By Nick Perez
Inside The Pew

When we read the word of God we lose grasp of the idea that the Lord is speaking directly to us. The word of God is the will of God and it’s

Nick Perez

God’s heart poured out to us. The word shows us we are valuable to God. Our value to God goes beyond human understanding, for example; Psalm 8:5 says, “For you have made him a little lower than the angels, And you have crowned him with glory and honor.” The word “angels” in Hebrew is Elohim, meaning God. This alone shows how valuable we are to God. Another prime example is 2nd Samuel 14:14, “… yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.” Here God shows us that our lives are so valuable to Him that even when we’ve departed from the Way, he devises a plan to bring us back. I’m sure that many of us remember that person who invited us to church or to some kind of fellowship event. So a word of encouragement is this: When somebody puts you down, or when you start feeling down about any situation life comes with; remember that your life is valuable to God, and nothing could ever

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Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

ULEJA, NIGERIA (ANS) — Suspected Islamic extremists detonated a bomb outside a church building here on Sunday (Feb. 19), two months after Boko Haram Islamists killed 44 Christians and blinded seven in a church bombing in nearby Madalla.

One of seven victims blinded by blast at Catholic church in Madalla on Christmas Day, 2011.

Compass Direct News says Sunday’s blast in Suleja, in front of Christ Embassy church during morning worship, injured five people, one seriously, according to sources.

Compass reports the bomb, planted in a parked car, was left by suspected members of Boko Haram, which seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, and authorities arrested some members of the sect the same day.

Compass explained that Triumphant Ministries International Church is also near the site of the explosion.

Peter Osema, a search-and-rescue worker with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, told Compass that the bomb was likely meant to affect both churches, and indeed Compass learned that at least one of those injured belongs to the Triumph Ministries church.

Compass also reported that at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, where the casualty figure has varied the past few months as victims were sought and identified at various hospitals, the Rev. Isaac Achi said Monday (Feb. 20) that 44 church members were killed in the Christmas Day blast.

“Of the 127 victims, we lost 44, and of the injured seven lost their sight,” Achi said.


Special to Inside The Pew

PINEVILLE, La. — Hardin-Simmons’ women’s basketball team gave a valiant effort but came up just short in a 59-53 loss to No. 22 Louisiana College in the first round of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament on Feb. 24 at the H.O. West Fieldhouse in Pineville, La.

The Cowgirls led most of the first half and still led 20-16 with 8:29 to play in the first half. HSU then went 8:13 without a field goal until Angela Newcombe’s jumper at the end of the half gave the Wildcats a 27-23 halftime lead. LC had an 11-0 run during the scoring drought.

The game featured six ties and six lead changes and it was tied for the final time at 36-36 with 13:19 to play. LC then used another spurt to take the lead for good. This time it was an 8-0 run. LC eventually led by 12 at 57-45 with 2:27 to play.

The Cowgirls had one last rally in them and cut the deficit to 57-53 with :46 to play after back-to-back 3-pointers by Coco Cartwright and Alexis Popelar.

The game ended the careers of three Cowgirl seniors – Jasmine Lewis, Kara Looten and Newcombe. Newcombe finished the game with 15 points and 17 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season. Looten also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Popelar led the way for the Cowgirls with 21 points. Roslyn Wilmer led a balanced LC attack with 16 points.

The Cowgirls outrebounded Louisiana College 59-39 in the game, but turned the ball over 30 times and that led to taking 10 less shots than the Wildcats. LC shot just 27.5 percent in the game and the Cowgirls shot 34 percent.

HSU finished the year with a record of 13-13. LC is now 23-3 on the year and will face McMurry in the ASC Semifinals on Saturday.

By Michael Ireland
ASSIST News Service

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS) — Unknown assailants spray painted blasphemous graffiti on a church building that’s home to several Christian congregations in downtown Jerusalem, according to Julie Stahl, CBN News Mideast Correspondent.

Stahl says the vandalism, which could be part of an ongoing campaign against non-Jewish religious sites, led to a show of goodwill by neighbors and others. Stahl reports that vandals sprayed messages of hate — slurs against Jesus including, “We’ll crucify you” and “Death to Christianity” — in Hebrew on the walls of the Baptist House.

“It’s not just defacing, there’s a message there,” Dr. Al Nucciarone, senior pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, told CBN News.

“Obviously people don’t like Christians being here and don’t like Jesus or don’t respect Jesus for sure,” he said.

Stahl reports that it’s not the first time the Baptist House has been attacked. In 2007, vandals broke into the sanctuary and torched chairs and hymnals. In 1982, arsonists burned the original wooden building to the ground.

But, she says, the latest incident brought out the best in the neighborhood.

“We’re sad there are extremists who would take things into their own hands like this, but we’re also heartened by the outpouring of sympathy from neighbors and people of goodwill, whom I believe are the majority,” Charles Kopp, senior pastor of the Narkis Street Congregation, told CBN News.

“People are very sympathetic when something like this happens,” Pastor Nucciarone said.

“We’ll get a lot of support. Even my friend Barry, [he’s] Jewish, came with his rabbi from the conservative synagogue in Arnona because they heard about it and they were quite disgusted about what happened and even wanted to call the mayor’s religious affairs person,” he said.

Stahl reports that police are investigating whether the vandalism is connected to earlier attacks this month on a Jerusalem monastery and mosque.

In her report, Stahl says Dr. Mordechai Zaken, head of the Ministry of Public Security’s Desk of Minority Affairs, paid a solidarity visit.

“I’m here to show my support, my solidarity, my friendship, not only me. I think I represent the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens,” Zaken said.

He also pointed out that this kind of incident wouldn’t have garnered such press coverage 10 years ago.