Year 1123 was a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. April 18 – King Baldwin II of Jerusalem is captured by Turkish forces under Belek Ghazi – while preparing to practice falconry near Gargar on the Euphrates. Most of the Crusader army is massacred, Baldwin is taken to the castle at Kharput. To save the situation the Venetians are asked to help. Doge Domenico Michiel lifts the siege of Corfu and takes his fleet to Acre, arriving at the port in the end of May. May – Baldwin II and Joscelin I are rescued by 50 Armenian soldiers at Kharput, they infiltrate the castle where the prisoners are kept. Joscelin escapes to seek help. However, the castle is soon besieged by Turkish forces under Belek Ghazi – and is after some time recaptured. Baldwin and Waleran of Le Puiset are moved for greater safety to the castle of Harran. May 29 – Battle of Yibneh: A Crusader army led by Eustace Grenier defeats the Fatimid forces near Ibelin. Despite the numerical superiority, Vizier Al-Ma'mun al-Bata'ihi is forced to withdraw to Egypt while his camp is plundered by the Crusaders.
Eustace returns to Jerusalem in triumph, but dies on June 15. May 30 – The Venetian fleet arrives at Ascalon and set about attacking the Fatimid fleet; the Egyptians fall into a trap, caught between two Venetian squadrons, are destroyed or captured. While sailing back to Acre, the Venetians capture a merchant-fleet of ten richly laden vessels; the Pactum Warmundi: A treaty of alliance, is established between the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Republic of Venice at Acre. The Venetians receive a street, with a church, baths and a bakery, free of all obligations, in every town of the kingdom, they are excused of all toll and taxes. August 29 – King Eystein I dies during a feast at Hustad after a 20-year reign, leaving his brother Sigurd I to rule over Norway. Sigurd I performs the Kalmare ledung, to Christianize the Swedish province of Småland, he makes a pact with King Niels of Denmark. May 9 – A fire in the city of Lincoln nearly destroys the Lincolnshire town. August 9 – Battle of Al-Dimas: A Norman campaign in North Africa ends with their troops being massacred by Zirid forces near Mahdia.
February 25 – Emperor Toba abdicates in favor of his 3-year-old son Sutoku after a 16-year reign. Retired-Emperor Shirakawa rules as regent over Japan. March 18 – First Council of the Lateran convenes in Rome. Diego Gelmírez, archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, declares an Crusade in Al-Andalus against the Almoravids; the priory church of St Bartholomew-the-Great and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London are founded by Rahere. Furness Abbey is founded in England by count of Boulogne, for the Order of Savigny. March 29 – Shi Zong, Chinese emperor Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general Osbern of Gloucester, English lexicographer Parakramabahu I, Sri Lankan king of Polonnaruwa Robert I, count of Dreux February 9 – Otto, count of Ballenstedt March 4 – Peter of Pappacarbone, Italian abbot and bishop May 3 – Felicia of Roucy, queen of Aragon and Navarre June 15 – Eustace Grenier, French constable and regent July 18 – Bruno di Segni, Italian prelate and bishop August 29 – Eystein I, king of Norway September 11 – Marbodius of Rennes, French archdeacon September 19 – Taizu, emperor of the Jin Dynasty September 27 – Fujiwara no Akisue, Japanese nobleman December 14 – Henry IV, duke of Carinthia Davyd Sviatoslavich, Kievan prince of Murom and Chernigov Henry II, margrave of Meissen and the Saxon Ostmark Langri Tangpa, Tibetan Buddhist monk and master Louis the Springer, German nobleman
The Church of God, International is a nontrinitarian Christian denomination based in the United States, an offshoot of the Worldwide Church of God founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, it is one of many Sabbatarian Churches of God to separate from WCG. CGI was founded in 1978 by four former members of the Worldwide Church of God, including evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong after his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, excommunicated him from the WCG and fired him from all roles in the church over disagreements about operations and certain doctrinal positions. CGI established its headquarters in Tyler and founded the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association; the church logo features a breastplate, crossed swords, a banner inscribed with Ephesians 6:11-17. It is based on a wall hanging Garner Ted assembled from a suit of armor presented to him as a gift from his father. CGI was led by Armstrong until 1998. Armstrong and the ministerial leadership aimed to develop a "servant-leadership type of ministry" in contrast to the "one man, top down leadership", of the WCG—this was an important point of departure for the founders after what was perceived to be years of ministerial abuse of power within the WCG though Ted himself continued to be authoritarian.
In 1995, amid accusations of sexual assault involving an incident at a massage parlor, Armstrong was asked to resign. No charges were filed. Armstrong left CGI and founded the Intercontinental Church of God. Citing health reasons, prominent church leader Ronald L. Dart had left CGI to found his own religious service organization, Christian Educational Ministries, in 1995. After significant ministerial reorganization, the church made an effort to put the incident behind them and focus on continuing "the work". There is a sharing of administration and leadership among church pastors through a board of directors; the chairman's position is subject to re-election every three years. Charles Groce served as Chief Executive Officer for the church until June 27, 2015, when he announced his retirement. Vance Stinson was elected to replace him to serve in this role; the Ministerial Council has developed a mentoring program called MAP for training new church leaders, replacing Imperial Academy, established in the fall of 1994.
CGI has sought to maintain a positive relationship with many of the offshoots of the Worldwide Church of God whenever possible, is in "Ministry Partnership" with a number of them, including Life Resource Ministries, The Living God Ministries, Church of God Big Sandy, United Christian Ministries, Common Ground Christian Ministries, Church of God Cincinnati, Church of God in Miami, Dynamic Christian Ministries, Haggai 1:14 Ministries. The CGI follows and believes in many of the basic doctrinal principles shared by other Christian churches such as the inspiration of the scriptures, Christ's bodily resurrection, the three ordinances of baptism; the church agrees with Protestant theology regarding the tenets of sola scriptura, the priesthood of all believers, that Justification is a gift given by God. Like many Christian churches, it expresses a belief in the resurrection of the dead, baptism by immersion, Gap creationism, continuationism. However, some of its teachings differ from Catholic and Protestant doctrine in a number of key areas: RestorationismLike many churches in the Restorationist movement, CGI believes that a number of today's traditional Christian teachings stem from doctrinal corruption under the influence of Greco-Roman philosophy, anti-Semitism and mistranslation which occurred early in the history of the church, believes that the major Christian churches, under the weight of tradition, now teach various pagan ideas and practices that have been synchronized or "syncretised" with Christianity.
CGI equates paganism with demonolatry, teaches that God forbids syncretism with the occult. Much of CGI doctrine, distinct from mainstream Christianity is the outgrowth of an effort to separate these influences and traditions from what is believed to be the beliefs and practices of the original Apostolic church. For example, CGI teaches that the ancient pagan origins of Christmas and Easter render them inappropriate for Christians because they are offensive to God; this applies to Valentine's Day and New Year's Day celebrations. NontrinitarianismDoctrinally, CGI is binitarian, believing that the Holy Spirit is the spirit/power of God and of Jesus Christ, rather than a separate entity within the Godhead. God "the Father" and Jesus Christ are viewed as distinct "God beings" in the "God family"; this is held to be in agreement with the beliefs of the original Apostolic church. Purpose of manCGI teaches that Christians are begotten into the family of God, at their resurrection will experience theosis, being "changed into spirit as a son of God", in the process of God reproducing Himself after His own likeness.
Mortality of the soulCGI rejects the doctrine of the immortality of the soul as is taught by Catholicism and most major Protestant denominations, in that the soul is not believed to remain conscious after death. CGI believes that the doctrine of the immortality of the soul resulted from doctrinal corruption early in the history of the church. Kingdom of GodCGI maintains that the core of Jesus Christ's message concerned the coming of a literal earthly kingdom, that the saved will not go on to heaven, but will live and rule with Jesus on earth during the Millennium after his Second Coming, will share ruler-ship over the entire universe as part of the "God Family". Grace and JustificationCGI believes Justification is a free gift given by God aft
Angela Galea is a Maltese former swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events. She is a two-time Olympian, a three-time champion at the Games of the Small States of Europe, a multiple-time Maltese record holder in both freestyle and butterfly. In preparation for her Games, she was trained for the Italian Olympic team, under the guidance of head coach Maurizio Cocconi. Galea made her first Maltese team, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Swimming in heat one of the women's 100 m butterfly, she posted a Maltese record of 1:07.88 to pick up a second seed and forty-sixth overall against Swaziland's Lisa de la Motte and Micronesia's Tracy Ann Route. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Galea qualified again for the 100 m butterfly by receiving a Universality place from FINA, she lowered a Maltese record and posted her entry time of 1:03.62 from GSSE in Valletta, held a year before the Olympics. She participated in the same heat as Sydney against five other swimmers, including 16-year-old Kateryna Zubkova of Ukraine.
Despite of good recovery in the last 50 metres, Galea came up short in fourth place with a time of 1:05.47, just a 3.25-second margin behind winner Zubkova. Galea failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed thirty-sixth overall on the first day of preliminaries