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Over the last few days, Assemblies of God personnel have made several reports of AG families being caught in harm's way and tragedy resulting.

Late last week, AG workers in the Middle East reported two young brothers from the Lighthouse School in Gaza were killed when a missile from an F-16 jet fighter hit their home.

In Iraq, increasing chaos surrounds believers as a militant group known as the Islamic State (previously known as ISIS) tightens its grip in and around the city of Mosul. All Christians have been ordered to leave the city (leaving all of their property behind) or be executed.

Reports are that many fleeing families were stopped at checkpoints and stripped of money and personal possessions. It is believed most Christian families have now fled Mosul.

Then, over the weekend, Dutch officials released the names of passengers from the Netherlands who were aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was reportedly shot down over the Ukraine, with no survivors.

Among the passengers were Arnoud Huizen, his wife, and their 2-year-old daughter. Arnoud was a former student at Azusa Theological Seminary in Amsterdam. He worked with Chi Alpha at Free University in Amsterdam and did an internship with Teen Challenge.

Tim Southerland, area director of Northwestern Europe, states, "Arnoud was a diligent student who loved the Lord. His death is a great loss to the Dutch Assemblies of God and also among the missionary family who knew and loved him."

Two women from AG churches in Indonesia were also killed.

"Our hearts go out to families and individuals who are suffering in the collateral damage of the civil conflicts taking place throughout the world," says AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "These trying times afford a challenge to the church of Jesus Christ to offer comfort to the suffering and convey the compassion, love and message of Christ wherever we can."

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Nudity increases on broadcast networks

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 - 2:49 PM CST

A Parents Television Council study has found a huge increase in the number of incidents of full nudity on broadcast networks during the 2011-12 season compared to the year before. A PTC analysis discovered a 407 percent increase in full-frontal nudity.

During the 2011-12 season, 76 incidents of full nudity occurred on 37 shows, compared to 15 cases on 14 programs a year earlier. Only five of the shows carried an "S" descriptor alerting parents to explicit adult content.

"Broadcasters are unashamedly and without warning, exposing families and children to graphic images," states Candy Tolbert, Assemblies of God Girls Ministries director. "So, one must wonder what the motivation is?"

The research also showed a trend in how the networks treat the nudity. In most cases in 2010-12, black bars hid body parts. But in the recently concluded season, three-fourths of the images were blurred or pixilated.

"We have seen a concerted effort on the part of the networks to constantly push the outer limit of what may be considered appropriate for the broadcast medium," says PTC President Tim Winter. "They are aggressively pursuing a dangerous agenda to completely obliterate any remaining television taboos."

More than half - 35 - of the 64 occurrences of frontal nudity were on NBC. ABC had the second most with 17.

Authors: Pentecostal Evangel and AG News


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