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The thrill of the kill: The sinister youngsters who murdered other children 'for the fun of it' in chilling crimes that shocked their parents and stunned the nation

    Kids who kill other children are a special and disturbing type of murderer
    Children who kill are motivated by enjoyment, jealousy, anger or hurt
    Child murders by other children in Australia have shocked the nation
    A new book starts with 1969 murder of Vicki Barton, 8, by a 15-year-old
    Cases included Helen Moore, 16, whose six victims were all under 7
    Courtney Morley-Clarke, 3, was murdered by her 13-year-old neighbour

By Candace Sutton for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 13:41, 11 May 2016 | Updated: 23:54, 11 May 2016

In the shocking case of Eliza Jane Davis, the 15-year-old was just unlucky to be on the scene at the time when two young teenage girls she called friends made the cold-blooded decision they would murder just for 'the thrill of the kill'.  All three girls lived in a small mining community in the outback Western Australian town of Collie, 200km west of Perth.  On a Saturday night in June, 2006, Eliza Davis, the youngest of the three girls, accompanied them to a party where the trio smoked cannabis and also took an amount of methamphetamine, or ice.  After sleeping off their activities at a shared house, the two 16-year-old girls woke and had a detailed conversation about what it would be like to take somebody else's life.  They had a 'compulsive urge' to kill someone and decided it would be worth taking the risk. The chosen victim of their sinister plan was Eliza, simply because she was there, flicking through a school yearbook when they attacked.  When one of the girls pushed a chemical soaked rag into her mouth, and the other girl wrapped speaker wire around her throat and tightened it, Ms Davis fought back for her life.  But eventually she succumbed, and the two teenagers dragged her lifeless body and buried it under the house in shallow grave. Then they got on with their day.  When they reported Eliza as missing, they then helped her family in the search for the missing teenager.  Days past, and Eliza's body was decomposing beneath the house. In a panic, the girls decided to turn themselves into police.  Tried in the Perth Children's court, the girls were unremorseful but remained nameless because of their ages.  Found guilty, they were sentenced to a minimum of 15 years to life and have since been transferred to an adult facility, Bandyup Women's prison in north eastern Perth.  Eliza Davis's murder is just one of more than 40 cases, including seven Australian, of children killing other children.  'Deadly Games - Kids who kill kids' by Australian authors Gabrielle O' Reilly and Liz Frame, chronicles the disturbing phenomenon highlighted by the 1993 case of 10-year-old British boys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson murdering two year old, James Bulger.  'The abhorrent crime of young children deliberately killing a toddler struck a chord with society,' the authors write.

'We were shocked we had progressed to the stage where a young child could be ruthlessly killed by other children because of our innate belief that children are born good.  '[But] children or young teenagers have been killing other children for centuries and will likely continue to do so into the future.  Cases of children killing children [have] no clear pattern or cause. The truth may well be that in some instances children are born innately bad.  Children also do shocking things because their sense of right and wrong and understanding about controlling impulses has not yet matured.'

The authors have categorised their killers into three sections.  First is the thrill killers who 'enjoy not only the hands-on kill, but the torture beforehand and sometimes the mutilation afterward'.  The second group targets their prey for fairly innocuous reasons, 'annoyance, anger, hurt or jealousy'.  The third group of murderous children are school  shootings in America which O'Reilly and Frame say involve 'killing specific targets out of anger, hurt or wounded pride'.  Eliza Davis's murder and four other disturbing Australian cases fall into the thrill kill category.  The earliest, at least in this book, was a murder that shocked the nation, when eight-year-old Vicki Barton vanished at Lawson in the Blue Mountains in 1969 while her family was enjoying their Christmas holidays.   Vicki, her four siblings and three other young family friends headed off to the local pool for a swim. But Vicki vanished on the road  near the pool. Unbeknown to the others, 15-year-old local boy Alfred Jessop had convinced the pretty little blonde girl to go for a walk with him to Lawson Oval.  There, he began to fondle Vicki and asked her for sex. When she refused, he strangled her for fear she would tell her mother.  He placed her still warm corpse in the trailer attached to his bicycle and rode 15km to bush land in nearby Springwood, where he dumped her remains in Devil's Paddock.  Over the painful weeks and months that followed, police failed to find Vicki. But 18 months later, in August 1970, an eight-year-old local girl Hana Dostal found the remains of a child near Springwood.  It was Vicki, but police were still far from finding her killer. Jessop, meanwhile, continued to assault women and was sent to jail.   In 1977, 24-year-old Jessop was arrested. He had bragged about his loathsome crime in prison and a fellow inmate had informed police.  Jessop was deemed a dangerous psychopath and sexual deviant and sentenced to life behind bar,s but was released in 2003.  Another disturbing case was of Helen Patricia Moore, who grew up in Sydney's south-western suburbs in the 1960s and 70s.  Young Helen had always been a problem child for her mother Jesse Moore, who found her own daughter self destructive and difficult to communicate with, as well as violent towards others.  In 1978, when she was 16 years old, Helen broke up with her first boyfriend and was devastated. One week later, her 14-month-old half brother Andrew was found dead in his cot. The death was put down to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Two months later, Helen was babysitting her 16-month-of cousin Suzanne. When Suzanne was found dead, it was also put down to SIDS.  Two months later, the Moores' house burnt down and then one of Helen's brothers broke his arm.  Some time this a now 17-year-old Helen was asked to babysit a two-year-old boy, Aaron, who stopped breathing while in her care. He survived, but was left blind and brain damaged, and later died.  Three weeks after the incident with Aaron, yet another child died in Helen's care. This time, people were unspicious, but nothing happened to Helen.  Then, in 1980, Jesse Moore returned home to find her son Peter, 7, lying dead at the bottom of the stairs. On the way to the police station to report the 'accident' she noticed that Helen's arm and hand were covered in scratches.  Jesse confronted her daughter, who broke down and confessed. At the police station Helen made a chilling confession, that she wanted to kill children because she liked to kill.  Helen Patricia Moore was given three life sentences and a further ten years, but in the end only served 13 years in prison and was released in 1993.  The case of three-year old Courtney Morley-Clarke, who was taken from her NSW Central Coast home one night in January 2001, was made all the more disturbing when police tracked her killer.  When her disappearance was discovered the next morning, police were called and a search was made of neighbouring homes and nearby bush land.  The body of the child wearing only a nappy was found in an area of very tall grass, with a stab wound through the heart.  A boy who can only be identified as SLD, aged 13 years and 10 months at the time, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to 20 years with a non-parole period of 10 years.   The boy had been living with foster parents and had been 'disturbed' and was being counselled before the murder.  One of the more disturbing and planned thrill kills was orchestrated by Matthew Meuleman, better known as Matthew Milat after he changed his surname at the age of 14 to match that of his infamous great uncle, the notorious serial killer Ivan Milat.  Three years later, the Austral­ian teenager went on to prove that he could murder too, in the same killing ground favoured by his great uncle, the Belanglo Forest, south of Sydney.  On November 20, 2010, which was a boy called David Auchterlonie's 17th birthday, 'Auchto' as he was know to his friends met up in the Southern Highlands town of Bargo to celebrate.  One of the mates was Matthew Milat, who suggested they go to Belanglo to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis.  Milat said he wanted to go check out the plaques of Ivan Milat's seven victims, the backpackers who were murdered in the forest.  Milat and another boy, Cohen Klein, went to the boot of the car and asked Auchterlonie to join them. Milat then swung a two-headed axe at him and ordered him to the ground.  There Milat tortured Auchterlonie while Klein recorded it on his phone. Milat accused him of being disloyal and threatened to cut his head off.  Finally Milat delivered the last, sickening blow and killed Auchterlonie. Cohen Klein received a 22 year sentence, while Milat received a maximum 43 years in the same prison system in which his his psychopathic uncle is set to die.

'Deadly Games - Kids who kill kids' by Australian authors Gabrielle O' Reilly and Liz Frame, published by Echo Press, $32.95

Celebrity Big Brother EXCLUSIVE: Rodrigo Alves WAS thrown out of the house after a 'serious inappropriate incident' (and NOT for having a 'hysterical meltdown')

    Rodrigo Alves' removal from the CBB house is still shrouded in confusion despite claims he had 'a hysterical meltdown' in the Diary Room
    New information has claimed that the Human Ken Doll was involved in an alleged 'serious and inappropriate incident' which led to his removal
    He was called to the Diary Room on Friday night and never returned, leaving housemates and fans baffled and frustrated
    He used the N-word on his first night in the house the week before leading to a wash of complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom

By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline

Published: 16:10, 27 August 2018 | Updated: 17:13, 27 August 2018

Rodrigo Alves was involved in an alleged 'serious inappropriate incident' on Friday night, a source alleged to MailOnline.  This was reportedly what led to his removal from the Celebrity Big Brother compound and NOT the meltdown as had previously been reported.  Rodrigo is thought to have been ejected from the house in an abrupt, non-televised manner, but previously MailOnline upon his exit that it was his own choice to leave.  But, in an updated version of events from a CBB insider, it seems Rodrigo, 35, may have been removed after an alleged 'serious inappropriate incident' took place.  The Sun also claimed: 'Rodrigo behaved seriously inappropriately inside the house. It came to the attention of producers who watched the footage back.  'After a discussion they decided the only course of action would be to remove him from the house. Producers wanted minimum disruption to the show after making their decision.  Rodrigo left the house in the early hours of Saturday morning following the live eviction on Friday.'

The Brazilian TV personality hit back at critics, calling them 'lying f**kers' as the rumours have continued to circulate over the weekend.  Channel 5 has simply stated that a 'further incident' took place leading to his removal, without adding further elaboration.  A show insider exclusively revealed to MailOnline on Sunday that the 'Human Ken Doll' suffered a 'meltdown' after entering the Diary Room, where he was last seen heading.  What went on in the room was supposedly too much to be explained or shown on the show, and Rodrigo had to leave immediately.  Although it would now seem the TV star may have been summoned to the Diary Room because of the aforementioned inappropriate behaviour.  The scenes are not set to air on TV, due to the nature of the latest incident.  The departure comes after viewers called for Rodrigo to be ejected the week prior, for using the N word twice whilst talking to Dan Osborne about his 'type of man'.  He was allowed to stay with a formal, final warning issued against him.  Rodrigo's use of the N-word saw regulatory body Ofcom receive more than 1000 complaints. The episode saw Rodrigo being spoken to by Big Brother the following day, as they gave him a formal and final warning.  Rodrigo admitted: 'I do understand. Last night I was very excited to be here, and I had quite a lot to drink, and I was intoxicated. I was drunk. In fact I was very drunk, and today I'm very hungover, I've been drinking a lot of water.  I obviously regret that, the fact that I used the N word. That was not necessary at all. It was just excitement, I'd had quite a lot to drink.'

Rodrigo previously told MailOnline he left the Big Brother house on Friday night as he 'could not take anymore' of the dirty, claustrophobic space.  He said: 'I demanded to leave. I was going to scale the wall if I wasn't allowed to leave.  'I didn't like it. My co-stars were boring, dirty and I had nothing in common with them. I was claustrophobic. I had to get up early and stay up late. I didn't understand why people were in there. Hardeep was snoring like a hog.'

He continued: 'I was worried about how I was being edited. I felt it didn't feel like a TV show.  I'm used to being a showman. I was worried about my well-being because I was tired and out of the loop.  'I kept going into the pink vanity room to feel more physiologically ready. When I found out Sally Morgan voted for me, I felt betrayed. Chloe never washed up'.

He confirmed he was scared of how he was coming across in public, particularly after the N-word scandal which he confessed he 'couldn't get past'.

Rodrigo's claims that he left come as he voiced his concerns for what the show was doing for his mental health insisting he was struggling deeply.  He took to Instagram to share the MailOnline article alongside the caption: 'It was a great experience while in the CBB house thank you all for the love and support.  'After Natalie left I started to think how I was getting seen by the public after making a language mistake while DRUNK. I am deeply sorry to have let the viewers down and my Fans now I just need to have some ice cream and rest'.

Another source told MailOnline on Sunday: 'Rodrigo went into the Diary Room because he had not been enjoying the experience and had already thought about leaving. The fact that his friend Natalie [Nunn] was evicted instead of Hardeep [Singh Kohli] stressed him out, because he was closest to her.  'He started screaming and shouting in the Diary Room and became rather paranoid and hysterical.  Despite this happening late at night, producers rushed to the studio to talk to him and arranged for the on-call psychologist to speak to him via the Diary Room. The psychologist advised him to think twice about wanting to leave but his mind was made up and he demanded to leave right away.  Rodrigo found it claustrophobic in the house, and even more so in the Diary Room and he had a bit of a meltdown in there. He had to be let out and because of the state he was in he couldn't be let back into the main house to say his goodbyes. Producers were worried he'd go back in and make a scene.  That's why the last time he was seen was heading into the Diary Room wearing his pyjamas, to talk about leaving. But it became too much all of a sudden and he had to just get out.'

Rodrigo has been open about his feelings towards the current season of the surveillance reality show, slamming it for 'casting bad housemates' who 'aren't celebrities' who made him not want to be there.  The source went on: 'Rodrigo didn't think the cast was good. He thinks it could have been a much better bunch of celebs and he was exhausted by them. He was concerned being on that show with people who had been in prison or committed crimes or were famous for being kidnap victims. This panicked him and he had to get out.  Also, the Big Brother format doesn't suit him. He is a showman and isn't used to just hanging around waiting for stuff to happen. He ended up doing things that he wouldn't normally do and he was paranoid about tarnishing his career.'   

Shocking moment grandfather, 96, was found slumped in a chair still in his hospital gown by his distraught daughter after being discarded at his home by NHS hospital driver

    A vulnerable 96-year-old grandad was discarded at his home by a hospital driver
    Cliff Schofield's daughter Jane, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found him
    The elderly Mr Schofield was collapsed in a chair still in his hospital gown

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 02:06, 27 August 2018 | Updated: 15:54, 27 August 2018

A shocking photograph shows how a 96-year-old grandfather was discarded at his home by a hospital driver when no-one was around to take care of him.  Cliff Schofield's distraught daughter Jane, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found him collapsed in a chair still in his hospital gown.  He had been discharged from hospital and driven home still in his hospital gown before his family could arrive, dress him properly and take him back themselves.  His daughter told the Sun: 'We are absolutely disgusted. The driver surely has a duty of care for the person he is taking home?'

Mr Schofield, a retired steelworker, had been taken to hospital after he fell, injuring his back and cutting his hand.  The following day Jane was informed by hospital staff that her father would be released and so rushed to the hospital with clothes for him.  She said: 'When I got to hospital he'd gone. The nurse I'd spoken to wasn't there and other staff didn't seem to know anything about it.'

When Jane reached his house she was horrified to find him inside, curled up on a chair much too small for him.  Worse still, a few feet away was a bigger armchair with a comfortable cushion.  Yet the hospital drivers appeared to have 'dumped him in the first chair they came across', Jane said.

She believes her father was left there for at least 30 minutes before she arrived.  Jane and husband Brian, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were so angered that they decided to take a photograph of Mr Schofield as they found him and send it to the hospital.  Brian said: 'We want to know why he was discharged without any clothes, how the driver gained entry to his house and why he was left on his own.'

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust apologised for the 'inadequate' care and said it was investigating the incident.
Grandparents Caring for Grandkids / Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
« Last post by Shadow Rider on August 15, 2018, 08:19:47 pm »

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
A new kind of family
Posted Dec 19, 2016

Although many people are still largely unaware of this evolving family phenomenon, there are an increasing number of families today maintained by grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, ages newborns to adolescents.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, there were 2.7 million grandparents who had the primary responsibility for caring for their grandchildren who lived with them. [1] It is also double the number of grandparent-headed households in 1970, when the percentage was 3% of all households. In 2012, the percentage was 6 percent.[2] In many cases, there are no parents living with the children and their grandparents.  Grandparents often receive bewildered babies or older children who arrive with the clothes on their backs and nothing else. No toys, no favorite blankets or stuffed animals to sleep with, nothing. They may be angry, confused, or fearful. Some of them were born addicted to drugs, and they suffer from the long-term effects of these drugs on their minds and bodies.

Why Are So Many Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now?

Why are increasing numbers of grandparents, from their fifties to their seventies (and older), once again raising babies and children?

The key reason is that they don’t want their grandchildren to be placed in foster care, and risk never seeing them again. But why would they have such a fear?

One key issue is the major increase in opioid abuse in the United States, which has alarmed organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so much that they issued their own prescribing guidelines for chronic pain.[3] Other reasons for grandparents acting as parents again are the mental illness of an adult child, and child abuse and neglect that adult children inflict on their own children. Often these reasons are tied together. For example, a person addicted to oxycodone or heroin has great difficulty parenting a child of any age, as does someone addicted to stimulants such as methamphetamine. Alcohol abuse also continues to be a problem among many people with young children. Substance abuse radically decreases an individual’s level of patience and interest in taking care of his or her own children.

Drug Abuse and Addiction and Child Maltreatment

Sometimes grandparents are raising their grandchildren because the adult children have died of drug overdoses. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2015, there were 20,101 overdose deaths linked to prescription opioids and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin.[4] Some people who overdose on drugs leave behind at least one child. Many were unmarried and their partners are unknown, uninterested, or incapable of parenting a child.  Of course, not all people who abuse drugs die of drug overdoses, and instead many continue to abuse drugs and may abuse or neglect their children, causing state protective services authorities to investigate and remove the children from their homes for their safety and well-being. The CDC says nearly 2 million Americans abuse or were addicted to opioids in 2014. [5]  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a factor in as many as two-thirds of all cases of child abuse and neglect[6]. In most cases, state caseworkers seek out grandparents or other relatives who will take in the child(ren).

Mental Illness

Sometimes the adult child is mentally ill, suffering from such problems as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or major depression. They may also abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate, eschewing the psychiatric drugs that could help them. When it becomes apparent that a mentally ill person cannot parent a child adequately, state social services steps in, again looking for family members to help. In most cases, these family members are grandparents.

Other Reasons

Sometimes the parent is incarcerated in jail or prison and the child needs a family member (or foster parent) to provide a home. The imprisoned parent may be jailed for drug or other offenses and sometimes is jailed for violent crimes, receiving a sentence of many years. In some few cases, the adult parent is extremely immature and incapable and uninterested in parenting.


If you are a grandparent raising your grandchild, or you know someone else who is, you may wish to participate in an ongoing study. A renowned American pediatrician, Andrew Adesman, MD, is performing a major research study on the unmet needs of grandparents raising their grandchildren. This study is meant to bolster efforts to ensure that grandparents raising their grandchildren obtain the financial and social supports that they need. Go to:


[1] Renee R. Ellis and Tavia Simmons, Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012. United States Census Bureau: October 2014.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Deborah Dowell, MD, Tamara M. Haegerich, PhD, and Roger Chou, MD, “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain,” Morbidity and Mortality Review 65, 1 (March 18, 2016):1-50, (accessed December 16, 2016).

[4] American Society of Addiction Medicine. “Opioid Addiction,” 2016, (accessed December 15, 2016).

[5] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Prescription Opioids,” March 16, 2016, (accessed December 16, 2016).

[6] Child Welfare Information Gateway, Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System, October 2014, (accessed December 16, 2016).
Christian / The Table Of Life
« Last post by Shadow Rider on August 15, 2018, 08:03:45 pm »

The Table Of Life
Contributed by Shawn Drake on Jan 9, 2002

Sunday Morning May 4, 2000 Bel Aire Baptist Church Hobbs, NM


JOHN 6:51-58


1. Three old men, tired of being old, sneaked off from their retirement village on afternoon for a stolen dip in a nearby pool. It was an indoor pool, in one wing of a huge house that was apparently used only at night. Ignoring the strange glow near the bottom, they slowly, painfully entered the pool at the shallow end.  They had a wonderful time, floating in the water. Back home that afternoon they felt better than they had in years, so good in fact that they decided to do it again the next day and the next. Very soon it became clear that this was no ordinary pool. The same men who were creaking down the steps only days before were now doing cannonballs and back flips off the diving board. Back at the retirement village they were eating spicy Mexican food, dancing the tango, and flirting with their wives.

2. That’s a scene from the movie "Cocoon", and to anyone who has ever grown tired of being old or feeling old, it is a delightful fantasy a pool in which old age is washed away. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!?

3. Hundreds of years ago, tribes of Indians in Central America and the West Indies believed a spring like that existed in the Bahamas Islands. Spanish explorers tried to find it. Ponce de Leon searched in Florida for a fountain of youth that would make those who bathed in it forever young. Can you imagine wrinkled skin becoming instantly taut and toned again?

Arthritic joints growing suddenly supple and strong?

Or the pleasure of leaving your cane in the corner, throwing your pills away, and still keeping your membership in the AARP?

If all that were really possible, wouldn’t it be worth a search for the fountain of youth?

4. But when you talk to young people, they will quickly tell you that youth isn’t all its’ cracked up to be. Yes, you can get out of a chair without groaning, but you can’t show off pictures of your grandchildren. And then there are all those things to worry about: Will I be able to go to college?

Will I get a decent job?

Will I ever get married?

Will America go to war?

Will this pimple on my nose be gone before my date on Saturday night?

Ask a thirteen year old if she would like to stay thirteen forever and she will answer in one word: no. Although a youthful body would certainly have its advantages, it is not really eternal youth we’re looking for. It’s something else.

I. The Search For Life

What we want is that something my friend Sean discovers when he is sitting on the sidelines at a soccer game, watching his daughter race up and down the field, occasionally getting a foot on the ball. In a folding chair, with friends and neighbors nearby, on a Saturday morning, with work two days away, Sean might turn to you and say, "It doesn’t get any better than this," and what he means is that, young or old, this is the things of real living. 

This is what fills our memories and our scrapbooks. This is what brings a smile to your face a three o’clock on Monday afternoon. This is life. And if we want anything to last forever, it is this.  Not youth. Life.  So, I don’t think Jesus could have come to us with any more provocative invitation than the one He brings, the offer of eternal life. And this sixth chapter of John is filled with references to that offer.  John 6:51(NRSV): "I am the living bread that came down from heaven," Jesus says. "Whoever eats of this bread will live forever".

And when Jesus talks about living forever, you can be sure that He is not talking about merely existing forever. This is the same Jesus who says, in chapter ten of this Gospel, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly"  (John 10:10, NRSV).

Abundant life is made up of those moments when you want to take a deep breath and hold it. When you want time to stand still for just a little while. All those moments when you think to yourself, "It doesn’t get any better than this." That’s real living, and we would do almost anything to make it last forever.  Almost anything.

II. The Price Of Life

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven," Jesus says. "Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews said to each other, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (John 6:52, NRSV).

It’s a repulsive image. But Jesus goes on: "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life" (John 6:53, NRSV).

In the Greek it is even more repulsive: the word for "eat" is the word "trogon", which is usually translated, "to chew." "Chew my flesh," Jesus says. "That’s the way to eternal life."

The Jews walked away. "This is a hard saying," they murmured. "Who can hear it?" (John 6:60, KJV).

And they were right. It is hard. But it is not impossible. You who have ears to hear, hear Jesus say something like this: "I am the Source of Life, but in the same way that you won’t get full by having bread in your house, you won’t gain eternal life by being merely acquainted with Me. It takes more than that.  It takes a kind of daily ’feeding’ on Me, if you will allow such a crude analogy. I must become the air you breath, the water you drink. You must learn to hunger for Me in the same way you hunger for meat and potatoes."

III. Hunger For Life

To be honest, I haven’t met many people who were that hungry for Christ maybe not any, myself included. But I get the idea from this passage that if we could ever develop such a hunger, it would be satisfied, and that in that satisfaction we might discover what it is we have been searching for: not eternal youth, but eternal life. And in that moment we might turn to a friend with a look of perfect contentment on our faces and say, "It doesn’t get any better than this."

So that’s what this table is for, this table of life: not to satisfy our hunger but to whet our appetites, to call us into ever deeper communion with Christ so that every day of our lives we might wake up longing to feast on the Bread of Life.  These are hard words, I know. But if you would do anything for eternal youth, will you do this one thing for eternal life?

Will you make a promise as you eat the bread and drink the cup this morning that this will be only the beginning for you, that this symbolic act will be only the first step in a lifetime of "feeding" on Christ?

If you can do that, I think you will find that the next time we gather at this table you will have discovered what few people ever do, and you will know just what Jesus was talking about when He said, "This is the bread that came down from heaven, and those who eat this bread will live forever."


1. Will you join me at the table of life?

2. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience to Jesus who died for our sins.

3. If you are not a Christian, you are not to take of this Lord’s Supper, because to you it would be a lie.

4. This eternal life is offered to any who will accept it, but only you can accept it.
Christian / Re: Devotion
« Last post by Philippa on August 12, 2018, 06:59:33 pm »
Just Because You’re Mine
Aug 08, 2018 | Sharon Jaynes

Today's Truth

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

Friend to Friend

Anabel Gillham was a woman who loved God, but had trouble accepting that God could love her. Sure, she knew the Bible verses that talked of God’s unconditional love for her, and yet she knew herself, and doubted a God who knew her innermost thoughts would approve or her.  The root of her problem was how she saw God and how she believed God saw her. She knew what kind of God He was. She read, Exodus 34:6, “Then the LORD passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth ...,” but she believed she had to earn that love.

She believed she had to be good enough to deserve it.  Then God used a very special person to help Annabel understand the depths of God’s love for her her second child, Mason David Gillham. Mason was a special needs child who could barely speak. I’ll let Anabel tell you her story.  I never doubted for a moment that Jesus loved my little boy. It didn’t matter that he would never sit with the kids in the back of the church and on a certain special night walk down the aisle, take the pastor by the hand, and invite Jesus into his heart. It was entirely irrelevant that he could not quote a single verse of Scripture, that he would never go to high school, or that he would never be a dad. I knew that Jesus loved Mason.  What I could not comprehend, what I could not accept, was that Jesus could love Mason’s mother, Anabel. You see, I believed that in order for a person to accept me, to love me, I had to perform for him. My standard for getting love was performance based, so I “performed” constantly, perfectly. In fact, I did not allow anyone to see me when I was not performing perfectly. I never had any close friends because I was convinced that if a person ever really got to know me, she wouldn’t like me.  I carried this belief into my relationship with God, and as I began to study the Bible, I found, to my horror, that He knew my every thought, let alone everything I said or did (Psalm 139:1-4). I was standing “bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God” (Hebrews 4:13, TLB). What did that mean to me?

That meant that He really knew me, that He saw me when I wasn’t performing well. Based on what I perceived as my responsibility to perform in order to receive acceptance, I concluded without a doubt that He could not possibly love me, that He could never like what He saw.  One day, as I was washing the dishes, Mason was sitting in his chair watching me, or at least he was looking at me. I stopped washing the dishes and got down on my knees in front of Mace. I took his dirty little hands in mine and tried so desperately to reach him.  “Mason, I love you. I love you. If only you could understand how much I love you.”

He just stared. He couldn’t understand; he didn’t comprehend.  I stood up to the sink again. More dishes, more washing, more crying and thoughts, foreign to my way of thinking, began filtering into my conscious awareness. I believe God spoke to me that day, and this is what He said:  “Anabel, you don’t look at your son and turn away in disgust because he’s sitting there with saliva drooling out of his mouth; you don’t shake your head, repulsed because he has dinner all over his shirt or because he’s sitting in a dirty, smelly diaper when he ought to be able to take care of himself. Anabel, you don’t reject Mason because all of the dreams you had for him have been destroyed. You don’t reject him because he doesn’t perform for you. You love him, Anabel, just because he is yours. I love you, Anabel, not because you’re neat or attractive, or because you do things well, not because you perform for Me but just because you’re Mine.”

Hearing Anabel’s story transformed my thinking about God’s love for me. For years I lived as though I had to be “good enough” for God to love me. I understood that salvation was a gift of grace a free gift from God that I did not earn. But somewhere along the way I began believing the lie that I had to perform properly to keep the gift. I feared if I were not good enough, He would take it back. But that is a lie.  I could never be good enough to earn salvation, and I could never be good enough to keep it. Jesus did it for me. Jesus keeps me still. And the same is true for you.  Hear God speak to you today: “I love you, not because you’re neat or attractive, or because you do things well, not because you perform for Me but just because you’re Mine.”

Finding the Courage to Heal Emotionally When Life Takes You Down
Jolene Underwood

I couldn't get out of bed before noon. Eventually, I’d get up and move around the house in a daze, then lay down to binge-watch TV shows, then struggle to stay asleep overnight. Depression, anxiety, and signs of PTSD racked me body and soul.  For a couple decades I was the woman who led ministries, served others, ran a non-profit library, home schooled, raised multiple children, and fostered thirteen more. Eventually, all this doing became too much. Extreme stress created an extensive inability to function well.  The events prior to my collapse included fourteen months of living on a ranch we didn’t own. We fostered and took care of up to twelve children at a time while facing spiritual, physical, and emotional battles like I couldn’t believe. Far too many to count. It’s been five years and when I start to talk about it, I still have a hard time stopping. There are too many memories interwoven with the effects of what we’d been through.  A church elder visited us after we returned home. He told us we’d been through trauma, and I shrugged it off. Our foster kids had been through trauma, sure. But us?


He was right.

Critical Change

Change became critical when my brain could barely form words and I got lost driving roads I knew well. Seeing through a well of tears became my new normal. If someone suddenly made a loud noise, even if it was my children bursting out in laughter, I jumped. Every nerve in my body shook while lying in bed.  If I didn’t do something different, I knew I would only get worse. Survival meant choosing healing. I didn’t want the enemy to keep me down after all this time of fighting for faith. I started doing what I could, and all I could do in the beginning was rest and pray and cry the tears I knew God could hear.

Strength to Stand

When it seems life has taken you down, it’s hard to know how to get up again. When you’ve felt knocked down repeatedly and whipped around wildly, it’s scary to even want to try.  Your experiences may be much different than mine but maybe you know this place of desperation too. Maybe you want more than just getting back up; you want to stand stronger through the next phase of life. Especially where there are storms. Maybe God is calling you to lean on Him for strength and wisdom, so you can not only get up, but let Him change how you live.

Courage for the Long Haul

The courage we need isn’t mustered by merely telling ourselves we can do it. It isn’t likely to happen by scrolling online and reading inspirational quotes or snippets of scriptures either. We need more than dictates and phrases.  I don’t know about you, but no matter how many times I’m told I’m enough, or that I matter, or that God sees, little changes. My heart isn’t transformed, and I still feel just as shaky as I did before. To see long-lasting and deeply impacting change, it takes active work with God for the long haul. It means letting Him dig deep into our hearts to bring about the kind of transformation that thrives beyond survival.  It is not easy, and it takes great courage to move in this direction. The enemy will try to deter you in every way possible. But God will consistently be faithful as you follow His lead.

"I needed a new path and it needed to be directed by God..."

This was the journey I started on when I didn’t think I could take another step. I needed a new path and it needed to be directed by God, not me and my comfort. Not detoured by fear and discomfort.  To take the path of emotional healing is to live with courage and surrender day by day. Yes, it’s hard to get through. It’s also a life giving thing to do.  It means choosing to look at things inside of us that we may never have taken the time to face before like unhealthy beliefs, unhealed hurts, unexpressed emotions, and unconfessed sins. Where these lay undetected also lay distortions that fuel destruction for the ways we live, the way we relate to others, and how we understand God.

Abundant Life

I didn’t know these were things I’d work through when I sought out healing. All I knew was that I was in transition. If I wanted the next decade of life to look different than the last, I had to make different choices. I was going to start a new season of life, and I wanted it to be more full of life.  John 10:10 “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Jesus words in the book of John tell us He came to give life and life abundantly. He isn’t talking about riches or wealth or a life of ease. He’s talking about souls that are abundantly alive because of Him. In this place of God-reliance we are equipped to live through trial, persecution, illness, betrayal, loss, and even death.

Solid Ground

We often try to muster self-righteous strength only to find ourselves on shaky, sinking sand. Our souls become depleted and weary. Without surrender to God’s leading, we won’t stand on solid ground. In this life we will fail and fall repeatedly. But we can get up time and time again when we let Him work in and through us.  We will see more of God’s beauty and experience – more of His peace, joy, and freedom when we trust Him to lead us through emotional healing.

"He will not leave you in the process..."

Courage comes when we face what’s hard to do with the one who gives us the strength and wisdom to do it. When life takes you down, you need His life sustaining you. You need God breathing new life, so you can rise up again and choose courageous steps that require heart work, so soul level healing can take place.   A willing heart finds the challenge of surrender met by the courage of our Savior. He will not leave you in the process, even if you want to give up and walk away. You can choose to turn to Him again no matter what you’ve chosen or done before.

Choosing to Engage

Choose to let Him lift you up, perhaps through worship, prayer, and time in God’s Word. Or writing out your heart’s cry with honest abandon before the God who welcomes vulnerability, like David and others did throughout the book of Psalms. You can walk towards His heart for you by choosing to spend time with Him and choosing to remember He is the one who loves most, beyond what any of us can reason.   The events precipitating a season of feeling crushed or attacked are not the only events impacting our lives. By choosing to engage with God in the work He already wants to do, we’re choosing a path with new life.  We are being transformed into His image. Who we have been and what we have experienced hasn’t been wiped away, nor has the effect on our souls. God wants to refine us for our good and His glory. Healing emotional wounds and the roots of emotional reactions takes time. Perseverance is a necessity.

Getting Started

If you’re scared to step forward, know that God understands. He isn’t afraid or disappointed because fear, anger, and sadness are part of your life. He is our creator, and He understands our emotions. He wants to redeem the lives of His people.  He sees the worry, fear, anger, bitterness, pride, and despair you feel. He also sees the beautiful harvest ahead which is available for each of us if only we’ll choose to let Him till the soil of our hearts and plant seeds for growth. Getting started sometimes means just letting the tears fall or the anger out. Pride falls away and humility makes way for new life.  Ask God what He wants to say to you today about His love for you and His desire to see you emotionally well. See what He might lead you to pursue on your journey of healing in addition to prayer. Maybe He will lead you to healing through counseling, mentors, a recovery program, or soul moments where your heart cries out to Him and feels His presence with you.

Courage to Continue

My healing came through many avenues including counseling, recovery, and EMDR therapy. All of these contributed to the whole picture of where I am today. And where I am today is not where I will be in the future, so I chose to continue this journey for the rest of my life. Hard things will never go away in this world. Hurt will still happened, but healing in Christ will always be available.  One step begets another step. None are too small. Start where you are and keep going, dear one. He is with you even now.

Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for U.S. Church Leaders From a Canadian
Carey Nieuwhof -
July 29, 2018

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states, setting off a flurry of reaction by Christians and virtually everyone else on social media and beyond.  Ed Stetzer wrote a helpful background post to the shift in opinion that led to the decision and included links to a number of other leading articles in his post.  The social media reaction ranged from surprising to predictable to disappointing to occasionally refreshing.  I write from the perspective of a pastor of an evangelical church in a country where same sex-marriage has been the law of the land for a decade.  That does not mean I hold any uniquely deep wisdom, but it does mean we’ve had a decade to process and pray over the issue.  I hope what I offer can help. It’s my perspective. My fingers tremble at the keyboard because my goal is to help in the midst of a dialogue that seems far more divisive than it is uniting or constructive.  There will be many who disagree with me, I’m sure, but I hope it pulls debate away from the “sky is falling/this is the best thing ever” dichotomy that seems to characterize much of the dialogue so far.  The purpose of this post is not to take a position or define matters theologically (for there is so much debate around that). Rather, the purpose of this post is to think through how to respond as a church when the law of the land changes as fundamentally as it’s changing on same-sex marriage and many other issues.  Here are five perspectives I hope are helpful as church leaders of various positions on the subject think and pray through a way forward.

1. The Church Has Always Been Counter-Cultural

Most of us reading this post have been born into a unique season in history in which our culture is moving from a Christian culture to a post-Christian culture before our eyes.   Whatever you think about history, theology or exactly when this shift happened, it’s clear for all of us that the world into which we were born no longer exists.  Viewpoints that were widely embraced by culture just decades ago are no longer embraced. For some, this seems like progress. For others, it seems like we’re losing something. Regardless, things have changed fundamentally.  But is that really such a big deal? For most of the last 2,000 years, the authentic church has been counter-cultural. The church was certainly counter-cultural in the first century.  Even at the height of ‘Christendom’ (whenever that was), the most conservative historians would agree that Christianity as embraced by the state was different than the authentic Christianity we read about in scripture or that was practiced by many devout followers of Jesus.  Being counter-cultural usually helps the church more than hurts it.  If you think about it, regardless of your theological position, all your views as a Christian are counter-cultural and always will be. If your views are cultural, you’re probably not reading the scriptures closely enough.  We’re at our best when we offer an alternative, not just a reflection of a diluted or hijacked spirituality.

2. It’s Actually Strange to Ask Non-Christians to Hold Christian Values

As the Barna Group has pointed out, a growing number of people in America are best described as post-Christian. The majority of Canadians would certainly qualify as having a post-Christian worldview.  The question Christians in a post-Christian culture have to ask themselves is this:

Why would we expect non-Christians to behave like Christians?

If you believe sex is a gift given by God to be experienced between a man and a woman within marriage, why would you expect people who don’t follow Christ to embrace that?

Why would we expect people who don’t profess to be Christians to:

Wait until marriage to have sex?

Clean up their language?

Stop smoking weed?

Be faithful to one person for life?

Pass laws like the entire nation was Christian?



Most people today are not pretending to be Christians. So why would they adopt Christian values or morals?

Please don’t get me wrong.  I’m a pastor. I completely believe that the Jesus is not only the Way, but that God’s way is the best way.  When you follow biblical teachings about how to live life, your life simply goes better. It just does. I 100 percent agree.  I do everything I personally can to align my life with the teachings of scripture, and I’m passionate about helping every follower of Christ do the same.  But what’s the logic behind judging people who don’t follow Jesus for behaving like people who don’t follow Jesus?

Why would you hold the world to the same standard you hold the church?

First, non-Christians usually act more consistently with their value system than you do.  It’s difficult for a non-Christian to be a hypocrite because they tend to live out what they believe.  Chances are they are better at living out their values than you or I are. Jesus never blamed pagans for acting like pagans.  But he did speak out against religious people for acting hypocritically. Think about that.

3. You’ve Been Dealing With Sex Outside of Traditional Marriage for a LONG Time

If you believe gay sex is sinful, it’s really no morally different than straight sex outside of marriage.

Be honest, pretty much every unmarried person in your church is having sex (yes, even the Christians).

I know you want to believe that’s not true (trust me, I want to believe that’s not true), but why don’t you ask around?

You’ll discover that only a few really surrender their sexuality.  Not to mention the married folks that struggle with porn, lust and a long list of other dysfunctions.  If you believe gay marriage is not God’s design, you’re really dealing with the same issue you’ve been dealing with all along sex outside of its God-given context.  You don’t need to treat it any differently.  By the way, if you don’t deal with straight sex outside of marriage, don’t start being inconsistent and speak out against gay sex.  And you may want to start dealing with gluttony and gossip and greed while you’re at it. (I wrote more here about how to get the hypocrisy out of our sex talk in church.)  At least be consistent humbly address all forms of sex outside of marriage.  The dialogue is possible. (Andy Stanley offers a great rationale for sex staying inside marriage here.)  We have that dialogue all the time at our church.  And people are grateful for it.  We also talk about our greed, our gluttony, our jealousy and our hypocrisy as Christians. It’s amazing. Jesus brings healing to all these areas of life, including our sex lives.

4. The Early Church Never Looked to the Government for Guidance

Having a government that doesn’t embrace the church’s values line for line actually puts Christians in some great company the company of the earliest followers of Jesus.  Jesus spent about zero time asking the government to change during his ministry. In fact, people asked him to become the government, and he replied that his Kingdom is not of this world.  The Apostle Paul appeared before government officials regularly. Not once did he ask them to change the laws of the land.  He did, however, invite government officials to have Jesus personally change them.  Paul constantly suffered at the hands of the authorities, ultimately dying under their power, but like Jesus, didn’t look to them for change.  Rather than asking the government to release him from prison, he wrote letters from prison talking about the love of Jesus Christ.  Instead of looking to the government for help, Paul and Jesus looked to God.  None of us in the West are suffering nearly as radically as Jesus and Paul suffered at the hands of a government. In fact, in Canada and the U.S., our government protects our freedom to assemble and even disagree with others. Plus, it gives us tax breaks for donations.  We honestly don’t have it that hard.  Maybe the future North American church will be more like the early church, rising early, before dawn, to pray, to encourage, to break bread.  Maybe we will pool our possessions and see the image of God in women. And love our wives radically and deeply with a protective love that will shock the culture. Maybe we will treat others with self-giving love, and even offer our lives in place of theirs.  Maybe we’ll be willing to lose our jobs, our homes, our families and even our lives because we follow Jesus.  That might just touch off a revolution like it did two millennia ago.  Perhaps the government might even take notice, amazed by the love that radical Jesus followers display.

5. Our Judgment of LGBT People Is Destroying Any Potential Relationship

Even the first 72 hours of social media reaction has driven a deeper wedge between Christian leaders and the LGBT community Jesus loves (yes, Jesus died for the world because he loves it).  Judgment is a terrible evangelism strategy.  People don’t line up to be judged.  If you want to keep being ineffective at reaching unchurched people, keep judging them.  Judging outsiders is un-Christian. Paul told us to stop judging people outside the church.  Jesus said God will judge us by the same standard with which we judge others.  Paul also reminds us to drop the uppity attitude; that none of us were saved by the good we did but by grace.  Take a deep breath. You were saved by grace. Your sins are simply different than many others. And honestly, in many respects, they are the same.  People don’t line up to be judged. But they might line up to be loved.  So love people. Especially the people with whom you disagree.  Those are a few of the things I’ve learned and I’m struggling with.  The dialogue is not easy when culture is changing and people who sincerely love Jesus sincerely disagree.  I think there’s more hope than there is despair for the future. The radical ethic of grace and truth found in Jesus is more desperately needed in our world today than ever before.  Is the path crystal clear?

No.  But rather than being a set back, perhaps this can move the church yet another step closer to realizing its true mission.  I was tempted to close comments off on this post, but I will leave them open just to see if we can continue the discussion constructively and humbly.  Rants and abusive viewpoints (on either side) will be deleted.  Show grace.  Respect those with whom you disagree.  If you want to leave a comment that helps, please do so.  But please spend at least as much time praying for the situation and for people you know who have been hurt by this dialogue as you do commenting on this post, on others like it or on your social media channels. 
Maybe spend more time praying, actually.  That’s what we all really need. And that’s what will move the mission of the church forward.

Caleb’s Story

To help you navigate the issue a little further, I’m adding the interview I did on my Leadership Podcast with Caleb Kaltenbach into this post.  Caleb was born to parents who divorced to both pursue gay relationships. Caleb grew up to become a Christian and a pastor, and has spent his adult life fighting for the relationship with his parents. It’s a fascinating, moving story of grace in the midst of disagreement.
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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Jul 30, 2018 | Wendy Speake

Today's Truth

I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

Friend to Friend

Some of my earliest memories include hymns, with my mom sitting at the black upright piano in our den. She’d tuck me into bed with a lyrical blessing, long fingers tickling my back, then she’d walk  down the hall and tickle the ivories. Amazing Grace, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, It is Well with My Soul, Great is Thy Faithfulness wafting up into the rafters, serenading me to sleep.  Forty years later, and the same melodic truths my mother sang into my subconsciousness come playing through my mind from time to time. During seasons of depression, they serenade me still. When anxiety threatens, they lull me back to sleep like a lullaby. And in joyful times of celebration, these hymns are my worship songs. Up they come, an artesian spring from the deepest parts of me, spilling back out over my lips like Bible verses hidden in my heart. They remind me what’s true when I’m most in need of truth. Sometimes, I even find myself quoting a Bible verse only to realize that I’m actually citing the lyric of some old song. Hymns are woven into the bedrock fibers of my theology a harmony to Scripture’s melody.  Perhaps, the short chorus I sing most often, as a reminder to my heart, is this one sweet exhortation:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. 

I can’t type the words without hearing my mom’s strong soprano in my mind. Nor can I sing the song without remembering the Psalmist’s cry: I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from?

Whether you’ve been wronged by a friend, abandoned by a father, misunderstood by a husband, tempted to fear over a child’s diagnosis, obsessed with your own self-focus, passed up for a promotion, or worse both the song and the Psalm can remind you where to turn your gaze.  When you fix your focus on your Redeemer’s face, a supernatural shift occurs. Like a spotlight moving from the minor characters waiting in the wings to the star, center stage. God’s generous narrative is always the place to turn your eyes, even when you don’t understand what He’s up to. His nature, His past faithfulness, His grace and forgiveness, and the promise of an eternity free of sorrow changes everything. Hope and joy are possible when we lift our eyes and lift our hearts and lift our voices too seeing and singing what’s true.  In 1922, at the age of 55, Helen Howarth Lemmel had lost her husband and her sight. Alone and nearly destitute, she heard a pastor say, “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”

Almost immediately, the lyrics of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus flooded her mind. She describes the supernatural experience like this: “I stood still and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme or note to note to make melody.”

The thought that God used a woman without sight to tell us where to shift our eyes is beautifully poetic. I know firsthand that when my mind is stayed on Christ, the rest of the details in my life are more manageable, less overwhelming. With Christ at the forefront of my attention and affection, everything else shifts into its rightful place. When we shift our gaze to Christ, everything else shifts too.
The kindness of His countenance, the reality of His rescue, the never-ending-ness of His extravagance shines a heavenly light on what matters most. And all the cobwebby corners of this life suddenly “grow strangely dim.”

Mosque teacher who pretended to FAINT when police arrested him over calls for extremists to attack Prince George is jailed for at least 25 years

    Husnain Rashid, of Nelson, Lancashire, has been jailed for minimum of 25 years
    The 32-year-old called on supporters to attack Prince George at his new school
    He created an online forum to offer tips on carrying out 'lone-wolf attacks'
    Rashid, what taught in a mosque, called on followers to poison ice cream
    He pleaded guilty to terrorism offences three days into his trial in London

By Stephanie Linning For Mailonline

Published: 14:39, 13 July 2018 | Updated: 19:20, 13 July 2018

This newly-released video shows an ISIS supporter pretending to faint when he was arrested by police over a string of terrorism offences.  Husnain Rashid, 32, was filmed falling to the ground when he was confronted by officers at his parents' home in Nelson, Lancashire, in November last year.  The former website designer was jailed for a minimum of 25 years today after admitting to preparing and encouraging acts of terrorism.  Woolwich Crown Court heard how Rashid used an encrypted messaging app to urge extremists to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks, including one on Prince George shortly after he started school at Thomas's Battersea, south London, last September.  Rashid posted a photo of the four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside the chilling message: 'Even the royal family will not be left alone. School starts early.'

The Islamic religion teacher urged followers to inject ice cream with poison and to 'blow up and slaughter' fans at the World Cup in Russia this summer.  Rashid, who was in communication with a British ISIS operative in Syria, had also started to create an online magazine called the Lone Mujahid - the same name given to his Telegram channel.  Investigators believe that Rashid was setting up an operation to 'mirror' the ISIS propaganda unit in Raqqa, Syria.  Rashid had maintained his innocence at the start of his trial but dramatically changed his plea three days into proceedings and admitted to a string of terrorism offences. He was handed three concurrent life sentences today.  Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lees said Rashid had shown 'ruthless dedication to the cause', adding: 'You are in my judgment a dangerous offender. It is not possible to say when you will cease to be a danger.'

The court heard how Rashid's prolific Lone Muhajid Telegram channel operated as an 'e-toolkit for terrorism'. He is thought to have sent some 300,000 messages on the app in the 18 months before his arrest.  The media platform is heavily encrypted and 'prides itself on never having provided law enforcement agencies with any user data', allowing users to communicate without detection, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said today.  The posts allegedly included a recipe for the poison ricin from the Islamist propaganda magazine Inspire, how to make Molotov cocktails and napalm, and a suggestion of poisoning supermarket ice creams.   The post about Prince George showed the young royal next to a photo of his school.  Superimposed onto the image was a black silhouette of a jihadi fighter with the caption: 'Even the royal family will not be left alone. School starts early.'

Judge Lees said: 'The message was clear: you were providing the name and address of Prince George's school, an image of Prince George's school and the instruction or threat that Prince George and other members of the royal family should be viewed as potential targets.'

It also included suggestions for a wide-range of other targets, including British Army bases, shopping centres, Jewish communities and Government buildings.  Chat members also analysed the terrorist bomb attack on the Besiktas stadium, in Istanbul, in which 38 people were killed.  Chat members discussed how those who attended the match were likely to be non-Muslims and the merits of attacking a lower league football match where security was likely to be less tight.  Rashid also posted a map of Sixth Avenue in New York with the message, 'New York Halloween Parade. Have you made your preparations? The Countdown begins.'

The post was made soon after Sayfullah Saipo, had driven a truck into pedestrians in New York, killing eight and injuring others.  Rashid was arrested by officers by Greater Manchester Police on 22 November last year.  When officers raided his home, Rashid ran out the back door of the house to escape police and threw his mobile phone high into the air to avoid being found with it in his possession.  It landed over the back wall at the feet of an officer who had surrounded the house.  Officers found chats between Rahid and the ISIS news agency, Amaq, and a draft for a new online magazine which offered 'tips for the mujahideen [fighters] in the enemy lands'.  Annabel Darlow QC, prosecuting, said: 'The underlying message intended by the defendant was clear: to encourage lone wolf jihadists operating on British soil to launch an attack on those watching events in stadiums and suggesting how to maximise the impact of the attack.'   

Det Chief Insp Will Chatterton, head of investigations for counter-terrorism policing in the north-west, said: '[Rashid] was in the process of creating an online Jihadi magazine, The Lone Mujahid, which contained advice and guidance to specifically lone wolf Jihadists.  'At the same time he was creating and managing and populating many forums or encrypted channels with colossal amounts of terrorist materials and the glorification of terrorism that went around the globe.  He was also communicating with individuals on the battlefield in Syria. We saw direct communication with someone actually fighting with Isil that included an exchange of advice and techniques.  'The sheer volume of material he created and populated, and the glorification that went alongside it, was readily available to people across the globe.'

Rashid admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and was given a life sentence for each, with a minimum term of 25 years, and one count of encouraging terrorism.  Two further charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication were laid on file.  The offences spanned from October 2016 to April this year.
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