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22. Report from Philippines

This issue reflects on my recent trip to the Philippines, looks at taxpayer-funding of terrorists, New Testament distribution in Israel,  Ahmadinejad's UN speech, and offers help in capitalizing theological terms.

OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION

One Jerusalem reports
Under the slogan¬† 'Victory for Gaza – The Glory of Jerusalem” over 100,000 children from Gaza are receiving military training, “martyr training,” and indoctrination in radical Islam in 700 Hamas camps. This massive operation is funded, in part, by American and European taxpayers. One wonders why the mainstream media has not reported on what should be a huge story. This is further proof that another generation of Palestinians is being trained to destroy the State of Israel.

David Zauber reports
Representatives of Jewish Believers in Jesus were recently successful in handing out approximately 2700 New Covenants (Testaments) to grateful recipients at a concert in Israel. Every other religious book, including the Koran, is sold in bookstores across Israel except this one.

IT’S NEWS TO ME
Home from the Philippines
I have just returned from a 17-day trip of pastor training with australian online casinos Ambassadors for Christ, International. The trip began with a first hand encounter with the threat I have been writing about in this section.
 
Upon arriving at the General Santos Airport, we met our government-assigned police bodyguards and four fully armed Army soldiers. They accompanied us to Camp Mariano, Koronadal City and guarded us 24-7 for the duration of our first of two conferences. Reasons: (1) There are Camps of Muslim Rebels in a nearby mountain (some 30 kilometers away); (2) Koronadal City experienced series of bombings. The latest was a year ago which killed one pastor of the CAMACOP (Christian And Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines) in a bus terminal; and (3) Two weeks before the arrival of our team, the kidnapping of three Korean businessmen was aborted. Three kidnappers were killed by the police and two were imprisoned. That happened in the highway some twenty kilometers away from our venue.
 
What a contrast–a team of Christians bringing messages of hope and abundant life being threatened with shootings, bombings, and kidnapping by Muslims peddling their culture of death. Yes, I know that that these “extremists” don't represent all or even most Muslims. However, when was the last time you heard about “extreme” or “fundamentalist” Christians blowing up a busload of Muslims?

I'll have more to say about my trip in the next edition.  

Ahmadinejad's UN speech
The Iranian President's address contained more references to the coming of the Mahdi than any of his previous speeches. Twice, he referred to the Shia Islamic eschatological notion of “entezar.” This is the capacity for a Shia Muslim to wait patiently for the coming of the Islamic Messiah. I will continue to keep you informed regarding this dangerous theology.

WRITING TIPS

Capitalizing theological terms   
Capitalize theological terms with definite application. 
     Ark of the Covenant
     the Chosen People
     Last Supper
     Resurrection
 
Do not capitalize terms used in a general way.
     heaven (meaning a place)
     hell
     purgatory
     devil
(unless used as a specific name for Satan)    
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