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Best-Selling Author Mandy Hale Talks 'Beautiful Uncertainty' of Being Single (Interview)

Christian Post - Bible - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 2:47pm
Now that she has the attention of millions of singles worldwide, author Mandy Hale isn't using her platform to guarantee anyone a husband or wife.
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Thousands of Hillary Supporters Incinerated After 'Feeling the Bern'

Christian Post - Missions - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 2:25pm
Thousands of campaign volunteers, as well as several buildings including a high school gymnasium and a Pentecostal church have been incinerated after "Feeling the Bern."
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7 Ways NOT to Follow Up With Church Guests

Christian Post - Church Growth - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:57pm
Do not ask to rub the eyebrows of a guest who visits your church.
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Iowa Evangelical Voters Crucial to Cruz's Victory, Trump's Defeat, Experts Say

Christian Post - Missions - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:30pm
Evangelical voters were the major reason for Donald Trump's defeat in the Iowa Caucus, according to polling experts.
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China's Largest Megachurch Asks Believers to Pray for Pastor Jailed for Christian Faith

Christian Post - Pastors - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:07pm
Hangzhou's Chongyi Church, the largest government-sanctioned church in China, has asked Christians to pray for Rev. Gu Yuese to keep his faith in jail as he faces government persecution for protesting against the removal of church crosses.
Categories: Christian Post

Christian Singer Tim Timmons Proclaims True Joy Despite Cancer Battle (Interview)

Christian Post - Bible - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:12am
Christian musician Tim Timmons has been living with an incurable form of cancer for 14 years but says he wants fans to know that despite his ongoing battle, he has found an unshakable joy.
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Christian Singer Tim Timmons Proclaims True Joy Despite Cancer Battle (Interview)

Christian Post - Living - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:12am
Christian musician Tim Timmons has been living with an incurable form of cancer for 14 years but says he wants fans to know that despite his ongoing battle, he has found an unshakable joy.
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Imprisoned and blacklisted for Christ

Mission Network News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
Iran (SAT-7) -- [Editor's Note: SAT-7 shares the story of a Christian Iranian couple who was forced to flee their homeland because of their faith.]

(Photo courtesy of SAT-7)

Imprisoned and blacklisted by the authorities because of their Christian activities, Arshia and his wife, Mahanaz, felt they had no choice but to flee Iran. The couple shared their story with SAT-7 PARS for a special documentary filmed throughout Greece and Turkey about Iranian and Afghani Christians, who have had to leave their homelands because of persecution. During the filming, the SAT-7 PARS crew discovered that Arshia and Mahanaz had come to faith through the help of another SAT-7 staff member. The couple had a personal relationship with the SAT-7 staff member inside Iran and were delighted to meet more of the SAT-7 family. Baptized in Armenia, they returned to Iran and led a house church from their home in the mountains. They were discovered by the authorities, imprisoned and blacklisted. Upon their release, they were told they would be arrested again if they continued practicing their faith and would face severe consequences.

(Photo courtesy of SAT-7)

Arshia and Mahanaz felt they could not meet with other believers for fear of endangering them. Feeling silenced and isolated, the couple decided to flee Iran. Leaving everything behind, they walked for four days from Iran to Ankara, Turkey. The couple have been living in a refugee camp for over a year now. “It is challenging,” says Arshia. “Our curfew is 10:00p.m. However, it does give us safety. God is good. We go to the Iranian church here and can worship freely.” SAT-7 PARS exchanged contact details with Arshia. A month later, he sent a photo to the team and thanked SAT-7 for praying. He and his wife have managed to find employment in a restaurant. They are still waiting for their documents from the camp to receive permission to move on and make a home elsewhere. Please pray for Arshia and Mahanaz as they continue to follow Christ – wherever He may lead. Your support empowers SAT-7 to uncover the true hardships Iranian Christians are facing and to give them spiritual nourishment in their isolation. Your gift of $1 supports 1 viewer for 1 year. Click here to give now. See original story here.
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What is the Gospel?

Mission Network News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
International (MNN) -- Sometimes intentions can be good, but the application--well, not so good.

(Photo courtesy Ron Hutchcraft Ministries via Facebook)

Lately, Ron Hutchcraft with Ron Hutchcraft Ministries has been noticing at times, we as Christians think we’re sharing the Gospel when really, we’re not. “[Satan is] the blinder, and he would love to have us settle for something less, something nice, something even Biblical, but maybe something less than the message that changes lives and hearts. And so I think it might just be good for us to review what the Gospel is and then maybe talk about what it isn’t,” explains Hutchcraft. What isn’t the Gospel, then? Well, it’s not just sharing encouraging stories, Christian music, and books, or even telling someone what God has done in your life. Instead, it’s this: "The Gospel is very clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul says that the message--the Gospel--that was delivered to us is this: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again the third day. No more, no less. That is the Gospel,” explains Hutchcraft. Though many know this, it’s the application of sharing it where things seem to fall apart. “We need to be looking and saying, ‘Is the Gospel there? Are we actually intentionally getting out what was Jesus’ orders us to get out?” asksHutchcraft. Why is this a big deal?

(Photo courtesy Ron Hutchcraft Ministries via Facebook)

According to Hutchcraft, “The activity without the message is not what Jesus’ had in mind, and it will have no eternal impact.” “We built a bridge with the things we’re doing to meet all kinds of people's needs. But did we cross the bridge? The purpose of building a bridge is to cross it, and you cross it to be able to plant the Gospel in somebody’s heart. The greatest sin against the Gospel is to not deliver the Gospel,” says  Hutchcraft. For a better understanding of how to share the Gospel, Ron Hutchcraft has an e-book titled, “Bringing Back the Gospel.” Download a copy of it by clicking here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Tent schools bring education to the refugee

Mission Network News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
International (MNN) -- The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one in every 122 people is either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

(Photo Syrian refugee camp, courtesy Tent Schools International)

Dale Dieleman, vice president of Tent Schools International (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools), says these people are among the most vulnerable, marginalized people groups in the world. Plus, “Some studies recently have shown that over 85% of refugee children in refugee camps, for example, are suffering severe post-traumatic stress. Of that number, around 25% have even had thoughts of suicide because they feel so hopeless.” Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) often supply food, water, and basic shelter, but Dieleman notes another impact that had been overlooked for a while: “One of the impacts--particularly for children--is the disruption of your education. For a child, this is huge. This is very traumatic, on top of...witnessing very traumatic events in their life.” When hope vanishes, disillusionment takes over. In refugee camps, traffickers and extremists target the youngest in order to capitalize on their lost future. Tent schools: a revolutionary idea It is precisely that scenario that launched WWCS on its journey to becoming Tent Schools International. In 2012, WWCS turned 25 years old. As the team marked the anniversary, they also began to reflect on this question: "Where is God leading us in the next 25 years?" The tent cities that sprouted in refugee camps in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia provided the answer. Dieleman explains, “This is a population group that we think we can work with. Local people on the ground, Christian groups that are trying to do two things: number one, restore that educational process wherever a child has left off. Secondly, restore hope through the Gospel.” Because tent schools are temporary in nature, it became obvious that their expertise in education blended well with the on-the-go scenario they were thinking of. It meant education could meet the kids wherever they were, using a two pronged approach: tents and technology. “We can hopefully help them restore their education and restore hope, but also give them an opportunity to really find out what the real hope in life is, and that is through the Gospel.”

(Photo refugee class, courtesy Tent Schools International)

For each tent school start-up, says Dieleman, “We’re relying on a network of partnerships. For example, in Lebanon right now, we are partnering with a Christian organization that has already started three such tent schools.” Just over $20,000 is needed for tent materials, school supplies, rent, heating fuel, and three 10-month teacher salaries. Each school will serve 50 children who haven’t been to school in months--or in some cases, years--since fleeing Syria or other conflict zones. To the children, these schools are havens of calm and structure in the chaos of camp life. ”This is done through very compassionate teachers, through people who are there, alongside these children, giving them an opportunity to be children for a few hours a day in a welcoming, compassionate, learning environment”, explains Dieleman. Due to the scope of the Syrian refugee crisis, Tent Schools International is raising funds to help begin a new tent school in Lebanon for 50 students by March of 2016. Dieleman asks you to consider what you might do to be able to help, and then, “Pray for the children. Pray for their families. Pray that any child that is reached, that they can actually find hope and peace through Jesus Christ.”
Categories: Mission Network News

Syria faces blow after blow, yet hope rises

Mission Network News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
Syria (MNN) -- ISIS claimed responsibility for a triple bombing near Damascus, which killed more than 70 and wounded over 100 on Sunday.

(Photo courtesy of Operation Mobilization via Facebook)

The attack was targeting a bus of Shiite fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 42 of the fighters had links with the Syrian government, the New York Times says. A car bomb was first detonated near a bus stop. After people rushed in to help, two suicide bombs went off. The bus Shiite fighters had been on, cars, and a nearby apartment all suffered damages. With the more than 70 victims in the attack, the country is grieving yet another loss. This is taking place just one day after representatives met in Geneva to discuss a possible cease-fire and political solution for the ongoing Syrian war, which has cost the lives of more than 250,000 people, according to the New York Magazine. This is the first talk of peace for Syria in two years. The past two years have seen the escalation of refugees and deaths. Operation Mobilization (OM) missionaries *Joe and *Alisa serve in the Near East (OM field comprised of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq). They have witnessed firsthand how changes have taken place in Syria since the war began in 2011--some for the worse but others for the better. "We [relocated] to our present location in 2010, and the following year the war [in Syria] started," Joe tells OM. The couple saw the difficulty in reaching Muslims with the local church before the war started. Many were reluctant and nonresponsive to hearing the Gospel. But since the break of the war, families have scattered to different countries and rely on the help of OM and other ministries and organizations. God has used their vulnerability in this tough time to soften their hearts and hear what missionaries have to say.

(Photo courtesy of Operation Mobilization via Facebook)

"They come," Alisa shares with OM, "in need, in tears, in sadness, and find release and peace as people pray for them. It is really a special time. Even better is the fact that many of the refugees themselves are now ministering to others, offering to share and pray with relatives and neighbors." Through local churches, Joe and Alisa's ministry is reaching several countries, visiting believers, mentoring, encouraging, and developing new local leaders. One feat that stands out is their reach toward women. "Pre-war, there was no way to reach women in the Kurdish villages in Syria," Joe explains. "When the Syrian Kurds arrived here as refugees, they were welcomed and loved by the churches and by our workers. Now we have ladies' meetings where 50-70 Syrian Kurdish refugee women come together, often bringing their children. They listen to stories and teaching about Jesus, starting from the creation story, the fall of man, the sacrifice, and to the salvation through Jesus." You can see their full story and the healing they're bringing at OM's website here. During the peace talks for Syria, pray that envoys will come to an agreeable conclusion that will end the war and bring unity. Pray for safety, hope, and the spread of the Gospel in the Near East. Also pray for healing for families and friends who lost someone in the recent attack. * Names changed for security.
Categories: Mission Network News

Live Hymns & Worship by Guy Penrod

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
Known and loved for his heartfelt, country gospel style and powerhouse vocals, this former Gaither Vocal Band member has created a collection of some of today's most popular hymns and worship songs, including "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Shout To The Lord" and many more classic and contemporary favorites. Performed LIVE at Thomas Road Baptist Church, this all-new release showcases the talent and charisma that have made Guy a fan favorite in the gospel and country music formats.[...]
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WOW Gospel 2016 by Various Artists - "WOW" Series

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
WOW Gospel the premiere collection of gospel music is back for its 19th year! Featuring the best in Traditional and Contemporary Gospel Music, this compilation contains your favorite radio tunes and praise anthems. A double CD set and companion DVD, this years release features powerful hit songs from artists such as Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Charles Jenkins Fellowship Chicago, Israel Houghton, Smokie Norful, Brian Courtney Wilson, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan McReynolds and many more![...]
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Way Up EP by Prodigal Son

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
The Prodigal Son "Way Up" E.P. is an innovative uplifting collection of Gospel Hip Hop Music that is relatable to all walks of life as vividly described in the featured song "ALIVE". This New Era of inspirational music ensures to inspire, uplift and motivate to make you realize with God all things are possible! Take a journey with Prodigal Son as we go Way Up! Pre-Order the "Way Up" E.P. on Amazon, I-Tunes or Holywoodrecords.com Official release date January 29, 2016 from HOLY-wood Records/TyscotLOUD[...]
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Eclipsed EP by Fellowship Creative

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
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Ever Be EP by Aaron Shust

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
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Hymns II: Shine On Us by Michael W. Smith

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
Hymns II: Shine On Us is a collection of classic songs and contemporary hymns that Michael hopes will bring your spirit to a place of worship every time you listen. All of these songs are brand new recordings performed as only Michael can. This new album takes you on a nostalgic journey, infusing Smith's gospel roots and beautifully, captivating arrangements on of some of the most popular hymns we know and love. The physical album is available exclusively in Cracker Barrel stores nationwide and all digital outlets. [...]
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GFG Reload by J Moss

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:00am
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