Unique youths are naturally attracted to youth groups

Posted by – April 15, 2011

From: http://salvos.org.au/blogs/youthleadership/2011/03/31/theyre-a-little-wierd/

Is it just me or do Christian youth groups naturally attract more than their fair share of ‘unique’ people?

It seems that every youth ministry I’ve been a part of or visited is home to some of the strangest young people on earth. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a laugh at someone else’s expense…it never takes me long to realise that we’re all a bit whack in our own unique way. What does a normal 15 yr old look like anyway? There’s no mould, there’s no ‘normal’ kids and ‘wierd’ kids; we’re all weird and we’re all normal.

The true beauty and creativity of God is contained in every young person. Sometimes it takes longer to see, and sometimes we’ve got to see past the issues that dominate someone’s persona in order to see just who God made them to see. The challenge is to not write someone off before you’ve truly seen them as God sees them.

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Good weather brings out a lot of people for a all day evangelistic event

Posted by – April 15, 2011

From: http://sbcchildrensministry.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/taking-advantage-of-summertime/

We just finished our major New Mexico event for children.  We had  51 churches attending an evangelistic, all-day Saturday event for children.  We had the GoFish Guys, Team Impact, Jeff Slaughter and games and Bible study time.  It was a great day and though it was lots of work, it was also loads of fun.  One of the guests from Team Impact even joined my 5th-6th grade Sunday School class the next morning.  The kids were enthusiastic about having such a special guest in their classroom and they had lots of questions for him.  They hung on to his every word.  It reminded me of the importance of exposing children to lots of different Christians.

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Conversations in Paris lead to Youth Outreach

Posted by – April 15, 2011

From: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/paris-dialogue-with-non-believers-raises-need-for-youth-outreach/
After the first official dialogue session with non-believers in Paris, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and the Pontifical Council for Culture plan to approach future meetings with a greater emphasis on reaching out to young people.

The forum is called the “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” and it seeks to engage adults and youth alike in contemplating spirituality through discussion on subjects like culture, philosophy and politics. It creates a “courtyard” like that outside the temple in ancient Jerusalem, which was reserved for debates between Jews and non-Jews.
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Should Non-Christians be on Your Church Worship Team?

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Can-An-Unbeliever-Be-A-Part-Of-Your-Worship-Program-/2239721
As a ceremony personality it is critical that we simply anticipate a doubt of either an sceptic could be partial of your ceremony program. we am customarily requested this query when dual situations start in a church: there are few group members accessible for a ceremony program, and a one that will not be a Christian is a unequivocally means individual. When you’ve got a large church with many means musicians afterwards a query could not impact we as much, though if your organisation is tiny and a unequivocally means musician or thespian is within a wings, are we means to frankly accept them into your ceremony module with a transparent conscience?

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Ministry Resources GiveAway on Twitter

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://sierranichole.com/2011/04/12/twitter-giveaway/

I was given a bunch of products that I don’t need and don’t know what to do with….so I’m going to GIVE THEM AWAY!

This is what I have (they’re used products but in awesome condition):

1. Manic Thirst-1st album from Derek Loux (CD)
2. E Pluribus Unim-Challenges and Opportunities in Multicultural Ministry by Oliver R. Phillips (BOOK)
3. From Facts to Faith (CD SET)-Evidences in Defense of the Faith by Douglas Jacoby (CD SET)
4. My Friend James by Diane and John Hagee (4 tapes) (TAPE SET)
5. 2 Family Force 5 Dance or Die (CD)
6. WOW HITS 2011 (CD)
7. Jaci Valesquez  “Adore” Album (CD)
8. Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris (Book)

9. The 5 Love Languages for Singles by Gary Chapman(Book)

10. Point of Grace Steady On (CD)

11. Roy Fields :My Nation is Gods Nation (CD)

12. Roy Fields: Rain Down (CD)

HOW TO WIN:

HELP ME GET TO 2500 FOLLOWERS.

Whenever you tweet add the hashtag #SNG

When I reach 2500 Followers there will be 10 lucky winners.

You can promo my twitter account: @oneforeunner and add #sng to be in the giveaway.

TO WIN: Whoever promo’s me the most wins 2 of the 12 prizes OF YOUR CHOICE

Whoever promos my Blog the most wins 2 of the 12 prizes OF YOUR CHOICE.

The other top 8 who promo my twitter or Blog will win 1 of the 12 prizes of their choice.

The point is to promo the most so you have first pick and get 2 FREE items!

Ok! This is just for fun and who doesnt love FREE stuff and a good contest? :)

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Living Proof Live Fresno Worship Songs | Travis Cottrell

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://worship4christ.com/2011/04/living-proof-live-fresno-worship-songs-travis-cottrell/
Living Proof Live Fresno Worship Songs. Posted on Apr 5, 2011 | 5 Comments › 5 comments. Category: Living Proof, Worship | 5 Comments ›. Article source: http://traviscottrell.com/2011/04/living-proof-live-fresno-worship-songs/ …
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Churches Charities are becoming overshadowed by the sexual abuse crisis

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/paedophile-priests-overshadowing-churchs-good-works-%E2%80%93-senior-catholic/

One of the most senior Roman Catholics in England and Wales has said the sexual abuse crisis is overshadowing the positive social contribution of the church’s charities.

At a conference in central London, the archbishop of Southwark said the paedophile priest scandal of recent years, coupled with church teaching on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, had not fostered good impressions.

The Most Rev Peter Smith said: “Some people’s perception of the church is very negative, [that] it’s just there to say no.

“I don’t think there is an awareness of the positive social engagement. We don’t go around blowing our trumpet. We’ve been modest and humble.”

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Churches Charities are becoming overshadowed by the sexual abuse crisis

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/paedophile-priests-overshadowing-churchs-good-works-%E2%80%93-senior-catholic/

One of the most senior Roman Catholics in England and Wales has said the sexual abuse crisis is overshadowing the positive social contribution of the church’s charities.

At a conference in central London, the archbishop of Southwark said the paedophile priest scandal of recent years, coupled with church teaching on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, had not fostered good impressions.

The Most Rev Peter Smith said: “Some people’s perception of the church is very negative, [that] it’s just there to say no.

“I don’t think there is an awareness of the positive social engagement. We don’t go around blowing our trumpet. We’ve been modest and humble.”

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Time Management helps youth ministry become more effective

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://www.youthleadersacademy.com/time-management-in-youth-ministry-becoming-efficient-and-effective/

I’m one of those people who believes in the benefits of good time management. Why would I want to spend an hour on something when half an hour would be enough if I would just do it differently? Over the last ten years, I have tried out many things to become more efficient. Some were very successful, some not so much, and in this new series on Time Management in Youth Ministry I will share much of what I have learned, along with some lessons others have written down.

Generally speaking, as youth leaders we need all the efficiency we can get, because there’s always more work than can be done in the time we have. Our overflowing inboxes prove that we’re still not on top of our email, our to-do-lists seem to get longer instead of shorter and there’s always this nagging thought in the back of our head that we still haven’t done this or that…

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Conference for Pastors’ Wives

Posted by – April 14, 2011

From: http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/encouraging-words-for-pastors-wives-11536161.html

When I became a pastor’s wife, I didn’t know where to turn for help.

My husband, Dr. Tony Evans, could go to conferences and network with other pastors, but there weren’t any things like that for me. At first, I struggled to live up to an image of what a pastor’s wife should be. But when Tony told me he just wanted me to be me, it represented a real turning point.

My experience led me to create the First Lady Conference for senior pastors’ wives, so these often overlooked women could be educated and encouraged. The ministry is growing — our seventh annual conference attracted more than 500 women last year. But ministries like the First Lady Conference and the Global Pastors Wives Network are still not widely known.

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Media Ignoring Christian Persecution

Posted by – April 13, 2011

Today’s world media refuses to post anything about Christian persecution. The only religious persecution articles posted are centered around how hard it is to be a Muslim. Christians need to stand up and begin taking action against the Muslim bias.

From: http://religionnewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/persecuted-and-forgotten-why-silence.html

The most puzzling aspect of the widespread, worldwide, anti-Christian violence, is the almost complete non-coverage it receives by the establishment media.  Reading the report on anti-Christian violence, put out by Aid to the Church in Need, I kept thinking to myself, Why have I not heard about any of this?
Glancing through religious news sources and foreign news sources, it is obvious and present almost daily.  But in American news sources, nothing…   Why?

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Reading Through the Bible in One Year

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://livinggodsdream.com/bible/day-95-read-the-bible-in-a-year/

read the bible in a year: day 95

Matthew 26:47-75

47 And while he was still talking, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a band armed with swords and sticks, from the chief priests and those in authority over the people. 48 Now the false one had given them a sign saying, The one to whom I give a kiss, that is he: take him. 49 And straight away he came to Jesus and said, Master! and gave him a kiss. 50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, do that for which you have come. Then they came and put hands on Jesus, and took him. 51 And one of those who were with Jesus put out his hand, and took out his sword and gave the servant of the high priest a blow, cutting off his ear. 52 Then says Jesus to him, Put up your sword again into its place: for all those who take the sword will come to death by the sword. 53 Does it not seem possible to you that if I make request to my Father he will even now send me an army of angels? 54 But how then would the Writings come true, which say that so it has to be? 55 In that hour Jesus said to the people, Have you come out as against a thief with swords and sticks to take me? I was teaching every day in the Temple and you took me not.

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Worshiping the Way God Wants Us to

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/worship-that-god-has-not-prescribed/

One of the key passages in Scripture that illustrates deviant worship is found in Exodus 32:1-10:

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.”

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How to Train Your Worship Team

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://newerbbeatsnews.com/articles/the-world%E2%80%99s-best-worship-training/

Worship training is readily available in many forms these days, from worship conferences to online training and most of it, especially online, is relatively inexpensive.  This means that there are abundant opportunities to receive worship training, yet many inexperienced worship leaders either choose not to get worship training or cannot find the relevant material that can give them a huge advantage as they learn to lead their congregations in inspired, anointed worship.

Get the Right Worship Training Yourself

Like most types of lessons, worship training requires some time and effort on your part, and often some expense.  Some material is available on the internet for free, but this tends to be patchy and haphazard at best, meaning that you can learn the skills over a long period of time, but you cannot quickly and effectively learn what you need to supercharge your worship leading gift.  Blogs like ours, for example, provide lots of material and our free podcast is another amazing tool to help young worship leaders learn the skills required to become more effective.  However, the actual training is far more potent, easier to apply and gives far superior results to the endless hours of searching the internet for training!

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Church Leaders expressing mixed reactions to military operations against Libyan Regime

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.hmforces.co.uk/news/articles/6403-church-leaders-speak-of-concern-and-support-for-the-military-action

Scots church leaders have expressed reservations and mixed reactions to military operations against the Libyan regime.

The Moderator of the Kirk’s General Assembly spoke of his concern that only history would prove whether the attacks on Tripoli were justified, while the head of the Catholic Church expressed his hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

They were among a range of Christian leaders speaking at the launch of a shared website to push their joint influence during the coming Holyrood election campaign.

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Kid of Courage Kids Min VBS Review

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://ministry-to-children.com/review-kids-of-courage-vbs/
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked to review the new Kid of Courage VBS starter kit from Voice of the Martyrs.  I have a great deal of respect for Voice of the Martyrs and their work in promoting the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.  That said, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out that they were adapting that mission into a Vacation Bible School curriculum for kids.  I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.
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Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals drop but still continue

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.dfwcatholic.org/drop-in-number-of-victims-of-clergy-sexual-abuse-continues-application-of-charter-needs-clarification12885/.html

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic)—Reports of current instances of sexual abuse of minors continues to decrease, with seven credible allegations against seven priests reported in 2010, according to the 2010 Survey of Allegations and Costs done by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, CARA. At the same time diocesan audits are uncovering weaknesses in audit compliance and finding reports of boundary violations short of abuse, such as inappropriate hugging.

A credible allegation is one which has a semblance of truth to it following an initial examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegation.
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Being a leader can be frusterating at times but worth it

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://cmbuzz.com/2011/04/lead-%E2%80%93-follow-%E2%80%93-or-get-out-of-the-way/

Leadership is tough. Real Leaders know that and don’t shrink back from the job.  Whether it’s in business (been there), coaching (still there) or teaching (always there), when you’re the leader everyone has an opinion about how you’re doing your job.  Whenever someone criticizes your leadership you know that at the very least you’re doing something.  The only leader that never gets criticized is the one who’s doing nothing.  Make a change, try something new, or stop doing something and somebody is going to criticize your decision.  Just get used to it.

So if you’re going to be the leader here are some things you’re going to need to stay in the game:
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A new vision of youth ministry

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com/2011/04/youth-ministry-as-family-ministry-be_12.html

A NEW VISION OF FAMILY

Scholar John Dominic Crossan has observed that Jesus is often depicted as attacking what many today might term “family values.” Though there are many biblical texts to which we could turn, two are particularly instructive for understanding Jesus‘ vision of “family“ in the realm of God: Mark 3:31-35 and Matthew 10:34-38.
In the passage from Mark, the reader is presented with a concept of family that does away with biological ties. Here Jesus sees those who follow him to be a new kind of family, one that even takes the place of blood ties:

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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A church in Beijing continues with outdoor activities despite persecution

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.christianpost.com/news/beijing-church-plans-more-outdoor-services-despite-arrests-49804/

Shouwang Church, which has about 1,000 members, reasserted that it has no political motives in holding its outdoor services. Rather, it has no choice but to do so because it was evicted from the restaurant it was meeting in and the government has allegedly interfered and prevented the congregation from securing a permanent location.

“The church’s position remains unchanged. We will continue to gather outdoors until the Lord shows us the way,” said a statement from Shouwang’s governing committee, BBC reported on Tuesday.

But the church assured that its outdoor events are “purely religious activities.”

“They have nothing to do at all with politics or some people’s rights activities,” the church stressed.

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Christian Kids Movie points Kids to the Cross and Gods message of Love

Posted by – April 13, 2011

Christian Movie, Christian Film, Kids Movie, Kids Film, Christian Animated Movie, Lion of Judah

From http://freedomist.com/2011/03/21/animated-christian-movie-lion-of-judah-reveals-cross-to-kids/

Visit the official Lion of Judah The Movie site- http://lionofjudahthemovie.com

The last 40 minutes of this movie were especially profound. The animals are being held in cages in the temple, they are being sold. As they are in their cages and tied up all of them firmly believe that the King (Jesus) will be coming for them any minute to save them and set them free. I watched as Jesus came into the temple where all the animals are being held, sold and bartered. Jesus comes in and becomes visibly angry.  He yells, “My house will be called a house of prayer, you have turned it into a den of thieves”. (Matthew 21:13) Jesus begins to overturn the tables and release all the animals proving to them that He cares about them and has freed them. However, Judah has been bought and taken away to be sacrificed.

As the animals are working to save Judah from being killed, we see glimpses of Jesus carrying His cross through the streets of Jerusalem. We watch as the animals are all shocked to see the King being taken to die, and they don’t understand how the people could do this to someone so kind and so innocent.

Get the Free DVD Prequel to Lion of Judah the Movie, Once Upon a Stable, here- http://lionofjudahthemovie.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=57

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Time Management helps youth ministry become more effective

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.youthleadersacademy.com/time-management-in-youth-ministry-becoming-efficient-and-effective/

I’m one of those people who believes in the benefits of good time management. Why would I want to spend an hour on something when half an hour would be enough if I would just do it differently? Over the last ten years, I have tried out many things to become more efficient. Some were very successful, some not so much, and in this new series on Time Management in Youth Ministry I will share much of what I have learned, along with some lessons others have written down.

Generally speaking, as youth leaders we need all the efficiency we can get, because there’s always more work than can be done in the time we have. Our overflowing inboxes prove that we’re still not on top of our email, our to-do-lists seem to get longer instead of shorter and there’s always this nagging thought in the back of our head that we still haven’t done this or that…

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Churches Charities are becoming overshadowed by the sexual abuse crisis

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/paedophile-priests-overshadowing-churchs-good-works-%E2%80%93-senior-catholic/

One of the most senior Roman Catholics in England and Wales has said the sexual abuse crisis is overshadowing the positive social contribution of the church’s charities.

At a conference in central London, the archbishop of Southwark said the paedophile priest scandal of recent years, coupled with church teaching on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, had not fostered good impressions.

The Most Rev Peter Smith said: “Some people’s perception of the church is very negative, [that] it’s just there to say no.

“I don’t think there is an awareness of the positive social engagement. We don’t go around blowing our trumpet. We’ve been modest and humble.”

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Twitter Bible Study-Day 98

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.gregsurratt.org/2011/04/08/twitter-bible-study-daily-wisdom-challenge-day-98/

It’s Day 98 of the Twitter Bible Study. If you’re just joining us, you can read all about it here.

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Unique youths are naturally attracted to youth groups

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://salvos.org.au/blogs/youthleadership/2011/03/31/theyre-a-little-wierd/

Is it just me or do Christian youth groups naturally attract more than their fair share of ‘unique’ people?

It seems that every youth ministry I’ve been a part of or visited is home to some of the strangest young people on earth. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a laugh at someone else’s expense…it never takes me long to realise that we’re all a bit whack in our own unique way. What does a normal 15 yr old look like anyway? There’s no mould, there’s no ‘normal’ kids and ‘wierd’ kids; we’re all weird and we’re all normal.

The true beauty and creativity of God is contained in every young person. Sometimes it takes longer to see, and sometimes we’ve got to see past the issues that dominate someone’s persona in order to see just who God made them to see. The challenge is to not write someone off before you’ve truly seen them as God sees them.

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Evangelical Christians Very Interested In Trump for President

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2011/April/Trump-for-President-Evangelicals-Paying-Attention/

NEW YORK CITY – If nothing else, people know two things about Donald Trump: He’s got a lot of money and the bravado to go with it.

The outspoken billionaire is attracting attention, as he rises in GOP polls and decides by June whether he will run for president.

In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Trump talked about his faith, his views on the Koran, gay marriage, and everything in between.

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Obama’s Speech already causing a stir and it hasnt even been given yet!

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joan_walsh/politics/2011/04/12/wait_for_obama_speech

On the eve of President Obama’s heralded speech laying out his own budget vision, it seems like a waste of time trying to predict exactly what he’ll say. Tuesday brought various alarmist reports — he’ll endorse the Simpson-Bowles entitlement cut plan; he’ll make a deal tying raising the debt ceiling to deficit reduction (as the GOP demands) — then came evidence that those things were maybe possibly not true. I think it makes sense to wait and see what the president actually says tomorrow.

In the meantime, a debate rages on the left about a couple of budget-related moves by the president: His agreeing last Friday to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from programs like nutrition for women, infants and children, community health centers and occupational health programs, in order to prevent a government shutdown, and his depicting that deal as a victory. I wish Obama had held the line more, but unlike a lot of people, I don’t begrudge his framing it as a victory. In the short term, the strategy appears to be working: Polls show Americans credit the Democrats with compromising and avoiding a shutdown.

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Pro-Life in Congress. Who is and who isn’t?

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://cacnews.posterous.com/who-in-congress-really-is-pro-life
Thanks to Friday’s federal budget compromise, we will finally find out who in Congress really is pro-life. As a part of the budget agreement that prevented a government shut-down, Senator Harry Reid will allow a Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood and … The Center’s purpose is to engage legal, legislative and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education and litigation to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. …
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Sports Ministry and the Local Church

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.baller21.com/2011/04/the-role-of-sports-ministry-in-the-local-church/
Attendance and activity can’t be mistaken for changed lives. A sports program can have high attendance and a lot of activity in a local church but where lives are not changed. Leaders and volunteers must intentionally invest, …
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Should Non-Christians be on Your Church Worship Team?

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Can-An-Unbeliever-Be-A-Part-Of-Your-Worship-Program-/2239721
As a ceremony personality it is critical that we simply anticipate a doubt of either an sceptic could be partial of your ceremony program. we am customarily requested this query when dual situations start in a church: there are few group members accessible for a ceremony program, and a one that will not be a Christian is a unequivocally means individual. When you’ve got a large church with many means musicians afterwards a query could not impact we as much, though if your organisation is tiny and a unequivocally means musician or thespian is within a wings, are we means to frankly accept them into your ceremony module with a transparent conscience?

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Day 102 of reading the Bible in a year

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://livinggodsdream.com/bible/day-102-read-the-bible-in-a-year/

read the bible in a year: day 102

Acts 3

1 Now Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer; 2 And a certain man who from birth had had no power in his legs, was taken there every day, and put down at the door of the Temple which is named Beautiful, requesting money from those who went into the Temple; 3 He then, seeing Peter and John going into the Temple, made a request to them. 4 And Peter, looking at him, with John, said, Keep your eyes on us. 5 And he gave attention to them, hoping to get something from them. 6 But Peter said, I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up on your feet. 7 And he took him by his right hand, lifting him up; and straight away his feet and the bones of his legs became strong, 8 And, jumping up, he got on to his feet and went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and giving praise to God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 And they saw that it was the man who made requests for money at the door of the Temple, and they were full of wonder and surprise at what had taken place. 11 And while he kept his hands on Peter and John, all the people came running together to the covered way which is named Solomon’s, full of wonder. 12 And when Peter saw it he said to the people, You men of Israel, why are you so greatly surprised at this man? or why are you looking at us as if by our power or virtue we had given him the use of his legs? 13 The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers,

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Christians Say Hilary Clinton is Not a Fellow Christian – Are They Right?

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://governpoint.org/?p=440

I was blessed to hear Senator Hillary Clinton speak of her faith and experience feeling the Presence of the Holy Spirit on many occasions, but was appalled to read some of the comments written by conservatives who call themselves Christians.

Senator Clinton who grew up a Methodist and carries a Bible with her daily said of her faith: “I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on many occasions in my years on this earth. I pray, I read the Bible, I read commentary on scriptures, I read other people’s faith journeys. That is, for me, at the real core of how I keep feeding my faith. And, I was lucky because, as I said at the faith and politics event, I was taught to pray and I inculcate it as a habit in my daily life.”

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Christians in Jail in Saudi Arabia Because They Worshipped God in Their Homes

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://answersforthefaith.com/2011/04/11/saudi-arabia-house-church-christians-in-jail-without-even-a-trial/

It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to have a Christian church and it is even against the law for Christians to worship in their own homes much less till Muslims about the faith. To bring that point home, two Indian Christians have been in jail since January for sharing their faith without even a trial.

In prison they have no access to a Bible but not only that, they are forbidden to even pray. I guess the Saudi’s don’t really understand that Christians can pray silently any where or anytime. Meanwhile, prison officials are trying to force them to convert to Islam.

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Mike Huckabee Talks About Glenn Beck and the Separation of Church and State

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.atheistmedia.com/2011/04/daily-show-mike-huckabee-on-church-and.html
In this unedited, extended interview, Mike Huckabee talks about Glenn Beck’s transition and the separation of church and state.
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Blog on Christian Persecution helping Christians understand

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.persecutionblog.com/2011/04/my-entry.html

As you may know, there have been numerous horrific stories coming out of Pakistan where those who are trying to defend Christians against the blasphemy laws there and increase human rights, have been murdered in cold blood, including most recently Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, the Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs.

Now we have Naveed Walter who is not only receiving death threats from those who are threatened by his work, but Joseph Francis, Director of CLAAS (Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement), has also received death threats for his work on behalf of religious liberty.
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Embryonic Abortions caused by taking Birth Control Pills

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://weightlosshelps.net/birth-control-pills-cause-embryonic-abortions-pro-life-video/
Artificial Birth Control Pills Can Cause Embryonic Abortions. Please see end of video for credits. To read more about the contraceptive pill visit: www.epm.org To learn more about Natural Family Planning visit: 1. NFP OUTREACH: www.nfpoutreach.org 2. NFP International www.nfpandmore.org 3. Couple to Couple League www.ccli.org 4. Family of the America’s www.familyplanning.net 5. Pope Paul VI Institute http If you would like a broader philosophical basis for how the pill harms women, men, and society in general, read Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical HUMANAE VITAE: www.vatican.va For insights on God’s plan for sex and human dignity, read Pope John Paul II’s LOVE & RESPONSIBILITY and THEOLOGY OF THE BODY. Artificial hormonal birth control works by introducing artificial estrogen and artificial progesterone (progestins), at 4 to 10 times the dosage naturally produced by the body. These dangerously high levels trick the brain into thinking that the person may be pregnant and cause ovulation to stop.
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Being a leader can be frusterating at times but worth it

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://cmbuzz.com/2011/04/lead-%E2%80%93-follow-%E2%80%93-or-get-out-of-the-way/

Leadership is tough. Real Leaders know that and don’t shrink back from the job.  Whether it’s in business (been there), coaching (still there) or teaching (always there), when you’re the leader everyone has an opinion about how you’re doing your job.  Whenever someone criticizes your leadership you know that at the very least you’re doing something.  The only leader that never gets criticized is the one who’s doing nothing.  Make a change, try something new, or stop doing something and somebody is going to criticize your decision.  Just get used to it.

So if you’re going to be the leader here are some things you’re going to need to stay in the game:
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Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals drop but still continue

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.dfwcatholic.org/drop-in-number-of-victims-of-clergy-sexual-abuse-continues-application-of-charter-needs-clarification12885/.html

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic)—Reports of current instances of sexual abuse of minors continues to decrease, with seven credible allegations against seven priests reported in 2010, according to the 2010 Survey of Allegations and Costs done by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, CARA. At the same time diocesan audits are uncovering weaknesses in audit compliance and finding reports of boundary violations short of abuse, such as inappropriate hugging.

A credible allegation is one which has a semblance of truth to it following an initial examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegation.
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Unique people attracted to youth ministry

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://salvos.org.au/blogs/youthleadership/2011/03/31/theyre-a-little-wierd/

It seems that every youth ministry I’ve been a part of or visited is home to some of the strangest young people on earth. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a laugh at someone else’s expense…it never takes me long to realise that we’re all a bit whack in our own unique way. What does a normal 15 yr old look like anyway? There’s no mould, there’s no ‘normal’ kids and ‘wierd’ kids; we’re all weird and we’re all normal.

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A new vision of youth ministry

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com/2011/04/youth-ministry-as-family-ministry-be_12.html

A NEW VISION OF FAMILY

Scholar John Dominic Crossan has observed that Jesus is often depicted as attacking what many today might term “family values.” Though there are many biblical texts to which we could turn, two are particularly instructive for understanding Jesus‘ vision of “family“ in the realm of God: Mark 3:31-35 and Matthew 10:34-38.
In the passage from Mark, the reader is presented with a concept of family that does away with biological ties. Here Jesus sees those who follow him to be a new kind of family, one that even takes the place of blood ties:

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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Conversations in Paris lead to Youth Outreach

Posted by – April 13, 2011

From: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/paris-dialogue-with-non-believers-raises-need-for-youth-outreach/
After the first official dialogue session with non-believers in Paris, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and the Pontifical Council for Culture plan to approach future meetings with a greater emphasis on reaching out to young people.

The forum is called the “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” and it seeks to engage adults and youth alike in contemplating spirituality through discussion on subjects like culture, philosophy and politics. It creates a “courtyard” like that outside the temple in ancient Jerusalem, which was reserved for debates between Jews and non-Jews.
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The story of Cain and Abel, a Children’s Bible Stories Blog

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://patsbiblestories.blogspot.com/2010/12/3-cain-and-abel.html

This story is about two of Adam and Eve’s sons. The older of the two sons is Cain, and the other son is Abel. This story is taken from Genesis 4:1-26

When the boys grew up Abel became a shepherd, that is someone who raises sheep. Cain became a farmer, that is someone who grows food from the ground. When it came time to gather what he had planted Cain brought the Lord a gift from what he had grown. While Abel, a righteous man, who had faith in God brought several of his best lambs from the best of his flock as a gift to the Lord. The Lord accepted Abel offering. But, the Lord would not accept Cain offering. This made Cain very angry and sad.

The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you so angry? Why do you look so sad? Your offering will be accepted it you do it correctly. But, if you refuse to do your offering correctly, then watch out! For then sin will be with you and sin will destroy you. You must not let that happen.

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Ministry Resources GiveAway on Twitter

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://sierranichole.com/2011/04/12/twitter-giveaway/

I was given a bunch of products that I don’t need and don’t know what to do with….so I’m going to GIVE THEM AWAY!

This is what I have (they’re used products but in awesome condition):

1. Manic Thirst-1st album from Derek Loux (CD)
2. E Pluribus Unim-Challenges and Opportunities in Multicultural Ministry by Oliver R. Phillips (BOOK)
3. From Facts to Faith (CD SET)-Evidences in Defense of the Faith by Douglas Jacoby (CD SET)
4. My Friend James by Diane and John Hagee (4 tapes) (TAPE SET)
5. 2 Family Force 5 Dance or Die (CD)
6. WOW HITS 2011 (CD)
7. Jaci Valesquez  “Adore” Album (CD)
8. Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris (Book)

9. The 5 Love Languages for Singles by Gary Chapman(Book)

10. Point of Grace Steady On (CD)

11. Roy Fields :My Nation is Gods Nation (CD)

12. Roy Fields: Rain Down (CD)

HOW TO WIN:

HELP ME GET TO 2500 FOLLOWERS.

Whenever you tweet add the hashtag #SNG

When I reach 2500 Followers there will be 10 lucky winners.

You can promo my twitter account: @oneforeunner and add #sng to be in the giveaway.

TO WIN: Whoever promo’s me the most wins 2 of the 12 prizes OF YOUR CHOICE

Whoever promos my Blog the most wins 2 of the 12 prizes OF YOUR CHOICE.

The other top 8 who promo my twitter or Blog will win 1 of the 12 prizes of their choice.

The point is to promo the most so you have first pick and get 2 FREE items!

Ok! This is just for fun and who doesnt love FREE stuff and a good contest? :)

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Unique people attracted to youth ministry

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://salvos.org.au/blogs/youthleadership/2011/03/31/theyre-a-little-wierd/

It seems that every youth ministry I’ve been a part of or visited is home to some of the strangest young people on earth. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a laugh at someone else’s expense…it never takes me long to realise that we’re all a bit whack in our own unique way. What does a normal 15 yr old look like anyway? There’s no mould, there’s no ‘normal’ kids and ‘wierd’ kids; we’re all weird and we’re all normal.

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Using the iPad for Church Leadership

Posted by – April 12, 2011

The iPad has become a wonderful tool for Christians in church leadership. Worship leaders find it the most helpful because it organizes their music and allows them to move more smoothly during worship services.

From: http://wccworship.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/ipad-for-worship/

Recently I got an iPad 2, which is a wonderful thing in so many ways but especially useful for the worship musician. Actually all of the stuff I’m talking about isn’t necessarily specific to the church music setting – you could use it just as well in any live music environment.

One of the first things I thought the iPad would be useful for is to display my chord charts. I have a big library of chord/lyric charts in PDF and Word format and so I thought it would be great to display them on my iPad instead of having to print them out each week, with just a simple swipe between songs.

I’ve found an app which does not only that, but so much more. OnSong is a fantastic app for iPad (and iPhone), which allows you to import all your chord charts from PDF, Word, and others. These files can then be sorted into collections (books), weekly set lists, or sorted by artist, key, or topic (once you have your library set up). Your existing files can then be easily displayed in whatever order you want, changing page with just a swipe of a finger (or not… see below). Files can be imported through iTunes software via Wifi, through a ‘cloud’ service like DropBox or MobileMe or there is a search box which can search online for songs. You can also add sticky notes on top of your displayed files for what ever extra notes/reminders you need to write.

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Why are people stepping down from Worship?

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://www.davidsantistevan.com/2011/04/stepping-down/
You may also want to follow me on Twitter.] Dear Worship Leader, I’m a volunteer on your worship team. Not sure if you remember me. This might be hard to swallow, but I’m going to be stepping down from the team. [...]
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Using the iPad for Worship leaders

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://wccworship.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/ipad-for-worship/

Recently I got an iPad 2, which is a wonderful thing in so many ways but especially useful for the worship musician. Actually all of the stuff I’m talking about isn’t necessarily specific to the church music setting – you could use it just as well in any live music environment.

One of the first things I thought the iPad would be useful for is to display my chord charts. I have a big library of chord/lyric charts in PDF and Word format and so I thought it would be great to display them on my iPad instead of having to print them out each week, with just a simple swipe between songs.

I’ve found an app which does not only that, but so much more. OnSong is a fantastic app for iPad (and iPhone), which allows you to import all your chord charts from PDF, Word, and others. These files can then be sorted into collections (books), weekly set lists, or sorted by artist, key, or topic (once you have your library set up). Your existing files can then be easily displayed in whatever order you want, changing page with just a swipe of a finger (or not… see below). Files can be imported through iTunes software via Wifi, through a ‘cloud’ service like DropBox or MobileMe or there is a search box which can search online for songs. You can also add sticky notes on top of your displayed files for what ever extra notes/reminders you need to write.

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Gods heart toward Christian Single Young Adults

Posted by – April 12, 2011

From: http://sierranichole.com/2011/01/11/gods-desire-for-single-young-adults/

* Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone.
* To have a deep soul relationship with another.
* To be loved thoroughly, and exclusively.
* But GOD, to the Christian says, “No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled and content with being loved by ME alone!
* With giving yourself totally unreservedly to ME!
* To having an intensely personal and unique relationship with ME alone, discovering that only in ME is your satisfaction to be found, then will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.
* You will never be united with another until you are united with ME. Exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings.
* I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow ME to give you the most thrilling plan existing. One that you cannot imagine!
* I want you to have the best. Please allow ME to bring it to you.
* Just keep watching ME, expecting the greatest things.
* Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I AM.
* Keep listening and learning the things I tell you.
* You just wait. That’s all!
* Don’t be anxious, don’t worry.
* Don’t look around at the things others have gotten or want. You just keep looking off and away up to ME, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
* And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would dream of. You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, ( I am working even this moment to have both of you ready at the same time.)
* Until you are both satisfied exclusively with ME and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with ME, and is thus perfect love.

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Gods heart toward Christian Single Young Adults

Posted by – April 11, 2011

From: http://sierranichole.com/2011/01/11/gods-desire-for-single-young-adults/

* Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone.
* To have a deep soul relationship with another.
* To be loved thoroughly, and exclusively.
* But GOD, to the Christian says, “No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled and content with being loved by ME alone!
* With giving yourself totally unreservedly to ME!
* To having an intensely personal and unique relationship with ME alone, discovering that only in ME is your satisfaction to be found, then will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.
* You will never be united with another until you are united with ME. Exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings.
* I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow ME to give you the most thrilling plan existing. One that you cannot imagine!
* I want you to have the best. Please allow ME to bring it to you.
* Just keep watching ME, expecting the greatest things.
* Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I AM.
* Keep listening and learning the things I tell you.
* You just wait. That’s all!
* Don’t be anxious, don’t worry.
* Don’t look around at the things others have gotten or want. You just keep looking off and away up to ME, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
* And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would dream of. You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, ( I am working even this moment to have both of you ready at the same time.)
* Until you are both satisfied exclusively with ME and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with ME, and is thus perfect love.

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Christian Review: 9 Things they didnt teach me about Childrens Ministry

Posted by – April 11, 2011

From: http://ministry-to-children.com/ryan-frank-book/

9 Things They Didn’t teach Me in College about Children’s Ministry promises “practical advice, inspiring stories, and interesting interviews with others involved in children’s ministry.”

This pocket-sized composition book look-alike is a cute little package, but inside, it’s spot on and sobering. Author, Ryan Frank, strikes a chord with statistics like “the probability of five-to-twelve-year-old children accepting Christ as Savior is 32 percent. That number drops to 4 percent between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.” He then hits it out of the park with,

“The million dollar question in children’s ministry leadership is not about a program, model, or leadership style. It’s this: are kids being changed to become like Jesus?”

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