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Ken Ham Says Christians Who Accept Evolution May Also Falsely Justify Adultery and Other 'Sinful Tendencies'

Christian Post - Bible - 3 hours 38 min ago
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said that Christians who believe in evolution are compromising on God's truth, which can also lead to falsely justifying adultery and other "sinful tendencies."
Categories: Christian Post

An Open Letter to Pastors - Stand or Fall

Christian Post - Pastors - 3 hours 47 min ago
Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the blatant murdering of millions of babies. This is an indictment against America and the pulpit is partially responsible - our silence speaks volumes.
Categories: Christian Post

An Open Letter to Pastors - Stand or Fall

Christian Post - Bible - 3 hours 47 min ago
Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the blatant murdering of millions of babies. This is an indictment against America and the pulpit is partially responsible - our silence speaks volumes.
Categories: Christian Post

Floods hit hard in SE Asia

Mission Network News - 6 hours 38 min ago

(Photo courtesy of GFA)

SE Asia (GFA) -- [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an article posted directly from Gospel for Asia. Click here to learn more about this ministry.]

Heavy monsoon rains in the western region of Myanmar have created floods that have killed at least 22 people in one town. Flood waters have also washed away houses belonging to believers who attend churches led by pastors supported by Gospel for Asia.

The incessant rains have destroyed nearly 300 homes in the region, leaving many homeless with no food to eat and no place to sleep. Around 1,500 people were evacuated when the flooding began. The Myanmar Red Cross has been working with the local authorities to evacuate families to safety and to distribute food, water and first aid kits to those in need. The rains also triggered landslides, which have made roads and bridges inaccessible, hindering relief efforts. Gospel for Asia supports ministry in 18 villages that are affected by the monsoon floods. Meanwhile, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, the recent heavy rains have created landslides that have killed at least 40 people. Because this region is close to Nepal, the earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May also shook the Darjeeling area, making it vulnerable to landslides.

(Photo courtesy of GFA)

“Almost all roads are blocked by mud and big stones,” reports a Gospel for Asia-supported field correspondent. “In some places, bridges have totally collapsed.... It is all because of God’s grace that all our missionaries, believers and church buildings are safe.” Gospel for Asia-supported workers ask for prayers during this situation. Please pray for:
  • God’s protection over the people living in the western region of Myanmar and in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.
  • Those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
  • God’s strength to sustain the missionaries and believers in these areas as they help and comfort those who are suffering.
Categories: Mission Network News

Greece says NO. Now what?

Mission Network News - 6 hours 38 min ago

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Greece (MNN) -- Greece may have tried to posture its way out of trouble with the European Union, but when the chips were down, the EU called its bluff. Now what? Greece failed to make its 1.5 billion euro payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the end of June, making it the first developed economy to go into default. That was merely a drop in the bucket compared to the 3.5 billion euro payment due in late July. But will economic calamity hit Europe should Greece withdraw? Tasos Ioannidis with AMG International says there's some confusion on the part of the Greeks as to what they were agreeing to and voting on. "The Europeans said that it was a vote on whether the Greeks wanted to stay in the Eurozone or not. The Greek people chose to interpret it as the government was telling them this was a vote on whether they wanted to accept the (IMF) terms or not." Ioannidis wonders, "If the point was to accept the last offer made to them, what was the point of the referendum?" The NO vote seemed to be a flat rejection of the bailout terms and approval for leaving the Eurozone. However, "At the same time, the people were asked in exit polls whether they want to stay in the Eurozone or not. More than 75% say they want to stay in the Eurozone regardless of what agreement there is, yet at the same time, they say they don't like the agreement that was offered to them." Ioannidis goes on to explain, "For the Greeks, it was either a choice of believing their leader or believing the Europeans. And they chose to believe their leader." The country has been in recession for five years. Its economy has shrunk by 25%. Unemployment is at 27.6%, with the unemployment rates for youth at 49.7%. In advance of Sunday's referendum and a looming default, throughout Greece banks closed in order to quell an expected run. The financial hardships people have suffered since 2009 have been blamed on austerity measures included with the bailout loans that kept the country solvent. Now that Greece is in default, the IMF aid package has been withdrawn. And despite last-ditch efforts being made to salvage the situation, "The terms that Greece has to accept at this point are much harsher"' says Ioannidis. He adds, "It is unknown what is going to happen, although the chances of a Greek exit from the Euro are much, much higher right now than they have ever been." There's talk that either Russia or China could be waiting in the wings with a bailout. Russia would gain an enormous foothold in Europe if it was able to place bases or troops in Greece. However, Greece's second bluff appears to have been called. "Russia has indicated very clearly for the Greeks not to expect anything from them. China has not said anything. The value of Greece for China is as part of the Eurozone." In fact, Ioannidis says, "The Chinese and the Russians, yesterday and today, say it's very important that Greece comes to terms with its creditors." Greece's finance minister resigned, signaling a possible cabinet shake-up.   Watchdogs think it's the first step toward putting a more centrist negotiating team in place to deal with creditors.  On Monday, Greece's top negotiator in aid talks with creditors, Euclid Tsakalotos, was selected to replace Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister. That begs the obvious question: what proposal could any new Greek team bring to the table other than what is already offered? "They are hoping that any agreement will have less in taxes; yet at the same time, the government does not want to reduce the public sector. You can't have it both ways. There is no way. Something has to give."

(Photo courtesy AMG International)

Shortly after we spoke with Ioannidis, he sent a message regarding the outcome of Monday's meetings with the Greek cabinet. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande wanted Greek party leaders to sign a common statement affirming the desire to stay in the Eurozone and that they will support terms of the bailout agreement. According to Ioannidis, four of the six parties signed the terms. Those who refused to sign included Golden Dawn (neo Nazi party) and the Communist Party of Greece. With all the machinations of the last 72 hours, it seems like something is happening; but in uncharted territory, it's hard to know exactly what the outcome will be. "The Greek banks are not going to be open for a while longer. When there is no agreement, it is extremely unlikely that the banks will be able to open. From news reports, the big banks, even those with capital controls, only have liquidity until the end of the week," says Ioannidis. The longer the banks stay closed, the more magnified the problems become on the ground for the average citizen. For ministries, the issue becomes crucial. (See Story 2 for a continuation of impact on ministries)
Categories: Mission Network News

Ministry in Greece concerned about supply chain

Mission Network News - 6 hours 38 min ago

St. Luke's Hospital in Greece, a ministry of AMG International (Video screen-shot from AMG International).

Greece (MNN) -- While the people of Greece have rejected the bail-out agreement, what they may not have foreseen is the effect that will have on the economy, short and long term. Tasos Ioannidis with AMG International is in Greece and tells us that every part of normal life is affected by this vote. "The supply chain is affected in Greece because with the banking system basically shut down, nobody can make any payments to anybody. So, all the private businesses are being affected. All the government operations are being affected." How is this affecting their hospital? "At this point, we are going based on whatever has been stockpiled in previous weeks and months. Once that stuff runs out, with the banks closed, it becomes impossible to replace supplies and to move forward." The hospital can't close. "People need to be treated," says Ioannidis. "They still need health care. People don't stop getting sick or [needing] medical care because the bank shuts down or the government shuts down. There still needs to be dialysis that needs to happen, cancer treatments that need to happen, operations that need to take place." This catastrophe may keep the humanitarian impact to a minimum. "That's another reason why people think that there may be some sort of agreement quickly, because there will be shortages of basic necessities; then truly Greece will need humanitarian help."

President of AMG International Tasos Ioannidis.

AMG has done everything they can to prepare for this. Ioannidis says, "From a human standpoint, it is impossible to know what is going to happen and to prepare any more than we have. We have tried to stock up...and to prepare as best we could from a human perspective. But when there is no way to know how long this situation will go on, there is only so much we can do." What is the message to the public? "We realize that God is in control. We fully trust that we will continue to accomplish His purposes. We have seen that in the past, and we know that we will see that in the future-- even in this situation. We are asking God's people to pray that supplies that are so greatly needed [will be] supplied, that there will be an agreement quickly so that Greece doesn't turn to humanitarian." Ioannidis says many are asking questions. "Right now, there is this great unknown in front of them. They don't know what is going to happen. The people who are older have experienced suffering, but the younger people have never had to deal with a situation like this. So, they are very much afraid of what may happen in the future." That fear is giving evangelical Christians a platform to share the best message in the world. "They are wondering whether there can be hope," says Ioannidis. "Where can they find hope? And, of course, our answer is that the only One who can provide the hope and peace that lasts forever is Jesus, and we've been sharing the message of the Gospel." Ioannidis says the only thing Christians can do is pray. "Little can be done because everything is frozen right now. Until things open up and Greece can get stuff in the country again. The banking system can accept money again. From a material resource standpoint, it's going to be at least a few more days before that can open up." Prayer is the most important thing.
Categories: Mission Network News

Sharing the truth in India with Untouchables

Mission Network News - 6 hours 39 min ago

(Photo courtesy World Mission)

India (MNN) -- There’s a group in India whose translated name means "peddlers pack," or backpack. Appropriately translated, the Banjara people are gypsies who often move around. Located in half the districts of India, the people group is known as one of the largest gypsy groups in the country. Yet, they’re treated like they don’t belong, like they are untouchables. “They’re looked down upon as one of the lower castes of India, and there’s definitely persecution placed on them,” says Greg Kelly of World Mission. But because of the rejection, doors are opening for Christians to love, accept, and share the Gospel with them. Who they are Often times, when people think the word gypsy, they imagine a band of travelling fortunetellers. But for the Banjara, this is an archaic view. Joshua Project reports the people group used to trade and transport goods. Some of their traditional jobs have stayed the same. “They make ornaments and ornate jewelry, which the women also wear,” according to Joshua Project. “Some specialize in making items such as broomsticks, iron tools, and needles. They may also repair tools or work with stone. Others believe that one does not have to work for a living and gain income by ‘religious begging.’” But most jobs have changed over recent years. A majority of the Banjara has now settled into farming, raising cattle, and growing grain. In other cases, people work at white-collar jobs or as government servants. Despite the changes, they still keep their rich culture by singing, dancing, and sewing. And, their beliefs are still the same. They are primarily Hindu, but others follow Islam, and some are Sikhs. Sadly, less than 5% are Christian.

(Photo courtesy World Mission)

“There’s over 6 million of them just in India alone, and the evangelical percentage is 0%--literally 0.0,” Kelly says. In nearly every community of America, there is some sort of Christian influence, but hardly anyone in the Banjara people group has heard the Truth. “It’s almost incomprehensible for us as Americans to think of a setting or an environment where there’s zero Christian presence.” Instead, they follow folk beliefs and strict religious taboos. “A woman’s hair must not be combed or let down long in the presence of men. Another is that a woman should not pass in front of a man who is sitting, but rather behind him,” Joshua Project says, pointing out several rules. “Even though Gypsies are unreserved in speech, many have high moral standards.” But, despite having high standards, and some Banjara having white-collar jobs, education is not of great importance to them. “Illiteracy is a huge issue among the Banjara,” Kelly says. “What they say is less than 5% of the women can read anything.” And, only about 12% of men can read. “When that’s the case, usually just getting print materials in their hands is going to create a real challenge from communicating the Gospel with them.” The Treasure Brings Truth to Illiterate People However, with The Treasure, the Banjara don’t have to worry about reading, just listening. “[They’re] a target for World Mission because we identify unreached people groups in the world, and we bring The Treasure, which is our solar-powered audio Bible to give them access to the Gospel,” Kelly explains. “In this case, with the Banjaras, [it’s] the first time, literally, that they’re hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.” World Mission is reaching out through national partners to create relationships, share the Word of God, and help change lives. “We’re talking about spiritual transformation that is supernatural. And one of the main manifestations of that being present is when somebody who hasn’t known the Gospel, receives it and then is motivated to go share it with other people.”

(Photo courtesy World Mission)

World Mission is using different techniques to make it easier to share the Truth with the Banjara. “As an example, our people and our nationals on the ground recently provided a free medical clinic, where hundreds of Banjara came,” Kelly says. “They heard the Gospel message for the first time, and they just saw a demonstration of love that attracted them to the Gospel. As a result, many of them asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.” Recently, they also had an audio Bible distribution. “We’ve been targeting a group of about 3,000 people, and out of that has come two churches," says Kelley. “We’re really just beginning, but because we’re seeing the model, this relational model work, and we have people on the ground working among them, we really believe now is the opportunity to increase that.” You can help World Mission continue quickly spreading the Gospel. Help provide audio Bibles to the Banjara! Pray for the Banjara people group to have open, accepting hearts and to listen to the Word. Also, pray for World Mission to get The Treasure out to as many people as they can.
Categories: Mission Network News

Widows experience ‘Life and Its Fullness’

Mission Network News - 6 hours 39 min ago

(Photo courtesy of SAT-7 PARS via Facebook)

Middle East (SAT-7) -- [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an article posted as is from SAT-7, a Christian satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa. To learn more about this organization, click here.] When a man dies in Iran and Afghanistan, his wife loses much more than her husband. Unless he has special provisions in a will or prenuptial agreement, the legal custody of their children goes to his parents. In Afghanistan, the widow’s in-laws are especially likely to claim their grandchildren. Remarrying is legal for the widow but would ruin her reputation. Society largely views her as a second-hand woman. Suddenly, she feels she’s lost both her past and her future. But she is not alone. Because of your support, she and other grieving women can find comfort in the SAT-7 PARS program called Life and Its Fullness (in Farsi, Zendegi va Poriye Aan). The program follows the life example of the widow Ruth in the Old Testament. It discusses why things happen to her and how her characteristics would be beneficial to our lives. It also talks about how life as a whole changes dramatically, has its ups and downs and how these changes affect us personally. Ruth’s life did not end with her husband’s death. She maintained a close relationship with her mother-in-law and went on to work in wheat fields, where God led her to a new relationship with Boaz. God chose the right man for Ruth, a man with compassion and a good heart. Just as Ruth went on to experience the fullness of life, so can the women who watch SAT-7. Everyone can learn from the series as it covers a variety of topics:
  • Immigration
  • Crisis management
  • General women’s ministry
  • God’s work amongst nations
  • Christians as members of society
Nikoo Ordodary, Deputy Executive Director and Programming Manager for SAT-7 PARS, says: “These are themes we witness in the book of Ruth. We are told in the Book of Romans that ‘Everything is for the good of those who love God.’ Not just the good things in our lives, but everything.”

(Photo Courtesy of SAT-7)

The half-hour episodes are presented by Iranians Rev. Mansour Khajehpour and Rev. Annahita Parsan. Rev. Khajehpour holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is the Executive Director of SAT-7 PARS. Rev. Parsan is one of the rare female Iranian pastors in Stockholm, Sweden, ordained by the Swedish Lutheran Church. She preaches a Swedish language service and a Farsi language service each week and works with SAT-7 PARS as a teacher. SAT-7 PARS produced the series in 2013 in partnership with Media Mission The Messengers in Finland and the Frank Mangs Center. It began airing in 2014. Pray that widows and others who watch this program will find Christ’s hope and experience the fullness of life as He intends. Want to make a difference? Your gift of $10 supports 10 viewers for 1 year! Click here to give now!
Categories: Mission Network News

DeVon Franklin Defends Wife Meagan Good Against Church Critics Who Disapprove of Her Clothing Choices

Christian Post - Pastors - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 7:14pm
DeVon Franklin, the Seventh-day Adventist preacher and Hollywood executive, is defending his wife, actress Meagan Good, against critics who've disapproved of her clothing choices throughout the years.
Categories: Christian Post

DeVon Franklin Defends Wife Meagan Good Against Church Critics Who Disapprove of Her Clothing Choices

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 7:14pm
DeVon Franklin, the Seventh-day Adventist preacher and Hollywood executive, is defending his wife, actress Meagan Good, against critics who've disapproved of her clothing choices throughout the years.
Categories: Christian Post

Methodist Official Dismissive of Christ's Teachings on Homosexuality: 'I Never Have Asked Jesus to Define Marriage'

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:44pm
Bill Mefford, an official of the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, posted a response on social media dismissing the teachings of Jesus Christ on human sexuality, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month.
Categories: Christian Post

Methodist Official Dismissive of Christ's Teachings on Homosexuality: 'I Never Have Asked Jesus to Define Marriage'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:44pm
Bill Mefford, an official of the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, posted a response on social media dismissing the teachings of Jesus Christ on human sexuality, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month.
Categories: Christian Post

Pennsylvania County Government Member Quietly Puts Ten Commandments Placard in Meeting Room

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:08pm
A member of a county government in Pennsylvania has placed a Ten Commandments placard by his seat in a courthouse meeting room.
Categories: Christian Post

Bible-Based Healing for Victims of ISIS, Boko Haram

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:08pm
The visible aftermath of the terror wrought by groups like ISIS and Boko Haram is devastatingly obvious: dead bodies in the streets; men, women and children left homeless, their bodies bleeding and broken; and makeshift refugee communities popping up across the more stable areas of the Middle East.
Categories: Christian Post

State Budget Talks

WGRC News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:01pm

Governor Wolf and Republican Legislative leaders sat down in Harrisburg today to discuss issues related to a $30 billion dollar state budget that Republican controlled legislature passed last week, but which the Governor vetoed. The impasse is over taxes which Governor Wolf wants to raise and include a drilling tax on gas companies in the state. Republicans are in agreement that taxes do not have to be raised. As of right now the state is in a new fiscal year without a budget though no services have been affected as of yet.

Categories: Local News

Team USA wins World Cup

WGRC News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:00pm

Team USA avenged their loss to Japan in 2011 by defeating them last night 5–2, in the Women’s World Cup Final in Vancouver. It was the highest-scoring Final in Women’s World Cup history.

Categories: Local News

Record rainfall for Lycoming County

WGRC News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:59pm

Nearly eight inches of rain fell last month, making it the fifth wettest June in Lycoming County since the National Weather Service began keeping records in the late 1800s, according to the weather service at State College. The region received 7.81 inches of rain, more than double the 3.46 inches the area received in June of last year. You have to go back to June 1982 when the region received more rain, and that was 9.23 inches. The wettest June on record of course was 1972 when 16.8 pounded the region, 12 inches falling in five days during Tropical Storm Agnes.

Categories: Local News

How to Walk Wisely

Christian Post - Living - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:46pm
Living a life that's committed to Christ calls for following His wisdom. Let's look at attitudes necessary for consistent Christ-centered lifestyle:
Categories: Christian Post

NBC Cancels 'A.D. The Bible Continues,' but Series May Re-Launch on OTT Channel

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:30pm
NBC has announced that "A.D. The Bible Continues," a program based on the book of Acts from the husband-and-wife producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, has been canceled after its first season.
Categories: Christian Post