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Video: Mursi Supporters Murder Teens, Throw them from Roof

By on July 6, 2013 in Blog, General

Pro-Mursi supporters are seen throwing teens from a roof in Alexandria, murdering them. In this video, pay attention to the teens who are sitting atop a concrete structure which sits atop the roof of a tall building. They appear to be trying to avoid Mohammed Mursi supporters. At about the 2:30 mark, you can see [...]

Coptic priest murdered, 36 dead, riots continue in Egypt


I Need These Living Epistles”


July 5, 2013

From a letter sent in by a VOM reader:

“In 1996, our daughter Sophia had a long seizure causing permanent brain damage. She suffered badly for months, crying incessantly for two or three days at a time and writhing in pain. She did not know us or respond to us.

“One nurse could not understand why we were not angry with God for allowing this to happen. I tried to help her see that we are his servants and cannot deny the tremendous gift that God had given us in his Son. Four months after her seizure, Sophia died.

“The day she died, I saw a picture from a The Voice of the Martyrs article of a Sudanese sister whose breasts had been cut off sitting next to her infant. Her persecutors tortured her by doing this horrible thing, forcing her to watch her child die of starvation. Thousands of miles away from where she was, I knew her pain, and I wept, thinking, I will not allow myself to wallow in self-pity.

“That woman and others like her did not have the benefit of medical care, fellowship, and love from brethren that we had. Yet they have endured so much, and I, by the grace of God, can also endure it.

“I need these living epistles of the Lord Jesus Christ to express the reality that Jesus lives and this world is not my home.”

While God’s presence is always near through the person of the Holy Spirit, we often need those spiritual encouragers with skin on them to help us in our faith. Martyrs and other believers throughout the centuries are real people whose real examples of courage inspire us to believe that maybe, just maybe, we may be able to respond likewise. While we may not share in their exact ED_Coveradversities, we can adopt the spirit of their tenacity and bravery for our daily lives. If you have been inspired by an extreme story of faith, share it with others. Pass along the example. Teach others to draw strength from those who have gone before, living their faith as examples to all.

This is one of the readings from the book, Extreme Devotion, available from VOM’s online bookstore. You can also receive devotional thoughts daily via email. Sign up here.

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Egypt: Muslims murder Coptic priest in revenge for removal of Morsi

But remember: this is not hate. It only becomes hate when non-Muslims talk about it. Any bishop will tell you that.

“Coptic priest shot dead in latest Egypt violence,” from Reuters, July 6 (thanks to Walter):

CAIRO- Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources said.At least 30 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded after Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called “Friday of Rejection” protests across the country and tried to march on the military compound where the ousted president is held.

The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.

The shooting in the coastal city of El Arish was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region, the sources said.

Saturday’s attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has fiercely criticized Coptic Pope Tawadros, spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Christians, for giving his blessing to the removal of the president and attending the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution.

Five Egyptian police officers were gunned down in separate incidents on Friday in the North Sinai town of El-Arish, medical sources said, after Islamist gunmen killed a soldier in a separate attack in a nearby town overnight.

The police officers were shot by gunmen while they were guarding a government building, a checkpoint on the southern outskirts of the town, and the hospital, the sources said.

It was not clear whether the attacks were coordinated and in reaction to Morsi’s ouster….

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Shocking Video: Islamists Throw Morsi

Opponents Off High Wall, Killing One


  • Don’t cry for democracy. Army saved Egypt from Islamist dictatorship

    Sunday, July 07, 2013 9:52:15 AM · by Innovative · 16 replies

    NY Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    As Michael Mukasey, the former federal judge and attorney general, wrote in another context: “The Constitution and US laws are not a treaty with the universe; they protect US citizens.” So it is with our foreign policy. The first goal is to protect America’s security and interests. Everything else is second. That formula explains why Mohammed Morsi’s election doesn’t trump other all other considerations. After all, Hamas won an election in Gaza, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won two elections in Iran. Hitler was elected, and so was Saddam Hussein. Elections in police-state societies can be a step in the right direction,…

But remember: this is not hate. It only becomes hate when non-Muslims report about it. “30 killed in Nigeria school attack,” from the Associated Press, July 6:

Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn on Saturday, killing 29 students and a teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on a radical terror group, survivors said.Parents screamed in anguish as they tried to identify the charred and gunshot victims.

Farmer Malam Abdullahi found the bodies of two of his sons, a 10-year-old shot in the back as he apparently tried to run away, and a 12-year-old shot in the chest.

“That’s it, I’m taking my other boys out of school,” he told The Associated Press as he wept over the two bodies. He said he had three younger children in a nearby school.

“It’s not safe,” he said. “The gunmen are attacking schools and there is no protection for students despite all the soldiers.”

Survivors at the Potiskum General Hospital and its mortuary said gunmen attacked Government Secondary School in Mamudo village, 5 km from Potiskum town at about 3 a.m. local time on Saturday. The gunmen are believed to be from the Boko Haram sect whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.”

They killed 29 students and an English teacher, Mohammed Musa, who was shot in the chest according to another teacher, Ibrahim Abdu.

“We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me,” said 15-year-old Musa Hassan.

“They burned the children alive,” he said, the horror showing in his wide eyes.

Some bodies are so charred they could not be identified, so many parents do not know if their children survived or died.

Islamic militants from Boko Haram and breakaway groups have killed more than 1,600 civilians in suicide bombings and other attacks since 2010, according to an Associated Press count.

Scores of schools have been burned down in the past year in northeast Nigeria….

Independence Day


July 4, 2013

VOM offices are closed today as our staff join in celebrating Independence Day in the United States. We are thankful for the country where we live and work, and we pray that God will bless our nation and draw many Americans into fellowship with Him.

We often encourage our readers to pray for nations around the world, and especially for our Christian brothers and sisters living (and often suffering) in those nations. Today it seems appropriate to ask our readers to pray also for the United States, and for Christ’s followers who live here.

Please join us in praying.

How Should We Respond to the Present Challenge?


July 3, 2013

People often feel threatened by those whose views are opposed to their own. They may not have the skills or patience to debate and dialogue with these people, so they resort, out of frustration and fear, to some form of coercion to get their way. It may be a violent demonstration or a personal attack, but it seldom bears the mark of the lowly Jesus.

This is a genuine failure on the part of some Christians (and non-Christians as well) to see others who disagree with them as valuable persons, worthy of the time and effort to persuade them of the truth. God’s way is the way of gentle persuasion, of being able to articulate the truth with the spirit of gentleness. This does not rule out vigorous social debate, but it does rule out coming to blows. VOMClassroom

There is a history of the wrong way to convert people. The Crusades were an attempt to win back the Holy Land from the Muslims. The idea of the Crusades was to open the way for Christian pilgrims to visit the Holy Land. Not many conversions to Christ took place from this endeavor, but centuries of hatred, anger, and hostility resulted from using the sword in the name of Christ. Using the sword to defend or propagate any faith has never been the best tactic! Ironically, some of those who criticize the Crusades have picked up the sword as well.

Apparently Christians across the ages have forgotten Christ’s words the night He was arrested: “Put your sword back in its place” (Matthew 26:52). There is a human tendency to use brute force rather than stir up a few brain cells and approach conflict and confrontation in a reasonable way. Richard Robert Osmer, in his book A Teachable Spirit, talks about the authority of the teaching office in the church. It has a bearing on this discussion as well. He writes: “True authority…elicits respect and attentiveness on the basis…of wisdom and truth. It is essentially persuasive, not coercive” ([Louisville, KY.: Westminster, 1990], 47). This is a more positive approach than the slash-and-destroy mentality of crusaders, Christians, Muslims, or any other group who may be tempted to use such tactics.

The apostle Paul was a persuader (2 Corinthians 5). He used persuasion and reasoning to accomplish his calling. He debated in the public arena and spoke convincingly in front of civil authorities. He suffered for it but he also won many to Christ in the process.

Our challenge is to use the public arena. We need to publically engage our culture and society in discussion and debate, and we can anticipate being humiliated in certain contexts.

From a window in a downtown hotel in a city where I was attending a convention, I saw why Islam is reported to be a fast-growing religion in America. A large church stood in the middle of the town square. There was a very busy bus stop in front of the church. All day long men dressed in Islamic clothes talked with commuters as they passed by that area. They handed out Muslim literature. Every day, men in nice, conservative suits walked past these commuters into a very impressive and prestigious old church. None of them stopped to talk to the commuters. No one handed out literature. No one engaged the commuters in conversation. There were no conversions to Christianity on that street that day.

While our eyes are often focused on militant Muslims who are constantly in the news, there are others working to convert the world to Islam in a more subtle and successful manner. They are ultimately the ones who can establish Islam in nations around the world.

The defense of our faith, if we are required to take that posture, must be done with skillful and persuasive proclamation. We fight the fight with testimony and holy living. We need to heed the Apostle Paul’s directive in 2 Timothy 2:25: “Those who oppose him [the Lord's servant, v. 24] he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth.”

We will resort to gentle instruction—over the shouts and hostility of the world. We may be beaten and maligned for our public testimony. We will engage in no revengeful actions to defend the suppression of our right to speak. This, I deeply feel, is the true Christian way.

Roy Stults, PhD, is the Online Workshop Coordinator and Educational Services Coordinator for The Voice of the Martyrs. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University (BA and MA), Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Doctor of Missiology), and The University of Manchester (England) with a PhD (theology). A Vietnam veteran, Dr. Stults served as a missionary for 19 years and pastored U.S. churches for eight years. Prior to joining VOM, he was a Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Asia Bibi Petition Drive Continues


July 2, 2013

Last week, we updated you with recent developments in the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother in Pakistan who is facing the death penalty for allegedly blaspheming Mohammed.

VOM continues to collect signatures from around the world asking Pakistan’s government to release Asia Bibi from prison and allow her to be reunited with her husband and daughters. To date, more than 666,800 people have added their names to this Call for Mercy.

Today we encourage you to get involved in this vital campaign. First, if you haven’t, add your voice to the Call For Mercy petition drive.

After you’ve signed the petition, invite your friends and relatives to add their voices as well. One tool to help you do this is the following video, which was the top video in VOM’s Call For Mercy video contest. Post a link to the video on your Facebook page or share it via Twitter (use the hash tag #CallForMercy) or other social media channels.


VOM’s goal, when the Call For Mercy campaing launched, was 1,000,000 signatures. Already we’ve made two deliveries of petition signatures to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. Help us reach that goal by encouraging your friends to sign the petition today.

You can also encourage Asia Bibi directly by writing her a letter through Prisoner Alert.

Rashid’s Story

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July 1, 2013

Today, we are praying and fasting together for “Rashid,” a new convert to Christianity in Jordan who is going through trials because of his faith. He is experiencing family problems and feels  isolated in his new faith. His wife left him and is asking for a divorce. When a VOM worker told him we would be praying for him on July 1, he was amazed. Pray that he grows in his faith. Pray that he will be reconciled with his wife. Pray for more community for him. And pray for the many more brothers and sisters like him in the Middle East, along with the workers who are reaching them for Christ.

Rashid’s testimony is below, told by our worker in the region.


Khalid Saad, another Jordanian convert to Christianity, was shot at and had his arm run over by a taxi in retaliation for leaving Islam.

Rashid’s story begins with curiosity and thirst, like many other Muslims in Jordan and across the Arab world. He was curious, but had many questions and simply needed a person willing to take the risk and the time to share with him. One day, Rashid met a Christian man who was willing to open up to him about his Christian faith and answer some questions. They talked for hours, discussing Islam and Christianity, but there were some questions the Christian was unable to answer due to his lack of knowledge of Islam, so he referred Rashid to some others to answer his questions.I and two other people met with Rashid in January 2012 for the first time. We talked for two and a half hours and answered all of his questions. His two main questions were 1) the reason for the cross and 2) the language the Bible uses in Song of Solomon.

I explained the Gospel: that all humans are sinners by nature. I explained the necessity of the cross and the crucifixion of Jesus and that without the cross and death of Christ, we are left in our sin and unable to stand before a holy God. I showed him how Jesus is the only one able to meet the requirements of the justice of God.

To help you understand his second question, Muslims often misperceive Song of Solomon and the description of a woman’s body parts, which in Islam are considered to be shameful. In order to clarify this misperception, as believers, we have to explain what the Bible teaches about women overall.

We showed him that women are not described as sexual beings in the Bible, but that they are to be loved, honored and respected. I asked Rashid, “Why is it shameful for the Bible to mention the body parts of women, but not men? The answer is simply because Islam has been teaching you to see women in a sexual context only. So, before reading Song of Solomon, you need to understand and see women in the right way, which the Bible teaches.”

We continued meeting with Rashid and building our friendship. Once, after a long conversation about the faith, Rashid asked me, “If I want to pray to God — your God, not the god of Islam — what should I tell him?” That was a shocking statement! Rashid was able to recognize that the God of Christianity is different from the god of Islam.

We continued to meet with Rashid for months, watching him struggle between the new discovery of the cross of Christ and the faith of Islam that he had always known. In the midst of this constant struggle, I gave Rashid a Bible and a commentary to be able to read and dive deeper into the Christian faith.

In December 2012, Rashid called and asked me to meet him. He told me about the challenges he faced in becoming a follower of Jesus and all the persecution from the government he could face when they found out about his conversion. He thought that for his conversion to be official, he had to go to the government office and ask for his religious status to be changed.

I explained that God does not require permission from the government for someone to be his child, but that he only needed to acknowledge his sin and believe in God’s son as the savior from his sins. After this, God would do all the changes inside his heart, through his faith in Christ. Rashid was amazed at this answer.

A week later, Rashid decided to pray to be saved through the blood of Jesus. This is what he prayed:

“God, thank you for your love for me. [Silence for two minutes.] I testify that there is no god but God and Jesus is the son of God.”

Usually, Muslims say this sentence to confess their faith in Islam, but instead of saying Jesus is the son of God, they say, “Muhammad is the prophet of God.” Rashid knew this sentence and had said it for years as a Muslim, so he modified it.

Rashid now considers himself a follower of Jesus and has decided to live his life for Christ despite probably persecution.

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Project Update: God Sustained Me

Friday July 05 2013 12:35 PM | Posted by persecution

This woman’s joy for what God has done in her life is clearly seen by the huge smile on her face.

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Prayer Requests from Egypt Christians

Wednesday July 03 2013 12:32 PM | Posted by persecution

“The coming 24 hours are the most critical time. Thank you for praying and standing with us.” Continue reading…

PRAYER ALERT: Egypt At the Tipping Point-Please Pray!!!!

Monday July 01 2013 12:34 PM | Posted by persecutionAll of Egypt is at a tipping point -millions of Egyptians are in the streets, the entire nation is divided, and now the army released a statement on television, saying that all parties of the government have 48 hours “to respond positively to the demands of the masses” or they will step in.

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Burma: Visit report

Burma today is on a knife-edge of hope and fear. For the first time in more than two decades, there are reasons for cautious optimism, and signs of freedom emerging. However, there are many grave challenges and concerns, and widespread and serious violations of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, continue to be perpetrated, in a climate of impunity. 13/05/2013


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Flag of Egypt The 2011 revolution that ousted President Mubarak initially brought Muslims and Christians together, but improved relations were short-lived. The Muslim Brotherhood won parliamentary elections in November 2011 and a new Islamist-backed constitution was signed into law in December 2012. Support … Continue reading →

Burma: Visit report

Burma today is on a knife-edge of hope and fear. For the first time in more than two decades, there are reasons for cautious optimism, and signs of freedom emerging. However, there are many grave challenges and concerns, and widespread and serious violations of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, continue to be perpetrated, in a climate of impunity. 13/05/2013


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Proverbs 7

New International Version (NIV)


Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

7 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.” 5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. 7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. 8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house 9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 11 (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) 13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. 15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! 16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b] 23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

How To Get Everything You Want In Life


Dave Kerpen, Inc. Jul. 7, 2013, 9:51 AM 1,509



Getting what you want in your career and in life isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.

I’ve been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make it happen. In essence, I work to put others first, and to be more likeable, to end up with what I want in everything I do. I’ll be writing about this in far more detail in my third booknext year.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at how you can be successful in everything you do, too:

Listen First and Never Stop Listening
Listening is the single-most important skill in professional and personal relationships. Ernest Hemingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” It’s sad, but true: Most people have their own agenda and are too busy talking (or waiting to talk) to listen to you. So here’s the paradox: If you, unlike most people, can truly listen with empathy, then people will like you–and eventually help you get what you want.

Help Others
It’s perhaps another paradox, but it works: When you want something from someone, instead of asking for it, help that person get what he or she wants. If you don’t know what he or she wants, then simply ask, “How can I help you?” Since so many people are out to only help themselves, when you genuinely seek to help others succeed in their goals and dreams, you’ll stand out. And those people you genuinely help will in turn fight to help you succeed and give you everything you want. Help others first, without expecting anything–and the returns will be enormous.

Be Yourself: Authentic, Transparent, and Vulnerable
Oprah Winfrey stated, “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” Professionals, especially of an older generation, tend to have a tough time with authenticity and transparency in the workplace. People, especially men, tend to have a tough time being vulnerable, especially with people they don’t know well. Many also aren’t sure how much to reveal online, or at work, or to people they’ve just met. But, hard as these choices may be, authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability all breed trust. And when people trust you, they’ll do anything for you. Open up to people, and take a chance, and you’ll be rewarded.

Tell, Don’t Sell
As important as it is to listen and help others, in order to get what you want, eventually you’ve got to tell people what that is. But nobody wants to be sold to. So whether it’s a product, service, idea, or yourself that you’re trying to sell–give up on “selling.” Instead, focus on telling a great story–captivating your audience, bringing to life what the future will bring, and painting a great picture of what will happen if you get what you want. When you get good at storytelling, people want to be part of that story–and they want to help others become part of that story too.

Inject Passion Into Every Interaction
Passion is contagious, but so is lack of passion. If you’re not passionate about what you’re talking about, why should someone else care? If you want something, you must be more excited and dedicated to it than anyone else. If you’re not passionate about it, maybe it’s not really that important to you. Not everyone is super high-energy and extraverted, though these qualities can help convey passion in many cases. Passion and energy alone put me through college with my first job. But ultimately, you don’t need to be bouncing off the walls to convince someone of something. You just need to reveal your true passion, in the way that’s genuine for you.

Surprise and Delight Others
You know how when you walk into a casino, there’s always a slot machine going off somewhere in the background, telling the world that another person just hit a jackpot? This is what social psychologists call variable rewards. You don’t know when you’re going to win; you just have enough positive experiences that you feel excited, even when you’re not winning. When you surprise and delight others, not only do you make them happy–you remind them that you’re the type of person who might surprise and delight them soon again. Some classic examples: bringing home flowers to your wife for “no reason”; telling a customer his order will arrive next week but then overnighting it; and now, tweeting to a random prospect that she’s won a free prize. If you go out of your way to make an experience with you special, especially when people least expect it, you will get huge results over time.

Use The Four Most Important Words in Business and Life
Say “I’m sorry” when you make a mistake and “thank you” as much as you can. These words are so simple, yet so often people overlook the importance of saying them. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone knows that. It’s not when you make a mistake that’s a problem; it’s when you make a mistake and are too proud or embarrassed to be vulnerable, fess up, and apologize. Just say “I’m sorry” and let another person forgive you, so you can move on, and eventually get what you want. Conversely, sincere gratitude to people is a powerful emotion to convey, and opens up many doors. I send three hand-written thank you cards every morning. I send them to staff, customers, vendors, the media, and friends, and not only do I find people love receiving cards, but writing “thank you” puts me in an incredible mindset to start my day. This is not just about sending cards, though. It’s about having a deep appreciation for and wonder about the people and world around you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’d love to know what you think of these seven ideas. Let me know in the comments section below.

This story was originally published by Inc.

  • After Supreme Court Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws

    Sunday, July 07, 2013 9:05:32 AM · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies

    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2013 | By MICHAEL COOPER
    State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities — who tend to vote Democratic — to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll…

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