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Archaeological Proof of Biblical Exodus in Film 'Patterns of Evidence' Set to Release Next Month

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:34pm
Tim Mahoney's ground-breaking documentary "Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus," which examines evidence of the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Aug. 4 through Capitol Christian Distribution.
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Playing the Bigot Card

Christian Post - Pastors - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:12pm
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Playing the Bigot Card

Christian Post - Evangelism - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:12pm
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Playing the Bigot Card

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:12pm
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Ken Ham's AIG Advances Lawsuit Against Kentucky Over Life-Size Noah's Ark; State Argues Biblical Ark Is a Tool for Evangelism

Christian Post - Evangelism - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:09pm
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.
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Ken Ham's AIG Advances Lawsuit Against Kentucky Over Life-Size Noah's Ark; State Argues Biblical Ark Is a Tool for Evangelism

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:09pm
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.
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Glenn Beck, Born-Again Mormon Christian, Defends Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young Amid 'Attacks'

Christian Post - Pastors - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:54am
Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has come to the defense of megachurch pastor Ed Young amid criticism over the Dallas, Texas, minister inviting Beck, a Mormon, to speak to his evangelical congregation.
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Russell Moore: Why Christianity Can Thrive Now That It's Not Normal (CP Interview 1/2)

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 6:37am
Now that Christianity is strange to the larger American culture, Christians have an opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the Gospel message, Russell Moore writes in his new book, "Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel."
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Recognizing the Voice of God

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 6:26am
Have you ever been in a car with someone who is looking for a specific broadcast on the radio? While constantly adjusting the frequency, he cocks his ears and listens carefully. Station after station is rejected until he hears the familiar voice he's been seeking.
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Training conferences help Christians reach out

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy FMI)

Indonesia (MNN) -- Indigenous Gospel workers are being equipped and encouraged in the world's largest Muslim majority nation. Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI) is holding training conferences this month for Indonesian pastors and their wives. We caught up with FMI's Bruce Allen recently via Skype, and he was able to share some updates. "God is at work here," says Allen. "We have some exciting stories from the FMI pastors here on the island of Java." Listen to the complete interview here. Who comes to FMI's training conferences? Indigenous missionaries scattered throughout Indonesia's 6,000 inhabited islands have gathered in Java and Borneo to meet with FMI's team.

(Graphic courtesy of Forgotten Missionaries Int'l)

Most of the pastors supported by FMI converted to Christianity from Islam. Indonesia holds the world's largest Muslim population, with over 87-percent of its 200 million residents adhering to the teachings of the Qur'an. Allen met with two Muslim-background believers (MBBs) supported by FMI in recent days. One of them --Pastor Mohammed -- came to know Christ after moving to Java for further education. "His parents did not know that he was actually attending a Bible institute to become a pastor," shares Allen. MBBs are often ostracized by their families, reports Open Doors USA, but Pastor Mohammed didn't want to keep his family "in the dark". He wrote a letter explaining how his life had changed, but then something unexpected happened. "Communications were 'crossing in the mantle', we'll say, because his parents [wrote to him and] were letting him know that they had wonderful news [too]," Allen shares, explaining that Pastor Mohammed's parents had come to know Christ while he was away at school. Today, after sharing the Gospel and seeing six more families come to the Lord, Pastor Mohammed and his fellow believers want to start a church in their village.

(Photo courtesy FMI)

Another indigenous leader, Pastor Sauripati, had to leave FMI's training conferences earlier than expected. "His grandfather is dying. His grandfather is still a Muslim, and is a witchdoctor on the island where he lives," explains Allen. "Apparently, he is experiencing some emotional and spiritual discomfort in these last days of his life, and he keeps calling for Pastor Sauripati to come to him. "We would love to have Mission Network News listeners be praying for Pastor Sauripati as he travels to meet with his grandfather, this witchdoctor and hopefully there will be some great revival occurring in that island." Pray Pastor Sauripati's grandfather will come to know Christ as Savior. Pray the change in his life will spark a revival and hunger for God's Truth. In addition to FMI's training conferences for pastors and church planters, there's a special session geared specifically toward leaders' wives. Two women on the FMI team are encouraging and uplifting pastors' wives with special activities.

(Photo cred: FMI)

"Women are so overlooked in this nation, especially among a Christian minority," Allen says. Please keep Allen and the rest of the FMI team in your prayers as they continue their training conferences for FMI-supported pastors and church planters. Pray for traveling mercies, and pray God's Kingdom will expand in Indonesia as believers apply what they've learned. Learn more about FMI's ministry here.
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Trafficked Rohingya victims reunited

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:00am

The Rohingya are refugees with no country and no hope.

Indonesia (MNN) -- Over the last couple of months, we've reported stories of the Rohingya: people without a country, driven out of Myanmar. Refugee camps struggle to support their needs. Many are desperate, including young girls who begin searching for hope through prospective jobs. Many of them end up victims of human trafficking. Partners Relief and Development is intimately involved in helping them. Two weeks ago, a Partners team was in Aceh, Indonesia to see how they could help the Rohingya refugees who had just arrived by boat. They were heading to Thailand at the mercy of human traffickers. When Thailand closed their border to refugees landing on their shores, the traffickers were left with few other options. After abandoning their human cargo at sea, they fled to safety in speedboats. The Rohingya refugees were left stranded, floating at sea with no food or water. Eventually they were found by Acehnese fishermen and brought to shore. Among the Rohingya refugees were 6 teenagers from the village Partners has been helping the most. One of them was killed at sea and his body thrown overboard. The other five arrived in Aceh and were living in a warehouse near the pier where they came ashore. For three long years, Partners has been working with the displaced Rohingya living in camps outside Sittwe in western Myanmar. Much of their work has been with one particular group of unregistered people. They have become friends. This is the reason they searched among the refugees in Aceh for anyone from this group. This was how they found the five teenagers. Through a translator, the Rohingya told their story. They had spent more than four months at sea. Many were were beaten and killed on the way. They were crowded in the hold below deck with hardly any food or water. They were forced to live in their own filth. They described how their friend had been killed. They shared the story without emotion. One of the girls was only fourteen. The Partners team had very little to offer the refugees. They showed them pictures of their families and friends in the camps back in Myanmar. They then asked if they’d like to talk with them and let them know they were safe. They were given a phone and watched as they showed emotion for the first time. As the call was connected, the Partners team watched as they laughed and screamed as they heard their family members on the other end. It wasn't clear what they were saying, but it was clear they were enjoying the moment: their first moment of joy in a very long time. Today the Partners team is back at the camps near Sittwe. While here, they visited their families and showed them pictures of their children so far away in Aceh. They met the mother and sister of the 14-year-old girl, showing them pictures and also a video. Both began to sob. Five months earlier, the 14 year-old was going to visit her uncle, just down the street. Instead, she left the camp with her 5 friends on a boat for Malaysia. Her mother didn’t see her again until she saw the video today. What causes six teenagers to steal away and risk their lives at sea, at the mercy of human traffickers? Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have no rights, no hope, no future. Young people are taking risks to find hope. Those leaving know the risks. You know it's hopeless when a 14-year-old girl would rather run away from home and risk torture and death at sea than to stay in a camp. It’s enough to make a mother cry. Because of that hopelessness, Partners is sharing hope--hope that comes from one place: Christ. The Rest of the Story from Partners Relief & Development on Vimeo.  
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Greece may accept bailout terms

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy AMG International)

Greece (MNN) -- Greece's drift toward the abyss of default was slowed in the hours after missing a major payment on an International Monetary Fund bailout loan. The immediate consequences were swift and painful. Credit agencies lowered the credit rating for Greece to junk bond status. It also lost access to the European bailout loans that have helped keep it solvent. Despite rhetoric insisting they wouldn't budge on accepting bailout terms, it was the threat of collapse that forced Greece to offer concessions to creditor demands for a new bailout package. Germany froze talks until the outcome of Sunday's referendum is revealed. From Greece, Tasos Ioannidis with AMG International explains that the vote originally was to decide on accepting bailout terms. With that package no longer on the table, "It really is a vote of whether people want to stay in the Eurozone or exit the Eurozone and go on a different path. That is, in essence, what's happening, according to what European leaders are saying." There are a few days before that question is put to vote. With banks closed, Ioannidis says, "Tourist agencies that operate out of the U.S. and who pay Greek tour operators, they're not making the payments because part of the default process is that any assets that are due to Greece can be confiscated and be used for payment for the International Monetary Fund."

(Photo courtesy AMG International)

That's one version of the impact on small business. Another would be that "there are already shortages in Greece in some areas. There's a shortage of medicine in hospitals. In businesses here, a lot of them are not accepting credit cards. They want payment in cash because the banks are closed and they cannot get payment." The shuttered banks are constant reminders of the uncharted waters Greece is attempting to navigate. Ioannidis says, "People continue to hope that there will be some agreement to restore the situation to some 'normalcy,' but that is unlikely to happen until there is a referendum (that's scheduled for this Sunday)."

(Photo courtesy AMG International)

Despite outside support, or maybe because of it, AMG missionaries are walking on the same path as everyone else. struggling with the impact of shortages and lack of cash. Ioannidis explains, "It is impossible to pay anybody, including anybody that is employed by ministries, because the banks are closed. So there are a lot of people that are not able to get any income or any money out of the banks." Foreign funds coming in require more paper work, but all that's a moot point if you can't access anything through the banks anyway. In the first few days, people are surviving on their cash reserves and what stores they have at home. However, warns Ioannidis, "Depending on how long this bank closure is and if there is a negative vote in the referendum that is taking place Sunday, there is a likelihood that the banks will stay closed through a much longer period of time." Formulating a response is premature since no one knows how to fund it. "Pray for wisdom for our workers, that God will intervene, and that He will protect His ministry and will continue to provide for an opportunity to show God's love here." Ioannidis also asks that you would pray that their co-workers would have clear vision and confidence in God's direction. "Pray that they will be able to share Christ's love with people around them; that their needs will be provided for as they provide for the needs of others."
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Run for ‘I am Second’

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:00am

More than 2,000 'I am Second' runners help support the ministry in 2014.

USA (MNN) -- Today's culture is a me-focused generation. They want jobs that revolve around the needs in their lives. Even Christians want to know that their philanthropic giving is making a difference, when at times there's no way to track spiritual impact. I am Second®, a ministry of E3 Partners, is a movement helping people to live for more than just themselves. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Former Addicts. That regular guy or girl working a 9-5 job. But most importantly, people like you. The real stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday life. These are stories that give hope to the hopeless and a sense of purpose to the unfulfilled. You’ll see people who’ve failed going at it alone, but eventually found peace--peace only found in Jesus Christ. Find your place in the movement. You can help fund this ministry that's reaching all generations by running. Beginning in the Fall, I am Second has 5k and 10k runs scheduled for San Antonio, Kansas, and Dallas. But even if you don't happen to live in those areas, you can still participate. How? There's a I am Second, Run where you are. Can’t make one it to one of the scheduled run locations? No worries, you can still join in the fun! Sign up for the Run Anywhere, Anytime option at http://www.theiamsecondrun.com/. You pick the time, place, and weather conditions for a run convenient for you. Plus, everyone gets the official I Am Second Run Participant Shirt mailed to them (beginning in July). Want to make your Run Anywhere, Anytime special? Check out these tips: • Run with friends! Get a group of your friends to sign up for Run Anywhere, Anytime, too. Co-workers, neighbors, sports team, your small group--just get your runners together at a place of your choosing and have fun. Wear the run t-shirt and show everyone you are Second. • Tag along on a local run! Gather your friends and run in a local event wearing your I Am Second run t-shirt. • Share and post photos! Let others know you were part of the I Am Second run. Tag them in social media with the hashtag: #iamsecondrun. Then add on the hashtag of where you are : ex #Chicago. I am Second will be selecting random photos throughout the year for prizes- yours could be a winner. • Send your story! Maybe you had a funny, heartwarming, poignant, or just plain cute story about your Run Anywhere, Anytime experience. E-mail it to: info@iamsecond.com. Random prizes will also be awarded here, too. • Get creative! Add some action to the run and make it an I Am Second day. Combine your run with a local service project. Add a party to it. Make it into a school or church activity. Have a family reunion. There are countless ways to integrate the I Am Second run into your life. And don’t forget to share those photos and send in your story.
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Guatemala one of the worst places for kids

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Orphan Outreach)

Guatemala (MNN) -- After visiting children in Guatemala, UNICEF Ambassador Michael Sheen reported the country is one of the worst places in the world for kids to live. “Guatemala, right now, has the second-highest murder rate of children in the world--second only behind El Salvador,” says Amy Norton of Orphan Outreach. “The situation that we’ve seen, as well as what this [UN] Ambassador saw, is just so many cases of children gone missing, children being trafficked, children being abused, and then also children who are kidnapped for ransom.”   Child Abuse in Guatemala Sheen reported several horrific stories he’d been told by town members. One four-year-old boy named Keneth went missing in 2009. His body was found decapitated a week later. Two women had intentions of selling him for $1,250, but instead, murdered the infant. Three sisters, Wendy, Heidy, and Diana, were murdered on their way to school, and their bodies were thrown into a ditch. They had been beaten so brutally, they were nearly unrecognizable. And, at three years old, a girl named Luisa was raped by several men and died from her injuries. In the first two months of 2015, nearly 900 kids went missing in the country, and 22 cases of sexual abuse are reported on a daily basis. “Many children have been abused, have been violently attacked in different ways due to the culture there. They had civil war for 36 years in Guatemala, and it was a very very violent civil war that many people know about.” Norton also adds that if someone is thought to have raped or abused a child, town members would attack him or her without a trial. Even though they may think they’re addressing the issue, they’re addressing it with violence that children are seeing or experiencing. “Sadly, it’s just permeated the culture and has affected the way even children are cared for in Guatemala,” Norton says. “It seems like it’s increasingly worse. Most of the children we serve in the orphanage, as well as in really poor families, have had violence in their homes or abuse. A majority have been abused themselves.” Sheen reported the story of Jennifer, who was killed by her mother for eating food she wasn’t supposed to. She was three years old. Everywhere kids turn in Guatemala, they’re being affected by violence, whether that’s at home or on the street. “It’s a huge battle to fight, and I know the country of Guatemala really wants to do something; but the statistics are very concerning. So many young girls, even when they get out of the orphanage, will find out that they end up pregnant very quickly, as soon as they leave the orphanage.” What’s Being Done? “[The government has] been making some changes,” Norton explains. “When kids go missing now, they begin--like we have amber alerts: they begin looking for kids within the first hour. It used to be actually several days. They are trying to do more, as a government, to address this issue, but they have a long way to go.” Orphan Outreach is helping to decrease the overwhelming issue. “We work not only in the orphanages and in schools, but also in communities. They have been very receptive and certainly very open to hearing the Gospel shared.” But, it’s proven to be a little trickier to share the Gospel than in some countries. Because of the Mayan background, voodoo and dark magic is often accepted, making it harder to share that there’s only one true God and that He wants the community to alter their lives. Nevertheless, Orphan Outreach is persisting through mission trips. “The importance has really been ministering to these young girls who have been abused, especially by family members,” Norton says. On a recent Orphan Outreach mission trip, male team members focused on ministry to boys in order to help them understand "who they are as men of God and how they are called on to be men of God and to break that vicious cycle of violence and abuse, and to learn and to respect what Christ calls us to do," says Norton. Will you take the challenge of sharing the Gospel and love of Jesus? Orphan Outreach has plenty of opportunities for you to help suffering children in Guatemala. Their next mission trip is in October.
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Ed Young's Megachurch Says Glenn Beck Is Headlining July 4 'Freedom Experience' Because He's an American Patriot Who Loves God

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:21pm
Glenn Beck, conservative radio host and television personality, is the featured guest at pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Texas megachurch over the July 4th weekend because Beck, long affiliated with the Mormon Church, "is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways," according to a spokesman.
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'God Will Have to Judge America' or 'Apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah' After SC Marriage Ruling, Says John Hagee

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:02pm
Outspoken San Antonio, Texas pastor John Hagee joked Tuesday that "God will have to judge America" or "apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah" after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
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'Duck Dynasty' Star Alan Robertson Advises John Luke and Mary Kate to Channel Jesus as Newlyweds Honeymoon in Australia

Christian Post - Bible - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:35pm
"Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson advised newlyweds John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson to "have the same mindset as Jesus" in their relationship just days before their June 26 wedding and their subsequent Australian honeymoon this week.
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Worst of the Worst

WGRC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:09pm

After threatening to do so, Northumberland County officials say they will stick up their first two billboards today of the worst of the worst. The billboards will depict 4 persons who have continually not paid on their fines and court costs in the county and owe thousands of dollars. The billboards will go up in the Shamokin and Mt. Carmel areas and officials say they will keep them up until the four persons are brought to justice. They say billboards with other offenders could go up in the future there in Northumberland County as well.

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The Donald faces backlash

WGRC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:09pm

Donald Trump is following through on his threat to sue Univision. The Trump organization has filed a 500 million-dollar lawsuit against the Spanish-language TV network over its decision not to broadcast the Miss USA pageant. Univision said last week it would drop the pageant broadcast over comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants who are crossing the border. Meanwhile, Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after his controversial remarks created a public uproar. In a statement out this morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

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