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Young Christian Thinker Jefferson Bethke on the Root Cause of Objectifying Women

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 3 hours 12 min ago
Inspirational Christian speaker Jefferson Bethke recently spoke on the objectification of women in modern culture and what Christians can do to combat the degradation.
Categories: Christian Post

Oldest Surviving Copy of Hebrew Bible Recognized as UNESCO World Treasure

Christian Post - Bible - 3 hours 43 min ago
The Aleppo Codex, the oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible that some experts believe all versions of the Old Testament stem from, has been recognized by UNESCO as an important world treasure.
Categories: Christian Post

Chelsea Clinton Reveals She Left Baptist Church Over Abortion, Insulted When People Question Hillary's Faith

Christian Post - Bible - 4 hours 27 min ago
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said that it is insulting when people question her parents' Christian faith. Clinton added that she left a Baptist church at a young age and joined the Methodists over the abortion issue.
Categories: Christian Post

Life-giving hope in South Africa

Mission Network News - 7 hours 2 min ago
South Africa (MNN) -- In South Africa, abortion is marketed everywhere. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s accessible. But there’s a new message taking hold. It’s called, Ignite South Africa. LIFE international recently took a team to train church leaders on the sanctity of human life and observed that the message found open ears and hearts not just among those seeking an abortion, but also among the church leaders offering the counseling. Melinda Delahoyde, Vice President of Mission Advancement for LIFE International says, “Many times a husband or a pastor may come to us and say, ‘But I’ve sent my wife to have an abortion. Is that wrong?’ And in the midst of that training of God as the Life-Giver, He begins to speak to them about what has happened in their own life.” Delahoyde continues, “From their own heart, they begin to say, ‘How can i share this message?’” The outcome has been positively overwhelming as groups like this one in South Africa will spread the word about the training it’s received, encouraging other groups to receiving similar training. We know there’s going to be deep transformation taking place. We want time to work with each person individually. We want time for them to ask their questions, and most of all we want Jesus Christ to work in their hearts.” LIFE International partners with scores of churches and pregnancy care centers in more than 65 countries around the world with the objective to multiply Christ-centered, life-giving ministries wherever abortion exists or the sanctity of human life is diminished, and to see people receive new life in Christ and human lives fully restored to their God-given value. Click here to learn more about the work and impact of LIFE International.
Categories: Mission Network News

Ukrainian children experience a loving family

Mission Network News - 7 hours 2 min ago
Ukraine (MNN) -- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has been the reason for an increasing number of broken families and orphaned children.

(Photo courtesy of Force for Christ via Facebook)

Backyards have been turned into warzones. More than 8,000 have been killed since it's start in 2013 and 2 million more have fled their homes in eastern Ukraine. Suffice it to say, civilians have been most affected by the war. Force for Christ recently visited orphanages in Central Ukraine where thousands of refugee children fled to from the east. "We met many refugee children, and [the war is] hard on them," says Chad LaForce with Force for Christ. "They've been torn out of their life. They've been torn out of their homes.  Many of them have lost loved ones or their whole family in the war. They're separate from anything that they've known. And sometimes when we meet them, they've only been in the orphanage a few days. They've come right out of the east." Kids are weighed down with the trauma of losing so much. Everything is either unfamiliar, changing, or corrupt. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde recently expressed her concern for the slow action on improving the Ukrainian government as well as fighting corruption. "There are a lot of changes in flux, and I don't know if the nation really knows yet how to solve these problems--both the war and the result of the war with families and children." LaForce says. "That has a big impact on us. It has a big impact on them. But God is faithful."

(Photo courtesy of Force for Christ via Facebook)

The ministry is running a hosting program so Ukrainian orphans can visit Christian families in America. Twice a year, Force for Christ goes to Ukrainian orphanages and gets to know the children. Later in the season, many of the children travel to America for a 4-6 week visit with host families. "They receive love. They're taught about the Lord. It's a boost for them. It also gives them people somewhere in the world that are connected with them and care about them. And we found it's a really positive thing for these kids." Force for Christ has seen night and day differences in children.

(Photo courtesy of Force for Christ via Facebook)

After losing family and homes, most kids are filled with sadness and don't want to talk. But the hosting program has given them the encouragement they need. They are assured that in their world of uncertainty, one thing remains constant: a family loves and cares about them. The most recent trip was a huge success and changed the lives of 30 children and their host families. This summer, Force for Christ has another opportunity. If you'd like to host a child, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Persecution leaves Bible translators undaunted

Mission Network News - 7 hours 2 min ago

(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Associates)

SE Asia (MNN/Wycliffe Associates) -- During the 12th century, Islam spread aggressively into Asia through military conquest. Its influence continues to this day. Yet, the seed of the Gospel had taken root. Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, says, “I just got back to the office today from being in Southeast Asia with a group that is part of a body of Christians that has been in place for almost 200 years but never has had one verse of Scripture until last week.” Local believers were trained in the MAST (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation) strategy, and during the time of Smith’s visit, they put everything on hold to translate the Bible. It was past time. “They have, for too many generations, watched their communities, their neighbors, live and die without hope, without the truth of God’s Word. They are unwilling for another generation to pass without it.”

Photo courtesy Wycliffe Associates)

Local believers gathered for training. They were split up into several groups that were assigned a book of the New Testament to work on. “During a workshop of two weeks, a group of their translators translated 17 books of the New Testament and checked them for accuracy.” Inspired, their plan is to finish the rest of the New Testament in their language by April. They hope to have the entire Bible translated in their language by the end of this year. They’re not alone. The idea behind MAST makes it feasible to accelerate the pace of Bible translation exponentially. In an understatement of understatements, Smith says, “It’s kind of spreading virally.”

(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Associates)

What that means is, “This past year, we’ve had about 300 language teams that have requested and received training in MAST, which is accelerating their Bible translation process. We actually have about 200 more languages on the calendar already for this year.” In response to questions of accuracy, Smith explains, “They care about the accuracy of Scripture as much as we do. The way that the accuracy is checked is the same way that it has always been checked. You go to the native language speakers, you find out how they understand the passage, what they’ve learned from it and check whether it’s consistent with the original passages.” These local believers share a language with 1.7 million speakers, of which less than 1% are Christians.

(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Associates)

They’re blazing the trail for the generations to come. However, blazing a trail has its own challenges. It is now a region where conversion to Christianity is punishable by death. Yet, Wycliffe Associates plans to launch 10 new Bible translation projects in the next 30 days. Smith says the believers he met are undeterred. “The security issues are real. They are part of a persecuted minority of Christians within their arena. But, they understand those risks, and they accept those risks.” Violence has forced Bible translators to evacuate their homes. Other translators have had to suspend their translation work due to the persecution. Smith explains this is also why they have strategies like MAST and the BTAK (Bible Translation Acceleration Kit). The equipment makes the translator mobile, while the rapidity of the translation itself “enables Bible translation to move forward more quickly, to not only start sooner, but also conclude sooner so that the process itself is not vulnerable for long periods of time.” As the number of requests for training grows, Wycliffe Associates is currently raising $400,000 to launch 80 translation projects in volatile areas of the world. The organization plans to launch the first 10 of these 80 projects within the next 30 days. “These Christians are crying out for translator training,” says Smith. “Their people long for God’s Word in the language of their heart. The MAST strategy will mean a whole new day for them.” Necessity is truly the mother of invention. In the midst of extremism, Sharia law and heavy oppression, Wycliffe Associates has provided the method and the means for Bible translation, but they need support from you. “In a time of change, there’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of judgements and decisions that have to be made, and we want these to be guided by God’s Wisdom.”
Categories: Mission Network News

The Gospel and some much-needed medicine

Mission Network News - 7 hours 3 min ago
Burkina Faso (MNN) -- In a trip to this sub-Saharan African country, Reach Beyond and it’s partner organization Radio Evangile Développement (RED) teamed up to provide the local people with some health care.

(Photo courtesy Reach Beyond)

Burkina Faso has less than five doctors for every 100,000 people compared to the 250 doctors available for every 100,000 people in the United States. In this African country, malaria, parasites, worms, fungal infections and more are common ailments. Yet, they are unable to be treated. Why? There just aren’t enough people around with the knowledge to help. So when these two organizations rolled into villages with a team of missionaries and medical professionals, it was something to be excited about. The ultimate motivation for the two organizations holding the clinics wasn’t to just care for these people physically, but also spiritually. These clinics were an opportunity for workers and volunteers to share the gospel firsthand with people who normally only heard it on the radio. And for many volunteers, just one trip to Burkina Faso is enough to place these country people on their hearts for a lifetime of prayer and impact by Jesus Christ. As RED and Reach Beyond work together to bring the hope of Christ to this country, please pray for the seeds sown to take root and for many people to come to know Christ as their Savior. RED also works in Burkina Faso to help raise awareness of the damages and health risks caused by female genital mutilation. Reach Beyond’s partnership with the organization has helped to validate RED amongst the country people. To donate to Reach Beyond or this project, click here. To learn more about trips to Burkina Faso, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

A failed initiative and a hope for the future

Mission Network News - 7 hours 3 min ago
International (MNN) -- In a world with yearly advancements in technology, it’s hard to believe hunger and poverty are still issues. But they are.

(Photo courtesy FH)

Back in the year 2000, world leaders gathered together at the United Nations to commit to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. The initiative was called the Millennium Development Goals. Now, 2015 has come and gone, and with it, an increase in displaced persons worldwide. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are over 59 million people displaced because of war, violence, and for many other reasons. Yet, there's still hope. In September 2015, a new set of goals was adopted called the Sustainable Development Goals to counteract not just poverty and hunger, but so much more. And in the midst of such great need, Food for the Hungry continues to persevere forward and help whoever it can. FH offers hope and freedom to people who are living in poverty and who are hungry--not just physically, but spiritually as well. Here are a couple of ways FH helps:

(Photo courtesy FH)

But FH doesn’t just feed hungry people. It also offers the hope of Jesus Christ, the very inspiration for FH's work in over 20 countries, spanning three continents, to every community and child it helps. Just imagine what it must be like to meet someone hungry and empty, and then to help fill them, maybe for the first time, with both food for the body and the Gospel for the soul. And guess what? If you team up with FH, you won't have to imagine that feeling; you will know. Join countless others in tackling a couple of the world’s largest humanitarian issues--poverty and hunger. Team up with FH today! Here a couple of ways how YOU can help
  • Volunteering: Take a chance and be a part of a lasting impact in someone's life by helping to provide humanitarian work!
  • Donating: FH could use support both as an organization and for it's individual projects. It can't do what it does without partners like you.
  • Praying: Pray, if you would, for God’s grace and love to shine through to those in need. Also pray for Him to continue enabling FH to be used as His hands and feet everywhere.
Let’s end poverty and hunger together. To learn more about volunteering with FH, click here. To donate to FH or one of its projects, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Franklin Graham Warns Christians Will 'Lose This Country' If They Don't Vote

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:32pm
The Rev. Franklin Graham implored Christians to vote based on their biblical values in a recent South Carolina speech, warning that they may "lose this country" if they don't participate in the 2016 election.
Categories: Christian Post

Steven Furtick Celebrates 10 Years in Ministry, 40,000 'Professions of Faith'

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:40pm
Pastor Steven Furtick celebrates Elevation Church's 10th anniversary, as well as 40,000 "professions of faith."
Categories: Christian Post

Steven Furtick Celebrates 10 Years in Ministry, 40,000 'Professions of Faith'

Christian Post - Evangelism - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:40pm
Pastor Steven Furtick celebrates Elevation Church's 10th anniversary, as well as 40,000 "professions of faith."
Categories: Christian Post

Steven Furtick Celebrates 10 Years in Ministry, 40,000 'Professions of Faith'

Christian Post - Church Growth - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:40pm
Pastor Steven Furtick celebrates Elevation Church's 10th anniversary, as well as 40,000 "professions of faith."
Categories: Christian Post

Steven Furtick Celebrates 10 Years in Ministry, 40,000 'Professions of Faith'

Christian Post - Bible - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:40pm
Pastor Steven Furtick celebrates Elevation Church's 10th anniversary, as well as 40,000 "professions of faith."
Categories: Christian Post

Steven Furtick Celebrates 10 Years in Ministry, 40,000 'Professions of Faith'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:40pm
Pastor Steven Furtick celebrates Elevation Church's 10th anniversary, as well as 40,000 "professions of faith."
Categories: Christian Post

ISIS Threat

WGRC News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:36pm

Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack. In testimony before congressional committees, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other officials described the Islamic State as the “pre-eminent terrorist threat.”

Categories: Local News

Governor Wolf delivers budget

WGRC News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:35pm

Governor Wolf yesterday delivered his budget address for the 2016-2017 fiscal years in Pennsylvania calling for a $33.3 million dollar spending plan fueled by an increase in the state income tax which would work out to an 11% increase as well as other taxes. In all, he is looking for $2.7 billion dollars in tax increases to close what he calls a long term budget deficit. Wolf also called for a hike in the minimum wage. Republican lawmakers who hold the majority in both the state house and senate are blasting Wolf’s plan saying it will harm Pennsylvania taxpayers. The state is still waiting for an agreement on this past year’s full budget plan.

Categories: Local News

Tina Campbell Praises God for Birthing 'It's Personal' Album to Win NAACP Image Award

Christian Post - Bible - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:16pm
Gospel singer Tina Campbell says she's grateful to God for bringing her out of public marital struggles to create a body of work that led her to win an NAACP Image Award as a solo artist.
Categories: Christian Post

10 Tips to Reduce Risk of Cancer by Dr. Pete Sulack

Christian Post - Missions - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:43am
Stress and cancer expert Dr. Pete Sulack provides list of practical things to do to avoid getting cancer in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month in February.
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10 Tips to Reduce Risk of Cancer by Dr. Pete Sulack

Christian Post - Bible - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:43am
Stress and cancer expert Dr. Pete Sulack provides list of practical things to do to avoid getting cancer in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month in February.
Categories: Christian Post

10 Tips to Reduce Risk of Cancer by Dr. Pete Sulack

Christian Post - Living - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:43am
Stress and cancer expert Dr. Pete Sulack provides list of practical things to do to avoid getting cancer in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month in February.
Categories: Christian Post