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anonymous In Illinois, USA March 08, 2009 9:43 PM

AP - A pastor shot and killed during his Sunday sermon deflected the first of the gunman's four rounds with a Bible, sending a confetti-like spray of paper into the air in a horrifying scene that congregants initially thought was a skit, police said.

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anonymous  March 09, 2009 6:37 AM

The Rev. Mark Jones, another First Baptist pastor, later urged a Sunday evening prayer service attended by hundreds at nearby Metro Community Church in Edwardsville to be resilient after "this attack from the forces of hell."

The standing-room-only crowd cried, cradled Bibles and stretched their hands skyward as they packed into the church, many watching the service on large television monitors in overflow areas.

"We need to reassure our hearts and reinforce our minds that Pastor Fred is in that place that we call heaven," Jones said. "Church, evil does exist. Today, we saw the visible results of evil and its influence."

First Baptist had an average attendance of 32 people when Winters became senior pastor in 1987; it now has about 1,200 members and three Sunday services, according to the church's Web site.

Winters was former president of the Illinois Baptist State Association and an adjunct professor for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, according to the site.

He hosted Pizza with the Pastor dinners in his home, and the church organized bowling parties for fathers and daughters, karate classes and a golf league.

The church sits along a busy two-lane highway on the east side of Maryville, a fast-growing village of more than 7,000 about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis. A farm sits directly across from the church, but subdivisions of newer homes can been easily seen from every side.

"Things like this just don't happen in Maryville," Mayor Larry Gulledge said. "We've lost one the pillars of our community, one of our leaders."

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anonymous  March 09, 2009 6:41 AM

This actually was not a case of persecution. It sounds like a mentally ill man might have been the person who committed this terrible crime. Still, it is a tragedy that I wanted you to know about and I urge you to pray for the family and for the congregation because it sounds as if they have lost a wonderful pastor.
And if you can find the church address; it would be nice to send them a sympathy and encouragement card!
Your sister in Christ,
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anonymous PERSECUTION IN THE UNITED STATES! April 02, 2009 6:16 PM

Often in the United States there is subtle persecution. Not the kind where you have to worry about your life, and not anything like some of our brothers and sisters have to endure in many countries around the world.
And yet, we often find that there are subtle prejudices, such as an atheist who won't admit that we as Christians have rights, or non Christians who mock us and ridicule our beliefs.
The sad thing is when we as Christians persecute each other. It's hard to believe that this happens, and yet it does.
I myself, consider myself non-denominational, and Spirit filled, and it is unbelievable what others will do with that identity. I am often mocked for my beliefs. Called a Holy Roller, and people will make very rude remarks, and call out 'Praise the Lord'  in a rude mocking sort of way. Not a lot of people do this, but there are some that do. It makes one feel, well, a little fearful, and insecure I guess. It hurts to feel that you are rejected because of your beliefs and devotion to God, and some of those people who criticize my beliefs also go to a church, and call themselves Christians. This should not be; however, I remember how Jesus was mocked and rejected, and how some towns actually rejected Him. He suffered on the cross so that we might be saved, and endured all of our sins, so that we might be forgiven.
I was so blessed and fortunate to have experienced how Christians of many denominations worked and worshiped the Lord together, despite there differences, so that others might hear the word of Jesus. I have never forgotten those days when we all gathered together. Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Pentecostal, Spirit filled, and many others to sing to the Lord and to pray, study the Bible and to reach out to others in love, friendship and to help in any way that we could.
I am hoping that this Easter, we can all remember that Jesus died on the cross for all of us, and that our Salvation, our forgiveness is a gift from God's own Son, because we can never reach heaven without the Gift of Jesus and his sacrifice!
With love in Christ,
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anonymous  April 02, 2009 7:17 PM

P.S. I would to ask that on the Easter holidays, that we pray for each other, the persecuted Christians and for unity in the name of Jesus! For those of you who are leaving early to travel to family and friends - have a very Happy Easter!
Your sister in Christ,
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anonymous  April 24, 2009 10:38 AM

A little while ago, I heard a conversation that absolutely horrified me. While driving past an elementary school with my window open, I heard a child being verbally attacked by the other children because of a certain church she attention. A Christian Church!
You could tell that this child was terrified, and I just could not believe what I was hearing. I know this has happened before in history but it was shocking to see the number of children involved in this type of persecution.
It's time we started paying attention to what is going on with our own children, and standing up for our rights before the time comes, that we will no longer be able to do so. Yes, we do believe in forgiveness, and we believe in trusting Jesus, but at times we must step in to deal with certain situations. There are alternatives to public school such as church schools, and home schools, but some people can not home school, or pay for a church school, so even if you can send your child to a church school, you should do all you can to prevent this kind of thing from happening.
There will be a day when things will be so bad that we will not be able to send our children to school unless they keep their faith a secret, but until that time comes, parents should get involved with the school, and set up meetings and perhaps if you pray and ask the teacher you can speak to the classes about what harassment and persecution is. If this does not work, we may have to sit down and decide what to do to help our children out. My children are grown, but many have small children, and need to know that there are things they can do about persecution in the schools.
Your sister in Christ,
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 June 02, 2009 5:18 AM



I got this disturbing bit of news from American Family Association. This is about Christianity and is too important not to pass around!

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San Diego County officials shut down home Bible study

County official interrogates pastor and his wife

May 28, 2009

Dear Amalthea,

A San Diego pastor and his wife have been told they cannot have a Bible study in their home. The couple says they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, then threatened with ever increasing fines if they refuse to stop the Bible study. (See news article here)

According to the couple's attorney, they were questioned about the Bible study. "'Do you have a regular meeting in your home?" The pastor's wife replied, "Yes." "Do you say 'amen'?" the official asked. "Yes," she replied. "Do you pray?" Again she said, "Yes." "Do you say 'praise the Lord'?" Another "Yes." The official told the pastor and his wife they were in violation of county rules.

The Bible study usually has an average of about 15 people.

A few days later they got a written warning that listed the home Bible study an "unlawful use of land." They were notified to "stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit," which could cost them thousands of dollars.

Could a small poetry club meet regularly in a home? Apparently, yes. What about a Cub Scout meeting? Evidently, yes. What if they meet regularly to watch Monday Night Football? Obviously, yes.

Take Action!

Sign the petition supporting the couple's right to hold the small Bible study in their home. The petition will go to the San Diego Board of Supervisors.
Please forward this to others and ask them to sign. We will present the petitions to the San Diego Board of Supervisors.

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 December 17, 2009 10:25 PM

Please note and read story! Wednesday, 8:33 AM

Story has contact # to tell the school just what you think!

Massachusetts School Suspends Eight Year Old for Drawing Jesus on the Cross

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TAUNTON, MA ( - An 8-year-old boy was sent home from Maxham Elementary School and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after he drew a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross. The boy's father, Chester Johnson, sai
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 December 23, 2009 6:33 PM

In another blatant attack against the Judeo-Christian ethic in America, county officials in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania are being forced to remove their traditional nativity scene and menorah from the courthouse lawn.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened to sue the cash-strapped county if they did not remove the displays. Rather than try to fight a lawsuit that would have cost the debt-ridden county's taxpayers upwards of $175,000, County Solicitor Vito DeLuca chose to remove the display.
Officials stress the county didn't just "roll over on this issue" but economics were a big factor considering everything the county has on its plate right now. It is millions of dollars in debt and trying to pass a budget.

County leaders said there was no way it could have pulled off a new display in the time frame it had.

"That's one of the things we went back and forth with the ACLU on and they wouldn't say. Well if you put a Santa hat on one of the nativity scenes. That would be acceptable," said county solicitor Vito DeLuca.
DeLuca also said he felt it would have been an insult to the people in the region to try to try to throw a display together with sights like Joseph and Mary wearing Santa hats in order to fill the scene with religious and nonreligious symbols.

"I think it's ridiculous. I don't think anyone has the right to take it. It's been around for a long time," said Katrina Gentner of Swoyersville.
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