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Obama vetoes Keystone Pipeline

WGRC News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:57pm

President Obama vetoed a bill approving the the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill aimed to bypass the President’s authority and authorize construction of the pipeline. GOP House Speaker John Boehner called Keystone an important jobs bill and said the veto is a “national embarrassment.” He accused the President of being “too invested in left-fringe politics” and said he is not putting the “national interest first.”

Categories: Local News

Guilty verdict in Sniper Trial

WGRC News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:56pm

The jury found the man accused of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, guilty of capital murder. Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday in a Texas courtroom, and the jury reached their verdict last night. Eddie Ray Routh shot and killed Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range in 2013. Defense lawyers argued Routh, a former U.S. Marine, should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Rowth will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Categories: Local News

Al-Shabaab threats: a concern for Christians?

Mission Network News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Assist News)

Somalia (MNN) -- Al-Shabaab threats against North American shopping malls have garnered world attention. On Saturday, al-Shabaab released a video threatening some of North America's most-populous shopping centers, including Alberta's West Edmonton Mall and Minnesota's Mall of America. Some analysts dismiss the video's warning because al-Shabaab lacks the resources and manpower to launch an attack of this measure. However, al-Shabaab threats of this type shouldn't be taken lightly. "Al-Shabaab means 'The Youth' or 'The Youngsters.' They're a group that [is] very brutal, when it comes to, especially, Christians," explains Voice of the Martyrs Canada spokesman Greg Musselman. Who is al-Shabaab?

Smoke rising from the Westgate Mall area in Nairobi, Kenya, after the September 2013 attacks and rescue efforts.
(Photo, caption courtesy Kul Wadhwa via Wikimedia Commons)

While they gained the world's attention with their 2013 attack in Kenya, al-Shabaab has largely taken a backseat to groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. In 2006, the group emerged as a radical Islamic youth wing and has since claimed allegiance with al-Qaeda. According to BBC News' profile, al-Shabaab threats have mainly centered on neighboring Kenya. "This is a group that has been able to function because of the dysfunction in their own country," Musselman states. "[Somalia is] known as a failed country and a country of chaos." It's also the world's second-biggest persecutor of Christians, according to the Open Doors USA World Watch List. VOM Canada states on its Web site that al-Shabaab threats are specifically aimed at believers: "al- Shabab has vowed to eradicate all Somali Christians, and they have especially targeted converts from Islam." Learn more about Somalia's "hidden Church" here. "It has been a very difficult place, a horrible place, for Christians, who have to be very careful and secretive," notes Musselman. When people find out their family member has become a Christian, "they will alert the al-Shabaab; and in many cases, these Christians are publicly executed." There's danger for Christians around every corner in Somalia, but there's also hope. Who is helping Somali Christians?

(Graphic courtesy VOM Canada)

Working through their partners in neighboring nations like Ethiopia, VOM Canada is able to support Somalian believers with spiritual and physical resources. They also support "safe-houses" where persecuted Christians can find refuge. Watch the testimony of a Somali Christian who was saved from al-Shabaab soldiers. Pray for encouragement and strength for the Christians remaining in Somalia, as well as for those who have been forced to leave their homes. Ask the Lord to encourage and embolden Somali converts, who often struggle greatly when cast out of their family and clan.
Categories: Mission Network News

She Counts 2015 brings the Gospel to illiterate women

Mission Network News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:00am

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India (MNN) -- Many women in India are treated like second-class citizens and are considered a burden to their families. "She Counts 2015" is introducing a new message to India's women--one of hope. Lindsay Ackerman of Grand Rapids Michigan-based, Mission India says this year's campaign is specifically focusing on women in Bihar state. Of Bihar's 104 million residents, one-in-three are illiterate and 47% of women in Bihar can't read or write. Without other ways of supporting themselves, 60% of girls in Bihar marry by age 18. Illiteracy touches every moment of every day, as it is impossible to successfully get through life without being able to read, Ackerman says. “When your kids come home from school--if they are lucky enough to go to school--and they don’t know how to do their homework, you can’t help them,” she explains. Mission India’s goal for She Counts 2015 is to raise $63,000: enough funding to send 2,100 Bihar women to their Bible-based Adult Literacy Class. Right now, a matching grant doubles every dollar given to She Counts 2015.

(Graphic courtesy of Mission India)

Mission India's Adult Literacy Classes don't just teach men and women how to read and write. They also learn about health, hygiene, basic first aid, and what it takes to start their own business. By the end of the one-year course, Ackerman says, students gain the equivalent of a fifth-grade education. “When the students graduate, they have the minimum requirement for a job and are able to apply for jobs they couldn’t apply for before,” she adds. There's a spiritual component, too. Many women discover for the first time that they are valuable in the eyes of God. On Mission India's blog, you can learn more about the impact of She Counts 2015. This is Mission India’s second "She Counts" campaign; their first one was in 2014. By sharing about the plight of women in India, Mission India was able to raise $43,170 and help 1,439 people.
Categories: Mission Network News

A Tyndale/Gutenberg moment for the Deaf

Mission Network News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Deaf Bible)

International (DB) -- Deaf Bible and DOOR (Deaf Opportunity OutReach) International are announcing an agreement that further aligns the two ministries in their work to both translate and make available sign language Bible content in over 350 sign languages around the world. With only 2% of the global Deaf population having ever been exposed to the Gospel, these partnering organizations are publicly stating their goal to eradicate Bible poverty in this often-overlooked people group. DOOR International has worked for over 15 years in training Deaf leaders in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development so they can impact their countries and communities with the Gospel. In 2004 it became clear that this training cannot be done effectively without God’s Word in the heart language of the Deaf: sign language. As a result, DOOR International joined the Wycliffe Global Alliance and began work in sign language Bible translation. DOOR now has projects in 12 sign languages, with 4 more to begin this year. While not a translation organization, Deaf Bible is committed to doing everything possible to assist in the process and support of every project. They will also be prepared to provide ready and free access to the completed Bible content through apps, online, or whatever new technology presents itself to reach the Deaf worldwide with the Gospel. “What we really see ourselves as is translation accelerators,” says JR Bucklew, the director of Deaf Bible. “Whether it’s raising funds, providing support material and labor, or working on the newest tech innovations, we will do everything within our power to open God’s Word to the Deaf.” “This partnership is really a Tyndale/Gutenberg moment in sign language Bible translation,” adds Rob Myers, CEO of DOOR International. In the early 1500s, William Tyndale began making the Bible available to the people of England in their own language. However, it was only possible to distribute Tyndale’s Bible because of Gutenberg’s printing press, which had come along years earlier. In the same way, DOOR International would be hard-pressed to make their translations available to workers in the field if not for technologies that Deaf Bible has developed. Another focus for both ministries is to establish accepted standards to guide current and future sign language translation work. “Just like in written translation work, it’s important that sign language translators are all on the same page and following best practices that have been developed over time by those in the field,” states Myers. Both ministries also encourage others who are working with the Deaf around the world to join this effort. Click if you’d like to donate to either Deaf Bible or DOOR International. “Just as we’re commanded to work together as the Body of Christ, we eagerly anticipate organizations coming together so that all the Deaf can have God’s Word in their own sign language,” concludes Bucklew.
Categories: Mission Network News

The ultimate gift for women

Mission Network News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Women for JESUS)

International (MNN) -- March 8 is a day set aside to recognize the achievements of women, and to be inspired by their gifts and impact in the world. The United Nations reports International Women’s Day started in the early 1900s in North America and across Europe due to labor movements. Over more the past 100 years, it has been chiseling and working away for women’s equality rights. International Women’s Day is not just about several countries, clearly. It’s not about the smaller paychecks, either. It’s about helping women throughout the world realize their potential of becoming more than they could ever dream, and recognizing how far they’ve come already. The Women for Jesus ministry, a branch of The JESUS Film Project, is using the day as a way for women to start fresh and new, by giving them the Gospel. They have partnered with Better Life Bags to create a custom handbag stuffed with JESUS Film products. Women for Jesus is inviting women across the globe to purchase bags and send them to illiterate women and children. Not only would women and children receive custom handbags, but they’d also receive the gift of life. Every woman deserves to have a voice and a chance to hear the Word of God. This International Women’s Day, help make that happen by clicking here.
Categories: Mission Network News

of Beauty and Rage by RED

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
The concept for of Beauty and Rage is the dichotomy of good and evil and finding beauty out of things that people suffer within their own lives. RED has always tried to challenge listeners to be real with themselves and confront their struggles head on. Even in the darkest parts of our lives there is room for hope; it's up to each individual to fill those parts so that he/she can continue to push forward in dark times and be thankful in brighter days.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Just Kids by Mat Kearney

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
Mat says "One morning last spring I jumped out of bed at 5 AM feeling surprisingly rested and inspired. Usually I end up going to bed fairly late, high on the adrenaline that follows a show or working on a new song, but that morning I had the feeling a song was waiting for me and headed to my home studio. I programmed a simple beat and wrote a few chords on the black keys of my piano. All of the lyrics for the song "Just Kids" came as quickly as I could write them down. I instantly knew[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Faith & Family by Jon Micah Sumrall

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
Jon Micah Sumrall is the lead singer of the gold-selling Christian rock band Kutless. For the past 16 years, Jon Micah has toured all around the world with Kutless, having released the radio smash hits "What Faith Can Do," "Strong Tower," "Sea of Faces," "Carry Me to the Cross," along with many others. Jon Micah will be releasing his first solo record Faith Family on Feburary 24th, 2015. The album features both worship songs and love songs, written with his marriage in mind. Fans of Kutless's Christ-centered worship songs will particularly enjoy Faith Family.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

From Heaven's Point of View - The Single by The Lighthouse Boys

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
The Lighthouse Boys came out of 2014 celebrating their 40th year. They are known to their fans for their own brand of Southern Gospel Music, placing their own signature on Southern Gospel classics as well as their own original songs. Now in 2015, From Heaven's Point of View is The first new single released by The Lighthouse Boys in over a decade. They once again blend their signature sound with a Southern Gospel classic. [...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Outsiders by 21:03

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
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Renegades Never Die by Skrip

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
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Like No Other by Christ Fellowship Worship

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
Original worship music recorded live in South Florida, at Christ Fellowship Church. Produced by Dove award winner Michael Neale, this album includes tracks such as "Favorite Word" "See You Again" and national hit "Mercy Tree." Inspired by modern rock and pop, this album is full of powerful anthems and emotional ballads that are inspired by and declare the attributes of the Savior of the world; Jesus! You can also hear these songs played live every weekend at Christ Fellowship at multiple locations in Florida: Gardens, Royal Palm, Boynton, City Place, Stuart, Okeechobee and New York City, New York.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Only Your Love EP by Davis the Band

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
A new husband and wife worship duo provides a fresh sound on vertical praise to our Creator.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News