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Emanuel AME Church Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:32pm
A group of politicians from Illinois have nominated the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, where nine people were brutally gunned down during a Bible study last June, for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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Another failed vote on Obamacare

WGRC News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:28pm

An effort by House Republicans to override the President’s veto of a bill which gutted Obamacare is over. The measure also defunded Planned Parenthood. Republicans could not muster a two-thirds majority vote needed to override a veto. The vote was 241-186. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan has vowed to continue efforts to end Obamacare.

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Rand Paul drops out

WGRC News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:26pm

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said today he is suspending his 2016 campaign for president. Paul finished fifth in Monday’s Iowa caucuses with 4 and a half percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.

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Zika Virus

WGRC News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:26pm

Health officials in Texas say the Zika virus can be sexually transmitted. Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed someone got the disease after having sexual contact with a person who was already infected. It’s the first known case of Zika being transmitted in the U.S. The news came a day after the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency because of the virus.

Categories: Local News

'Creflo Dollar Highway' Proposal to Honor Megachurch Pastor Upsetting Georgia Residents

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:44pm
Creflo Dollar may have a portion of an Atlanta highway named after him, but some Georgia residents and business owners don't believe the megachurch pastor deserves the honor.
Categories: Christian Post

Franklin Graham Cheers Iowa Results on Social Media, Declares #ChristianVotesMatter

Christian Post - Missions - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:54am
The Reverend Franklin Graham took to social media to applaud the results of the Republican Iowa Caucus, declaring that #Christianvotesmatter.
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LGBT Activist Supports Irish Bakery's Right to Refuse to Make Gay Marriage 'Bert and Ernie' Cake

Christian Post - Missions - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:30am
A gay rights activist who previously favored prosecuting an Irish bakery for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake has changed his mind.
Categories: Christian Post

Older White So. Baptist Church Merges With Younger Black Congregation to Form Multiracial Community

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:15am
Two Kansas congregations, one a recently created worship community and the other an older smaller congregation, merged into one church.
Categories: Christian Post

Older White So. Baptist Church Merges With Younger Black Congregation to Form Multiracial Community

Christian Post - Missions - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:15am
Two Kansas congregations, one a recently created worship community and the other an older smaller congregation, merged into one church.
Categories: Christian Post

Older White So. Baptist Church Merges With Younger Black Congregation to Form Multiracial Community

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:15am
Two Kansas congregations, one a recently created worship community and the other an older smaller congregation, merged into one church.
Categories: Christian Post

Most 'Churchless' US City Inspires Holistic Gospel Mov't Using Church Network

Christian Post - Missions - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:40am
The Transforming the Bay with Christ initiative hopes to usher a gospel movement into the San Francisco Bay Area to improve the quality of life for area residents.
Categories: Christian Post

Most 'Churchless' US City Inspires Holistic Gospel Mov't Using Church Network

Christian Post - Evangelism - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:40am
The Transforming the Bay with Christ initiative hopes to usher a gospel movement into the San Francisco Bay Area to improve the quality of life for area residents.
Categories: Christian Post

Most 'Churchless' US City Inspires Holistic Gospel Mov't Using Church Network

Christian Post - Church Growth - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:40am
The Transforming the Bay with Christ initiative hopes to usher a gospel movement into the San Francisco Bay Area to improve the quality of life for area residents.
Categories: Christian Post

Most 'Churchless' US City Inspires Holistic Gospel Mov't Using Church Network

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:40am
The Transforming the Bay with Christ initiative hopes to usher a gospel movement into the San Francisco Bay Area to improve the quality of life for area residents.
Categories: Christian Post

74% of Large Churches Training Next Generation of Leaders From Within, Study Finds

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:28am
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Categories: Christian Post

74% of Large Churches Training Next Generation of Leaders From Within, Study Finds

Christian Post - Living - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:28am
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Categories: Christian Post

74% of Large Churches Training Next Generation of Leaders From Within, Study Finds

Christian Post - Church Growth - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:28am
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Categories: Christian Post

Kong Hee Says His 'Spiritual Father' Is Pastor David Yonggi Cho of Yoido Full Gospel Church

Christian Post - Pastors - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:10am
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has praised Pastor David Yonggi Cho and Grace Kim Sunghae of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Pentecostal Church in the world, as being "one of the most amazing couples in the history of Christendom."
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Kong Hee Says His 'Spiritual Father' Is Pastor David Yonggi Cho of Yoido Full Gospel Church

Christian Post - Church Growth - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:10am
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has praised Pastor David Yonggi Cho and Grace Kim Sunghae of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Pentecostal Church in the world, as being "one of the most amazing couples in the history of Christendom."
Categories: Christian Post

The freedom of half century dreams

Mission Network News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 5:00am
International (MNN) -- In the United States, the Liberty Bell on display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania stands as a representation of independence. It’s an iconic symbol that has become synonymous with freedom.

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

For as much as its outline is recognized, few people remember what’s inscribed on it: “PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF.” Few may recognize where the origin of these world: the Old Testament. It’s based on Leviticus 25:10, which reads: “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.” It’s a reminder to set apart the fiftieth year as holy. David Shibley with Global Advance says this is both a return to roots and a time to sow seeds. “Just as the Ebenezer [means] To this point, the Lord has helped us from the past, that gives me the assurance that into the uncharted territory of the future, He will indeed be our strong Helper and our Defense.” This year marks 50 years Shibley has been preaching the Gospel. In 1966, when he first began sharing the hope of Christ from a pulpit, there was turmoil. In the U.S., the late 60s were years of social revolution and unrest. At the same time, Shibley also saw the greatest sweep of God’s Spirit in the "Jesus Movement." Today, he says, there’s something of a parallel. “The world is seething in turmoil. Hostility to the Gospel is far more pronounced than it was 50 years ago, in almost every nation.” According to Open Doors USA, 2015 was the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution.” And yet, Shibley notes, “The brilliant light of the Gospel juxtaposed against the ever greater darkness, it seems, is really brilliant.”

(Photo Frontline Shepherd courtesy Global Advance)

The way you get through change is by anchoring to something unchanging. It’s such an important concept that Shibley jotted down his thoughts in his newest book, Entrusted: Anchoring Your Life in the Gospel.  Really, he says, he’s a lifelong student of the Gospel, and that gives him perspective when you look at the current events challenging the Church. More and more, believers are asking for Global Advance to come train them. And that's exactly what they're doing. There are Frontline Shepherds conferences, Marketplace Missions, the Esther Initiative, Next Gen Engagement, and Alpha Relief. These are answers to things like anti-conversion laws, blasphemy laws, the Islamic State, the refugee crisis, disaster, war, and more. Shibley says the compassion approach doesn’t preclude the evangelism approach or vice versa. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. ”In the middle of that, we’re going to see massive human need everywhere. We represent Jesus in the midst of that need. We go in His name to meet those needs and to bring light and to bring life by the Gospel.” After half a century of seeing that nothing is new under the sun, how do you keep the edge sharp? Rather than becoming more calloused to need, Shibley believes he has more sensitivity to human need than ever before. He often considers the following: "'Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.'" In addition, "It’s a painful prayer. The answer to that prayer will affect our lives….but it’s a great prayer." In the end says Shibley, "This isn’t first a job. It isn’t first a task. It’s a response of love."

(Photo Frontline Relief courtesy of Global Advance)

A response, a decision to finish well, a willingness to weep with those who weep. These are all components of the way Global Advance will strategize what they’re doing in the next 50 years. "We’re going to equip leaders all over the world to take that message into a very dark situation: that Jesus Christ is still Lord, and the Great Commission is still in effect." Shibley has spent his life talking about freedom. Reflecting on that, he sums up the "what" behind Global Advance: "Same Jesus, same Gospel, same Great Commission." It is only ever the "how" that is subject to change.
Categories: Mission Network News