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How to Win against Worry

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:33am
Do you remember when you first got behind the wheel of a car? You had to consciously think about everything you did. Okay, let's see . . . key in the ignition, look over your shoulder, and pull out. You had to think about it. It was challenging at first. But after a while, you got it down, and now it comes naturally. You don't even think about driving anymore. You just get in the car and drive. It's a conditioned reflex.
Categories: Christian Post

Dating Styles of Megachurch Pastor's Kids: Rock Church Pastor Teaches Children to Detect 'Counterfeit' Christians

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:50am
The Rock Church's Marriage and Parenting Pastor Darren Carrington says parents need to teach their children from an early age about dating and marriage so they can spot "counterfeit" Christians who attend church but show no spiritual growth.
Categories: Christian Post

OCC shoeboxes hold more than toys

Mission Network News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:00am

Veracruz state, Mexico

Mexico (MNN) -- For Family Christian Stores staffer Mike Bowles, a recent trip to Mexico meant more than escaping Michigan's cold winter weather. It opened his eyes to the impact Samaritan's Purse and its "Operation Christmas Child" shoeboxes are having on communities. "It's empowering pastors in their own countries to deliver the Gospel, to minister to children, to pull families together, and create new churches," Bowles reports. Supporting OCC outreach

(Photo courtesy of Mike Bowles)

Family Christian has been teaming up with OCC since 2010. Each year, Family Christian provides around 170,000 empty OCC boxes at their retail locations for customers to take home and fill. After packing the shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and a personal note, customers drop them off at the closest collection location. "The 170,000 are just part of Operation Christmas Child's 10 million boxes that get distributed," explains Bowles. "Before I ever went [on a shoebox delivery trip], I thought it was a shoebox. They're delivering the shoebox to a child, with a note -- that was the extent of it. I learned that that's just really the first step." Reaching Veracruz for Jesus

(Photo courtesy of Mike Bowles)

Located along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, Veracruz state has one of Mexico's leading economies. However, that prosperity doesn't reach all of Veracruz. It certainly hasn't reached the village that received OCC shoeboxes on Bowles' trip. "This is a community where the houses are made out of tin and plastic and cardboard and pallet," he describes. As Bowles watched children receive their shoeboxes and open them to find soccer shoes, toys, and more, he learned the true purpose of Operation Christmas Child. "It is much more than a Christmas gift," he says. "I saw the shoeboxes as a vehicle for the local church to deliver the Gospel to a community."

Jose dives into "The Greatest Journey."
(Photo courtesy of Mike Bowles)

With each shoebox delivery, OCC equips local pastors to engage children and their families in Scripture through "The Greatest Journey." It's a 12-week discipleship course in the child's heart language. "They learn more about the Bible, all through the local church," says Bowles. Through Operation Christmas Child, Family Christian and its customers are helping Samaritan's Purse introduce communities around the world to Jesus. Want to help? Click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Emergency prayer request from Syria

Mission Network News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy 8thirty8)

Syria (MNN) -- A prayer request from Syria sent out by E3 Partners reveals disturbing news: ISIS is attacking another village in its unrelenting pursuit of Christians. The urgent prayer request from "Amir" appears on e3 Partners 8thirty8 Facebook page. "Peace to you in Jesus’ name. Please pray for our brothers and sisters. ISIS today kidnapped 90 Christians from one village, and now they are trying to enter another village to take more Christians…Please, please we have ministry there! We have brothers and sisters there! ISIS has started to kidnap and kill the Christians in that area. We have very bad situation now as a Christian. We have nothing to do [but] pray and ask you to pray with us. Yes, we need your prayers with us and our families in Syria. God be with you.” Voice of the Martyrs USA echoes the urgent need for prayer. "In light of the kidnapping of dozens of Christians yesterday in Syria, we received an e-mail from a Syrian Christian leader giving specific ways to pray. Will you join our Syrian brothers and sisters in lifting up the requests he shared?
  1. Pray that the Lord will encourage Christians in Syria so they can be a living testimony, in the midst of war, to others around them.
  2. Pray for God's protection of the Christian community in Syria.
  3. Pray that young Christian men will turn to God and put their hope in Jesus.
  4. Pray for children and women who are being taking hostage by IS.
  5. Finally, pray for peace in Syria.
 
Categories: Mission Network News

Egypt: response to ISIS

Mission Network News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Video screen shot AINA)

Egypt (MNN) -- It's no surprise, really. ISIS' slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, as a declaration of war, has prompted an exodus of believers from Libya. The Associated Press reports an average of 2,000-3,000 Egyptians have crossed the border every day since the video was released 10 days ago. At the same time, a top cleric in Egypt is calling for religious teaching reforms. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Cairo's al-Azhar University called for unity among Muslims at an anti-terror conference recently. He also suggested a different approach was needed in Quran interpretation to tackle the spread of Islamic extremism. Greg Musselman, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs Canada, says, "This actually may even fire up ISIS and al-Qaeda and some of these other groups because they're trying to tone Islam down. I think there's going to be a reaction to that, as well." Musselman says this direction was something partners on the ground were concerned about at the time of the Arab Spring uprising. At that time, they said, "There's something that's happening within the Muslim religion that we're going to see things become more radicalized, or become more extreme. That's playing itself out." Egypt launched its response, and Musselman says, "Before that, they said there was no way they were going to get involved in going after ISIS. Now, they're changing their story. They're saying that if it involves their citizens, they're going to be involved militarily." The question now is whether or not Egypt will stand alone. Apparently not. Several countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have also offered military assistance against Islamic State (IS).

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/SharifHassan)

However, recent history in Egypt calls to memory heavy persecution of Christians at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. "What about the hundreds of Christian girls--Coptic girls that have been kidnapped and forced into Islam--forced to marry Muslim men? Where is the teaching from that? Is that acceptable in the Quran?" Why avenge the murders of the 21? Musselman says ISIS crossed a line. "They seemed to be okay if churches were burned down, or Christians kidnapped or killed quietly, behind the scenes in a sense. But something so blatant and so vulgar [as] the beheading of some of their citizens, that has caused a very strong reaction from Egypt." What does Egypt's defense mean for Christians now? It doesn't mean safety. Things haven't really changed much internally. "We need to be praying for our brothers and sisters, that they will remain strong and courageous in persecution, but also that they'd have wisdom. What do they say? What don't they say? They need a lot of wisdom." People of the Cross face economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith throughout the Middle East. Christians still face hostility in this time of uncertainty. "We really need to be praying for them that they'll be strong and that God will help them and guide them through a lot of the landmines that are currently in front of them."    
Categories: Mission Network News

Do not forget about Burma

Mission Network News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:00am
Burma (MNN) -- It's easy to become overwhelmed by the horrific activity taking place all over the world. But God is gracious to keep many of His workers focused worldwide on the ministries to which He's called them.

The conflicts in Burma have affected
countless lives over the past several decades.
(Photo by Partners Relief and Development)

We spoke to a field worker of Partners Relief and Development about the country of Burma. If you've kept up with the country, you know there is a lot of hardship there. Just a couple of weeks ago, fighting along the Chinese border erupted again, and refugees poured into surrounding villages and into China. Read about that here. The Partners worker and his wife are focused on domestic ministry to ethnic people in Burma. Ministry in Marriage One desire the worker and his wife have is to help Christian couples pursue a healthy, biblical marriage. They take groups of up to 12 couples and go through a course with them. He says, "In the grand scheme of things, it's a small part of Partners' work, but it is, we believe in the long-term, significant. We [work] with couples inside the country on marriage issues." The training is simple so that the participants can go back to their communities and replicate it. The field worker says even though the information may seem very basic to us, it's often stuff the people of Burma have never heard before. He explains that they're not trying to teach the married couples how to be American Christian couples, but they also don't want to encourage some of the harmful cultural marriage tendencies. To keep away from any harmful extremes, Partners makes sure they stay grounded: "What we do, which kind of sounds like a no-brainer, is that we just focus strictly on what does the Bible actually say? If the Bible really is transcultural […], then that is the common ground." An example of this is the cultural tendency of married couples to depend on their parents and devote themselves to their parents over their spouses. One of the verses they focus on during the first day of the course is Genesis 2:24 which says, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (ESV) Using Scripture is essential to this ministry, as the worker explains, "All of the training material that we are using is essentially straight from the Bible. We have it translated into the Burmese language, and during the week that we do the course with them, we are actually reading it out loud." Not only do these couple brush up against God's Word, but chances are, their community will as well. The worker explains: "We've heard tremendous reports back, not just of marriages literally being saved, but of these marriages becoming kind of a sign and a light to other people in the communities that they're living in--that something is different about them now, something is palpably different in their lives, and they want to know more about it." These discussions open up opportunities to learn about the Gospel. But this isn't the only impact Partners is having on communities in Burma. Community Development

Community development is another way to introduce people to the Bible (Image by Partners)

Using Nehemiah as an example for teamwork, Partners engages communities in working to better how things work. While it may seem weird to use Nehemiah, our contact explains that when this Scripture is read through the lens of community development, it makes sense. He says, "Community development is just finding ways to mobilize and create opportunities within communities." Partof this is helping communities realize that many of the issues they have, even the generational difficulties, can be solved or helped by resources right within the community itself. Helping a community see its independence from outside donors seems crucial to helping the long-term improvement. So What? Have you ever had those days and months, or even longer, where the problems of this world seem too big to be fixed? Have you gotten used to reports of execution, starvation, war, etc.? Then you might be wondering why you should care about the relatively minor problems within marriages and communities. The field worker knows how that goes; there are just so many people in trouble. He says, "I get the compassion fatigue issue. My answer is actually short, but I think it's absolutely right on and it's this: […] 'If God cares about and created those people and will do whatever it takes to find ways to rescue them, we should be finding ways to do the same thing. In other words, if they matter to God, they need to matter to us." He goes on to say that because God created the 16 million people of Burma, they should matter to us just as much as our own children. We can show our love to God by loving and caring for the people He cares about. The field worker explains that often we can learn something from people suffering. Despite what is going on all around the world, the worker says this: "I would really encourage your listeners to not forget Burma, not forget Myanmar and what's happening there." After 60 years of oppression and conflict, these people desperately need the hope of the Gospel. Partners Relief and Development has a unique niche in Burma because they are a small organization. They can move quickly to action. They appreciate the help from partners. If you would like to partner with them, click here. Pray that God would make Himself known to the country of Burma.
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.[...]
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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.[...]
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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.[...]
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