Two Palm Sunday Bombings  Kill Christians in Egypt

Tanta, Egypt, church blast (screengrab)
Christian worshippers in Egypt were attacked on Palm Sunday by two bombings in Coptic churches. The first blast in Tanta killed 26 and injured 71, the second blast in Alexandria killed 11 and wounded 35. The governor of the province said it was either a planted bomb or someone blew himself up.
Egypt has a ten percent Christian population, and the believers there have been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the largest Christian Church in Egypt, Northeast Africa and the Middle East. According to Coptic tradition, the Egyptian Church was established by Mark, an apostle and evangelist, in the middle of the 1st century, approximately 42 AD.
The Copts were so named because the word is rooted in the ancient Egyptian word that describes a person from Egypt. In the 5th century, the Coptic Orthodox Church split with Rome and the Eastern Orthodox church. However, there is a Coptic Catholic Church that is still afilliated with Rome.
Pray for the believers in Egypt. The Coptic Christians are some of the most persecuted people on the planet. Ask God to show himself strong on their behalf.
2 Chron. 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 


Russia and Iran Issue Joint Threat

Russia and Iran released a joint statement on Sunday saying they would respond to future breaches of red lines–referring to the U.S. airstrikes against Syria’s Assad–with force. The statement read, “from now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani condemned the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base on Friday night. Rouhani is a key ally of Bashar al-Assad. He also called for an investigation into the chemical attack on Syrian citizens that killed 70 and led to the U.S. missile response.
Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, will fly to Moscow later this week with an ultimatum from the G7 demanding that Putin withdraws his armed forces and ends his support for President Bashar al-Assad. Threats of new sanctions against Russia could be made if he does not comply. In exchange, Putin could be allowed back into the G7; Russia was expelled after annexing Crimea in 2014.
Why this Matters: Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday indicated the President wants a regime change in Syria. This is not what candidate Trump proposed when he said the U.S. should not be involved in sovereign countries and nation-building.
Some Christians in independent media are reporting U.S. troops moving into Syria. Depending on how Russia responds to this threat from the U.S. President, war is very possible.
Pray for the will of God to be done. Pray that His compassion and mercy would put off war so that more may be saved. Pray believers everywhere would prepare themselves and draw near to God while there is still time.
 Mark 13:7 – And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

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