I pray all of you had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed quality family time. We had a fantastic Christmas meal my dear friend Alma prepared — good thing I put in a 6-mile Christmas morning run.
Well, it’s back to basics and the reality of our world. And this is one we must never forget, since we just had the peace of remembering that “Unto us a child is born and He shall be called Immanuel, God is with us”. As we received the gift of God’s peace in Jesus Christ’s birth — and some pretty neat personal gifts — some Christians were reminded of another aspect of the faith: persecution.
As reported by Fox News, “The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.”
“Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. “ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the author of “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore,” told FoxNews.com. “This why they are crucifying Christians — including children — destroying churches and selling artifacts. The fact is, this group will stop at nothing to raise funds for its terrorist mission.”
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