LISTEN: Boko Haram Continues to Terrorize Nigeria (BCNN1 09.30.19)

According to Assist News, A decade after Boko Haram began a bloody campaign to impose sharia (Islamic law) on all of Nigeria, Christian leaders say some areas are still under the control of the terrorists. The Rev. Mohammed Abubakar Naga, chairman of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Morning Star News that the terrorists are still active in the northeastern part of the country where the group originated and has displaced thousands of people, effectively closing many churches. “Gwoza East, especially the hills, has been taken over by Boko Haram,” Pastor Naga said by phone. “The terrorists still attack Christian communities there. This is even with the presence of personnel of the Nigerian army in the area.” Morning Star News stated that after beginning a violent campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria 10 years ago, Boko Haram has killed an estimated 35,000 civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The agency said 37 aid workers lost their lives in the course of serving those displaced by the attacks. Two of the many pastors Boko Haram killed in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state include the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, then secretary of the CAN’s Borno state chapter, slain on May 14, 2013 after the terrorists followed him from his church building to his house and shot him to death; and Pentecostal pastor George Ojih, captured in 2009 and beheaded for refusing to recant his Christian faith.

According to Baptist Standard, Michael Evans, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, will be nominated for a second term as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Carlos Francis, youth pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church for the past decade, will nominate Evans at Texas Baptists’ annual meeting in Waco, Nov. 17-19. Francis praised Evans as “an amazing man of God” and his mentor in Christian ministry, as well as “a great father, great husband and great family man.” “He is a father figure to me, in my life and ministry,” Francis said. “He is a friend to me, a friend to anybody he interacts with, and especially a friend to pastors.” Evans deserves another term as BGCT president because “there are more relationships to build” as he represents Texas Baptists around the state, Francis added. “I don’t think God is finished with him in that position,” he said. Evans agreed to allow his nomination to continue the unfinished business of being a “goodwill ambassador” for Christ and for Texas Baptists. Texas Baptists hold a distinctive position “not too far to the left and not too far to the right” as they seek to be guided by a commitment to obey Scripture, he said. “We need to continue to share with the state of Texas and with those who don’t know us yet our positive agenda as people committed both to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment,” he said.

According to Daily Mail, A Florida man allegedly killed his childhood sweetheart and wife of 33 years in their home then tried to take his own life, all in front of their two young grandchildren, after he took to Facebook to accuse her of cheating. Eddie Harris allegedly killed his wife Shanica Harris by shooting her dead inside their Liberty home on Saturday night. Over the past week Eddie posted several disturbing statuses on Facebook accusing his wife of infidelity. Just last week Shanica took to Facebook to flaunt the new silver Mercedes Eddie purchased for her but complained it wasn’t red. On Saturday Eddie shared several posts saying Shanica brought her boyfriend into their home adding, ‘Shanica Harris got them trying to kill me’. The couple had been together since they were 15, according to their family and friends, and shared five children and several grandchildren. Miami-Dade police reported to the home around 8.51pm following calls about shots fired inside the residence at 6004 NW 23rd Ave, according to the Miami Herald. When cops arrived two men running from the home met them and said there were children inside and Eddie Harris had a rifle. What ensued was a stand-off between SWAT officers and Eddie. Special Response Team members were able to get two children, aged six and nine, out of the home through a window. Then they found a woman fatally shot and a man suffering an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound inside. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center. The children were unharmed in the incident.

According to the AP, A multi-racial Washington state family has raised concerns after Ku Klux Klan symbols were spray painted on multiple trees near their home. KOMO-TV reports that the Anderson family has had tough conversations about race with their four adopted children, but the racially offensive graffiti crossed a line. The Snohomish family says their teenage son discovered the KKK symbols on six to eight trees as he walked through the woods right next to their house heading to the lake. Snohomish County deputies say an investigation is underway. Authorities say they have not received any other reports and they do not have any leads. The family says the community is usually friendly and welcoming, but a conversation clearly needs to happen.

According to USA Today, Kids in Browning, Montana, were gifted with that rare September snow day Monday after a historically early winter storm pounding parts of the West dumped four feet of snow on the town in the heart of the Blackfeet Reservation. Barely a week after the end of summer, snow swept across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. The National Weather Service said temperatures in some areas were dropping as much as 30 degrees below normal. Montana got the worst of it. Great Falls, which normally sees less than two inches of snow in September, was blasted with a two-day snow total of 19.3 inches – the second highest two-day snow total ever for any time of year. Near-record cold was forecast for Monday night. “Browning Schools has cancelled all classes for tomorrow 9/30/19 to dig out from the storm,” the school tweeted Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether one day of digging would be enough. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said September snow in parts of the U.S. isn’t that unusual, but the amount of snow at relatively low elevations is. The cold was also a surprising feature.

According to Movieguide, Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick report that 50 people accepted Christ after a viewing of OVERCOMER. “I’m grateful the Lord has been carrying us through all of this,” Stephen told Movieguide®. The multiple salvations are just one example of the miracles the brothers have heard in response to their movie. “To hear that 50 people came to Christ in just one screening, and that churches were leveraging [the movie] for the Gospel, to hear people respond online that not only were they entertained by the film, but we see the responses that God spoke deeply to [them] about who [they are] in Christ, it’s everything we hoping would happen in the hearts of believers,” Stephen said.

According to The Christian Post, After years of publicly declaring himself an atheist, award-winning actor and film producer Brad Pitt says that he was just being “rebellious” when he kept telling the world he didn’t believe in God. “Oh, man, I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. And then when I got on my own, I completely left it and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right. Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. But I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around to just belief in—I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected,” Pitt, 55, said in an interview for the October issue of GQ. In a 2009 interview with Bild, when asked if he believed in God, Pitt who was raised Southern Baptist, replied: “No, no, no!” When pressed on whether his soul is spiritual, he said: “No, no, no! I’m probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.” Two years later in 2011, the 55-year-old actor told Extra how stifled he felt by his religion. It was that stifled feeling, he told The Hollywood Reporter, that led him to turn away from his Southern Baptist tradition. The discussion of Pitt’s faith comes as he promotes a new movie called “Ad Astra.” It’s a paranoid thriller in space that follows character Roy McBride, played by Pitt, “on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.” In the film, faith is presented as something that can often be a distraction from self.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!