A judge’s decision this month to indefinitely postpone the appeal of a Christian sentenced under Algeria’s defamation and anti-proselytizing laws shows how the judicial system keeps Christians locked up without officially punishing or acquitting them, according to sources.
Church of God Music Ministries, part of the Division of Discipleship at the international offices, will present the conference at North Cleveland Church of God and the Lee University Conn Center, Wednesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 24th. Day sessions will be conducted at the North Cleveland church and two worship concerts will be held at Conn Center. Headlining a night of worship on Friday evening will be world-renowned singer, songwriter and worship leader Israel Houghton and his band, New Breed. Other featured guests will include Mark Harris, the Voices of Lee and more.
A nonprofit organization is working to protect pro-life supporters, whose rights to speak to women considering abortions are being threatened.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to Christians with warm wishes even as Israel supporters are urging Christians to continue praying for the Holy Land.
The Bible Audio Pronunciations iPhone application has expanded the size of it’s library from 1,000 words to 2,400 words. Ultimately, the app will contain every proper noun in the Bible, approximately 7,000 words.
Matthew and Luke are the only Gospel writers who wrote about Jesus’ birth, and we aren’t sure who provided them with firsthand reports. Jesus’ mother was among the earliest Christian disciples, so we assume she shared her story with them. All details were passed down orally, without the aid of technology. There were no radios, televisions, tape recorders, iPads, walkie-talkies, cameras, cellphones or fax machines in first century Israel. The only form of “instant messaging” required a guy to run from one king to another over a period of days.
“Oh, wretched man that I was! My life had become miserable, and I decided that my only hope lay in Christ; and to receive Him I would surrender my all.” –John C. Jernigan
Almost a year ago a wave of revolutions started in the Middle East, with Tunisia the central country where the first regime tumbled. Called the “Arab Spring,” repressive governments crumpled like dominoes, changing the landscape of the Middle East and North Africa forever and sending shock waves around the world.
If you are like most people, the name Oral Roberts will evoke a thousand different images. A life as panoramic as that of Oral Roberts cannot be viewed from one perspective.
Stevens Creek Church, a Church of God congregation in Augusta, Ga., has added a new way for their parishioners to donate this holiday season. The contemporary church introduced smart-phone giving through a mobile app provided by SecureGive. This is the first church donation app to hit the iTunes store.
Leaders of eleven faith communions met recently in Anderson, Indiana, to form the Global Wesleyan Alliance (GWA), a unique partnership to amplify the prophetic voice of Wesleyan-Arminian, holiness ministries and increase their effectiveness in spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world.
With digital readers and tablets expected to be popular Christmas gifts, accelerating the growth of non-print book sales, Christian suppliers and brick-and-mortar retailers have been launching e-book programs in time for the holidays.
Berean Christian Stores and some leading independents have already introduced services, with Mardel Christian & Education and The Parable Group due to follow soon.
Chuck Wallington’s Christian Supply in Spartanburg, S.C.—one of the industry’s top stores—unveiled its e-book initiative at Thanksgiving, with plans to roll it out to stores that are part of Wallington’s Covenant Group marketing network in the New Year.
E-books are available for purchase at the Christian Supply website, through Ingram Digital Content Services, with an in-store center to be introduced to answer customers’ questions. Wallington said that the e-books initiative was a significant shift in book selling. “I am convinced more than ever that if we are not where they are shopping, we are losing them for life.”
Digital marketing supplier Innovative Inc. has launched Christian e-books for more than 300 users of its Signature Websites, with in-store signage promoting the service. Among those using the service are members of the Association of Logos Bookstores, whose executive director Becky Gorczyca said it was “exactly what we had in mind when we began searching for an e-book solution a year and a half ago.”
Innovative’s program, which includes audiobooks and apps, has been developed in partnership with audiobook and digital publisher eChristian.
“We are committed to providing Christian retailers the products and promotions critical to their success, so they can give their customers information and access to new release, bestseller and sale titles in all formats,” said Innovative President Larry Haege. “By providing a quality physical store and a best-in-class e-book user experience, Christian retailers can meet customer needs across the spectrum.”
(Source: Charisma Media)