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ORLANDO, Florida, November 8, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Accordance Bible Software is pleased to announce the release of its most powerful and diverse Bible software collections ever. Now, you can discover Scripture faster, deeper, better. The new XII Collections range in price from the All-in-All for $29,999 (a $55,794 value) to the Starter for $59.90 (a $189 value). There’s even a free version, Accordance Lite, featuring the ESVi and some Starter modules. Everything you need to know about these XII Collections is available now at www.Accordance.Bible. University professors and students alike enjoy Accordance’s world-class library. They also love its amazing new interactive analytics features. You can zoom into the details, go deep into the data, and make substantive new discoveries in lightning speed. Since 1994, OakTree Software, Inc., has offered exciting new releases of Accordance Bible Software before Thanksgiving every even numbered year. 2016 stands out, however, as a new pinnacle of achievement and success. The most popular new Accordance feature is the Stack. It’s an excellent tool for scholars who want to research and write articles with the proper citations automatically appearing at every turn. It’s also a powerful tool for clergy to research and write new messages and sermons. Another popular new Accordance feature is the Paper, which allows you to create teaching notes and handouts faster than ever. What’s more, the latest release of Accordance features info pane improvements, dynamic new analytics, custom keyboard shortcuts, and a beautiful new timeline. It’s no secret: Accordance allows scholars and students alike to research and write easier, faster, and with more depth. And its English, Greek, Hebrew, and Graphics libraries can put the world at your fingertips, anywhere, on almost any device, seamlessly. Even the Mobile version lets you explore the original text. Now, more than ever, Accordance Bible Software is Simply Brilliant™. See for yourself at www.Accordance.Bible.
Friday, 18 November 2016 19:01

Who Influenced Conservative Christians?

Survey Reveals the Political Analysts Who Had the Most Influence on Conservative Christians November 16, 2016 | TruthPR | -- The national media featured dozens of analysts who spent numerous hours trying to shape the thinking and behavior of the public throughout the recently concluded presidential election season. A new national survey conducted on Election Day reveals which of those commentators had the biggest influence on one of the most important voter segments in this year’s election: conservative Christian voters. Media Helped Shift the Vote The survey of 3,000 conservative Christians who voted in the November 8 election found that five media analysts had “a lot of influence” on people’s thinking about the presidential race among at least 10% of the SAGE Con constituency. (SAGE Cons are the Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives tracked in national surveys by the American Culture & Faith Institute, which conducted this study. More details about the nature of that group are provided at the end of this article.) The media personality with the greatest influence was Rush Limbaugh, listed by one out of every five SAGE Cons (19%) as having a lot of influence on their election considerations. The veteran broadcaster was closely trailed by Sean Hannity, who was chosen as having “a lot of influence” on their election thoughts by 17%. The other trio of talk-show hosts whose influence was mentioned by at least one out of ten Christian conservatives were Bill O’Reilly (14%), Laura Ingraham (12%), and Tony Perkins (11%). Unlike the others at the top of the list, Perkins is not a fulltime media professional. He is the President of the Family Research Council, a Christian ministry engaged in advancing faith, family, and freedom in public policy and society from a biblical worldview. His daily radio program, Washington Watch, along with the numerous articles he published over the course of the campaign, clearly hit home with the conservative Christian community. Other Popular Voices Of the more than three dozen media personalities whose influence was explored through ACFI’s election research, eight other media professionals emerged as highly influential with SAGE Cons. Charles Krauthammer was identified as highly influential in their campaign reflections by 9% of the conservative Christians. Tim Wildmon, host of a daily program on the American Family Radio network, the national broadcasting ministry of the American Family Association, was next. His influence was cited by 6% of the survey respondents. Rounding out the…
“Stay on good terms with each other, held together by [Agape] love.” Hebrews 13:1 (MSG) November 18, 2016 | TruthPR | -- The 2016 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are at our doors. Yet, so many Americans are still reeling with post election shock. Several weeks ago, I realized that if God didn’t touch our hearts with healing, during the holidays many of us would have miserable times around the family and friend tables of America. So I rolled up my sleeves and got on my knees so to speak, and began to pray for America. Then I designed a holiday meme and began writing this message. Somehow, America has elected a new president, Mr. Donald Trump. He needs our prayers, not our vitriol. The fussing and fuming is hurting our fragile relationships in our homes, our churches and in the marketplace. Throughout the 2016 debates and elections, many, including “yours truly” have reminded America that with prayer, we can do as my Uncle MLK often said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” My Uncle MLK, Daddy Rev. A. D. King and Grandfather Daddy King often taught from Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God made the human family to live together on the earth.” So we are not separate races, from womb to tomb, we are one blood, designed by our Creator to live together on the earth. Honestly this has been a very difficult season for me; testing my faith and my love for God’s human family. From the onset of my publically acknowledged support for the 2016 candidacy of first Dr. Ben Carson and then Mr. Donald Trump, I have received so much angst that if it hadn’t been for God’s mercy and forgiveness in my heart, for myself and for my loved ones – friends, family, church members and others – I would have fallen into sin by either striking back at those who don’t agree with me or at least trying to defend my position. Never mind that during the elections I wrote many blogs and participated in many interviews explaining that in accord with Proverbs 3: 5 and 1 Timothy 2:2 we Americans must trust God and not the human candidates to rescue America from this present state of disharmony. People still continued to flay each other with words, and in some cases as with the violent protesters, with physical acts…
November 18, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- On Monday evening, November 7, 2016, Dr. Guy A. Davidson passed peacefully to his eternal home.  He was known for his kindness, sense of humor and fun-loving spirit, authenticity, and love of children.  He was driven by a passion for people and his faith. The fourth of six boys, Guy moved with his family to Arizona in 1939, where he graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1947.  He went on to attend Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California; Cascade College in Portland, Oregon; Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri; and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  Western Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2002. His life in ministry began in 1951 as a Student Pastor at Community Church in Long Lane, Missouri, followed by a role as Youth & Education Director at First Assembly of God in Portland, Oregon while attending seminary.  Guy gained valuable experience as Director of Publicity for Gospel Publishing House in the mid-1950’s, before taking the position of Associate Pastor at Calvary Temple in Denver, Colorado.  He then served for four years as Senior Pastor of Peoples Church in Fresno, California. In December 1960, Guy married his sweetheart, Martha, in Denver.  While working again at Calvary Temple, Guy and Martha felt God calling them to begin a new church in the fast-growing Phoenix area.  With three other families, they began in 1965 to dream and pray about starting a community church on the southern edge of Tempe.  When Grace Community Church held its first service on January 8, 1967, there were 355 people in attendance – 55 more than the new sanctuary was built to seat.  The next week, Sunday School for all ages began, and by Palm Sunday of that year, a second service had been added.  During the first month, the congregation also began its long involvement in international Christian mission work by supporting Bible translation efforts in Mexico.  Under Guy’s leadership, a Christian school (now Grace Christian Academy) was started, and the church continued growing to become one of the first mega-churches in the East Valley. From 1988 to 1992, Guy served as the Director of World Medical Mission and Vice President of Samaritan’s Purse, based in Boone, North Carolina.  Following a pastorate in Danville, California, he and Martha returned to Arizona and launched Grace Fellowship Church in Buckeye.  Soon after, they founded…
Christ for all Nations Releases Historic Worship Experience Captured Live in Africa ORLANDO, FL November 16, 2016 | TruthPR.com | - Christ for all Nations (CfaN) hosted a historic live worship experience led by Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, the President of CfaN, with guests Roy Fields, Hope Darst, and others. The event took place in Ghana earlier this year and resulted in an amazing worship experience. It is now available on DVD and CD. Holy Ground comes from the epicenter of one of the greatest moves of God in history where over 75 million people registered decisions for Christ. Contemporary musical arrangements and beautiful choral harmonies bring to life classic hymns as well as modern and original songs and medleys. The only site large enough to accommodate the massive crowds that attended this historic event was the city dump. The surrounding neighborhood was infamous for its high levels of crime, poverty and hardship. The CfaN team moved in, cleared the land and constructed the massive stage  complete with state of the art sound and lighting just in time for the hundreds of thousands of people that flooded the grounds. Beautiful sounds of worship filled the night air during the week long Crusade., The Gospel was preached with power, and by the end, 381,680 individuals had registered decisions for Christ. The whole event was captured in this historic worship album appropriately titled, Holy Ground.  Daniel Kolenda stated"This was the most personally impacting projects I’ve ever been a part of. What happened in Ghana is actually a picture of redemption itself. Jesus loves to enter our mess and bring a miracle, exchanging beauty for ashes and making everything new. It’s more than an album, it’s an experience.” Holy Ground was co-produced by Latin Grammy winner and 6-time nominee Carlson Barros. Holy Ground contains a DVD and CD combo pack with a full-color panoramic poster and details about the incredible change that took place during a one-week campaign in Africa with over 700,000 people. http://HolyGroundCfaN.com About Christ For All Nations (CfaN):(cfan.org) CfaN is a non-denominational missions organization, aimed at taking the Gospel message to the world. Christ for all Nations is primarily known for its historic crusades in Africa and recently surpassed a historic milestone of 75 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ at major events in Africa and other parts of the world. Media ContactDiane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PORTSMOUTH, VA, October 14, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Hampton Roads based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, is now providing relief on three fronts following Hurricane Matthew - in Haiti, South Carolina and North Carolina. Mercy Chefs is currently stationed at the Emergency Operations Center in Lumberton, North Carolina, where they are feeding first responders, police officers, search and rescue teams and the National Guard. In addition to the 1,800 meals for emergency personnel, they are cooking for one of the seven shelters in the area, as well as, several nearby churches.  Lumberton, North Carolina is an emerging disaster zone. After the hurricane hit, the city sat quiet. Then, the levees failed. Immediately, the city and surrounding county were inundated with water. Now residents are facing widespread, extreme flooding. For days, the greater area of Robeson County has been overrun by these floodwaters. Officials have just announced that the water supply for Robeson County has been contaminated by the flooding and will remain so for two to three weeks. Residents are now facing the daunting reality of an extended period without access to the most basic of human necessities - water. This is the first time in Mercy Chefs' history that we have needed to respond to a water crisis here in the United States. The organization is preparing to have a water filtration unit, capable of providing 120 gallons of clean water per hour delivered to their North Carolina base. The unit will service the water needs of 5,000 people daily.  For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. Request an Interview Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews.
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 00:35

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Audio Download for Radio Redeemed and Restored Bringing Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Survivors Out of the Shadows HOUSTON, Tex., October 4, 2016 | Christian News Service | — Everyone wants the fairy tale, but fairy tales don’t come easy when the marriage is battling to overcome the nightmare of past shame and betrayal. In her newest release Redeemed (Hopeful Hearts Ministry October 2016), Shannon M. Deitz shares the early struggles of her marriage to her husband, Neal, including how they worked to overcome sexual intimacy issues, abusive behaviors toward one another that carried over into their parenting, and the imminent threat of an extramarital affair and divorce. Redeemed reveals the self-destructive behavior Shannon was led into because of the shame of rape and guilt of self-imposed inexcusable sin during her formative years. Deitz, in a gripping and riveting read, unfolds this truth through the continuation of her journey in accepting love, intimacy, worthiness, and forgiveness through the gift of marriage and motherhood.  Redeemed portrays Shannon’s ever strengthening love story with God as she struggles to accept the good gifts He has waiting for her, and the courage it takes to trust God and others, when her spirit has been so deeply wounded by sins of her past.  Few problems are so pervasive, yet shrouded in secrecy, as domestic violence and sexual abuse. The statistics are staggering.  Nearly one in every four women is beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood. One in every four girls and nearly one in every six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Until recent years, these widespread problems were rarely made public. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Deitz, author, speaker, and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry, is asking for survivors to step out of the shadows and bring their stories to light. Through the I Have a Voice video project, Dietz encourages survivors to give voice to their pasts. The I Have a Voice project consists of eight intensely moving interrelated videos, all with a collective purpose to help survivors recognize the abuse they have suffered and expose the truth, understand that they are not alone and that the abuse does not define them, and overcome being a victim and realize the full potential of their lives moving forward. Earlier this year, Deitz conducted an online survey that revealed some interesting information regarding domestic abuse survivors. 98% of survivors polled indicated…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 19:09

Pray, Fast, Vote - It’s Not Too Late for America

Audio Download for Radio Monday night’s debate shows us how important it is that we pray, fast, and ask God for wisdom.  God will show us what to do.  It’s time for us to take a stand.  Our faith and trust isn’t in politicians, it’s not in government, and it’s not in anything other than Jehovah God, our heavenly Father.  That’s where we place our alliance and allegiance.  We know God never fails, and He will do what He’s going to do in this nation.  We just need to stand up and be His people.  DALLAS/FORT WORTH, September 28, 2016 | ChristianNewsService.com| – In an unprecedented partnership, a coalition of Christian television broadcasters is calling Americans to place their trust, and their vote, in God. To deliver their message, In God We Trust, a one-hour special (a 30-minute version is also available) will run on networks across the nation. The message is simple, powerful, and universal, crossing racial, political and socio-economic lines. It is time for God’s people to pray, to fast for wisdom, and then to vote for the candidates of their choice in the upcoming election this fall. Facing the stark reality that over 27 million registered Christian voters did not vote in the 2012 election, these leaders believe that a responsible turn-out of Christian voters this November will pave the way of hope for our nation and a return to the Christian principles on which it was founded. In God We Trust viewers will be provided the opportunity to sign an online In God We Trust proclamation, pledging to pray, to fast, to vote and to place their trust in Divine Providence. A downloadable e-version of the devotional In God We Trust 21-Day Action Plan will be available to guide participants through 21 days of prayer and fasting for the nation.Go to in GodweTrust.tv to download the guide and sign the proclamation today. This television special is spearheaded by Don Black, president and CEO of Cornerstone Network, along with other ministry broadcasting partners including Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and Pathway to Victory TV and radio program, Andrew Wommack, founder and president of Andrew Wommack Ministries and host of The Gospel Truth TV program. Also adding their voices are Joyce Meyer, founder and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries and host of Enjoying Everyday Life, Perry Stone, founder and CEO…
September 28, 2016 | TruthPR.com | --Today more than seventy-five (75) of America's foremost evangelical and Catholic leaders released a powerful letter urging Progressive "faith" groups to turnaway from the liberal political funding of George Soros and his allies, and their agenda that weakens the poor, the Church and the nation. Co-signers include Dr. Alveda King, Dr. James Garlow, Mat Staver, George Barna, Miles McPherson, Lt. Gen. Wm. "Jerry" Boykin, Eric Metaxas and Bishop Harry R Jackson, Jr.   Kelly Kullberg, the group's spokesperson, said, "Hopefully this Call to Repentance will awaken the Church and nation to the anti-Christian funding and agenda behind the Religious Left's "faith" fronts. Our letter is the Church speaking truth to power. Our hope is to return to a true gospel witness grounded in the whole counsel of Scripture. Biblical wisdom, not Progressive policies enforced by big government, is the highest love for human beings."     The letter is found, and launches, a new ad hoc group, the American Association of Evangelicals at AmericanEvangelicals.org   To schedule an interview or speak to Mrs. Kullberg, she can be contacted at (614) 284-1612 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Chef Gary realized there had to be a better way to serve people in these devastating moments when folks have lost so much! His goal was to replace the standard disaster-relief food service— the cold food, warm water, inadequate facilities and the absence of food safety and sanitation - with hot meals, professionally prepared and served with love, respect and dignity.     The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of homes damaged; some reports have it as high as 200,000 homes destroyed. In spite of the severe damage and loss of life – the tragedy has not received the attention nationally that it deserves. It did get Chef Gary LeBlanc’s attention, as he arrived on the scene with two mobile kitchens, chefs, and a host of volunteers – within hours of the disaster. While most people run from disaster, Chef Gary runs straight into the heart of the disaster. “We got here just as quickly as we could get through the barricades and the roadblocks and the high water and started serving food immediately upon arrival,’ said Mercy Chefs founder Gary LeBlanc.” LeBlanc founded Mercy Chefs back in 2006, just after Hurricane Katrina. He has been on the scene in communities all over the country ever since. I don’t even have the words to tell you just how special I think the man is. But as you know, being short on words is not my typical style. Rest assure, I’ll find the words in this special production with Chef Gary. Listen to the program, and then go to the website and get involved. He will tell you on the program how you can help them help all of us. You’ll be encouraged and inspired… GARY LEBLANC, Founder and President – he founded Mercy Chefs in 2006 and says he could have never imagined all that God would do through us. OUR MISSION: JUST GO FEED PEOPLE, Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization. We exist to serve professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters and are committed to using our resources to meet the needs of others. For Further Insight: Mercy Chefs Website: https://mercychefs.com Follow Mercy Chefs on Twitter  I began to walk down the line of cars waiting for a meal to talk and pray with…
SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 25, 2016 / Christian News Service / — Dr. Tim F. LaHaye, the son of a Detroit autoworker who grew up to become a respected pastor, international best-seller and prominent evangelical leader, died July 25, 2016 in a San Diego area hospital, just days after suffering a stroke. Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926, he was 90 years old. Dr. LaHaye, an Air Force veteran, is perhaps most noted for his blockbuster best-selling book series “Left Behind,” which he co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins. “Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don’t expect to fill until I see him again,” Jenkins said of his co-author’s passing. Over seven decades Dr. LaHaye influenced others from the pulpit, in books, the political arena and at home. Jenkins said that Dr. LaHaye had become a “spiritual giant” to him. “The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor’s heart and lived to share his faith,” Jenkins said. “He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he’d just met—from a reader to a part-time bookstore stock clerk to a TV network anchorman.” Joining Dr. LaHaye for most of his journey was the former Beverly Ratcliffe, whom he married on July 5, 1947. Mrs. LaHaye—a powerhouse in her own right—founded Concerned Women for America in 1979, the nation’s largest public policy organization for women with 600,000 members. Their union prompted Time magazine in 2005 to name the LaHayes “The Christian Power Couple.” The proclamation came as the magazine named Dr. LaHaye as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. Early in his ministerial career, Dr. LaHaye pastored churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before moving his family to California. They settled in San Diego County, where he took the reigns of Scott Memorial Baptist Church. Under his 25-year leadership, the congregation expanded to three locations, including what is now Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon. Dr. LaHaye also founded two accredited Christian high schools, a school system of 10 Christian schools and what is now San Diego Christian College (formerly Christian Heritage College). In 1972 he co-founded the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:43

Are You Smarter than a Smartphone?

Jonathan McKee Provides 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid  Audio Download for Radio In 2015, Common Sense Media conducted extensive research and found that today’s 13 to 18-year-olds spend about nine hours on entertainment media per day, excluding time spent at school or doing homework. Of course, most parents didn’t need research to know that. They have likely been engaged in the seemingly never ending battle against today’s technology and its grip on their children for years or they are right there with them – just as spellbound by their mobile devices as their kids. In 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, (Shiloh Run Press, July 2016) author Jonathan McKee draws from over 20 years of experience working with teenagers, studying youth culture, and raising three teens of his own to provide help to parents who want to have meaningful interaction with their kids and win the technology war with the Smartphone Generation. Interestingly, technology is not the enemy according to McKee. “We need to help teenagers move from being tech-dependent to tech-enabled. Technology can be a really convenient tool in communicating with people outside the room, but it becomes a hindrance when it interferes with our connection with people inside the room. The ideas offered in the book come from not just years of research, but from extensive engagement on the frontlines as an imperfect parent who wanted to connect with his kids. As with any other value that we want to instill in our children, teaching the responsible use of today’s technology begins with us – the parents.” McKee’s transparency will immediately set parents at ease as he addresses boundaries in a kind, constructive way, yet with the firmness needed to make his point. With his common sense approach, supported by plenty of expert documentation, he sets forth the dangers that lie ahead if parents fail to act. But instead of lecturing, he provides them with practical solutions to the problems facing the family in using today’s technology. His 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid will help to turn monologues into dialogues and to replace screen images with faces – the faces of people who mean the most, their kids. Jonathan McKee is an author and speaker. He and his wife, Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa, and Ashley live in California. 52 Ways to Connect with Your…
ATLANTA, GA, June 10, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- One week ago today, on June 3, many Americans and people around the world mourned the loss of Muhammad Ali. Dead at the age of 74, Ali, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, died after a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. May we pray for the peace of his family, his many admirers and his critics. We pray that Muhammad Ali be remembered not only as a man who won in a boxing ring, but who tirelessly waged war on the battlefield for justice. Ali was born with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. That’s who I met in the mid 1960′s at a “Fair Housing Rally” led by my daddy Rev. A. D. King, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY. Daddy and his brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., (Uncle M. L.) were Baptist preachers and Civil Rights Leaders. I was a “youth organizer” in the Civil Rights Movement in those days. Ali, a native of Louisville was a headliner in the Kentucky “Open Housing Movement.” As a contemporary of such civil rights icons as Uncle ML, Daddy AD, and yes, the prominent and dominant Malcolm X, Mr. Ali was making a lasting mark for himself inside and outside the boxing ring. Even though he was a contentious objector of the Vietnam War, he always loved America.   Perhaps even as Malcolm X recanted from his radical Islamic teachings of hatred of the Caucasian race, changing his name to Malik Shabazz after a visit to Mecca and adapting a message of universal peace and compassion, Mr. Ali also embraced that understanding as well as a love for “The Beloved Community” that my Uncle and Dad proclaimed during their lifetimes. While Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home, he later converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali; in part, because he objected to the western characterization of Jesus Christ. Yet, I believe in my heart that the Christian message that he learned from my uncle, Martin Luther King, and Daddy A. D. was impacting him, too. Ali was not only a great boxer, but also a great man; a man of character, integrity and faith. He loved his God, his family and the world. Yet, he was a very complex personality; and like everyone, was subject to human failings. Some may question my prayer that…
PORTSMOUTH, VA, June 1, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed victims of the latest round of extreme flooding in Houston, Texas. America’s fourth largest city did not have time to recover from April's flood damage before a torrential downpour – twenty-one inches of rain in two days – triggered another round of severe flooding across the area. Current forecasts are predicting an additional ten inches of rainfall over the next two days. Thousands of residents are already under mandatory evacuation. The Texas Department of Emergency Management requested Mercy Chefs' immediate assistance in bringing relief to southeast Houston. Mercy Chefs serves on the Texas Emergency Feeding Task Force and is one of only five agencies permitted to enter the disaster zone at this point. The organization’s mobile response unit will be stationed in Brazoria County and is capable of providing its own power and potable water. Meal service is expected to begin as early as tomorrow. The situation is constantly evolving. Updates will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page. For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ### ABOUT MERCY CHEFS: Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. CONTACT MERCY CHEFS:Request an Interview:Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews.Phone: 877-746-9322 Ext.700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: mercychefs.com
How many of us grew up hearing Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage: “A penny saved is a penny earned”? Whether or not we adopted as our own this approach to managing money, we understood the principle that financial security has less to do with how much we earn than with what we do with those pennies and dollars. Franklin also cautioned: “Money has never made man happy, nor will it; there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” It’s an age-old quandary. We need money to acquire basic necessities such as shelter, food and clothing. And then there are expenses such as education, transportation and healthcare. Where exactly is the line between consuming material goods and being consumed by them? “As Christians, we are bombarded every day by messages that society tells us about money,” says Callie Briese, Manager of External Relations at Thrivent Financial®, a Minneapolis-based fraternal benefit society that provides its members with financial solutions and life insurance products. “These messages are often incorrect, or they are partial truths. At Thrivent, our mission is to remind people that money is a tool to help them live out their faith. We help Christians make wise money decisions so they can protect themselves against the unexpected and plan for retirement, looking at money as a tool, not a goal. Generosity is a big part of being wise with money.” The topic of money and financial management makes many people uncomfortable. Briese points out that we often have difficulty trusting God and it seems easier to trust something tangible, such as money. “We look at it as a tangible thing but we tend to have an emotional connection to money, which is unhealthy. In the Bible, we see God telling Christians to live generously and to help others. Christians have the foundation of our faith and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Everyone struggles with money. Everyone is told stuff will make you happy. But it won’t. Christians can recognize that from a faith perspective.” Thrivent’s clients have a variety of needs, from life or disability insurance to retirement planning or student loans. Briese says the commonality they share is a desire to use their money in a way that allows them to connect their faith and their finances. “They want to make wise money decisions…
ATLANTA, Geo., May 13, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- In an article at The American Conservative, Professor Gavin Ahern of Xavier College Prep is in the spotlight for bringing up the controversial topic of abortion and genocide to his students. The open letter below is intended to commend and encourage Professor Ahern, his colleagues, peers, students and all people of goodwill to continue to shed light regarding the sanctity of life. Catholic leaders ask college educators to stop giving a platform to pro-abortion politicians. Along these same lines, we are getting more and more reports regarding gag orders on educators who have the courage to speak out regarding the injustice, of the current one sided imbalance and intolerance regarding freedom of speech regulations. The popular movie series GOD’S NOT DEAD and a growing pool of other movies explore the role of educators like Professor Ahern who are swimming upstream in today's culture war. Please support this movement at Movie Guide.  Finally, please join us at CRU (Civil Rights for the Unborn) in encouraging Professor Ahern and indeed all educators to speak the truth even in the face of the onslaught of political correctness.  Click HERE to sign on to Open Letter.  Dear Mr. Ahern, I am writing you because I read about the recent controversy surrounding the flyer which you distributed to your students about abortion and the black genocide going on in our country today. I applaud you for your courage to share the truth with your students. The opposition, the abortion industry, has flooded society with so many lies for so long about what abortion really is and how it affects our society, that when someone takes a stance against them, it seems like everyone comes down on you. I was encouraged to read that the faculty is standing behind you and not letting pressure from the community dictate their actions. As you may know, I work with Fr. Frank Pavone at Priests for Life. As a nondenominational Christian, I highly regard the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion and contraception. In a time where so many colleges are extending invitations to pro-abortion public figures to speak to the students, it is refreshing to know that you are standing up and teaching your students the truth.  Also, your compassion is evident in your providing insight to the female students to bring them awareness of the dangers of abortions and hyper sexuality which is…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author. (868 Words) Over 12 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Each year 1.5 million more are added to this grim statistic.  Is your church equipped to minister to this growing need? CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE, May 5, 2016 -- A word so terrible it describes a disease and is a synonym for “pernicious, spreading evil” (The American Heritage Dictionary)1. For many diagnosed with cancer, that’s exactly what it feels like. Pernicious evil. According to The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)2, “Cancer isn't a single disease. The term cancer encompasses more than 200 diseases all characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells.” While cancer is not a single disease, it tends to have a singular impact on our psyches and souls. Something usually akin to terror and helplessness. Just as the person stricken with cancer is befuddled and overwhelmed, often, so are those nearby.  In church, we hear a prayer request related to cancer and our Holy Spirit honed instinct is to do something, to extend help, to be the living body of Christ. But do what? Help how? Beyond offering prayers -- friends, family members, fellow congregants -- we’re at a loss where to begin. Responding biblically to stand in the gap In 2003, Pastors Percy McCray and Michael Langham were chaplains for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) [http://www.cancercenter.com/]. Ministering alongside doctors and nurses, they discerned a common thread of frustration while caring for patients and their families. Medical care addressed physical needs, but when it came to spiritual and practical support outside the hospital walls, there was a gap. As the stricken turned to their churches for support, help was virtually non-existent. While there was no lack of desire to help, there was a lack of information and structure for doing so. Over time, wrestling with this need, McCray and Langham birthed what has become Our Journey of Hope®, a biblically-based cancer care ministry sponsored and supported by CTCA. The program offers two days of training hosted at CTCA regional hospitals. The training, which includes meals and one night’s lodging, is free of charge for up to two pastor-approved representatives from a church. According to Rev. Dr. Drew Angus, Director of Spiritual Outreach based out of CTCA in Philadelphia, the program initially involved…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author. (734 Words) Together 2016 to include 12,000 service projects WASHINGTON D.C., May 5, 2016 | Christian News Service | — Crowds will gather in Washington DC this summer. The sound will hit high volume. But this event won't be a ball game, a superstar's performance, a political protest, or a presidential debate. Those who travel to the nation's capital won't be there for pleasure or rebellion or politics. They will come together and pray. They are seeking to worship together. They are hoping to experience God's love together. On July 16, 2016, in the National Mall of Washington DC, followers of Christ from around the world will meet for Together 2016. Their plans? To pray for a new revival to come.  Well-known artists and leaders like Hillsong United, Lecrae, Francis Chan, David Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Christine Caine, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, Josh McDowell, Luis Palau, Mark Batterson, Tasha Cobbs, Michael W. Smith, and many others plan to help guide this gathering. Youth groups and ministry organizations will team up to meet together, pray together, and serve together. Nick Hall, the visionary voice of Together 2016, believes now is the time and DC is the place.  “Something powerful happens when we come together,” said Hall, who is the founder of the student-led evangelism movement PULSE. “In today’s live-stream generation, in the time where it is possible to be everywhere all at once, it is also possible to be nowhere ever. Though we can be everywhere at once, we are also prone to never really be anywhere. So, there is something about getting together in person. It matters to God when we show up in person, when we gather together. That is what we plan to see in Together 2016.” But there is more going on than gathering together. Organizers seek more than large numbers and excitement. Their four goals are to pray, learn, share, and love. How do they plan to share the love they learn about and pray for? By viewing this event as America’s Mission Trip, Together 2016 is planning 12,000 service projects. This summer event isn’t ending with a thrill of the moment.  Hall believes that prayer and service come together. They hope to sing about love and learn how to live this life, all while showing the reality of what they…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author. (629 words) CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE, May 4, 2016 --The social media age has helped families build relationships with new friends and re-establish contacts with old ones, but it also has had an interesting side effect: Everyone’s life on Facebook and other platforms seems, well, perfect.    It is rare, indeed, to read about a person’s struggles at work or at home. Instead, we see pictures of smiling parents and happy children, living their seemingly seamless lives.  It is enough to make families wonder: Does anyone else share our struggles?  A new 12-episode Christian family series seeks to break through the façade, showing real families facing real challenges in life – all of them talking candidly about not only their moments in the valleys but also how they overcame their struggles.  Called “Parent Compass,” the free series launches May 20 on ParentCompass.TV and covers a multiple of life-changing moments, from the loss of a job to the loss of a child. Along the way it spotlights 12 couples – of various races and backgrounds -- whose relationship with Christ (the “compass”) brought them through their darkest moments. A workbook, downloadable through the website, also will be available for use in small groups or at-home study.   The idea for the not-for-profit series came from executive producer Natalie Jones, who said she began seeing the need for such a series eight years ago at a Christian conference. Three years later, she felt led to launch the project.  “So a prayer group started and they have been praying ever since,” she said. “We asked God to write these episodes.”  Nathan Todd Sims of Fusion Productions directed all 12 episodes, the first of which won two Telly Awards, which are given to the best in film and video.  “The whole point of this series is this: The way to manage life, family and to parent is to follow Jesus Christ,” Jones said. “Every episode begins with a verse and ends with a verse, and is brought alive through the episode. There’s a variety of issues, backgrounds and family sizes. What’s the same is their compass, and the compass is Christ.” Among the families and issues covered in the episodes:  A family whose child suffered from a disease and was healed.  A family whose child suffered from cancer and died. A…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author (734 words). May 16 nationwide theater event to showcase gripping story of children liberated from traffickers CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE, May 4, 2016 -- Posing as American sex tourists wanting to buy children, the Operation Underground Railroad’s (O.U.R.) jump team, led by Tim Ballard, meets with traffickers. They negotiate. Dozens of hidden cameras capture the darkness of human trafficking at a party with girls—12, 13, 14 years old—in Cartagena, Colombia; with younger girls and boys at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In “The Abolitionists,” the action is real. Light comes into the darkness as seven traffickers are arrested. Hope comes to the hopeless as 57 victims are rescued.  “Some people lose their faith over such evil,” said Tim Ballard, O.U.R.’s CEO. “But for me the exact opposite is true. Doors open that shouldn’t have opened. Resources come to us that shouldn’t have come. [God] wants these kids rescued more than anybody.”  Ballard had to go where few dare to tread. Real life action heroes Early in his career as a Homeland Security special agent, Ballard said he struggled to continue working on assignments with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. Analyzing child porn for clues on how to save victims was so disturbing he wanted to walk away. Then on July 3, 2006, during an operation in Southern California, a little five-year-old boy stood in front of him. That child had been set free from ongoing rape by a child pornographer. In that moment Ballard became determined to spend the rest of his life rescuing kids.  By 2012, Ballard said he realized he could do more to help the estimated two million children being held as sex slaves around the world by resigning from Homeland Security. Starting O.U.R., Ballard put together a jump team comprised of former CIA agents, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives. They work with governments around the world to identify traffickers, rescue their victims, then provide the extensive aftercare necessary for healing. Soon after starting O.U.R, Ballard connected with Chet Thomas (who worked on Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” “Amistad,” and “Meet the Parents”) and Darrin Fletcher (with credits on “Sandlot,” “High School Musical 3,” and “Touched By An Angel.”)  “It was a perfect fit,” said Thomas. Over time…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author. (734 Words) May 16 nationwide theater event to showcase gripping story of children liberated from traffickers CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE, May 4, 2016 -- Posing as American sex tourists wanting to buy children, the Operation Underground Railroad’s (O.U.R.) jump team, led by Tim Ballard, meets with traffickers. They negotiate. Dozens of hidden cameras capture the darkness of human trafficking at a party with girls—12, 13, 14 years old—in Cartagena, Colombia; with younger girls and boys at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.      In “The Abolitionists,” the action is real. Light comes into the darkness as seven traffickers are arrested. Hope comes to the hopeless as 57 victims are rescued. “Some people lose their faith over such evil,” said Tim Ballard, O.U.R.’s CEO. “But for me the exact opposite is true. Doors open that shouldn’t have opened. Resources come to us that shouldn’t have come. [God] wants these kids rescued more than anybody.” Ballard had to go where few dare to tread. Real life action heroes Early in his career as a Homeland Security special agent, Ballard said he struggled to continue working on assignments with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. Analyzing child porn for clues on how to save victims was so disturbing he wanted to walk away. Then on July 3, 2006, during an operation in Southern California, a little five-year-old boy stood in front of him. That child had been set free from ongoing rape by a child pornographer. In that moment Ballard became determined to spend the rest of his life rescuing kids. By 2012, Ballard said he realized he could do more to help the estimated two million children being held as sex slaves around the world by resigning from Homeland Security. Starting O.U.R., Ballard put together a jump team comprised of former CIA agents, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives. They work with governments around the world to identify traffickers, rescue their victims, then provide the extensive aftercare necessary for healing. Soon after starting O.U.R, Ballard connected with Chet Thomas (who worked on Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” “Amistad,” and “Meet the Parents”) and Darrin Fletcher (with credits on “Sandlot,” “High School Musical 3,” and “Touched By An Angel.”) “It was a perfect fit,” said Thomas. Over…
This article is available for publishing in print and/or online with attribution to the author. (629 Words) CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE, May 4, 2016 -- The social media age has helped families build relationships with new friends and re-establish contacts with old ones, but it also has had an interesting side effect: Everyone’s life on Facebook and other platforms seems, well, perfect.    It is rare, indeed, to read about a person’s struggles at work or at home. Instead, we see pictures of smiling parents and happy children, living their seemingly seamless lives. It is enough to make families wonder: Does anyone else share our struggles? A new 12-episode Christian family series seeks to break through the façade, showing real families facing real challenges in life – all of them talking candidly about not only their moments in the valleys but also how they overcame their struggles. Called “Parent Compass,” the free series launches May 20 on ParentCompass.TV and covers a multiple of life-changing moments, from the loss of a job to the loss of a child. Along the way it spotlights 12 couples – of various races and backgrounds -- whose relationship with Christ (the “compass”) brought them through their darkest moments. A workbook, downloadable through the website, also will be available for use in small groups or at-home study.  The idea for the not-for-profit series came from executive producer Natalie Jones, who said she began seeing the need for such a series eight years ago at a Christian conference. Three years later, she felt led to launch the project. “So a prayer group started and they have been praying ever since,” she said. “We asked God to write these episodes.” Nathan Todd Sims of Fusion Productions directed all 12 episodes, the first of which won two Telly Awards, which are given to the best in film and video. “The whole point of this series is this: The way to manage life, family and to parent is to follow Jesus Christ,” Jones said. “Every episode begins with a verse and ends with a verse, and is brought alive through the episode. There’s a variety of issues, backgrounds and family sizes. What’s the same is their compass, and the compass is Christ.” Among the families and issues covered in the episodes: A family whose child suffered from a disease and was healed. A family whose child suffered from cancer and died.…
PORTSMOUTH, Vir., April 21, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed thousands in Houston, Texas. Monday, the relief group left Virginia with one of their state of the art mobile kitchens in tow, headed for the disaster zone. The team arrived on site late Tuesday. By noon today, their chefs will begin serving 2,000 restaurant quality meals daily for all those affected by the severe flooding that has overtaken the city. Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen is stationed at the North West Community Church located at 12507 Windfern Road Houston, TX 77064. Residents, first responders and volunteers are invited to pick up lunch and dinner here. Meal times will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page. An estimated 1,800 to 2,000 homes are still underwater in the surrounding neighborhoods. To reach these residences, Mercy Chefs will be partnering with the Salvation Army to make meal deliveries directly to these homes. For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. CONTACT MERCY CHEFS:Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews.Phone: 877-746-9322 Ext.700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: mercychefs.com
ANTHEM, Ariz., April 7, 2016 | Christian News Service | – SimilarWeb recently released its complete rankings of U.S. media publishers and publications of 2015. Liftable Media, Inc. is pleased to announce the Anthem-based company ranks #48 in the latest ranking of Top 50 media firms. “This is incredibly humbling and we are just so grateful to a part of this list,” said Ford Jordan, COO of Liftable Media Inc. The data examined the top publishers and publications based on combining desktop and mobile page-views in the U.S in 2015. With 944,000,000 page views for 2015 – 54% of Liftable news consumers view via a desktop while 46% view using a mobile device. “We work everyday to drive positive cultural change through liftable media with integrity and honesty. We are just thrilled and thank our loyal readership for their continued support,” said Jordan. Liftable Media publishes westernjournalism.com, conservativetribune.com, tpnn.com, thoughtfulwomen.com, usaradio.com and liftable.com. Liftable Media joins the likes of MSN, Disney Media Networks and Time Warner in the Top 50 ranking. Source: https://www.similarweb.com/blog/top-media-publishers-and-publications-of-2015 ### Media Contact:Russ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.-0909
Thursday, 31 March 2016 14:16

The Sense of Humor

Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living ROCKFORD, Ill., April 1, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- Max Elliot Anderson announces the release of his new book, The Sense of Humor - Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living, from Elk Lake Publishing. ISBN: 9781942513971 | ASIN: 1942513976 “April is National Humor Month,” Anderson said, “and kicks off on April Fool’s Day. During these uncertain times, what people need most is a good laugh. Imagine what would happen if we understood there is an untapped force, contained within us, that has the power to totally change our lives. And what if we discovered, all we had to do in order to unlock this secret, is to simply start using it?” The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 85% of all human illnesses are curable by the body’s own healing system. Recent data suggests the more positive input we can include in our lives, the more we are supporting our body’s ability to tap into its natural healing process. The Sense of Humor is divided into two sections. The first explores the benefits of incorporating humor in medicine, relationships, the classroom, families, the workplace, by youth workers, pastors, counselors, and more. “This project began as a simple joke book,” Anderson continued. “But through my video production work with clients, I began to discover the healing value of laughter and humor plus the benefits being found in business and industry where humor was used.” The second part of The Sense of Humor contains hundreds of jokes and humor arranged in sections that relate to each of the major subjects found in the first. Studies reveal that humor aids in the healing process. And a personal sense of humor helps combat stress and depression. In business, one of the primary traits the human resources department looks for is a healthy sense of humor in job applicants. People without a sense of humor aren’t expected to go far. A pastor notes, “Humor is disarming. It makes us deal with issues we wouldn’t face otherwise. Humor is more than a joke at the end of a sermon.” As one youth pastor puts it, “The way to a student’s heart is through his funny bone.” Education professionals tell us laughter encourages learning. Humor leads to an increase in attention span and it can help both the students and the teacher.…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 21:17

Risen movie: Resurrection hoax?

Did Jesus Christ really rise from the dead, or was his “resurrection” an elaborate hoax? Suppose you had been present at the events surrounding Jesus’ death, burial and alleged resurrection, and could study the evidence yourself.  Suppose, as a skeptic, you had the power and resources to search for the body, interview witnesses, analyze data, seek the truth.  What would you find? That’s the theme of Risen, a Sony/TriStar film opening February 19.  Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) plays Clavius, a Roman tribune and close associate of governor Pontius Pilate tasked with finding Jesus’ missing corpse.  Tom Felton (Harry Potter) plays his aide, Lucius. This novel approach to centuries-old questions about Jesus’ resurrection uses dramatic historical fiction to let viewers consider the evidence intellectually and process it psychologically.  “I really do see [the film] as a noir detective story,” explains Fiennes, whose prep included learning interrogation techniques from a police detective. Who’s got the body? (Spoilers ahead.)  Clavius regularly leads Roman soldiers in battle, in ultimate pursuit – he admits – of his own personal power, prestige and inner peace.  His boss, Pilate, who ordered Jesus crucified, wants to ensure the Nazarene is dead and buried.  Clavius has an executioner thrust a spear into Jesus’ side to confirm death.  He releases the body for burial in a tomb. Jewish leaders ask Pilate for a Roman seal on the tomb, lest anyone steal the body and perpetrate a resurrection hoax.  Clavius and his troops ensure the body is in the tomb.  It takes seven men to roll the huge stone against the entrance.  They apply the official wax seal.  Guards stand watch. Sunday, on learning the tomb is empty, Pilate orders Clavius to find the body.  Clavius inspects the tomb and sees Jesus’ grave clothes.  He interviews guards who say they fell asleep and that Jesus’ disciples stole the body.  Skeptical, he eventually coaxes the truth from one guard: religious leaders bribed them to spread the stolen body story. Interviewing witnesses He interviews Jesus’ followers.  Bartholomew’s shame in having fled after Jesus’ arrest contrasts with his joyful claim of having seen Jesus alive.  He explains this means eternal life for all who believe. Eventually, Clavius encounters the disciples meeting in Jerusalem and – to his astonishment – the resurrected Jesus with them.  Clavius follows the disciples north to Galilee, helps them evade pursuing Romans, becomes close to them, and gets to talk with…
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