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Becoming Who We Are by Kings Kaleidoscope

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:00am
Kings Kaleidoscope is an alternative worship band based in Seattle, WA. They have released 4 EP's to date, all of which have seen the band progress further and further into the twixt and tween of genres. 10 members strong, the band builds upon the mainstay sounds of drums, bass, keys and guitars, by adding a vast array of orchestral elements including violins, cellos,woodwinds, trombones, trumpets and vibraphones. With a strong hip-hop influence and an energy that nods toward The Mars Volta, the band is able to capture the extremes of dynamics, and project emotion like few others can. The band's[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Breakthrough talks in South Asia

Mission Network News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:00am

(Screenshot courtesy Global Advance)

South Asia (MNN) -- Two weeks ago, the Pakistani Army started shelling Indian positions along the Line of Control, or more accurately: the border between India and Pakistan. Ceasefires, violations, control. That's what a decades-long conflict is boiling down to. Recent peace talks haven't made a huge headline splash, maybe because the peace talks weren't following the traditional diplomatic lines. In fact, the talks were part of a training conference hosted by Global Advance, and they involved not politicians, but church leaders. Global Advance founder David Shibley explains, "Global Advance was able to convene 10 delegates from Northern India--very strategic church leaders--and 10 delegates from Pakistan. We came together in a third neutral nation for what we called a 'Tri-Nation Summit.'" Despite the state conflict, says Shibley, "There was no contention between the delegates at all. In fact, it was wonderful to see what the Holy Spirit did in a real unity of heart and purpose to see this area of the world be discipled for the Lord Jesus Christ." Here's one reason why: these were leaders of the body of Christ. The biblical message of peace they share unites them. It was born out of a Lausanne committee meeting several years back. Putting feet on the dream took longer. "We convened 16 months ago the first Tri-Nation Summit. This was the second one following up and allowing for a greater development of strategy for each one of those nations." As the 2013 Summit concluded, delegates agreed to pray and fast on the third day of each month, which laid the foundation for the 2015 gathering.

(Photo courtesy Global Advance)

Once the leaders came together, they discovered the joy of common purpose. In fact, the joint prayer meetings could be considered a breakthrough for the Gospel in this region. It puts the phrase "peace talks" in a whole new light. "They met together individually...as national representatives and came away with fresh new plans for fresh evangelistic initiatives in each of their three nations, and also for very creative ways to continue praying for each other." Shibley goes on to note that some of the leaders witnessed an answer to prayer 16 months ago that gave them confidence to move forward. "Immediately after the summit, India and Pakistan lessened their border restrictions. We think that was significant, and we think that it was an indication that the Lord really is up to something in that part of the world." Referencing The Kathmandu Commitment from 2013, Shibley says, "They came away with an emphasis in two areas: first of all, being sure that each unengaged, unreached people group would be reached. Most of them are targeting the year 2020. Secondly, [they came away with] a fresh commitment to the mentoring of young men and women who feel called into Christian vocational ministry." They renewed that commitment once more. Global Advance is coming alongside church leaders with vital resources. The challenges these church leaders face carry more risk than ever before. "In certain pockets of these areas, the Church is growing at unprecedented rates, which is also increasing hostility against the Church and against Christianity in general. So, we need to be praying that believers will stand boldly, that they will be winsome, that they'll be gracious."
Categories: Mission Network News

End the spread of Ebola

Mission Network News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:00am
West Africa (MNN/BGR) -- Ebola continues to eat away at lives in eight countries, causing over 4,000 deaths to date. In an effort to help spread awareness, Baptists in West Africa and Baptist Global Response are working together to educate West Africans about the deadly disease. Through education, these groups hope to help end the spread of Ebola. Some of the ways BGR is trying to educate people is through storytelling and role-playing. “We have been hosting workshops, teaching the believers in our church a story of two women who react very differently to Ebola,” says a Christian worker in Guinea we’ll call Lily Ronaldo. “Through the story and the discussion that follows, we are able to share what Ebola is, how it is transmitted, simple things people can do to protect themselves from being infected, and how to help stop the spread of the disease.” Workshops usually last between 3-4 hours. Surprisingly, Ronaldo says, “There are still people that do not even believe that Ebola is real. Some believe the government had the disease brought in to postpone elections, and others believe it is a way for the government to get financial help from the outside; even some well-educated people believe some of these lies.” International Mission Board (IMB) missionary Trevor Yoakum confirmed similar beliefs in Togo. BGR partnered with Yoakum and his wife to form a campaign in order to distribute 15,000 informational brochures on Ebola. The brochures will inform people about the spread of Ebola, and they will be disseminated in various ways, including a televised meeting to provide a nationwide public service announcement. Distribution of the brochures to villages should take less than a month. Yoakum hopes for positive feedback and adds that if 5 people see one brochure, they could reach up to 75,000 people. Pray that those living in Ebola-affected areas would receive proper education and would look to God during these difficult times.
Categories: Mission Network News

Bookstore with Christian mission on the mind

Mission Network News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:00am

(Image courtesy of Family Christian Stores)

Dominican Republic (MNN) -- Did you know that one of your favorite bookstores actively supports Christian mission? For years, and under an array of names, Family Christian Stores have blessed families in the United States with easy access to Christian resources. But Family Christian Stores didn't want to stop at equipping consumers for Christ. For the past 11 years they have focused their attention on James 1:27 which says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (NIV). Last year, Family Christian Stores became a non-profit business to ensure all of its earnings go to Christian charities. The trajectory of the company has long been to serve those in need around the world. Steve Biondo of Family Christian says while studying James 1:27, they had to ask themselves, "In the orphan world, who are those that are most traumatized? Where is the most distress?" It wasn't too hard to find the answer. "There's this massive evil across the globe. It's concentrated in certain parts of the world, but there's this massive evil: and it's estimated that 27 million children and sometimes adults are held captive against their will." What is this massive evil? Human Trafficking. "They're tortured, and often times their very life is taken from them through horrific acts of violence. And so we began to fix in our minds that this is a place that we've got to go. We've got to go and work here, we've got to stand up against this kind of injustice. We've got to go ahead and break the cycle," Biondo says. With this issue on their heart, Family Christian decided to partner with Destiny Rescue. "Destiny Rescue is really a powerful organization that started in Australia," Biondo says. It is "internationally recognized, faith-based, Christian-based, not-for-profit that is 100% dedicated to rescuing children from the human trafficking and sexual exploitation trade." With this frontline partnership, Family Christian hopes not only to address the exploitation of these human beings, but also to share the love of Christ with them. "What we want to do is work alongside [Destiny Rescue] in a more deliberate way, in a very profound and strategic way." Stay tuned to our Web site over the next month to see what this initiative is going to look like and how you can help. Pray for God to prepare and burden the hearts of those who are able to help. Ask Him to protect the hearts of children caught in human trafficking. As Biondo puts it, "We need to push back darkness. We need to take action as individuals through our donations or through going into these places, short-term trips, or sponsoring rescues, sponsoring girls who have been trafficked." Click here to find out more about Family Christian Stores.
Categories: Mission Network News

No Christmas baskets this year

WGRC News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:04pm

Two area organizations that have been known for making up Christmas Baskets for needy families in Lycoming County will not be doing so this year. Both the American Rescue Workers and Salvation Army have acknowledged that an even higher demand for the baskets as well as a lack of resources will not allow them to make up the hundreds of baskets that are distributed yearly in the area. Both organizations say they will find other ways to help over the holidays including putting on holiday meals.

Categories: Local News

Idaho Pastors no longer face prison time and fines

WGRC News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:03pm

The city of Coeur d’Alene in Idaho has reportedly realized that a for-profit wedding chapel owned by Christian ministers Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, CAN refuse to perform same-sex marriages without violating “non-discrimination” laws. The city earlier maintained that its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The city’s attorney said, After we’ve looked at this some more, we have come to the conclusion they would be exempt from our ordinance because they are a religious corporation.

Categories: Local News

New York Church Prays for Ebola-Stricken 'Doctors Without Borders' Volunteer

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:22pm
Minister Janet Lovell and her congregation at Brooklyn's God's Miracle House of Prayer, Praise and Worship held a prayer meeting over the weekend for New York Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer's healing and the end of the fatal virus' spread across West Africa, America and Spain.
Categories: Christian Post

A Daily Deposit

Christian Post - Living - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:15pm
Someone who really does love you very much deposits into your bank of time 86,400 seconds every single day. That someone is God. And the condition is that you must spend it. You can't save up time today and apply it toward tomorrow—there's no such thing as a twenty-seven-hour day.
Categories: Christian Post

United Methodist Church's Highest Court Upholds 'Refrocking' of Pastor Who Officiated Son's Gay Wedding

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:14am
The United Methodist Church's highest court has decided to overturn the defrocking of a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding.
Categories: Christian Post

Gas prices down

WGRC News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:32am

Pennsylvania gas prices keep coming down, but we’re not quite to that landmark $3/gallon mark. Gasbuddy.com puts the statewide average price for gas today at $3.17 a gallon, which is down a nickel in the last week, and it’s off about 24 cents in the last month. A year ago the statewide average was at $3.37 a gallon. By comparison, the national average today is at $3.03 a gallon.

Categories: Local News

Local Relay for Life starts fundraising

WGRC News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:32am

A kick-off this weekend for the 22nd annual Mifflin-Juniata Relay for Life. The Lewistown Sentinel says this year’s theme is Toon Out Cancer. The Relay for Life will take place at Kish Park. This year, the goal for the teams is to raise $176,000, which is slightly more than what they brought in last year.

Categories: Local News

Keys for Kids Radio launches

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids

USA (MNN) -- 25 years ago in a small closet studio in the back of Cornerstone University's radio station, His Kids Radio (then known as the Children's Sonshine Network) went on the air on October 23, 1989. It was a momentous day and just the beginning of many years of 24-hour broadcast ministry to kids and families. The kids' network aired classic programs like Children's Bible Hour and Ranger Bill, and played songs from the Music Machine and Psalty the Singing Songbook. Through the years, His Kids Radio has grown with the latest technology, shifting from SCA broadcast and satellite delivery nationwide to digital and internet-based listening. What better way, then, to celebrate 25 years than to mark a new beginning with a new name? His Kids Radio is now Keys for Kids Radio. Though the name is changing, the mission stays the same: to point children to Jesus through songs and radio drama. Many favorite programs will still be heard on Keys for Kids Radio, including Paws and Tails, Wee Kids, Karen and Kids, and Kid’s Corner. Kids for Keys Executive Director Terre Ritchie says, “They [Cornerstone Radio] have offered us the opportunity to take it over, and as a focused children’s ministry, we are more than excited.” Keys for Kids Ministries is an international Christian ministry based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, producing and distributing excellent media resources to evangelize and disciple kids and their families. Ritchie asks for prayer as there will be a lot of work shared among only a few people. Also pray that Keys for Kids will help more children and families grow in Christ. If you’d like to donate, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

ISIS attacks create hunger for Scripture

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

(Map credit YourMiddleEast.com)

Iraq (CAM) -- In Iraq’s northern areas, where Islamic State (ISIS) militants have extended their brutal campaign to establish a caliphate, coveted copies of the Bible are playing a key role in the lives of displaced people from a myriad of religious backgrounds. Supply is limited (some Bibles are available locally while others need to be shipped in), but the demand appears to be endless, especially among refugees and internally displaced people. “Every time we try to open a box or container to distribute Bibles, we get ‘attacked’ by people in their eagerness to get a copy,” the director of a locally-based ministry said. “We have never had a problem giving them away.” Nominal members of historic churches are seeking the Bible, as are Yazidis and Sunni and Shia Muslims. Yazidis practice a blend of Christian, Islamic, and Zoroastrian rituals. “The religious nature of the region makes faith matters of great interest and an important part of their lives, and the search for the truth has become one of the priorities of the Muslims,” he said, adding that ISIS militants’ religiously motivated murders of civilians have provided a golden opportunity to present the “loving and peaceful Christ.” The native ministry, which Christian Aid Mission assists, provides Bibles along with material aid such as food and blankets. While meeting their immediate needs is crucial, the knowledge of God found in the Bible provides refugees a more enduring benefit, said Christian Aid Mission’s Middle East director.

People of all religious backgrounds
and ages are eager to receive Bibles
in Kurdistan.
(Image, caption courtesy Christian Aid)

“Muslims come with a worldview that is full of fear, and the message of a God who gives Himself for you and cares for you as a child of God is new to them,” he said. “It gives them great hope, and as people who have lost everything, this hope is a thousand times more meaningful to them.” “The Bible is the preacher who can reach people, stay with them at home, and talk to them every day about Jesus, which is something we cannot always do due to lack of preachers,” he said. “We don't have so many in the area, and the nature of the ministry among thousands makes the Bible the #1 tool for salvation of people.” While acknowledging that ISIS atrocities, such as religiously motivated beheadings of non-Muslims, were committed in the early years of Islam, the Muslim refugees do not regard the militants as true Muslims. “All the displaced Muslims say ISIS is a criminal gang and that they are not true Muslims,” he said. “Some feel ashamed of such actions, especially as it occurred at the dawn of Islam and its expansion, while others are trying by all means to deny it is part of the Islamic religion and dismiss it as part of a plot by Zionists against Arabs.” Most Muslims who are committing their lives to Jesus Christ were already disillusioned with Islam, he said. “For this reason hundreds find their way to Christ today, in secret or in public.” Besides Muslims and people of minority religions such as Yazidis, displaced persons belonging to historical churches that discourage them from reading the Bible are also showing up to claim copies. The director said nominal members of the Syriac Orthodox, Catholic, and other churches have responded to the evangelical witness by putting their trust in Jesus Christ for eternal life. “They are becoming born again, attending churches, being discipled, and trying to adjust to the new way of learning and reading the Bible,” said the director, adding that the ministry strives to work with historical churches by building ties of friendship.

Displaced people and refugees who
become Christians meet wherever they can.
(Image, caption courtesy Christian Aid)

The new Christians from varied backgrounds are mixing together as a new people in Christ, though living as displaced peoples means that some remain in isolated pockets. “According to their geographical locations, many would prefer to come to the local churches and the house churches if they could. But because of the difficulty of travel and making a living and the challenges of life--which predominantly are like those of homelessness, some remain in their places until the brothers reach out to them,” he said. Because of restrictions by countries in the Middle East to print and distribute Bibles, there is a continual need to purchase Bibles, he added. Whole Bibles in Arabic, Aramaic, and Kurdish languages are sought, as well as children’s versions of the same. Also needed are New Testaments in Kurdish, Sorani, and Bahdinani languages. The ministry also distributes Christian literature as well as illustrated Bible stories for all ages, designed for Muslims who know nothing about Jesus. The books of illustrated Bible stories and the children's Bible cost $5 each. A whole Bible costs $4, with hardcover copies going for $5 to $8. New Testaments printed locally cost $2. “For the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the tents in the fields everywhere, in the mountains and the Kurdistan area, it’s the right time for us to give Bibles.” the Iraqi ministry director said. “I strongly believe God’s hand is in this situation, and God brought all these people to us and wants us to act as fast as we can.” If you'd like to help provide Bibles, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

ISIS education reform may stop Syrian refugees from returning home

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Current military situation as of October 20, 2014. The gray-shaded area signifies Islamic State territory.
(Map obtained via Wikpedia)

Middle East (MNN) -- When the school year began last month in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), extremists had adjusted the curriculum. We spoke with Vice President of Operations for Kids Alive International, Jed Hamoud, in Lebanon at their children's home. He explains, "Basically, arts are taken out of school; music is taken out of school; a certain degree of sports are taken out of the schooling system." It didn't stop there. "If you're going to higher education, topics like psychology, psychiatry, or counseling are being removed from the curriculum as well." Hamoud says they're already preparing for one possible outcome. "It's going to increase the duration of our involvement with ][refugees]. The duration of the services that we provide to them is going to increase." Why? Even if the political situation were to change tomorrow, refugees might choose to stay in Lebanon. Hamoud says parents are asking themselves this question: "'Do we want to take our children back to enroll in a curriculum that's a very highly Islamic-centered curriculum?'" Some refugees in Lebanon have enrolled in Lebanese schools and have been following the Lebanese curriculum, which, to a large degree, is modeled around French and English systems. However, others can't get into the schools because their kids have fallen behind due to the disruption of the civil war in Syria prior to the ISIS advance.

(Image courtesy Kid's Alive)

This is where Kids Alive is adjusting their outreach. "What we're doing initially is providing them with a literacy program, helping them to catch up. Many of those children have not been in school for a year or two or three years, in terms of their academic standard; [we're trying] to streamline them into the Lebanese system." Once they're up to speed, "We do have our current Lebanese curriculum that we teach in our school. We have a 35 [student] school setup here in Lebanon at Kids Alive: a registered school with the government that takes the kids up to sixth grade." That's just one aspect of what they're seeing in refugee kids. Hamoud adds, "The kids we're taking in: emotionally, physically, spiritually, psychologically, they're very tender because a lot of them have gone through experiences that no child should go through." Uncertainty keeps a lot of kids isolated, because "many of them are going to come to us wondering, 'Is this going to be the last stop, or just a stop along the way?' The prayer of many people could be that this may be their last stop."

(Photo courtesy Kids Alive International)

As refugees face the possibility of resettling long-term, Hamoud says the new "normal" won't change their mission. "We are Bible-centered, Scripture-centered. The Scripture is the core of everything we do here at Kids Alive in Lebanon." Pray that the ministry of Kids Alive makes a lasting difference in the lives of refugee children and their families. "They see the love of Christ here, they see that we are Christ-centered so that they desire the life that we demonstrate here, and they would want it for themselves as well."
Categories: Mission Network News

Unique image bearers of God

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am
USA (MNN) -- There's a reason we don't all have the same life experiences. It's through our experiences, good and bad, that we learn life lessons. Can you imagine having to learn all life lessons by yourself? That would probably be pretty painful, and even more confusing than life already is. The Body of Christ is an excellent example of how life lessons can be shared. For David and Sally Gallagher, a big life lesson was learning how precious individuals with physical or mental challenges are, and how they are unique image bearers of God.

(Image by The King's Table Ministries)

Sally's sister was born with developmental disabilities when Sally was three. As the two sisters got older, Sally developed a special bond with her sister. David Gallagher's oldest daughter, Katie, was born with Down syndrome. Sally Gallagher, executive director of The King's Table Ministries says, "My husband and I both, I believe, were sculpted by God over the years to love this people group and become an advocate for them." This advocacy is now a well-extended ministry. Gallagher explains, "We help churches to develop programming in their church for special needs children and adults so that when they're young ,then the parents have the ability to still be able to worship together and join a Sunday school class because now there's a place for their child to be able to learn about God also." Gallagher says a lot of times churches hesitate to institute these types of programs on their own. Why? She says, "I think sometimes churches feel like they're not adequately equipped as far as their staff, their volunteers." Other times, churches may feel they wouldn't be able to afford this kind of programming. "You need a few people who have a heart for it, and a few dollars, and that's about it," Gallagher explains. The King's Table Ministries exists to help equip churches and to let them know it is possible to carry these programs. This ministry doesn't stop in the church, however. King's Table Ministries also works within the local public school system and adult foster care homes. This is done through volunteers from the churches. For residents of adult foster care homes, Gallagher says, "They have a real need for having people to not only love them but just to be a part of their life, to be an advocate to them, and to be Jesus to them." And while public schools usually have a budget set aside to address the different needs for students with physical or mental disabilities, money is tight. The King's Table Ministries helps not only financially, but "when we come in, we bring the nuances that add special touches such as the staff/teacher luncheon that we do once a year, [and] the landscaping. We also do a carnival picnic for a welcome back to school for the families and the children," says Gallagher. The school can help connect families with the resources The King's Table Ministries has. Sometimes they provide a wheelchair or a shower chair, for instance. Families who have a hard time with insurance covering these supplies find it helpful to connect with The King's Table Ministries. The name "King's Table" comes from 2 Samuel 9, where King David invites Jonathan's son to eat with him at his table. As with any advocacy effort, The King's Table Ministries runs into some challenges with their audience. Gallagher says that "the most difficult thing to explain to them is the need for families and for children, and the fact that they're a special image of Christ." To learn more about The King's Table Ministries and how you can help, click here. Gallagher says this is how you can pray: "Pray for protection from the evil one. When you're moving a ministry like this, when you're looking at a special image of Christ in their uniqueness, the spiritual attacks can be really heavy because he doesn't want that to be able to move."
Categories: Mission Network News

Christians in Iraq have no place to call home

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo credit Open Doors)

Iraq (MNN) -- As ISIS digs in their heels and grows their radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, hope grows evermore dim for religious minorities in the region. Al-Monitor reports 90% of Orthodox Christians in Iraq are displaced. Only 30 families out of 600 remain in Baghdad, and there are less than 10 families left in Mosul. "The return of those who have been displaced back to their homes is linked to the political and security situation. We cannot urge anyone to go back now, in light of this ongoing war in different regions in Iraq," Greek Orthodox Bishop Ghattas Hazim told Al-Monitor. "We are a main element in this region's culture; Christians and Muslims from all confessions are threatened." Christians in Iraq: a brief history Being forced to flee their homes is nothing new for Christians in Iraq. Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA says over 75% of Christians have left the country since 2003.

(Photo credit Open Doors)

"That's the ones who've actually had to leave the country, not just the ones who've been displaced," she clarifies. "It's increasing more and more as ISIS continues to target Christians. "We've actually been working in Iraq for more than 20 years, as persecution has been increasing, and it's increased the most in the past 10 years." It's not just Christians in Iraq facing trouble from ISIS; all religious minorities, including moderate Muslims, are at-risk. As Fuentes points out, Islamic State militants are "putting down roots" in Iraq. "That affects everyone," she explains. "It turns countries that once [had] religions living side-by-side peacefully… [and takes] that away, and it changes the face of Iraq." How to help Christians in Iraq While statistics can be overwhelming, there are ways you can help Christians in Iraq, whether they're taking refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan region or in a neighboring nation. Open Doors works with indigenous Christian leaders to provide for every need of persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and surrounding countries affected by ISIS. By providing refugee care, Bibles, Christian training, trauma counseling and other resources, we aim to meet all of the refugees' needs "There's one pastor in particular who's made it his mission to create a church [that's] not labeled as a 'refugee center,' but more of a 'safe area,'" Fuentes shares. The pastor had pools and games for refugee kids during the summer season to help take their mind off of the ISIS crisis. He made it a point to share the love of Christ with kids and their families, no matter what background they came from. As believers respond to the ISIS crisis with the love of Jesus, other religious minorities take note. Suddenly, a new interest in the Gospel develops. "Not only were there doors opened [for the Gospel], but they were caring for all [the children's] needs: physical, emotional, and spiritual needs," says Fuentes. "It's been a great way to reach people with God's love in this region, in spite of all the atrocities going on."

Info graphic created in July 2014 (Courtesy Open Doors)

Stories like these aren't being shared just to keep you informed -- there are ways you can help Christians in Iraq. Fuentes says the first thing those of us in the West should do is pray. "Many of them are just absolutely surprised to know that…they're not alone, that the Body of Christ is surrounding them in prayer," Fuentes shares. "From a practical standpoint, you can give to help not only Christians in Iraq, but in surrounding countries, too." See how you can help Christians in Iraq through Open Doors.
Categories: Mission Network News

The Holy Spirit Empowers

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:58am
Our heavenly Father has called us to live a supernatural life—one that is contrary to the world's thinking. In our own strength, it is very difficult to say no to ungodliness, because our flesh yearns to say yes. To live the Lord's way takes His divine power. In order to draw on His strength, believers need to develop attitudes of humility, trust, and perseverance.
Categories: Christian Post

Mars Hill Pastor Dave Bruskas Defines 'New Values' for 'Broken, Repentant' Church; Acknowledges 'Unhealthy Culture'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:43am
Mars Hill interim preaching pastor Dave Bruskas, who may take over as lead pastor, has promised localized governance, financial clarity and cultural change in the Seattle-based megachurch, whose founder and former head pastor, Mark Driscoll, resigned last week due to his admitted "divisive" leadership style.
Categories: Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention to 'Disfellowshipped' Church Pastor: Denomination's Failings Regarding Divorce Are Not an Opportunity for Gay Marriage

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:02am
The Southern Baptist Convention's official news service turned to the writings of the denomination's lead ethicist Thursday to criticize an op-ed asking that the blind eye the church has long given divorced and remarried Christians be given LGBT couples as an apple to oranges argument.
Categories: Christian Post

When God Overrules

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:38am
I'm so glad that God will overrule my prayers at times, because I have prayed for things fervently, believing they were the will of God, and they were flat-out wrong. I am so thankful that God said no to those prayers.
Categories: Christian Post