Speakers for General Assembly LEAD Conference Announced

The day before the opening gavel falls to open the 77th International General Assembly, a one-day intensive seminar featuring a stellar lineup of speakers will keynote the LEAD Conference, set for Monday, July 30, 2018.

Evangelical Radio Makes Waves in the Mideast

The Voice of Hope, the only Christian radio station in Israel, welcomes Vice President Pence in his visit of solidarity with Christians in the Middle East.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Since January 22 marks the 45th year since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, that purported to legalize killing a pre-born baby’s life for any reason and at any stage of development, President Donald Trump proclaimed yesterday, January 22, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Part of the proclamation states: “I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.”

Reagan’s successor, George H. W. Bush, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency. Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton, discontinued the practice but George W. Bush, resumed the proclamation, and did so every year of his presidency. President Obama had never issued a National Sanctity of Human Life proclamation during his presidency.

In President Trump’s proclamation, he states: “Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation’s history — and, indeed, our planet’s history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us. This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.'”

Since that tragic day in 1973, approximately 60 million innocent children have been brutally killed by abortion. Approximately 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Every day, more than 3,000 American babies are killed by abortion. Approximately 98 percent of abortions are performed for convenience, unrelated to health. Less than one percent occur because of rape and/or incest.

“January 22 is a tragic day in American history,” said Mat Staver (photo), Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We carry the blood of innocent children on our hands every day. We cannot escape the consequences of this human genocide unless we stop the slaughter and repent of this terrible sin. Abortion is outright rebellion against God, the author of human life. Abortion kills innocent children and leaves emotional scars on mothers, fathers and families. We are grateful that President Trump declared today as ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day.’ The Trump administration is taking action in favor of human life and we pray that the Supreme Court’s decision will be overturned very soon. Until then, Liberty Counsel continues fighting the battle to make the womb a safe place again,” said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

(Source: Christian Newswire)

Women’s Ministries Launches New Website

Church of God International Women’s Ministries President Paula Hill has announced the newly-launched website www.cogwomensministries.com.

Christian Medical Association Physicians Laud New Federal Rule

Last week the Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based association of physicians and other health professionals, said a new proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) will help protect patient access to healthcare.

NEXT 2018 to Host Top Church Family Ministry Leaders

NEXT 2018, held January 22-24 in Cumming, Ga., will bring together more than 100 next generation pastors and youth ministry leaders from some of the largest churches in the United States to have conversations about some of today’s most pressing issues. Since its inception four years ago, the event has tackled various topics, from racial reconciliation to workplace culture.

“Oftentimes, leaders in ministry feel like they’re alone,” said Frank Bealer, executive director of leadership development at Orange. “We’re wrestling out loud the unique tensions of the church without fear or judgment.”

The event will feature TED Talk-style presentations and roundtable discussions and is hosted by Orange at its headquarters north of Atlanta, Ga. Leading up to the event, attendees submitted questions pertaining to their challenges as ministry leaders that will be answered in the group format.

This is an invitation-only event. The discussions, ideas, and strategies generated at past NEXT events have positively influenced thousands of churches and the world. For more information about the event, visit next.thinkorange.com.

About Orange:
Orange (The reThink Group) is a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation.

(Source: Christian Newswire)

USA Missions Announces REWIRE Conferences

Church of God USA Missions will be hosting two conferences for equipping prospective church planters to plant or re-launch life-giving churches.

HHS Establishes Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today it will establish a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Office for Civil Rights to specialize in enforcement of and compliance with laws that protect conscience and free exercise of religion, and that prohibit coercion and discrimination. Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver and Director of Public Policy Jonathan Alexandre participated in today’s event in which HHS emphasized its commitment to faith-based organizations.

Brownback Nominated for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Family Research Council commended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approving the nomination of Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to be the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a job then-Senator Brownback was pivotal in creating in 1998 to address religious persecution and genocide around the world.

Winter 2018 Engage Journal Released

The winter 2018 issue of Church of God Engage has been released and is available digitally at www.cogengage.org.

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