JUST A MINUTE: DIVERSITY AND UNITY IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

30th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

Diversity and unity in the gifts of the Spirit – By Gustav Krös, incoming director When I started my journey into missions 12 years ago, my mentor at the time told me that I was embarking on the greatest adventure imaginable. When I look back now, I must agree that never in my wildest dreams…

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ISLAMIC STATE LEADER SAYS SRI LANKA ATTACKS “PART OF THE REVENGE” THAT AWAITS THE WEST

30th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

30 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group claimed to appear for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead. The man said to be…

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SOUTH AFRICA MARKS FREEDOM DAY, APARTHEID ENDED 25 YEARS AGO

29th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

29 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Calls for more jobs for South Africa’s black majority and respect for the rights of the LGBTI community marked Freedom Day celebrations on Saturday commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Singing and dancing punctuated one gathering of about 3,500 people on the outskirts of Johannesburg. A quarter-century ago South…

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WEEK 3: Humility

26th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

“For who makes you superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7, ISV)   This rhetorical question from Paul is enough to inspire humility in even the most skilled and successful people in…

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SPURNED BY WASHINGTON, NORTH KOREA’S KIM SEEKS A FRIEND IN PUTIN

25th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

25 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at a summit designed to show that Washington is not the only power able to set the agenda on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The two men embarked on a day of talks on an island off the Russian Pacific…

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EGYPT VOTERS APPROVE REFERENDUM EXTENDING PRESIDENT’S RULE

24th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

24 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: AP) -Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass…

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SRI LANKA ARRESTS 40 SUSPECTS AFTER BOMBINGS, TOLL UP TO 310

23rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

23 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said. Sri Lanka’s…

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WEEK 2: Grace

22nd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

Grace, by definition, is unmerited favour. Therefore, in order for grace to exist, there would need to be an object undeserving of the favour being bestowed upon it. Grace should cause all of us to fall to our knees and admit our dependence on God. I love the way Jesus explained this truth in the…

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EASTER TERROR ATTACKS TARGET CHURCHES AND HOTELS IN SRI LANKA

21st April 2019 . by incontext_adm

21 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE DAILY MAIL)  – At least 156 people are dead in an Easter Sunday terrorist attack targeting Christians in Sri Lanka after eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up. The initial six explosions injured as many as 500 people, including Japanese and British citizens, and…

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13 DEAD IN KZN CHURCH COLLAPSE AS HEAVY STORMS LASH THE PROVINCE

19th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

19 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE SOWETAN) – Thirteen people died and 16 were injured when a church roof collapsed in northern KwaZulu-Natal as heavy storms lashed the province on Thursday night. According to Jonty Ndlazi, a senior manager at the KZN disaster management centre, a Pentecostal church building collapsed during a “Passover session”. The building is in…

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