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Ciara Tells All on Russell Wilson Revealing Couple's Celibacy to the World

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:59am
Ciara Harris, the 29-year-old singer whose NFL player boyfriend Russell Wilson recently revealed some intimate details about their relationship, says she's not upset with the Christian athlete for telling the world about their physical relationship, or lack thereof.
Categories: Christian Post

The Adventures of Fuzzie the Rabbit

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 9:53am
My youngest granddaughter, Allie (short for Alexandra), has a little rabbit that her older sister, Rylie, named Fuzzie.
Categories: Christian Post

Bishop T.D. Jakes' New Talk Show Aims to Help Viewers Navigate Daily Challenges in Life, Love and Family

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 9:12am
Bishop T.D. Jakes is gearing up to bring his brand of inspiration to a new talk show where he expects to spark national conversations about socially relevant topics.
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Bishop T.D. Jakes' New Talk Show Aims to Help Viewers Navigate Daily Challenges in Life, Love and Family

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 9:12am
Bishop T.D. Jakes is gearing up to bring his brand of inspiration to a new talk show where he expects to spark national conversations about socially relevant topics.
Categories: Christian Post

Mt. Soledad Cross Not Coming Down as Group Pay US Gov't $1.4 Million for San Diego Veterans' Memorial

Christian Post - Missions - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:51am
A California memorial embroiled in a years-long legal battle due to its inclusion of a large cross has been sold to a private organization by the United States Defense Department.
Categories: Christian Post

Pennsylvania Congregation Pays United Methodist Church $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:27am
A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

Pennsylvania Congregation Pays United Methodist Church $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

Christian Post - Church Growth - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:27am
A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

Pennsylvania Congregation Pays United Methodist Church $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:27am
A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

Pennsylvania Congregation Pays United Methodist Church $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:27am
A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.
Categories: Christian Post

Maryland Ministry Hosts 21st Annual 'Jesus at the Beach' Multi-Day Event Centered on John 12:32 to 'Lift Up the Name of Jesus'

Christian Post - Evangelism - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 9:07am
A Maryland-based Christian fellowship will be hosting its 21st annual "Jesus at the Beach," multi-day event centered on worship, music, prayer, ministry and baptism on the beach in Ocean City staring on Monday.
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Maryland Ministry Hosts 21st Annual 'Jesus at the Beach' Multi-Day Event Centered on John 12:32 to 'Lift Up the Name of Jesus'

Christian Post - Missions - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 9:07am
A Maryland-based Christian fellowship will be hosting its 21st annual "Jesus at the Beach," multi-day event centered on worship, music, prayer, ministry and baptism on the beach in Ocean City staring on Monday.
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Maryland Ministry Hosts 21st Annual 'Jesus at the Beach' Multi-Day Event Centered on John 12:32 to 'Lift Up the Name of Jesus'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 9:07am
A Maryland-based Christian fellowship will be hosting its 21st annual "Jesus at the Beach," multi-day event centered on worship, music, prayer, ministry and baptism on the beach in Ocean City staring on Monday.
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When Faith Wavers

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:31am
One of the main obstacles to effective prayer is lack of trust. If we believe God is who He says He is and will do what He has promised, why do so many of us habitually waver in our prayers? Instead of exercising bold faith, we come to the Lord "hoping" He will hear us and answer our requests, but we're just not sure He will. With this kind of thinking, we cannot expect to receive anything from Him.
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Voice of the Martyrs Sends Bibles Into North Korea; Uses App to Track Where the Gospel Lands Inside the Communist State

Christian Post - Evangelism - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 6:59pm
The Korean office for Voice of the Martyrs announced at a press conference earlier this week that the Christian missionary organization will be sending Bibles into the southern part of North Korea.
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Wolf picks new Chief of Staff

WGRC News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:31pm

Governor Tom Wolf’s legislative liaison will be his new chief of staff. Wolf picked Mary Isenhour Thursday after his previous chief of staff Katie McGinty resigned Wednesday. McGinty is expected to seek the democratic nomination to run against Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

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A bill that could allow Larger tractor trailers on PA roads

WGRC News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:30pm

Senator Bob Casey is coming out against a federal proposal that could allow larger tractor trailers on state highways. A provision in the federal transportation funding bill would allow for 85-foot double tractor trailers in Pennsylvania and 39 other states that ban them. Casey says it would be nearly impossible for motorists to pass the monster trucks. He adds the state’s mountainous terrain, harsh winters, and structurally deficient road and bridges make the trucks a no-go.

Categories: Local News

Selfless love in a survival-oriented society

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 5:00am
India (MNN) -- The streets of India are some of the most unforgiving places to grow up, places where the selfless love of God is a completely foreign idea to most families and individuals trying to survive another day. Gary Bishop, President/CEO of Far Corners Missions, elaborates on the plight of Indian children. “They really learn the hard lessons of life of how to get by by scheming and finagling and even cheating or stealing--whatever they have to do to get by.” That’s why Far Corners encourages child sponsorship and establishes children’s homes where they’re most needed. “They have 39 children there at the home right now,” Bishop says. They work to teach the children the selfless love of Jesus while caring for the kids, and it’s all worth it when they see it reflected in the lives of the children they pour their hearts into. Bishop recalls just such an occasion. He received a report from the director of one of the children’s homes about a little girl who exhibited the love of Jesus better than most adults. As the director observed the children from the home playing together, “He started seeing an additional young girl amongst all the kids.”

(Photo Courtesy Far Corners Missions)

She kept returning, and the director was puzzled. He wondered, “’Who was this child, and why was this child in the group of kids from the home?’” Finally he decided to simply ask. “As he approached the young woman, he noticed that the little girl had a dress on that belonged to Shanti.” Shanti is a young girl at the home who “is nine years old.” Confused about this, “he addressed Shanti and he said, ‘Is this a friend of yours?’” “’Well, yes she is! I invited her to come.’” The director asked Shanti how she knew the girl, and Shanti looked at him and beamed. “’Well, you’ve always told us that we should love others with the same love that Jesus has shown to us. I met this girl at our school, and she really didn’t have anything but one pair of clothes to wear. So I just thought I would share my clothes with her. I wear them one day, and she wears them the next!’” Astounded, the director listened as she continued with the touching story. “’She really doesn’t have enough to eat, and so we get a snack in the afternoon after school. I said, 'Just come home with me to our home, and I’ll share my snack with you!’”

(Photo Courtesy Far Corners Missions)

The director admitted in his report to Bishop that, “NEVER have I seen the love of Jesus expressed so perfectly by a heart so young as Shanti’s. “It simply is a child that is in the school where our children from this home go, and Shanti simply invited her to come home after school to share her snacks in the afternoon, and then figured out she could share her clothes with her, too.” And yet, as simple as it might seem in a world where life is so grounded in personal survival, these selfless acts are “the difference that being in the children’s home makes in the life of one of those children because they truly are reflecting back the love of Jesus.” Now one more little girl is “seeing the love that Jesus reflected to her through the life of one of our kids there.” So what can we do? Bishop says there’s a twist on this particular story! “This young lady is one that my wife and I actually personally sponsor.” Sponsoring a child means giving a child hope and showing them that you care. More importantly, it gives them a chance to learn that God cares, and as Shanti proves, they can share that love with someone else and start a ripple effect that could touch an entire community. Bishop closes by saying, “We know that Jesus pushes His love out to other people as we show it to others.” Join that push here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Yemen: at the intersection of war and a nuclear treaty

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Yemen (MNN) -- Iran's nuclear deal with the United States is a polarizing issue. Among the things in the treaty: a lifting of international economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a reduction of their nuclear activities. But if Iran is behind Yemen's Houthi insurgency, what happens to the region when the multi-billion dollar sanctions lift? It's the question being asked now by Open Doors USA President and CEO, David Curry. "People are concerned that this influx of money […] is going to greatly destabilize the area for Christians--for everybody in general, but Christians--the most oppressed group within that region." How would it destabilize the region? "What you have is growing tension added to an already big civil unrest there where you have the two sides of Islam, backed by two separate countries," explains Curry. "Saudi Arabia is backing its faction; Iran has been backing its faction." Yemen, the country that begat Arab Osama bin Laden, is the "poor cousin" of the oil sheiks next door. Sitting next to Sunni Saudi Arabia, Curry says, "They have kept it dependent. Iran sees this as an opportunity to destabilize somebody who has been their enemy within the region, so it's a proxy for the greater issues between those two countries." It's the latest in a series of clashes in the Middle East since the Arab Spring in 2011, beginning in January when Shiite Houthi rebels marched into the capital and ousted Sunni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi from power. Iran supplied arms to the Houthi rebels, who belong to the Shi'a sect of Islam. Are you lost yet? The easiest way to keep track of who's who is to remember: Sunni Islam is the Arab Muslim side, and the Shi'a sect is Persian.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Curry outlines the situation facing Yemen's Christians. "There's this internal struggle, but caught in the middle of it is the under-fire Christian minority there, which is being pushed underground or being pushed out of the country."   Christians are practically nonexistent in such an inhospitable environment. Unofficial statistics suggest that there are some 2,500 indigenous Christians in the nation, practicing their faith underground even as hostile tribes surround them. What's more, Curry believes that if Christians leave, "It will greatly destabilize the region if there is no expression of Christian faith. It's helpful for that region to have Christians being salt and light." How would the absence of 2500 believers have that much impact? "These are folks that are adding the peaceful part of society; they are contributing in a helpful way. I think the natural outgrowth of the teachings of Jesus creates great citizens."

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

In Yemen's grinding war, if the bullets don't get you, disease, starvation or lack of water will. Yemen's perpetual water shortage is worsening noticeably. Usually mission groups are there with assistance. Not this time. The Church can't open the doors to help because there aren't any congregations meeting above ground. Missionary activities by expatriates have led to detentions and deportation. Curry explains, "Christians haven't been able to mobilize. They're actually being pushed underground to a large degree. They're already very much under pressure in Yemen. I don't think you're seeing the sort of response to this humanitarian crisis that you could if there was a strong, vibrant Church in Yemen." It's a desperate situation made worse because no one can speak for Christians. Open Doors says this is why they're calling for the Obama Administration to appoint a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. An envoy is someone sent out as a messenger to represent another person or group, such as a country or business. Without one, says Curry, "They don't have any point person leading the charge for religious freedom, and it has greatly affected the crisis here--the fact that they do not have anybody speaking out on this issue. It is the lead issue within this region (in my opinion)."   [Click here to get to the petition if you want to sign it, too.] In this case, the Special Envoy would be advocating on behalf the religious minorities being targeted by the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and other Muslim extremist groups. Other religious minorities in the Middle East and elsewhere in danger of being wiped out include the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan, Baha’is in Iran, and Yazidis in Iraq. "Pray that God raises up a strong, indigenous church in Yemen. I don't know how that's going to happen, but I know that God changes things," says Curry. Pray that [believers] will find deep and sustaining joy in Christ, and that the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of many Yemeni people.
Categories: Mission Network News

War is affecting summer camps for kids

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 5:00am

Youth camp in Ukraine, 2014

Ukraine (MNN) -- Everyone knows about the war in Ukraine. This situation makes it harder not only for political relationships between Ukraine and other countries, but it also makes it more difficult for Ukrainians--not to mention the work of Christians there. Every year, evangelical churches invite young people to summer camps. One of these camps is usually held on the Coast of the Azov Sea in eastern Ukraine. This year, because of the war, they've had to move. According to camp leaders, it's not safe to be in eastern Ukraine with a large group of people. Because of the political uncertainty and violence in eastern Ukraine, the camp is moving to a quieter part of the country: Alexandria, in western Ukraine.

Kids form a cross at the Azov Sea

The main topic of this camp will be "Locked locks and questions without answers." Through the camp, young people will discover the right keys to open those locks and answers to life's important questions: “What is the meaning of life? Why were you born? How can you find happiness? Who is God?” Those attending will meet new people, play games, participate in workshops, worship God as they hear God's Word, and listen to a great Christian band. Camp organizers hope many young people will come to Christ. As the political uncertainty continues, it's important for camps like this continue. It will ultimately help the next generation find the truth of Christ through God's Word and the testimony of camp volunteers. Pray that leaders will be wise in their counsel and that campers will have open ears to hear the Gospel and for safety as they participate. If you would like more information about this camp, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Putting faith in action requires help

Mission Network News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 5:00am

Rowena Mendoza
(Photo courtesy Haggai0

Philippines (MNN) -- James 1:22 tells us to "be doers of the word, and not hearers only." It's pretty clear the mandate and expectation is faith in action. It's also safe to say we all need someone to show us what this looks like as a lifestyle. For Rowena Mendoza, that mentor was the Haggai Institute. "Before going to Haggai, I was already a leader. But after Haggai, [it was] like I was given a shot to make me go faster, see things clearer, communicate better," Mendoza shares. "You could probably liken it to a car driving at 50 miles-an-hour;  then I go to Haggai, and now I'm going 150 miles-an-hour." Faith in action: 50 mph Mendoza leads a ministry in the Philippines that helps people climb out of poverty. "The foundation of what we do is microfinance," she shares. But the group doesn't just hand out loans. "Microfinance alone will not take the poor out of poverty. It has to be coupled with…the other dimensions of life." That holistic approach includes teaching people about Christ and the salvation He offers. For example, Mendoza's ministry holds a "Values Training" course for each person who comes to them for financial help.

(Photo courtesy Wholistic Transformation Resource Center)

"In that 6-month period, they meet every week and they share the Word of God, they pray together, and then they learn other things," says Mendoza. "Ultimately, the goal is to build their values, help them appreciate how the Word of God connects with the credit that they're going to get. [That way] when they get the credit, they value it so much that they already know they need to pay it back, they need to steward it well." The end result? People apply what they've learned, both practically and spiritually. "The changes -- people going to church, people conducting their own Bible studies -- that happens quite successfully," says Mendoza. Faith in action: 150 mph Receiving training from the Haggai Institute helped Mendoza bring her ministry to a higher level of success.

Women's training session.
(Photo courtesy Haggai)

"Whatever I'm good at, I've managed to get even better at," she shares. By helping Haggai train existing leaders, you can start a "ripple effect" for God's Kingdom around the world. "If God's power is already pouring upon you, [Haggai] just opens the floodgates so that you can do much more. But even more than that, it helps you bring others along on your journey." Visit Haggai's Web site here to see how you can get involved.
Categories: Mission Network News