy News
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – On 24 June, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a controversial bipartisan bill allowing companies to implant a microchip in employees who agree to it, Zero Hedge reports. The stated aim of the bill is to improve business efficiency while protecting employee privacy. Under the bill, only those in agreement can be given a chip and employers cannot make it mandatory. The bill now passes to the state Senate for consideration.
Known as microchips, radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) have entered the market as new technological devices designed to optimize routine business efficiency. About the size of a grain of rice, the chip is implanted into the hand and is used instead of I.D. badges, timecards, usernames and passwords, Zero..

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Another explosion in Iran

Another explosion in Iran Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iran, Islam, Israel, Media, Military, New York Times, News, nuclear, PLO, Worthy News
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The latest in a series of unexplained blasts at sensitive sites in Iran, a further explosion reportedly killed two people and injured three at a factory in Tehran early Tuesday morning, the Times of Israel (ToI) reports. A local governor stated the blast was caused by human error but some have suggested it may be part of sustained sabotage campaign.
Tuesday’s blast happened at the Sepahan Bresh factory in the Kahrizak district of south Tehran. The Kahrizak district governor told Iranian media there was an explosion while oxygen tanks were being filled at the factory. However, this explosion follows other recent blasts.
Last week an explosion damaged Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. An unidentified official who spoke to the New York Times said the blast at a building used for pr..

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Wycliffe Associates Providing Technology That Makes the Bible Accessible for Oral Cultures and for Those Who Can’t Read

Wycliffe Associates Providing Technology That Makes the Bible Accessible for Oral Cultures and for Those Who Can’t Read Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Bible, Christian, church, Faith, heart, News, technology, War, Worthy News, Wycliffe
(Worthy News) – Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has received requests for 479 Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRKs) that make it possible to complete an entire recorded translation of the Bible.
The kits consist of a computer tablet, translation and recording software, and a microphone. During a Bible translation workshop, the kits provide necessary tools for translators from language groups that have no written language (there are nearly 2000 languages in the world without a written alphabet) or have members who are unable to read. The translators can also use the equipment to produce a narrated recording..

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Federal Reserve Admits There Is A Coin Shortage

Federal Reserve Admits There Is A Coin Shortage Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: covid-19, Economy, Federal Reserve, News, PLO, Texas, Worthy News
By Mark Bennett, Special Correspondent for Worthy News
(Worthy News) – There was the notice on the door at Lowes in Houston, Texas:
“Attention Customers: The US is currently experiencing a coin shortage. Please use correct change or other form of tender if possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
So, what happened?
The Federal Reserve announced on June 11th that COVID-19 had caused a disruption in the normal flow and distribution of circulation of US coinage. The following week, Jerome Powell, the head of the Federal Reserve, spoke before the US House Committee of Financial Services. He informed the members that the partial shutdown had created a stoppage of the flow of coins in our economy. Consequently, some retailers are asking customers to use exact change. Mr. Powell also shared that he believes the condition..

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