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Deaf Bible Society Takes the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Deaf Communities Manipulated by ISIS

Christian Post - Evangelism - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:47am
The Deaf Bible Society has started a movement to bring the story of Jesus in sign language to the deaf community in the Middle East for the first time ever as a way to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization's efforts of recruiting the overlooked deaf populations with promises of a "false hope."
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Deaf Bible Society Takes the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Deaf Communities Manipulated by ISIS

Christian Post - Church Growth - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:47am
The Deaf Bible Society has started a movement to bring the story of Jesus in sign language to the deaf community in the Middle East for the first time ever as a way to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization's efforts of recruiting the overlooked deaf populations with promises of a "false hope."
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Deaf Bible Society Takes the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Deaf Communities Manipulated by ISIS

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:47am
The Deaf Bible Society has started a movement to bring the story of Jesus in sign language to the deaf community in the Middle East for the first time ever as a way to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization's efforts of recruiting the overlooked deaf populations with promises of a "false hope."
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Franklin Graham Outraged at Hillary's Pro-Life, Terrorist Comparison

Christian Post - Missions - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:13am
The Reverend Franklin Graham has denounced recent remarks by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton comparing Republicans to terrorists.
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Sarah Palin Claims Asking Donald Trump to Name Favorite Bible Verse Was 'Gotcha Question'

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:35am
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has defended GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for refusing to name his favorite Bible verse when asked in an interview, claiming that it was a "gotcha question."
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Billy Graham Coming Out With New Book on 'Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond'

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:22am
Famous evangelist Billy Graham is coming out with a new book titled "Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond," which his son, Franklin Graham, revealed he had been working on since before his 95th birthday.
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Billy Graham Coming Out With New Book on 'Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:22am
Famous evangelist Billy Graham is coming out with a new book titled "Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond," which his son, Franklin Graham, revealed he had been working on since before his 95th birthday.
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'Life Is Short; Repent, Get Right With God,' Greg Laurie Says on Last Night of SoCal Harvest Crusade 2015

Christian Post - Pastors - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 7:34am
In his last nightly message at the 26th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade on Sunday, evangelist and Pastor Greg Laurie urged tens of thousands of Californians to realize that life passes too quickly, and that they needed to repent without any delay, rather than "have an affair," as the Ashley Madison website suggests.
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'Life Is Short; Repent, Get Right With God,' Greg Laurie Says on Last Night of SoCal Harvest Crusade 2015

Christian Post - Bible - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 7:34am
In his last nightly message at the 26th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade on Sunday, evangelist and Pastor Greg Laurie urged tens of thousands of Californians to realize that life passes too quickly, and that they needed to repent without any delay, rather than "have an affair," as the Ashley Madison website suggests.
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'Life Is Short; Repent, Get Right With God,' Greg Laurie Says on Last Night of SoCal Harvest Crusade 2015

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 7:34am
In his last nightly message at the 26th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade on Sunday, evangelist and Pastor Greg Laurie urged tens of thousands of Californians to realize that life passes too quickly, and that they needed to repent without any delay, rather than "have an affair," as the Ashley Madison website suggests.
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No request too big or too small for Scripture booklets

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy World Missionary Press)

International (MNN) -- How would you even begin to help transform a life? With 5 cents and a 48-page Scripture booklet is a good place to start. For more than half a century, World Missionary Press has been printing, producing, and sending free Scripture booklets all around the world. Each booklet costs less than 5 cents to produce. “We say the Word works,” Fred Eiler of World Missionary Press explains. “The folks that read this, the people that get them into their hands, they begin to see. You see each time you put a Scripture booklet into somebody's hand, you have given the Holy Spirit something to work with because it’s God’s Word.” World Missionary Press partners with international and street ministries, as well as distributors, who receive and pass out booklets in 343 different languages in 210 countries. One pastor working with Christian Aid Ministries recently packed and piled his car full of thousands of French-written booklets. He and another man, Brother Kim, brought them to a refugee camp on the Ivory Coast, where civil war had left its marks. Around 30,000 refugee "houses" were in that single camp. “[The homes are] very meager. Some are tents, some are structures with wooden thatch-type roofs, and I don’t think it’d hold out much,” Eiler says. “Just across the valleys and over the hills, just these residents everywhere.” But Brother Kim had the incredible vision of giving a World Missionary Press Scripture booklet to each of these households every month. Imagine how the Word of God would spread and make an impact if each person received a Scripture booklet. World Missionary Press shares in their September Newsletter that thousands have been led to Christ through the booklets. Many who have become distributors have helped lead people to Christ without even speaking the same language While ministries request larger quantities to distribute in bulk, World Missionary Press also receives requests from individuals. No request proves to be too big or too small. “Somebody asked me one time, ‘What’s the least amount that you would mail out?’ And I said, ‘One booklet.' One booklet. And the most we mail out is a 40-foot container that could hold 2.2 million Scripture booklets.’” Each year, over 1,000 volunteers help to package and produce Scripture booklets, which helps keep the costs down. Want to help spread the Word? Become a distributor or donate!
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Furry friends give children eternal hope

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

JP Sundararajan with some of the boys
who received Wildlife Storytellers.
(Photo courtesy ASM via Facebook)

India (MNN) -- Most parents strive to raise up children who are compassionate and willing to serve others. And what better way to do that than by having them bless someone for eternity? One way children can make an eternal difference in the lives of others just like them is through Audio Scripture Ministries Wildlife Storytellers. These comforting, fluffy stuffed animals include dramatized audio Bible players to reach children with the Gospel. They're an effective way to give hope to children around the world, including many who live on the streets or are enslaved in sex trafficking. “Most of these kids have never, ever owned a stuffed animal of their own,” says ASM's JP Sundararajan about children in India. "When you are a victim of trauma, or a kid who has been abandoned, the most amazing thing you can do is provide them a 'stuffed reminder' -- something they can physically hold on to because they have just been yanked away from anything that has been near and dear to them. “But how cool it is to not only give them a physical reminder--an animal that they can hug, but a reminder that they are not just an abandoned child, but they are children of God. There is a God who loves them and who cares for them.” This is where you and your children come in. For $30, you can send a cuddly friend, along with a life-changing message, to desperate children around the world. “It’s the little children who are leading the way--little children [in the U.S.] who are inspiring their parents and their churches,” Sundararajan says. “Last week, I Skyped in with a VBS group out on the East Coast, and they set a goal. They were going to raise $300 for Wildlife Storytellers for India.

(Photo courtesy Audio Scripture Minsitries/Storytellers)

“I got an e-mail from the pastor there who said, ‘We were hoping to raise $300, but the kids blew us out of the water. They raised $900; then our mission committee was inspired and doubled that.” Thanks to that church's generosity, many children will find comfort and and eternal hope they never before experienced. But not just them: “I told somebody, 'It’s a win-win situation,'” Sundararajan says. “Kids here are excited about this project. Sunday school teachers and pastors and parents are encouraged to see their kids so passionate about something. And ultimately, kids on the other side of the world benefit from that.” Sound like something you, your family, or your children's Sunday school class would want to get involved in? Click here to learn more about the Wildlife Storytellers, and follow this link to see how you can purchase one yourself.
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Greece: international dream or dread?

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Screen capture courtesy UNHCR)

Greece (MNN) -- More than 6,000 refugees, mostly Syrians, crossed Greece’s border on Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28. Ongoing violence in Iraq and Syria and “worsening conditions” for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon are driving people to seek asylum in Europe.  But is it the dream they hoped for? In most cases, it’s a jarring reality. Tasos Ioannidis with AMG International says many of the refugees used to have good lives before the civil war started. Some even managed to hang on when the Islamic State entered the fray. However, when the barbarism proved to be too much, many of these families decided to head for greener pastures. “There are people that will charge 1500-2000 Euros a head to bring people into Greece, and they will dump them wherever. Then they leave it to the Greek authorities to pick up the refugees and deal with them.” Greece has served as a gateway country, adds Ioannidis. “Geographically, it’s located between the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East and Asia and Europe. So it’s a main entryway for people coming from the East from Asia, or from the south--from Africa, into Europe.” The current estimate of refugee arrivals on the Greek islands like Kos, Mytilene, Samos, Chios, and others is between 3,000 and 5,000 new refugees per week.

(Screen capture courtesy UNHCR)

They all arrive with a plan to pursue a new life out of the war zone in a stable, economic environment. “From the islands, they try to take them to the port of Athens. From there, the refugees either try to find something in Greece, or most of them want to try to continue north and make it to other places in Europe.” Instead, they get stuck. “People are living in the open--basically camping out wherever--at the ports, for those who make it to Athens--in public squares, on Mars Hill. They have turned those places into campsites, and it has been very difficult for everybody,” notes Ioannidis. Not only that, but the Greeks aren’t exactly welcoming. ”There are a lot of people in Greece that don’t want these refugees in the country because it puts a strain on the country, so they want them contained. They associate the flow of refugees with violence in Greece, and they also associate them with an extra cost for them.” Refugees need food, housing, clothing, and medical care. Among them there are small children, pregnant women, and older people. And at a time when the country is borderline insolvent, nobody has much to spare. However, Ioannidis reminds us that these are normal people who have been forced to flee from war zones in order save their lives. Many have witnessed the murders of family members; many have walked for weeks in the mountains to reach the "paradise of Europe" only to find more hardship.

(Screen capture courtesy UNCHR)

Ioannidis says the evangelical community of Greece has responded from the first day providing any help possible in order to serve the physical and spiritual needs of these people. They’ve provided the simple things that go a long way toward human dignity: showers, medical attention, food, clothing, and more. As a result, “It’s a great opportunity to share the Gospel with them, which the evangelical community has been doing. There are a number of Christians among those people groups, and they’re sharing the Gospel with them.” In fact, Ioannidis says, “We have seen new ethnic churches started in the Athens area. There are a lot of people that are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ among the refugees, and we praise the Lord for that. One estimate said that there are 90 ethnic churches in the Athens area.” However, the local Church has been stretched thin by the needs of their own congregants. Greece’s unemployment rate is hovering around 28%. Homelessness (due to joblessness) spiked 40% since May. The government says at last count, there were 20,000 homeless people in Athens--among a population of 660,000. AMG’s Greece and Eastern Europe Director, Fotis Romeos, estimates there are 30,000-40,000 believers of all denominations in the evangelical community in Greece. They are trying to serve more than 150,000 new refugees arriving in Greece every year. Increasing needs and decreasing resources equals pressure. Ioannidis says, “We need people to be praying for the evangelical community and for its leaders who are so stressed right now, that they will be able to continue to minister to the refugees that are flooding the country, and also for funds for resources.” What do "resources" look like? $20 will feed a family of 4 for 2 days. The refugee families will need warmer clothes and blankets now that the summer is drawing to a close. Some will need tarps for temporary shelter. AMG plays a vital role connecting the evangelical community in Greece in situations like these. For example, partner Dimitris Tsoukalas is using a mobile medical van in a joint effort with Agape movement in Greece in order to distribute food to the refugees trapped in the northern borders of Greece. AMG’s St. Luke's hospital is also providing medicine and other medical needs along with local churches and other non-profit organizations. It boils down to this: the refugee crisis in Greece is a humanitarian tragedy with hidden opportunity. As Romeos challenges: “The question is what would Jesus do in this case? Let’s do it together!!”
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Tartus caught between epicenters of terror

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

Bombed-out bus in Aleppo, Syria.
(Photo, caption courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

Syria (CAM/MNN) -- As ISIS tries to wrestle control of Aleppo and Damascus out of government hands, seaside Tartus absorbs the fall-out. Christian Aid Mission reports ISIS made steady gains toward Damascus this month, even as it continues fighting for Aleppo--the war-torn country's largest city. The terrorists allegedly used chemical weapons in a recent attempt to take Marea, a town north of Aleppo. According to U.S. and German officials, ISIS has also used chemical weapons against Kurdish soldiers. Caught in the middle, Syrians like Samir who are taking refuge in Tartus are running out of options. Samir has no money, no job, and his kids are begging him for food because they haven’t eaten in days. He has nowhere to turn, and ISIS is on his doorstep. The only glimmer of hope comes when local missionaries supported by Christian Aid Mission tell Samir about a God-man called Jesus. Samir’s story

Two of the many children in Syria who have seen the horrors of war take comfort in weekly Christian programs, and they find trustworthy friends in the volunteers who organize activities with the help of local churches.
(Photo, caption courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

Samir and his family fled from an undisclosed city in Syria when rebels demanded $1,000 a week and told the men in his family that they must join their ranks. The indigenous leader of a Tartus ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission says when night fell, Samir paid a taxi driver $350 to help them flee. The driver left and did not return. "They hired another driver but were stopped by a gang and robbed of the rest of their money," said the ministry director (name withheld for security reasons). "The taxi was stolen, and Samir, his family and the taxi driver were all left stranded on the road with no money, still miles from Tartus." The family walked and hitchhiked to the Mediterranean coast, begging for food and hiding from bandits and insurgents. "Once they arrived in Tartus, Samir's two oldest sons left to join the fighting, with the promise of $2,000 a month," the director said. "Within three weeks, their bodies were returned for burial. Samir was left with no money, no job, hungry younger children, and a despondent wife."

In Aleppo, Syrian Christians pray amid ravages of war.
(Photo, caption courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

Christians who befriended Samir in Tartus had no money to offer him, but they prayed and shared blankets and meals. One also hired Samir to do some work. They all shared Christ with his family. Today, Samir's family attends Bible studies and reads the New Testaments they have received. The director said knowledge of God's love is giving them some comfort amid the turmoil in their lives. Their view of Christ still tends to fluctuate, he said, but they do take increasing comfort in His sacrificial death on the cross for them. Please pray with us that Samir and his family will accept Christ’s free offer of salvation. The bigger picture

(Photo courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

Besides the social and psychological trauma of war and losing their businesses and jobs, people like Samir live in crowded basements and tents in unsanitary conditions that often lead to serious disease. Many lack access to clean water. Some sleep on the streets. They also need food, medicine, and clothes to prepare for cold weather, the director tells Christian Aid Mission. His ministry has not only found strategic ways to share the Gospel with Muslims, but it also works among Domari Gypsies--a stateless and illiterate people who are often abused. To help prevent unscrupulous people from taking advantage of the Domari, the ministry provides the Gypsies with literacy training. "Teaching the Gypsies to read and write allows Gospel workers to build relationships through which they can eventually share the Good News of Christ," the director said. The ministry team includes a medical doctor whose work has also helped the team build relationships and trust. The group has been assisting displaced people for four years in spite of few resources. They are praying for assistance in order to provide medicine, clothing, and food for 50 displaced families (four members, on average) for $65 a month. Sorely-needed community water supply and sanitation facilities for 25 shelters or tents would require $10,000. The ministry also plans to provide 50 families with tents furnished with cooking stoves, cookware, dishes, blankets, and electricity at a cost of $1,200 per shelter.

(Photo credit Christian Aid)

Provide emergency help for people fleeing ISIS here. "The displaced people fled the missile attacks, cluster bombs, and barrel bombs that wrought havoc and destruction on cities and villages across Syria," the director said. "We pray our ministry among these people will flourish, and many will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord."
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Shelter home: more than four walls and a roof

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Bangladesh (ODM/MNN) -- What would you do if neighbors constantly harassed your kids while you were at work? Muslim-background believers (MBBs) in Bangladesh don’t have many options. But thanks to a shelter home provided by Open Doors USA, they’re praising God anyway. “He provided a place where they [our kids] can practice their Christian life,” one parent states. What is a shelter home? At first glance, a shelter home seems pretty self-explanatory. But within the context of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, it provides more than four walls and a roof.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Bangladesh is approximately 89% Muslim and 0.66% Christian. The country is ranked #43 on the Open Doors World Watch List--a compilation of the world's 50 worst persecutors of Christians. According to Open Doors, MBB parents experience pressure from their Muslim neighbors for leaving Islam, and they lack confidence in defending their faith. “Why do people mock me by calling me ‘son of a Christian?’” 11-year-old *Nur asks his mother. His question goes unanswered. In other instances, Open Doors’ shelter home provides the reassurance MBB parents need to sleep at night. “After I received Jesus, I could no longer keep my daughter in the house,” shares Bristi’s mom.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

“Our neighbors would assault her every time I left for work. She’s better off at the shelter home where she can study and live in safety.” Open Doors' shelter home, which is operated through a local church, offers sanctuary to 36 children ages 6 to 14. Thirty-four of these children come from MBB families, and the other two are from a tribal background. At the home, kids receive proper education, nutritious food, and spiritual training to develop their faith in Christ. Why does it matter? Along with discipleship, the shelter home provides better care for the children’s physical needs. Due to poverty, many children in Bangladesh have a future of illiteracy, malnutrition, poor health, and stunted growth to look forward to. This is especially true of children from MBB families. MBBs are often denied access to community health facilities because of their faith in Christ.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

“Without this shelter, our children may end up illiterate like us. Worse still, they may have to start working or run away from home,” parents tell Open Doors’ partners in Bangladesh. “Their peers may morally corrupt them. They may not learn who the true God is. They may die for lack of food or shelter. This is happening to other children in Bangladesh. “But we praise God that He has provided our children with studies, food, and shelter.” Learn how your gift can help Open Doors bring more persecuted Christian kids into the shelter home.
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Microsoft's 'Surface Pro 4' rumored to have Intel's latest processor, Skylake

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 8:40pm
Microsoft will launch its Surface Pro 4 in October this year and it will be made available to the public sometime in November. Intel has just showcased its new Skylake processor and it shouldn't be a surprise if Surface Pro 4 comes with the Skylake processor.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim makes an impression

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:05pm
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim was meant to be a notable competitor for Apple's iPad Air 2. This has certainly been the case as there is no doubt that the tech giant has come out with an excellent tablet.
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Charles Colson's 'My Final Word' Warns of 'Long Bloody Clash' in War Against Radical Islam

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:27am
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
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Charles Colson's 'My Final Word' Warns of 'Long Bloody Clash' in War Against Radical Islam

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:27am
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
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Harvest Crusade Anaheim: Evangelist Greg Laurie Warns Against the 'Unforgivable Sin'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:24am
In his second nightly message at the Southern California Harvest Crusade on Saturday, Pastor Greg Laurie warned a crowd of tens of thousands in Anaheim's Angel Stadium that it's possible to reach "a point of no return" if they consciously reject God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
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