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Met Suspends Policeman Over Racism Tape Claims.


A policeman has been suspended after he was allegedly recorded racially abusing a man arrested during the London riots.

It is claimed the Metropolitan Police officer was recorded by the suspect on his mobile phone as he was taken into custody.

An initial decision not to charge the officer and two others is now being reviewed by the   Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)  , following complaints from the 21-year-old man from Beckton‘s lawyer.

The Guardian reports that the now-suspended officer can be heard in the recording telling the man: “The problem with you is you will always be a n*****, yeah? That’s your problem, yeah.

“You’ll always have black skin colour. Don’t hide behind your colour, yeah. Be proud. Be proud of who you are, yeah. Don’t hide behind your black skin.”

Grace Ononiwu, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the CPS in London, said: “Lawyers for the complainant have written to the CPS and asked us to review our decision.

“I have considered the matter personally and directed that all of the evidence should be reconsidered and a fresh decision taken by a senior lawyer with no previous involvement in this matter.”

Another officer is also allegedly heard on the recording swearing at the man – who has not been named – and admitting to strangling him.

Shortly before the recording ends, the man can be heard saying: “I get this all the time,” and telling the officer: “Make sure you do a lot with your sixty grand, ‘cos you’re not going to get it no more, bruv.

He then tells the officer: “We’ll definitely speak again about this. It’s gonna go all the way, it’s gonna go all the way – remember.”

A   Scotland Yard   spokesman said the Independent Police Complaints Commission was investigating.

“We can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service received a complaint alleging a man arrested on August 11 2011 was subjected to discriminatory behaviour (racial remarks); assault and oppressive conduct/or harassment,” he said.

“These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is not acceptable.

“Following the alleged incident, three officers were the subject of a misconduct investigation. One of the officers has been suspended in relation to this matter pending the result of the   IPCC   investigation.

“One of the officers has been placed on restricted duties on an unrelated matter and another remains on full duties.”

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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Cross-Bearing.


Sometimes, we will say, “We all have our crosses to bear.

My cross is  my supervisor at work,” or “My cross is this health problem,” or “My  cross is this relative.

” But I think we have lost the meaning of the  cross.

If you were living in first-century Jerusalem and saw someone  surrounded by Roman guards and carrying a cross down the street, there  would be no question in your mind where that person was going.

You would  know that he was about to be taken outside of the city, laid on the  cross, and crucified.

Someone carrying a cross was someone who was about to die.

So when  Jesus said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and  take up his cross, and follow Me,” His disciples would have understood  what He meant.

Taking up the cross speaks of dying to ourselves and wanting God‘s will  more than our own.

It does not mean that your life is ruined when you  decide to walk with God.

What it does mean is that you now will have life and have it more  abundantly as Jesus promised, because you want God’s will more than your  own.

Jesus said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but  whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark  8:35).

Are you taking up the cross and following Jesus?.

Bearing the cross will  affect and influence every aspect of your life.

The result will be life  as it was meant to be lived: in the perfect will of God.

Scripture Of The Day: “When He had called the  people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever  desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,  and follow Me.” - Mark 8:34 (NKJV).

By Greg Laurie.

Good Friday and Pentecost Sunday.


Pastor Alex Clattenburg has been a good friend for nearly 40 years. I got an email about a great Good Friday service he is having next week at Church in the Son in Orlando, Fla. I wish I could attend but I’ll be out of state. We close our offices every year on Good Friday. I always try to attend a service and it’s hard to find a Spirit-filled church that has one. What a pity. It’s part of our culture which comes out of the revivalist tradition of the sawdust trail. It’s as if anything liturgical is something we should avoid.

I had a good friend in the Episcopal Church that talked about how they had things all week long. I had to ask what Maundy Thursday was! We didn’t celebrate it in the Assemblies of God. But it’s the night before Good Friday. Okay, maybe we don’t need to go for the bells and smells of some churches. But sometimes we are so casual about special days, we go too far the other way. On Good Friday I like to take communion and to think about the sacrifice the Lord made on the cross. I encourage you to think about that sacrifice.

Another day few Pentecostals seem to celebrate is Pentecost Sunday. That’s the day “50 days” after Passover when Moses gave the law. The Jews call it Shauvott. We all know Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after Easter Sunday, the day of His resurrection. After the disciples tarried for 10 days the Holy Spirit fell. That was the birth of the church. They all spoke with other tongues according to Acts 2:4. So when the Holy Spirit fell at the beginning of the last century, the new movement was called “Pentecostal” after the Day of Pentecost.

When Pentecost Sunday rolls around May 27 this year, it will be celebrated in Catholic and liturgical churches, but few Pentecostals will celebrate it. I’ve never understood why, but it’s probably the same reason not many celebrate Good Friday. That’s something for the formal churches.

It is also something Billy Wilson and the Empowered21 movement are trying to change. They are encouraging Pentecostal churches to take this as an opportunity to focus on the power of the Holy Spirit. I’m writing my column in the May issue of Charisma encouraging pastors to preach on Pentecost and to encourage those who are seeking to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

After all, shouldn’t Pentecostals be the ones to celebrate Pentecost Sunday?.

By Steve Strang.

March Madness: Marching to Zion (Hope).


For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, “Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 31:6
Recommended Reading Micah 4:2 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah%204:2&version=NKJV ).
In the New Testament, believers tend to focus their hope on heaven rather than on earth.

But in the Old Testament, believers’ hope was more terrestrial–their hope was focused on the Son of David coming to the City of David (Mount Zion) and ruling with righteousness and peace: “‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! . . .

Behold, your King is coming to you” (Zechariah 9:9).
Watch This Week’s TV Broadcast ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/television.aspx?tid=email_watchedevo )

New Testament Christians need to learn a lesson from our Old Testament forefathers.

Earth is not a hopeless place.

Even before heaven, Christ will return to earth and establish His kingdom for a thousand years on Mount Zion (Jerusalem) (Zechariah 14:4).

There will be peace and security and hope for all who dwell on earth in those days because the Prince of Peace will become the King of Kings.

The nations of the earth will see that Jesus is their hope and stream to Jerusalem to experience hope again (Zechariah 8:23).

Marching to Zion may seem like madness to the world today; but when He is there, it will be normal.

You don’t have to wait on the Second Coming or travel to Jerusalem to have hope.

Our hope is in Him–now and forever.
True faith is ever connected with hope. John Calvin
Read-Thru-the-Bible 2 Samuel 8:1-14:33.

By David Jeremiah.

Healing Sickness.


Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.Matthew 4:23

It is sometimes charged that religion is only for people’s souls, that it gives no care to their bodies.

But the charge is without foundation.

The most casual glance over the gospel story shows that Jesus Himself was deeply moved by the people’s sufferings, and was continually putting forth His power to heal them.

Nearly all His great works were miracles of healing.

Then it should be remembered that the whole system of institutions for the relief of suffering and for the care of sufferers – hospitals, asylums for all classes of unfortunate people, and homes for the orphaned and the aged and the insane – is the fruit of Christianity.

Wherever angels of mercy go among the sick, the wounded the suffering, ministering in any way to their comfort, there Jesus goes about with sympathy and healing.

He cares not alone for men’s souls, but for their bodies as well.

Any trouble of ours whatsoever, whether of body, mind, or soul, moves Him with compassion.

It is a great comfort to know that while we may not expect miraculous healing of our bodily illnesses, we are sure at least that our Lord is not indifferent to these distresses; that He designs to us them for our spiritual benefit; that he is ready to give us the grace we need to endure them patiently and submissively; and that He is ready to heal us when His wise purpose in these afflictions has been accomplished.

So we may be sure always of the sympathy, love, and help of Christ in all our sickness.

He sits constantly in every Christian sick-room, and where faith is strong and clear He gives great comfort and peace.

When he was on earth he did not go very often to the places of festivity, but whenever there was anyone sick in a home He was sure to go there.

Sickness and pain draw Him to us, and whenever He comes He brings benedictions.

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: March 31st…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
2 Samuel 7-9 Numbers 29:12-31:24 Luke 8:19-39 Psalm 39:1-13

Intense Demonic Battle Meets Gospel in Central Asia.


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Lizzie Francis* huddled in the back seat and watched as the gang formed around the pickup truck.

She clutched her friends’ two toddlers as one of the men, flanked by his brothers, got out a gun and waved it at his neighbor, yelling obscenities and threatening to end his life.

The neighbor had been parked in the street in his way when his family came back from a picnic in the countryside. At the picnic, Lizzie had been their guest for the day, for the eating, laughing, dancing … and now gun-slinging.

“They are incredibly hospitable,” Lizzie said of the people in the Central Asian city where she lives. “But the darkness is under the surface all the time, just waiting to come out.”

As she prayed over the little boys, one of the sisters—Lizzie’s closest friend in the city—swiped her brother’s gun and slipped it quickly into Lizzie’s hands.

“Hide this,” her friend said. “He won’t come after you if you have it.”

They wouldn’t dare hurt a guest.

She slipped it in her purse and turned to head toward the house.

And as she did, he tackled her friend facedown in the muddy street just behind her, beating her with his fists over and over and over.

“I could only watch as it happened. I didn’t know what to do,” Lizzie said. “They need Jesus so desperately. Until they know Him, they will never know how to love even their own family.”

Alex Franklin*, who lives among the same people group, said it’s like tea—the people have been steeped in darkness for so long that they can’t become pure water without a miracle.

Islam has had a stronghold in the culture there for 1,400 years. If you’ve been told a lie long enough and loud enough, you eventually believe it,” he said. “But even more of a stronghold than the religion is the culture—it tries to stifle and shut out anyone who speaks the truth.”

Some days the darkness presses on Lizzie so hard she literally feels a weight on her chest.

Some days it manifests itself in other ways.

“We went recently to visit a woman who was genuinely asking questions about the gospel—something that rarely happens here. While I was trying to share, her children were acting so badly—being violent and unruly in a way that we knew was much more than just misbehavior,” Lizzie said.

After a lot of struggling, the 5-year-old son sank his teeth into Lizzie’s friend Jane* as she was playing with him. She rested her hand on his shoulder and prayed over him silently.

“I prayed in Jesus’ name for whatever was in him to get out. And right as I finished praying that, without saying a word out loud, he turned slowly and glared at me, as if he knew exactly what I was praying,” Jane said.

Alex said the believers who live there know that wherever they go, the darkness will lash out.

“We don’t have the home-field advantage here, so we expect the crowd to be whooping and hollering against us,” he said. “We take faith in knowing that He has won the victory.”

The move of the gospel among the people of that city is slow and hasn’t been going for very long, Alex said. “The darkness is smothering sometimes. It’s also physically hard on people who come here to share—many in the past died of diseases. And the mothers often struggle emotionally until they break, because culturally they are kept in the house much of the time.”

Lizzie, Alex and several others have shared the gospel over and over and over. Few show interest. One friend who has heard Bible stories until she knows them by memory will seemingly get close to believing, then back away, Lizzie said.

“She will ask questions and read the Word even to the point of exposing herself to persecution from others,” Lizzie said. “But then she’ll ask me not to talk about Jesus in front of her, because she sees flames in front of my face when I do. There’s a real battle going on for her soul.”

And for the souls of the others there, but God is winning the victory, she said.

As Lizzie and others share, some hear and do believe. Some have given everything to Jesus and been forsaken by their families, imprisoned or even murdered.

“Jane and I were invited recently to the home of some friends. The husband is a believer, but the wife is not,” Lizzie said. “It wasn’t long before we realized a normal visit wasn’t what she had in mind.”

In front of the two guests, and in front of her own children, the wife began to berate the husband for his faith in Jesus.

“With a crazy, demonic look in her eyes, she forced him to say that he followed Jesus while she recorded his confession,” Lizzie said. “Then she turned to him and said, ‘I hope you die the same kind of death as this Jesus that you love.’”

It’s dark there, but faith persists, Alex said.

“Our encouragement is Scripture—we know that some day people from every nation, tribe and tongue, including these people, will praise Him around the throne,” Alex said. “God is calling people out. It just is taking a while.”

*Names have been changed.

Ava Thomas is a writer/editor for the International Mission Board based in Europe.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

By Ava Thomas.        

Palestinians Riot in Israel in Massive Land Day March.


Land Day riots
Israeli security officers take position near a burning tyre during clashes with Palestinian protesters at a demonstration marking Land Day at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 30, 2012. Israel shut crossings into the occupied West Bank on Friday and reinforced patrols along its borders with Lebanon and Syria to try to thwart pro-Palestinian rallies around the country. Land Day marks the annual commemorations in Israel of the killing by police of six Arab citizens in 1976 during protests against land confiscations in northern Israel’s Galilee region.  (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)

Palestinian demonstrators at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday gathered by Jerusalem’s Old City to mark Land Day. Thousands of protesters swarmed the checkpoint and skirmishes between protesters and Israeli armed forces broke out by mid-day.

Currently, hundreds of Palestinians are rioting at four different locations in Judea and Samaria, throwing rocks, explosives and blazing tires at Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and security forces, who are responding with nonlethal riot dispersal means to contain the incident. No injuries were reported thus far, according to IDF.

Barry Segal, co-founder of Vision for Israel, called Land Day a volatile one for the Jewish State as tens of thousands of Israel-haters participate in the massive global march on Israel’s borders and Jerusalem.

“The onslaught has been months in the planning by Palestinians, fellow anti-Israel Arabs and supporters of Jihad groups and activities, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran,” Segal says. “Terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas are among the ranks of those who will be attempting to descend upon Judaism’s holy capital— Jerusalem, claiming it is a possession of Islam, a Muslim city called Al-quds.”

Marches are planned from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and from within the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories. Simultaneously, thousands of Palestinians marching towards different checkpoints from various Palestinian held territories, according to Segal.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

By Jennifer LeClaire.

“Organizers and leaders of Land Day events and the Global March to Jerusalem have promised this Friday’s demonstrations will be non-violent, but take a look at the array of groups, societies and sponsors behind the events,” Segal says. “When have such leagues ever refrained from violence or maintained reason in getting their message across regarding the Jewish state? So-called peaceful marches, protests and activities have all the elements in place to turn into a full scale disaster on Friday, March 30.”

Land Day dates back to 1976. Palestinians are protesting the deaths of six Arab citizens by Israeli army and police in the wake of a strike and marches in Arab towns. The 1976 marches aimed to protest Israel’s plans to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for security and settlement purposes.

Christians Prosecuted for Reading Bible in Public.


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Christians arrested for reading the Bible in front of a closed DMV. (YouTube)

Taking the concept of culture wars to new heights, two Christians were arrested in front of a California DMV for reading the Bible—and prosecuted.

Pastor Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey were charged with a misdemeanor. Mackey was reading the Bible aloud on Feb. 2, 2011, in front of a group waiting for the DMV to open for business.

A trial court in Riverside County, Calif., on Wednesday heard arguments for the defendants. Advocates for Faith & Freedom are the duo, whose case has generated national news.

When Mackey was arrested, police stated it was illegal to “preach to a captive audience.” The defendants were jailed, but later learned that no such penal code prohibits preaching to a “captive audience.”

The officer issued a citation for “impeding an open business” with threats or intimidation under Penal Code Section 602.1(b). However, the district attorney again changed the charges claiming trespass after the government realized the business was not actually open and, presumably, saw the video showing no threats or intimidation.

The trial judge declined to dismiss the case. Advocates vows to appeal the decision because the trespass law authorities are relying on is unconstitutional. In fact, other federal courts that have reviewed the same statutory language used in the California Penal Code have been declared unconstitutional.

“This is an abuse of power on the part of the CHP,” said Robert Tyler, associate general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom. “The arresting officer could find no appropriate penal/ code to use when arresting these men. The purpose of the arrests appears to have been to censor them.”

Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of these three men for violation of their right to free speech and for unlawful arrest, but that case has been stayed pending the resolution of the state court prosecution.

Carter Calls on Democrats to Change Tune in Abortion Debate.


President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter (Reuters/Amr Dalsh)

Former President Jimmy Carter is calling on Democrats to minimize the need for abortion.

Carter appeared on The Laura Ingraham Show on Thursday to promote his new book NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.

Carter took the opportunity to address the abortion topic and encouraged Democrats not to focus so much on the issue. He would like to see adoption streamlined, however, he does not believe abortions should be illegal.

“I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions,” Carter said. “I made it easy to adopt children, for instance, who were unwanted and also initiated the program called Women and Infant Children, or the WIC program, that’s still in existence now.”

Except for the times when a mother’s life is in danger or when a pregnancy is caused by rape or incest, Carter said he would certainly not or never have approved of any abortions.

Carter said he’s signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse his position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

“I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party because of the abortion issue,” Carter said.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

By Jennifer LeClaire.

T.D. Jakes Talks Forgiveness in Trayvon Martin Case.


Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin (Reuters/Handout)

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new book may have come out at just the right time—a time when the nation has been rocked by the untimely death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Seventeen-year-old Martin died on Feb. 26 at the hand of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old who claimed self-defense. Martin’s death has rallied the multicultural masses to demand justice.

Jakes was on MSN’s Jansing & Co. show to discuss the Martin case and forgiveness, the topic of his new book Let it Go. On the show, Chris Jansing, the host of Jansing & Co., asked the Dallas megachurch pastor if he agrees with Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, that the police and the media are trying to kill her son’s reputation by calling him a hoodlum.

“I think we’re really trying to gather all the facts. I think it’s prudent upon us that we do that. Had we not applied the pressure that we did, I’m not sure that those facts would have come out as succinctly as they are coming out now,” Jakes told Jansing.

“Every parent has teenagers who go through adolescence but you don’t want your children to be profiled. And we want to make sure that is not the case, I’m not saying that it is but we need to make sure that that is not the case and that justice is not misappropriated.”

Jakes did question, however, why Zimmerman has not been arrested.

“I think that if the shoe were on the other foot—had it been Trayvon who had killed some other child in some other situation—then he would have been arrested,” Jakes argued.

Jakes also appeared on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien on CNN. He told O’Brien that forgiveness is connected with personal healing rather than exonerating the perpetrator.

“Forgiveness says I’m not going to allow myself, 10 years from now, to still be sitting on the side of the bed seething in anger at the individual,” Jakes said. “That I have to find a way to move forward, and that I unhitch myself from this incident and move on with my life.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

By Jennifer LeClaire.

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