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Doxology by Aaron Shust

New Release Tuesday - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:00am
The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by the David Crowder Band's renowned drummer, Christian Paschall. The record contains 10 new songs, with eight that were co-written by Shust, including "Nothing More" that features labelmate, Lauren Daigle. The album delivers Shust's signature style of corporate worship in a festive and celebratory frame that honors the good news of the risen Christ.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Future by Warr Acres

New Release Tuesday - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:00am
"Warr Acres is an innovative pop worship group based out of Victory Church in Oklahoma City, OK. The group continues to hone in on their somewhat eclectic sound that incorporates components of pop, electronic, worship and rock. Their ultimate mission is to share the Gospel and build up the Church with intentional, heartfelt, Scripture-inspired lyrics, presented with an attractive, fresh sound and an engaging live worship experience. Warr Acres' latest album Future officially releases on August 28th. Building off the success of their previous two albums, this Dream Records group is sure to continue to garner attention as they top[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Christians in Hong Kong feeling pressure from mainland China

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:18am
Christians in Hong Kong are now feeling pressure from authorities in China after the city has enjoyed freedom from the mainland for quite some time.
Categories: Christian Post

Moto X Style to be rebranded as 'DROID Turbo 2' – Rumors and Specs

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:10pm
Everyone is expecting a high-end DROID phone from Verizon before the winter holidays. Rumors have it that Verizon's full-priced flagship will be called DROID Turbo 2 and will be based on Motorola's Moto X Style/Moto X Pure Edition.
Categories: Christian Post

Hurricane Katrina Was a 'Test of Our Faith,' Says Former SBC President Fred Luter on 10-Year Anniversary

Christian Post - Church Growth - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:37pm
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild the communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
Categories: Christian Post

Hurricane Katrina Was a 'Test of Our Faith,' Says Former SBC President Fred Luter on 10-Year Anniversary

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:37pm
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild the communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
Categories: Christian Post

PA now has online voter registration

WGRC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:05pm

It is now easier to register to vote in the state of Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that the state of Pennsylvania is now the 23rd state in the nation to provide online voter registration. To register to vote online you can go to the website www.register.votespa.com and complete the form. Once completed the form is forwarded electronically to the person’s county voter registration office. If the information matches the person’s PA ID, the signature on file will become the signature used for voting.

Categories: Local News

Williamsport street party

WGRC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:04pm

There are no games at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport today, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of activity on the other side of the river. The city of Williamsport and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is throwing a big street party today from 5 to 9pm with Williamsport Welcomes the World. Dozens of vendors with many different types of food as well as crafts will be on hand. Former Major League reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter will be on hand to sign autographs.

Categories: Local News

'War Room' Director: 'Prayer Is Not a Spare Tire, It's the Steering Wheel'

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:37pm
If you knew your enemy was using a strategic plan to try to defeat you, wouldn't you adopt a battle plan of your own? You might be surprised to find that the most lethal weapon in your arsenal isn't a vengeful act, a firearm, or a lawsuit — it's prayer. That's the premise behind the dramatic new film "War Room," which director/producer duo Alex and Stephen Kendrick say is a "call to prayer."
Categories: Christian Post

Adorable Little Children Teach Us the Power of Prayer

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:08pm
These little children are such a blessing. Listening to them explain the power of prayer, and who they thank in prayer, will light up your soul.
Categories: Christian Post

Paul Tripp Says Billy Graham's Grandson Tullian Tchividjian's Divorce Is Necessary Because Marriage Is 'Irreparably Broken'

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:52am
A week after Billy Graham's grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, filed for divorce from his wife, Kim, the former pastor's counselor Paul Tripp, who says he has been working with the couple for the past six months, said Wednesday that the marriage could not be saved because it had been "irreparably broken" because there was no longer any trust between the couple.
Categories: Christian Post

Kay Warren Says America's Mental Health System Is Broken, the Church Must Embrace Millions Suffering From Mental Illness

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:10am
Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren, who in 2013 lost her 27-year-old son to suicide, has said that the mental health system in America is broken, and encouraged Christians to embrace the millions of people suffering from various mental illnesses.
Categories: Christian Post

Kay Warren Says America's Mental Health System Is Broken, the Church Must Embrace Millions Suffering From Mental Illness

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:10am
Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren, who in 2013 lost her 27-year-old son to suicide, has said that the mental health system in America is broken, and encouraged Christians to embrace the millions of people suffering from various mental illnesses.
Categories: Christian Post

China detains Christian lawyer amid cross removal campaign

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 7:51am
A prominent Christian lawyer in China has been detained amid the ongoing cross removal campaign across churches in the country's eastern province.
Categories: Christian Post

Terrorism grows, but so does the church

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:00am
Egypt (MNN) -- In Egypt, threats of terrorism are at a high, but according to 8thirty8, a prayer ministry kick-started by E3 Partners, that’s not stopping the faithful from flocking to worship all across the country. Why the surprise? Terrorist operations have been plentiful in the past few weeks. On July 11, a car bomb struck the Italian consulate in Cairo, killing one man and injuring nine others.

(Photo courtesy
al-monitor.com)

Then, on August 20, a bomb was set off in an Egyptian security building, and 29 people were injured. The most recent attack was four days later, on Monday August 24. According to a FOX News report, a roadside bomb hit a bus in Cairo. Three police officers were killed, and 27 more were injured. With all the threats of terrorism sweeping across the region, 8thirty8 quoted one pastor as being caught off guard by the number of people flooding through their doors. And believe it or not, extremist attacks aren’t the only thing churchgoers have to be afraid of. The extreme weather is actually a huge issue for many Egyptians. The high temperatures are scorching the nation, and over 80 people have died in August alone. Yet despite the heat waves and terrorism attacks, churches are filling up with Christians and Muslims alike, all desperate for an answer. It’s just another example of how God can use a bad situation for His glory.
Categories: Mission Network News

A lost generation in Yemen

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Yemen (MNN) -- 65 civilians have been killed in the matter of a day due to heightened attacks on Yemen. This raises the death toll to nearly 4,500 in recent months. Around 400 of the victims were children, according to a recent UNICEF report, and 600 more have been injured. The conflict, which has been dragging on for years, escalated into a pro-government versus anti-government fight, resulting in the deaths of civilians, and injuring or killing an average of 8 children each day. “One [side] is led by the Saudi Arabian government coalition with other countries, including the U.S. And then one are those who see themselves as level fighters, but often Muslim extremists are linked in with this group,” says Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA. “Of all the deaths that have taken place, approximately half have been civilians in the past recent attacks.” After coming back from the war-stricken country, Peter Maurer told the Associated Press conditions were catastrophic and “Yemen, after five months looks, like Syria after five years.” Air strikes have blown up homes, churches, and schools. Earlier last week, Saudi Arabia bombed a school, killing 13 teachers and 4 kids. United Nations criticized them, saying it was "senseless bloodshed." But Fuentes says it’s difficult to know if they were targeting civilians on purpose. “Every reason--at least that’s been given this far by the Saudi Arabian side--has been, ‘Oh we believed that there were anti-government forces there.’ And so their reasoning might be--at least publically--that they believe that was a breathing ground of where the anti-government forces were. “On the other end, though…it’s hard to believe that it’s okay to sacrifice targeting the school and teachers and all of that, where there’s a high likelihood that there are innocent civilians, especially children.” UN’s Leila Zerrougui said in a statement that Yemen had become another country "creating a lost generation of children" who have an "uncertain future." Christians in the country also stand as a lost generation without a foreseeable future.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

According to Open Doors, the few thousand that remain and meet in secret or meet quietly for church have a target on their back. Since anti-government fighters are mainly Muslim extremists, Christians not only face the danger of bombings, but also the threat of religious persecution. “If you’re a Christian, those who are Muslim extremists are going to seek after you,” Fuentes says. “It’s just getting worse as the warfare carries on.” Civilians who have survived attacks are now facing disease as well as malnutrition. World Food Program (WFP) reported the country was just "one step away" from a famine. BBC News says of the population of 26.7 million, 21 million are in need of humanitarian aid. Around 1.3 million have been forced to flee their homes, according to UNICEF. Some are looking for refuge in neighboring countries or in Europe. “Open Doors has been working in the Middle East in several countries to help those who have been displaced, or victims of warfare, of refugee crisis, of attacks by Muslim extremists, whether it’s ISIS or other groups.” Fuentes says there’s severe trauma scarring people in the Middle East, but Open Doors is bringing the love and encouragement of Christ throughout the region as they share food, shelter, trauma counseling, and Bibles with refugees. Get involved with their refugee care project here or sign a petition to help persecuted Christians.
Categories: Mission Network News

Nepal 18 weeks after disaster

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Far Corners Missions)

Nepal (FCM/MNN) -- For many in Nepal, the earthquake isn’t over. More than three million people are still living in temporary shelters during torrential monsoon rains. There are frequent aftershocks; according to National Seismological Center, since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit on April 25th, there have been over 380 aftershocks above magnitude 4. Even while the government is trying to deal with putting the country back together, political violence over the new constitution threatens to tear it apart. The real problem is that only 8 out of 75 districts were badly affected by the quake. In the 18 weeks since the disaster struck, the government appears to have lost a sense of urgency.

(Photo courtesy Far Corners Missions)

Far Corners Missions hasn’t forgotten the survivors, though. A team of Christian workers recently took supplies to survivors in some rural towns and villages.   $5,000 raised by a Fort Worth Church kick-started FCM’s $100,000 response project. A month ago, a landslide killed 20 people in the same area where the earthquake happened. From their first foray, Brother Kiran, one of the team leaders, shared: [SIC] “Still, occasional jolts are taking place. Still, thousands are living in the tents and unable to go back to their villages because houses are collapsed. Last month I visited them, and many recognized us and we distributed the remaining food to them. As I brought to your kind notice, they are minorities, low cast people and marginalized. "All the gospel workers came to conclusion to help the victims with food besides help them with housing material like tin sheets for roofing, bricks, and some doors and windows. So that we can have foothold in their villages, ultimately foot soldiers will enter the village and plant a Church among these people. We need air cover and bombard them with these materials so that we could occupy the enemy territory inch by inch. Already these people gave us some indications. So we are praying for imminent air attack with prayers and relief and foot soldiers work will be easy as enemy is strong. "We are praying for the donors who contributed generously to Nepal work. Here we are ready to do the Job. All the gospel workers in Nepal send their love and appreciation to you all.” Please pray for the 20 FCM workers as they work on the front line of serving the victims. It will take everyone pitching in to support this effort.
Categories: Mission Network News

English camp impacts lives

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy of SOAR International)

Russia (MNN) -- In today's world, fluency in English is a useful skill to have. With an estimated 1,500 million speakers, of which only 375 million are native speakers, it is the most widely-spoken language in the world. But for one organization, it's a door to something much bigger. SOAR International recently wrapped up a trip to Russia to help a local church put on an English summer camp. About 40 children attended the two-week long camp, where they not only learned a new language, but heard the Gospel as well. “Last year, a church approached us about helping them with an English camp that they were hosting in the South of Moscow, and it went so well they invited us again this year,” says SOAR’s Greg Mangione. “So we were able to put together a team of six people to go and join a team of Russians from the local church there. "One of the reasons they asked us to come was because they wanted native English speakers. They wanted to put on a first-class camp to teach English, but also fully fulfill the goal of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Though the camp's ultimate goal was to share Christ, Mangione emphasized how he didn't want the Gospel facet to take away from quality instruction. He wanted it to be true to both purposes. “Obviously, coming from a church, the goal is to spread the Gospel," Mangione says. "But in discussing the ministry with them, they still wanted to make sure that calling it an 'English camp'…that it wasn’t just simply a guise to get kids in to hear the Gospel, but that they also taught good English."

(Photo courtesy of SOAR International).

Mangione wasn't sure if anyone specifically made a decision to follow Christ, but he did know at least one girl was encouraged spiritually. “One of the students had been going to church and had been trying to espouse the belief of creation,” Mangione says. “But she was having a real hard time dealing with that at school, being ridiculed and not really knowing how to answer in many cases. One of the team members was able to sit down and talk to her about ways that she can defend her belief.” Would you help SOAR continue to be a spiritual encouragement and change lives in Russia? SOAR puts on multiple summer camps of its own every year in Moscow for at-risk children. Click here to support SOAR’s children’s camp ministry through praying, giving or going!    
Categories: Mission Network News

Mission Backpack changes lives

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Orphan Outreach via Facebook)

International (MNN) – “Mission Backpack” may sound like the name of an episode from your child’s favorite TV show. But this project’s impact is profound--just ask Amy Norton with Orphan Outreach. “We have seen families’ lives changed through the children carrying their Bible back and forth, and sharing the Gospel at home, and what they’re learning in their Christian school,” Norton shares. “That backpack has enabled those children to attend a school, get an education, and they have also been sharing the Scriptures with their families.” The who’s, what’s and why’s Several years ago, Orphan Outreach discovered a new way to communicate the message of God’s love to the vulnerable children they serve. They decided to name it Mission Backpack. Mission Backpack through the years.

(Photo courtesy Orphan Outreach via Facebook)

“We’ve seen it grow each year,” says Norton. “When we first began, we tried to collect as many backpacks as we could. Then, once we developed this opportunity to also purchase them online, we were able to expand that ministry. “[Now] people anywhere in the U.S.--even internationally--can go online and purchase the needed backpacks and school supplies for these children.” In most instances, Orphan Outreach and short-term mission teams carry the backpacks loaded with school supplies into the destination country. Join a Mission Backpack trip here. On other occasions, Orphan Outreach buys the supplies in-country and their ministry partners distribute them. “It’s incredibly important for children to have the backpack and school supplies they need to be able to attend school,” Norton shares. Why Mission Backpack matters In most of the seven nations Orphan Outreach ministers, children aren’t even allowed in the door of a school without supplies and often, a school uniform. Orphan Outreach’s sponsorship program covers the school uniform and tuition needs of vulnerable children. Mission Backpack helps cover some of the “smaller” yet equally important needs: a backpack, pencils and erasers, pens, scissors, etc.

Millions of Orphans don't have any way to go to school
because they don't have the right supplies.
(Photo courtesy of Orphan Outreach)

“We not only provide them [with] a backpack and school supplies,” says Norton, “we provide them a Bible.” Ask the Lord how He wants you to be involved with this project. Pray for obedience to respond to His calling. Have more questions about Mission Backpack? Click here to visit the project Web site.
Categories: Mission Network News

Leaks show 'Huawei Kirin 950' zooming ahead of Samsung's Exynos 7420

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:43am
Reports say that Huawei is already developing its Kirin 940 and Kirin 950 chipsets. In fact, an image showing the Kirin 950's scores in a single-core and multi-core test has leaked out into the internet. The image was taken from a Chinese website and compares the results of the Kirin 950 chipset to the results of the Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset.
Categories: Christian Post