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preaching article You Need to Know This Before You Preach

You Need to Know This Before You Preach

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Jul 12, 2014


Keeping up with current events and important faith and culture news can be a difficult task, which is why we're partnering with TheBlaze to offer a weekly recap of the top stories to keep pastors up to speed on what’s going on in the world.

Below, find the latest faith and culture news followed by key news stories:

  • The situation in Iraq continues to be dire. A man believed to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, recently appeared on video, urging Muslims to join him in establishing an Islamic state.

“God created us to worship him and spread his religion, and ordered us to fight his enemies for him and for religion,” the man said.

  • And that’s not the only violence that has unfolded of late in the war-torn nation. Take a look at these pictures of jihadists destroying shrines and mosques in one town in northern Iraq.

“We feel very sad for the demolition of these shrines, which we inherited from our fathers and grandfathers,” one resident told Agence France-Presse. “They are landmarks in the city.”

  • In other Middle Eastern news, students at a Jewish seminary in Israel were attacked last weekend when about 15 Palestinians barged into their school and began throwing rocks at them. Read about how the students fought back with some unlikely weapons.
  • Also, in the midst of all the violence surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, read about how two families of killed teenagers from opposite sides of the struggle comforted each other.
  • Plus: Is a nation’s attitude toward Israel a good indicator of its well-being when it comes to poverty and violence? This conservative economist thinks so.
  • Moving on to the Catholic Church, members of a church procession in one Italian town recently made a shocking detour in apparent defiance of Pope Francis. The procession went out of its way to honor a convicted mobster—just weeks after Pope Francis publicly stated that all such people were excommunicated.

Be sure to read the thousands of faith and culture stories on TheBlaze’s faith portal.

And here are some of the week’s biggest social and political stories:

  • Healthcare.gov and the national implementation of Obamacare have gotten a lot of attention, but how are things playing out in individual states? Take a look at some states where things aren’t going so well.
  • On the immigration front, this fiscal year has already seen 57,000 children try to cross the southern U.S. border illegally, a top border official told Congress on Wednesday.

“The recent dramatic increase is difficult and distressing on a lot of levels,” he said.

  • Last but not least: We haven’t forgotten about the Second Amendment debate this week. Take a look at these two opposing ballot initiatives in Washington concerning background checks, both of which will be voted on in November.

Did you find this helpful? Want to see more news updates like this? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Wyatt Timmins avatar
Wyatt Timmins
0 days ago
Please continue these current event updates...we need a central place to connect with this information as it relates to God's word!
John S. Marquis avatar
John S. Marquis
0 days ago
In November of 1947 the U.N. lead by the initial efforts of the British and the backing of Truman in the U.S. led to an agreement that created the nation of Israel and had the temple area un U.N. control. The five Arab nations that broke this agreement, part of which was to give a home to the displaced nomadic Palestinian peoples, attacked Israel immediately upon the declaration of Israel?s recreation as a country. Part of the Arab axis that broke U.N. resolution 181 was the Saudi?s fighting with the Egyptians. If the original agreement was kept by all involved there would be conflict today. However all of us that watched Larry King when he interviewed Yasser Arafat say, ?as long as there is a nation of Israel there will be no peace?. If the world and the U.N. in particular held the five Arab nations, in particular the Saudis to their agreement then this would be a different situation.
John S. Marquis avatar
John S. Marquis
0 days ago
In November of 1947 the U.N. lead by the initial efforts of the British and the backing of Truman in the U.S. led to an agreement that created the nation of Israel and had the temple area un U.N. control. The five Arab nations that broke this agreement, part of which was to give a home to the displaced nomadic Palestinian peoples, attacked Israel immediately upon the declaration of Israel?s recreation as a country. Part of the Arab axis that broke U.N. resolution 181 was the Saudi?s fighting with the Egyptians. If the original agreement was kept by all involved there would be conflict today. However all of us that watched Larry King when he interviewed Yasser Arafat say, ?as long as there is a nation of Israel there will be no peace?. If the world and the U.N. in particular held the five Arab nations, in particular the Saudis to their agreement then this would be a different situation.
Prescott Jay Erwin avatar
Prescott Jay Erwin
0 days ago
You are correct. Watch this: http://youtu.be/8EDW88CBo-8
Steve Davidson avatar
Steve Davidson
0 days ago
These updates are very helpful. Keep it up.
Steve Davidson avatar
Steve Davidson
0 days ago
These updates are very helpful. Keep it up.
Don Workman avatar
Don Workman
0 days ago
Your credibility is in jeopardy - I can't believe you overlooked the fact that LeBron is coming back to Cleveland! (from Don in northeast Ohio) :-)
Lancelot Waldron avatar
Lancelot Waldron
0 days ago
These updates are important because as people of God we are commended to pray one for another. We can also use this information to point to the reality that world affairs are ruled by the power of God. The signs indicates that a Mighty God is in control . Inevitabl at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue sconfess that He is Lord of all.
Jesse Roland avatar
Jesse Roland
0 days ago
Not sure why I need to know about the Malaysian playboy bunny converting to Islam before I go to the pulpit Sunday...
Prescott Jay Erwin avatar
Prescott Jay Erwin
0 days ago
Agreed!
David Jennys avatar
David Jennys
0 days ago
These news updates are mis-titled: it should be "You Need To Know This Before You Lead Your Congregation In Prayer". If I intend to use this news brief coming out on Saturday as part of my preaching, then I am working on my sermon Saturday, which would be bad planning, and bad preaching on my part. But if I am well informed of what is going on in the world I can better lead my people in prayer during the prayer time.
David Mercadante avatar
David Mercadante
0 days ago
these headlines are so helpful! Keep them coming!
Patricia Beauharnois avatar
Patricia Beauharnois
0 days ago
I find this to be very helpful, please continue with the current event updates!

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