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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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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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Pro-lifers Show Up for Pro-Choice Lobby Day – Look at the Picture in the Article

Posted by – April 9, 2011

Pro-life movenment – the picture at the bottom of the article says it all….

From: http://www.jillstanek.com/2011/04/huge-graphic-pro-life-presence-planned-for-pro-choice-lobby-day-in-dc-tomorrow/

Tomorrow is not only World Health Day, it is Pro-Choice Lobby Day in Washington, DC.

For weeks a coalition of pro-abort groups have been begging for 5,000 pro-aborts – a paltry number by pro-life standards – to show up to rally in opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood, among other turf take-backs pro-lifers are attempting in DC.

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Ministry focuses on Outreach to inmates and military kids

Posted by – April 7, 2011

CEF is one of the biggest Kids Ministries in the US. They are now focusing their outreach on children with parents either in prison or the military.

From: http://www.goddiscussion.com/44908/ministry-targets-children-of-inmates-children-of-military-personnel/

CEF believes that it is critical to get children between the ages of 5-8 to believe in Jesus Christ (see the promotional video below) so that they will be saved.

CEF has found that the best way to find the approximately seven million children who have a parent either in prison or under federal or state supervision is through the parents. Each year, Mrs. Debbie Walsh, Director of Prison Ministry for Child Evangelism Fellowship, visits an average of 40 prisons around the country where she talks to prisoners during worship services or in their living areas. She supplies the inmates with a booklet entitled “What Went Wrong?” This brief booklet makes the case that a prisoner does not start off with the intention of going to prison. Something goes wrong. Walsh explains, “Unless one is unfairly imprisoned, that something is the sin we all must face.”

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Using YouTube for Church Ministry

Posted by – April 5, 2011

We hear alot about using Social Media in church/ministry. We hear about twitter and facebook and now were hearing about ways to use YouTube for outreach and ministry. Love it!

From: http://ministry-marketing-strategies.blogspot.com/2011/04/using-social-media-in-ministry-youtube.html

Have you thought of using social media in ministry? Better yet, have you learned how to harness the power of social media and videos for promotion and profits for your ministry, church, group, or event?

Discover six key secrets in using YouTube from Social Media Consultant Theresa Croft in this special FREE Video Series.

In this special offer you’ll:   Learn the basic first step to take beginning with YouTube

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Being Love in a Loveless World

Posted by – April 4, 2011

It is time for the church to start loving people the way we were instructed to. Our teens especially need love and learn how to love.

From: http://sierranichole.com/2011/04/02/l-o-v-e/

Love. We live in a world obsessed with it. From the movies, to music, to our conversations with each other, we all talk about LOVE. We all want it and need it.

I am sitting at Night and Day Coffee with my friend Amanda drinking coffee, each on our own laptops with our own thoughts and both watching these two young teenage girls across from us and I am totally eavesdropping. The one girl looked at this piece of jewelery for sale and I heard he say, “OMG! It says LOVE, I need this!” As I watched her pine over this bracelet I could see this sadness in her face, a NEED for love. The last few years I have seen it over and over again young teen girls (around here girls get pregnant at age 13 and many have 2 kids by their senior year in High School) looking for real LOVE and finding it in the wrong places. They look to boys for love. Last night Amanda and I were watching “Morning Glory” and Amanda commented, “Did you ever notice in the movies how these women/girls think sex is the key to love? They have sex with the hot leading man and THEN they are in love and THEN they break up later.”

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Christian student gets suspended for sharing faith

Posted by – April 1, 2011

Kenneth Dominguez, 16, sued his school for not allowing him to carry a Bible on campus with him.

From: http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-student-suspended-for-sharing-faith-sues-school-district-49655/
“Particularly in a state like California where the teachers union has such great control over what goes on in public schools, we see a lot of hostility and bigotry against Christian students, sometimes under the cloak of ‘tolerance,’” …
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Church Outreach using the Internet

Posted by – March 31, 2011

The Internet is a very useful tool for spreading the Word of God, connecting with other Christians and Non-Christians. The Internet can be used for all kinds of outreach opportunities.

From: http://juliekbeachum.com/outreach/

As we delve back into the church outreach strategies, research shows every successful business has an advertising and marketing budget. But having a budget without a strategy is meaningless. My question I pose to Pastors, Bishops, Priests, Rabis and Clergy: What Are Your Church Outreach and Marketing Strategies? After all, didn’t Jesus himself say when He was only 12 years old, “I must be about my Father’s business”. (Luke 2:49) So, as not be mistaken, the Church is definitely a business! Not necessarily your “traditional” business structure, but it is definitely a force to be reckoned with. When you are dealing with the spiritual nurturing and development of someone’s soul, that is definitely SERIOUS business. When a church looks at a business plan, unlike a traditional business who takes into consideration their P & L (profit and loss) we must realize a Church’s profit does not lie within your traditional monetary schematics. The church should be looking into their year end reports on L & D (eternal life and eternal death).

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Persecuted Christians form Praise Community inside Prison

Posted by – March 30, 2011

Wow, when I read this I was totally overwhelmed. Persecuted Christians praising God while in prison! They love God so much they are willing to be persecuted for His name and walk out a lifestyle of PRAISE regardless of persecution!

From: http://www.persecutionblog.com/2011/03/prisoners-who-formed-a-community-of-praise.html

The pastor had spent several horrifying years in prison at the hands of the Communist authorities. He was jailed for his belief in Christ, and though he remembered the tortures there, he did not focus on them much. Instead he spoke of the times of joy in the presence of his Lord. He and his fellow Christian prisoners formed a community of praise—in the middle of prison.

“When we were in prison we sang almost every day because Christ was alive in us. The Communists were very nice to us. They knew we liked to praise God with musical instruments, so they gave every Christian in prison a musical instrument. However, they did not give us violins or mandolins—these were too expensive. Instead, they put chains on our hands and feet. They chained us to add to our grief. Yet we discovered that chains are splendid musical instruments! When we clanged them together in rhythm, we could sing, ‘This is the day (clink, clank), this is the day (clink, clank), which the Lord has made (clink, clank), which the Lord has made (clink, clank).’” What a joyful noise unto the Lord!

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Lion of Judah movie teaching Kids the message of Gods Love and the Cross

Posted by – March 21, 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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Tricks used by Christian Missionaries in India

Posted by – March 17, 2011

Read this to find out about some tricks Christian missionaries are using in India.

From: http://promoteliberty.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/preparing-for-the-harvest-christian-missionary-tricks-in-india/
A new mood of aggressive evangelism has been emanating from America. Well-funded, superbly networked,
backed by the highest of the land, seized of its moral supremacy, it has India as one of its key targets, reveals

VK Shashikumar
in a disturbing exposé,

This could be the plot of a fevered thriller. A jingoistic president, multi-million dollar corporations, high technology, a grand if furtive mission, networks spanning the globe, and biblical invocations.

Only it’s real. And its got India in its crosshair.

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A God of Joy

Posted by – March 17, 2011

God is not a god of suffering and pain. He is a God of joy and happiness. Lent is all about celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. So take joy in knowing that His death and resurrection was for each one of His children.

From: http://youthfellowship.org/the-god-of-joy/

Few people associate God and joy. Yes, Lent is about repentance from sin and returning to the Father. If we read the parable of Jesus well, God is overjoyed when we turn to Him sincerely. Let’s do it now.

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Christian Persecution Must End

Posted by – March 16, 2011

Aramean gives a speech about how Christian persecution must stop. Also he shows and describes a picture of a horrific murder of a Christian woman. The woman was killed by having her heart cut out while she was alive and awake and then a crucifix was shoved down her throat.

From: http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=31591

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Campaign to end Christian Persecution in N. Korea begins

Posted by – March 16, 2011

Christian International has released a petition calling for the end of persecution of Christians in North Korea. As one of the most horrific examples of persecution, N. Korea tortures and sends Christians to labor camps for their faith.

From: http://www.persecution.org/2011/03/16/campaign-to-end-persecution-of-christians-in-north-korea/
ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, …
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Bible Study – There is No Simple Definition

Posted by – March 15, 2011

Bible study means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. It can be as deep as examining a theological principle based on several commentaries written by other theologians, but it can be as simple as talking to God in the stillness of a private place about how you can apply a simple scripture to your life. Tell Vernon how you do your Bible study.

From: http://onelordonefaithonebaptism.com/blog/?p=18

Bible study can be at your church building, online via Facebook or other social network, or by digging deeper into the Word. What do you do for bible study? Do you prefer to listen to someone else or study by yourself?

What are your thoughts?
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Social Networking can Easily be Used as an Outreach Tool

Posted by – March 15, 2011

Looking for a new form of outreach for your ministry? Check out some of the social networking sites. Some of these sites get millions of viewers a day. Think about being able to reach millions of viewers with just the click of a button.

from http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12180&Itemid=53

“Social networking tools have become an integral part of most people’s daily lives and relationships,” said Curtis Simmons, vice president for marketing and community at Fellowship Technologies. “If churches desire to connect with their congregation and community in meaningful ways, then they need to establish a strategy for actively engaging in the social media conversation.”

The rising popularity of social networking is changing the way people communicate. One in five Americans used social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace to connect with a campaign or some other aspect of the 2010 midterm elections. eHarmony, an online dating service that matches singles based on compatibility factors like religion, claims 542 people a day get married because of the service, accounting for nearly 5 percent of all marriages in the United States. The latest uprising in Egypt reportedly began with a call for civil revolt on Facebook and Twitter.

A search for “Baptist” on Facebook found more than 700 pages. That’s in addition to dozens of Christian social-networking sites that have cropped up with names like ChurchSpeak, HolyPal, Oikos, YourChristianSpace and Be Linked As Believers, also known as BLAB.

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Prop 8 Opposes Changing Definition of Marriage

Posted by – March 15, 2011

Prop 8 states that marriage is a legal agreement between a man and woman, not a woman and a woman or a man and a man. In other words, this proposition is anti-gay-marriage.

from http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastors-preach-prop-8-as-moral-issue-35107/

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Tweets show how to start a Coffee Shop Bible Study

Posted by – March 8, 2011


From: http://tweetlibrary.com

Coffee shop Bible study

Bible study on St. Mark in the coffee shop.
@wyclif I’d like to start a coffee shop Bible Study. Tell me about yours.
@kootenayrev @wyclif Me, too.
@rmcrob @kootenayrev @wyclif I’ll add a third request to that…
@rmcrob @kootenayrev It’s not complicated, but I’ve learned a few key things over the past few years, maybe I’ll write a post later but now:
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev 1. Get in with the staff. Be kind to them, know all their names, and tip if you have to.
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev 2. Don’t hold the study at peak times for coffee (early morning or lunch time).
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev 2b. Don’t take up tables during peak hours and buy lots of coffee if necessary.
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev 3. Be there same time of the day. Camp out. Bring your laptop or iPad, books, commentaries. Be a character.
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev I’m sure being a character won’t be hard for some of you! xD
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev If you can’t hang out too often, at least make sure it’s the same time of day. Helps if you’re a regular.
@JasonBlair @rmcrob @kootenayrev It also helps if you wear a collar. Not everyone wants to do that, but I’m throwing it out there anyway.
@wyclif What’s the advantage? (I’m thinking of it for hospital visitation)
@kootenayrev The advantage is that these are all unchurched people. You have to go to where they are.
@wyclif Amen. But how does the collar help? (We’re making you work hard, eh?)
@kootenayrev When you wear a clerical collar, sometimes strangers approach you and tell you their problems. This breaks the ice.
@wyclif Seems like at least a small way to apply @stevemccoy’s recent exhortation to take the Gospel to public places, yes?
@wyclif I have a feeling this Baptist pastor will be ordering a collar soon!

@kootenayrev @stevekmccoy Yes, if you don’t go into the highways and byways with the Gospel, you’ll never reach a large segment of society.

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Will Defunding Campaign of Planned Parenthood Unite Conservatives?

Posted by – March 8, 2011

From: http://www.lifenews.com

At a time when Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and some other conservatives are advocating putting social issues like abortion on the back burner so monetary issues like jobs and the economy can take center stage, two conservatives have united on a common theme.

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, have combined forces to write a new opinion column at National Review. The thrust of their message is that social conservatives who prefer pushing abortion limits and fiscal conservatives who want to cut spending and lower taxes can join together to support de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

For economic and social conservatives alike, Rep. Mike Pence’s Planned Parenthood defunding amendment is a defining moment. Planned Parenthood must be privatized. Economic and social conservatives agree — this one is non-negotiable.

Of course, they are absolutely right. Planned Parenthood deserves to lose its massive federal funding on moral grounds because of its status as the biggest abortion business in the nation and because of video footage showing abuses ranging from helping sex traffickers get abortions for the young girls they prey on to avoiding statutory rape reporting laws.

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Christians stay in Libya to save others- stories of Christian Courage

Posted by – March 7, 2011

Even while the Libyan Government target Christians for assassination, and some rebel forces join in the slaughter, Christian leaders within Libya have made a conscious decision to stay in the line of fire to try to help as many Christians as they can to avoid further persecution:

From: http://www.eni.ch

Libyan Christian clergy vow to stay on amid violence


Nairobi (ENInews). Christian clergy in Libya said they have no intention of leaving the country, where several days of protests and retaliation by government armed forces have left hundreds of people dead.
“We feel we belong here with our sisters who are giving their services in social centres. Their work is so much appreciated by the Libyans here and often finds support and appreciation,” Rev. Daniel Farrugia, a senior Roman Catholic priest at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Tripoli told ENInews on 22 February.

He said the leaders were safe as well as the church structures, with the church’s life in the mornings being almost normal, although many foreigners were leaving the country.

“We pray for all those who are suffering in these moments and for the leaders to have wisdom in their decisions,” said Farrugia. In Libya, 1.8 percent of 6.7 million people are Christians. Islam is the dominant religion.

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While Gay Militants attack, Christians retreat quietly

Posted by – March 7, 2011

Recent stories have emerged from around the western world of gay militant groups using their power of intimidation to force Christians to accept their homosexual lifestyle.  Why do homosexual militants feel free to attack Christian rights as freely as they do?  Some have suggested the answer lies in the weakness and complaisancy of the entire body of Christ in the face of persecution:

From: http://studygrowknowblog.com

Impatient Homosexuals and Christian Persecution

I was reading a few blogs by various conservatives and found out some interesting things.  First, “Within a few hours after the Obama administration announced last week that it would no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, homosexual activists in California filed a request with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay on an order barring same-gender “marriage.” The case is now before the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.” [1]

That’s interesting, isn’t it?  Look, I don’t blame homosexuals for wanting to push their agenda.  Unfortunately, I believe they are wrong based on what the Bible teaches.  They are doing what they believe they should do and I’m doing what I believe I should do.  The problem though is that IF things were reversed and Prop 8 had failed to gain enough votes in California, and those opposed to the homosexual lifestyle were now doing what homosexual activists are doing, can you imagine how we would be vilified?  Can you hear the names we would be called for daring to interject our voices in the judicial process?

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Discipleship starts in the Home

Posted by – March 3, 2011

Christian Discipleship starts in the home. Ideally, parents should play the key role in discipling their kids. Youth Leaders and Childrens Leaders come along side the parents, they are not their to do everything. Parents should take the reigns and begin discipling their kids in the ways of God at home and allow their future teachers to support what they have already been taught and take them to the next level.

From: http://youthministry360.com/featured/asking-the-tough-question-is-discipleship-happening-in-the-home/

Let’s start this post off by thinking about the idea of “family ministry.”

One of the more refreshing “trends” in youth ministry is a return to focusing on family ministry. When I refer to family ministry, I am referring to a ministry philosophy that lifts up the family unit as the primary platform or the medium through which students’ spiritual development takes place. I say “trend” because my prayer is that it is more a movement than a trend, an awakening of sorts . . .

I see more and more youth ministers coming to the realization that ideally, their role in discipling students is a complementary one, not a primary one. Ideally, parents should be the chief disciplers of their children. Ideally, a youth pastor or youth worker would supplement and compliment the disciple-making that is taking place in the home. Ideally, a youth pastor’s role would be twofold: acting as equipper and motivator of parents; and playing the vital role of “meaningful adult” in the lives of students (mentioned in various important studies some of which you can see here), shepherding them to a deeper relationship with Christ.

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A Missionaries Story of Spreading the Word to China

Posted by – March 3, 2011

The purpose of the mission was to contribute to members of the Chinese community;  by visiting churches, factories, and colleges. The goal would result in beneficial international relationships

From: http://www.themissionarymandate.com/2011/02/china-opens-door-to-my-first-missons.html

It was in the early Spring of 1987, when the seeds of missions outreach were firmly planted into my heart and spirit by what I believe for certain was divine providence and guidance.  I first began my journey in the missions frontier while pursuing my undergraduate degree at the University of Mobile (formerly Mobile College). During my senior year, I was selected by the faculty and members of the Board of Trustees and particularly Mrs. Mary Jane Frazier, to represent the school in a six-week long trip to the People’s Republic of China.  When I received the invitation to be a candidate, I was quite surprised, but overly amazed with joy to have the opportunity presented. Even today, I can remember my initial meeting in April of that year with Dr. Michael Magnoli, then President of the college, who warmly congratulated me, shared some of the travel plans, and explained to me the important steps needed to complete my application and the estimated $ 4,000.00 dollars required for the trip to mainland China. I can also remember the feeling of bewilderment wrap in an enigma of confidence after the meeting and conceding with him that I was willing and able to go. I remember as I walked out of his office that all I had was only my maturing faith in God as a provider, a conviction of what the Psalmist says: “thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” I left knowing the Lord would hear my prayers for the resources to experience an opportunity of a lifetime, and most of all to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the People’s Republic of China.
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Repaying Evil with Good pays off in the long run

Posted by – March 3, 2011

People that have brought evil onto you should never be treated with evil acts in return. The Golden rule “Do unto others as you would want done to you” rings a bell. If someone that has done you wrong needs something,  help them out by showing them you care no matter what has happened.

From: http://www.ilovegodsite.com/2011/02/repaying-evil-with-good.html

In our Daily Bible Study today, we’ll be talking about Repaying evil and wrong doings against you with good.
Never at any time repay evil with evil and wrongs done you with wrong. I know its difficult to repay those who mock you in times of trouble with good but this is what the word says in Proverbs 25:21 “If your enemy is hungry, give him some food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him some water to drink.”If your enemy is hungry and you are aware, make sure you feed him. When he’s thirty, give him a bottle of soda if you have it. If he’s tired, suggest giving him a sofa to relax on.
This was also confirmed in the New Testament when peter asked “Lord, how often do I have to forgive a believer who wrongs me? Seven times?” Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven. Mat 18:21-22.
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Ministering to Illegal immigrants within your church

Posted by – March 3, 2011

Our attention on immigration within our churches redirects out needs and potential of the newcomers. We are all made in the image of God and need a different kind of conversation unbound from nationalistic fears.

From: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/february/vg-asknewquestions.html

The answer to this question depends on whether the church is a majority-culture church or an immigrant church.

There are many thousands of immigrant churches in the United States. For example, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)—the Hispanic counterpart and working partner of the National Association of Evangelicals—is an umbrella organization for Hispanic congregations. The NHCLC comprises more than 25,000 member churches, many of which have undocumented members. The same could be said, for example, of countless Korean and African churches in the U.S.

I am half-Guatemalan and attend a Hispanic congregation. The ministerial needs within our small church go beyond those of typical majority-culture churches. They include coming alongside families that have had a spouse or parent deported, helping those who cannot find work, and offering guidance to young people trying to find their way through American culture.

A second issue is the connection between local congregations and national leadership. Not a few denominations have launched church-planting initiatives among immigrant populations and are establishing leadership training programs for the new congregations. Many denominational heads have captured the vision to reach out to these newcomers, but now face the challenge of convincing local bodies to join in these efforts. A growing number of majority-culture churches, however, share their facilities with immigrant congregations. They understand that the least they can do is offer space to these brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of their immigration status. It is also clear that these struggling church bodies are revitalizing denominations and are a key reason that some are maintaining and even growing their membership numbers.

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Gop Presidential Hopefuls to meet with Christian Leaders in Iowa

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Christian leaders hope to have a say in next year’s GOP Presidential primary, and it shows in an event being held by clergy leaders in Iowa.  Potential candidates such as Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich are giving these leaders quality time as they gauge their chances in what promises to be a very full field of GOP Presidential hopefuls:

from http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/clergy-preparing-to-influence-gop-presidential-nomination/

Republican presidential candidates have always been known to court the religious right for their votes.  Despite most clergy avoiding campaigning at the pulpit, churches have been used more and more to define the agenda of the GOP, and have become a bigger influencer on whether or not their parishioners vote and who they choose to vote for.

Now, Iowa is holding what can only been seen as a religous smoke-filled room for peddling for endorsement deals, with four potential presidential candidates meeting with the state’s religious powerhouses.

Via Iowa Independent:

An invitation, stamped with the return address of a West Des Moines UPS Store mailbox, went out this week to Iowa’s faithful. Those who received the invitation will have an opportunity to hear from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann during a two-day conference at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel on March 24 and 25.

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Catholic Church Leaders urged to learn social networking by Pope

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Pope Benedict XI has been trying to get in front of a growing gap between church leaders and the members of the churches they lead.  That gap has come from the inability or lack of will of church leaders to learn and utilize the social networking tools their parishioners regularly communicate with daily.  The Pope is calling out these leaders and urging them to learn the communication tools that everyone else is using:

from http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-calls-on-church-leaders-to-learn-language-of-the-digital-world/

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2011 / 06:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Church leaders must learn to understand and to speak in the “new language” of mass media and “digital culture” while recognizing the challenges they pose for faith and theology, Pope Benedict XVI said Feb. 28.

“(I)t is not just a question of expressing the Gospel message in modern language, but also of having the courage to give more profound consideration … to the relationship between the faith, the life of the Church and the transformations mankind is experiencing,” the Pope remarked this past Monday.

He addressed participants in the full assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications who are meeting to reflect on language and new technology.

Pope Benedict noted the risks that accompany the “new languages” of digital communications: the “loss of inner depth,” superficiality in relationships, the “flight into emotionalism,” and the ability of the most convincing opinion to dominate the desire for truth.

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EU wrangling on Christian Persecution declaration shows anti-christian bias

Posted by – March 2, 2011

After much arm twisting and protests by European Christians, the EU has finally acknowledged Christian Persecution is real, and, gasp, is bad.  How is it that the EU took so long to finally come to terms with making a declaration about Christian Persecution?:

from http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Europe%E2%80%99s-stuttering-timidity-in-denouncing-the-persecution-of-Christians-20849.html

Rome (AsiaNews) – After more than three weeks of debate, the EU has managed to produce a text that explicitly mentions Christians as victims of persecution and the object of violent attacks. An earlier text had been prepared in January, after the terrorist attack on the Church in Baghdad and the massacre at the Church in Alexandria, but was it rejected because of the lack of references to Christians, since the EU preferred to use generic term “religious minorities”.

The new text approved yesterday explicitly mentions “Christians and their places of worship” victims of “acts of religious intolerance and discrimination,” but now hastens to include among the victims of such acts “Muslim pilgrims and other religious communities” as well .

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Qara Qosh offers Iraqi Christians a safe place to live

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Iraqi Christians face assaults, bombings, and shootings almost daily, with churches being attacked in the middle of services and christian homes being invaded by armed Islamo-Fascists.  One town in Iraq, however, offers a safe haven for these brutalized Christians, the ancient town of Qara Qosh:

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QARA QOSH, Iraq — For hundreds of terrified Christian families who fled attacks in Baghdad and Mosul in recent months, an ancient Christian town in Iraq’s north has offered a safe haven from violence.

Qara Qosh, which lies east of Mosul in Nineveh province, took in hundreds of families after an October 31 massacre in a Baghdad church claimed by Al-Qaeda.

Forty-four worshippers and two priests were killed in the incident that terrorised the minority and drew condemnation from Iraq’s top Muslim clergy.

While most families fled from the capital and Mosul, Iraq’s two biggest cities, others arrived here from the ethnically mixed oil city of Kirkuk and even as far south as the Shiite Muslim majority port city of Basra, according to Bishop Georges Casmoussa, Qara Qosh’s top Christian leader.

“These families, they suffered a trauma,” the bishop told Major General David Perkins, commander of US forces in northern Iraq, on a recent visit here. The church has been the undisputed authority for years in this town of 35,000, close to the border of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

“To be attacked inside your own church, it is traumatic,” the bishop said.

“We come to the church to pray, to find peace. If you cannot find that in the church, where can you go?”

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Christians mourn murder of Kenyan missionary, Ebel Kremer

Posted by – March 1, 2011

From http://christiannewsupdates.com/christian-news/2011/02/christians-in-kenya-netherlands-mourn-murdered-missionary.html

NAIROBI/GRONINGEN (Worthy News)– Christians in Kenya and the Netherlands began mourning Dutch missionary Ebel Kremer, 36, who was shot and killed when armed robbers stormed a mission center near Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

His 34-year-old wife Lora was reportedly sexually assaulted in front of their two small children in Friday’s pre-dawn raid at the complex of international Christian organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the town of Athi River, some 50 kilometers (32 miles) outside Nairobi.

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Portland Outreach reaches Youth Homeless with Christ Message

Posted by – March 1, 2011

From http://bradfortier.com/2011/02/17/applying-improvisation-to-homeless-youth-outreach/

Applying Improvisation to Homeless Youth Outreach

My good friends at Super Project Lab are doing some amazing work with an organization called Outside In here in Portland. Check them out!

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Why Sunday School teaching may be the toughest job you ever do

Posted by – March 1, 2011

From: http://timothyfish.blogspot.com/2011/03/hardest-job-in-sunday-school-ministry.html

Do you teach Sunday school? I do. Part of the time anyway. I actually hold the position of Assistant Sunday School Teacher. I also serve on our church’s Christian Education and Nominating Committee, but that isn’t important right now. The job of Assistant Sunday School Teacher is one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever been asked to do and I say this from the perspective of someone who has held several positions in the church, including Sunday School Teacher.

In some ways, the job of Assistant Sunday School Teacher seems less demanding than that of Sunday School Teacher. The Sunday School Teacher has more responsibilities and the Assistant Sunday School Teacher isn’t called upon to teach unless the Sunday School Teacher is out for some reason. It sounds easy until you realize that for the Assistant Sunday School Teacher to do his job properly he must be prepared to teach the class if the Sunday School Teacher calls him thirty minutes before class and says, “I’m sick, can you teach the class this morning?” And it may not be the same class. There was one Sunday that I showed up at church and five minutes before class time someone asked me if I could teach another class for which the teacher had not shown up.

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EU condems religious persecution, despite Christian inclusion

Posted by – March 1, 2011

From: http://euobserver.com/892/31848

EU foreign ministers have condemned religious persecution after a wave of recent attacks across the globe, overcoming earlier disagreement over whether to mention Christianity by name. … The Vatican has warned that attacks and restrictions on Christians in countries such as Saudi Arabia are driving members of the faith out of the Middle East. Ministers on Monday made no reference in their final statement to last week’s gruesome killing of Polish …
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Taking another look at leadership in church – Christian Action

Posted by – February 28, 2011

This is to change the way we think about leadership within churches. Maybe it doesn’t always have to be the most educated people leading in the churches. The people with less education have just as close a relationship with God as the middle upper class.

From: http://djwilliams.frontiermorgantown.org/2011/02/15/re-evaluating-church-leadership/

Tags: Church, Leadership, Steve Timmis, Tim Chester. “Colleges also suit a certain type of person, and this then shapes a view of what it means to be a church leader. Most church leaders today are middle-class graduates who were trained …
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Organizing Volunteers – Christian Action

Posted by – February 28, 2011

Imagine planning a volunteer event. A bunch of volunteers show up. Now what? How do you organize them to get the job done? Here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing a volunteer team.

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What To Do With Volunteers?

I’m on a quest.  My goal: to clean up and simplify a whole bunch of my youth ministry’s “stuff”.  I think lots of youth groups are like mine…we make rocket science out of stuff that should be very simple.  Take volunteers, for example. Certainly there is a whole lot that goes into building a healthy volunteer team, but what are the most basic things…the things that when done well give the best results?  I haven’t thought this all the way through, but here is my initial thinking:

ENLIST: Do a good job of getting the right people on the bus.  You need more volunteers, but you don’t need more of the wrong volunteers!  Create some sort of system that helps you enlist the right youth workers for your junior high ministry.

EQUIP: Keep it basic, but make sure you train and equip your team.  Figure out what the most essential equipping components are and focus on those.

EMPOWER:  Give ministry away!  Let them create new ministries!  Don’t view your team as nothing more than foot soldiers carrying out your orders.  Give them ownership and let them run.

ENCOURAGE: Cheer them

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How to bring healing to families during and after separation – Christian Action

Posted by – February 28, 2011

Its always a touchy subject when dealing with families who are going through or who have gone through a separation. Here’s some tips on how to deal with them in a sensitive way.

From http://www.livinglutheran.com/seeds/nurture-families-during-separation-and-divorce.html

Be sensitive to what you name adult-fellowship groups. “Pairs and Spares” may be cute to some, but painful and insulting to others. Embrace the children. Surround them with love and attention. Put away the perfect attendance awards and …
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Ruth Graham’s view of the Lion of Judah – Christian Action

Posted by – February 28, 2011

Ruth Graham wrote a review of the Lion of Judah. Take a look:

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christian movie, christian movie review, movie Christian, videos Christian, focus family movie reviews, christian film. The Lion of Judah: The Movie Storybook: Ruth Graham: 9780982761649 … Read all Questions/Answers for “The Lion of …
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Education Related to Terrorism in Saudi Arabia

Posted by – February 23, 2011

Officials believe education must be addressed to help stop terrorism in Saudi Arabia.

From: http://freedomist.com/2011/02/15/saudi-arabia-fueling-religious-persecution-and-extremism-%E2%80%A6/

Last Sunday, a December 2009 cable that was cited by the New York Times but has not yet been posted by Wikileaks says that Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups such as Al Qaeda. saudi christian persecution
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World’s First Ordinariate Wants Outreach

Posted by – February 23, 2011

Read about Fr. Newton’s African Experience:

From http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/features/2011/02/22/%E2%80%98we-want-to-be-outward-looking%E2%80%99/

Shortly after the Second Vatican Council Cardinal Johannes Willebrands preached at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Protesters, including Ian Paisley, tried to disrupt the service. … Fr Newton says he spent much of his teenage years at the parish house, where the curates ran youth clubs. His parish, he explains, was not Anglo-Catholic, even though the curates were. There was no incense, but the Blessed Sacrament was reserved. …
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Pirates Killed Four Christian American Missionaries

Posted by – February 23, 2011

Pirates killed four Americans after overtaking their ship. US government forces were attempting to negotiate the safe return of the Americans, but before the negotiations were made, the missionaries were killed.

From: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/02/22/four-american-christian-missionairies-kidnapped-slaughtered-by-somali-muslim-pirates/

American Christian missionairies kidnapped, slaughtered by Somali Muslim pirates. … American Christian missionairies kidnapped, slaughtered by Somali Muslim pirates. By Michelle Malkin • February 22, 2011 10:31 AM …
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Secular Music in Church before Worship Service?

Posted by – February 23, 2011

Here’s a proposal for board members at a church to get approval to play secular music before the worship service at a church. This is a very controversial issue, causing a lot of heated debates in many churches world-wide.

From http://thinkingcreator.net/2011/02/23/resource-for-church-creatives/

We use worship music by despicable and fallen Christian musicians- some are adulterers and frauds; we also use music from atheists and pagans that is profoundly worshipful to those of us that know God. Strange as it may be, …
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Investigate what steps your fruits and vegetables take to get to your table

Posted by – February 21, 2011

Where is the produce we eat coming from? Produce of course grows on farms where it is picked and transported by truck to the local grocery store and sold to us. Right? No. This assumption is wrong. Carla Crownover found out the mysterious origin of her produce, and it scared her enough to stop eating it for good.

Produce really starts out as chemical injected seeds. These seeds are then planted, tended to, and harvested. While the produce is growing, chemical fertilizer is sprayed on them to help them develop faster and to help keep the bugs off. Instead of going to the the store and being sold to consumers, the produce is often sent to factories where more chemicals are added to “wash” and preserve the produce.

The effects of these chemicals are extremely bad. Already short-term and long-term effects can be easily seen. Check out this article to read more about whats going on with your produce and what can be done to stop it.

Grocery stores are marketing products from factory farms instead of nutritious natural fruits and vegetables. Where does your produce come from?

From: http://www.politicolnews.com/quit-your-grocery-store/

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Videos to Train your Children’s Ministry Leaders

Posted by – February 21, 2011

How do you minister to children with the best results? Find out how through these training videos for children’s ministry leaders:

From  http://ministry-to-children.com/childrens-ministry-training-videos/

Check out 30 short training videos from the Willow Creek Association on the topic of kids ministry. Includes relevant videos for children’s ministry leaders and volunteers.
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Widespread Contamination Burning The Holy Bible What you Say????

Posted by – February 21, 2011

From  http://dizo.us/uk-bars-u-s-pastor-who-threatened-to-burn-koran-reuters/9261

Florida Pastor Terry Jones, whose threat to burn Islam’s holy book on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks last year provoked widespread condemnation, had been invited by a group that is critical of Islamic immigration into …
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The Best way to learn isn’t through Experience

Posted by – February 21, 2011

People can’t just improve themselves by doing the same thing repeatedly. If they are doing that thing wrong repeatedly, then they have learned the wrong way of doing something. Instead analyzing your actions helps you improve yourself by showing you what you could have done better.

From http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/blog/2011/02/21/experience-is-not-the-best-teacher/

How many times have you heard someone (maybe even yourself) repeat the old saying “experience is the best teacher?”

And it seems like it should be true – the more we do something, the better we should get at it….

But the truth is, experience alone is a pretty bad teacher.

In fact, experience alone doesn’t make you better.  I just makes you, well… older (ha!).

No, the best teacher is “evaluated experience.”

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Ex-Communist Christian, Zhao Xiao

Posted by – February 18, 2011

There is a growing openness for religious freedom in China. An ex communist hopes that  China will embrace changes and  learn from the Christian faith

From: http://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-communist-christian-china-should-become-new-city-on-a-hill-46244/

The first seeds of the Gospel were planted in China in the 16th century by Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci. Robert Morrison was a Scottish missionary who introduced Protestantism to China in the 19th century. …
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Bible in a Public School

Posted by – February 18, 2011

Religious expression in public schools are being looked over. The overwhelming temptation of school districts will be to adopt a neutral model that will assume the Bible to be merely a book of historical significance and that will attempt to give “realistic” explanations of the supernatural events in the Bible.

From: http://www.christianpost.com/news/teaching-the-bible-in-a-public-school-43895/

It is virtually impossible to teach a course about the Bible in a public school context—particularly when the students are minors—and be objective and fair.
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The art and science of biblical interpretation

Posted by – February 18, 2011

A book written called “How to Read the Bible for All its Worth”, by Gorden Fee.

From: http://bobbycapps.blogspot.com/2011/02/experiencing-more-of-bible-through.html

Gordon Fee wrote a book on hermeneutics (the art and science of Biblical interpretation) called “How to Read the Bible for All its Worth”. In it he showed the Bible student how to discover what the first century writer meant by what he said, how to read a passage in its context, etc. etc. When you become a missionary, all those things still apply but we add one that I believe may be more important than them all…

You have to live a Bible passage before you ‘get it’, I mean really ‘get it’.

Our little group consists of a awfully fun bunch of people. Last night for example, one guy was missing a leg, the other missing an arm, two handicapped children, one single father of three (less than a week off of crack), an ex-con waiting a parole transfer to another state as well as …a surgeon, airline pilot, nurse, schoolteacher, etc… 34 of us in all different situations …community.

When we meet together we have a meal. As you can guess that burden falls on just a few gals in our group. About half of our group don’t have two nickels to rub together and are really making every effort just to survive. So those gals are experiencing missionary life in a really powerful way and consequently get to experience some Bible verses that others of us don’t.

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Christian students file complaint over university policy

Posted by – February 18, 2011

Christian students filed a formal complaint over a policy that religious discrimination is Christians oppressing.

From:  http://zionstrumpet.com/2011/02/17/uc-davis-has-strange-definitions-for-discrimination/

(Fox News Radio/Todd Starnes) — More than two dozen Christian students at the University of California at Davis have filed a formal complaint over a university policy that defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing … This is what leftist academia is indoctrinating America’s youth with. Might be a good idea to debrief your kids when they come home from school before any of this garbage sinks in and takes hold. Thanks to Margaret for a great catch. …
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6 Year Old Sits Painfully Through Church Sermon

Posted by – February 17, 2011

Watching Children try to sit through a Church Sermon is silly, they become restless and want to leave. Boys and Girls are also full of questions about what the pastors do on there days off at the church and or in there free time pastors remain busy throughout the week just like ordinary people do.

From: http://wasecachurch.blogspot.com/2011/02/sermon-luke-151-10-reaching-others.html

I heard a story about a little six-year old boy who restlessly struggled to listen to a rather lengthy sermon one Sunday. After the service, the little boy asked the question that sooner or later many “church kids” ask. “Dad” he said, “what does the pastor do the rest of the week?” The dad replied, “Son, he’s a very busy man. He takes care of church business, visits the sick, studies the Bible. . . and he also has to take time to rest up. You see, preaching in public is not an easy job.” The little boy thought about that and said, “Well, listening isn’t so easy either!”

The truth is that listening really is not always easy, especially when the messages are challenging. This week we move from talking about the time in our life to the subject of the Christian’s responsibility for reaching the lost – those who don’t know Jesus and are far from God. I will go over this passage verse by verse shortly, but first I want to give you an overview of what these parables are about in general.

In these two parables something of value is lost. In the stories the thing lost, whether a sheep or a coin, have monetary value. Nobody, including the religious leaders who valued material things, would ignore such a loss; rather they would put every effort into finding it and would rejoice when they did.

Now, if this is true about things that are lost, shouldn’t it also be true for people who are spiritually lost? You can see this in the story of the Prodigal Son where the father says about the son who has repented and returned home “he was lost and is found (verse 31).” Clearly it is those are spiritually lost who are represented by the lost things in these illustrate stories.

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