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Be Still And Know...Hymns & Faith by Amy Grant

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
The new album from Amy Grant features a blend of new hymns and bestselling worship songs all in one collection. Her previous hymns albums Legacy…Hymns Faith and Rock of Ages…Hymns Faith have combined to sell nearly 800,000 albums. As a teenager nearly 30 years ago, Amy Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk, and country. As Contemporary Christian music's first major crossover success, she has earned three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. She's scored ten Top 40 pop singles and seventeen Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks as[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Where The Light Is EP by Dan Bremnes

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
Opting against the usual childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, putting out fires or pitching in the Major Leagues, singer/songwriter Dan Bremnes was convinced that a future as a drummer would complete him. Or would make his life complete, anyway. As it turns out, even from a young age, Dan's instincts were right on target. Unlike most childhood hobbies that are cool today, forgotten tomorrow, drumming was something Dan pursued with fervor. Only 10 when began playing at his local church, Dan considered this opportunity a privilege since he was "probably pretty terrible." Nevertheless he remained undaunted, and his love of[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Freedom by David Phelps

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps showcases his award-winning voice and three-octave range on his all-new recording, Freedom. Featuring unique arrangements of cherished gospel classics such as "We Shall Behold Him" and "Ain't No Grave" as well as riveting arrangements of new songs, Freedom highlights Phelps' unprecedented style and underscores his ability to bring music to life.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Top 25 Modern Worship Songs by Various Artists

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
25 of the most popular modern songs of praise and worship are now available on Top 25 Modern Worship Songs (Green). Those who want an inspiring worship experience will find this double disc set packed with the songs they love to sing along to, on Sunday and everyday. At $11.99, this set is a big savings and a must-have for every fan of the songs of Paul Baloche, Benji Cowart, Chris Tomlin, Jennie Lee Riddle, Tim Hughes, Katie and Bryan Torwalt, and more![...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Pray for the Bibleless, and watch God work

Mission Network News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Wycliff Bible Translators)

International (MNN) -- Many organizations ask for prayer so they can thrive where they’re working. But, Wycliffe Bible Translators is swimming against the flow. Through their Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project, they’re asking people to pray for places where they aren’t working…yet. History of Bibleless People Shayna Noble who oversees the project says this project is nothing new. “It was started back in October of 1982, and really, our leader at the time had a vision for praying for language groups where no Wycliffe work was going on yet.” Many of the “Bibleless” people groups are unreached because a variety of factors are working against them. Two of those factors are size and geography. Wycliffe says some people groups are very small and speak languages that are only known in their communities. Other people groups may be larger in size, and their language may be well known, but their location works against missionaries. They’re difficult to reach and far from many roads, causing missionaries or Christian workers to hike, bike, climb, boat--anything it takes--for hours, days, maybe weeks, just to get to them. The Project When the project first started, Wycliffe was hoping for at least 6,000 prayer partners. Recently, they passed a 20,000 prayer partner mark. After signing up, prayer partners receive specific unreached people groups to pray for. “It’s something that anyone--5 years old to 95 years old--can do," says noble. "We really believe in the power of prayer and how, really, God starts working in those language groups once someone starts praying.” So how does Wycliffe measure or know that these 20,000 people are continuously praying? “Only God knows that answer, but one of the ways we like to measure prayer is just by keeping in contact with people," says Noble. "So we try to keep in contact pretty regularly with our prayer partners and encourage them. And as updates are available, we send those along, so then they can continue to pray, and pray with details and specifics.” Is it helping in the field? Noble continues, “[There are] some stories that we’ve been able to see over the years, where [on] exact dates and [at] exact times God has worked and used the prayers of people. That’s just really neat when we get to see those.” An example of the power of prayer comes from Africa: after the first prayer partner signed up, the national translator became a Christian. “In that same language group, another person signed up to pray with the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project," says Noble, "and that’s when [the national translator] was admitted into a Bible translation certificate program.” How can you get involved? People in every nook and cranny of the world need to hear the Gospel, preferably in their own language. The only way translation projects begin is through prayer -- through your prayer. Be a part of the project. Click here to sign up.
Categories: Mission Network News

Six years in, UN makes appeal for Nigerian Boko Haram refugees

Mission Network News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Nigeria (MNN) -- If you look at the headlines today, you'll see words like epic and tragic describing the fight against Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists. Although the insurgency took a dramatic uptick in 2009, it has only been recently that the group has garnered any international attention at all. Emily Fuentes with Open Doors USA remarks, "We see a trend that maybe news in Africa doesn't get picked up as much as other countries around the world. It's a sad reality that seems to be recurring a lot." Even when attacks on churches were averaging five per week, very little information was hitting the international news scene. A state of emergency was declared in 2012. By that time, Boko Haram’s 6-year campaign to impose Islamic law in Nigeria had displaced more than 1.5 million people from their homes. Then, the mass kidnappings in Chibok happened in April 14, 2014. The Boko Haram took 200+ female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Fuentes says, "We do think the world is starting to take note a bit more for a couple of reasons: first of all, the numbers have significantly increased in overall attacks in a year, as well as the size of each attack." In July, Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice-president. In August, they announced a caliphate in the northeastern and eastern areas of Borno, as well as in Adamawa and Yobe states. In October and December, they seized more territory and killed hundreds in each attack. Presidential elections were postponed for six weeks because of the violence.

(Photo courtesy Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram.
(Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By January 2015, it became clear that the Boko Haram was getting help due to better organization and funding for its insurgency. They had the weaponry and tactical strategy to attack Baga, Borno State, and seize it, as well as  the military base used by a multinational force set up to fight them. The death toll there was estimated between 1000-2000 people. Raids in Cameroon and Chad continued. Then, in March, Fuentes says, "Boko Haram has recently sworn allegiance to the Islamic State; so they're falling in suit with their (ISIS) military plans and actions and really upping their jihadist stance." After all that, the United Nations finally launched an appeal to raise slightly over $174 million to support Nigerian refugees who have fled to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon to escape Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Because they've been aware of the problem much earlier on, Open Doors has had longer to develop response programs aimed at helping the most frequent target of the Boko Haram attacks: Christians. Open Doors' ministry partners have been working with Christian Community Restoration programs to rebuild homes and churches lost to the Boko Haram. "We've seen countless people who have seen loved ones killed before their eyes. It's quite traumatic." For example, Fuentes shares one story that haunts her after meeting two children, survivors of a Boko Haram attack. "One of the little girls was holding a little baby that died in her arms, as a result of an attack. That girl couldn't even speak, she was so traumatized." Meeting physical needs is necessary, but so are the emotional needs. "We've started implementing trauma counseling for these believers, too." They are also addressing spiritual needs. For those who already call themselves followers of Christ, they're feeling isolated in their grief, says Fuentes. "One of the things that shocked me the most was a widow who looked at me and said, 'I didn't know that people outside of Nigeria knew that this is going on. Knowing that people are praying for us brings us so much hope.'" Hope makes a struggle bearable. Sharing that burden brings encouragement. Because this story has been slow to break, sharing the survivors' stories brings awareness and advocacy. Oddly, that has had a Gospel-shaped impact in unexpected places. "We've heard countless stories of even former members of Boko Haram who have seen Christians and seen the lives of Christ that they have--seeing what God is doing to them, seeing how the body of Christ is united in caring for believers in Nigeria. They haven't forgotten about them." Fuentes urges you to get informed, pray, and share these stories. The hope is that the word epic will be in scale with what God is doing in Nigeria soon. "We've heard some amazing stories of people [coming to Christ] who you would never expect to come to Christ--some Saul-to-Paul conversions, if you will; former persecutors now being believers."  
Categories: Mission Network News

New Scripture recordings to reach millions in their heart language

Mission Network News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo Courtesy of Faith Comes By Hearing)

International (FCBH) -- [EDITORS NOTE: This is a blog update courtesy of Faith Comes By Hearing.] Spring is in the air, and Christians around the world again joined in the annual remembrance and celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With that backdrop, it seems like a perfect time to announce the release of 8 new Scripture recordings that will give more people access to God’s Word in their own language! How many more people? Combined, these 8 languages are spoken by more than 2.6 million people! Imagine having heard of Easter and maybe being told a little bit about why Christians celebrate this holiday; but you have never really been able to discover more about this Jesus and what He did for you because the people who tell the story don’t speak your language. This all changes when you finally hear about the Way, and the Truth, and the Life in your own heart language -- for the first time! Join us in singing praises that the Word of God is now available in these languages:
  • Bonggi – Malaysia
  • Gaita Koitor – India
  • Komi-Zyrian – Russia
  • Kouya – Cote d’Ivoire
  • Kurukh – India
  • Lokaa – Nigeria
  • Mixteco de Ayutla – Mexico
  • Nen-naka – Vanuatu
It’s always our pleasure to recognize our translating partners who have paved the path with their decades of hard work and dedication, which provided the written text we need to be able to record the Bible. This month, our partners include: The Bible League, Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Institute for Bible Translation, Nigerian Bible Translation Trust, and Wycliffe Bible Translators. We focus on one purpose when working with our partners: to fulfill the Great Commission!
Categories: Mission Network News

Giving Place to the Word of God

Christian Post - Living - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:53am
There are times when I have gone into the pulpit with a prepared message and have ended up saying things that I never planned on saying. I believe that is because God will speak through the person who is teaching His Word. Something supernatural takes place when we hear God's Word being taught in person.
Categories: Christian Post

Youhanabad mastermind apprehended

Mission Network News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am

Pakistan is no stranger to unrest.

Pakistan (MNN) -- The truth is surfacing in Pakistan. Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI) contacts recently sent Executive International Director Bruce Allen an update concerning the twin church bombings and deadly riots in Youhanabad. "It wasn't the Christians who started these riots," Allen reports. "It was, in fact, the Muslims." Truth revealed According to The Daily Nawaiwaqt, a national Urdu-language news source, police have apprehended the alleged mastermind behind March's attacks: Ghulam Hussain.

(Screenshot courtesy Forgotten Missionaries International)

"From what we understand, neither of the two suicide bombers blew themselves up," says Allen. "Ghulam had remotes to activate [the bombs]." Along with planning the Youhanabad church bombings, Hussain has confessed to pre-planning the burning of two Muslim men. "He wanted to initiate clashes and riots between Christians and Muslims in order to create upheaval in society," explains Allen. "[Police are] wondering if those two Muslim men, who were burned, were simply pawns." According to Nawaiwaqt, Hussain was captured on April 5. Thus far, the news of his capture hasn't surfaced in any English-language reports. Seeking justice FMI's partners in Pakistan say the Nawaiwaqt report is driving many wives and families to action.

(Photo courtesy Forgotten Missionaries International)

"Many, many families have gone to the police station with photocopies of this newspaper article and said, 'Look! We have the confession; it's made public now. Would you please release our relatives?" shares Allen. Following the riots, over 100 Christian men were arrested and detained by local police and anti-terrorism forces. Many were tortured into making false confessions; some have already been indicted for crimes related to the riots. The accused will have their cases tried in military court, thanks to a recent decision by the Interior Minister. For those who are innocent yet still detained in an unknown location, a murky future awaits. Will you surround these men and their families in prayer? "The Christians are still [asking], 'How can we get justice?'" Allen says. "In the meantime, this man [Hussain] who's confessed to his involvement [in the bombings and riots] is being held in a police safe house." Hope for tomorrow This situation creates an abundance of frustration, but FMI-supported Gospel workers aren't letting it stop them. Later this month, FMI and their partners will be hosting a 4-day conference for pastors and their families. "It's going to be a very dynamic conference," Allen notes. "We have sessions coming up that are focused on continuing the development of communication skills [and] how to live as a minority in a pluralistic society." Two Pakistani Muslim-Background Believers (MBBs) will be speaking at the conference, sharing outreach strategies and insights. "They'll be sharing their own testimonies and how to effectively engage the Majority population," says Allen.

(Photo courtesy of Forgotten Missionaries International)

There will also be sessions specifically geared toward pastors' wives and children. "A pastor's whole family is really involved in this ministry of church planting and evangelism," Allen says. "They're on the frontlines [too], and they need encouragement." Can you help make it happen? "We're looking to raise scholarships for the families to attend this conference," says Allen. "Scholarships are $100 apiece." Get involved by clicking here and selecting "Education and Training" from the drop-down menu.
Categories: Mission Network News

Refugees with disabilities helped by Christians in Greece

Mission Network News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am
Greece (MNN) -- It's not often we hear good news coming from the Middle East regarding Syrian refugees. But here's some encouragement.

Syrian refugees await a chance
for scarce affordable housing in Greece.
(Photo and caption by Christian Aid Mission)

Steve VanValkenburg of Christian Aid Mission says the influx of refugees in Greece has highlighted the work of Christians there. "They're helping the refugees that come through Greece on their way to Europe. Often, there are special cases, and unfortunately, nobody really deals with people who fall through the cracks." Christian Aid Mission recently shared a story of a man who had no use of hands or feet: he was carried on the backs of fellow refugees and then took a boat into Greece. A Christian Aid Mission partner, Bridge, has been helping take care of the man. The question this man's story brings about is: What is happening to the rest of the refugees who are sick or disabled? VanValkenburg says, "The broader story with these refugees is that they don't all fit the same mold. They're not all perfectly physically able. Fortunately, there are Christians scattered throughout the world who are taking care of these types of people." He says that even for people who are not disabled physically--whether due to the violence or a preexisting condition--there's a high chance they will be disabled emotionally because of the horrible things they've witnessed. Later last year, HelpAge Interational and Handicap International did a study on refuges from the Syrian crisis. They found that 30% of the refugees in Jordan and Lebanon have specific needs, and that 77% of the elderly suffer from some sort of disability or chronic disease. If these numbers are any indication of the condition in other countries where Syrians have taken refuge, then Greece, too, is a place where more specific aid might be necessary. Christians are already doing what they can to meet the specific needs of the refugees they come in contact with. "Christians reach out in the name of Christ and they listen to [refugees]; they pray with them," VanValkenburg says. Along with prayer, Christians are distributing food, helping with housing, and funding more advanced medical procedures. Medical ministries are very present. Syrian refugees with disabilities or major health problems are often overlooked due to the gravity of the refugee situation in general. "Just because they are maybe crippled doesn't mean that they should be discarded or not taken care of," VanValkenburg says. The medical needs of the refugees are immense. According to VanValkenburg, a 3-bedroom apartment will sometimes house 4 families and up to 30 people. That means when one person gets sick, the rest do, too. The risk is increased by bad nutrition. "These people have probably far more medical needs than typically they would have." With such great needs emotionally and physically, the refugees realize their spiritual needs, as well. "These people really have no place to go, and they really don't have any options," VanValkenburg says. "They don't have any resources, and they don't have the regular medical facilities available that people within a more settled situation would have. So, it very much reaches their hearts when they see that there are people reaching out to them and helping them and giving them specific attention to take care of their needs. That draws them in to heart-to-heart relationship with Christians who can then share the Gospel with them." Help Christians meet their needs in the Middle East and Greece. "There are many, many ways that the Christians in the Middle East are reaching out in the name of Christ and serving and helping the Syrian refugees," VanValkenburg says. Christian Aid Mission is helping, and you can get involved. "Christian Aid [Mission] is regularly sending funds to indigenous mission boards there in those countries, enabling them to reach out in the name of Christ, in terms of giving food and also providing medication and providing for the lodging needs that they have." To help, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Coming to faith in Iran through technology

Mission Network News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy The JESUS Film Project)

Iran (JFP) -- [Editor's Note: This JESUS Film Project story shares how their JESUS film and mobile app are bringing a difference to the world, even in places where Christianity is rarely accepted.] Aafiya* cringed at the brutal murder unfolding before her eyes. Tears of sympathy escaped as she watched the stranger on television breathe his last. Instantly, Aafiya felt a hand on her shoulder--not just a light tap, but a calming pressure. Too scared to turn around, Aafiya immediately sensed the presence of Jesus--the man on TV. Somehow, this Son of God no longer felt like a stranger. Aafiya was watching the JESUS film in her heart language, Farsi, via Mohabat TV, the satellite station--named after the Persian word for God’s agape love--that broadcasts the gospel into North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Mike Ansari, director of operations for Mohabat TV, recalled Aafiya’s comment to a call-in counselor after watching JESUS and inviting Christ to be her personal Savior: “Why can’t people see that Jesus died for all of us? I’ve got to go tell.” “Go and tell” the gospel is at the heart of the mission of Mohabat TV and The JESUS Film Project®, who is adapting its Jesus Film Media™ mobile app into Farsi for the station and others ministering to Farsi speakers. Mohabat’s regular programming includes the broadcasts of JESUS, Magdalena, and Rivka films. “We’ve never seen anything like this. It’s going beyond politics, religion, and cultural borders,” Ansari said. “When we air the JESUS film, immediately there’s a connection; it is a supernatural connection.” After moving to California from Iran, Ansari and other members of his Muslim family responded to the gospel through a JESUS film they received from a local church. Ansari’s mother had a dream about heaven and was told she’d receive an important white envelope containing something that would change her life. A few hours later, while attending her first church service, Mrs. Ansari responded to the altar call and surprisingly received a white envelope. Inside: a Bible and a copy of JESUS. Today, people with no knowledge of Jesus Christ are coming to faith through means such as dreams and visions, Web sites, short films, social media, and mobile apps. Specifically the Jesus Film Media mobile app allows people to view and download JESUS in more than 1,200 languages, as well as other evangelistic and discipleship films directly to their cellphones. Soon the Jesus Film Media technology team will release a new version of the app for viewing on tablets and iPads. “Everybody is a global missionary now because of the Jesus Film Media app.... It’s super simple,” explained Mark Mayers, a JESUS Film Project development regional manager. “We are offering partners...everything we have on our digital platform, for free. It’s astoundingly exponential in terms of their ability to offer access to the gospel through their spheres of influence.” The Jesus Film Media platform makes it easy to view and share the ministry’s more than 75,000 videos. The JESUS film itself is divided into 61 two-minute clips, perfect for a mobile ministry and engaging others in spiritual conversations. Nifer Sims, the mobile and Web product manager of Jesus Film Media, sees more and more creativity from ministries and groups as they tap into the digital film library to “allow their apps and Web sites to wear the cultural clothes of the people they are reaching.” In one area of the world that is extremely hostile to Christianity, a ministry leader recently stated that while large showings of JESUS are impossible, the use of cellphones and tablets have “made ministry now easy.” Technology provides new and relevant ways to personally connect people with Christ as Savior--no matter where they live--even if at first, He is merely a stranger on a TV, computer, or cellphone screen. Want to donate to The JESUS Film Project? Click here! * Name changed for security purposes
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Malaysian Christians leaving Malaysia?

Mission Network News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Malaysia (MNN) -- Laws imposing Sharia (Islamic) law in one state in Malaysia are on hold, as secular government and Christians leaders cry "foul." In 1993, the State of Kelantan passed legislation that allowed for beatings and even amputations as punishment for theft and other actions considered crimes under the Koran. Currently, they those laws can't be enforced. Why? They violate Malaysia's constitution. What could allow them to be imposed? A change in Malaysia's constitution. Is this possible? A Christian friend of Mission Network News, who lives in Malaysia says, "Not right now." However, "As creeping Islamization continues, as Muslims continue to have many more children than non-Muslims, the demographics will continue to change." We're not identifying the friend of MNN for security reasons. He says Malaysia is considered a Muslim nation: "This was meant as a ceremonial religion. That means, if you need a religious ceremony for a state function, then it should be Islam. [It's similar to] the U.K. -- if you need a religious function [there], it's the Church of England." Creeping Islamization is changing that philosophy. Our MNN friend in Malaysia says that's revealing itself in what some call Little Mullah Napoleons. What are they? "Civil servants who are Muslims in position of certain authority, arbitrarily making rules that restrict the freedom of non-Muslims." Our friend believes it's getting worse. "There's the general feeling among non-Muslims, and even among moderate Muslims, that we're losing the secular nature of our state." Muslims and non-Muslims alike are concerned that the Islamic State (or Daesh) could make its way into the country. He doesn't think that will happen...yet. "Certainly the ruling coalition government is firmly against it because they would be dead if Daesh ever takes over. [And], the average Muslim, I think, in Malaysia, would be appalled if Daesh ever takes over." Despite that, Malaysian Christians are concerned about their religious freedom. It's created a "spirit drain," of sorts. "A lot of Christians in Malaysia have left the country--moved to greener pastures like in Australia and the United States. We've had Christian leaders who have written and spoken out about this issue saying, 'Look, are you serving Christ, or are you serving mammon?'" Legislators intend on bringing up the restructured Kelantan Sharia legislation in parliament, but almost all parties, both from the ruling coalition and the opposition coalition, oppose doing so. Our friend is asking you to pray for Christians who are ethnic Chinese, Tamil, Indian, natives, and other people groups. "We've got religion. We've got politics. It's all mixed in. Christ has called us to do something in this country. We as the church need to stay strong. Some of us need to get strong in the first place." Open Doors USA is asking you to pray for Malaysia Muslim-background believers who are underground. They face incredible oppression. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they grow in their faith and that they would have an impact on family and friends as they begin to see a change in their lives.
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Donating your birthday can help change lives

Mission Network News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Partners Relief and Development)

SE Asia (MNN) -- Get ready to celebrate. This year, Partners Relief and Development is turning 20. That means for the past 20 years, they’ve been bringing freedom, safety, health, and education to children in SE Asia who have been oppressed daily. Throughout this year, they want to celebrate their ‘birthday’ with yours. What does this mean? They’re inviting you to take a selfless step and leap of faith by donating your birthday to help save children from distressful situations, including lives of poverty. But, Partners doesn’t want you to stop your generosity there. They are challenging you to spread the word to your family and friends, and to start a fundraising page where people can chip in and donate to your birthday donation page to help children in need. Imagine how many kids could receive medical and educational attention, and be rescued. So What? Many organizations do things like this all the time, but what makes Partners special? They offer the Gospel to these children who have lost hope and become refugees because of war. While providing care for them and their families, Partners introduces them to the love of Christ and practices unconditional love. They share with families that, no matter the situation, no matter the lives they lead, they are still God’s children and are loved unconditionally. When Partners pours out their love to people who have already lost so much, refugees to ask questions about Jesus, the Gospel, and why kindness is being shown to them. Back in November, Steve Gumaer of Partners said, “When they ask us what our secret is, we have the opportunity to describe that secret, and that is that the hope of glory is alive in us. Jesus, when He said to love Him with our whole heart and love our neighbor as ourselves: we take that very seriously.” What will you do? This opportunity opens doors to saving people both physically and spiritually, and all it takes is one birthday: yours. Start your Birthday Donation by clicking here.
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Following God's Schedule

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:28pm
Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow frustrated when things don't go according to plan. Yet if we truly desire to walk in the center of God's perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.
Categories: Christian Post

Narcissists Need Not Apply

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:21am
I read an interesting article about how narcissistic our culture is today. It said, "A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.
Categories: Christian Post

Bible Society Report: Increase in Americans Who Believe Bible Is Inspired Word of God, No Errors, Some Symbolism

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:04am
More Americans see the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God with some symbolism, which should not be taken literally, according to the American Bible Society's State of the Bible 2015 report.
Categories: Christian Post

Michigan Megachurch to Establish 'Special Fund' to Repay $300K Donated by Ponzi Scammer

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 9:56am
A megachurch in Michigan has announced that they will set up a "special fund" to raise the approximately $300,000 a Ponzi schemer donated to its congregation.
Categories: Christian Post

Accused murderer falls down courthouse steps

WGRC News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:58pm

An accused murderer was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital following a court appearance in Northumberland County yesterday. 68 year old Robert Thomas is accused of the shooting death of his wife Patricia at their Milton area home in 2012. Yesterday he was in court with his lawyers as they were asking for his transfer to an area county prison in order to have easier access to the man to discuss trial strategies. Following his appearance, Thomas fell down the steps at the courthouse suffering a head injury. His condition has not been released.

Categories: Local News

Finding Strength in the Lord

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:49am
The world does not offer much hope for those in despair, but God does. Long before he was king, David stepped out of God's will. In order to get beyond Saul's reach, he sought refuge from the Philistines, and when he returned to the ashes of his city, Ziklag, he was in utter despair. However, David "strengthened himself in the Lord" (1 Samuel 30:6). Though Scripture is not specific about his moment of surrender, I believe he underwent a five-step spiritual process.
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Literacy making history

Mission Network News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo Courtesy of NTM)

Colombia (NTM) -- [EDITOR'S NOTE: This post is written by Rosie Cochran with New Tribes Mission.] Much attention is focused on learning a tribal language, teaching foundational Bible truths in that language, and then “growing” a mature church. Equal attention is given to the need for an accurate and natural-sounding translation of God’s Word in their language. But what about literacy? Literacy Promotes Access to God’s Word Within the context of missions, teaching people to read and write rarely makes the headlines, but it is an essential and vital component of the church-planting effort. Without literacy, people do not have full access to God’s Word in their language. Without readers in the tribal language, even an accurate and natural-sounding translation of God’s Word is still a closed Book. And without a literate leadership, the tribal church will forever remain dependent on the missionary to feed them. “[Literacy] materials will be the tool that gives the people the first access to the Word of God in their language,” wrote Jerry and Joyce McDaniels, International Literacy Coordinators for NTM. A new stand-alone program is tentatively called Literacy Starter. This custom software speeds up the creation of the literacy curriculum, making it more accurate. The first field test for Literacy Starter took place in February 2015. Literacy consultants and consultants-in-training from all over Latin America met in Colombia for an intense, three-week literacy workshop. During the workshop, the program was field tested as they wrote literacy materials for two tribal language groups native to Colombia. Pray for the further development of Literacy Starter. Pray that this program would result in more people reading, understanding, and being changed by God's Word.  
Categories: Mission Network News