Week in Review: Egypt, Israel, Iran

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Every Friday (or Saturday) I hope to do a news roundup that highlights the headlines from the week that are of interest to prayer warriors.

It certainly won’t be exhaustive but will include news close to my heart, namely that from Israel, as well as other topics that might interest praying Christians. You may also see entries from my favorite blogs (secular and spiritual) and satirical news sites.

The items are collected through out the week as I read them and then post them to my Facebook/Twitter feed. I often include a bit of a summary or editorial when I post them.

As I typed the post headline summarizing the highlighted strife of the week, I saw the end of Isaiah 19 clearly:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

God’s foolishness is wiser than we’ll ever be.

Iran sending ships into the Mediterranean is covered more extensively in another post.

  • What does Mubarak’s downfall mean for Christians in Egypt?
    Source: Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

    RC: There are about eight to ten million Coptics in Egypt and there is a significant revival going on among them.

  • As Egypt uprising inspires Middle East, Iran sees biggest protests in a year

    TEHRAN – Violent protests erupted in Iran, Yemen and Bahrain on Monday as the revolutionary fervor unleashed by the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rippled across the Middle East, propelling people onto the streets to demand change from a spectrum of autocratic regimes.

    Source: Washington Post

  • CBS News’ Lara Logan Was Attacked, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

    The correspondent was covering the events in Tahrir Square on Friday when she got separated from her team and was surrounded, the network says. She’s recovering in a U.S. hospital.

    Source: NPR

    RC: In-the-field journalism is dangerous work. Pray for those called to it… that may they know God.

  • Final score on ‘Jeopardy!’: Computer 1, humans 0

    Note to self: Never play “Jeopardy!” with a supercomputer. That’s a useful lesson for me or any mortal who has followed the Man vs. Machine faceoff this week on the popular trivia game show, where on Wednesday the second of two exhibition matches sealed the deal: Watson, the IBM-created megabrain, officially buried his flesh-and-blood opponents, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

    Source: The Associated Press

    RC:A fun review of the Jeopardy! IBM challenge.

  • Pennsylvania Employees Fired In Wake Of Abortion Scandal

    Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has dismissed several workers and ordered sweeping changes to the way two state agencies regulate clinics that provide abortions. Corbett says workers failed for years to spot horrid conditions at a clinic where multiple infants and women died.

    Source: NPR
  • Hezbollah leader warns Israel of border conflict

    Hezbollah’s leader told his Shiite guerrilla group Wednesday to be prepared to invade northern Israel, a day after Israel’s defense minister warned that the quiet along the tense border could erupt into violence.

    Source: The Associated Press
  • Former Egyptian interior minister arrested for corruption

    Habib el-Adly widely blamed for the deadly brutality used by riot police during anti-govt protests; 2 other ex-ministers also under investigation.

    Source: The Associated Press

    RC: Perhaps Egypt will clean house a bit. Ex-interior minister — blamed for deadly brutality — arrested.

  • A (Shockingly) Short History Of ‘Hello’

    Alexander Graham Bell hoped people would answer the phone with the word “ahoy.” His rival, Thomas Edison favored another greeting — we all know who prevailed.

    Source: NPR
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out

    We all know people who live on junk food. We know this to be an unhealthy life style. What we put into our mouths will eventually have an effect on our bodies. If we put good stuff in there, we can usually expect a good result. If we live on super-sized fast food, we can expect to eventually be super size, too! We should pay even more attention to what we put into our spirits.

    Source: DanishDoll on Xanga

    RC: “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts” Proverbs 4:23 MSG

  • Treasure

    I would have to say I am defective. We all are. It’s called sin, and we are all infected with the disease. But you know what? I am so glad that Jesus wanted me anyway. He could have taken a look at my messy, dinged-up, sin-sick life and said, “No thanks!” but He didn’t! I am so glad that He saw something useful in me, and He didn’t mind my dents and dirt because He knew He could clean me up and make me whole.

    Source: Danish Doll on Xanga

    RC: Dented pan not perfect – just forgiven!