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Seeing A Greater Purpose In Adversity

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TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, January 24 2012

But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” – Acts 16:28

Paul and Silas had just been thrown into prison. An earthquake erupted and the jail cell was opened. It’s Paul and Silas’ opportunity. “Deliverance! Praise God!” might be the appropriate response. But this is not what Paul and Silas did. In fact, rather than leave, they sat quietly in their cell area. The guard, in fear of his life, knew that it would be automatic death if prisoners escaped. Paul and Silas did not leave because they saw a higher purpose for which they were in prison. They were not looking at their circumstance; they were much more concerned about the unsaved guard. The story goes on to explain how Paul and Silas went home with the guard and his family. Not only did the guard get saved, but his entire household as well.

What a lesson this is for us. How often we are so busy looking for deliverance from our circumstance that we miss God completely. God is looking to do miracles in our circumstances if we will only look for them. Sometimes as workplace believers we become so obsessed with our goals we miss the process that God involves us in, which may be where the miracle lies. What if that bill collector who has been hounding you is unsaved and he is there for you to speak to? What if a problem account has arisen due to something God is doing beyond what you might see at this time? Our adverse situations can often be the door of spiritual opportunity for those who need it.

I saw this personally when God allowed me to go through a number of adversities. It took some time, but I saw some great miracles as a result of those adversities. When God said that “all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purposes” (see Rom. 8:28), He meant all things. It is up to us to find the “work together for good” part by being faithful to the process. In the next adversity you face, tune your spiritual antennae and ask God for discernment to see the real purpose for the adversity.

King Holds Hearing on “Prislam”

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King Holds Hearing on “Prislam”

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 03:13 AM PDT


From CAN:

Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, held a hearing last week on the spread of radical Islam in America’s prison system, which one expert dubbed “prislam” because of its “cut and paste” version of the religion. King’s hearings on Islamic extremism have been criticized in some quarters for singling out one religion.

The hearing focused on several cases of inmates and former prisoners converting to radical Islam. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Smith discussed a plot by a group of prisoners to attack the Los Angeles International Airport and Jewish centers in the Los Angeles area. He noted that the cell was created from inside the prison he was held. According to FOX News, there have been at least four documented cases of Muslim inmates converting to radical Islam.

Experts also testified about prison imams that have spouted extremism and the presence of extremist texts in prison libraries, much of it from Saudi Arabia. The case of Imam Warith Deen Umar, the former top Muslim chaplain for the state of New York, was examined. Imam Umar was fired after it was discovered that he was glorifying the 9/11 attacks and praising attacks on U.S. soldiers to Muslim inmates.

One witness, Bert Useem of Purdue University, said the threat is overblown.

Prisons have not served as a major source of Jihad radicalization,” Useem said.

King rejected accusations that focusing solely on Islamic extremists is racist or bigoted, as his critics contend.

“If we find out that Neo-Nazis are allied with a foreign power and they come into this country…we will address it. The fact is we are not going to spread ourselves out and investigate everything, which means addressing nothing,” King said.