Week 4: Is God paying attention when we suffer?

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By Yolandé Korkie Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” (NLT) The Bible is filled with the history of people suffering and God responding to them in various ways. Early in Genesis we meet Hagar, who cried…

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ASIA-PACIFIC ARMS RACE TAKES OMINOUS TURN

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By Alex Pollock Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a game-changer in the way two countries [Australia and Japan] think about protecting themselves from China’s rapid military expansion. China’s rapid build-up of bases, naval forces, and long-range air force in the South China Sea and beyond has unnerved its…

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NÓG INHEGTENISNEMINGS IN IRAN NÁ BETOGINGS

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Die Irannese polisie het verskeie mense, wat volgens hulle “aanhitsers” van die protesoptogte teen die regering was, in hegtenis geneem. Dié betogings het verlede week in die stad Behbahan, in die suidweste van die land, plaasgevind. Die regering se hantering van Iran se verdiepende ekonomiese krisis en koronavirus-pandemie, het tot die verhoging in openbare onrus…

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VYANDIGHEDE TUSSEN AZERBEIDJAN EN ARMENIË ESKALEER

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Een van die wêreld se mees uitgerekte gebiedsgeskille – in die Kaukasiese gebergte – het weer opgevlam nadat 20 mense op 12 Julie in gevegte op die grens tussen Armenië en Azerbeidjan, dood is. Dit was nie onmiddellik duidelik wat die geweld veroorsaak het nie, maar beide lande het die ander daarvan beskuldig dat húlle…

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MORE ARRESTS MADE IN IRAN AFTER PROTESTS

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Iranian police arrested several people they claim were “instigators” behind last week’s anti-government protests in the city of Behbahan in the southwest of the country. The government’s handling of Iran’s deepening economic and coronavirus crises has contributed to growing public unrest. Iran’s rulers have tried to prevent a revival of last November’s anti-government protests in…

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HOSTILITIES ESCALATE BETWEEN AZERBAIJAN AND ARMENIA

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One of the world’s longest-running territorial disputes in the Caucasus Mountains was reignited after 20 people died on 12 July in fighting on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It was not immediately clear what caused the violence, but both countries accused each other of reigniting the hostilities. Located between the Black and Caspian Seas,…

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22 JULIE ’20 | BID VIR THAILAND

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Liewe gebedsvriende Op Saterdag, 18 Julie, het duisende betogers die strate van Bangkok, die hoofstad van Thailand, ingevaar om op ’n nuwe grondwet, nuwe verkiesings en die afskaffing van onderdrukkende wette aan te dring. Groepe studente het die protesoptogte aan die gang gesit, maar deur die loop van die aand het honderde mense by hulle…

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22 JULY ’20 | PRAY FOR THAILAND

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 18 July, thousands of protestors took to the streets of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, to call for a new constitution, new elections, and an end to repressive laws. The protests were largely started by groups of students, but as the evening progressed hundreds of other people joined. Police blocked off access…

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Week 3: If God is all-powerful, why does He not prevent suffering? Continued… [Part 2 on the suffering of Job]

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By Yolandé Korkie Job was righteous, but lost everything, and suffered a direct attack on his health. Up until that moment, Job had chosen to accept that God had given and had taken away. But then suffering takes its toll, and one of the darkest chapters in the Bible follows. Job ends up cursing the…

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EXPANSIONIST TURKEY RECONQUERS ONE OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY’S BIGGEST SYMBOLS

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkey and the European Union (EU) clashed on Monday [13 July] over Ankara’s decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters. After their first face-to-face meeting in months, the 27 EU foreign ministers said that they “condemned…

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