Organization Raises $20,000 for Smoky Mountain Children’s Home

Sevierville, TN – The Church of God Smoky Mountain Children’s Home was a recent recipient of the Buy a Tree Change a Life organization’s fundraising efforts. Buy a Tree Change a Life is a network of churches and organizations who are dedicated to helping children globally and locally by selling Christmas trees to the public during the month of December. The organization, which began four years ago, is the heart of Pastor Travis Johnson of Life Pointe Church in Homestead, Fla.

Faith-Based Hip-Hop Artist Continues Journey with Seasons Theme

In the midst of today’s mainstream Hip Hop culture that glorifies increasingly negative images, it’s refreshing to hear an artist that goes against the grain. After several notable media appearances, numerous awards, and ghost writing to his credit, K. Sparks is set to release Seasons Theme.

Five Prophetic Insights for 2016

As believers in Jesus Christ, you and I can walk in and release a supernatural, prophetic river of life (John 7:38). It is already flowing through us.

NRB Awards Kim Davis for Commitment to Christian Values

Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who was jailed for her Christian faith and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, received the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) President’s Award for her faithful commitment to Christian values despite political and media opposition. Last year, this award went to Miriam Ibrahim, a woman imprisoned in Sudan for her Christian faith.

L.E.A.D. Conference to Offer Headline Speakers at General Assembly

For the second time, the Church of God International General Assembly will offer a pre-conference conference entitled LEAD: Leadership, Enrichment, Affirmation, Development.

Victory for Employee Who Stood on Pro-Life Convictions

Sacramento, Calif.–Jan England became a Human Services Specialist with the County of Sacramento’s Department of Public Assistance out of a sincere desire to help others. Her job was to guide people through the complex web of public social services.

International Day for the Unreached

An alliance of globally focused ministries has designated May 15, 2016, as the International Day for the Unreached, a one-day event intended to inspire and mobilize Christians to reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel.

New Book Blends 12 Step Recovery with Bible Study

A new book, “For I Will Be With You: Daily Reflections on Recovery from the Bible,” launched today, offering people in 12 step recovery programs a daily Bible verse and its interpretation from a recovery perspective, the publisher announced. Written by Boruch Binyamin, a religious Jew who has been staying sober through the Alcoholics Anonymous program for 14 years, the book blends traditional Jewish Torah study with the step work of AA and related addiction recovery programs.

General Overseer Participates in Leaders’ Summit

Church of God General Overseer Mark L. Williams was part of a select group of Pentecostal leaders who gathered in Dallas, Texas for a two-day summit earlier this week. The following report was filed by a representative from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, one of the participating groups:

Church of God in Christ Charities Give Water and Baby Formula to Flint Residents

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Charities is sending water and ready-made baby formula to residents of Flint, Michigan.

New Book Blends 12 Step Recovery with Bible Study

A new book, “For I Will Be With You: Daily Reflections on Recovery from the Bible,” launched today, offering people in 12 step recovery programs a daily Bible verse and its interpretation from a recovery perspective, the publisher announced. Written by Boruch Binyamin, a religious Jew who has been staying sober through the Alcoholics Anonymous program for 14 years, the book blends traditional Jewish Torah study with the step work of AA and related addiction recovery programs.

Carson, Cruz Confirmed for NRB Presidential Candidates Forum

Republican presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz are confirmed to participate on Friday, February 26, in the Presidential Candidates Forum during Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention.

Team Conducts Outreach in Philippines

Church of God Youth and Discipleship Children’s Ministries Coordinator Tony Lane completed the 8th annual missions trip to the Philippines. The 16-member team participated in several ministry opportunities, including a tour of the Gentle Hands orphanage in Manila.

Azusafest 2016 Will Announce Winner of William Seymour Award

Azusa Street Mission will present the prestigious William J. Seymour award during the April 7-10, 2016 Azusafest celebration! Azusafest is a three-day Gospel music celebration that commemorate the Azusa Street Revival.

Nike Refuses To Let NBA MVP Show His Faith on His Shoes

Basketball enthusiasts undoubtedly recognize the name, Steph Curry. Curry is the 26-year-old point guard for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland California.

New Booklet Highlights Biblical View on Personal Wealth

Is it possible to be wealthy and a Christian? For years, many wealthy people within the church have wrestled with this question, feeling a deep sense of shame for all that they have. But what if there was another way to look at wealth?

VITAL Initiative Going West

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, for the first time ever, The VITAL Initiative was presented to pastors west of the Mississippi River and the expansion is set to continue throughout 2016.

Midlands Region Administrative Bishop Derwood Perkins invited Pastor Michael Nations, founding director of The VITAL Initiative, to challenge the pastors attending the Super Saturday Church Training Conference held at Cross Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme for the conference was the theme Bishop Perkins has chosen for the Midlands Region, “Empowered, Engaged, and Elevated.” There was over 100 pastors and laity in attendance.

The VITAL Initiative has a mission to help the Church of God realize and utilize the place and power of small churches in 21st century Kingdom work.

“There was an immediate connection and the Lord blessed and encouraged as Pastor Nations shared the ideals of The VITAL Initiative with pastors serving faithfully in Iowa and Nebraska,” Bishop Perkins stated.

Michael Nations stated, “If the Church of God is going to fulfill the mission task God has set before us, we must engage every church, including small churches.”

For more information about the Vital Initiative, visit www.thevitalinitiative.com. To contact Michael Nations by telephone call (828) 246-5071 or by email at [email protected]

Group Takes Leadership Development Conference to NYC

Level Up Coaching and Consulting, a leadership and personal growth firm in Lehigh, Florida will be taking its One Day Forward Leadership Development Experience to the Big Apple. The event will take place March 12, 8 a.m- 4 p.m. at the Hilton New York JFK Airport 144-02 135th Ave. Jamaica, NY.

Revival Hits Muslims in Syria Amid Deadly Persecution

ISIS targeted more Muslim-populated areas in Syria on Sunday. According to reports, the attacks left at least 140 dead in Damascus and Homs. These attacks were the deadliest of Syria’s five-year war.

The Facebook Post That Led Ted Cruz to Fire His Communications Director

Monday afternoon, while campaigning in Nevada, presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced he had asked his communications director to resign.

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