Look At The World

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Look at the world, everything all around us, 
Look at the world and marvel every day. 
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders, 
So many miracles along our way. 

Chorus:
Praise to thee, O Lord for all creation. 
Give us thankful hearts that we may see 
All the gifts we share, and every blessing, 
All things come of thee. 

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower. 
Look at the sky, the sunshine and the rain. 
Look at the hills; look at the trees and mountains, 
Valley and flowing river, field and plain.

Chorus

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer, 
Bringing the harvest before the winter’s cold. 
Everything grows, everything has a season, 
Till it is gathered to the Father’s fold:

Chorus

Every good gift, all that we need and cherish, 
Comes from the Lord, in token of his love.
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty.
His is the earth and his the heavens above.

Chorus
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#ShortNews: Food rations for refugees In Rwanda are reduced amid funding shortfalls

The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) appealed today to donors to contribute funds so that a 25 percent reduction from January onwards in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda can be reversed as soon as possible.

Full rations for refugees provide 2,100 calories per person per day, the minimum for a healthy life. Until November 2017, WFP provided 16.95 kilograms of food to each refugee each month, mainly maize, beans, vegetable oil and salt. Other refugees received 7,600 Rwandan Francs (US$9) to buy food in local markets. However, funding shortages forced WFP to trim assistance to 90 percent in November and December. The funding situation is now so bad that from January WFP reduced the ration sizes even further – to 75 percent.

However, refugees identified as particularly vulnerable, such as children under five years of age, school children, pregnant and nursing mothers as well as people living with HIV and tuberculosis patients under treatment still receive a full ration of nutrition support from WFP.

Read More: https://reliefweb.int/report/rwanda/food-rations-refugees-rwanda-are-reduced-amidst-funding-shortfalls

#ShortNews: 1st Christmas Mass in Mosul since 2014

IN MOSUL, Iraq’s second largest city, Christmas bells rang out again this year for the first time in four years. During the preceding years this once so familiar sound had no longer been heard. Now, thanks to the ouster of ISIS from the city, Christians were able to celebrate Christmas Mass in the church of Mar Boulus (Saint Paul) in the Al-Mundshen suburb of Mosul.

However, the joyful event almost didn’t happen. Right up until Christmas it had been nearly impossible for Christians to clean their church in Mosul. But then a group of young Muslims took the initiative, helping with the clean-up and even re-erecting the cross; in a sign of reconciliation, the Muslims also invited all Christians in the region to celebrate Christmas in Mosul.

Read More: https://www.churchinneed.org/first-christmas-mass-mosul-since-2014/

 

#ShortNews: World Watch List 2018: the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus

One of the main tools Open Doors uses to track and measure the extent of persecution in the world is the World Watch List (#WWL). Opendoorsusa have been monitoring the worldwide persecution of Christians since the 1970s. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the WWL methodology gradually evolved. In 2012, Open Doors’ research unit, World Watch Research (WWR), comprehensively revised the methodology of the WWL to provide greater credibility, transparency, objectivity and scientific quality. And in 2013 and 2016, Opendoorsusa further refined the methodology. Each year, the World Watch List is independently audited by the only institution with academics dedicated to studying the religious liberty of Christians – the International Institute of Religious Freedom (IIRF).

Here is The List: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/?display=list

The Purpose Of Life…?

By Bruce Tallman.

The purpose of life, at least if you are a believer, is to live a life pleasing to God. Life is made up of many great and small decisions, and therefore you naturally want all your decisions to be in sync with God’s will. However, how does one discern what God’s will is?

The method for “discernment of spirits” which I outlined in a previous article is a sub-category of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s method for “discernment of God’s will in general.” So let’s look at this broader method.

To discern God’s will in general, start with some basic principles. God wants you to know what God’s will is, but God does not force his will on anyone. Thus, the first thing you need to do is to pray that God will reveal what God’s will is to you.

Ignatius noted that there are three modes of discerning God’s will: the gut, heart, and head modes. He also wrote that, before you begin to work through these modes, try to narrow things down to two options. Read more…

Saint Benedict of Nursia

Benedict was the son of a Roman noble of Nursia, born in c. 480; in a small town near Spoleto, died at Monte Cassino, 543. He is a twin if Saint Scholastica. His boyhood was spent in Rome, where he lived with his parents and attended the schools until he had reached his higher studies. Then “giving over his books, and forsaking his father’s house and wealth, with a mind only to serve God, he sought for some place where he might attain to the desire of his holy purpose; and in this sort he departed [from Rome], instructed with learned ignorance and furnished with unlearned wisdom” (Dial. St. Greg., II, Introd. in Migne, P.L. LXVI).

He was not yet twenty when he decided to go away from Rome to live in some remote spot. No one knew of his plan except an aged family servant, who loyally insisted on accompanying him to serve his wants. Benedict and this old woman made their way to a village called Enfide, in the Sabine Mountains, some thirty miles from Rome.

While staying in the village, Benedict miraculously mended an earthen sieve which his servant had broken. Wishing to escape the notice and the talk which this brought upon him, he soon started out alone in search of complete solitude. Up among the hills he found a place known as Subiaco or Sublacum (beneath the lake), so named from an artificial lake created there some five centuries earlier. It was near the ruins of one of Nero’s palaces. He made the acquaintance of a monk called Romanus, and to him Benedict revealed his desire to become a hermit. Romanus, who lived in a monastery not far away, gave the young man a monastic habit made of skins and led him up to an isolated cave, where he might live completely undisturbed. The roof of the cave was an overhanging rock over which descent was impossible, and it was approached from below with difficulty In this desolate cavern Benedict passed the next three years, unknown to all but his friend Romanus, who each day saved for him a part of his own portion of bread and let it down from above in a basket by a rope. Read more…

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine