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ISIS Digs Up Bones of Martyred Christian Saint as Jihadis Bulldoze Ancient 1,600-Year-Old Monastery

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 6:31pm
The Islamic State terrorist group has released pictures and video purporting to show militants bulldozing a nearly 1,600-year-old Christian monastery, while a claim has been made that the jihadis have also dug up and desecrated the bones of a martyred Christian saint.
Categories: Christian Post

Jeremy Lin Asks People to Pray for Chemistry With New Charlotte Hornets Team

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:10pm
After a tumultuous season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeremy Lin is asking people to pray that he has good chemistry with the his new teammates and coach of the Charlotte Hornets.
Categories: Christian Post

Hillsong Church Pastor Bobbie Houston, Horrified by Islamic State's 'Theology of Rape,' Mobilizes Women Everywhere to Pray

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:50pm
Stirred by a report of how the Islamic State uses the Quran to justify systematic sexual violence against women and young girls, Hillsong Church pastor Bobbie Houston has called on women everywhere to pray over the shocking and abhorrent situation in any way they know how.
Categories: Christian Post

Hillsong Church Pastor Bobbie Houston, Horrified by Islamic State's 'Theology of Rape,' Mobilizes Women Everywhere to Pray

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:50pm
Stirred by a report of how the Islamic State uses the Quran to justify systematic sexual violence against women and young girls, Hillsong Church pastor Bobbie Houston has called on women everywhere to pray over the shocking and abhorrent situation in any way they know how.
Categories: Christian Post

Tasha Cobbs Talks Battle With Depression; Says God Is Blessing Gospel Artists 'Who Have Been Working in the Trenches'

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:38pm
Nearly three years after bursting onto the gospel music scene with her signature hit "Break Every Chain" from her Grace album, Grammy award-winning singer Tasha Cobbs is back with a brand new live album, "One Place Live." The worship album features a raw and mature sound, both lyrically and vocally.
Categories: Christian Post

Lycoming County landfill

WGRC News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:20pm

The Lycoming County Landfill will soon see construction begin on yet a 12th field to dispose of trash. Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved a contract for HRI Inc. for a little more than $657,000 dollars. The job will include excavation and the installation of thousands of feet of pipe for storm water management. Officials say the total cost of building the field is estimated to be between $4 and $5 million dollars and they hope to complete the project in late 2016 or early 2017.

Categories: Local News

Nationwide Saturday #ProtestPP to Lay Bare Planned Parenthood's Alleged Criminal Acts

Christian Post - Missions - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:59pm
Pro-life organizations have come together to coordinate a national protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday morning, August 22.
Categories: Christian Post

7 Bible Verses That Will Help You Overcome Attacks From the Enemy

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:11pm
We have all been attacked by the enemy before. Whether it was physically or mentally, it affects us in some negative way. Without God, it's like going into battle without armor. The Bible and the helmet of salvation can be our best defense against our enemies.
Categories: Christian Post

Former President Jimmy Carter's Church Flooded With Calls After Announcing He'll Be Teaching Sunday School Despite Brain Cancer

Christian Post - Evangelism - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:39am
If all goes well and he is able, former President Jimmy Carter will be teaching his Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, this Sunday and several Sundays more over the next three months while he's being treated for brain cancer.
Categories: Christian Post

'Prophet' Confronts Pastor John MacArthur With Message 'From God' That He Is 'in Error' Before Congregation

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:24am
A man clad in black declaring himself to be a prophet took California megachurch pastor John MacArthur and congregants by surprise when he purposefully stormed the altar to deliver a message of rebuke that he claimed was from God during a recent Sunday service.
Categories: Christian Post

'Prophet' Confronts Pastor John MacArthur With Message 'From God' That He Is 'in Error' Before Congregation

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:24am
A man clad in black declaring himself to be a prophet took California megachurch pastor John MacArthur and congregants by surprise when he purposefully stormed the altar to deliver a message of rebuke that he claimed was from God during a recent Sunday service.
Categories: Christian Post

Tennessee Pastor Never Said He Supports 'Stoning of Gays' as Reported by Raw Story, Media

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:47am
A Tennessee pastor who was accused of saying that "liberal society" was to blame "for banning the stoning of LGBT people" during a sermon on TV, first by Raw Story then by other media, says he does not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.
Categories: Christian Post

Tennessee Pastor Never Said He Supports 'Stoning of Gays' as Reported by Raw Story, Media

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:47am
A Tennessee pastor who was accused of saying that "liberal society" was to blame "for banning the stoning of LGBT people" during a sermon on TV, first by Raw Story then by other media, says he does not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.
Categories: Christian Post

Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:17am
A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:17am
A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

The irony of Myanmar flooding? Water scarcity

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am

A town welcome sign in Sagaing Region is
submerged beneath floodwater.
(Photo, caption courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

Myanmar (MNN) -- Water, water, everywhere, yet not a drop to drink. That’s the story in flooded Myanmar as aid groups struggle to keep up with the demand of thirsty souls. Ponds, rivers, and hand-dug wells traditionally used as fresh water sources have been contaminated by Myanmar’s worst flooding in decades. “In Pwintbyu, we found that there is not enough drinking water in the camps,” Save the Children communications manager told Reuters. Pwintbyu is one of the four regions severely affected by historic Myanmar flooding. In Nyaungdone, an official at a camp for displaced villagers told Burma News International: “200 villages in the township faced acute drinking water scarcity.” Tens of thousands of Myanmar flooding survivors are without clean water, and disease is on their doorstep. “That’s kinda that ‘second wave’ of devastation: the disease and illnesses that can come about as a result of the poor sanitation and not [enough] adequate resources,” says Amie Cotton of Christian Aid Mission (CAM). Hope floats Clean water may be scarce, but in times like these, hope is often a rarer find. That’s why local Christians, with the help of Christian Aid Mission, are bringing both to flood survivors.

(Photo courtesy Christian Aid Mission)

“They know the best ways to get resources in from other areas and to get them distributed adequately,” Cotton shares. “They’re people’s neighbors; they know the language, they know the culture.” Along with physical aid like clean water, food, and shelter, indigenous missionaries are sharing the eternal hope of Christ. “It’s not just a humanitarian thing; it is sharing Christ as these urgent needs are met,” Cotton explains. “It’s an opportunity to ‘be there’ [for neighbors]. It’s an opportunity to provide resources in the name of Jesus.” Help believers meet the needs of Myanmar flooding survivors. “The ministries need tarps, they need clothes, they need blankets for the victims. We need to pray for their health,” says Cotton. “If people feel led, they can give, and 100% of the funds that are given go directly to these ministries.”
Categories: Mission Network News

Boy’s face scarred by extremists

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am
Nigeria (MNN) -- Before his village was attacked, Danjuma was an average Nigerian 13-year-old boy. He loved playing with his friends and fishing, and if he could do both at the same time, so much the better. In fact, Voice of the Martyrs USA says he was on the way back from a fishing trip with his friends when they struck. At 6 o’clock in the morning, a group of over 1,000 radical Muslims attacked his village. They burned houses and attacked Christians across the village. Danjuma saw the carnage, and turned and ran. However, he wasn’t fast enough. The extremists caught him and attacked him with a machete, a long heavy knife. He passed out, causing him to forget most of the attack.

(Photo courtesy Voice of t)

When the villagers found his body, they assumed he was dead. They even began preparing a grave for him, but Danjuma had other ideas. As they dug, he suddenly woke up screaming, and the villagers dropped their shovels and rushed him to the hospital. Now, Danjuma’s face is badly scarred, and he lost his right eye in the attack. Some of the wounds will probably never heal, but he insists that the one thing the attackers could never take was his joy. He reminds believers that joy comes from God, not any earthly source. Danjuma has chosen to forgive his attackers, saying that if they knew the love of Jesus, they wouldn’t have done the things they did. Danjuma is asking for your prayer. He’s worried that he might not have the strength he needs to serve the Lord. He’s also asking believers around the world to remember his situation and to remember that through all things, God has a plan. He believes that God would not have let the attack happen if He did not have a way to work things for good.
Categories: Mission Network News

Change, China, $5 choices

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Bibles For China)

China (MNN) -- Passion: a noun that means "strong emotion” or”desire." Its roots are connected to late 14th century Latin when the word was closely connected with Jesus Christ’s suffering on the cross. It’s interesting now to note its connection for Bibles For China. The banner headline on their Web site reads: “A Passion for Bibles. A heart for China.” It answers the reports of revival that is happening throughout rural China. God has opened more doors for BFC this year as their Bible distribution teams are on track to have almost three times the number of Bible distribution events in 2015 compared to 2014. President Wendell Rovenstine says it’s pretty amazing to see what God has done in five years. “There are new Christians coming to Christ. There’s always a great, vast need for God’s Word that is printed in China, and we do all we can to provide as many of the Bibles as we can for them.” As encouraging as getting God’s Word is, the pastors are adding a new subtext to their thanks: What now? “They are really wanting to develop leadership within China to make a difference for the salvation of souls,” explains Rovenstine. Pastors are telling the ministry teams that one Bible reaches a family for Christ.

(Photo courtesy Bibles For China)

Bibles For China plans to head back to one of their ministry sites in October. It’s the fourth time they’ve been at this specific church. Then, says Rovenstine, “One of the pastors there asked if we could stay over a day and just be an encouragement to the leaders in that area. He would be willing to put together a group to be a part of it.” The ministry team enthusiastically made plans to accommodate a small training session, but God had bigger plans, Rovenstine adds. “I was thinking of maybe 30-50 people, at the most. This past week, I found out that they want us to provide Bibles and packets for 200 pastors and leaders that are coming together for us to train.” Why so many? “These individuals haven’t been Christians for very long,” explains Rovenstine, “so we’re starting with them from Ground Zero when we’re training them: giving them an overview of a total Bible and what it looks like.” There are two more trips planned in the remaining months of 2015. Rovenstine says each trip celebrates what the local church is doing, and helps resource the Christians. But it’s clear that more hands on deck are what’s needed. “The need is vast. There are areas where they need 300,000 Bibles.... We can provide 100,000 to 150,000 of those, but we’re still way behind the curve in providing the Bibles that are needed.” Those are huge numbers. What difference can one person make? Because the Bibles are purchased for $5 from Amity Printing in China, they’re not only legal, they’re also affordable for the average Christian. Resourcing the local church connects the dots between availability in China and accessibility. Please be a generous as God will allow as you consider how many Bibles you can provide. BFC is also praying for God to raise up teams for their Bible distribution events for 2016. If you are interested, click here to get more information.
Categories: Mission Network News

Planned Parenthood scandal: looking past the shock factor

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am

"Our top priority is our patient’s health and safety. We comply with all federal, state and local laws and have extremely high medical standards."
(Photo, caption from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast via Facebook)

USA (MNN) -- There’s more to the Planned Parenthood scandal than meets the eye. “This is a social problem, it’s a political problem, but we also want people to know this is a spiritual problem,” says Michele Shoun of Life Matters Worldwide. This week’s seventh undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleges an even more horrifying set of Planned Parenthood practices than previous accusations. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF CHILDREN ARE PRESENT. The alleged practices described in CMP’s latest video, and those released before it, can turn the most desensitized stomach. But, that doesn’t mean we should “tune out.” “I know that the videos are very hard to watch, but…I think you need to just be aware and be ready to talk about it,” says Shoun. Confronting culture Sometimes, exposing darkness is the only way to eradicate it. As painful as it may be to hear facts uncovered during the Planned Parenthood scandal, it could be the first of many steps toward healing and freedom. “We hope women who’ve had abortions, at Planned Parenthood or elsewhere, will know that if they repent and turn to Christ, they can have their sins forgiven,” Shoun says. “That’s definitely a message that needs to get out there.”

(Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Along with sharing this story on social media, you can take a literal stand for life. “We should write to our senators and congressmen; we should get out there this weekend when 300 protests are going on throughout the country,” suggests Shoun. Click here for more information about the #ProtestPP movement. Speaking the Truth in love, our job as Christ-followers doesn’t stop there. We’re also called to introduce lost and hurting people to their Redeemer. Sharing hope

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/BradRuggles)

Ask the Lord to show you when you can frame conversations about the Planned Parenthood scandal within a wider context of His love and Truth. Pray for women who’ve had abortions. Pray that this current event creates opportunities that allow them to hear the salvation message. “These videos can seem like condemnation, and we want to use it as an opportunity for the Gospel,” says Shoun. “The Good News is: Jesus Christ forgives.” See how Life Matters uses unexpected pregnancies to start Gospel conversations in the U.S. and abroad.
Categories: Mission Network News

SAT-7 taught people to recognize, respect, and assist those with disabilities

Mission Network News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am
Middle East (MNN) -- Tania Nahas was only 9 years old when Lebanon’s civil war claimed her mobility. During one attack, she and her family escaped to an underground shelter for cover. However, one of the explosives fell directly into the shelter, wounding Tania, blinding her parents, and killing her older brother. God’s plan had been put into motion. In the Middle East and North Africa, people with disabilities are either hidden or shunned. Disabled children are an embarrassment to their parents, and access to buildings, opportunities, and employment are limited.

Tania Nahas
(Photo Courtesy SAT-7)

That’s where SAT-7 came in. They hired Tania as a receptionist in their Lebanon office, and she fulfilled her role beyond expectations, all from a wheelchair. Then, one of the channel producers saw an opportunity he had been waiting for. He had always wanted to do a program for and about people with disabilities, and Tania was the perfect host for such a show. The show was called, “One Hour is Not Enough,” and by the end of its run had produced an impressive twenty-six 90-minute episodes. Each episode enthralled people with and without disabilities, asking them to respect and remember others whose daily lives might not be as easy as their own, and reminding them of God's unconditional love. “One Hour is Not Enough” was the first television channel in the Middle East and North Africa to be hosted by someone with a disability. Not only were all the guests on the show disabled, so were the host and episode consultant. The atmosphere allowed guests to speak with boldness, and they weren’t shy about sharing their struggles with physical, mental, and social issues. The show was a huge hit. Tania was astonished to be recognized in public as the show’s host, and calls came in to the show from across the region.

(Photo courtesy SAT-7)

The calls varied, but all reflected an appreciation for the show and the impact it was having on the community. People said the show was changing the public identity of disabled people and that the program had inspired the improvement of roads and facilities. Parents of disabled children called in to thank Tania for giving them the courage to take their children into public. Although the show has adjusted over the years, the core idea of encouraging people struggling with issues that make their daily lives much more difficult remains. Pray that SAT-7 will continue to lead the charge to stand up for those who may not be able to do so themselves. You can help by supporting SAT-7 right here.
Categories: Mission Network News