Religion Briefs January 12, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Calvary Baptist to host marriage conference
Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo will host the conference “What did you expect: redeeming the realities of marriage,” on Feb. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The conference will feature the Rev. Paul David Tripp. A meal will be provided before the conference begins on Feb. 17 and child care will be available through the sixth grade. To reserve your space, call (662) 844-6795 or email office@lawndalepc.com.

Medgar Evers’ widow to pray at inauguration
President Obama has selected Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, to deliver the invocation at his inauguration on Jan. 21.
Evers-Williams fought for justice for 30 years after her husband, Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, was gunned down in his driveway in Jackson in 1963. She authored three books about their civil rights work.
“I am humbled to have been asked to deliver the invocation,” Evers-Williams said in a statement. “It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing [the Civil Rights] era.”
The theme of the inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future.”

Survey shows Christian persecution ‘vastly rose’
The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in 2012, according to Open Doors, a California-based Christian missionary organization that publishes an annual list of offending nations.
North Korea topped Open Doors’ list for the 11th year in a row, and was followed by Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
In China, the picture for Christians continues to improve, as the country slid from No. 21 in 2011 to No. 37 in 2012 – a stark difference from its Top 10 ranking five years ago.
Syria, in the throes of a bloody revolution, particularly concerned the group, which jumped from No. 36 in 2011 to No. 11 in 2012. Under President Bashar al-Assad, who is now waging a campaign against Syrian rebels, Christians were allowed to worship but not evangelize, according to Open Doors.

This week’s answer
Q. When the winepress is trodden in the valley of Jehoshaphat, how high will the blood rise?
A. UP TO THE horse’s bridle (Revelation 14:20)

This week’s question
Q. How did the Lord say He would increase the nations of Israel?
Questions by Claude Wilemon