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Drug Dealer and Pimp Turned Preacher: God Wants to Bring You Out of Your Desperate Situation

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:29pm
Once a notorious gangster, drug dealer and pimp, John Turnipseed knows what it's like to feel trapped in sin. Now a licensed minister, Turnipseed wants those struggling to make a change and to know God hears their prayers.
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Greg Laurie and End Times Expert Agree It's a Mistake to Deny That ISIS and Similar Terrorist Groups Have Roots in Islamic Religion

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:42am
Christian apologist Don Stewart and evangelist Greg Laurie both agreed during a recent discussion about the End Times that it is a mistake to deny that terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State in the Middle East and other parts of the world, are rooted in the Islamic religion, something they and others believe as fact.
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Pastor of America's Fastest Growing Church Pioneers New Small Group Strategy

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:14am
A Colorado church tops the Outreach Magazine's 2014 100 fastest growing churches with an innovated approach to small group.
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Christ Cathedral's $113 Million Redesign to Include Illuminated Sanctuary, Host Up to 8,000 at Mass

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:45am
The redesign of Christ Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which is set to cost close to $113 million, will feature an illuminated sanctuary and host up to 8,000 people during outdoor mass, new plans revealed.
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Should Christian Parents Spank Their Children to Discipline Them? Pastors Weigh-In After Adrian Peterson Switch Beating

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:36am
Corporal punishment has been in the headlines lately due to a high-profile incident with NFL player Adrian Peterson, but what do Christian pastors and parents think of this particular form of punishment?
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Asking Why

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:57am
We can ask God why anytime we want to. But I don't know whether we will really be satisfied with His answers.
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Southern Baptist Convention Cuts Ties With California Church Over Pro-Gay Marriage Stance

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:40pm
The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.
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Biblica Names Former Open Doors USA Leader as CEO

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:08pm
Biblica, a major Bible publishing and translating nonprofit organization, has named former Open Doors USA chief executive officer Dr. Carl A. Moeller as its new CEO this week.
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Congregation Votes to Keep Pastor Accused of Allegedly Stealing Nearly $1 Million

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:57pm
An Oklahoma pastor was given a second chance by his congregation after they met Wednesday night to vote on allowing him to stay as senior leader despite being accused of allegedly embezzling nearly $1 million from church funds.
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Protecting Our Future

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:29pm
We live in a pleasure-oriented culture that focuses on the present. God does not want us to sacrifice future blessings for short-term enjoyments. Let's take a look at Esau's story and learn from his mistakes.
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The Gospel Can Transform Culture No Matter How Dark the Times, Os Guinness Says in New Book (CP Interview)

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:04pm
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has a transforming effect when it is lived out personally, but when the Church tries to do God's work in the world's ways, it is weak, Os Guinness explained in his new book, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.
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Soldier saved in Ukraine, now reaching out

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

Russian Ministries has delivered thousands of Gospels of Luke to Ukrainian soldiers.

Ukraine (MNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is causing tension between Russia and Ukraine to increase. Yesterday, Putin warned Ukraine that if they moved forward on a European Union trade deal, there would be a price to pay. According to reports, Putin says Russia will put restrictions on Ukrainian exports bound for Russia, which would create even more economic turmoil for this beleaguered nation. Months of unrest have closed businesses, forced people out of some cities, and created a poverty unseen in recent years. While troops continue to amass along the border, Christians are sharing a message of hope and reconciliation. Wally Kulakof with Russian Ministries says they're handing out copies of the Gospel of John. "Hundreds of thousands of soldiers have received Scriptures in the Ukrainian language or the Russian language."

This soldier is taking Scripture to his enemies.

What is that distribution doing for the Kingdom? Russian Ministries reports a soldier saved. Kulakof says, "One young man received the Gospel of Luke, read it, read it again, and read it a third time." That soldier came to Christ. But it didn't end there. He was intrigued by the "love your enemy message." Kulakof says the soldier reported, "Here I am on the front. I can see my enemy...the Russian soldiers or the Russian separatists. He shared with his captain: 'Listen, this piece of Scripture has transformed my life. I have found Christ. I would like to get it to the Russian soldiers." The captain wondered how this soldier was going to do that. The soldier told him he had been watching the Russian troops. Each night at midnight, the Russians would arrive at a particular tree stump to monitor the Ukrainian soldiers. "I'd like to go there during the day and leave the Gospel of Luke on the stump for the Russian soldiers." He did it successfully. He returned the next day, reporting that he "found cigarette butts, found places where they were resting, but the two Gospels of Luke were gone." It's all part of the Russian Ministries "I Care" program. $50 provides a Gospel of Luke along with important information about salvation. It also provides clothing, counseling, and enough food for a family for one week. This program is having a profound impact on eastern Ukraine. If you feel God leading you to help Russian Ministries, please click here.
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Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS, airstrikes

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response/Internationl Mission board)

Syria (MNN/IMB) -- U.S. military airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began late Monday. The strikes hit nearly two dozen targets in parts of Syria controlled by Islamic militants. Roughly two thirds of ISIS fighters are based in Syria, with the remainder in Iraq. The Defense Department said aircraft from Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates assisted in the attacks. Many of the refugee camps are already overcrowded. Mark Kelly with Baptist Global Response explains, "Just over the past three days, at least 130,000 new refugees poured out of Syria into Turkey because of an Islamic State offensive there. Now, in the past 24 hours, we've seen airstrikes beginning in northern Syria, and that's bound to increase the flood of refugees even more." In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was making contingency plans for all 400,000 residents of the region to flee onto Turkish territory to escape the militant advance. As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts. Kelly says, "We feel like the crisis in Syria is a God-given moment in history. The real question is whether we're going to be cowards and shrink back, or whether we're going to step up and play the role that God is calling us to play in this situation." As the numbers of Syrian refugees continue to rise, workers keep their focus on the individual people around them, sharing the Gospel as they meet physical needs. Even as workers tell their stories, the scope of this conflict is sometimes overwhelming.

(Photo courtesy International Mission Board)

Kelly noted in an earlier statement that "it's easy for Americans to sit back and watch the evening news, without ever thinking about the horror being faced by innocent civilians in a far-off place." While multiple stories of war and disease may blur together, the onus is undeniable on followers of Christ. "Jesus came to seek the lost and to bring healing to people who are hurting. As we continue to reach out to refugees, our desire continues to be to reach out to one person at a time and make a difference in that person's life." It takes courage to come alongside the Christian relief workers and national believers who are putting their lives on the line to help refugees in Syria and neighboring countries, Kelly says. Why? "It takes courage to stand against the attitudes many Americans have toward Arabs and feelings they have about the crisis in the Middle East." It takes courage to be a voice for the voiceless and keep telling their stories to people who are distracted. Being informed means being responsible. BGR can't do this alone. People who want to help can donate $10 by texting REFUGEE to 80888. Donations in other amounts can be made at the Baptist Global Response Web site, www.gobgr.org. This is unquestionably a spiritual battle. Pray for BGR and its partners as they respond to this window of opportunity. "The ability to share the Good News of God's love is only magnified when you have people in crisis and you have the opportunity to bring to them food and water and other kinds of supplies that are critical for them, especially as the cold winter temperatures are just around the corner."  
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Global hunger calls for action

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo credit Hugo.arg & Viktorija O. via Wikimedia Commons)

USA (GHR/MNN) -- It's that time of year again in the United States: nights are getting chillier, and moms nationwide are starting to plan the big Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. It's also when Southern Baptists draw attention to the global hunger crisis. One-sixth of the world's population is undernourished, and nearly 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes: that's one kid every five seconds. In the U.S., an estimated 35% of poor families are forced to choose between buying food and paying their rent. One of every four people in a major U.S. city soup kitchen line is a child. Through their Global Hunger Relief initiative, Southern Baptists are mobilizing churches nationwide to end hunger in the U.S. and overseas through partners like International Mission Board (IMB) and Baptist Global Response (BGR). All projects supported by this initiative focus on sharing God's love through word and deed. Global Hunger Relief's "Hunger Happens Everywhere" theme shows how people can help meet specific hunger needs in Syria and Appalachia. Global Hunger Relief: Syria

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Recent ISIS advances in Syria forced another 130,000 thousand people to flee the war-torn country. Approximately 9.3 million Syrians are displaced, both inside the country and outside. Using Global Hunger Relief funds, IMB and BGR are providing food parcels and hygiene kits to Syrian refugee families in need. Global Hunger Relief: Appalachia

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Chronic hunger is a major problem in the Mississippi River Valley and the Appalachian Mountains. Impoverished children in these regions suffer the most, and their malnourishment leads to difficulty in school. Southern Baptists have made neglected communities in the greater Appalachia area the focus of their LoveLoud outreach. Besides food items provided with Global Hunger Relief funds, believers provide "Christmas backpacks" filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys. Global Hunger Relief and you Southern Baptists aren't sharing these projects just to inform you; being part of the Great Commission means taking action. First of all, pray. Pray that the hunger needs of people in the U.S. and overseas are alleviated through this initiative. Pray that hearts become receptive to Christ and His message of hope when basic needs are met.

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Secondly, advocate. With a Global Hunger Relief kit, you can add a global perspective to your church's Fall Festival or "Trunk or Treat" event. On the flip-side, if your congregation already focuses on global hunger with World Hunger Sunday or a similar event, the kit can help promote a local food drive component. Thirdly, give. Beyond prayer and spreading awareness of global hunger, you can take action by giving to Southern Baptist ministries. Support Syrian refugees through BGR, or fight U.S. hunger through the North American Mission Board. Read more stories about global hunger relief here.
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