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Head of Episcopal Church Says She Will Not Seek Re-Election

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:03pm
The head of The Episcopal Church has announced that she will not seek re-election, ending speculation as to whether or not the mainline denomination will have a change in leadership.
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Palau CityServe Movement Unites NYC's Youngblood Preachers, Old Guards in 'Historic' Partnership

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:50pm
Hundreds of NYC-area nonprofit and church leaders — young and old, red and yellow, black and white — are mobilizing as one body for the very first time in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in one of the world's most unique urban centers, thanks to an initiative organized by the Luis Palau Association.
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Lecrae: I Do Not Struggle With Compromise

Christian Post - Living - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:22pm
Christian Rapper Lecrae said he is not tempted by the hip-hop industry's self-indulgent lifestyle because he's too busy trying to impact the culture.
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US Adults Say Children Need to Learn Responsibility; Experts Say Parents Must Stop Over-Indulging Children

Christian Post - Living - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:02pm
A new Pew Research Center survey shows more than half of adults believe responsibility is one of the most important values to teach children.
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Equipped for Rough Roads

Christian Post - Living - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:58am
Suffering makes us strong. God allows hardship in our lives so that our beliefs—those handholds of faith in a troubled world—will became more and more real to us and less and less theory. We can start living out our faith-life in the real world.
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Attack by Disciple

New Release Tuesday - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:43am
Rock band Disciple releases its first new album in nearly two years, Attack, independently worldwide through The Fuel Music Sept. 23. The crowd-funded and 10th studio album is also the first recording featuring front man, founding member and band leader Kevin Young's newly formed powerhouse line-up. Writing, recording and touring with Young are four new Disciple members, but established musicians in their own right: Josiah Prince from Philmont and Andrew Stanton from I Am Empire on guitars, Jason Wilkes from High Flight Society on bass and vocals, and Joey West from After Edmund on drums. A year in the making, and[...]
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Coming Alive by Dustin Smith

New Release Tuesday - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:43am
Dustin Smith is an Integrity Music Artist, Song Writer and Worship leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. With an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin has been able to cross denominational lines with his music. His worship music transcends age, race, colour and creed and clearly glorifies the Creator. Recorded live at his home church: World Revival Church in Kansas City, MO, Coming Alive is co-produced by Michael Farren Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith) and features co-writes with Jack Mooring (Leeland) and Michael Farren.[...]
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Lighthouse by Scott MacIntyre

New Release Tuesday - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:43am
The eleven song project was produced by Grammy nominated Matt Bronleewe (Plumb, Hayden Panettiere, Joy Williams), Dove nominated Kyle Lee (TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Phillips, Craig Dean), and MacIntyre joining in on the production duties. Ten of the eleven compositions featured on Lighthouse were written or co-written by MacIntyre. The album is being released through Mini Mac Music and will be distributed by New Day Distribution. "I'm really excited about this new album," says MacIntyre. "I've been so blessed to work with incredible co-writers and producers, and I really feel like we've been able to capture the essence of the[...]
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Son of Man by Hazakim

New Release Tuesday - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:43am
Hazakim's new album, "Son of Man", the five year follow up to Theophanies will be released on September 23rd, 2014 on the Eve of Trumpets. With an album focusing on the return of Christ and yearning for the great return--the return of the King of glory--Hazakim thought the Eve of Trumpets was a great time to drop the project. In the words of Tony of Hazakim: "Our eschatology is greatly influenced by the Feasts of the Lord. Jesus literally died ON Passover according to the Gospels as the Lamb of God... He literally rose ON First Fruits (the first Sunday[...]
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Commodity by Remedy Drive

New Release Tuesday - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:43am
Acclaimed Dove Award-nominated rockers Remedy Drive are set to bow Commodity, their 10th studio recording and most important project to date, on iTunes September 23. Featuring 12 selections written or co-penned by group founder and frontman David Zach—all singularly showcasing the band's commitment to combat international human trafficking—the project was produced by Zach's brother, Philip Zach. The title-cut and debut single, a stirring anti-slavery anthem, recently spent seven weeks atop the BDS Christian Rock chart, marking the longest charting #1 rock hit in Remedy Drive's career.[...]
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Soldier saved in Ukraine, now reaching out

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

Russian Ministries has delivered thousands of Gospels of Luke to Ukrainian soldiers.

Ukraine (MNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is causing tension between Russia and Ukraine to increase. Yesterday, Putin warned Ukraine that if they moved forward on a European Union trade deal, there would be a price to pay. According to reports, Putin says Russia will put restrictions on Ukrainian exports bound for Russia, which would create even more economic turmoil for this beleaguered nation. Months of unrest have closed businesses, forced people out of some cities, and created a poverty unseen in recent years. While troops continue to amass along the border, Christians are sharing a message of hope and reconciliation. Wally Kulakof with Russian Ministries says they're handing out copies of the Gospel of John. "Hundreds of thousands of soldiers have received Scriptures in the Ukrainian language or the Russian language."

This soldier is taking Scripture to his enemies.

What is that distribution doing for the Kingdom? Russian Ministries reports a soldier saved. Kulakof says, "One young man received the Gospel of Luke, read it, read it again, and read it a third time." That soldier came to Christ. But it didn't end there. He was intrigued by the "love your enemy message." Kulakof says the soldier reported, "Here I am on the front. I can see my enemy...the Russian soldiers or the Russian separatists. He shared with his captain: 'Listen, this piece of Scripture has transformed my life. I have found Christ. I would like to get it to the Russian soldiers." The captain wondered how this soldier was going to do that. The soldier told him he had been watching the Russian troops. Each night at midnight, the Russians would arrive at a particular tree stump to monitor the Ukrainian soldiers. "I'd like to go there during the day and leave the Gospel of Luke on the stump for the Russian soldiers." He did it successfully. He returned the next day, reporting that he "found cigarette butts, found places where they were resting, but the two Gospels of Luke were gone." It's all part of the Russian Ministries "I Care" program. $50 provides a Gospel of Luke along with important information about salvation. It also provides clothing, counseling, and enough food for a family for one week. This program is having a profound impact on eastern Ukraine. If you feel God leading you to help Russian Ministries, please click here.
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Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS, airstrikes

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response/Internationl Mission board)

Syria (MNN/IMB) -- U.S. military airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began late Monday. The strikes hit nearly two dozen targets in parts of Syria controlled by Islamic militants. Roughly two thirds of ISIS fighters are based in Syria, with the remainder in Iraq. The Defense Department said aircraft from Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates assisted in the attacks. Many of the refugee camps are already overcrowded. Mark Kelly with Baptist Global Response explains, "Just over the past three days, at least 130,000 new refugees poured out of Syria into Turkey because of an Islamic State offensive there. Now, in the past 24 hours, we've seen airstrikes beginning in northern Syria, and that's bound to increase the flood of refugees even more." In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was making contingency plans for all 400,000 residents of the region to flee onto Turkish territory to escape the militant advance. As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts. Kelly says, "We feel like the crisis in Syria is a God-given moment in history. The real question is whether we're going to be cowards and shrink back, or whether we're going to step up and play the role that God is calling us to play in this situation." As the numbers of Syrian refugees continue to rise, workers keep their focus on the individual people around them, sharing the Gospel as they meet physical needs. Even as workers tell their stories, the scope of this conflict is sometimes overwhelming.

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Kelly noted in an earlier statement that "it's easy for Americans to sit back and watch the evening news, without ever thinking about the horror being faced by innocent civilians in a far-off place." While multiple stories of war and disease may blur together, the onus is undeniable on followers of Christ. "Jesus came to seek the lost and to bring healing to people who are hurting. As we continue to reach out to refugees, our desire continues to be to reach out to one person at a time and make a difference in that person's life." It takes courage to come alongside the Christian relief workers and national believers who are putting their lives on the line to help refugees in Syria and neighboring countries, Kelly says. Why? "It takes courage to stand against the attitudes many Americans have toward Arabs and feelings they have about the crisis in the Middle East." It takes courage to be a voice for the voiceless and keep telling their stories to people who are distracted. Being informed means being responsible. BGR can't do this alone. People who want to help can donate $10 by texting REFUGEE to 80888. Donations in other amounts can be made at the Baptist Global Response Web site, www.gobgr.org. This is unquestionably a spiritual battle. Pray for BGR and its partners as they respond to this window of opportunity. "The ability to share the Good News of God's love is only magnified when you have people in crisis and you have the opportunity to bring to them food and water and other kinds of supplies that are critical for them, especially as the cold winter temperatures are just around the corner."  
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Global hunger calls for action

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo credit Hugo.arg & Viktorija O. via Wikimedia Commons)

USA (GHR/MNN) -- It's that time of year again in the United States: nights are getting chillier, and moms nationwide are starting to plan the big Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. It's also when Southern Baptists draw attention to the global hunger crisis. One-sixth of the world's population is undernourished, and nearly 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes: that's one kid every five seconds. In the U.S., an estimated 35% of poor families are forced to choose between buying food and paying their rent. One of every four people in a major U.S. city soup kitchen line is a child. Through their Global Hunger Relief initiative, Southern Baptists are mobilizing churches nationwide to end hunger in the U.S. and overseas through partners like International Mission Board (IMB) and Baptist Global Response (BGR). All projects supported by this initiative focus on sharing God's love through word and deed. Global Hunger Relief's "Hunger Happens Everywhere" theme shows how people can help meet specific hunger needs in Syria and Appalachia. Global Hunger Relief: Syria

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Recent ISIS advances in Syria forced another 130,000 thousand people to flee the war-torn country. Approximately 9.3 million Syrians are displaced, both inside the country and outside. Using Global Hunger Relief funds, IMB and BGR are providing food parcels and hygiene kits to Syrian refugee families in need. Global Hunger Relief: Appalachia

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Chronic hunger is a major problem in the Mississippi River Valley and the Appalachian Mountains. Impoverished children in these regions suffer the most, and their malnourishment leads to difficulty in school. Southern Baptists have made neglected communities in the greater Appalachia area the focus of their LoveLoud outreach. Besides food items provided with Global Hunger Relief funds, believers provide "Christmas backpacks" filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys. Global Hunger Relief and you Southern Baptists aren't sharing these projects just to inform you; being part of the Great Commission means taking action. First of all, pray. Pray that the hunger needs of people in the U.S. and overseas are alleviated through this initiative. Pray that hearts become receptive to Christ and His message of hope when basic needs are met.

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Secondly, advocate. With a Global Hunger Relief kit, you can add a global perspective to your church's Fall Festival or "Trunk or Treat" event. On the flip-side, if your congregation already focuses on global hunger with World Hunger Sunday or a similar event, the kit can help promote a local food drive component. Thirdly, give. Beyond prayer and spreading awareness of global hunger, you can take action by giving to Southern Baptist ministries. Support Syrian refugees through BGR, or fight U.S. hunger through the North American Mission Board. Read more stories about global hunger relief here.
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The best part of your iPhone 6 is what you do with the old phone

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo from wicker_man, Flickr. http://goo.gl/EkUZa7)

International (MNN) -- There's always a lot of hype when the next generation of the iPhone comes out. Sometimes the excitement builds to a Black-Friday-like insanity: people waiting in line for weeks so they can be one of the first to get the new phone. In the craze to get the new and improved version of the iPhone, there is something consumers are likely to overlook: their old phone. Some will sell their old phone for a fraction of what they paid for it, and others will put it in their junk drawer and forget about it. Some even will toss the phone to avoid the hassle of reselling or recycling. If you fall into one of those categories, Compassion International asks you to consider giving it to them. Through their partnership with iDonate, Compassion receives money from your old "stuff." According to a survey done in 2012 by Lookout, a mobile security company, 62% of those surveyed have at least one phone they're not using. 11% say they have four mobile phones not in use. When asked why they kept their old phone, almost one third of survey participants replied that they didn't know what to do with their old phones. Almost 52% of those surveyed said they would be willing to donate the phone to a charity. What about you? Do you have old phones sitting around your house? Would you be willing to give them away for a good cause? If your answer is "yes" to both questions, keep reading. If you don't want to give away your old phone, keep reading. There are other options as well. How it works: Compassion partners with iDonate who takes in your old phones, sells them, and sends the money to Compassion. This money is an important part of keeping Compassion in operation. And this is the most important part: the money from your old phone not only helps children escape poverty all around the world, but it also helps teach children about the true compassion of Jesus. Many of these children come from difficult backgrounds that don't present a lot of hope. The hope of the Gospel is the most important gift these children can ever receive. If something as simple as an old cell phone could do that, who wouldn't want to help? More than cell phones Your old vehicle, jewelry, electronics, etc. can also be given to iDonate. Does anything come to mind? Click here to get connected. If you are intrigued by the work of Compassion but don't have anything to donate, consider child sponsorship. Click here for more information.  
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Missio Nexus: the industry conference for missions

Mission Network News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:00am

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USA (MNN) -- Industry conferences usually have a "boring" feel. Who wants to listen to lectures and talk about your job for hours on-end? But the industry conference Missio Nexus puts on every year is "transforming". The Missio Nexus Leadership Conference kicks off tomorrow in the southern U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia. Around 1,000 missions leaders from the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend, according to Missio Nexus Board Member and the Director of Missions at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Tom Lin. "The leadership conference brings some of the most important topics to the North American missions community that are happening around the world. This year, our focus will be on the movement of peoples," Lin explains. It's also a chance for mission groups to collaborate and help each other reach the world for Christ. "To go to one place and connect with a missions pastor who's struggling with the same issue that my missions organization is tackling: that's a great connection to make." Listen to the full interview to hear why this industry conference is important to InterVarsity. Global issues

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Each year, Missio Nexus brings the most relevant missions-related topics to the table for discussion. The 2014 industry conference is focusing on four topics related to the movement of people: Immigration and Migration, Globalization, Urbanization, and Exploitation. "The context in which we work with missions has significantly changed," notes Lin. "While we still send missionaries [and] church planters to other places in the world, we also recognize that many places around the world are sending people…across borders." Each main topic will be touched on in "General Sessions" for all participants to attend. Then, smaller, individualized workshops will address issues as they appear in a more familiar context. "There's a variety of seminars that tackle subset issues of each of [the main topics]," Lin explains. "For example, related to immigration and migration: 'How, as a local church, can you reach out to refugee communities in your neighborhood?'" Networking

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While sessions and workshops provide informational value, roundtables and networking forums provide social value. "A lot of learning happens in those relationships," shares Lin. "I think people meet others who are asking the same questions, or perhaps are further down the line in engaging with a certain issue." Your job As missions leaders and groups are connecting at this industry conference, there's a role for you to play, too. First, pray for the conference speakers. "The effectiveness of the speakers in connecting with the audience is significant," says Lin. "The room is quite diverse; we've got different types of organizations with different 'goals', you might say, [related to the main topics]." Pray also for "divine appointments." "[Pray] that the folks at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the folks that should meet InterVarsity Christian Fellowship would be able to connect at the conference," Lin requests. "We really are hoping for those 'divine appointments' to happen and that the Lord would lead us to talk to the people we're supposed to talk to." Find all Missio Nexus updates here.
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New '.Church' Domain Names Get Off To a Good Start, Growing in Popularity

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:52pm
Congregations across the United States are adopting new domain names using '.church' made available last week for Internet addresses and early indicators show that they are increasing in popularity, according to experts.
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Pumped Up Texas Teenage Football Player Takes Postgame Interview to Church

Christian Post - Living - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:03pm
Teenage football standout Apollos Hester shocked the public when he turned a postgame interview about his team's 42-41 win into a praise session.
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XXXchurch.com's Craig Gross Blasts Kirk Cameron's '3-Minute' Path to Salvation; Says Pastors Need to Talk About Porn, Sex

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:02am
Craig Gross, the founding pastor of XXXchurch.com, recently appeared on the Bad Christian podcast where he discussed Christian actor Kirk Cameron and why pastors need to talk more about the subjects of sex and porn from the pulpit.
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The Lesson of Brokenness

Christian Post - Living - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:20am
No one enjoys the feeling of brokenness, but we can't ignore its benefits to spiritual growth. Being broken gives us an entirely new perspective on the Lord's plan for our lives. You see, enjoying a steady, uninterrupted stream of blessings has an interesting effect on most people: It distorts our view of the Father, often leaving us to assume He exists for us.
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Stigma of Mental Illness 'Still Real' Inside the Church, LifeWay Research Reveals

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:15am
Talking openly about mental illness remains a struggle within the Christian church community despite the fact that pastors often become first responders when a crisis in the family hits, according to a study released by LifeWay Research on Monday.
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