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Christian Rapper Flame Explains Why the 'Death of Cultural Christianity Will Help the Gospel'

Christian Post - Bible - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:02am
Grammy-nominated Christian rapper Flame makes a statement on his new album Forward suggesting the death of cultural Christianity will help the Gospel, and during an appearance on CP Voice he elaborated on that message.
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United Methodist Church Likely to Get New Hymnal; Will it be More 'Gender Neutral'?

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:15am
The 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church will decide on beginning the process of developing a new official hymnal to be more relevant, and if approved, it could pave the way for some pastors to call for "gender neutral" language.
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What Happens to Believers When They Die?

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:39am
Believers and nonbelievers both die. Believers as well as nonbelievers get cancer, have auto accidents, have heart attacks. But, as believers, we have the promise that we will go straight into the presence of God at death.
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Robert Jeffress, Virginia Christian Alliance Say Churchgoers Should 'Drop Out' of Boy Scouts

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:38pm
As churches and Christian organizations weigh whether or not to continue participating in and sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on openly gay scout leaders, a number of prominent evangelical figures are advising churchgoers to drop out and stop supporting the BSA altogether.
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Robert Jeffress, Virginia Christian Alliance Say Churchgoers Should 'Drop Out' of Boy Scouts

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:38pm
As churches and Christian organizations weigh whether or not to continue participating in and sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on openly gay scout leaders, a number of prominent evangelical figures are advising churchgoers to drop out and stop supporting the BSA altogether.
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South Dakota Episcopal Diocese Moves to Be Closer to Its Native American Members Living on the State's 9 Reservations

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:59pm
The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota will soon be moving its offices in Sioux Falls to the city of Pierre to be closer to its Native American members, who comprise about half of its numbers.
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South Dakota Episcopal Diocese Moves to Be Closer to Its Native American Members Living on the State's 9 Reservations

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:59pm
The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota will soon be moving its offices in Sioux Falls to the city of Pierre to be closer to its Native American members, who comprise about half of its numbers.
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Kansas Judge Awards Breakaway Church's $4.4 Million Property to PC (USA); Congregation Prepares for Appeal

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:17pm
A Kansas-based congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has lost a legal battle over the church property.
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Pennsylvania High School Ten Commandments Display Can Stay on Public Property, Judge Rules

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:22pm
A judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument located on the grounds of a Pennsylvania high school can remain.
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Canadian Pastor Confesses to 'Attempting to Overthrow the State' of North Korea After Being Detained by Communist Regime for 6 Months

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:58am
The pastor of a Korean megachurch in Canada was detained in a North Korean airport in February and appeared before media in Pyongyang on Thursday where he admitted to various alleged crimes against the Communist state, including "perpetrating a scheme to over throw the state."
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Tullian Tchividjian Says He Faces Daily 'Nightmare' Following His Resignation From Coral Ridge, but Is Focusing on Jesus

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:45am
Tullian Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, who resigned in May after admitting to an affair, has said in a heartfelt message to supporters that he and his family have been overwhelmed by the ordeal, but he is relying on Jesus and willing to let people see him "at the bottom."
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Communion With God

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:52am
God created men and women to be in relationship with Him. The type of communion Adam and Eve first enjoyed with Him was meant for us as well. But when sin entered the world, everything changed. God's intended intimate relationship with mankind was broken, and it has been passed down through the generations in that damaged condition.
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Summer Bible camp sows Gospel seeds

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Slavic Gospel Association)

Ukraine (MNN) – [Ministry leaders in war-torn Ukraine partnering with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) are sharing praise reports about summer Bible camps. What follows is a report shared on SGA’s website by a partnering pastor.] With all the tragic news from Ukraine over the past couple of years, we are rejoicing at the wonderful reports we are receiving about how God is blessing the summer camp ministries of the churches. SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Nikolai Mironchuk led a church camp in the village of Orzhev. He wrote to praise the Lord for how He worked in the children’s hearts, as well as older teenagers . . . This year 200 children attended! We held the camp for six days. In the morning, we conducted meetings for children between the ages of 7 and 15, and in the evening we had meetings for teenagers and youth. We went to the forest where we played games, listened to the testimonies of how leaders and others came to repent and trust in Christ, and also witnessed to the parents. It was such a blessed opportunity. I have asked our partners to pray for our sons, Daniel and Mark. Both of them repented and trusted in Christ at the camp! Praise God! I thank you so much for your prayers!

200 children and teens heard the Gospel at summer Bible camp.
(Photo, caption courtesy SGA)

There are still several weeks left in the summer camp season across the Commonwealth of Independent States. Please continue to intercede in prayer, asking God to draw many more children (and adults) to Himself. “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” (Deuteronomy 10:21). Help send a Russian-speaking child to summer Bible camp here.
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Syrian IDPs are forgotten, ignored

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Food for the Hungry)

Middle East (FH/MNN) -- The Islamic State's cruel treatment of their captives has been documented for the world to see. While drownings, burnings, and beheadings by ISIS have dominated the international headlines, an equally violated group is forgotten: internally displaced people (IDP) in Syria. According to Food for the Hungry (FH), “Syria has over 12 million people in need of humanitarian need, including 7.6 million IDPs--the largest number of any country in the world,” Nearly 80% of IDPs are being housed in private areas, and around 4% are living in camps, churches, schools, abandoned buildings, and informal settlements. While 4% might not sound like a lot, that’s actually more than 300,000 individuals living in unstable establishments. Most of the time, conditions are cramped and overcrowded. Diseases are infesting the areas, and families are underfed. But housing issues are just the beginning of the problems for IDPs. “As well as the very basics of having a force like ISIS wreaking havoc on society, there are a number of human rights abuses going on as well,” FH explains. Civilians, clinics, and hospitals are being targeted in air raids and warfare. Innocent men, women, and children have been killed in these bombings. Recently, Middle East Eye News reported four field hospitals in southern Syria had to close after repeated bombings by government forces left workers injured. And, children under the age of 18 are being recruited into the armed forces, even though it is against the law. Middle East Eye News reported at least 59 children were recruited, and several died in combat this past June. IDP women, in particular, are being victimized. While some women have voluntarily signed up for the military to defend their families, others are being forced into recruitment. In refugee and IDP camps, women are facing sexual violence, and human trafficking. “The sexual exploitation of Syrian refugees is not confined to a particular country, and many girls are being sold at auctions,” says Al-Monitor News. Though millions are suffering and battling an assortment of human rights abuses, FH is providing comfort by giving food, clothing, and shelter in the name of Jesus. Between the months of April and June 2015, a ministry of partners of Food for the Hungry--the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)--worked hard to help IDPs and refugees, and they have seen great success. Between Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, the group has provided monthly food assistance to more than 7,000 refugee or IDP families. They’ve given monthly medical assistance to 100 Iraqi families, treated 100 Syrian patients, and given 240 kids a chance to attend a "Child Friendly Space." While no one can do everything, everyone can do something. Pray for more resources and funding to provide Syrian refugees with physical help and spiritual hope found in Christ. You could help provide that support by clicking here!
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Christian persecution gets genocide label

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:00am

ISIS insurgents
(Wikipedia)

Middle East (MNN) -- Pope Francis is making news for more than his travels around the world. He's putting labels on persecution against Christians. 200 million Christians are suffering at the hands of oppressors in 60 countries. It's so bad that the Pope and other religious freedom advocates are calling it a form of genocide. However, Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs isn't sure about the label. "Genocide is such a loaded word in our society and in our culture that I almost am hesitant to use the word. But [the pope] makes a statement that it's a type of genocide, and I really think that is accurate." Former Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., is calling on the U.S. government and the United Nations to declare their attacks genocide. Nettleton adds, "In light of the situation, in light of the fact that that there are Christians there, even though Islamic State doesn't want them to be there, it's a hard label to affix to something." What is the Islamic State hoping for? Nettleton says, "A Middle East that is complete radical Sunni Muslim and has no room for Christians."

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA

Nettleton believes IS is actually a sort of public service for the negative side of Islam. "They put the true face of Islam on display. And, we hear the stories of Muslims who look at the Islamic State and say, 'Wait a minute! If that's what it means to be a Muslim, I don't want to be that.'" It is having an impact. Nettleton adds, "We've even had stories of Islamic State fighters themselves who have either had a dream or a vision where they saw Jesus, and they have chosen to leave behind that life and to come and follow Christ." Nettleton is asking you to pray for Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering, but he would also like you to pray for members of Islamic State. Pray "that God would reach them either through a Christian getting a Bible getting in theirs hands or a Gospel radio broadcast, or supernaturally through an act of God, through a dream or a vision that speaks directly to them." How can you stay connected to the persecuted church? VOM's monthly newsletter. "Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter is free. We send it out every month to equip the American church to pray effectively, to know what's going on with our brothers and sisters around the world." Click here to get your copy.
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Iraqi War veterans receive while giving

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:00am
Iraq (MNN) -- When an ex-Marine asked to meet Patrick Klein, president of Vision Beyond Borders, in a local church, Klein had no idea that he was about to gain his strongest supporters in the Iraqi container project. The project involves packing a shipping container with food, hygiene products, and more to send to the hurting people of Northern Iraq. The opportunity to share the Gospel and simultaneously help the physical needs of people displaced by ISIS was too good to pass up, and Klein’s friend thought so, too.

(Photo courtesy Vision Beyond Borders)

The ex-Marine started by describing the issues facing former armed forces men and women. “’They’re disillusioned, they’re discouraged, [there is a] high suicide rate.’” Not only is there a sense of disappointment and depression, there’s an added blow for Iraqi war veterans. “They feel disappointed because of what happened and how the Yazidis and Christians have been run out of their homes by ISIS,” explained the ex-Marine. But he had a plan. “He said, ‘What if I had a vision to get the marines involved? What if we have them start giving back?’” The ex-Marine suggested putting together a group to help pack supplies, and Klein agreed. “And so we had a group of them, about 18, 19, of them came, and they helped pack up hygiene supplies that were sent to Jordan for the Syrian refugees.” The veterans were impressed and wanted to continue helping. They asked Vision Beyond Borders if they could head up the Northern Iraq container. Veterans wanted to tell Iraqi refugees, “You’re not alone,” and now they have that chance. “It was just so cool to see these men," says Klein. "It was exciting to see God stirring the hearts, and it’s a great witness, for even some of these armed forces people who are non-Christian, to see Christians reaching out and helping Christians around the world.”

(Photo Courtesy Vision Beyond Borders)

Klein says the container is important to demonstrate that Christians are willing to help--”not just to tell them we care, but to show them tangible ways that we really do care about them.” Klein wants to send the message to the Iraqi people that  "we’re Christians, we love Jesus Christ. We’re not just here to take pictures and give stories we make money off. We are committed to helping you.” You can help veterans ship another container to Iraqi refugees by connecting with VBB here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Budget cuts leave developmentally disabled in the cold

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:00am
USA (MNN) -- Jesus tells His disciples in the book of Matthew that, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Now, “the least of these” need your help more than ever. Last April, Michigan launched its Healthy Michigan Plan, which expanded the income limit for those eligible for Medicaid. It shifted state coverage expenses from Michigan to the federal government, saving the state millions of dollars. But thinking Medicaid would cover the difference, the state cut funding by more than half to services for the developmentally disabled. Now, it’s taking a toll. “The budget cuts that are coming now down from the state of Michigan from the top down to the different counties are just horrendous,” says Sally Gallagher with The King’s Table Ministries, an organization in Grand Rapids, Mich. that connects the disabled community to the local church. “It’s causing a huge problem. It’s already displacing some of this people group because they’re coming in, and they’re cutting their services. “The other thing that’s a huge loss is also the day programming and the skill building that they go to during the day. Normally it’s 5 days a week or 4 days a week for this people group, but they’re coming in and cutting it right in half, where they’re only able to go out in the community one day or maybe two days a week.” One organization that’s especially bearing the brunt of the cuts is Network180. This mental health organization in West Michigan serves more than 50,000 individuals annually. In April, it was forced to make several cuts to its staff and services, citing a $5-million "funding shortfall." “We will need to begin to immediately reduce services to all populations we serve,” said Scott Gilman, Network180 executive director, according to an April 7 article by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. “This is extremely challenging, because the individuals we serve have severe disabilities and/or mental illness.” Now more than ever, Michigan's developmentally disabled need your help. It's also a perfect time for the body of Christ to step in. Christians can make an eternal difference in the lives of everyone involved in the disabled community--and not just in Michigan. “It’s just a really special thing to be a part of and watch when a church takes hold of one or two group homes in their community,” Gallagher says. “And they can engage them then by inviting them back into their church, so that they have a place to go and worship and be a part of the family of God. “When the church comes in, the spiritual aspect of this is when they invite the people from the home back into the church, they can’t go anywhere alone….” Gallagher says. “So with them will come their caregivers, their families may take them, siblings. It may be a neighbor. It’s the best opportunity for evangelism there is.” The King’s Table isn't active in the political realm, but it's being a voice for those without one. Can you come alongside this organization during this desperate time? Gallagher invites you to contact her, and she will help you find ways to get involved in the developmentally disabled community. Or, follow this link to provide financial resources.
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Pastor and Wife Who Lost Two Sons in Car Crash Share How Faith Has Helped Them Grieve

Christian Post - Pastors - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:42pm
A North Carolina worship leader and his wife, who lost their two baby sons in May after a box truck rear-ended their minivan, have opened up about their struggles during the grieving process and share how they've sustained their faith in God throughout the pain and sorrow.
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Pastor and Wife Who Lost Two Sons in Car Crash Share How Faith Has Helped Them Grieve

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:42pm
A North Carolina worship leader and his wife, who lost their two baby sons in May after a box truck rear-ended their minivan, have opened up about their struggles during the grieving process and share how they've sustained their faith in God throughout the pain and sorrow.
Categories: Christian Post

Pastor and Wife Who Lost Two Sons in Car Crash Share How Faith Has Helped Them Grieve

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:42pm
A North Carolina worship leader and his wife, who lost their two baby sons in May after a box truck rear-ended their minivan, have opened up about their struggles during the grieving process and share how they've sustained their faith in God throughout the pain and sorrow.
Categories: Christian Post