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Evangelical Pastors Serving in Cities Known for Advocating Homosexuality Say: 'Don't Water Down the Gospel'

Christian Post - Church Growth - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:42am
Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.
Categories: Christian Post

Evangelical Pastors Serving in Cities Known for Advocating Homosexuality Say: 'Don't Water Down the Gospel'

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:42am
Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.
Categories: Christian Post

Evangelical Pastors Serving in Cities Known for Advocating Homosexuality Say: 'Don't Water Down the Gospel'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:42am
Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.
Categories: Christian Post

'Purpose Driven Life' Pastor Rick Warren Announces Title of Third Book

Christian Post - Pastors - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:28am
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who wrote one the most translated books in the world after the Bible, has announced the title of his long-awaited third book, which will focus on the Lord's Prayer and how Christians can apply it into their lives.
Categories: Christian Post

'Purpose Driven Life' Pastor Rick Warren Announces Title of Third Book

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:28am
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who wrote one the most translated books in the world after the Bible, has announced the title of his long-awaited third book, which will focus on the Lord's Prayer and how Christians can apply it into their lives.
Categories: Christian Post

Covered: Alive In Asia by Israel Houghton & New Breed

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
Now a multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winning gospel recording artist, Israel Houghton teams up, for the first time, with gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams on his new single, "How Awesome Is Our God." A powerful declaration rejoicing in God's love, "How Awesome Is Our God' is the second single from Israel NewBreed's upcoming new album Covered: Alive In Asia. The recent BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music award recipient, returns with a live worship experience captured in an expansive tour of Asia. Covered: Alive In Asia is Israel NewBreed's latest installment in their critically acclaimed "Alive in..." series. The[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Halfway by 3for3

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
MAXX Recordings new group 3for3 is taking their talent on the road for the Air 1 Positive Hits Tour on the heels of their July 24th debut EP release 3for3 featuring the single "Halfway." The guys of 3for3 may be newcomers to the music scene, but Spencer Lloyd, Benji Schuler and Josh Davis prove that success can come at any age. Equipped with bounding energy, strong storytelling and an inspiring message, the guys are creating a sound that is all their own. Hailing from Arkansas, Spencer Lloyd is an American Idol alum and worship leader. Benji Shuler is a[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Depth EP by Aryn Michelle

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
DEPTH will be releasing through a unique management and label partnership with industry veteran Chris Erlanson's 168 Management and distribution through STL Distribution. Aryn's journey to music began as so many artists do: singing in church. This love of music and her natural talent opened the door to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music where she studied songwriting. Upon receiving her degree, Aryn struggled to find her place, writing songs that reflected her life, but not necessarily her passion for sharing the deeper elements of her faith. "I've been a follower of Jesus Christ since I was 8 years[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Here And There by J-Giles Son

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
South Florida Christian emcee J-Giles Son delivers a solid project with his sixth studio album, "Here There". The EP is nine songs strong and features guest verses from The Martyr Cynthia Giles and production from Master E Beats, One Love Beats Big Boy Traks. This isn't your typical Gospel style music your parents used to play, Giles utilizes modern sounds with an insightful approach to Christianity thru Hip Hop. Focusing around the comparisons of life here on Earth Heaven and the journey in between, J drops music to stimulate the mind while offering his own personal[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Timeless by Trey Ivey

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
Trey Ivey was introduced to the world of Gospel music when he became the pianist for the ever popular group, Legacy Five, in 2011. Since then he has become a fan favorite with his elegant style and skillful approach to performance. At the age of five, Trey began taking piano lessons, and from the first day it was evident that he was a "natural." "I certainly have a great appreciation for Classical music, especially when it comes to the piano. I enjoy the theory as well as the technical aspects of playing Classical music. I really like trying to incorporate[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Everlasting by Eric & Monique

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
Eric Monique's new album Everlasting, produced by Dale Willis and mastered by Grammy award-winner William Bowden, is an album encased with motifs inspired by Isaiah 40:28, yet fleshed out in lyrics loaded with gravitas, raw honesty and deeply biblical content. Musically, the album is the fruit of collaboration, with a cinematic thread woven through elements of folk, pop and alternate sounds underscoring raw and emotional vocals. In production it was decided to focus on genuine and honest moments rather than flawless performance to service the lyrical content of the album. With a lyrical narrative of two acts, Everlasting, at it's[...]
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The EP by 3for3

New Release Tuesday - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
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Russell Moore Says Surrender on Gay Marriage Debate, Sexual Ethics Is 'Not an Option for a Gospel People'

Christian Post - Pastors - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:15am
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, says churches should not abandon the debate on gay marriage and overall sexual ethics.
Categories: Christian Post

Russell Moore Says Surrender on Gay Marriage Debate, Sexual Ethics Is 'Not an Option for a Gospel People'

Christian Post - Bible - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:15am
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, says churches should not abandon the debate on gay marriage and overall sexual ethics.
Categories: Christian Post

Russell Moore Says Surrender on Gay Marriage Debate, Sexual Ethics Is 'Not an Option for a Gospel People'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:15am
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, says churches should not abandon the debate on gay marriage and overall sexual ethics.
Categories: Christian Post

God's Friends

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:43am
We may look at the life of Moses in the Scriptures and say, "I wish I could have been Moses. I wish I could have a friendship with God like he had."
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Final hearing set for South Sudanese pastors

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Sudan (MNN) -- The final hearing of South Sudanese pastors Yat Michael Rout and Peter Yein Reith will be on August 5. The results could lead to the death penalty. Ranked #6 on the Open Doors USA World Watch List, Christian persecution is nothing new to Sudan. Morningstar News reports that on December 2, 2014, police in North Khartoum beat, arrested, and fined 38 Christians. They were released that night. Pastor Michael was invited to encourage the church to stand firm despite the persecution. But after giving a sermon on December 14, 2014, he was arrested and detained. Christian News reports that several weeks later, Pastor Reith was arrested for submitting a letter from leaders in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church that asked about Michael’s whereabouts. The pastors have been charged with committing crimes with other churches, spying for outsiders, and collecting and leaking information of Sudanese national security. Two charges include the death sentence. “Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan,” said Reverend Tut Kony, a fellow pastor. “We have been stoned and beaten. This is [the Sudanese government’s] habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church.” Since President Omar al-Bashir promised to adopt a stricter version of Islamic law in 2011, Christian persecution has intensified greatly. Often times, accusations are false, and arrests or trials are illegal. Open Doors reports that one of the defending lawyers, Thabith Al Zubir, asked the judge to drop the case because there was no clear evidence and the clients had been arrested illegally. He also said the two were illegally detained for a long period of time without any form of trial for insulting religion. “To urge believers to be zealous for their church is not an insult against God,” Zubir said. While the defense argues that there is no clear evidence, Christian News reports the judge appears to be in favor of the prosecution. But that’s no reason to give up hope and stop praying. Just as these pastors have been tested, so was Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian who was pregnant when she was put on death row last year. But as the world knows, fervent prayers led to her release. Open Doors now asks for your prayer before, during, and after Pastor Michael and Pastor Reith’s final hearing on August 5. Every prayer speaks volumes and could help in saving their lives.
Categories: Mission Network News

Refugees in Turkey find Christ through physical aid

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:00am

International Needs Turkey is supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey.
(Photo courtesy of International Needs)

Turkey (MNN) -- Over four million Syrian refugees have been driven from their country with little more than the clothes on their back. They live in tent cities with thousands of other refugees, and many of their basic needs remain unmet. But they aren’t forgotten. International Needs (IN) is one organization that has come to the rescue of refugees in Turkey by providing immediate relief items. “We are interfacing with the evangelical churches in Turkey and with some of the other Orthodox Protestant churches in the country…who are relating to many of the refugees out of Syria,” says IN's Rody Rodeheaver says. “But we’re providing things like foodstuffs [and] mattresses because these people are relegated to tent cities and they have nothing but the hard ground. We’re also working with these churches in supplying some small refrigeration units because now they’re in the middle of the summer and they can’t keep food. It spoils--creates food poisoning.” But physical aid is only half the goal. As International Needs assists the suffering, they ensure Christ’s love is evident. “The Gospel is part of who we are. And the Gospel comes as we are building relationships with these people in these camps,” Rodeheaver says. “The government is very leery of us going in and doing anything organized in terms of a religious quote unquote outreach, but they are very open for us to help people with their needs. “One of the couples that we worked with told our staff director, 'We knew that the Christians wouldn’t let us down.' And sure enough, we’ve been there. As we share with a cup of cold water, we’re sure that they know that we come in the name of Jesus."

(Photo courtesy of International Needs)

One characteristic of International Needs is that it is an indigenous organization--a key component to successful ministry. IN workers deeply understand the people’s cultural needs, and thus more effectively share God’s love. “[Our director] was sharing the fact that they were working with a group of 10 doctors who were coming in to do a medical outreach there,” Rodeheaver says.” The way we serviced them was to connect them with translators, because none of these doctors speak the language. “Having people who are Turkish…is a tremendous advantage of making right decisions, culturally-sensitive decisions, and decisions that will translate the Gospel in a way that is understandable and that is more acceptable to the folks who are hearing it." International Needs workers know how to best reach refugees, but they still need the tools. Can you come alongside them? There are multiple ways you can do so, whether prayerfully or financially. “Pray for our staff and for the evangelical churches that exist in the areas where these camps are…in Turkey,” Rodeheaver says. He also asks that you consider helping financially. Click here to support the work of International Needs in Turkey. Click here to make a general donation.
Categories: Mission Network News

IFES World Assembly empowers leaders

Mission Network News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy IFES via Flickr)

Mexico (MNN) -- Over 1,000 evangelical student ministry leaders, workers, and students have gathered in Oaxtepec, Mexico, this week for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly. “This is a unique event: it’s only [held] every four years. So, we’re trying to make the most of it,” says InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Associate Director of Communications, Adam Jeske. Jeske recently spoke with MNN from the IFES World Assembly. “Just like InterVarsity reaches out on 600 campuses across the U.S., IFES member movements reach out in the same way in all of these member nations,” he explains. See the IFES World Assembly in action. IFES World Assembly: the who’s and why’s

(Photo courtesy IFES via Flickr)

Today wraps up eight consecutive days of fellowship, learning, and strategizing for IFES World Assembly’s 1,050 attendants. More about the IFES World Assembly here. Ranging from students to faculty members to campus ministry leaders, World Assembly participants represented more than 150 IFES member nations. “We’ve welcomed in 9 new member movements,” Jeske adds, “including four in countries that we can’t name because of the governments’ attitude toward Christians.” Persecution and how ministries can respond when faced by hostility was one of the IFES World Assembly’s main themes this year. This April, an IFES member group in Kenya suffered greatly when al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a college in Garrissa. “148 people were killed, including 22 students from the IFES member movement ‘FOCUS’,” explains Jeske. “They were at a 5 a.m. prayer meeting [when] gunmen came in. “Some [FOCUS] members were killed; some members were hiding all day on their campus, trying to avoid the attackers.”

(Photo courtesy IFES)

Hear their testimonies here. “The students came out with a really incredible sense of God’s calling to continue ministering in their environment,” Jeske shares. “Obviously [there was] great hurt and great pain, but nonetheless incredible faith that, for those of us who are in the Church in the West, it’s really hard to imagine.” IFES World Assembly: follow up Jeske and his teammates have been soaking up all the IFES World Assembly has to offer, from Bible study to fellowship to prayer. Now, as they transition back to their regular ministry roles at InterVarsity, each teammate will begin to unpack what they’ve learned and how it might help them during the 2015-2016 school year. “We’ve each spent some time thinking about our particular ministry roles, and we have what we’re calling ‘learning projects,’ for lack of a better term,” says Jeske.

(Photo courtesy IFES via Flickr)

As the team develops strategies that will help them reach more college students for Christ, will you keep them in your prayers? “We would greatly appreciate prayer,” Jeske adds. “The amount of content, the amount of stories, the amount of new relationships, is really overwhelming. So [pray] that God would give us grace to press on, that there would be really practical insights for us that would release more ministry.” Find more ways to come alongside InterVarsity here.
Categories: Mission Network News